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Enlarging the Lindsay Wristlet

Michelle Burke

I am so excited to have two guest posts, one today and one tomorrow, from the talented Kristina of  Restitch. Kristina makes and sells beautiful custom handmade bags, purses and wallets. She has made several Lindsay Wristlets and she has made some alterations to a few of them as well. I asked Kristina if she would write a blog post (or two) for me for Lindsay Wristlet Week and she agreed - I was so excited! I know you will love her tutorials explaining how she has changed up the Lindsay Wristlet some and I know you will also love her fun, southern charm that comes through in her writing. To see more of Kristina's work (her stock is low right now because her creations have a tendency to get bought up really fast) you can go to her website, like her Facebook page, and follow her on Instagram
And now here is Kristina . . .

Hello everyone!

I am tickled pink that Michelle has graciously asked me to do a couple of guest blog posts for Lindsay Wristlet week describing how to enlarge a pattern and how to make a neat little slip pocket on the outside of the Lindsay Wristlet!

My name is Kristina and I am the owner of Restitch.  I’m newer to the bag making world but I’ve been sewing a long time. I opened my little bag making shop about 8 months ago and haven’t looked back since! I stumbled upon this amazing pattern of Michelle’s totally by accident! I had bought a little zipper pouch about 2 years ago for my purse from a handmade seller. I decided to get online one day and see if I could find it again since I had worn it out. Lo-and-behold there was Michelle’s pattern for the Lindsay Wristlet! That was exactly what I was looking for and I’ve been making these great little bags ever since!

Today I’m going to teach you how to enlarge the Lindsay Wristlet!

Here is an example of an enlargement of the Lindsay Wristlet. The one on the left is enlarged by 20% (essentially adding 1.5 inches to the final measurements. The final dimensions are about 6 x 8 inches). The one on the right is at the original pattern dimensions. You can really make it as big as you want and perfect for your needs!

Here’s how you do it:

-Take your original dimensions and decide how much larger you want the final piece to be.

-We’ll use 8 inches as the original measurement (see picture below).

-Take your original measurement and multiply that by the percentage larger you want it to be. In this case 25% or .025 (always add a decimal point and a 0 in front of your percentage number). The results would be 2 inches!

Now, you might want to figure out what percentage it would be if you merely added 1 inch to all dimensions. Easy peasy! Simply divide A by B, then take that number and move the decimal place two spaces to the right. That's your percentage! 

Wasn’t that so much easier than you thought? Now just go thru your measurements line by line and calculate the new measurements! Remember to calculate the new lengths for your zippers too!

Or..you can Google a percentage calculator. BUT I’m hoping you’re not the latter and actually want to calculate it yourself! No? That’s ok :)

Thanks Kristina!!! Tomorrow Kristina shares how she adds an exterior slip pocket to the Lindsay Wristlet - her technique for doing this is awesome!
Remember to enter the giveaway! Details on the giveaway and the Uniquely Michelle sale are in yesterday's blog post!

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