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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.

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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
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 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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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 Update 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 divided organizer caddy by Sewspire

How to sew a three way divided organizer caddy + fabric giveaway and studio update

How to sew a divided organizer caddy by Sewspire
How to sew a divided organizer caddy by Sewspire
How to sew a divided organizer caddy by Sewspire
How to sew a divided organizer caddy by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew this fabulous three way divided organizer caddy. For this project you will need to precut the following pieces of twill / canvas / cotton fabric:

Interior Pockets 7.5″ x 7.5″ (cut 6)

Exterior Front / Back / Base 9″ x 6″ (cut 3)

Exterior Sides 6″ x 6″ (cut 2)

Exterior Side Pockets 6″ x 8″ (cut 2)

Exterior Front / Back Pockets 9″ x 8″ (cut 2)

Handles 3″ x 7.5″ (cut 2)

I hope you enjoy the project and will share photos of your finished cubbies 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

Sewspire Happy Mail Fabric Giveaway!
Sewspire Happy Mail Fabric Giveaway!

P.S. In this week’s studio update I am giving away a flat rate envelope of top quality quilting remnants. More details in this video:

 

 

How to sew a traveler's notebook journal cover by Sewspire

How to sew a laminated traveler’s notebook journal cover

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

How to sew a traveler's notebook journal cover by Sewspire
How to sew a traveler’s notebook journal cover by Sewspire

Today I am here to show you how to sew a laminated traveler’s notebook / journal cover. For this project you will need two pieces of laminated cotton fabric which measure 9.25″ x 8″ for the pockets and two pieces of laminated cotton fabric which measure 9.25″ x 12.5″ for the body panels; plus, two pieces of 1/4″ elastic which measure 11″ long.

The notebooks which fit in this measure 5.5″ x 8.25″. If you would like to create a custom cover to fit your specific notebooks you will add 1.5″ to the width of your notebook when it is open and laying flat on the countertop and 1″ to the height. The pockets will measure the same height as your body panels by 8″ wide.

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

XO,

Andrea

P.S. In this week’s studio update, I announce the winners of last week’s giveaway as well as the results of our sewing machine survey. I hope you enjoy both video segments and will subscribe to the Sewspire YouTube channel:

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How to sew a phone wallet by Sewspire.com

How to sew a phone wallet with wristlet strap and mini card case

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

How to sew a phone wallet by Sewspire.com
How to sew a phone wallet by Sewspire.com
How to sew a phone wallet by Sewspire.com
How to sew a phone wallet by Sewspire.com
How to sew a phone wallet by Sewspire.com
How to sew a phone wallet by Sewspire.com
How to sew a phone wallet by Sewspire.com
How to sew a phone wallet by Sewspire.com

Today I am here to show you how to sew a phone wallet with wristlet strap and mini card case. For this project you will need approximately a half yard of cotton fabric and some Pellon firm iron on interfacing, a 7″ zipper, a key ring, small swivel fob and one snap set.

To begin, precut the following pieces of material.

Three 8″ x 9″ (back two with Pellon)

One 8″ x 5″ (backed with Pellon)

One 3″ x 8″

One 2″ x 20″ (backed with Pellon)

Four 5″ x 6″ (back one with Pellon)

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and will share photos of your finished wallets with me over 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 celebrates the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

P.S. I can’t finish the whole cloth quilt I started…found out why in this video:

 

 

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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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