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* How about a tutorial on making awesome purse handles?

* Interested in our new retail store?  We have print and downloadable PDF patterns, with more on the way!

Happy Sewing!


About pattern making and latest news

About pattern making and latest news


I made a decision (a resolution?) that I would post out every week or close to it. It is going to take me a bit to get into the habit!  Perhaps it is the -15 below days and the 5 days the kids had off from school for “cold weather” ?  Or maybe I need to just take the time to work in a new habit.

If you have been struck by freezing temps, I hope you are using all this cold weather time to sew or make something.  It is so fun, you know (the sewing, not the cold weather!).  I have been continuing to play with my silhouette cameo.  It has so much creative potential but I have mostly been using it to cut out my pattern pieces.  More on that for another day.

Things have not been standing still at Around the Bobbin. I have been drafting patterns.  I will tell you.  I definitely am not a speed-drafter. I draw a picture on the computer and consider if it is fat-quarter friendly or could be made into a fat quarter friendly pattern.  I consider if it’s too many pieces and what looks to be the simplest construction method to achieve the result I’m looking for.  Is it unique enough?  Does it teach something new or different? Does it work in a variety of fabrics?  After the idea is down on paper, it gets a thorough attack of questions to see if it stands up.

I have 2 patterns that made their way through that process.  One is ready and written but just need photos.  But I got so excited about the second one that I had to see what it would look like.  I am on the third version of it–it is one of those patterns that can be constructed a variety of ways so I am testing different interfacings and different construction methods to see which one looks the best.

At some point, I will put pictures up here, but it is too early.

The other pieces of news are….

1. I am redesigning my website to incorporate my blog and add a store.  I am so excited to have a website that will be more like me and my style.  Yeah!

2. I turned 3 of my most recent patterns into downloadable pdfs.  They are out on Craftsy:

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The Bridget Handbag

The Flower Power Table Runner and Trivet


The Olivia Bag.

I’d love it if you go check them out.  I’m so excited to finally have some pdf patterns available, particularly for international sewists but also all you kindle/ipad/tablet people!  On a cold, snowy day like today, it certainly sounds like a great option.

Thanks for stopping by and catching the news.  Back to my samples!!

Happy Sewing,


Playing with . . . Silhouette Cameo Cutter

Happy New Year!

One of the things I’ve been up to is playing with my new Silhouette Cameo.  So many  fun possibilities so I’m just getting started here.  I downloaded the flower image and added my daughter’s name (on the right).  After the cameo cut it out, I removed the pieces you see on the left and ironed them in place.

I’m not sure what I will make with it yet, but it was fun to just mess around with it.


I also downloaded this shape.  Then I saved just the outline of it and cut out the outlined piece in the lime. I am going to turn this into a little billfold or case.  Stay tuned for the final product!


The Silhouette is just so much fun.   This could get just seriously addicting 🙂

I would love to hear about your favorite Silhouette projects.

Linking up with WIP Wednesdays @ Freshly Pieced

Happy Sewing,


Working on . . . Stocking Stuffers

Working on . . . Stocking Stuffers

Family members, don’t read this entry or you’ll know what will be in your stocking 🙂

I am working on stocking stuffers today with Marilyn Foreman at Quilt MomentsTissue holders and receipt holders–easy projects that we can actually finish this morning!  We’re going to make some coasters too, but I don’t have a picture yet ’cause they don’t exist yet!


I hope to have a big pile of these by this afternoon.

What are you working on?

Linking up with WIP Wednesdays @ Freshly Pieced



Free Receipt Holder Tutorial

Welcome! This is a tutorial for a receipt holder–a little case to hold the receipts that would otherwise be floating around in your purse.  These also work great as a place to keep gas receipts for the glove compartment of your car.

This is part of a series of tutorials I’m putting together for purse accessories to organize the inside of your purse.


Yep, you try to organize your receipts in a pocket but then one day you’re in a hurry at the gas station and you just stuff your receipt in a different pocket.  Then over time all of the pockets in your purse have receipts and you no longer care.  So, the next trip to the grocery store, you just stuff it in your purse ’cause it’s all a big mess anyway?

Am I the only one that does this?

Probably not.

So, this is  a tutorial to make an easy case to hold receipts.  It has 2 pockets and NO ZIPPERS.  A zipper is a fine thing, but I wanted to make this the easiest project possible.

So, let’s get started.


Cut out the following:

Main Fabric

  • Cut one piece 8″ H x 6″ W for exterior.
  • Cut one piece 4-1/4″ H x 6″ W for pocket #1.
  • Cut one piece 3-1/2″ H x 6″ W for pocket #2.

Coordinating Fabric

  • Cut one piece 8″ H x 6″ W for interior.
  • Cut one piece 2-1/2″ H x 6″ W for flap closure strap.


Light to Medium weight fusible interfacing, such as Pellon Shapeflex (SF101).

  • Cut one piece 8″ H x 6″ W for exterior
  • Cut one piece 4-1/4″ H x 6″ W for pocket #1.
  • Cut one piece 3-1/2″ H x 6″ W for pocket #2.
  • Cut one piece 8″ H x 6″ W for interior.
  • Cut one piece 2-1/2″ H x 5-1/2″ W for flap closure strap.

Sewing Instructions

1. Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of corresponding fabric pieces. Center the strap interfacing onto the strap.

2. Finish top edge of pocket #1

  • Zig-zag upper edge of pocket to prevent fraying.
  • Fold upper edge of pocket 1/2″ toward wrong side of fabric and press.
  • Topstitch 1/8″ from upper edge.
Step 2

Step 2

3. Finish top edge of pocket #2

  • Follow Step 2 to finish upper edge of pocket #2 in the same manner as pocket #1.
Steps 2 and 3

Steps 2 and 3

4. Attach pockets

  • Place pocket #1 on interior piece, aligning bottom edge and sides.
  • Place pocket #2 over pocket #1, aligning bottom edge and sides.
  • Baste sides with a 1/8″ seam.
  • Baste bottom edge with a 1/8″ seam.
Step 4

Step 4

5. Sew flap closure strap

  • Fold 3″ H x 6″ W strip in half  along long side (to be 1-1/2″ x 6″).
  • Open strap up and fold long sides in to meet along center fold. Press.
Step 5-1

Step 5-1

  • Fold again along center fold (to be 5/8″ x 6″).
  • Topstitch long sides 1/8″ from edges.
Step 5-2

Step 5-2

6. Attach strap

  • Place bottom edge of strap 1-3/4″ up from bottom edge of receipt holder.
  • Baste 1/8″ from sides.
Step 6

Step 6

7. Trim interior and exterior pieces

  • Place Exterior piece over Interior piece, right sides together. Pin along bottom and in center.
  • Mark top center and mark 1″ down from top right corner and top left corner.  Align ruler along line from top center to 1″ markings and trim on both sides, as shown below.
Step 7

Step 7

8. A little more trimming on upper sides

  • Trim right side at an angle starting 1/4″ in from upper right corner and ending at upper right side of pocket.
  • Trim left side at an angle starting 1/4″ in from upper left corner and ending at upper right side of pocket.
Step 8

Step 8

9. Stitch exterior to interior

  • Starting 3/4″ down from upper left side, stitch around entire perimeter using a 1/4″ seam.  Stop stitching about 2-1/4″ from starting point in order to leave an opening to turn receipt holder right side out.
  • Clip corner seam allowances to reduce bulk in corners.
Step 9

Step 9

10. Finish

  •  Turn receipt holder right side out. Press.
  • Handstitching opening closed, if desired (or you can close it by topstitching below).
  • Topstitch 1/8″ from edge along flap portion of holder.
Step 10

Step 10

11. Go clean out your purse!

Thanks for stopping by.  If you liked this tutorial, please tell your sewing friends, like me on facebook or pass the word around in a way that works for you.  I’d “sew” appreciate it!  🙂


And the winners are . . .


Hi!  It’s time to announce the winners of the Giveaway .  The winners were picked by using the random sequence generator (how techie!) at

The 3 winners are . . .  Lisa Marie, Stacy Alfanso, and Rikki.

They will each receipt downloadable pdfs of my 3 most recent patterns–the Bridget Handbag, the Flower Power Table Runner and the Olivia Bag.

Congratulations winners!  I will be emailing you later today to confirm your email address and then sending your patterns!

To all of you, thank you so much for stopping by and for all your fun comments. It was so much fun to read what everybody liked for purse styles.

Please stop by tomorrow for a tutorial on sewing a receipt holder for all those holiday receipts as you do your Christmas or other shopping!

Happing Sewing!