Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New Products

Hello Sewers!
I have exciting news.
I am adding items to my shop from none other than Riley Blake Designs.
I'm so excited to be able to add fabric choices to complement
the great pattern and hardware selections that I currently carry.

I'm curious to know how you select your fabric for your
handbags, totes, and accessory projects.
Please leave a comment below, or contact me via email.
I want to supply products that 'baggers' want.

A huge benefit to living near Christensen Wholesale is that I can shop
in person for great items to offer my customers.

To see some of the new items that I am adding,
click on the video below:

I look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks so much for reading my blog.
Don't forget to leave a comment below.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Gabby Handbag

Here is a look at my newest handbag.
I used the Gabby Bag sewing pattern from #emmalinebags
There is also a closer look video at the end of this post.

The main fabric is cotton/linen canvas from #cottonandsteel
For the accent portion at the top of the bag, I used an upholstery fabric sample.
My friend, Kim, gave me a stack of samples that were used by a sales rep.
They are not large samples, but they are perfect for bag accents.
Thanks, Kim!
The bag lining is quilting cotton.
There is a slip pocket on one side of the interior.
I used the fly stitch to add strength to the top of the pocket openings.
The other side of the interior has a zipper pocket.
There is lots of room inside this great handbag,
but don't get me wrong,
it is no means the size of a large tote.
There is a time and a place for a tote,
but there is also a need for a handy,
everyday size purse,
and that's what the Gabby Bag is!
There is also a zipper pocket on the outside of the purse.
I love how the lining fabric accents the zipper opening.
The clever gusset on each end is a nice detail.
The way the side tapers up to the top is so attractive.
The pattern includes instructions for fabric handle tabs and zipper ends,
but I chose to use hardware in antique brass.
The hardware adds a professional finish to this handmade beauty.
I can see myself sewing up another one of these handbags this fall.
I love the pattern and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.
The difficulty rating is intermediate, but I think a confident beginner could sew this one.

Who doesn't need another handbag in their wardrobe?