Sunday, 24 March 2013

Piping Hot Curves Bag - My new pattern

 Introducing ........

 My new bag pattern.

I fell in love with this fabric - stunning purples and oranges and reds and pinks.  What's not to love?  I knew when I bought it that someday I would have the perfect project to showcase it.

Skip forward to my current teaching gig.  I needed to design for the advanced bag class.  I don't know how other designers work but for me designs or features that I want to use just seem to pop into my head.  Obviously, there is a refrinement process but the initial design just seems to be there.  So was the case with this one.

I wanted to use curves to challenge those who are used to only sewing in a straight line - but just a gentle curve - nothing scary!

I wanted to add a gusset - another sewing technique to add to the skill set and to give width to the bag.  Uses different methods of adding the bag flap by adding a gusset.  Another skill learned.

I wanted to add piping - a beautiful decorative design feature.  Once learned this skill can be used in so many situations - clothes, quilt borders, bags!

I wanted to add an internal zipper closed pocket.  Again, once learned, a technique that can be used to add a pocket to many items.  Not to mention just working with a zipper - the poor humble zipper has such a poor rep!!!

All in all I am thrilled with this bag.  It is a pattern I know I will make time and time again - just change the fabric and - voila - a different bag.  Maybe one day I will even be able to use this one with the fabric I so adore - right now it is hanging in my local shop (Sew Special) where I will be teaching how others make it.

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

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



  1. Very cute pattern! I imagine extra gorgeous potential with some vintage print fabrics I have.

  2. LOVE LOVE that bag! I wish I was that talented at sewing.... Newest follower!

  3. What an adorable bag!!! I think everyone is going to enjoy making it =D


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