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How to sew a glittery unicorn zip top tote bag

How to sew a glittery unicorn zip top tote bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! 

Today I am here to show you how to sew a glittery unicorn themed tote bag with zippered top closure. For this project you will need a half yard of medium weight clear vinyl, one yard of cotton fabric, half yard of Pellon 809, 2 oz. of glitter and a 14″ separating zipper.

To begin, precut your fabric to the following dimensions:

Exterior vinyl pockets: cut two, 14″ x 19″

Vinyl zipper gusset: cut two, 8″ x 16″

Zipper binding: cut two, 6″ x 3″

Handles, cut two, 6″ x 20″

Exterior and interior body panels, cut four, 15″ x 12″

Exterior and interior side panels, cut four, 6″ x 12″

Exterior and interior base panels, cut two, 6″ x 15″

I hope you enjoy the project and will share photos of your finished bags with us on Instagram and Facebook using #sewspire and @sewspire.

I will be back next week with another inspired sewing project and then I will be on vacation.

Until we meet again, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

How to sew a waxed canvas messenger bag tutorial

How to sew a waxed canvas messenger tote bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew a waxed canvas messenger tote bag. For this project you will need 2 sets of snaps,  1.5 yards of waxed canvas and 1.5 yards of cotton fabric.

Precut your fabric to the following dimensions:

Exterior (waxed canvas):

Cut two 15″ x 15″ body panels

Cut three 6″ x 15″ side panels

Cut one 13″ x 12″ flap panel

Cut two 15″ x 18″ pocket panels

Cut two 6″ x 18″ pocket panels

Cut one 8″ x 36″ strap

Interior (cotton fabric):

Cut two 15″ x 15″ body panels

Cut three 6″ x 15″ side panels

Cut one 13″ x 12″ flap panel

Cut two 15″ x 18″ pocket panels

Cut two 6″ x 18″ pocket panels

I like to use a 5/8″ seam allowance for the interior seams and a 3/8″ or less seam allowance for the top stitching. 

The waxed canvas material I used in this tutorial is from Big Duck Canvas and is an absolute dream to work with. It moves through the machine beautifully and offers the bag ample body without the use of interfacing or batting. In addition the waxed canvas will provide the bag with a durable and weather / stain resistant exterior as well as a natural patina similar to the look of leather.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and will share photos of your finished projects with us on Facebook and Instagram using @sewspire and #sewspire. I will be back next week with a Unicorn inspired sewing project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

How to sew the ultimate commuter bag by Sewspire

How to sew the ultimate commuter tote bag by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to make The Ultimate Commuter Tote Bag.

For this project you will need 3 yards of material to include 2 yards of 44″ cotton fabric and 1 yard of 54″ twill / duck or canvas material. Plus a 9″ x 14″ piece of stiff interfacing, a 24″ x 36″ piece of quilt batting, 2 snap sets and a 14″ zipper.

Big Duck Canvas is my favorite source for the latter! Please support the production of future tutorials and use my affiliate link to order:

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To begin, precut the following pattern pieces:

Cotton, cut 3, 18″ x 30″ interior panels

Twill, cut 1, 24″ x 36″ exterior panel

Twill, cut 2, 24″ by 10″ exterior pocket

Cotton, cut 2, 24″ x 10″ exterior pocket lining

Cotton, cut 2, 6″ x 16″, zipper gusset

Cotton, cut 2, 6″ x 18″ short handles (increase length to 24″ or 30″ if you desire a longer drop).

Cotton, cut 1, 6″ x 32″ shoulder strap (increase length to 38″ or 44″ if you desire a longer strap).

Your finished bag will measure approximately 9″ wide, 12″ tall and 14″ across the base and offer you 6 exterior pockets, 3 interior compartments, double handles and a shoulder strap.

I hope you enjoy this project and will share photos of your finished bags with our creative community on Facebook and Instagram using #sewspire and @sewspire.

I will be back soon with another inspired sewing project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

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How to sew a yoga tote bag the Sewspire Way

How to sew a Yoga Bag the Sewspire Way

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! 

Today I am here to show you how to make a Yoga Bag the Sewspire Way. For this project you will need approximately 3.5 yards of fabric.

To begin, precut your fabric to the following measurements:

Handles: 6″ x 30″ (cut 2) and back each with Pellon 809

Exterior Body: 18″ x 36″ (cut 2) and back each with Pellon 809

Interior Compartment: 18″ x 30″ (cut 2)

Interior Pocket: 18″ x 18″ (cut 2)

Zippered Bag: 15″ x 18″ (cut 2)

Plus a 14″ zipper and 5 Heavy duty snaps

I hope you enjoy the project and will share photos of your finished bags with me using #sewspire and @sewspire on Instagram and Facebook. I will be back soon with another inspired sewing project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you.

XO,

Andrea

P.S. you can repurpose this bag into a fabulous sewing machine tote, beach bag, pool bag, picnic sac and more!

How to sew a sewing machine tote bag the Sewspire Way
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How to sew a waist bag fanny pack for craft fairs

How to sew a waist bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to make a sweet and sassy fanny pack / bum bag to wear around your waist at craft shows and vendor fairs. Take my advice and make some of these to sell as everyone is going to ask you where you got yours!

For this project you will need approximately a 1/2 yard of cotton fabric and just shy of a quarter yard of Pellon Flex Foam FF78F1 or FF77. Plus a 7” jeans zipper. 

To begin precut your fabric to the following dimensions:

(2) 8” x 8” (rear and interior panels)

(1) 8” x 10” (front and interior bottom panel)

(1) 8” x 6” (front and interior top panel)

(2) 3” x 44” (waist ties) 

Next, precut your flex foam to the following dimensions:

(1) 7” x 7”

(1) 2” x 7”

(1) 4” x 7”

I hope you enjoy the project and will share photos of your finished fanny packs with me on the Sewspire Facebook and Instagram pages using @sewspire and #sewspire. 

I will be back soon with another inspired sewing project. 

XO,

Andrea

Make maker story and how I earned a quarter million dollars sewing and selling on Etsy

Many thanks to the Cabin Branch Quilters of Woodbridge, Virginia for inviting me to share my entrepreneurial journey and maker story at their June 18, 2018 meeting.

I hope you enjoy this recording of my talk and will be inspired to pursue your dream(s)!

For more information about my work please visit:

Sewing and creative inspiration: www.sewspire.com
Mentorship for the handmade entrepreneur: www.thefourthseam.com
Custom camera bags and strap covers: www.etsy.com/shop/watermelonwishes.com

To schedule a speaking engagement and/or discuss the possibility of a creative collaboration, please email Andrea Chapman at watermelonwishes@me.com

How to Sew A Classic Ticking Apron

How to sew a Classic Ticking Apron

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew a Classic Ticking Apron. I love this style of apron because it is unisex and offers a full length front pocket for the cell phone, clean utensils and hand towel.

This particular apron makes a lovely Father’s Day, Wedding or Housewarming gift and could easily be personalized with a name or monogram on the chest.

For this project you will need 1.5 yards of cotton 44″ wide ticking material.

Precut the fabric to the following dimensions:

Body, cut one, 28″ wide by 38″ long

Straps, cut two, 5″ wide by 44″ long

Pocket, cut one, 21″ wide by 12″ tall

In addition to one 1″ tri-glide or two 1″ d-rings (1.5″ size will work too!)

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and will share photos of your finished aprons with me on Instagram and Facebook.

Ashley and I will be live on YouTube Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 10 a.m. please join us!

Until we meet again, the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

Andrea Chapman of Sewspire.com

Sewspire Sewing Studio Update, Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In this week’s studio update we are preparing for my first public speech, sharing the milestones of my entrepreneurial journey, previewing the classic ticking apron that we’ll be making on Saturday, demonstrating how to cut large pieces of fabric and how to create a fat corner and a boxed corner without bunching.

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ULTIMATE REUSABLE GROCERY SHOPPING TOTE BAG TUTORIAL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZGGi5vt4QU&t=913s

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Please join us on Tuesday’s at 10 a.m. (E.S.T.) for our live stream Q & A session and our new Sewspire tradition, #whatisinyourmug. Please send your questions in advance to sewinginspiration@gmail.com or tune into the live stream to chat in real time with the Sewspire community.

Xoxo,

Andrea

How to sew the Ultimate Reusable Grocery Shopping Tote Bag by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Tote Bag.

For this project you are going to precut the following fabric pieces:

Handles: 5″ x 28″ (cut two and line with Pellon 809 Decor Bond)
Body: 24″ x 40″ (cut two and line one with Pellon 809 Decor Bond)
Interior Dividers: 24″ x 20″ (cut two)
Base: 9″ x 36″ (cut one)
Pellon Flex Foam 77 Base Insert: 8″ x 15″ (cut one)

Approximate finished measurements of the bag:

8″ deep
14″ tall
14″ across the base

11″ handle drop

Suggested yardage: 1 yard of the exterior and 1.5 yards of the interior: total 2.5 yards.

I hope you enjoy the project and will share photos of your finished bags with us on Instagram and Facebook.

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KEY FOB TUTORIAL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U1TxXaVbYI&t=1s

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Please join us on Tuesday’s at 10 a.m. (E.S.T.) for our live stream Q & A session and our new Sewspire tradition, #whatisinyourmug. Please send your questions in advance to sewinginspiration@gmail.com or tune into the live stream to chat in real time with the Sewspire community.

Xoxo,

Andrea

Sewspire Sewing Studio

Sewspire Studio Update, Thursday, June 7, 2018

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In this week’s studio update we are offering a tour of the studio with a focus on organization, talking about the yoga bag remake, the upcoming design workshop series and previewing Saturday’s planned sewing tutorial.

SEWSPIRE GROUP FACEBOOK PAGE:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/183488042371692/

THIS WEEK’S BEHIND THE SEAMS:

https://us11.campaign-archive.com/?u=9ee364d60da52e094f8a423c1&id=3d8135a717

THIS WEEK’S LIVE STREAM:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFtX358jCSQ&t=25s

KEY FOB TUTORIAL:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U1TxXaVbYI&t=1s

HAPPY MAIL:

http://sewspire.us11.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=9ee364d60da52e094f8a423c1&id=f5af97927c

DESIGN WORKSHOP PRE-REGISTRATION:

https://sewspire.us11.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=9ee364d60da52e094f8a423c1&id=4b09685e75

Please join us on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (E.S.T.) for our live stream Q & A session and our new Sewspire tradition, #whatisinyourmug. Please send your questions in advance to sewinginspiration@gmail.com or tune into the live stream to chat in real time with the Sewspire community.

Xoxo,

Andrea