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How to sew a large drawstring beach bag tote

Beach Bag Collaboration: Final Segment

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to finish our fabulous Drawstring Beach Bag Tote. I am absolutely thrilled with the finished design and can hardly wait to see your big gorgeous beach bags.

For this portion of the project you will need a very long piece of cotton fabric which measures: 6″ wide by 65″ long. I stitched together two pieces of material to attain the desired length. You will also need 48″ of 1.5″ cotton webbing, cut into two 24″ lengths, for the bag handles and a piece of cotton cording that measures 80″ in length and approximately 1/4″ in diameter.

As mentioned throughout the series, I am going to be giving away this finished beach bag to one lucky Happy Mail subscriber. To enter, all you need to do is click on the Happy Mail tab and input your name and email. I will announce the winner in the next video and send a follow up email as well.

Good luck everyone! 

Until we meet again, please know the creative genius in me celebrates the creative genius in you!

Blissfully yours,

Andrea

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How to sew a beach bag

Collaborative Beach Bag Design: Exterior Assembly

How to sew a beach bag
How to sew a beach bag
How to sew a beach bag
How to sew a beach bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to assemble the exterior of our collaborative beach bag design. For this portion of the project you will need the following cuts of fabric:

Canvas or Twill:

Body Panels 15″ x 24″ (cut 2)

Side Panels 10″ x 24″ (cut 2)

Base Panel 24″ x 10″ (cut 1)

Pocket Trim 24″ x 3″ (cut 2)

Cotton:

Pocket Panels 12″ x 24″ (cut 2)

Side Pockets 10″ x 20″ (cut 2)

Key Fob Strap 3″ x 20″ (cut 1)

Plus one 1″ swivel key fob

PLEASE NOTE: These are the correct measurements listed here. In the video I said 25″ for some reason. Sorry!

The exterior pockets are designed to hold water, keys, sunglasses, sunscreen, a book and snacks.

Next week we will finish up with the top closure. Comment to let me know if you would like 1. no closure 2. a drawstring closure or 3. a zippered top closure.

Until we meet again, please know the creative genius in me celebrates the creative genius in you!

Blissfully yours,

Andrea

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How to sew a boxy zippered cosmetic bag

How to sew a boxy zippered cosmetic bag

 

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to so this boxy zippered pouch which is ideal for storing cosmetics, small collections and so much more!

This sewing project may be addictive as I can’t stop sewing these sweet bags. I keep finding uses for them and they make me so happy!

For this project you will need two 12″ x 10″ cotton fabric pieces, one 7″ YKK zipper to match, 12″ of embroidery floss and a small felt ball or pom.

I hope you enjoy the project and will share photos of your finished bags with our creative community on the Sewspire Facebook and Instagram pages.

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

XO,
Andrea

P.S. Please join me in congratulating last week’s Happy Mail winner Sherri Redden. If you would like to enter to win my weekly sewing project simply click on the Happy Mail tab to sign up.

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How to sew a zippered duffel tote bag

How to sew a zippered duffel tote bag

How to sew a zippered duffel tote bag
How to sew a zippered duffel tote bag
How to sew a zippered duffel tote bag
How to sew a zippered duffel tote bag
How to sew a zippered duffel tote bag
How to sew a zippered duffel tote bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew a duffel bag with zippered top closure. This particular bag is sized to meet carryon requirements and makes a wonderful travel bag because you can fold it flat and tuck several of them inside your suitcase with ease.

When finished your travel size duffel tote bag will measure approximately 17″ across the base, 8″ tall and 9″ deep.

For this project you will need one 18″ zipper and 2 yards of cotton twill fabric such as the beautiful Premier Prints I used to craft the sample bag from.

To begin, you will need to precut your material to the following dimensions:

Cut six 10″ x 18″ panels for the body

Cut four 10″ x 10″ panels for the sides

Cut four 5″ x 20″ panels for the zipper casing / gusset

Cut two 6″ x 25″ panels for the handles

I hope you enjoy the sewing project and will share photos of your finished duffel bags on the Sewspire Facebook and Instagram pages using @sewspire and #sewspire .

I will be back next week with another inspired travel themed project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

P.S. Congratulations to Janice Centritto as she is the Happy Mail winner of the patchwork dachshund pup we made last week! If you would like to enter to win this week’s travel sized duffel bag, you can sign up here.

How to sew a dachshund dog pattern

How to sew a stuffed dachshund dog with free pattern

SewspireDachshundDog

Welcome to Sewspire! 

Today I am here to show you how to sew this adorable stuffed dachshund dog. This particular design is an original Andrea Chapman freehand sketch that I created for my eldest daughter Ashley. The dog was a gift to her durning a difficult heartbreak and continues to serve as a reminder that time does heal all things. I am confident the same compassion will be infused in your project and together we can lift up many hearts!

To begin you will need to download and print the 3 page Free PDF Dachshund Pattern above. Simply click on the image to proceed.

In the project video I will show you how to cut, transfer and sew the pattern. For this project you will need a 1/2 yard of cotton fabric remnants and some stuffing.

The finished dog measures approximately 18″ x 9″.

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

In the near future I will be creating sewing kits for this project as well as a few one of kind finished pieces. I will be sure to let you know when those are available for you to purchase. If you would like to preorder either the kit or the finished dog you can do that here:

https://sewspire.com/product-category/pre-order/

In the meantime, I will be back next week with another inspired sewing project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

P.S. Please join me in congratulating Robin Keller the lucky winner of the one of a kind patchwork tote bag I made in our last sewing tutorial. If you would like to enter my weekly happy mail drawing you can do so here. If you live in the Northern Virginia area and would like to take an in studio sewing class, I am offering this project as a Summer 2017 Class.

Sewspire Sewing Studio

Sewing Studio Tour, Design, Inspiration and Giveaway!

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Sewspire Sewing Studio

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

It is Monday, May 1st and we are kicking off our next Sewspire Video Series which will focus on designing and/or reclaiming a functional and inspirational creative space to serve as your sewing studio.

There are 8 essential components of a highly functional sewing space:

Cutting / Layout Table

Sewing Table

Ironing Board

Fabric Storage

Notion Storage

Lighting

Inspirational Decor

In this weeks video, I will show you how I have incorporated these facets into my commercial sewing studio. In a future video and a few Facebook live sessions we will address your greatest studio challenges and questions. Please feel free to post your questions, photos and videos regarding studio organization to the Sewspire Facebook page and we will discuss solutions to as many of those posts as possible. You may also comment below. As part of the series we will be designing and sewing three projects that you can use to organize and beautify your creative space.

Until we meet again, please know the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

P.S. This week I am giving away a box of designer fabric remnants. You can enter to win this drawing and all subsequent Happy Handmade Mail giveaways here.

 

Ultimate Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial

How to sew the Ultimate Tote Bag

Ultimate Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial
Ultimate Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial
Ultimate Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial
Ultimate Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial
Ultimate Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial
Ultimate Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial

Click link below to share / download / view the PDF format of this tutorial: https://sewspire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Ultimate-Tote-Bag-Tutorial-by-Sewspire.pdf

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to make a multi-pocket tote bag that I think is the Ultimate Tote because you can size the pockets to suit your needs exactly.

This sewing tutorial is a little different format than the others because I promised my friend Amy Reber I would create a PDF Tutorial she could share with her fabric fans. So, I have meshed the two formats to create a dynamic tutorial which you can watch and/or print.

I hope you enjoy the project and will share pictures of your finished totes with Amy and I on Instagram and Facebook using #sewspire and @sewspire

Next month I will be kicking off a new series that is centered upon Studio Design and Organization. I will be back soon to share more on that topic and am very excited to get started!

Until we meet again…the creative genius in me, salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

 

Bonus Tutorial!

This tote makes for a very thoughtful baby shower gift when paired with a coordinating diaper clutch and minky dot changing pad set and you can find free tutorial right here on Sewspire just click the image below!

How to sew a diaper clutch and minky dot changing pad by Sewspire
How to sew a diaper clutch and minky dot changing pad by Sewspire
How to Sew A Retro Zippered Tote Bag by Sewspire

How to sew a retro zippered tote bag with removable purse organizer

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew this fabulous retro zippered tote bag with removable organizer. For this project you will need to precut the following fabric pieces:

Tote Bag:

Top Panel, cut two 18″ x 9″ rectangles

Base Panel, cut two 18″ x 10″ rectangles

Interior, cut two 18″ x 18″ squares

Handles, cut two 30″ x 6″ strips

Zipper Casing, cut two 20″ x 6″ strips

Fusible Fleece, cut two 18″ x 18″ squares and two 3″ x 30″ strips

Plus, one 18″ heavy duty separating zipper to match

Removable Organizer:

Body, cut one 18″ x 30″ rectangle

Pocket Panel, cut one 16″ x 30″ rectangle

Heavyweight Pellon Sew In Interfacing / Stabilizer, cut one 16.5″ x 28″ rectangle

I hope you enjoyed this project and will share pictures of your finished retro totes with our creative community. You can post your photos directly to the Sewspire Facebook page using @sewspire or tag #sewspire on Instagram.

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

XO,

Andrea

P.S. For your reference, the finished tote should measure approximately 11″ across the base, 6″ deep and 13″ tall.

 

How to sew a three ring binder cover

How to sew a three ring binder cover with zipper pocket

Welcome to Sewspire!

By popular request, I am here to show you how to make a custom binder cover with exterior zippered compartment. This particular tutorial includes the instructions and measurements for a 1″ three ring binder; however, I have included the measurements for the larger binders if you’d like to sew a cover for a 1.5″, 2″ or 3″ binder simply adjust the two rectangular cuts and fusible fleece accordingly.

To craft, as shown, you will need to precut the following fabric pieces:

Cut 1 piece of fusible fleece 23″ x 13″ to line the exterior body panel*

Cut 2 pieces of cotton twill fabric 23″ x 13″ for the exterior and interior body*

Cut 2 pieces of cotton fabric 12″ x 13″ for the interior flaps

Cut 1 piece of cotton fabric 20″ x 13″ for the exterior pocket

Cut 1 piece of cotton fabric 4″ x 13″ for the exterior pocket trim

Plus 1 zipper that measures between 12″ and 16″

*to size up you will need to adjust the measurements of the fusible fleece and body panels to 25″ x 13″ for a 1.5″ three ring binder, to 26.5″ x 13″ for a 2″ three ring binder and 28″ x 13″ for a 3″ three ring binder.

If you enjoyed this project please do subscribe to my newsletter and YouTube Chanel to ensure you don’t miss my next inspired sewing project.

Until we meet again, please know the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

P.S. Don’t forget to tag @sewspire and #sewspire on Instagram and Facebook. I love to see your beautiful creations!

 

 

How to sew a fitted card table cloth

Card Table Makeover and UpStyle

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

This week we are making a custom table cover that is sized to fit a standard card table perfectly. This particular table cloth is unique in that it has a circular accent panel that adds an interesting design element to what might otherwise become a fairly ordinary place setting.

I imagine you could create a stunning table setting, desert display or gift station by positioning platters, trays and favors within the center medallion and smaller accent pieces in the four outer quadrants.

Please do share photos of your new table coverings with me on Instagram and Facebook using @sewspire and #sewspire and I will do the same.

If you enjoy this tutorial you may also want to watch last week’s video in which I show you how to make the coordinating folding chair slipcovers.

Until we meet again, please know, the creative genius in me salutes the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

For this project you will need 3 yards of cotton fabric precut to the following dimensions and shapes:

Two 31″ circles
One 35.5″ square
Four 9″ x 35.5″ rectangles

If you like the look shown, I’d suggest purchasing one yard each of three coordinating prints.