Sewspire Sewing Recipe 008: Pattern design and cutting fabric

Andrea Chapman of Sewspire.com

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire Recipe 008! In this video I am designing a new caddy / bag and demonstrating how I cut my fabric and alter the design as needed to maximize the half yard cuts of material I have selected for this project (which we will build together in subsequent Sewspire Sewing… Read More

An introduction to my newest bag design: The Lifestyle Tote

How to sew a Lifestyle Tote Bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!  Today I am here to introduce my latest bag design, The Lifestyle Tote, in a new tutorial format that includes written instructions + accompanying video tips. The complete instructions are available for instant download in PDF format here: https://www.andreachapmandesigns.com/listing/623575948/new-sewspire-shortcut-sewing-pdf-pattern You can view the accompanying video tips for this style… Read More

How to sew a waxed canvas messenger tote bag

How to sew a waxed canvas messenger bag tutorial

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… Read More

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… Read More

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

How to sew a Market Tote with button tab closure

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… Read More

Episode 8: A custom fit

Custom interior pockets

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! Our creative community has opted to include a padded laptop sleeve, small zippered pocket, 3-way divided slip pocket and a swivel key fob into the interior design of this fabulous bag. In today’s episode we are crafting the interior rear pocket panel of our collaborative patchwork backpack which includes… Read More

Episode 7: It’s a beautiful bag!

Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

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… Read More

Episode 5: On the sunny side

Collaborative Patchwork Backpack by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! In this episode we are creating elasticized side pockets and attaching the side panels to our front panel. For this portion of the project you will need to create two more quilted panels from the 4″ squares. Each panel is two squares wide and five squares high, for a… Read More