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Tsuno Tie Bag - Tester round up

Tsuno tie bag - bento bag - project bag sewing pattern - easye to sew bag - azuma bukuro
Marilyn @create.anew

I'm so thankful of all these fabulous testers! They dedicated their time and fabric to give great feedback so I could finetune the pattern and get it as perfect as possible. They did a great job and it's inspiring to see the bag in so many different fabrics and colours.


During the testing I made changes to the instructions and it was clear that a video tutorial would be a great addition to the pattern. I've recently uploaded the video tutorial so you can sew along with your Tsuno Tie Bag.

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Introducing Parsec Leggings PDF Sewing Pattern

pdf sewing pattern leggings

Run a mile or a parsec in these basic leggings made for 4-way stretch fabrics.

These easy to sew leggings are a great canvas for bold prints or for adding your own style lines. The leggings  are a quick and easy project, because the sewing pattern only has one piece, there is no side seam, only an inseam.

It features 3 inseam lengths and an elastic waist. The pattern has a lot of negative ease and works best with 4-way stretch fabrics with at least 70% crosswise stretch and 50% lengthwise stretch.

Check out the details here

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Tester Call: Parsec Leggings

Charlotte Kan Tester Call Leggings Pattern Parsec

I need your help! Want to try the new Parsec leggings and give feedback? The pattern is for 4-way stretch fabrics, has three different inseam lengths and is quick to sew. More info on the testing proces in the sign up form. Sign up using the link in bio and check out the form for more info.

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 PDF sewing pattern testing Parsec Leggings

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How to: Embroidered Ginkgo Leaf Brooch

free embroidery pattern ginkgo leaf and tutorial

I’ve just added a new embroidery class to Skillshare My class is on hand embroidery and, you’ll learn how to embroider a small ginkgo leaf using the chain stitch and turn it into a small brooch with a leather or corkleather backing. It's an intermediate level class, but if you are a confident beginner you can give it a try. The class includes a free ginkgo leaf embroidery pattern in different shapes and sizes.

What we'll cover in this online embroidery class:

- Materials & tools

- How to transfer the embroidery design onto fabric light and dark fabrics

- Threading your embroidery needle & invisible ways to start your thread

- Chain stitch & reverse chain stitch

- Double Running Stitch or Holbein Stitch to outline the leaf

- How to turn your embroidered leaf into a brooch with textile glue and (cork)leather

If you’re not familiar, Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes on everything from business to graphic design to sashiko embroidery and sewing – it’s the Netflix of learning.

By using this link to my class to sign up for a Skillshare Premium Membership, not only will you be able to enroll in my class, but you’ll also gain access to all other classes on Skillshare starting with a two-month free trial.

If you know of anyone else that’d be interested to learn ho to embroider a ginkgo leaf brooch  I’d appreciate if you’d share the link with them too.

Thanks and enjoy your weekend!

Tutorial how to make an embroidered brooch ginkgo leaf

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Shop unique pieces from the archive in sizes XS to XL or take home one of Nina's wearable artworks. Invite your friends and join the event on Facebook for previews and other updates.

Samples & Stock includig unique pieces from the archive that have not been available before €5,- to €50,-
Fabrics (part bio & fair trade) €5,- tot €10,- p/m

Nina will bring a new collection of handpainted vintage bags and purses, with a special discount on the 26th only.

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Nina Valkhoff Handpainted Vintage Bags and Purses

Saturday, May 26th from 11:00 – 18:00

Gerrit van de Lindestraat 86-b
3022TR Rotterdam

How to get there?
Easy to reach with tramlines 21, 23, 24 and there are plenty of paid parking spots in the area.

Charlotte Kan - cash & pin
Nina Valkhoff - cash & bank transfer


Hope to see you the 26th!


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New Pattern: Elskan Dress & Top + Tester Round Up

Batwing Dress Sewing PDF Pattern by Charlotte Kan

Elskan is a batwing style dress or top and it has a short and long sleeve option. The Elskan pattern is a great addition to your handmade wardrobe if youlike to wear drapey tops and tight skirts, the dress combines both. The shape of the pattern might surprise you, but it's actually quite an easy garment to make. 

You might be wondering what this dress looks like in different materials and how the different versions look like. Well take a look at some of the tops and dresses the pattern testers made.

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Introducing: Kitsune Strapless Dress

Kitsune is an easy to sew strapless summer dress. With only three pattern pieces it´s a quick sewing project with maximum effect. Perfect for the beach or the city when dressed up with heels and a cropped blazer. Kitsune (Japanese for fox) got it's name because I feel foxy wearing it ;)

PS: To celebrate the introduction use code foxy at checkout and receive 25% off of your purchase until monday 23:59 CET 

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Garçonne Shirt/dress Tester Round up

I always love seing what other sewist make when searching for a pattern so here are the makes of the Garçonne testers. I hope their makes inspire you to make your own and get some ideas from their choice of fabric and prints.

You can find the Garçonne Shirt / Dress here

Bright and beautiful by Nadja

PDF pattern for women boxy shirt dressPDF sewing pattern for womenPDF sewing pattern for women dress

Spot on by Ame

PDF sewing pattern for womenPDF sewing pattern for women shirt dress

Cool and crisp blue by Fanny

PDF sewing pattern for women mandarin collar boxy shirt dressPDF sewing pattern for women mandarin collar boxy shirt dress PDF sewing pattern for women shirt dress yoke detailPDF sewing pattern for women button band detail


Sophisticated in navy by Kristi

PDF sewing pattern minimalist shirt for womenPDF sewing pattern minimalist shirt for womenPDF sewing pattern minimalist shirt for women

 Pretty in pink by Henna

PDF sewing pattern shirt for women - easye to sewPDF sewing pattern shirt for women - easye to sew


Classy in cranberry by Diana

PDF sewing pattern shirt dress for women - easy to sewPDF sewing pattern shirt dress for women - easy to sewPDF sewing pattern shirt dress for women - easy to sewPDF sewing pattern shirt dress for women - easy to sew

Dreamy in blue by Annick

Aminimalist PDF sewing pattern shirt for women - easy to sewminimalist PDF sewing pattern shirt for women - easy to sewminimalist PDF sewing pattern shirt for women - easy to sew

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