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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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Typepad HTML Email The decorative stitches are great for jazzing up bag straps too! 😊
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I am SO Excited to share my latest release with you today. BUT this isn't just any release. It's a super special release! So, I am happy to introduce to you, the CWD Bag Mag: So just what is the CWD Bag Mag exactly, you may wonder. Well, it is a whole collection of fabulous bag related reading and viewing, all bundled into one fabulous little Bag Mag for you to enjoy. It's brought to you in PDF format, so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2023 at ChrisW Designs
Typepad HTML Email Hi Linda, You can certainly easily leave off the side zippers/pockets but you would need to modify the pattern to have the opening at the top.
You can grab Frixion pens at the supermarket! :)
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So here I am again so soon! LOL Amazed? Me too! Anyway I am super excited to show you my next new pattern for 2023! The Ruffled Runaway! PDF Info: The PDF pattern for The Ruffled Runaway has 39 pages of instructions which include 96 step by step colour photos. The pattern comes with written printing instructions as well as video instructions on downloading, saving, and printing for both a PC and Mac. Pattern pieces are included for both shaped... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2023 at ChrisW Designs
So glad you have found the tips useful Katrina! Thanks for stopping by.
Typepad HTML Email Yes I gathered that! LOL 😊
Typepad HTML Email LOL Yes I think you were the first to see it and yes, after 2am before I hit the sack last night! LOL
I made one of mine with just a shoulder strap and handles and no backpack straps. The bag is very versatile and you can easily adapt it to whatever strap configuration you prefer. It’s easy to leave off the backpack straps entirely and just have handles. :) Christine ChrisWDesigns www.chriswdesigns.com
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Happy New Year everyone! SO much went on in my life in 2022. It was very long and a whirlwind and with so much personal stuff, that CWD took a back burner for most of it. However, I have lots of new plans for CWD for the New Year. The first is releasing my first pattern for 2023! I hope you like it as much as I do! Introducing The Morphing Convertible. PDF Info: The PDF pattern for The Morphing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2023 at ChrisW Designs
Typepad HTML Email Thanks Gail, I am itching to try this technique myself but alas I never seem to have spare time to play! One day…..
Typepad HTML Email Thank you so much Suzy! 😊
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So a LOT has been happening lately BUT I am happy to say that I finally have a new bag pattern to share with you. The Phoenix! DESCRIPTION: The Phoenix is a stylish handbag featuring exterior side gusset zipper pockets and a quick access phone pocket at the back. The roomy main compartment closes with a recessed zipper pocket. Inside you will find another zipper pocket. I like to add Pocket Supplement A for some additional slip pockets. There is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2022 at ChrisW Designs
"Kiss Lock" is not an unusual term. Its the common name for that type of closure.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2022 on A Glossary of Bag Terms at ChrisW Designs
Typepad HTML Email Thank you Denise 😊
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2022 on ChrisW Designs Bella PDF Pattern at ChrisW Designs
Typepad HTML Email Thank you Lynn, I’m please you found it helpful! 😊
Typepad HTML Email Hi Kathy, Depending on how much structure you are after, you may not need to add interfacing, just your stabiliser. For example, Decovil Light. Otherwise if you feel you want to add interfacing, then something like Ezefuse or SF101 or any light to medium woven interfacing that doesn’t need a really high heat t fuse. Hop this helps!
Typepad HTML Email Practice makes perfect! But with a little bit of persistence it doesn’t take long to learn at all!
I pull the top thread to the back, then tie a tiny knot with both threads. Then using a sewing needle I thread the two tails onto it and enter the fabric close to the knot, going between my layers for as far as I can before exiting, then pulling gently on the threads to sink the knot below the surface.....Snip the threads as close to the surface exit point so the ends also disapear between the layers. I hope this makes sense! x
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YAY! At long last I am excited to share my newest pattern with you! The Bangle Dangle! PDF INFO: The PDF pattern for The Bangle Dangle has 52 pages of instructions which include 128 step by step colour photos. The pattern comes with written printing instructions as well as video instructions on downloading, saving, and printing for both a PC and Mac. Pattern pieces are included for both shaped and rectangular pieces, as well as cutting measurements for rectangular pieces,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2022 at ChrisW Designs
Hi Emre, Sorry, I cannot advise on this as I have not used those tools with cork so i am not sure what would happen. Cork is generally very easy to work with and not so thick as many leathers, so I doubt you would need any special tools like that.
Typepad HTML Email Thanks for stopping by and I am glad you found the info useful! 😊
Typepad HTML Email Thank you for stopping by Louren, I’m so glad you enjoy the blog! 😊
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Today I am excited to share a tutorial with you by Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio. Daryl has used my Emma pattern to make this cute little bag with an applique flap! Emma is a fun, quick sew which is perfect either for little girls, teens or for someone that doesn't need to carry their kitchen sink! Luckily for us, she is sharing her techniques on how she has achieved her gorgeous flap! Over to you Daryl: -------------------------------------------------------------------- This is... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2021 at ChrisW Designs
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So I really was overwhelmed with a LOT of requests to have a full comprehensive PDF only for the Footloose Tote. Seems that there are still a LOT of you that simply prefer PDF's! LOL My bad for underestimating that! LOL So WOOP I can now let it be known that you CAN get a comprehensive PDF only in my usual detailed style! OH and the good news is, if you already purchased the video course, you get the comprehensive... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2021 at ChrisW Designs