Friday, 22 February 2013

My New Bag Pattern - The Pleated Romance Bag

Introducing .......

My new bag pattern.

I love this pattern!!  Can I say that about my own pattern?!?!? Well, even if it is not politically correct etiquette I am going to!!

The opportunity was extended to me to teach sewing, knitting and crochet classes at my local sewing shop and I was so excited I could hardly contain myself!  What a fabulous adventure (more about this later).

The Pleated Romance Bag was designed to teach the intermediate sewist class and the focus was to introduce students to pleating and installing a zipper.

I love the way the pleats give a subtle and mysterious glimpse of the fabric underneath.  The more you put in your bag the more the pleats 'pop'.  If you are a gal after my own heart your bag is always full so you pleats will always 'pop'!

The bag has an internal pocket and once you have added one it is a very simple process to add more!  The zipper closure has fabric end tabs to give a clean and professional finish.

The pattern is available for purchase in my Etsy shop and my Craftsy shop.

It is my intention to make myself this bag as my everyday bag and I had hoped to have it completed by the time this post went live.  But, alas, life has been lived and time ran out!!!  However, when I have completed it I will share it with you.

However, my good buddy Rachel has completed hers so I wanted to share it with you so you can see how different fabrics can make a bag so completely your own.  Beautiful isn't it???

Made from Novella by Valerie Wells

Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crafting ....



  1. There's my bag!!! I love it I use it everyday carries my diary, 10 tupperware brochures, drink bottle, hand cream, hair brush, quilting magazine, keys phone, purse and snacks and there is still room! But yet it isn't too big that you get asked in every shop to stop and check your bag - so book your place today :)

  2. Love the new pattern Karen; looks like I will be visiting etsy again! Rachel's bag is gorgeous too. Congratulations on designing something you will get to teach. How very exciting. You're so right, fabric choice can make the whole design look completely different - I love them both.

  3. Oh this bag is wonderful. I love the simplicity, yet feminine look. Congrats on teaching. Hope you have lots of fun.

  4. I love your pattern too. And it's OK for you to say so! ;) In fact, I'll be bookmarking your Etsy shop for reference when I get back to sewing.

  5. I love the pattern and the fabrics used make it pop.

  6. Really love this daughter calls me Bev the Bag Lady!

  7. Gorgeous bag! Love the color and fabric! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  8. Love it! I liked both of the Facebook pages. Thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

  9. This is adorable! Love it! Please consider link up one of your patterns to our first ever Pattern Party! It starts Friday. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Darling purse pattern! Love the choice of fabrics.

  11. Very creative and practical bag! I love it and your color choices show off the pattern so nicely. Thanks for sharing

  12. Those pleats are gorgeous. Nice work.

  13. Beautiful bag and the pleats are so neat! Thanks for sharing.
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  14. Love the pleats with the fabric just peaking out, and the big buttons stitched at the top of the pleats, too.

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