Friday, May 22, 2015

An Easy New Clutch Pattern and Photo Contest!

I love clutch patterns!  Don't you?  After working on a large handbag or tote, the idea of making something small is usually a welcomed relief.  So, when I came across a photo contest over on the blog Fabulous Home Sewn, I just had to try it!  If you would like to participate, guess what?  You still have time!  The contest ends on May 30th at midnight, so grab some of those fabric scraps I know you have lying around, and get stitchin'!  Now let's check out my clutch, shall we?! 

The Sunburst Clutch by GCC (pattern by Fabulous Home Sewn Patterns)

You have four pattern options to sew up for this contest.  I chose the Sunburst Clutch.  I was looking for something for my mom and this seemed to fit the bill.  She recently purchased an Iphone 6, so the bag she was using to carry around her phone was WAY too small.  Have you seen those monsters?  You probable have one (this is where I sit moping and secretly dream of having something other than a flip-phone......)  Ok, moving on!  :)

The Sunburst Clutch by GCC (pattern by Fabulous Home Sewn Patterns)

 It was fun to piece together the flap, as I had not pieced anything in a while.  The fabric I used for this clutch came from the scraps of a purse I recently made- my brand new CONCEAL AND CARRY purse!  The reveal is coming soon, so sign up to receive my e-mail so you don't miss THAT post! (You can sign up at the very top of the blog- wink. )

This chevron print in the blues, gray and neon is my FAVORITE new fabric.  I could pair it with so many different colors to satisfy any handbag lover who comes to my Etsy shop.  

The Sunburst Clutch by GCC (pattern by Fabulous Home Sewn Patterns)
This clutch has a magnetic snap, which is very easy to install.  Check out my tutorial if you need a little help, but Fenna does such an awesome job walking you through this pattern, that you probably will be just fine. 

The Sunburst Clutch by GCC (pattern by Fabulous Home Sewn Patterns)
The inside of this purse has a zipper too!  Great to hold your change or cash.  And check out the key ring!  If you have never installed a zipper, don't worry!  Fenna walks you through that as well.  I've come to LOVE putting in zippers and I'm sure you will too.  By the way, I think I accidentally made my zipper a little too small?  Maybe not, but it could have easily been bigger.  Also, ignore the blue dots!  I had already torn down my props and the sun was already down before I realized my marking pen was still showing up!  (how embarrassing...)  Oh well, you get the idea.  :)

The Sunburst Clutch by GCC (pattern by Fabulous Home Sewn Patterns)

So, that is my entry into Fenna's FABULOUS HOME SEWN PATTERN PHOTO CONTEST.  Don't forget to visit the link above to find out all the details about how to enter AND to find out about ALL the great prizes you could win!!  No kidding, there are a LOT of great prizes.  You can also find out more about the contest by joining the Faboulous Home Sewn Patterns facebook group

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I'm off to celebrate my 16th wedding anniversary!!  Yippee!!  One night without my sweet little kiddos.  I think I can handle it.  (LOL!)

Oh!  One more thing!  My Etsy store, GCCginascraftcorner will be reopening on June 1st.  I've been working hard on a new concealed carry purse and I can't wait to show it to you!  I promised my customers 10 new bags on opening day.  WHAT WAS I THINKING?!!!  I have 2 down and only a week to go.  Can I do it???  Be sure to follow me if that interest you, because I will be posting my new bags here FIRST!  

Have a great memorial day weekend!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Quick Tips Saturday #5- Investing in a Walking Foot Might Save You $78.00

Well, I have had my new Janome HD-1000 Sewing Machine since August and I have already had to bring it in for repair!  It was my own fault, I guess, so I had to pay the repair fee.  I'm hoping this Quick Tip might keep you from having to spend money on a repair that could possibly be prevented.

I sew very, VERY thick fabric together when making my concealed carry handbags.  I thought my heavy duty sewing machine would be able to handle the work.  However, it really does not do as good of job as I would like.  I have just been using the standard foot that came with my machine.  Come to find out, I should have been using a walking foot.

I've heard about the walking foot and considered purchasing one, but I did not realize that with my machine it is a necessity if you are sewing very thick fabric.  Walking feet are pretty pricey, so I guess that always scared me off.

Monday, March 30, 2015

My Latest Concealed Carry Purse in Mantis Green

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Good Monday morning!!  I'm happy to say that here in MO I think Spring will be returning this week.  I hope that you too are beginning to see less snow and more Spring flowers!

Speaking of Spring....check out one of my latest purses.  I made this for an Etsy customer who obviously was longing for some Spring in her wardrobe.  (Okay-let's see how many times I can say Spring in this post!).  Sorry!

Concealed Carry Purse in Mantis Green by Ginas Craft Corner

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Quick Tip Saturday #4- Custom Bag Strap Equation

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Good Saturday, everyone!!  I missed posting a QUICK TIP last Saturday as my computer was not cooperating.  No worries!  I'm back today with a great tip for all you "want to be" handbag designers, me included.

I'm always taking notes on how to design your own handbag.  I've taken the Craftsy course, I check out books from the library, and I scan the internet.  While I do this, I'm constantly jotting down notes in my little sewing notebook.  Recently, I realized that I keep coming across little equations to help you figure out how to determine the size of different parts of your bag you are designing.  So, I thought I would share with you the ones that I have found.

Today, I will only present one to you, mainly because I can only handle math in small doses!  Plus, this is supposed to be a quick tip, so let's get going!


Friday, March 20, 2015

Our Favorite Things Pinterest Party-March Edition

Welcome, Welcome all to the 8th Monthly
"Our Favorite Things Pinterest Party!"


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fabric Options for Handbags in the Color GREEN

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
In honor of the day I thought I would share with you some of my favorite GREEN fabric. is where I purchase most of my home decor fabric for my bags.  No, I am not an affiliate and I'm not getting paid for this post.  I just like their online store because it is easy to search for fabric, the prices are reasonable and you always get free shipping when you spend $35.00.  Oh, and they have great customer service.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Quick Tip Saturday #3: Create A Fabric Journal

My tip for today has to do with my love of two things: fabric and journals!  I cannot explain what it is about a beautiful piece of fabric (like the orange and pink one in the picture) or a brand new blank journal, that makes my heart beat a little faster.  It just does!  

Quick Tip Saturday # 3: Create A Fabric Journal by Ginas Craft Corner