Monday, December 5, 2016

vera slouch bag {new pdf pattern release}

Welcome, welcome friends!!!

I'm happy to introduce my newest bag pattern to you today.

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It's a perfectly sized everyday bag. Not too large, not too small, with two exterior slip pockets, one lining zipper pocket (I'm quite sure you'll enjoy this new way of installing a zipper pocket) and a smaller lining slip pocket as well.

See? Wonderfully roomy, isn't it?

Finished size of the bag is 11" wide x 11" tall x 4" deep.

It's not a very difficult bag to make, but it does look super chic once finished. I'd say an advanced beginner (some zipper experience is helpful) would be quite comfortable making this bag.

And, in case you're a fan of leather strap just like I am, I added an extra page of instructions on how to attach leather strap and D-ring tabs instead of making fabric ones.

Materials needed to make the bag
(fabric requirements are based on 42” wide fabric)
fabric A (main exterior fabric) – ¾ yard
fabric B (contrasting exterior bottom) – ¼ yard
fabric C (lining) – ½ yard
interlining fabric (canvas, denim, or some other heavier weight fabric) – ½ yard
SF 101 interfacing (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice) – 2 ½ yards
one - 7” long metal or nylon zipper
one - 14mm magnetic snap closure
two - 1” D-rings
two - 1” swivel lobster hooks

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I've enlisted the help of some super, super talented ladies to test this pattern for me and I was beyond excited when I saw all the gorgeous bags they made. You guys rock :)

Mali made this stunning Vera bag. I'm totally, totally in love with the fabrics she chose.

I'm also quite smitten with Zenna's gorgeous bag. Such pretty colors.

Kati went with another beautiful fabric combo. She used some of her long hoarded Stamped fabric for the exterior and waxed canvas for the bottom of her bag. Perfection for sure :)

Rebecca's beautiful bag took me back to when I first started sewing. These Morning Glory fabrics by Amy Butler were my absolute favorites for years and I still have a few cuts saved and waiting for "just the right project".

I love Julia's use of leather for the bottom of the bag, as well as the sweet addition of leather tag. It's the little details that make a huge difference, don't you agree?

And then there's Vicki's gorgeous Vera. Yet another stunner!

Last, but definitely not least, is this fabulous quilted Vera by Elizabeth. I've never used cork fabric in my sewing before but seeing this beauty makes me want to give it a try for sure.

Thank you so much, ladies. You all did an amazing job.

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I hope you like my Vera Slouch Bag as much as I do. And, to celebrate the release of this new pattern I'm offering it at an introductory price of $6.00 for the next 48 hours.

You can buy the pattern by clicking directly on the button below or by going to my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

scrappy, hand quilted 20-patch {a finished quilt}


My scrappy 20-patch quilt is all finished and ready for snuggles, yay!

I don't even remember last time I enjoyed making a quilt as much as I did this one. It wasn't a quick finish. I pieced the quilt top in October and have been slowly hand quilting it for about a month.

 I usually go with perle cotton #8 or embroidery thread when hand quilting my quilts. This time though I decided to use Clark bold hand quilting thread in white I had in my stash. And now I want to hand quilt everything using this thread. See this absolutely fabulous texture? I wish you could touch this quilt, it feels divine.

I took the inspiration from Rachel's beautiful Blue Phase quilt and quilted each rectangle using different patterns. Nothing too fancy, just my absolute favorite straight lines.

I chose dark-ish fabric for the quilt back and I just adore the way quilting looks on this side, as well. At first I wasn't sure how all those white stitches will look on such dark backing, but I'm super happy with the finish. 

And now I'm completely obsessed with hand quilting. OBSESSED!!! I tell you. Which is not such a bad thing, I guess. Hand quilting is pretty relaxing after all. I guess I'll just relax a bit more than usual in the next couple of weeks :)

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finished size: 48" x 69" 
fabrics used: favorite scraps + light colored solids
thread for quilting: Clark bold hand quilting thread in white 

Thanks for reading, friends. Svetlana

Friday, November 25, 2016

black friday sale

Hello, happy Black Friday to you all!

Ready to start tackling those Christmas lists? I definitely am :).

I hope you will like this special offer I prepared for you. All the items in both of my etsy shops are 20% off with coupon code THANKS16. This is the first time ever I'm offering not just my patterns, but also the kits, screen printed fabric, as well as all my handmades on sale. 

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You can purchase my patterns, kits, and fabric panels here,

and my handmades (finished pouches, pillows, quilts, and more) here.

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And just a quick side note, I'm taking a break from offering screen printed panels and kits at my shop after this sale, so once they are sold it will be it for quite some time.

The sale runs through Monday, Nov. 28th.

Thank you for all your continued support and encouragement.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

striped cats tote

I absolutely love this time of the year. I love all the hustle and bustle of preparation for Thanksgiving and then Christmas (oh, I do love Christmas so very much), and two of my children were born in November which makes this month extra, extra special. But, I also feel like a hamster in its wheel. Running at neck breaking speed yet feeling like I'm not getting anywhere, or many times even falling more behind. Gah!!! Totally frustrating!

I managed to do a bit of sewing the other day though. And it totally helped with my mood :). So I decided to try and squeeze in a bit of  "sanity saving sewing" into most of my days.

I usually make a bag, a pouch, or a pillow. Nothing too huge and time consuming.

This little tote bag was one of those super quick, super satisfying projects. I made it for my son's friend. It was her birthday and she likes cats, so he very carefully went through my stash choosing the best cat print he could find.  He chose well, I must say. I love these Cotton and Steel striped cats.

He also chose these Cloud 9 owls (from Joann) for the lining. I thought it was a bit too much and wanted to steer him towards a plain lining but he insisted they were too cute not to be included :). Oh, well! 

Once the bag was finished he was super happy with the way it turned out. And so was his friend. I'm totally calling this a very successful collaboration.

Wishing you all a happy day. 


Saturday, November 19, 2016

21 free christmas sewing tutorials

I know, I know! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it's a bit too early to go into a full Christmas mode, but I simply couldn't resist any longer and I started working on my Christmas sewing list.

And, in case some of you feel the same and would like a bit of Christmas inspiration, I put together a list of 21 free sewing tutorials for you. Enjoy :)

(click on the picture below to be taken to original tutorial)

diamond stocking

christmas tree skirt
merry and bright cushion
circle tree quilt
stocking advent calendar
a bit of cheer ornaments
mini christmas tree ornament
reusable gift bag
table runner
patchwork pillow
simple sixteen quilt
advent calendar
felt woodland ornament
patchwork pillow
kitschy christmas quilt
tree skirt
bullfinch ornament
gift tag
tiny trees bunting

Wishing each and every one of you a creative and relaxed weekend.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

winner, winner

Hello friends, 

a great thank you to all who took part in my screen printed fabric bundle + drawstring bag giveaway. You guys totally made my day, thanks for all the lovely comments.

As promised, Mr. Random helped me choose the winner.

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Congratulations, Kathy E. !!!

Hope you have great fun using these prints in your sewing.

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Wishing you all a relaxed and creative day. Svetlana

Monday, November 14, 2016

sotak prints giveaway

First off, just a quick reminder you can still take advantage of 20% discount on all my pdf patterns. Just click here to be taken to my etsy shop. No coupon needed, offer expires at midnight today.

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Let's talk giveaway now, shall we? 

I thought it would be fun to share a few goodies so I put together this bundle of five screen printed panels as well as my very own custom printed drawstring bag to give away to one lucky reader.

Simply leave a comment below for a change to win. All entries (domestic as well as international) are welcome. The giveaway is open through Wednesday, Nov. 16th.

Good luck to you all. Svetlana

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