My first Man Bag!

I’ve completed my first ‘Man Bag’ this was based on a Change Bag / Diaper Baby Bag pattern which was free from  This is a fairly large bag, and I thought it would be great for hubby as a bag to put all his “gadget” gear in when we go camping!  Plus we had some Camo fabric (which is his favourite!).  So I set to work on this.  There are a few pieces but I have been working on this over the past couple of weeks on and off, so in reality, it didn’t take too long, well I would say about 5-6 hours in total (but I was doing 20mins here, 10mins there!)

So here is the result.  I changed out one of the three part slip pockets for a tablet slip pocket which is padded for protection.  I also added a zip pocket to the front.

This is a great Unisex bag.  I would definitely make more of these – If you are interested prices start from AU$99 for a basic design, plus shipping.  Images shown are with options and the price of this one would be $150 + shipping





Back to sewing

For two weeks now I haven’t sewn a thing due to illness, but now feeling better, so made this little floral wristlet over the past day.

Sewn on the Bernina and it was a joy to use.  Now on to the next project….what will it be?


Faux Suede Good to Go Messenger

OK, so this was going to be a Camera Bag…I found a free pattern online.  However, something didn’t quite add up with the pattern, so instead of wasting the fabric I made it into (one of my favourite designers – Two Pretty Poppets) a Small ‘Good-to-Go’ Messenger.  I added a rear outer zip pocket and added so me piping to the flap, which was my very first attempt at piping, and surprisingly it didn’t turn out too bad!

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At the Copa…Copacabana

Her name was Lola… she is Lola (by Swoon Patterns).  She was certainly testing working with vinyl accents and handles, but you’ve got to admit she looks pretty damn good.

Flamingo fabric with elephant grey vinyl accent to the front pocket and handles.  With a shot of hot pink sneaking through at the zippers.

Not only that, I’ve just noticed, and this was unintentional, the flaming at the seams nearly matches up, both sides!  result….




Front view with accent pocket




Rear view








Bottom of bag


A couple of additions

The past week I’ve finished a couple more Clematis Clutches.

The first was the Japanese Macaque Monkey design.  I purchased this printed ‘towel’ as they call it in Daiso (the cheap Japanese store).  Although on the instructions it can be used for anything, they show it being used as wrapping paper!  Well, that certainly makes it multi-purpose, with me using as fabric!  I did have to add some additional interfacing to the fabric, as it is a cotton linen blend, so quite see-thru.


Here is my Macaque Monkey Clematis Clutch, I think it has turned out brilliantly, and a little different, unique you could say!



Front of the bag



Rear of bag















Then it was on to my next….Here is some black geometric shaped fabric, with added hot pink zip and polka dot lining.  I’ve added a card slot pocket on the inner slip pocket too.



Front of bag




Inner slip pocket with card slot




A new pattern

I thought I would try this pattern I found online which was free…not the easiest to follow, in fact, who wrote this?  It was not very clear and concise as some free patterns.  However, I battled through with quite a bit of unpicking.  Because I lost the love for this earlier on I am not happy with it but I will show you anyway, this one will not be up for sale.


Mint Choc Chipmunk

I adore this Tula Pink Mint Chipper fabric, it is so cute.  I just had to make a Clematis Wristlet out of it, along with some chocolate vinyl I purchased the other day.

Looks as good as my favourite Ice Cream Mint Choc Chip (munk)!!

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