Tutorial: Machine Wrapped Cording

Using cording to finish the edges of your sewing projects definitely adds a professional quality, however it isn’t readily available in a wide variety of types or finishes which tends to limit its uses. Making your own cording is not only fun, but it can be made...

Embellished Burlap Zipper Pouch Tutorial

I just love zippered pouches! They are quick and easy to make, and can easily be resized and made in small sizes for keeping small items organized, and in larger sizes to use for storage of larger items or even as a clutch purse. They’re the perfect sewing...

Burlap: How to cut it straight and prevent it from fraying

Burlap can be a little challenging to sew because it frays so easily, however here’s a simple way to cut it straight and stop it from fraying. How to Cut Burlap Straight Burlap has a large weave and this makes it easy to cut it perfectly straight. Measure where...

Hand embroidery thread – how to blend thread colors

If you do a lot (or even a little) hand embroidery, over time you can accumulate quite a collection of embroidery floss and yarn. But doesn’t it always seem that you simply never have the right color hand embroidery thread to finish off a sewing project? The...

Interfacing for Bags and Purses

When making bags and purses, using the proper interfacing for your project is an important part of the construction process and can make or break the design of your bag or purse. Interfacing adds support and structure to the style of the bag, and also strengthens and...

New in the Store: Hand-dyed Burlap

Burlap is an eco-friendly roughly textured fabric that is perfect for using in textile art to create textured backgrounds and embellishments, and it can easily by textured further by distorting the weave or pulling the threads. But burlap is also perfect for other...

How to Sew Beads onto Fabric

Beading on fabric is one of my favorite ways to embellish my sewing projects including art quilts and bags! I sometimes like to sew them on individually … … and sometimes I like to sew them on in clusters along with bead dangles. Regardless of which way...

New in the Store: Hand-dyed Fabrics and Fibers

I love to use coordinated fabrics and fibers when I’m sewing; I think my sewing projects always look much more cohesive when using colors that are not necessarily the same, but at least similar. And this is one of the reasons I offer a full range of hand-dyed...

How to Add a Detachable Wristlet Strap to a Zipper Pouch

Having a strap or handle on your bag or purse gives you something to grab onto and offers a bit of added security so you have less chance of losing your purse while you’re out and about. Adding a detachable strap to a zipper pouch or a clutch purse is easy to do...

Take a peak at the latest Sew Creative Box – Sea, Sand and Sky

The latest Sew Creative Box shipped a couple of weeks ago so if you were lucky enough to get hold of a box, I hope you loved it! This box was themed – Sea, Sand and Sky – and contained a collection of hand-dyed fabrics, fibers and embellishments in soft...

How to Make an Easy Zippered Makeup Bag

Zippered pouches are so very useful – they can be used to hold all sorts of items and they can easily be made in any size. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make a very easy zippered makeup bag with a laminated fabric lining which makes it easy...

Submit a Guest Post for The Creative Cloth Bag Series

If you love to make bags and purses and have a creative tutorial you’d like to share with the readers of The Creative Cloth Bag Series, I’d love to hear from you! Writing a guest post is a great way to share your knowledge with others as well as introduce...

How to Shorten a Zipper and Make Zipper Tabs

Nylon zippers are perfect for using on all types of bags and purses that require a zipper closure. These types of zippers are inexpensive, readily available from your local sewing store, and because the zipper teeth are nylon, you can sew over them. When sewing a...

How to Make Laminated Fabric using Pellon Vinyl-Fuse

Laminated fabrics are fabrics that are coated on one side with a polyurethane sealant. These types of fabrics are ideal for projects that need protection against water or moisture, and are perfect for bags and purses such as cosmetic bags, travel bags, and reusable...

How to Attach Bag Feet

Handbag feet are often overlooked when you are in the process of making a bag or purse, but they are the perfect way to finish off any bag or purse that has a firm base. They look good and give your bag a professional finish, PLUS they’re also functional and can...

How to Attach Invisible Sew-in Magnetic Snaps

Invisible sew-in magnetic snaps are perfect to use when you want the bag closure to lay perfectly flat or you don’t want a visible gap. These type of magnetic snaps are small, very strong magnets enclosed in a plastic case. They are generally sewn into the bag...
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