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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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How AWESOME is this! Today I have a super tutorial by Ellen on how to add a zipper closure to your Gabbie's Grove! YAY! Over to you, Ellen: --------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello everyone .. Today I just wanted to share with you all, how I did the Zip Top Closure on “Gabbie’s Grove”. There are two different ways to add a Zip Top Closure, one way is to add a finished (on all edges) Zip Top Closure panel directly onto your lining.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at ChrisW Designs
Typepad HTML Email Thank you for stopping by, Judy! 😊
Typepad HTML Email Hi Jean, This is really personal preference and not set in stone. If your adjuster is shiny and pretty, you may want to have it at the front but I find most people seem to put it at the back….but it’s totally up to you! 😊
Typepad HTML Email It will depend on just how ‘heavy’ is heavy! My daughters both packed theirs with books and did not have a problem with it. I always suggest if anyone is planning on carrying a lot of weight in their bags, to stitch every seam at least twice. Also make sure you are using good quality supplies. You can leave off the buckles and close the flap with Velcro if you prefer…Some people even opt to leave off the flap entirely. The choice is yours!
Typepad HTML Email It’s great to hear from you Patty. So glad that you are finding the instructions useful! Yes, I love my cat! 😊
Typepad HTML Email Hi Shelly, I used to sew the straps as well as rivet however now I only rivet. I used to worry the rivets alone wouldn’t be enough BUT I have since learnt that using the correct rivets and quantity for my project, I don’t need to sew as well as rivet. To be honest, I have never heard of “non weight bearing rivets” but I assume these are some sort of decorative only rivet. I use double capped rivets, so they look the same on both sides and I have never had an issue of them not bearing a load. It is important though, that you use the correct shaft length for the area you are riveting. The post should be the same length as the thickness of your work and when you compress the layers a small amount of rivet will protrude. Too short, so your post is buried in the layers and the rivet won’t hold. Too long so that the post is protruding even when you don’t compress the layers, then it is likely your rivet will bend when you try to set it, or be wobbly and not set firmly when you are finished. I suggest you buy them online from one of the many bag hardware suppliers. Please email me christine@chriswdesigns.com to let me know where you are at so I can point you in the direction of someone who supplies rivets perfect for bag making! Hope this helps!
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2018 on How to Install Rivets at ChrisW Designs
Typepad HTML Email Hi Linda….Yes it is, it is available here: http://blog.chriswdesigns.com/2016/04/the-serendipity-hip-sew-along-with-ellen.html :)
Typepad HTML Email AWESOME! Thanks….yes Ellen does a great job with the picture tutorials! 😊
Typepad HTML Email Hi Glenis….My patterns all have suggested fabrics included….usually I design with Quilting cottons in mind, because they are readily available, HUGE range of designs to choose from and easy to work with for most home sewing machines. I only suggest moving up to other fabric types and leather, pleather or vinyl after you have a bit of bagmaking experience under your belt. Hope this helps!
Typepad HTML Email Thanks Judith! 😊
Typepad HTML Email Thank you Michele! 😊
Typepad HTML Email Thanks so much Pat! 😊
Typepad HTML Email Awww Thank you so much Annalie! 😊
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YES! It's that time again! What 'time' you may ask? NEW pattern release time! YAY! My latest Easy Street Pattern, Gabbie's Grove: Gabbie’s Grove is a super quick and fun sew creating a unique, versatile foldover bag which you can use as a tote: Or fold it over and use as a shoulder or crossbody bag: Or put your arm through the Top Body Strap and use as a large clutch: You can even wear it as a foldover backpack... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at ChrisW Designs
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WOOP! we are having a FLASH sew along of the Brandt's Boulevard Easy Street wallet pattern over in our Facebook Group AND there will be a LIVE VIDEO too! Starts TOMORROW! Hosted by two of our AWESOME group admins, Rachel, who has made a STACK of these wallets to date and knows more about them than I do... and Amanda who is braving the camera for us! Quick and easy to make,the Brandt's Boulevard wallet is the perfect warm up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at ChrisW Designs
Typepad HTML Email Thanks for stopping by, Pat! 😊
Thanks for stopping by, Susan! :)
Thank you Ellen....yes Karen does a great job! :) Sent from my iPhone
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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 Feb 19, 2018 at ChrisW Designs
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Today we are back with another guest post from Karen to share with you! This one is part 3, adding free motion machine embroidery! Over to you Karen: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- For this project I am making the Snazzy Slouch. I haven't made it before but it has been on my To Do List for a while, and it has those great exterior pockets for decorating. I am using recycled denim for mine, so I skipped the fusible interfacing to keep it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at ChrisW Designs
Typepad HTML Email Hi Rebekah, There is really no hard and fast rules as to how many feet to add or the spacing so usually it’s just personal judgement as to qty and spacing but I would use 6 feet in a 10” base that I was particularly keen to have not drag, plus a larger sized feet….perhaps 16mm (5/8”)….plus a nice firm base…..Template plastic might support the bottom better than a plastic grid…. Hope this helps!
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2018 on Handbag and Purse Feet Tutorial! at ChrisW Designs
Thanks June....yes that was lovely. I don't get the privilege to meet many of my customers! :)
Thanks so much for your wonderful comments terra! :)