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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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For a change? LOLLL More easy makes are coming your way SOON! ;)
Thank you for your lovely comments Krista! :)
Norma I am always thrilled when you say you will proof read and test for me because you have eyes like a hawk! LOL :)
Emma was one of my very early patterns so I thought it was high time I revised it AND while I was at it I thought why not add a flap AND make her a little bigger while I was at it so it now is more suited to all ages! I am happy to say, Emma is a really quick and easy sew which is perfect for those last minute gifts! Depending on your fabric choice, it is suitable... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at ChrisW Designs
Hi Rita, Please try this tutorial and see how you go: Best wishes, Christine
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2016 on FREE Bag Pattern - Coco! at ChrisW Designs
LOL Norma, you are very funny! :) BUT is very clever! :)
Hello everyone....Today Sonja has a fabulous Brandt's Boulevard/Olivia hack to share with you! Over to you Sonja: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “Brandtivia” Tutorial by Sonja Davison Please note: I have sewn both patterns in their entirety using a 6mm (¼”) seam allowance and have specified where different seam allowances should be used. One of the many great things about Christine’s patterns is the endless options for hacking customization. Combining the Brandt’s Boulevard with the Olivia is a perfect example, given the many design... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at ChrisW Designs
Hello everyone....Today Liz has a fabulous Serendipity/Lunar mash-up to share with you! Over to you Liz: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Hello everyone! I still can’t believe that I won the Hack-a-Bag-a-Thon contest. It’s a great honor to write this tutorial for you (my first one!), and I hope it inspires you to get creative and try out some hacks on your own bags. First, a little about me – I am a Certified Public Accountant living in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA. I’ve been quilting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at ChrisW Designs
AWESOME Lana....I am glad you found the review useful and also that you are enjoying your new machine! :)
The bag-making groups have opened my eyes to a lot of interesting words and terminology! LOL ;)
You will LOVE it! :)
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2016 on Pressing With a Rajah Cloth! at ChrisW Designs
I wouldn't be without mine Marsha....thanks for sharing the link! :)
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2016 on Pressing With a Rajah Cloth! at ChrisW Designs
Does that mean you volunteering to run it again next year Marsha? LOL has been so much FUN to see everyone's creativity ....with amazing hacks produced by all!
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2016 on 2016 Hack-a-Bag-a-Thon Winners at ChrisW Designs
Hi Susan.....I know Dianna has been busy with work so may not see this post for a while......You could try a universal needle......I find that works better for me with my Bernina....whereas my Pfaff likes the leather needles..... I know this may seem obvious BUT have you checked that you have both top and bottom threaded correctly? Also make sure you lengthen your stitches more when topstitching vinyl as apposed to fabrics....I use at least 4.00 on my Bernina.... Hope this helps!
Hi Susan, I find that it is actually rare that you need to fiddle with the bobbin tension..... Usually the problem comes down to thread and needle types, stitch length or other issues....May I suggest you ask advice in our Facebook group as there a lot of members that sew regularly with faux leather/vinyl and some may have encountered the same issues as you and found a way to solve it! Please go here: Hope this gets some help for you!
Firstly a great BIG thank you goes out to Marsha and Ellen for hosting the Hack-a-Bag-a-Thon over in our Facebook group! Ladies, you ROCK! I must say I have been blown away by the awesome talent shown by everyone who entered a hack! I really wish EVERYONE could win 1st prize! I think I am going to have to do some serious arm twisting to get everyone to share their hacks with us over the coming months.....wouldn't that be nice?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at ChrisW Designs
You can say that again Norma! ;)
Yes I totally agree with you on that one! :)
I must admit we really had an AWESOME January to June 2016 Bag of the Month Club season. Now that the season has come to a close its time to announce the winners of the prizes so generously offered by our wonderful sponsors. Do you spot YOUR bag? If so, send us an email to (with name, email address and prize or prize # for the Random prizes) by Sunday, July 31st to claim your prize. Winners will be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at ChrisW Designs
Now that the Jan-June bag of the Month Club is over, we are busy bringing the competition to a close! The Bag of the Month Club fairies have been hard at work again... Some of us had to consult friends, co-workers and other "industry professionals" to come up with our finalists for the Jan - June prizes. It was a tough job, but we've narrowed down the entries to 10 for each month. We have all been astounded by the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at ChrisW Designs
Hi...i am sorry BUT I have no idea where you can get a manual. All I got with my Zoje was a very basic, impossible to decipher, very short instruction sheet! I searched google but was unable to turn up any further instructions. YOu may like to contact a dealer who may be able to help more than I can! best of luck!!
I have heard of some people converting web pages to PDf and then printing them....I have not done it BUT perhaps a google search might help you find out how!
Yes I love Daryl's bag too! All my patterns are PDF's so it doesn't matter where in the world you can have them withing seconds! ;)
AWESOME! I am really pleased to hear you are happy with it! it does have a lot of features which equal a lot of work BUT I think it is worth it for the end result! :) Can't wait to see yours! :)
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at ChrisW Designs