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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
How to sew a sewing machine tote bag the Sewspire Way

 

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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 reusable and washable lunch tote bag

Lost and found lunch tote bag

How to sew a reusable and washable lunch tote bag
How to sew a reusable and washable lunch tote bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

I have missed you!

Many thanks to all of you who wrote to inquire as to my whereabouts. I’m here to tell you a little story of how I got lost and found + as promised I have prepared a fun sewing project for you. I hope you enjoy the video(s) and will share pictures of your finished lunch tote bags with me on Instagram and Facebook using #sewspire and @sewspire.

For the lunch tote project you will need:

4 cuts of fabric which measure 5″ wide by 12″ long

2 cuts of fabric which measure 5″ wide by 10″ long

2 cuts of fabric which measure 10″ wide by 30″ long

plus one cut of sew in hook and loop tape that measures 7.5″

Until next time, please know the creative genius in me celebrates the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

P.S. If you didn’t already…there is still time to snatch up my 5 best selling sewing tutorials for only $5.99! You’ll find those in my Watermelon Wishes Etsy shop.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/241893401/bag-making-pdf-sewing-pattern-bundle

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Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Episode 9: It’s what’s on the inside that counts!

Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire
Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In this episode we are completing the interior of our patchwork backpack with the addition of a three way divided slip pocket. For this portion of the project you will need two 18″ x 18″ squares of quilt weight cotton fabric and three 7″ x 18″ rectangles of quilt weight cotton fabric.

In the next episode, which I will record on Monday we will be fashioning our removable, convertible and adjustable backpack straps.

Until we meet again…

The creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Episode 7: It’s a beautiful bag!

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

In today’s episode we are crafting the drawstring ties and completing the exterior of our patchwork backpack. For this portion of the project you will need two pieces of quilt weight cotton fabric which measure 3” x 20” and a quilted base panel which you will craft (just like the side panels) from ten of the 4” squares we precut in the first episode.

In tomorrow’s video we will begin to fashion the interior of the backpack. Please comment below and let me know if you would like to see how to incorporate:

1. a padded pocket for an iPad or Laptop
2. a three way divided slip pocket
3. a two way divided elasticized pocket
4. a small pocket for the phone
5. no pockets

Until then, the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

Patchwork Bag Design by Sewspire

Episode 1: My New Year Resolution

Patchwork Bag Design by Sewspire
Patchwork Bag Design by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

To kick off 2017, we’ll be designing and sewing a patchwork backpack. I am not sure how many videos this project will take as we will be working on the bag in short daily episodes. As the project takes form I will be incorporating your requests into the design…so, if you’d like to have a say in the features of this particular bag you’ll need to check in each day and comment.

Until tomorrow…the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

 

How to sew a triangle sleepover tote

How to sew a Triangle Sleepover Tote Bag

Hey y’all and welcome back to Sewspire! 

This is a brand new design with a unique triangular shape that could be used as a sleepover tote, stuffed animal tent or as a toy storage solution. I am sure you have some great ideas as well! Please do leave a comment and let us all know what you are going to use your triangle tote for.

For this project you will need approximately a yard of fabric and one 16″ zipper which you can find in many beautiful colors over at ZipIT on Etsy. I used a heavier twill for the exterior and a very sheer shimmery material for the interior.

Before beginning, you will need to precut two 18″ x 36″ rectangles and one 5″ x 18″ rectangle.

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

Until next week…

The creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

Sewspire Zip Top Diaper Bag Tutorial

Two new Premium PDF Sewing Tutorials now available!

Hey y’all! As per your request, I have rebranded and rereleased my written tutorials for the Compact Padded Camera Bag and Zip Top Diaper Bag that were featured in a recent product overview video on YouTube. For a limited time, both tutorials are on sale, so if you are interested in adding them to your Sewspire PDF tutorial collection, now is the time to get those before the scheduled price increase on October 1, 2016. As time permits, I will be adding more tutorials to the Premium PDF Tutorial Collection, so please do stay tuned. As with all of my tutorials, I have geared the content towards the visual learner and have included lots of photographs and clear detailed written instructions to ensure your sewing success. If for any reason, you need more clarity, you may reach out at anytime and I will do my best to help. 

I thank you for your continued interest in my sewing designs and shall be looking forward to seeing your beautiful bags. Until then, the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea