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Christine Welsh
NSW, Australia
My name is Christine and I am addicted to bag making!
Interests: Now that is a good question! Sewing (surprise surprise!), mainly bags and more bags however I do like making an occasional collector teddy bear (OK so I once did that full time BUT the bags took over! LOL) I also love cats and dogs and all sorts of wonderful critters. COOKING and housework are NOT my favourite pass times however and I would MUCH rather be making a bag! I also enjoy spending time with my wonderful children.....oh and sometimes even hubby too! I like to laugh so I love to watch a good comedy movie and I like to watch some drama, scary and love stories too! Oh what the heck....I like a lot of things!
Recent Activity
YAY! So here are the next 6 blank slate drawings from Karen. Simply right click and save to your computer to print out whenever the urge to get creative hits you! I suggest you save them with your patterns! ;) PLUS below each single drawing, you will find a link to download a PDF colouring sheet with lots of little versions of the sketch so you can print out and have fun with planning different colour schemes and fabric placement!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at ChrisW Designs
Today I would like to take the time to introduce you to WovenFuse! Great New Product I don't often rave about new products BUT this is one I just HAVE to share with you! Are you tired of paying through the nose for woven interfacing for your bags? If so (and I am sure you are LOL) then you are going to LOVE this! It's WovenFuse and is a FABULOUS alternative to SF101! I can't say enough about this awesome... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at ChrisW Designs
YAY! I am so excited to be able to share my very first Video Bag Sewing Pattern Tutorial with you - This one is for the Bodacious Bowler Bags! I've been planning to make videos for a very long time now so it really feels good to finally have one available for you..... While admittedly it wasn't quite as much fun to make as The Penny Inn video, since for this one I am flying solo and didn't have the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at ChrisW Designs
Hi Ken, it would depend on the design of the bag so without seeing it or knowing more about its construction I cannot say for sure but it is likely that there would be a way to add a leather strap to the sides with rivets.
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2017 on How to Install Rivets at ChrisW Designs
My local sewing shop was able to order it in for me.....
I suggest an Etsy can find lots of pre made strap options on there!
I suggest an Etsy can find lots of pre made strap options on there!
Try an Etsy search, you can find lots of pre made straps on there!
Your work is always amazing Daryl....LOVE what you do with my designs when you test and I MISS it if you don't test! Hope you don't make a habit of going out of town! LOLL
AWESOME Daryl.....I wish I had them on hand for the ones I am designing LOL would make my life easier! LOL
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2017 on Blank Slate - Bag Outlines at ChrisW Designs
It is! ....and FUN too! :)
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2017 on Blank Slate - Bag Outlines at ChrisW Designs
AWESOME Peg! I hope you will share some pics when you have made them! :)
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2017 on Blank Slate - Bag Outlines at ChrisW Designs
Yep....Karen is a GEM to do this for us! :)
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2017 on Blank Slate - Bag Outlines at ChrisW Designs
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2017 on Blank Slate - Bag Outlines at ChrisW Designs
Today I have something extra special to share with you! I'll let Karen explain......... -------------------------------------------------------------------- When I wrote "The Art of Bag Making" for Christine I showed how I like to do an outline drawing of the bag pattern. Just like the ones you get on commercial printed patterns, it helps me see the bag without the distraction of fabric. Christine thought you all might find that useful, so I am drawing outlines for her entire pattern range, which she... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at ChrisW Designs
Yes it is a bit time consuming BUT the results are very much worth it! :)
Thank you Suzanne! :)
Thank you Linda! :)
All of the testers have out did themselves as usual! :) Thanks so much Judith! :)
I can hardly believe I am finally able to share my new pattern with you! I started off only planning to do one small size, perfect for a little girl BUT as is the norm for me, I ended up complicating things and making three of course, that took a little (Ok a LOT longer) to get it all sorted BUT YAY! I am done now! It probably took me more time to decide on the name from all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at ChrisW Designs
Hello everyone! Yes it is coming up to NEW pattern release time again ......and I need HELP in choosing a name! This new pattern comes in THREE sizes included in the one pattern! Two smaller sizes perfect for the little girls in your life PLUS a larger mummy size too! PLUS the large size wouldn't be complete without my quick access exterior phone or key pocket! I wonder why I struggle so much with naming the bags! I definitely find... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at ChrisW Designs
Today Karen has an alternative way (well better way to be honest!) of making the pull strap closure for the Fiona's Freeway, to share with you! Over to you Karen: ------------------------------------------------------------------ When I made my Fiona's Freeway I wasn't happy with my Pull Strap Closure. My stitching looked messy where I had tied the ends off, and it looked rather flat, as you can see below on the left. So I came up with my own more rounded version which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at ChrisW Designs
Thanks for stopping by, Judith :)
Hi Everyone.... It's no secret that Cork is very popular right now! My first try of it was on my recent new pattern release, The Fiona's Freeway bag and BOTH my daughters loved the cork so much they stole my sample bags! LOL Anyway....It is still a mystery to many on just how to sew with it so today I have great pleasure in sharing a guest post by Toni from the The Little British Fabric Shop where she sells... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at ChrisW Designs
YAY! I am excited! I've long been wanting to make videos of my sewing patterns but alas, there is never enough time! BUT the good news is that one of our Facebook group admins, Amanda, has offered to do a live video....yes, you read right....a LIVE VIDEO sew along of one of my most popular patterns, The Snazzy Slouch! And its all happening in our Facebook group this Friday afternoon around 6pm Eastern Time (US). The good news is if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at ChrisW Designs