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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!
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Let's Celebrate! Come one, come all to our 6000 member celebration! Not only are we having an exclusive member discount BUT you could also WIN some fabulous prizes via some FUN, easy to enter mini competitions! BUT.......we aren't quite there yet.... so please help us hit that target! Spread the word, tell your friends and join us in some cork popping FUN as soon as the 6000th member signs up! WOOHOO! Join our group NOW! It's FUN and it's FREE!... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at ChrisW Designs
Hi Leanna....please do email me christine@chriswdesigns.com and tell me more!
Thanks for your input, Jack! :)
Thank you so much Norma! I appreciate all your help! You are one AWESOME proof reader and tester bag maker extraordinaire! :)
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Yay! It's time to introduce my latest Easy Street pattern - Ellen's Esplanade! Features: The Ellen’s Esplanade is the perfect day project or a great design to Sew & Sell or whip up and give as a gift! Featuring two handy exterior side slip pockets for phone and keys with the main compartment closing with a recessed zipper. Inside you will find a spacious interior which includes a zipper pocket. If you need more pockets, why not add Pocket Supplement... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at ChrisW Designs
Hi Jean, Welcome to my blog and I'm glad you have enjoyed this tutorial. If you are looking for my Snazzy Slouch you can find it on Craftsy here: https://www.craftsy.com/sewing/patterns/the-snazzy-slouch-handbag-sewing-pattern/147752 or in my website shop here: https://www.chriswdesigns.com/collections/intermediate-patterns/products/snazzy-slouch Hope this helps! Cheers, Christine
Thank you! :)
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I can't believe a whole season is nearly over again for the Bag of the Month club! And with it, a whole year! Time flies when you are having fun! July * Sadie by Swoon Patterns * Individual Release - January August * The Swim & Gym bag by Sewing Patterns by Mrs H * Individual Release - February September * The Highline Tote by Betz White * Individual Release - March October * The Coalition Bag by Sew Sweetness... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at ChrisW Designs
Hi Kat, I use a 2mm hole punch for my rivets....it's best that the hole is a nice snug fit! I also add a dob of fray stopper to the hole when using fabrics.... Hope this helps!
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2016 on How to Install Rivets at ChrisW Designs
LOL! Well I can't wait to see it! :)
Yes I think so too Judith! :)
Seeing the testers versions is always MY favourite part of releasing a new pattern! It's so much FUN and they always amaze me with their awesome fabric choices!! :)
Thank you Alison! :)
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My wonderful proof reader and pattern tester extraordinaire Norma of Norma's Bag Boutique, added a zipper closure to her Daryl's Drive. I thought that was so COOL and I know many of you just LOVE zipper closures above all else so I twisted her arm to get her to write a tutorial for you..... OK....so I didn't really twist her arm.....But nevertheless Norma has written a tutorial on how she did it so I am going to share that with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at ChrisW Designs
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Today I have great pleasure in introducing Daryl's Drive. My newest addition to the Easy Street range! Features: The Daryl’s Drive is the perfect weekend project or a great design to Sew & Sell! Featuring a wonderfully uncluttered exterior perfect for showcasing your favourite fabric or embroidery design. The exterior also features a handy quick access phone pocket inconspicuously located in the seam at the back of the bag. Inside you will find a spacious interior which includes a zipper... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at ChrisW Designs
P.S. I'm glad you like my website! :)
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2016 on How to Install Rivets at ChrisW Designs
Hi Diana, I assume you mean the hand press? There really isn't much to tell about it only that you need to use the correct size and type of die for the rivets (Or other items) you are setting....each size needs its own die....the same goes for grommets or press studs etc. I use two sizes of rivet die....the 9mm and 8mm....and that refers to the cap size, not the stem. I believe you can get hole punches for the press machine too BUT I still punch my holes the old fashioned way with a punch and hammer! Hope this helps!
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2016 on How to Install Rivets at ChrisW Designs
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ChrisW Designs BIGGEST sale of the year! Were you hoping to stock up on some bag patterns? Now's the time to do it! 30% off SITE-WIDE on Black Friday 25th November 2015 until midnight on Cyber Monday 28th November 2015! YES! It's Friday already here in Aus so the sale is on NOW! Use the code cyber16 in your shopping cart to receive your discount! Happy Shopping! Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at ChrisW Designs
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YAY! We are now roaring past 5000 members in our Facebook Group! Are YOU a member? I'll let you in on a little secret....actually it's a BIG SECRET!.....We are popping corks and saving $$ with a special 30% off code good for 24 hours! WOOHOO! DO pop over and join us now! :) Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at ChrisW Designs
Hi Vivian...It sounds like bounce....I punch the holes for my rivets etc using an old cutting mat resting on a very firm surface like outside on pavers or on the garage concrete floor. I also use a metal hammer ....it may be that your rubber mallet will bounce too much and not give the sold whack needed. Hope this helps!
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2016 on How to Install Rivets at ChrisW Designs
Hi Judy, It's all in Part one of the sew along here: http://blog.chriswdesigns.com/2016/06/the-lunar-collection-sew-along-with-ellen-june-2016.html I think you will see quite clearly how the base attaches however if you are still having problems, please email me christine@chriswdesigns or tag Ellen in our Facebook group ....she is usually around a lot more than I am at the moment and will be able to help you!
Thank you Rochelle! XXX
You aren't 'just a tester' Daryl....you are a good friend...so of course I have been thinking of you! XXX
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Today I have yet another beautiful tester version of the Carriers Conquest bag to share with you. This one is by Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio. Daryl has been a long time tester and good friend of mine for a while now and sadly just recently lost her mom (I've been thinking of you the whole time Daryl)....so she ran a little late getting her tester bag done....Personally I find it amazing she was able to complete it at all,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at ChrisW Designs