How to sew a Market Tote Bag with button tab closure by Sewspire.com

How to sew a Market Tote Bag with button tab closure by Sewspire.com

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

I am here today to show you how to sew my version of The Market Tote. For this project you will need approximately 3 yards of fabric, a 1.5″ swivel key fob and an oversized fabric covered button kit, plus 3/4 yard of quilt batting.

To begin, precut the following fabric panels:

For the body, cut four 18″ x 15″ panels and two like size pieces of batting.

For the exterior pockets, cut two 18″ x 12″ panels.

For the handles, cut two 6″ x 24″ panels and two 3″ x 20″ strips of batting.

For the interior pockets, cut two 9″ x 18″ panels.

For the key fob, cut one 6″ x 9″ panel.

For the button, cut one 3″ x 3″ panel.

For the button tab closure, cut one 12″ x 3″ panel.

I hope you enjoy the project and will share photos of your finished Market Tote with me on Facebook and Instagram using #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

Studio Update, May 23, 2018

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In this week’s studio update I am introducing my eldest daughter and summer intern, Ashley.

We’ve planned a fun filled ten weeks and are excited to share the details with you!

Highlights of the master plan include a weekly live stream every Tuesday at 10 a.m. EST, in addition to the weekly vlog scheduled for Thursday and our regular Saturday Sewing Session you can watch for our newsletter “Behind the Seams” to arrive in your inbox on Wednesday.

For those of you that would like to send a greeting card and receive a greeting card, the studio mailing address is: P.O. Box 427 The Plains, Virginia 20198

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We’ll see you quick this Friday for our live stream test and then again on Tuesday at 10 a.m. for our first live stream Q & A event. If you can’t tune in; but, would like to submit a question and watch later please send an email to sewinginspiration@gmail.com and we will add you to the list.

Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

Sewspire Sewing Studio Update for Friday, May 11, 2018

Sewspire Sewing Studio Update for Friday, May 11, 2018

Hey y’all and welcome to the Sewspire Sewing Studio Update for Friday, May 11th!

In this weeks vlog I am sharing some happy news that will benefit us all, announcing the winner of our first ever Design Challenge, talking fabric storage, sharing five of my favorite bag designs from the Watermelon Wishes vault and launching a new Sewspire Group page whereby we can easily collaborate on future tutorials and share pictures of our Sewspire sewing projects. I will be back soon with another studio update and sewing tutorial. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you! 

XO,

Andrea 

How to sew a large purse tote bag organizer

How to sew a large purse tote bag organizer

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! 

Today I am here to show you how to sew a large purse / tote bag organizer / insert with a two way divided interior compartment and ten exterior pockets.

The finished organizer measures approximately 8″ tall by 14″ across the base and top and has a depth of 5″. The double handles are side positioned to accommodate extra heavy loads.

For this project you will need to precut the following pattern pieces:

Body Panels, cut 6, 16″ x 10″

Exterior Side Panels, cut 2, 6″ x 10″

Exterior Base Panel, cut 1, 6″ x 16″

Exterior Side Pockets, cut 4, 8″ x 6″

Exterior Front and Rear Pockets, cut 4, 24″ x 6″

Handles, cut 2, 6″ x 10″

Flaps, cut 4, 7″ x 14″

Interior Base Panels, cut 2, 4″ x 16″

Interior Side Panels, cut 4, 4″ x 10″

Additional supplies: two 16″ and 8″ cuts of 1/4 elastic and two 5″ pieces of sew in hook and loop tape

Use a 3/8″ seam allowance to sew interior seams

I hope you enjoy the project and will participate in our future collaborative tutorials. I will be back soon with another inspired project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

Sewspire Studio Vlog: May 5, 2018

Sewspire Studio Vlog: May 5, 2018

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In this week’s studio update:

I am announcing the winner of our Happy Mail drawing for the Priority Mail Box full of fabric remnants.

Sharing the link to a limited time offer whereby you can purchase a jumbo box of designer remnants at a great price.

Extending the deadline for our first Sewing Challenge to Friday, May 11th at 12 p.m. EST.

Sharing my thoughts on minimalistic creativity (more yet to come on this fascinating concept).

And, last but not least, introducing a new tutorial format for the channel that I hope you will be very excited about.

I will be back Thursday, May 10th with our weekly sewing tutorial and until then, you already know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

P.S. Here is a sneak peek at our next sewing tutorial.

How to sew a small wristlet phone clutch with interior pocket

How to sew a small wristlet phone clutch with interior pocket

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! 

Today, I am here to show you how to sew a small clutch that is designed to hold an iPhone 6 or smaller. This particular design is unique because it can be worn on the belt as well as the wrist. The clutch closes via a classic snap and there is an interior envelope style pocket to hold those items you need to keep secure, yet accessible at all times.

For this project you will need to precut the following fabric pieces:

(8) 4.5″ x 8″ pieces of home decor weight material

(1) 3″ x 26″ piece of home decor weight material

(1) 2″ strip of sew in hook and loop tape

(1) 1″ d or o ring

(1) snap set (www.snapsource.com)

For my sample clutch, I used a great linen/cotton/canvas blend from the Hawthorne Threads in house collection:

If you would enjoy participating in the first Sewspire Sewing Design Challenge please checkout this week’s vlog for more details:

If you are interested in learning more about my upcoming online and in person Design Workshops be sure to sign up to receive email updates here.

This week, I am giving away a Priority Mail box full of designer quilting remnants. You can enter to win by subscribing to my Happy Mail list.

I hope you enjoy both videos and will subscribe to the Sewspire YouTube Channel.

I will be back next week with another inspired sewing project and studio update. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

How to sew a tri-fold iPad Tablet organizer with pen and notepad pockets

How to sew a tri-fold iPad Tablet organizer with pen and notepad pockets

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew a tri-fold cover that is designed to hold an iPad or similar sized tablet, pen and notepad. You could easily convert this design into a planner cover or padfolio organizer by duplicating the left or right side panels.

For this project you will need to precut:

(8) 11″ x 10″ fabric panels
(3) 7.25″ x 9.5″ pieces of Pellon Peltex 72F Double Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer
(4) 4.5″ one inch wide pieces of elastic
(1) 4.5″ piece of sew in hook and loop tape

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and will share photos of your finished projects with me using #sewspire and @sewspire on Instagram and Facebook.

If you haven’t had a chance yet; be sure to check out the new studio:

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

XO,
Andrea

How to sew a two compartment crossbody hip bag

How to sew a two compartment crossbody hip bag

 

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew a two compartment hip bag that is perfect for quick trips out when you only want to take your keys, wallet and phone.

For this project you will need to precut the following fabric:

Strap: cut one: 4″ x 44″
Body: cut four: 8″ x 20″
Flaps: cut two: 6.5″ x 10″
Tabs: cut two: 4″ x 4″

And, the following batting / interfacing :

Strap: cut one: 2″ x 44″
Body: cut two: 8″ x 20″
Flaps: cut two: 6.5″ x 5″

Additional materials:

Two snap sets
1 one inch tri-glide
2 one inch o-rings

Use a 3/8″ seam allowance

Link to the video with the removable strap which you can substitute here:

How to sew a bucket style convertible backpack crossbody hip bag

Link to my favorite fabric:

http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/indy_bloom/watercolor_florals/blushing_floral_in_fuchsia_on_grey

Link to my snap source:

www.snapsource.com

Pellon by the bolt at Walmart:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pellon-809-Decor-Bond-Fusible-Stabilizer-10-Yard-Bolt/21976561

I hope you enjoy the video and will checkout this weeks studio update with Bins and Things giveaway:

Next time we meet I will be in the new studio. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

How to sew a 6 Pocket Tote Bag

How to sew a 6 Pocket Tote Bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew this fabulous 6 Pocket Tote Bag. For this project you will need approximately 1 yard of solid twill / cotton / duck fabric and 1 yard of printed linen / cotton blend or twill fabric.

To begin, precut the following pattern pieces:

Cut 4 18″ x 18″ body panels (two printed, two solid)

Cut 4 18″ x 9″ pocket panels (two printed, two solid)

Cut 2 5″ x 60″ straps (both printed)

The pockets are positioned 5″ from the base of the exterior body panels and the straps are positioned 5″ from the sides of the exterior body panels. The corners are stitched 6″ across.

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

P.S. I am sharing a BIG announcement in this week’s studio vlog: