Sew your purse


I just love these coin purses so much that I thought I would create these kits that make it easy for you to make one yourself. Contact the Art Jam Studio in Caversham to get one.

Once you have the bits and pieces, here’s how you put it together. You can either sew by hand or with a machine, using a 1cm seam allowance.

First, sew the top of the purse.


Sew the sides of the purse.



Turn out the purse.

Put the frame in place – use a contrasting thread!


Attach the frame – use a contrasting or a matching thread as you wish. From the inside of the frame, insert your needle at an angle to keep the stitches under the frame on the inside.


The finished purse!



Note that you may have purchased a slightly different purse frame shape. This doesn’t matter, the process of making is the same.


Quilting your upcycled pouch

Quilted heart

This tutorial is to show how to perfect making the quilted pouch. I’m not going into how to free motion quilt – thats for another workshop – but what I noticed doing this class was that its difficult to get everything including the zip, lined up nicely, particularly with silks that pull easily.


Close the zip and you are done!

So this one is made from some old jeans. A layer of wadding is sandwiched between two layers of denim. I use some temp fabric glue and sew around the edge of the pattern to keep everything in place. Contact me for a copy of the pattern.


Then, its time to drop the feed-dogs and quilt a pattern. Its a good idea to draw something on your fabric using an water soluble pen. You don’t have to follow it exactly but it helps. This hearty one is inspired by Valentine’s Day.


Once both sides are bound (don’t worry about finishing edges nicely, they’ll be covered) you can attach the zip to the inside of the binding, nice and close. The first side is easy. Just pin in place and sew.


Attaching the second side of the zip is the trickiest bit! Making sure the zip is attached to the pouch so it all lines up.

Once you are happy with how the pouch and zip line up, sew on the zip.

Sew up both the ends.


Finish off.


So hopefully you end up with something resembling this:

Ta daa! Hope yours works out too!

Pouch perfect

Photographic reminder to help everyone who attended my class to jog your memory and create more of your own bags/pouches with perfect boxed out corners. All seams are sewn with 1cm seam allowance, included in the pattern.

If you have lost your pattern please contact me and I will send you one.

This technique can be used to make a bag of any size and can be adjusted for a tapered cosmetics style bag. Use this pouch to perfect your technique and then start experimenting! Contact me if you need any help adjusting your pattern.

1. Attach your fabric (outer and lining) to the zip.

This can be done in one single step if you feel confident doing it; Make a sandwich of the zip in between the outer fabric and the lining. The zip should be face down on the right side of the outer fabric. The lining and outer fabric should be right sides together. Pin and sew.

2 Attach fabric to other side of zip


3 Sewing the edges of the pouch.

4 Boxing out the bottom.

Do this with both corners of the outer fabric.


5 Boxing out the top.

This is the trickiest part but make sure you have it all aligned and flat and pinned! before you sew. The lining and outer fabric are sew together with the zip sandwiched in between.


6 Turn your pouch inside out.

7 Finish off.

Its all in the case!



I haven’t been here for a while, been having a wild ride this year. I took a bit of a break after Christmas and decided to make myself something that has been brewing for a while. I always wanted one of these when I was a little girl, now I finally got one inspired by the kids, created out of their grown-out-of so I can carry them around with me.

I’ve filled it up with my sewing supplies. Its perfect for carrying them around when I am running my sewing classes.


Final batch of shirts



Ready for dispatch! Phew, job done.

Fun in the sun

Well its just so hot and we needed some hats. And here is what I came up with using some old dresses and bits of fat quarters hanging around waiting for a purpose in life.


And of course we needed a Dino hat as well.


There is some work to do

So, we’ve been doing some work, sifting and checking and well, it needs some work! Fabulously it is made from cedar wood which has been exposed to the elements (in the form of a climbing frame for 15 years). A few layers of planing, sanding and there is beautiful wood underneath. Some of the beams need more work than others. Some of the ones on the ground need replacing others need fixing.


Recycling project and a half

So we decided we needed a climbing frame. And there are many around the are no longer needed. So this is what we found. Looks nice right?

So we brought it home and this is how it looks:


There is some work to do if we want this up and climbable for the summer.

In the hoop

Embroidered logos in the making.

Only another 40 or so to go.

20170525_215854The busy ant. Such a cute logo for a lovely piano school.