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The Snap To It Key Fob & The Kristine ID Wallet - A Good Pair!

Michelle Burke

As you would probably guess, I made several Snap To It Key Fobs as I was writing the Snap To It Key Fob pattern. Since the release of this free pattern, I have made a few more - they are so fun to make and fast to sew up! As I was writing the pattern, I kept thinking that the Snap To It Key Fob would make a great wristlet strap for a wallet or wristlet. I had to try it out of course, so I made a Kristine ID Wallet and matching Snap To It Key Fob.

I think it turned out so cute! I combined Essex Linen in Teal with a pretty floral called September Blooms designed by Shopcabin for Hawthorne Threads. The print comes in two sizes and I used the “little” size in the Peacock color. I then added Squared Elements in Honeycomb by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics for the lining of the Kristine ID Wallet.

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By making the exterior of the Kristine ID Wallet out of two fabrics, I hoped to accent the floral fabric and make it coordinate with the Snap To It Key Fob even more. I really like how the blue linen makes the floral fabric take center stage!

Those snaps are turquoise SnapSource metal snaps, I love the way they look with the fabrics. I also love the copper-colored hardware I used for this Snap To It Key Fob. I got this pretty 1¼” rose gold/copper finish key fob hardware from Bagmaker Supply.

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I think the Snap To It Key Fob and the Kristine ID Wallet make a great pair, don’t you? I like that by adding a Snap To It Key Fob to the Kristine ID Wallet, you can snap your Kristine ID Wallet to a grocery cart, baby stroller or strap of a purse, making it very convenient.

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If you don’t have the Kristine ID Wallet pattern you can purchase it from the Uniquely Michelle Craftsy Pattern Shop, the Uniquely Michelle Website Shop or the Uniquely Michelle Etsy Shop. The Snap To It Key Fob pattern is a free pattern that can be found in the Uniquely Michelle Website Shop.

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An Affordable Custom Sewing Machine Table

Michelle Burke

I am very excited to show you my new custom sewing machine table that my husband and I made together. I love my new table and I love how affordable it was to make!

 This isn't our first attempt to make a sewing machine table. A few years ago, I decided I wanted a table for my sewing machine that made it so that the surface of the table was even with the needle/throat plate of my sewing machine. Basically, I wanted an even sewing surface. I also wanted it to be large enough to handle anything from a Lindsay Wristlet up to a quilt. My husband (Brian) and I worked together to come up with a cheap solution. 

The above picture shows our solution. I don't remember now what we paid for the folding table and all the other "stuff" you see that lifted the surface so that it was even with my machine, but it wasn't much. And it worked . . . 

. . . at least it worked fairly well. My machine has a knee lift which I love but every time I used the knee lift, my machine would shift. I got very used to shoving my machine back into place after every three or four times of lifting the foot with the knee lift. This actually got quite annoying. Keeping my machine level on the foam so that it was even with the work surface also got quite annoying.

I kept looking at sewing cabinets that included a cut-out to set my sewing machine into to even up the sewing surface, but WOW - $500 at a minimum and then another $75 for a custom insert that fit my machine. There had to be a more affordable solution.

Thanks goodness for Pinterest! I found this blog post by Palak from Make it Handmade showing how she and her husband made a sewing machine table with a cut out and shelf specifically for her machine. I showed Brian the blog post and he was as excited as I was, so we were off to Ikea to get the INGO table

Palak gives links to two different blog posts that actually have more detailed instructions for making this sewing machine table. Brian used the blog posts and his own ingenuity to make my table. I would recommend reading through all three blog posts (Make it Handmade, Blue Dinosaurs, and From Marta with Love) because they each have good ideas and suggestions. 

Brian's actually smiling - always a good sign when doing a diy project!

Brian's actually smiling - always a good sign when doing a diy project!

Brian did the cutting, made the shelf and put everything together.

He did an awesome job cutting the custom opening for my sewing machine!

Notches cut out of the table apron and the shelf for easy access to the bobbin!

Notches cut out of the table apron and the shelf for easy access to the bobbin!

When making a bag, I usually have 2-3 different thread colors with matching bobbins that I use. I change my bobbin a lot just when sewing one bag, so I needed to be able to get to my bobbin easily. Brian and I came up with a solution for me to easily be able to change my bobbin without lifting my sewing machine out of the table every time. Brian cut a notch out of the apron of the table as well as out of the shelf that my machine sits on. Now I can easily change the bobbin!

We had to make the hole for the knee lift a little large as a result of my mistake in measuring. :\

We had to make the hole for the knee lift a little large as a result of my mistake in measuring. :\

Brian wishes the hole for my knee lift was more centered, but that was my fault because I decided to help at that point and didn't mark the correct place for the knee lift - oops! I should have just let him do it.

You can see the notch in the upper right part of this picture. (You can also see the stencil detail I added on this corner of the table too.)

You can see the notch in the upper right part of this picture. (You can also see the stencil detail I added on this corner of the table too.)

To make it easier to plug/unplug my sewing machine and to turn it off and on, Brian added a notch in the custom cut-out for my machine.

After Brian finished all the custom cutting and shelf work, it was up to me to finish it with paint or stain. I decided to stain the table - I love stained wood, but I couldn't help myself and had to add a painted stencil detail.

I bought the stain I used from Home Depot. I used Minwax Wood Finish Stain in the color, Special Walnut. I bought all my supplies for stenciling from my local JoAnn store. I used the Exotic Blossoms Martha Stewart Silk Screen with Folk Art Chalk Paint in the color, Cascade. I also bought the Martha Stewart Stencil Brush Set to apply the paint.

 I will have to say, when I bought the silk screen stencil, I thought it was just a regular stencil, but to get all the detail in the center of the design, it is actually a stencil on silk screen. I mention this because, had I paid more attention to this fact, I also would have noticed that it is suggested that you use a craft squeegee to apply the paint.

I found that I had no problem applying the paint with a stencil brush both by pouncing and using a brush stroke motion to get the paint everywhere it needs to go through the silk screen. Also, I had quite a bit of paint on my stencil brush, not the almost dry brush that I am used to when stenciling. All this explanation about the stenciling may make it seem difficult, but it is not at all - it takes a little getting used to, but it is very easy!

The silkscreen stencils are more pliable than normal stencils and they have a light adhesive on the back, making it easy to stencil over the edge of the table and on the corners of the legs of the table. One word of caution, when you peel the backing off of the silkscreen stencils do it VERY, VERY SLOWLY! If you peel it too quickly, some of the small details will lift off - I ruined one of the small designs by peeling the backing off too quickly.

I used Folk Art Home Decor Wax in Clear to protect and seal my table. This whole project took a little longer than a weekend to finish mainly because of the time I gave for the stain, the chalk paint and the wax to dry.

Brian had to add one last custom feature - a power strip mounted on the side! Now I don't have to crawl under the table to plug in the iron and I have the ability to plug in a few things at once! We spent just under $200 on this entire project, and it is a table that is custom fit to my sewing machine and custom made to work with the way I use my sewing machine. In my mind it's priceless!

Have you done any diy projects for your sewing space either to save money or to have something customized to your liking? I would love to hear about your diy projects and include pictures if possible!

Just so you know, I provide links to the products I used on this project to help you find them if you are interested. I am in no way reimbursed by any company or person for mentioning the use of these products, they were just the products I chose to use on this project.


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Goodbye Lindsay Wristlet Week - It Has Been Fun

Michelle Burke

Today is the last day of Lindsay Wristlet Week - I hope you have enjoyed learning some way to change up the Lindsay Wristlet a bit! It was fun learning from Kristina how to increase the size of the Lindsay Wristlet and how to add a slip pocket. Thanks Kristina for teaching us how to do both of those things! It was fun for me to give away three of my patterns - congratulations to the winners! The 15% off sale will go through today at 10:00pm (MDT), so don't miss out - get any Uniquely Michelle patterns now! Remember to enter the coupon code LINDSAYWEEK during checkout in my Website Shop or in the Uniquely Michelle Etsy Shop. You can also purchase patterns from the Uniquely Michelle Craftsy Pattern Shop where I have reduced the prices to reflect the 15% off.

I would love to see pictures of everyone's Lindsay Wristlet creations, whether you change it up some or just follow the pattern! Please share any pictures on Instagram (#uniquelymichelle) or in the Uniquely Michelle Sewing Patterns Facebook Group. The Facebook group is a fun place to not only share pictures of your Uniquely Michelle creations, but to also get help and share ideas. Speaking of sharing ideas . . . please share any ideas you have for changing up the Lindsay Wristlet pattern. I have already had someone suggest another great change up for the Lindsay Wristlet (I will have to share this one later), but I am sure there are even more ideas out there! Share your ideas in the comments below or in the Uniquely Michelle Sewing Patterns Facebook Group.

Thanks for joining me during Lindsay Wristlet Week, it has been a blast!


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Adding a Cross-Body Strap to the Lindsay Wristlet - Part 2

Michelle Burke

Today is day six of Lindsay Wristlet Week! I am excited to finish sharing with you a tutorial on making a cross-body strap for the Lindsay Wristlet! Yesterday we cut out the fabric and interfacing and gathered everything we needed. We also made and added the second anchor piece for the cross-body strap to attach to. Today we will make the strap itself!

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To make the cross-body strap, we need to start by sewing the two strips of fabric together. I like to do this on the bias because it makes it so that the adjustable slider can more easily go over the seam in the strap. Place one end of each strip right sides together so that they are at a right angle to each other. Draw a diagonal line across the square made by the intersection of the two strips of fabric from one corner to the opposite corner (see the photo on the left below). Make sure the two short ends of the strips are on one side of the line and the two long ends of the strips are on the other side of the line. Pin the strips together and sew on the line. Trim the seam allowance to ¼” and press the seam open. Now you have one long strip of fabric!

Next, it's time for interfacing. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric, centering the interfacing down the middle of the strip of fabric and leaving 2” at each short end of the fabric strip with no interfacing. You may need to cut your interfacing strip shorter so that you have 2” of fabric without interfacing at each short end. If you don’t have one long strip of interfacing, just butt the ends together as you fuse them to the fabric. I fuse the interfacing right over the seam in the strap.

More pressing ahead! Fold both short ends of the Cross-Body Strap to the wrong side ¼” and press. Now fold the strip long raw edges wrong sides together and press. Next fold the raw edges of the long sides into the center fold that you just made and press. Give the Cross-Body Strap one more good press with all the folds in place and we are ready to sew!  Top-stitch 1/8" away from each long edge of the strap through all the layers.

Adding the hardware to a cross-body strap can seem a little daunting the first few times you do it. Start by putting one end of your strap over the center bar of the adjustable slider so that 1” of the end of the strap overlaps on the other side. Sew this strap end in place with a little square near the end of the strap going through both layers of the strap. 

Loop the other end of the strap through one of the swivel snap hooks and then bring that end back to the adjustable slider. Keeping any twists out of the strap, put the end of the strap through the adjustable slider - up one side, over the center and down the other side of the adjustable slider.

Now you just need to add the other swivel snap hook in the same way you added the adjustable slider to the first end of the strap.

Your cross-body strap is now finished and ready to clip onto your Lindsay Wristlet! I love that the Lindsay Wristlet can still be used as a wristlet, but now can be used as a cross-body bag too!

Don't forget the SALE that is going on all week! You can get 15% off all Uniquely Michelle patterns by entering the coupon code LINDSAYWEEK during checkout in my Website Shop or in the Uniquely Michelle Etsy Shop. You can also purchase patterns from the Uniquely Michelle Craftsy Pattern Shop where I have reduced the prices to reflect the 15% off. The sale runs through this Sunday, October 23rd at 10:00pm (MDT).

Please share pictures of your Lindsay Wristlets and any other Uniquely Michelle creations you make on Instagram (#UniquelyMichelle) and on the Uniquely Michelle Sewing Patterns FB group! I love seeing everyone's creations! 


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Adding a Cross-Body Strap to the Lindsay Wristlet - Part 1

Michelle Burke

Welcome to day five of Lindsay Wristlet Week! Today I have the first of a two-part tutorial on how to add a cross-body strap to the Lindsay Wristlet. Having a cross-body strap is a nice way to make this cute little bag easy to carry completely hands-free. I have found my Lindsay Wristlet perfect to take to school events, sporting events and when I just need the necessities when I am out and about. Adding a cross-body strap makes it so that I don’t have to worry about keeping track of a small bag and I can still clap, cheer or shop! The following tutorial will give you a cross-body strap that can adjust from an approximate length of 31” to an approximate length of 60”.  If you don't yet have the pattern for the Lindsay Wristlet, see the links at the end of this post!

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Here is what you will need (above and beyond what you need to make the Lindsay Wristlet*):

1/8 yard exterior fabric*

1/8 yard 20” wide fusible woven mid-weight interfacing (Shapeflex 101)*

1 - ½” D-ring

2 - ½” swivel snap hook

1 – ½” adjustable slider

*You probably have enough exterior fabric and SF101 to make the cross-body strap if you get the amount of fabric called for in the pattern!


We will start by cutting the fabric and interfacing.

From the exterior fabric cut:

Width of the fabric x 2” & 25” x 2” These will be the Cross-Body Strap

3” x 2”  The Second Anchor Piece

From the SF101 cut:

1” x 50” (this can be pieced together as you iron it to the strap fabric, it doesn’t need to be one long strip)

Before you finish sewing up your Lindsay Wristlet, you will want to make the second anchor piece. All you need to do is make two anchor pieces instead of just one by following the directions in the pattern. There is one change I would make though, I would omit the interfacing on the anchor pieces. The interfacing makes the anchor pieces more stiff, which is fine for a wristlet but when you attach a cross-body strap, you want the anchor pieces to flex easily so that the bag hangs well. Easy enough, you get to skip the step of adding interfacing to the anchor pieces – woo hoo!

When adding the second anchor pieces, just clip/pin it to the opposite side of the front piece from where the first anchor piece is placed. Then just sew it in place in the same way you are instructed to sew the first one in place in the pattern.

Now that we have everything cut and we have made the necessary adjustments to the Lindsay Wristlet, we are ready to make a cross-body strap . . . but we will break for now. Tomorrow we will make the cross-body strap! 

Don't forget the SALE that is going on all week! You can get 15% off all Uniquely Michelle patterns by entering the coupon code LINDSAYWEEK during checkout in my Website Shop or in the Uniquely Michelle Etsy Shop. You can also purchase patterns from the Uniquely Michelle Craftsy Pattern Shop where I have reduced the prices to reflect the 15% off. The sale ends this Sunday at 10:00pm (MDT).

Please share pictures of your Lindsay Wristlets and any other Uniquely Michelle creations you make on Instagram (#UniquelyMichelle) and on the Uniquely Michelle Sewing Patterns FB group! I love seeing everyone's creations! 


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Adding An Exterior Slip Pocket to the Lindsay Wristlet

Michelle Burke

As Lindsay Wristlet Week continues, Kristina of Restitch is back today to explain how she adds an external slip pocket to the Lindsay Wristlet. I love her slightly unconventional, but very easy and awesome way of doing this and I think you will love it too! You can read more about Kristina in yesterday's blog post, but I want to give you the chance to see her beautiful work again today by going to her website, liking her Facebook page, and following her on Instagram!
And now here is Kristina . . .

Hi everyone, it's Kristina again! Today I am going to teach you how to add a slip pocket to the outside with a fun little trick!

Ya’ll this will seriously blow your mind and you’ll use it ALL the time because it looks that good! I’m going to show you how to add an exterior slip pocket with a cute trim band at the top. It’ll look like you stitched that baby on with much precision and it’ll honestly up your game on bag making! Here’s what I’m talking about:

See that orange and white polka-dot band? That’s what we are going to make!

Start off by calculating how tall you want the slip pocket to be. In most cases, you want the pocket to only take up about 75% to 80% of the side of the bag. If you do it too low, things will fall out and if you do it too high then it’ll interfere with the zipper on the top opening. In this case, my pocket was going to be 8” x 4” completed.

Here we go:

--Cut out two pieces: one of the exterior fabric and one of the lining fabric. They should both measure 8” x 4.5” - With right sides facing each other, sew one of the long side together with a ¼” seam allowance.

--Sew down the other long side with the same seam allowance. It should now look like this:

-Turn it right side out and press down your seams. Here is where it gets fun! Right side facing up, take and roll your seam allowance towards your body. So that the fabric on the underside is now showing at the top of the pocket. Like this:

Are you seeing it?!

Decide how much of a band you want on the top of your pocket and adjust accordingly. Once you’ve figured that out, give it a good press. It should look something like this:

Huzzah! Aren’t we so fancy!!

 

Here are a few suggestions about this pocket: I topstitch everything. I think it looks more professional and clean if you have a nice row of fat top stiches to keep everything in place. I just top stitch about a ¼ inch in with a nice long stitch. 

Another thing you can do is add some sort of closure. I like snaps! But you could also use Velcro or something similar. THIS is the step you’ll have to add the closure and is the only time you’’ll be able to do this! Line up your pocket with the main body piece and mark where you want you closure to be. 

-Clip/pin your exterior pocket to the exterior Main Body C. Make sure to line up your edges and make sure the band looks straight. Stitch around the pocket piece at a 1/8” seam allowance. We want to just hold it in place during assembly.

 

And there you have it! Assemble the rest of the bag as per the instructions!

 

You can use this trick on almost any sort of slip pocket and it is such a nice little touch. Here is the finished product!!

I hope I have given you some great ideas on how to make this awesome bag even better!

Thank you Michelle for having me!! I truly enjoyed sharing this with y’all!!

Thank you Kristina! It has been great learning from such a talented bag maker!
Over the next two days, I will share how you can add a cross-body strap to the Lindsay Wristlet!
Today is the last day to enter the giveaway - I will draw names at 7:00pm (MDT) for three lucky winners to receive a Lindsay Wristlet pattern! Details on the giveaway and the Uniquely Michelle sale are in Tuesday's blog post!

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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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Lindsay Wristlet Week - The Giveaway!

Michelle Burke

I am so excited! Today is day two of Lindsay Wristlet Week - a week full of discovering ways to change up the Lindsay Wristlet a bit. Yesterday's blog post was a tutorial about how to add a feature fabric panel to the Lindsay Wristlet. I am excited for the next two guest blog tutorials that will be posted here Wednesday and Thursday; you will love them! Today is all about the giveaway - of course there has to be a giveaway during Lindsay Wristlet Week! I will be giving away a Lindsay Wristlet pattern to three lucky winners; one on Instagram, one on the Uniquely Michelle Facebook page and one on the Uniquely Michelle Sewing Patterns Facebook group. You can enter at all three places to increase your chance of winning!

This is the picture to look for to enter the contest on Instagram & Facebook!

This is the picture to look for to enter the contest on Instagram & Facebook!

To enter the Lindsay Wristlet pattern giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on the "Lindsay Wristlet Pattern Giveaway" posts in each place - that's it! I will draw one winner randomly from each social media spot at 7:00pm (MST) on Thursday, October 20th. The picture above is the one to look for to enter the giveaway!

Don't forget the SALE that is going on all week! You can get 15% off all Uniquely Michelle patterns by entering the coupon code LINDSAYWEEK during checkout in my Website Shop or in the Uniquely Michelle Etsy Shop. You can also purchase patterns from the Uniquely Michelle Craftsy Pattern Shop where I have reduced the prices to reflect the 15% off. 

Please share pictures of your Lindsay Wristlets and any other Uniquely Michelle creations you make on Instagram (#UniquelyMichelle) and on the Uniquely Michelle Sewing Patterns FB group! I love seeing everyone's creations! 

Keep up to date on Lindsay Wristlet Week and all the latest happenings at Uniquely Michelle by following Uniquely Michelle on Instagram, liking the Uniquely Michelle FB page, and joining the Uniquely Michelle Sewing Patterns FB group. Notice how I just gave you one last chance to click on all three social media place to enter the contest! ;)  Good Luck!!!


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Adding a Feature Fabric Panel to the Lindsay Wristlet

Michelle Burke

It's Lindsay Wristlet Week! This will be a fun week to get inspired to not only make a Lindsay Wristlet, but also to change things up a bit along the way. This is the first tutorial of the week giving you an idea of how you can alter the Lindsay Wristlet in a fun way. Other than tutorials, you can also look forward to a giveaway and a sale during Lindsay Wristlet Week, but first let's talk about one way to change things up a little with the Lindsay Wristlet!

Have you ever had just a little bit of a fabric but you still want to use it for a bag? That is what happened to me when I wanted to make a Lindsay Wristlet using an out of print Tula Pink fabric I have called Raccoon. It is a perfect feature fabric, but I only have a little bit and I didn’t want to use my entire little bit on one project. Fortunately I also have quite a bit of the Pixel Dot fabric that coordinates with the Raccoon fabric. I decided I could combine the two to make a fabulous Lindsay Wristlet featuring a single raccoon on the front without using all of my precious fabric. By the way, I looked to see if anyone is still selling the Raccoon Tula Pink fabric - I found it on Etsy for just under $25 for a FAT QUARTER! There is a reason I try to use the little bit I have sparingly!

To feature the Raccoon fabric on my Lindsay Wristlet without using very much of it, I divided the front pieces of wristlet into three parts. A center panel that is larger – the perfect size for a single raccoon, and two side panels that are smaller. Usually when making a Lindsay Wristlet, you use one exterior fabric for the front pieces, the back, the wrist strap, the anchor piece and the interior single card pocket. The only place I used the Raccoon fabric was the middle panel on the front and also the single card pocket on the interior – not much Raccoon fabric needed by doing it this way!

There is a raccoon on the interior too - the single card pocket!

There is a raccoon on the interior too - the single card pocket!

It may seem like there is a lot of math involved to figure out exactly how to divide the front into three pieces while remembering to add seam allowances, but once you know how to do it, it’s not that difficult. I could give you exact dimensions for the way I divided my front pieces, but that may not work for the fabric that you are trying to feature, so instead I made up a worksheet for you to use.  Using the worksheet, you can divide any square or rectangular piece on any bag pattern into three vertical panels where the two side panels are the same size. The worksheet is designed to make it so that you can determine how wide you want your middle panel to be when finished. That way you can make it just the right size to show off a particular part of a design on a favorite fabric, or you can just make it the size that fits a scrap of fabric you want to use. You can download and print the worksheet here: Three Vertical Panels Worksheet

This is a picture of the worksheet, but you download it and print it by clicking on the link above this picture.

This is a picture of the worksheet, but you download it and print it by clicking on the link above this picture.

Once you have the fabric pieces cut, just sew them together using the given seam allowance in the pattern and then press the seam allowances toward the outside edges.

All sewn together and top-stitched!

All sewn together and top-stitched!

I like to add a pretty top-stitch 1/8" from the seam on each of the outer panel pieces.

Here is a close-up of my pink top-stitching.

Here is a close-up of my pink top-stitching.

Once it is top-stitched, you can add the interfacing just as you would if it were a single piece of fabric.

Interfacing added and ready to continue with the pattern instructions!

Interfacing added and ready to continue with the pattern instructions!

That's it - you can continue making your Lindsay Wristlet following the pattern!

If you are familiar with the Lindsay Wristlet, you may notice that this one has something extra to it. More on this "something extra" later this week!

If you are familiar with the Lindsay Wristlet, you may notice that this one has something extra to it. More on this "something extra" later this week!

If you don't have the Lindsay Wristlet Pattern yet, you can purchase it here on my website in the "shop" section. It is also available in my Etsy shop and on Craftsy. During Lindsay Wristlet Week you can get 15% off any of my patterns by using the coupon code LINDSAYWEEK during checkout on my website shop or my Etsy shop. On Craftsy I have already reduced the prices. The sale will run through Sunday, October 23rd at 10:00pm (MST).

To join in the fun, enter the giveaway and share your beautiful Lindsay Wristlet (or other Uniquely Michelle) creations, please follow Uniquely Michelle on Instagram, like the Uniquely Michelle Facebook Page, and join the Uniquely Michelle Sewing Patterns Facebook Group! Also sign up below for the Uniquely Michelle Newsletter to hear about the latest happenings at Uniquely Michelle! I would love to see how you feature special fabrics or use up scraps by making a Lindsay Wristlet using this method. 


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The Manhattan Bag by Janelle MacKay

Michelle Burke

The Manhattan Bag by Janelle MacKay of Emmaline Bags can be made in two sizes, the larger "Mamma" size and the smaller "Miss" size.  I had a customer ask me to make The Manhattan Mamma Bag for her.  The Manhattan Mamma is a nice, large bag with plenty of pockets to keep everything organized.  This bag would be perfect for a day spent out around town and can be made to look dressier or more casual depending on what fabrics are used.  

The Manhattan Mamma has several pockets including a large zipper pocket on the back of the bag, a slip pocket under the flap and another slip pocket inside the bag. The flap on The Manhattan Mamma makes this bag unique, it is actually a large pocket that opens with a zipper that spans the entire curved edge of the flap. Inside, there is another surprise - a case, perfect for sunglasses that is secured into the flap pocket with hook and loop tape - how ingenious!

Janelle, of Emmaline Bags, writes this pattern clearly and includes great illustrations, making it easy to sew The Manhattan Bag.  Although I only made the larger, Mamma size, pattern pieces and instructions for cutting and sewing both sizes are included in this pattern.  This bag went together quite quickly for a large bag.  The darts that give this bag its great shape are easy to sew and the zipper on the flap is easy to install with Janelle's great instructions.

There are some nice design features about The Manhattan Bag that make it easy to vary the look of it.  The zipper on the curved edge of the flap can either match or contrast with the fabric used on the bag.  When the zipper contrasts with the fabric, it frames the flap fabric beautifully.  The Manhattan Mamma bag I made has a black zipper to match the fabric, but I have seen pictures of Manhattan Bags others have made with contrasting zippers that look amazing.  The Manhattan Mamma also has a middle section that is partially covered by the flap where you can use a coordinating fabric.  In all, you could use four different fabrics on this bag, one for the flap, one for the main body of the bag, one for the middle section of the front of the bag, and one for the lining.  My customer wanted the entire exterior of her Manhattan Mamma Bag to have the same New York City-themed fabric.  I suggested, and my customer agreed, that adding a red contrasting piping on either side of the middle section of the front of the bag would add a nice pop of color - she loved it!

I loved making this bag and I hope to make one for myself very soon!  You can by the Manhattan Bag on Janelle's website, Emmaline Bags.


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