Purses and bags make the perfect gift for everyone on your list. You can customize them with fabric to match the recipient’s personality and one can never really have too many bags!


Today’s Guest Curator:
Aimee Leptick from The Little Bird Designs

From Aimee:
I’m a fabric hoarding mom with a zipper obsession! I began sewing the moment I could sit at the machine and reach the pedal! What started as a business making bags had grown into so much more! You can follow my bag and quilt making adventures on my blog or Instagram!

Make It


Miss Maggie
If you’ve ever wanted to venture into leather or vinyl, Miss Maggie is the perfect pattern for you! With the genius design of snaps on the sides, this bag can be customized in so many ways! Even in cotton or canvas this bag looks stunning and has that professional look!


Pampering Pouch 
What’s cool about the Pampering Pouch is the snazzy curved frame hidden inside. This genius design stands up on its own and stays open even when open! It makes a great toiletry bag or essential oils pouch!


Tulip Zipper Case and Crossbody Zipster
The Tulip Zipper Case and Crossbody Zipster are the perfect patterns to learn a cool new zipper technique! Using one side of a zipper you can create this funky shaped pouch or bag and have a one of a kind design for the holidays! There’s lots of helpful information in this pattern and I can tell you, they are fun to make!


Feature Me Everyday Tote
The Feature Me Everyday Tote is just perfect for that fabric we all have that is just too beautiful to cut into! It gives you the perfect opportunity to show off that statement piece and carry it with you wherever you go! Bonus: Lisa has a collection of paper pieced panels to showcase in the centre of your bag too!


Flying Geese Pouch
A pattern that combines my new love of quilting with pouches! The Flying geese pouch is a great intro into quilting on a small scale. Pat Bravo’s design is an excellent way to use up scraps and make something one of a kind!


Turnabout Pouch
There’s something about the cute shape of this pouch that I love so much! Using a small bit of leather or vinyl, you can take the Turnabout pouch to the next level! Small enough to take for a night out but big enough for your phone and small wallet, they’d make the perfect stocking stuffer!


Leather Tassel Tutorial
The Tassel Tutorial by Emkie Designs, happens to be a serious favorite of mine! It’s the perfect and easy way to add a little something extra to your pouches and bags. You can make them out of leather or vinyl and it still looks great!


Easy Key Fob Tutorial
If you are looking for another fun extra to complete your bag set then the Easy Key Fob tutorial is for you! Using a combination of vinyl and fabric, you can create a unique keychain that matches your bag. Oh and don’t worry, you can use fabric instead of vinyl too!

Related posts you might enjoy: Bags for Beads of CourageTote BagBags for All, and all of our many, many Bag Tutorials

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The Tunic Bible: One Pattern, Interchangeable Pieces, Ready-to-Wear Results!

Author: Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr
Publisher: C&T Publishing

It’s the only tunic pattern you’ll ever need! A graded bodice pattern with alternate neck plackets, collars, and sleeves provides many unique, ready-to-wear fashions. From everyday casual to preppy chic, boho, or glamorous, you’ll find the look that’s right for you. Well respected in the sewing industry for their pattern reviews and online garment challenges, Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr make the tunic accessible and exciting for those with basic sewing skills and beyond. Full size tear-out pattern included. Sizes XS-XXL.

Check out our 2015 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Here are our 2016 themes:

November 20: Lacey Christmas
November 19: Gifts for Artists
November 18: Scrap Busters
November 17: Gifts for the Dapper Gentleman
November 16: Gifts for the Girl Boss
November 15: Easy to Ship Gifts
November 14: Table Runners
November 13: Gifts for the Cook
November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer
November 11: Quick and Easy Gifts
November 10: Gifts for Book Lovers
November 9: Heirloom Gifts
November 8: Fast Projects for the Holidays
November 7: Gifts for Babies and New Parents
November 6: Gifts for Geeks
November 5: Stitched and Sewn Stocking Stuffers
November 4: Gifts for Playtime
November 3: Gifts for Four-Legged Friends
November 2: Gifts for Travelers
November 1: Gifts for Students

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