Thoughts and experiences around designing and using patterns, information about patterns from other designers, and vendors who sell ABQ patterns.
A photo shoot among the greenery for the Norfolk Bag seemed perfect for the fresh spring fabric on the sample bag. Results weren't quite as planned!
Before the Essentials Tote became one of my most popular bag patterns, it was an idea sparked from some lovely fabrics. I've gathered together the posts from early 2015 during the time I was designing the Essentials Tote.
I was asked to contribute a new bag pattern to AQ magazine. You won't believe how many different ideas I considered before I settled on the perfect one.
Make the Ooh La La travel jewelry bag and get where you're going with your jewelry kept in its place. No more plastic zip bags crammed into random pockets! And did I mention how pretty it is?
Here's a great idea! Use the Sweet Talk Phone Bag pattern to make a purse for a little girl. Then make a grownup version for yourself or as a gift for someone else.
This backpack pattern features an assortment of handy pockets for your devices and loads of room inside for even your bulky items. Padded tech pocket too!
Every new bag design needs a pattern cover, and sometimes finding the right models and the right setting is an adventure in itself! This time was no different.
My new backpack pattern is almost done. If you've ever wondered how a bag design comes together, from idea to pattern, here's what happens.
The Woolly, Woolly Bag pattern makes the ultimate yarn project organizer for knit and crochet hobbyists. Store knitting supplies and keep wool untangled.
The Scrappy Sampler pattern is stunning in the new Fall Feast fabric from Clothworks. Plus, take a look at results other talented quilters have produced over the years with this pattern
Yoga Girl is a bag for your yoga mat that's a bit more functional than your typical mat carrier. Instead of stuffing the bag in the end, it opens from the side. It's a bit roomier, with space for a mat and a change of clothes, plus pockets for your phone and wallet. I developed these patterns for my own yoga classes, and the result is both functional and pretty.
Sometimes the first version of a pattern just doesn't go over very well. Getting rid of one element and added something else transformed the unpopular 'Mr. Snowman' into go-to bag 'Everything Goes.'