November 19, 2021
I've had this pattern for a while... like, a long while. It was one I purchased early on in this adventure: the Necessary Clutch Wallet (also known as the NCW) by Janelle MacKay of Emmaline Bags. I bought it thinking I'd like to add wallets to my lineup one day, and how great is this wallet! With it's many card slots, zipped coin pocket, and even space to hold a cell phone - as far as I was concerned this was the perfect "hold all my stuff" wallet.
So, I cut out all the fabrics and got started. The pattern calls for some pretty thick interfacing in the flap (Pellon Peltex for those of you in the know) to give it a firm structure and feel. So I picked up some Peltex from a local shop, fused it to my fabric and set off to my old reliable vintage Singer.
And it refused to sew it.
I had to turn the hand wheel of my machine for Every. Single. Stitch. This was not going to work out. So the cut fabric got put away in the bottom of a drawer. Every time I'd happen across it I would think maybe one day I'll make it.
This past spring I came across a post on one of the bag making groups I belong to on Facebook - someone had made a beautiful NCW. I though maybe this was the year I tackle it. I started by watching some videos of others making it, and read up on how everyone else was doing it. Turns out a lot of people had difficulty sewing with Peltex, and they recommended Decovil Light instead.
I ordered some to test it out and it was AMAZING! It gives a great structure, a nice leather feel to cotton fabrics, and the best part: my machine can handle it with no issue! Another plus: it's so much FUN to make!
These wallets are all one-of-a-kind or limited run only, so be sure to grab your favourite before it's gone! Find them here!
February 22, 2021
You know where you're excited to get started... and then have to wait? Super frustrating. That's my life right now. I have so many awesome designs I want to make - some are mostly done, some are waiting to be cut out - and in all cases I'm waiting on materials to arrive.
I've got a great sling pattern and I've got everything I need to make it - fabric, hardware, you name it! I ordered antique brass zipper and ended up with gunmetal zipper tape and antique brass pulls. I suppose it would do, but I'm a perfectionist over here and there's no way I could convince myself to mix gunmetal with antique brass. So here I am, waiting for antique brass zipper tape and gunmetal pulls (can't let a good zipper go to waste, right?).
But that's ok. I've got another great design I've found, and I've already made a dozen! So much fun to make... but it needs a belt and the hardware I have is either too small or a little too heavy for my needs. So, I'm waiting for more to arrive.
January 15, 2021
Well... that was a crazy year!
Last January I was excited to plan out the year - new products to launch, vendor markets to attend, new photos to take... you name it. And then COVID hit. Talk about a change of plans. All our markets were postponed and then cancelled, in person events moved to online events, and everyone was looking for masks! So in April I decided to do what most small businesses were doing: to pivot.
I dug into my fabric stash and started making masks... and more masks... and even more masks. All those masks helped keep my business afloat.
By the fall, I had some outside vendor markets to attend and let me tell you it was so great to be able to see everyone and chat with customers again! I missed you guys! When Christmas rolled around I was busier than ever - trying to make enough stock to bring to all our events, keep our online store and marketplaces stocked, shipping out orders (and worrying about whether they would get delivered on time), and even having products at the Ottawa Artisans Pop Up shop at St. Laurent shopping centre in Ottawa.
So, I decided to turn it all off for the Holidays. I closed the online store, went quiet on social media (for the most part) and spent the time baking, playing board games, and going snowshoeing with my family. And it was wonderful.
That's not to say I wasn't thinking about the year to come though. By the time the New Year came, I was already looking for new patterns and fabrics for all the new bags I want to add to the shop!
So now here we are - 2020 is finally gone (and good riddance!) and I'm ready to focus on the new year ahead!
Happy New Year everyone!
November 10, 2020
Things have been busy, busy, busy around here, and I want to start with our new revamped website! I've been working on it behind the scenes the past few weeks and I'm excited to show it off to you. I'm loving the new layout and I hope you will too :)
Although all my regular fall markets have been cancelled, many have moved online. Add to that some new markets I have joined this fall and it makes for a very busy season so far. I have been sewing like crazy for the past couple weeks - an endless parade of new toiletry kits, coin purses, zipped pouches, and cross-body bags... and I'm loving it! It's been a much needed break from making masks and it felt great to get back to my bag-making roots.
Our Cussing Collection has been selling out like crazy! Although I personally think the fabrics are hilarious, I was a little reluctant to add it to the shop - I didn't know how it would go over with everyone. I'm happy to say that this line will be a permanent addition to the shop.
September 10, 2020
I'm not usually a cross-body bag person. I don't think I've used one since high school. The last couple years I've been using one of our giant totes as my go-to bag, and it's been pretty great. I mean they're huge! The amount of stuff they can hold is pretty impressive.
Then last week I had to run an errand and I wanted something a little smaller to carry than the tote. So, I grabbed the zebra cross-body bag to give it a good test run. I've been eyeing this bag since it came off the sewing machine, the fabric is just so much fun! I tossed in my wallet, keys, and sunglasses and I was off.
Let me tell you - I LOVE this bag! The adjustable strap allows you to easily go from shoulder bag to cross body. The two outer slip pockets are perfect for keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer and a mask in easy reach - essential needs in these times. There's also the front zip pocket where I like to keep my cell phone and a pen. Inside the bag, I of course had my wallet, keys, and sunglasses in their case. Another zip pocket inside kept any small items from getting lost in the bottom - like an essential lip gloss. And to top it all off: a top zipper to keep everything safe.
Trust me when I say more of these bags will be coming!