New Bag Sewing Group on Facebook

So…I thought it was high time I opened a bag sewing support group on Facebook, for help, support, photos and questions about Spencer Ogg sewing patterns. So on Sunday I launched the Spencer Ogg Bag Sewing Group Facebook board – just press the button to join!blog SO facebook board

I have been putting it off for a while as I just didn’t know if I had enough patterns out there yet, but I have been delighted with the response so far, so thank you those of you who have already joined. (and now I have counted, I actually have 22 patterns, lots of free tutorials and a Craftsy class out there, so maybe more than I thought!)

I am aiming for a friendly, happy group and want everyone to feel part of it. It doesn’t matter if you are new to bag making or an old hand, we know from other groups that a wide mix works really well, the more experienced members helping the newer ones. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice.

Feel free to post pics of any work in progress or finished items from Spencer Ogg patterns or just chat about bag making. There will be free tutorials and competitions and lots of fun, and I’ll keep you updated with what is happening in my sewing studio.studio

Thank you so much for your continued support, I look forward to chatting to all of you. I know so many of you already, even if we haven’t communicated before we have often seen each other’s pics out there.

So as a start did everyone pick up the free Groovy Glasses Case pattern from the blog on Friday ? –Free Pattern

We’ve already seen lots of lovely cases, and I’ll be running a mini comp on the new board this week for the most ingenious versions.

Happy Sewing, and I look forward to chatting with you soon.

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The Flip Clutch Wallet Sewing Pattern

 

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So… my latest pattern release is The Flip Clutch Wallet. A lovely spacious ladies wallet and phone case.me purses2

It’s such an easy fun make, and comes together pretty quickly too.

It was also my first foray into cork, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I’ll definitely be using more of it going forward.

It can be made in virtually anything though – quilting cottons, wool, vinyl or leather, and has a wide range of options for endless finishes. It’s such a fun make. Once you have made one, you won’t be able to stop.

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It is the perfect accessory for carrying all your essentials: coins, cards and notes. It even has a handy compartment for your phone. A functional and firm wallet with a convenient wrist strap option.

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I wanted to design a wallet that was different to any other sewing patterns, obviously we all know and love Emmaline’s Necessary Clutch, it’s probably the best known bag pattern available, so I wanted to make sure my creation was a completely different option.

I first considered what my wallet needed to be for my lifestyle – Obviously I need to carry change, notes and credit cards, but I also often carry more than one currency, as I am often in other parts of Europe. When I grab my wallet to head out to the shops, I don’t always want to carry a handbag, so somewhere to keep my phone safely, without chance of it falling out was a necessity, room for my car keys, and for carrying it, a removable wrist strap

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The Flip has a really generous zipped pocket at one side for change and keys, and a phone pocket large enough for an XL phone and maybe a lipstick at the other. The centre panel folds out to reveal 8 credit card slots; each slot being able to hold more than one card. There are also two separate pockets for bank notes behind the credit card slots, which easily fit UK or US/Euro notes – If like me you carry notes in two separate currencies, you can keep them in the two separate note pockets. These are all held securely together with a magnetic clasp.
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The generous flap securely fastens with either a magnetic clasp or a twist lock. Pattern pieces are included for both rounded and V-shaped flaps, and I will be issuing new shapes for the flap free here on the blog.
The wrist strap gives you the option to use it as an evening bag.

With a host of alternative options that come free with the pattern for wrist strap application, flap shapes, adding Emmaline Bags Metal Edge Trim and twist lock fastenings.
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Bling it up however you like

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Did I tell you it also has a lovely bottom!

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I must also say thank you to my lovely testers who spotted my daft mistakes and suggested some really worthwhile improvements to the wallet.

Here are a few of my talented tester’s wallets

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Thanks for joining me, and watch out for new flap shapes coming soon.

Happy sewing !

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So you bought a machine, what next!! Part 1

Many of my clients are brand new to sewing, have bought their first sewing machine and wondering how to get started. If it makes you feel like this…….

then read on

I’ve brought together a few tips and tutorials on how to thread up your machine and start stitching, solving problems and then a little light maintenance. I’ve split this post into two as there is lots of information.

Great for newbie sewers but also a great reminder for those of us (particularly me, with the memory of a goldfish) how things work and that we should be cleaning and oiling our babies regularly.

Two nice tutorials here on the basics of how to thread up and start using a sewing machine – from Fleece Fun and The Creative Curator, depending whether you like a video or photo tutorial

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Next, get yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit (I particularly like Wagon Wheels for this), and let’s have a look at which foot to use for which job – by Raechel Myers

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and then choosing the right needle (may require another Wagon Wheel) – by Melanie Kham.

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Which stitch to choose – tips from the Sewing Corner. I know, its a lot to take in all at once. I promise to stop after this.

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Part 2 coming right up

Lots more tips on my Pinterest board here