Tutorial: Pinning & Sewing Gussets

People naturally want to match raw edges perfectly when pinning, but that doesn’t work very well for three-dimensional things, like bags. The raw edge of a curved panel will be longer than a straight edge that’s sewn to it. For most Swoon patterns, these pieces are calculated to match lengths exactly at the 1/2″ seam […]

New Workshop!

This past summer I made a deal with my husband… I’d move from the home I loved if he’d help build me a workshop. And so the long process started! We made a trip to Lancaster County PA to order my new building; turnaround time is 2-3 months so it was ordered long before we […]

Bag of the Month Club: Louise Barrel Bag

My newest contribution to Bag of the Month Club is the Louise Barrel Bag for May 2017! It has been added to all Bag of the Month Club subscription accounts. If you aren’t a member, click here to sign up! Louise is a stylish and unique take on the timeless barrel bag. The extra long zipper opens wide […]

Giveaway: Eclectic Elements Expedition Tote Kit

CONGRATS TO WINNERS: Louise Ambrosi & Amy Buller I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to design a bag pattern featuring Eclectic Elements hardware, zippers and fabric by Tim Holtz. Introducing the Expedition Travel Tote. The Expedition Tote features three large zippered pockets and an easy access slip pocket for maximum organization. Carry on a shoulder with […]

Tutorial: Zip Around Pearl

Hey everyone! Erin of Diedel*Bug Handmade here. I got a crazy idea and decided to make our sweet Swoon Patterns Pearl Wallet Clutch into a zip around wallet! I’ll stop the teasing you now and get on with the tutorial. First things first, you need to swing by and grab your copy of the Pearl Clutch Wallet Clutch… Pattern […]

Bag of the Month Club: Sadie Expandable Bag

My second contribution to Bag of the Month Club is the Sadie Expandable Bag for July 2016! It has been added to all BOMC membership accounts. This bag is very easy to make and relatively fast, too. A zippered gusset turns a sleek messenger-style bag into a mid sized shoulder bag. Instructions and pattern pieces are included for using […]

Photo Tutorial: Brooklyn Handbag

I had a fabulous and busy day sewing along with the ladies in the Bag of the Month Club Facebook Group. I promised to move it all here, so that it can referred in the future. This is a supplement to the pattern instructions, they are much more detailed. (This bag pattern is currently only […]

Bag of the Month Club: Brooklyn Handbag & Traveler

I’ve been dying to share my contribution to Bag of the Month Club. And I finally can! Here is the May pattern, it’s been added to all BOMC membership accounts. I designed this pattern with the intention of looking like a high-class store-bought handbag, but also being relatively easy to sew. While there are a few […]

Flex-Foam is almost here!

I was lucky enough to get to try out some 1-sided fusible Pellon Flex-Foam before it launches (it’ll be in all Hancock Fabric stores on September 14th!). I thought it would be a perfect time to update the very first Swoon pattern, the Ethel Tote. The pattern has been completely re-written with new diagrams and […]

Photo Tutorial: Blanche

I had a fun one day sew-along in the Swoon Patterns Group on Facebook, making the small sized Blanche Barrel Bag. Compiled it all into this tutorial for easy future reference. If you are making the Medium or Large, refer to the pattern instructions for the correct measurements for that size. Step 1) Prepping First, […]