Sunday, March 19, 2017

Reno Rounded Makeup Bag - Pattern in the works!

As I wasn't the only one who crushed on my silly little makeup bag from this post, I decided to turn it into a pattern! =D So with the pattern, this all cotton version was born. It is made with Tula Pinks Chipper fabric combined with Kona Cotton in Pomegranate color and an unknown lining fabric from my stash.  And I love it! I love them both! <3

I played with a slightly lower holder section for the zipper but I'm not sure I'm a fan,  I think I prefer the higher one one the green version? What do you think?

I love being able to make my own tassels! =D I need to buy more tassel materials!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Cali Card Holder - Recall of pattern

Today, to my great sadness as I am very fond of it, I was informed that the Cali Card Holder pattern is very similar to a tutorial from 2014.

I always search the net high and low for similar designs and patterns before I decide to make and release any new design of mine, but clearly, sadly, sometimes it's not possible to find everything. I absolutely agree that the two designs are too close for comfort and I've therefore decided to recall my pattern. If you've purchased the Cali Card Holder and would like a refund, please just send me an email and a refund will promptly be given.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sewing for ME

So yesterday I did some ME sewing, sewing just for fun, trying out a crazy idea I had without any plans for it and boy did I have fun! Normally these crazy sewing sessions result in what I call a "prototype" which will be hidden away in a drawer, until I finally toss it. But not this time! It resulted in a super sparkly, but maybe not  super practical but so pretty and fun round bottom makeup bag. <3

It's made with glitter vinyl from U-Handbag combined with Tula Pink "Lanterns" and a little Michael Miller "Ta Dot" for the lining.

The lining is so pretty with it's dots and matches the Tula Pink perfectly! <3

The tassel I made by myself with the tassel hardware I bought in Thailand in February this year, it's so much fun to be able to make my own tassels! =D

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Bia Bag by Maria @ Finished Seams

Pink Pony Design is soon a year and a half old, and when I stumbled upon this STUNNING Bia Bag made by the super talented Maria over at Finished Seams, blogpost here, I started thinking of the fact that this little bag is what started it all. If I hadn't decided to make this pattern to try my hand at pattern making and finding it to be so much fun, maybe Pink Pony Design wouldn't exist today, so thank you little Bia Bag <3 Free Bia Bag pattern is available here.

Just look at this stunner! The fabric choices are just absolutely fantastic (I just have to make my own map fabric bag now)!

Can you believe me when I tell you this is her VERY FIRST home sewn bag?  Me neither, but it is! Fantastic job! 

Look at all the stunning details of this! those handmade leather handles really make the whole thing pop! Thank you Maria for letting me share your stunning work! <3

The Bia Bag pattern is not totally up to par with the quality of my new patterns, and it will receive a much needed makeover in the future, however, it's still a very easy to follow pattern, and clearly one can make a super fancy Bia Bag as ones very first bag! Make sure you pop over to Marias blog to see all the little details on how she made this lovely bag!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Cali Card Holder - Manly Orange Version

Upon seeing the Cali Card Holder, Erik immediately announced that he wanted one for himself. And there's nothing more fun then when my honey wants me to sew for him so I got right to it!

So a "manly" version without frills like zipper end covers (because he wanted the pocket to open fully) and hanger was born. Just a plain card holder with a pocket for his headphones.

He chose the fabrics and zipper himself, I think it came out great! I don't work a lot with orange so it was fun to get out of my normal color comfort zone. It's made with Joel Dewberry's beautiful fabric paired with some Kona Cotton.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Introducing - The Cali Card Holder!

I really wanted a clever little card holder/wallet for those pretty little handbags that unfortunately come without any such interior solutions, but are too small to fit a normal wallet. The Cali Card Holder was born!

It is a very handy 4 3/4" x 3" finished, has three card pockets (which can double as cash pockets) and one zippered compartment (naturally fully lined) for coins or keys or anything else you might want. It has a keyholder/hanger for when I use it in my bigger bags, so it doesn't get lost. The backside is plain.

The pattern is with my testers as we speak so hopefully it should be ready within a week. =)

Friday, February 24, 2017

How to reattach a zipper pull - Video tutorial

I've been contacted by several people who are very uncomfortable removing zipper pulls and reattaching them. Since I do so quite often in my patterns, for example in my free Racoon Case Sunglass Case pattern I thought it was long overdue with a proper video tutorial! It's also available in my youtube channel.

I love replacing my zipper pulls with contrasting ones or just prettier pulls, and while the first few attempts at this might be frustrating (and sometimes being two people can help), once you get the hang of doing this, it's actually really easy! And being able to remove the zipper pull makes working with zippers in so many instances so much easier =)

A few examples of where I've used contrasting zipper pulls, isn't it cute?

I hope you will find this tutorial easy to follow and that it will boost your zipper confidence!

Monday, December 19, 2016

It's not too late to make a few christmas gifts!

For those of you who've already finished christmas shopping, you might still have time to squeeze in some christmas sewing! If you haven't already tried making a Fancy Folded Star, now might just be the right time to make one for that hard to buy for relative, or maybe just make one for yourself? Make a Potholder, a Pillow or why not a little Ornament?

Here are a few beautiful Fancy Folded Stars I've found around the net to help get you inspired!

Look at this gorgeous one from hopefully {something} cute:

Or this stunning one by Made By Cola:

Or this tiny adorable ornament one by A Stitch In Between:

And this lovely one made by Karen over at Easy Patchwork:

Hopefully I've inspired you a little, if you make one, make sure you tag me on social media so I get to see it <3

Friday, November 18, 2016

Nordic Sewing and Inspirational Weekend - Post 1 of 2

I spent this past weekend in Jönköping at the biggest Sy- och Inspirationshelg in the Nordic countries. It was an honour to be invited to teach classes there and I hope my students had even half as much fun as I did! I have a ton of photos and so much to share I think I'll divide this into two posts =)

There was a lot of preparation, as half a day was removed from the Stockholm Bag class, I had to cut and interface all the bags for everyone in the class, which turned out to be a whole week of work! I'm so grateful for the help from my parents and my dear friend Ursula who also came along as my "help teacher" <3

It was a lot of fun to make the little kits for the Bring the Basics Bags, matching fabrics, zippers and zipper pulls was a blast!

Ursula drove me and Anki down to Jönköping on Friday the 11th with a very, very stuffed car, I was hidden in the back seat behind bag kits, and Husqvarna Epic sewing machine, ironing boards, cutting mats and everything else we would need for our weekend. We set up and made this cute little display table with some of the bags I've made.

The day after setup, we had a Stockholm Bag course, it was such a fun day but darn had I been nervous! I just really hoped everyone would have enough time to finish their bags. luckily everyone did a spectacular job and nearly everyone managed to finish their bags completely, some just had the topstitching left.

Everyone got a complete kit (in a cute pink baggy of course!) with all pieces ready cut, interfaced and labeled with their respective letters.

I'm so lucky to have had such fantastic students and help teacher, who's here helping to glue down handles.

Sewing interior pockets.

Sewing lining and exterior together.

And here's a few of the happy new Stockholm Bag owners with their stunning bags! <3

There were three different main "kits", one gray and turquoise as seen below, and three different faux leathers, one smooth, one pre-quilted in asymmetrical squares (like the original) and this version.

The pretty backside with a contrast zipper.

There was a green version with Tula Pink lanterns, very close to or exactly like the original depending on what faux leather it was combined with. This one had such a very cool decoration for the front and left her handles unsewn for a very cool and unique look!

And this pretty pink Tula Pink Chipper version modelled by it's owner, Ingrid Johnson, who has Husqvarnabutiken in Vimmerby. She also carries my patterns <3

I just also have to show you Ingrid and her friend Helena (who was holding classes in the room next to us), whom unknowingly to each other had sewn tops for the events in the same fabric, don't they look great!? And on Ingrid's shoulder is her gorgeous, matching Denver Double Zip Bag!

Thank you all for a fantastic Saturday! A post with photos from the Sunday is coming soon =)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Denver Double Zip Bag - The Pattern!

I'm so happy to announce the arrival of my Denver Double Zip Bag pattern!

It's available in both Swedish and English in my webshop.

This little bag is perfect for a night on the town, when you want to have room for your phone, cards, money, keys, maybe a bit of makeup and some small bits and pieces. It's such a quick and fun bag to sew, you'll probably just like me, not only make one once you get started! Finished bag is ~8 x 5.5 inches big and ~1" wide at the bottom. Mine is made with Katarina Roccella Indelible Fabric Collection by Art Gallery Fabrics matched with a random text print found in my stash and a Michael Miller Cotton Couture solid.

It has two big zippered compartments, both fully lined. The main compartment also has a card holder for 3 cards, a lip balm and money slip pocket and a slip pocket for a cellphone.

But the pockets can of course be customized to fit your needs.

It's so very cute! I can't wait to make myself a black one to go with my LBD's!

I as always want to sincerely thank my lovely pattern testers! <3
They did amazing work, suggested tweaks, helped me with spelling and grammar and made such pretty versions of their own!

Ann-Kristin Kristoffersen of Kinnas Lappteknik made a gorgeous grey and blue flowery version! She's the inventor of the little double zip baggies that this bag design is born from <3

Anne Verberckmoes of Serial Bagmakers made a lovely paisley and purple version with a cross body strap instead, very practical!

Marita Tjulander of Valsan-Häxan syr/quiltar made a fetching black version in real leather! Such a lovely every day bag and such a cute kitty in the background!

Cate Sjöman - of C. Sjöman Designs made a super cute pink paisley one and a great version in quilted black! They really are addictive ;)

Jennifer MacWilliams of thisgirlissewdestructive on Instagram and Facebook, she made such a happy green version in Dear Stella Design fabrics!