Category Archives: Bags and Wallets

Tudor Bag Pattern Hack

Some blog readers may remember when I was working on the pattern hack of my mom’s Tudor Bag for Sara of Sew Sweetness. The pattern hack posted today and you can find it HERE. (P.S. YES, those are both affiliate links above… and I am going to save money from that to buy more Sew Sweetness patterns!!)

Tudor Bag

Tudor Bag

This was a really fun undertaking, but a lot more work than I expected. It really gave me an appreciation of all of the hard work and attention to all of the little details that designers go through to give us great patterns.

Thank you, Sara, for the opportunity to be part of the Pattern Hack Posse. Your patterns are fantastic and I appreciate your encouragement to let us change things up a bit!

Finished Friday | The Reisende Bag

I am so excited that I can finally share the secret sewing project that I was working on in April! Sara, of Sew Sweetness, is releasing The Reisende Bag Pattern today (Yep, that’s an affiliate link… that’s some Sew Sweetness pattern money for me!!) and you can read about it and see all of the other tester bags HERE.

Reisende Bag

I really enjoyed being able to test Sara’s pattern, and this time it served the dual purpose of being a birthday gift for my oldest daughter, Megan. My youngest daughter, Callie, helped me pick out all of the fabric for her. I bought the exterior and interior print at Hobby Lobby and do not recall the name of the print or the manufacturer. I made the piping with Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Curry. It was a perfect match to the gold vinyl. The vinyl is my favorite Glitter Mirror Canvas (TM) Vinyl in Gold from MiKri World Supplies. If you ever consider working with vinyl, THIS is what you want to use!

Reisende Bag Inside

Sara’s pattern was the most detailed I’ve done as far as hardware goes. Buckles, grommets, and rivets…Oh My! Her comprehensive instructions and pictures are done so well that making, and attaching, the straps and handles was easy. It did take more time to assemble the bag because of them, but these details really make this bag look professionally crafted and they are well worth the time it takes to add these details.

Reisende Bag close up

I made the small version of this bag and it finished at 14” long x 9” tall x 4” deep. Sara’s pattern also includes options for medium size (17” long x 11” tall x 5” deep) and large size (19” long x 12” tall x 5” deep) bags. The pattern features two interior zippered pockets. In the future I will add a slip pocket or two as well. I usually like a little pocket to slip my cell phone.


Megan, I hope you like your bag! Thanks for being patient about not being able to post pictures of it when I gave it to you. I love you forever and always and I can’t wait to see you again! Love, Mom.

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Leanne of Devoted Quilter
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts
WHOOMP! There it is hosted by Zenia Rene of A Quilted Passion

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Finished Friday | A Tudor Bag for Mom

Tudor Bag Front

Recently my mom asked if I would make her a Tudor Bag from fabric she already had. Of course I said yes! I made this same bag for myself when I tested the pattern for Sara of Sew Sweetness in November of 2014. I’ve used it as my main purse ever since. (Although now I’m switching it up with the two Polaris Bags I made last month!) The Tudor Bag is so roomy and has lots of pockets; It’s the perfect bag for me.

Big Roomy pockets for large sheet music!

Big Roomy pockets for large sheet music!

Mom and I decided to make a few changes to the bag. She needed a bag to hold her sheet music while going to rehearsals with the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra. Her sheet music is large, so she needed the bag taller than the pattern called for. I increased the height of the bag from 12-1/2″ tall to 15″ tall. Mom also wanted to omit the zippered top in case some of her sheet music was longer than 15″. Mom wants to use the interior pockets to divide her various music pieces, so I did not sew a dividing line on either pocket to make two slip pockets on each side; Instead there is one large pocket on each side of the interior. Since that effectively reduced her four interior pockets to only two pockets, I added an interior zippered pocket.


Another addition to the bag was a Key Holder. Mom said she likes having a place to hook her keys just inside her bag, so I made sure to put one in there for her. It was my first time making anything like that, and I think it turned out nice!

Back of The Tudor Bag

Back of The Tudor Bag

I purchased some black sparkle vinyl from about 6 months ago, and I decided to use it for the accent fabric. That also required a modification to the bag handles because I did not want to piece the vinyl to make one long strap for each side. I like the way the handles look with the rectangular rings.

Mom with her new bag!

Mom with her new bag!

All of these pattern modifications were fun! I’ve submitted them as a Pattern Hack to Sara of Sew Sweetness since she accepted my request to be part of her Pattern Hack Posse. We’ll see if she accepts the pattern hacks and posts them!

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Mary of Fleur de Lis Quilts
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
WHOOMP There IT Is hosted by A Quilted Passion
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts

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To-Do Tuesday 4-12-16 | Quilt Blocks & Tudor Bag

The Mister was gone for most of last week and I was not anywhere near as productive as I hoped I would be. He and I spend so much time together that I found myself a bit lost and wandering during his absence.

Tudor Bag in Progress

Tudor Bag in Progress

I did manage to start the Tudor Bag I had on my list for last week. I didn’t notice that I only had two 1.5″ rectangle rings until I started to attach the straps to the bag, so I had to stop working on the exterior while I waited for some more rings to be shipped. I continued working on the interior, and the bag is about 75% complete at this point. The rings arrived in the mail on Monday, so I should be getting that finished and mailed off by Wednesday or Thursday.

Pink Stepping Stones Block Units

The Mister returned on Sunday and I have since regained my sewing mojo. I may have been very slow working on the Tudor Bag in his absence, but once I knew he was just in the other room I whipped up the block units for the Stepping Stones QAL. Sunday I completed the Pink block units and Monday I completed the Batik block units. I may have barely completed last week’s goals, but I got it done!

Batik Stepping Stones Block Units

This week I need to finish up my Tudor Bag, keep up with the Stepping Stones QAL, and test a new bag pattern. I won’t be able to show any pictures of that bag until after the pattern is released.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete Thursday’s Stepping Stones QAL assignment: Assemble blocks
  • Finish Tudor Bag
  • Begin testing a new bag pattern

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