Be a Lányos Handmade Pattern Tester!

The time has come and my Gemma© Bag Pattern is ready to be tested. Would you like to be involved? I would LOVE some real feedback!

Pattern Testers will receive a DRAFT copy of the Gemma© Bag PDF Pattern, sew it up, and let me know how I did. Did the pattern make sense? Is it awful? Did you like a certain part? Do you think a certain part should be changed? Did I say “left” when I should have said “right”? LOL!

This is a PDF pattern but it should be easy to print and assemble. There aren’t many actual pattern pieces.

How about it? If you give me a hand and test the Gemma@ Bag Pattern, not only will you be one of the first to have a Gemma@ Bag of your own, but you will receive a FREE FINAL PDF copy of the pattern before anyone else! If you let me, I will also post photos of your lovely Gemma@ Bag on all my social media. If you have a blog or other social media, I’ll definitely mention that when I post your photo! If you do have a blog or some other form of social media, please wait until after the pattern is launched to post your own photos of your Gemma© Bag.

Any sewist of any experience level is welcome to apply. I want to hear from all of you. I only need a few Pattern Testers this time, so don’t fret if you don’t get picked, I will be drafting another pattern soon – ideas are swimming around in my brain all the time. If you are chosen this time, I will send you a DRAFT copy of the PDF pattern. The time period for testing will be 2-3 weeks. Sew up your Gemma© and email me your feedback and a photo or two when you are done. Please sew up the pattern as instructed to properly test it!

I know life can be tough though, so please only accept this request to be a Pattern Tester if you are confident that you can get your supplies together and sew it up within the 2-3 week time period. By the way, the Gemma does not have to be made of Cork fabric. Home decor fabric, denim, a cotton interfaced with a lightweight, foam or firm backing are also options. Show us what you can do with it!

Here is the application form. It won’t take long to complete as it only has few questions and most of them only need a short answer. Good luck!

Inspiration.

Wow!  By my standards it has been a while since I posted!

I was enjoying myself with visitors all last weekend and into the beginning of the week … my sisters … so I don’t know if they count as formal guests, or not! 😂  Two out of three of them joined me in doing the the TC10k last weekend.  We really are going to have to bribe the last resistant sister into coming out for a visit and joining us at 8 in the morning for a 10k walk … I wonder what kind of a bribe I could possibly use?

Every year I say Jeeze that is the last time I do this, then I get to the finish line and strangers cheer me on and I get free cookies, juice and fruit and all is well again!

Then when the visitors (sisters) went home, I had to promptly finish a bag for another friend. It worked out very well. What do you think of this Gemma©️ Bag?

Every time I make a Gemma©, I am reminded of the inspiration behind it. For years I would go into the retail bag shops and always come out with a variation of the same worn out purse I already owned and loved. So a couple of bags ago, when my friend asked me if I could make a new bag for her like her old one, I understood completely. Her well worn but loved bag was the inspiration for my Gemma© Bag …

The Gemma© Inspiration!

Now that I am caught up with my Gemma© making, I can go back to adding in the photos and diagrams to my soon to be released Gemma©️ Bag pattern. That’s it! No more interruptions!

So to all you sewists who have asked for a copy of the Gemna©️ Bag pattern, I do sincerely thank you for your continued support and patience!

So tell us … where do you find your inspiration for your sewing projects?

Happy Sewing!

STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT? Well, no change again! I had to buy the Cork Fabric to make this bag, and the lining was from my remanents bag. So still 131.2 meters left! 

Lányos Handmade and a FREE pattern!

What’s that?

Well this is going to be a short post introducing you to my new Shop, Lányos Handmade!

I thought I’d open a small Shop now to get the “bugs” out before I’m actually retired and want to run it full time! LOL! I’d like to sell my 100% Handmade Bags and accessories, and the sewing patterns for them (if you like to sew, keep in touch!), and perhaps even work with clients to Build A Bespoke Bag that fills all their dreams!!

In the meantime, I’ll be sewing my RTW wardrobe, entering Sewing Challenges, designing bags and writing patterns, blogging at “Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!” and checking out what sewing projects everyone else has been working on!

Oh yes! What’s that about a FREE pattern? Well hop on over to Lányos Handmade right here or click on the LOGO for the Lányos Handmade SHOP and download your FREE copy of my Lányos Coffee© Purse! I’ve blogged about it before here, but here’s a few photos of one I just recently made!

Happy Sewing!

Sewing with Cork Fabric!

I’ve been busy making another bag for my friend. I call it The Gemma© Bag! My friend told me what style of bag she liked and very nicely let me go with the flow! She had her choice of Cork Fabrics and chose these two beauties.


When it comes to choosing Cork Fabric, I learned that there are two kinds: Touch and Touch Pro. See the Sallie Tomato article link at the end of this post. I purchased both and you can really see the difference. The Touch was stiffer, not as flexible, and it might not have been suitable for the folds of my Gemma© Bag. I think I am going to see what Touch is like when I make my next Coffee© Purse with it instead. The Touch Pro on the other hand was thick and strong, and yet soft and bendable. It was lovely for this project!

The lining was my usual cotton reinforced with Pellon SF101 Shape-flex©, a light cotton woven fusible interfacing. As usual, I did a zipper pocket on one interior side of the bag with my zipper foot and a pocket on the other.

I seriously could sew row after row of topstitching on the strap with my 1/4″ seam foot. So fun! It was also fun to design what kind of stitching I would sew on to my zipper tabs too!

Finished Gemma© Bag! Insides – zipper pocket, pocket and lots of room!

The Front – a pocket with a magnetic snap closure.

The Back – I just love this … more topstitching!

The Sides and the Front – magnetic snap pocket, zipper top closure, and an adjustable strap.

I have found a few informative websites for anyone thinking of sewing with Cork Fabric. Sallie Tomato has a great article (that is downloadable too) here. U-Handbag has a great article too explaining how to sew with Cork Fabric and how to make straps and install rivets here.

Just to sum up all the things I have learned about sewing with Cork Fabric:

  1. Don’t iron it. Seam allowances can be held down with glue or topstitching;
  2. Don’t use pins that will leave irreparable holes. Use clips, Wondertape, glue;
  3. Don’t use fusible interfacing. You might not even want an interfacing or stiffener with Cork Fabric, which has lots of body and is thick on its own;
  4. Stitch length 3mm, 3.5 to 4mm for topstitching. Microtex 80 – 90 sewing machine needles. Thread is 40 wt.;
  5. If your strap ends are too thick for your sewing machine try Chicago screws. See the U-Handbag article link above;
  6. A Teflon Foot or a Walking Foot will help with the thick layers. The articles attached here say 3 or 4 layers can be done on a home sewing machine;
  7. Don’t backstitch to lock your seam ends. Pull the threads through instead and tie them off.

Cork Fabric is a wonderful replacement for leather or vinyl. It’s easy to sew and so ecofriendly! I plan on making more bags out of this unique product.

Have you ever tried Cork Fabric? Do you have any extra tips for us? Have I peaked your interest in Cork Fabric?

Happy Sewing! and if I don’t talk to you before the Easter long weekend, Happy Easter to those who celebrate!

STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT? Well, no change again! I had to buy the Cork Fabric to make this bag for my friend, and the lining was from my remanents bag. So still 131.2 meters left! But there are a couple of Sewing Challenges coming up for me next that should take a good bite out of my fabric stash – after I finish adding the photos to my Coffee© Purse pattern!

Remember this?

Do you remember my embroidered denim patch given to me by a sewing friend? I have been saving it for so long waiting for a special project.

Well I’ve decided what that special project is going to be – this change/card purse for myself. I think I will call it my Coffee© purse … because that’s basically what it is! A place for my Timmy’s card and my coffee change.

It was pretty easy figuring out my pieces – my embroidered denim patch, some cotton for the back, my lining, my interfacing and a bit of Peltex for shape.

Now to make the inner pocket.

This inner pocket will be sewn into my change/card purse now.

Can you see the misplaced Wonder Tape on the outside around the zipper? I know from past experience that this will dry up and I will be able to pick it off – it drives me nuts being there though! You’d think I would just learn my lesson!

Timmy’s card and coffee change tucked away in my Coffee© purse!
And it even fits in the back pocket of my Rosie© Bag!

A new pattern for my collection – my Coffee© purse! Now that it’s finished though I have been flooded with ideas on how to make it “easier”. I think I am going to try this one again … before I’m satisfied with the quality of this pattern.

What’s the next project? My friend has commissioned me to make her a bag. Status: I have my cork fabrics and interfacing cut out and have started on it – I think I’m about half way through actually. I’ve even picked out a name for this new bag pattern … The Gemma© Bag! I’ll have more about it the next post.

There were a few lessons learned with this project. Sometimes you sew close to the zipper and sometimes you don’t! Always place your Wonder Tape CAREFULLY! Oh, and finally, sometimes the second time you make something it turns out better than the first!

Do you have any advice you can pass on from your recent sewing experiences?

Happy Sewing!

STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT? Well, no change again. This project used scraps from my stash. Nothing significant. So still 131.2 meters left!

Another Rosie© Bag and the Circle Craft Christmas Market

The holidays are fast approaching and along with organizing and sewing for Designin’ December, I have been asked and have decided to make a few Rosie© Bags as gifts.  I have a few cut out and I’ll be slipping the finished Bags on here as they get done, so you can have a look at them too!

My first request was for one exactly the same as the one I made for my sister, with a lighter coloured lining though – if I had it.  After all, I try to use stash and repurposed fabrics and supplies so sometimes the colour choices, etc. are not available!  But I found enough for this bag, and maybe even one more!  

My pieces are cut and interfaced properly.

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What do you think?

Last week I showed you my Rosie© bag … I’m going to call it “Portrait style”.  This week I’m going to show you my Rosie© bag “Landscape style”.  But I have a simple question … Do you prefer your cross body bags long and skinny (Portrait style) or do you prefer your cross body bags short and wide (Landscape style)?  Let me know in the comments at the end of this post.  What do you think?

My summer cross body bag (a RTW purchase from years ago) is falling apart.  It made perfect sense to just whip up another Rosie© bag for myself.  To stretch my abilities I decided to make it Landscape style this time!

I also decided to use some Pellon 71 Peltex.  This is a firm fusible woven interfacing.  It’s quite thick and quite firm.  My daughter had a bit of a challenge trying to twist and bend it!  See how it hardens this 100% cotton.

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The Rosie© bag

I’ve always got my eye out for “the perfect bag”.  Even when I bought RTW I stuck to the same couple of perfectly functional bags – wrapped in different materials and styles to change things up.

Now that I am making my own, I am attempting to find the perfect bags for myself.  I am completely satisfied with my tote bag but I am still searching for the perfect medium sized handbag.  

I think though I may have found the perfect mini cross-body bag – give or take a small change here and there.

I am so certain that this is the perfect mini cross-body bag that I have named her “The Rosie © bag”! Continue reading

Back again! Are you bored with me yet?

That’s good, because it looks like I’m only getting started … seems like I have been bitten by the “bag bug” and have made another.  My sister gave me a box of upholstery fabric (the cat “Sophie” is all mine) and I made my first bag with fabrics from it, my tote bag, which I have been using everyday to lug my possessions onto the bus to work and back again.  That bag’s big enough to carry my laptop, just to give you an idea of the size.  You can read all about that one here, if you wish!

Next I thought I might try a zippered cross-body bag. Smaller, but not too small that I can’t fit my iPad in it.

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All my pieces are planned, measured, cut and fused with either fleece or interfacing.

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What to do with a box of upholstery fabric …

In my quest for the perfect bags, which seems to be a never-ending quest, I have been looking at plenty of styles and sizes, and learning a lot along the way!  My sister was kind enough to provide to me an overflowing box of upholstery fabrics she found while cleaning up and clearing out during their move.  Not only did my cats love acquiring so much free fabric, I did too!  I love using upholstery fabric for bags of all sorts, and jackets too, like this one.

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So using my Graphics App, I drew up my plans for another tote bag, smaller than my last one, and went through the upholstery fabric box to find the perfect fabric to repurpose into a tote bag.

I pulled out my Singer 421G for this heavy duty job.  I used a lightweight fusible interfacing on my inner lining fabric to add a bit of shape and a fusible fleece on my outer fabric to add a bit of soft cushioning and shape.

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Fusible fleece – and a peek at the striped fabric I chose from the upholstery fabric box!

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