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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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YAY it's time for another sew along! Have you been wanting to make a wallet BUT are too scared to try because they look like they would be hard to make? Well Brandt's Boulevard from the new Easy Street Sew & Sell range may be the perfect answer for you! Just fabulous to whip up for yourself, for a friend or two or to sell at the markets or in an Etsy store. OK....so I sound like an advertisment! LOL... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at ChrisW Designs
Thank you Norma!  You can find the hardware at http://www.emmalinebags.com
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Yes....it's time for a NEW pattern release! This one is another Easy Street Sew & Sell pattern, Chloe's Court Clutch. Chloe’s Court is a cute, modern flat style, quick and easy clutch project that you can whip up in a day. It has 4 card slots and a slip pocket in the main zippered compartment. Plus another exterior slip pocket which closes with a magnetic snap which will hold an iPhone 6 Plus or larger phone and other paraphernalia. Make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at ChrisW Designs
Good question! You may need to experiment with the type of needle and thread combinations to see if that makes a difference to the result?
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Welcome to the first post in our new series of bag making tips, brought to you each month by Dianna Leckner! I am so happy to be able to present these tips to you here on the Blog. Dianna is an awesome sewist and avid bag maker with loads of wisdom to share! She previously shared her tutorial on Creating Fabric Using Colour Weaving, here on the blog and it has been a big hit! Each month she is going... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at ChrisW Designs
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Hello to all 2016 Bag of the Month Club members! We are pleased to announce that the prizes have all been organized for this years contest and we are proud to tell you that our amazing sponsors have been very generous and we are lucky to be able to provide 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place prizes for each of the 6 bag designs, as well as 12 randomly drawn prizes. How awesome is that! Lets take a look at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at ChrisW Designs
Looks perfect to ME! :)
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YAY.....hopefully we have all recovered from the celebrations of Christmas and new Year and are ready to rock with our first sew Along for the New Year! First up this year we have the Amy Backpack. It's perfect for preschoolers and smaller children however my daughter also used it in her first couple of years in high school too.... Amy may not be gigantic BUT she is loaded with features! Complete with a large front exterior zippered pocket, an elastic... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at ChrisW Designs
Thank you and thanks for stopping by Debi. Yes…they sure do sew fast! LOL It takes some practice to get the hang of the speed I must say. I have yet to be able to find a manual for the Zoje online that is any better than the one which came with it….which is practically useless! LOL What a great idea to visit an upholsterer for vinyl scraps ….I am sure they would have lots of smaller pieces of no use to them BUT great for bags…I know some people who are able to get scraps of the headliner foam for free from upholsterers which is great….my local one is not so generous though! LOLLL
Thank you for stopping by Nikki…I am pleased you found the info useful! 
Hi Jo, The amount of time needed to make the Snazzy Slouch will depend on whether you are new to sewing and/or new to sewing bags ….as well as your own personal work speed. At a guess, please consider it a weekend project. Some experienced sewists may make their bag in just a few hours….others may take longer than a weekend. It’s all very much an individual process!
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So by now I hope everyone has recovered from the silly season and are all ready for a sew along? Well Ellen has been busy preparing one of her beaut blog sew alongs, this time it's the Amy Backpack....just in time for new Aussie pre-schoolers, kindies and primary kids starting the new school year. PLUS, to celebrate the New Year and all the awesome sew alongs ahead of us, you can grab the pattern from my Craftsy shop right up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at ChrisW Designs
Hi Loreta, No….the patterns are all included in the cost of the membership. There are no other fees or charges however of course, you do have to buy your own fabrics and hardware etc. Please take a look at our website here: http://www.bagomc.com which will explain it all in more detail for you. Hope this helps! If you have any further questions, please feel free to email me christine@chriswdesigns.com
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2016 on Bag Of The Month Club - 2016! at ChrisW Designs
Thanks for stopping by Chriissie! :)
Oh that is interesting, Thank you Faye! :)
Thanks for stopping by, Judith! :)
Thanks again for doing it, Pat! :)
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I am guessing everyone is busy busy finishing off their Christmas gifts right now? Just in case you are whipping up a last minute Abby's Alley and happen to have grabbed some pre-made leather straps to finish her off, with I thought it was a good time to share this tutorial written by Pat, on how to attach them! You have to admit, they look very classy! :) So without any further delay...it's over to you, Pat: ATTACHING PRE-MADE LEATHER... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at ChrisW Designs
Hi Sharon....You can find the corners at emmalinebags.com or if you wish to source them local to you, you can try somewhere that stocks scrapbooking supplies as you can often find them there! You can also find them from other sellers on Etsy. Hope this helps!
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2015 on The Penny Inn Sew Along - Part One at ChrisW Designs
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WOOHOO! Today Judith of Judith stitches is going to share her method of making alternative straps for Abby's Alley. Such a great alternative if you don't want to use rope! It's always such FUN to see what my testers get up to when they don't have the required supplies on hand! So lets find out how Judith made her straps.....Over to you Judith: Supplies used: * 2.5 yards of 1” wide cotton webbing - then cut in half lengthwise to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at ChrisW Designs
Sorry….I think it is really about practice! I did have my hubby raise the motor a little so the belt slips which will prevent it from taking off so fast but I don’t know of any way to make it go slower….it just takes practice to get the hang of it! Sorry I don’t have any secret tips to share! All the best!
Hi Daryl, Thanks for stopping by the blog and thanks for testing for ME! I agree with you though….faux leathers aren’t so easy and take some practice …..I too tend to mostly stick with cottons too….so my stash of faux leathers is shrinking very slowly LOL
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YES It's that time of year for the Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway Day yet again (WHERE does the time go?) and I am really excited to be participating again this year! I'll be giving away a $30 Gift Card for you to spend on the PDF Bag patterns of your choice available in my shop here. If you haven't heard of it before, there are 2 pages of giveaways, one for supplies and one for handmade goodies! YAY! If... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at ChrisW Designs
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Thank you Ellen....I love showing off all the bags on my blog! Such FUN and yes....I am sure your little tutorial will help a few people out there! LOL