Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Rubie on Sale...

I was extremely flattered ( and shocked) when the Australian Sewing Guild informed me that my Rubie Cross-body Bag pattern was picked to be their first bag Sew A Long !
You can imagine my excitement !!

So to celebrate .....
Rubie is on SALE for $5.00 !!! ( thats over 35% off) 
but only until Jan 22th
Grab your copy now! 

Happy Sewing !!
Don't forget the Up, Up & Away Passport Wallet pattern is also on SALE  till Jan. 23rd!

and the Fine & Dandy Pouch till the end of the month!
Great time to grab a copy & start sewing ! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sewing room

Since I have been getting a lot of requests to see my sewing room...I have created a Tab long the top of my blog where you can see my sewing room anytime. Just click on the picture and it will take you there.
Hope you enjoy the new pictures!
Happy Sewing!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 !!?? Where did the time go ??

I can't believe it was a year ago I wrote my first pattern...the Up, Up  & Away Passport Wallet !
More amazing is that that little pattern started me on the road to designing.
If I had only knew what was coming!!

I have to admit it has been an interesting year...busy but interesting!
I have learned so much!!
I have learned how to design pattern pieces on the computer, tackle layouts, edit pictures, write instructions (that is the hardest part) set up a testing team, started a Facebook group, and I published 7 patterns!
Yes it was a busy year !!
Wish I could say I loved every minute ( some learning experiences were harder then others) but I did learn a lot and I am going to keep designing this year!

So look out 2017 !!  I am ready this time !! 

To celebrate my 1st Birthday!! 
The Up, Up & Away pattern has been updated & improved and now includes 3 pocket versions....
-Family version ( up to 6 passports) 
-Singles/Couples version with a zipper / slip pocket 
- Bonus Single /Couple version with the full size pocket of those large cell phones (5.5" - iPhone 6+)

The pattern is on SALE on Craftsy ! 
Grab your copy *here*

Check out the gorgeous samples the testing team made!

Judy made this gorgeous version out of cork!! Love it !!

I love the faux leather Dyan used ! It was her first time sewing faux leather !! She did a famous job!!!

Pamela made the family version out of fabrics ...You don't have to use faux looks great in prints too!!

 Bernice went for the wild look!! 
Leslie is ready for a Hawaiian vacation!! 

Laura also went wild !! the pocket fabric!
This also was Sandie's first time sewing faux leather, unfortunately she got one the kind that is sticky and hard to sew but she mastered it !! There is no stopping her now!! You can read about it on her *blog*
 I love how Maggie added the ribbon trim to the whole front !! Great idea!
last but not least ...Sue didn't make one wallet she made 2 !! ...
the first one in pink Faux leather with a machine embroidered flap ( those the pocket fabric!) 
and the second one is for her husband that travels a lot...he just wanted a simple classy passport wallet with his name on it! I'd say she succeeded!!! 

If you would like to make your own Passport wallet...grab it while its on Sale  ( until Jan 23rd) .

Curious what will be this years first pattern ?? 
All I can say is it includes a zipper!!LOL
Happy Sewing !!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Fussy Cutting ...

When I use to do a lot of hand appliqué I did a lot of fussy cutting, so when I started making bags it was natural for me to apply that technique to my bags.

In case your asking yourself...what is fussy cutting ??

Fussy cutting when you deliberately cut a piece of fabric so it shows off a picture or print. You are "fussy" about cutting the design out so it is exactly where you want it.

The front of this Grace was not just was fussy cut !

...this technique lets me see exactly where the fabric design will be on my pattern piece when it is cut disappointing placements.

It is really easy to do and produces great results every time. It also lets me "audition" if a fabric is right for the pattern?

1 - When I am cutting out my paper pattern piece I cut it out neatly so that I can tape it together like big Window or "View Finder".

2 - I lay the "View Finder" on my fabric and move it around to see which image I would like to see?
The first picture was a definite no-go!!

 ...this view was much better!
3 - Once the "View" is decided...I do not move my "View Finder". Carefully I place the pattern piece inside the View Finder and pin it down.
4- Now I remove the "View Finder" and cut the piece out. 
** For faux leather I use the technique except I don't "pin" my pattern piece on ...I use masking tape to hold it in place. can find more info on embroidering on faux leather *here*

The down size of fussy cutting is you end up with "swiss cheese" fabric
.....but lovely bags!
*** Another variable I considered when planning my "Fussy Cutting" on Grace was the handle placement.

Whether I was using fabric or planning to embroider on faux leather, I measured 1 1/2" down from the top edge of the circle. I made a chalk line....
 ...this is the inside of the handle placement mark.
 Knowing where my handle will be on my finished piece lets me know if I need to move the fabric/design up or down for perfect placement.
...for the embroidery version I continued stitching the design first using the "Embroidering on Faux Leather tutorial", then cut it out as stated above.

Now that you know my big secret of fussy cutting can have perfect placement too!!

Happy Sewing

P.S. You can find the pattern for Grace and my other designs on Craftsy 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Rubie Crossbody Bag...

*** For some reason this post didn't go out on Friday as the Sale has been extended till Monday at 6pm.****

is the newest addition to Moments Designs.

Rubie is a simple stylish cross-body bag with lovely pleats on the front and a turned down cuff that can be turned up when you need a deeper bag.
The pattern included instructions for 3 different back versions ( with pleats like the front, a zipper or a full wide pocket ( recommend only on fabric versions due to the amount of seams)
There is a hidden slip pocket under the cuff, perfect for your keys or glasses.
The interior has a zipper pocket & a couple slip pockets too.
Rubie is not to big but also not to small 12"W X 12" H X 3" D ( yes it will hold your iPad)
Even though the instructions are written for faux leather there are tips for sewing it in fabrics.
Here is Rubie in fall colors !!

                                                                   ...front hidden slip pocket
...turn the cuff up for a deeper bag with a lovely accent

The pattern comes with instructions for 3 different versions for the back. Maybe you prefer a zipper ??
Or a wide full pocket like on my fabric version ??
                                                           ...full pocket along the back
this is cotton ( looks like concrete) and suede 
Regardless which version you can personalize Rubie to meet your needs !

If you don't believe me...look at the beautiful samples the testing team made !

Barbara prefers to sew with cotton so she made not 1 but 2 Rubies since she enjoyed it so much ! Love the gray linen and she chose the full back pocket version.

she added faux piping to the pleats...lovely accent!!

Bernice says she's a beginner to bag making but I can't call her a beginner anymore since she just jumps in and tests every pattern I throw at her ...without fear ! Great job Bernice ! 

Christine went wild and made 3 Rubies plus 2 she hacked ( after all she is the #1 bag hacker and and no pattern is exempt for her hacks.....not even mine!!LOL
You can see more of her bags & the hacks on her blog ...enjoy a chuckle or two!
                                                     ....  Love Kilroy under the flap!!
                                                  .......even in cork its stunning!!!
...and a bit of gold!!

Dyan is new to the testing team..actually this was her first time testing ...guess we didn't scare her off since she made 2 beautiful Rubies in fabric ! Love the accent cuffs !

Jayne pulled out her favorite faux leather ( mixed with her wild side) to make this Rubie ! Looks like real leather to me...gorgeous !

Judith used the fabulous faux leather and eh bag was sold the minute it came out of her machine ! Guess she'll be making another  ?! 

Judy made this lovely brown faux leather version.

Laura went for classy winter white!! Love that tassel !! Laura's comment to the pattern was---"I must say that this has been one of the most enjoyable tests I have done! The pattern is well written and the sequence is right on."!
Love the hot pink lining!! Sexy lady!!

Leslie ( the pattern is named after her sweet daughter) ....loves to sew with canvas so you made one out of canvas fabrics & added a diagonal zipper to the front ! Love the colors!!

Maria...always makes such beautiful romantic bags...this one is no exception! 

Marilyn knocked my socks off with her know I love this bag!! What could be better then red textured faux leather ...dreamy !!! 

...look at this fun lining fabric!

Pat is making a Rubie out of leather, unfortunately her hubby had surgery so she couldn't finish but I wanted to say Hi...I am thinking of you and hopefully your hubby is well soon so you can get back to sewing !!LOL

Sandie also made a lovely versions in cottons.. she wrote ..."it is really out of my comfort zone, but has been a lot of fun!! " 

Sue made this beautiful version out of embossed vinyl ..gorgeous!

Last but not least ...Susan made this fancy version with silver vinyl & eco-leather ! Makes me want to go out & celebrate !! Perfect for the holidays!

A big thank you to my testing team!!! Thank you ladies !!!
As always you have done a fantastic job!! 

Hope you enjoyed seeing all the Rubies as much as I did! ?

If you want make your own can find the pattern on my Craftsy shop 
and it is on Sale for $5.95 (reg. $6.95) till Sunday 6pm   till Monday 6pm 

Happy Sewing !
P.S. I almost forgot to thank my proofreaders Margareth Tai & Cathy Stoddart ...without you I would have commas everywhere !LOL ( they are probably reading this post and getting the red pen out !! LOL)


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