Craft Fair

On wednesday i visited the Perth quilt and craft fair as i do every year.

The past few years i’ve been going with my sister, its great to visit with her because we appreciate all the crafts together. She loves paper craft and i get excited over all the cute stamp possibilities and wish they were fabric.


She appreciates fabric, then walks off to look at more stamps. Aww sisters!  I bought my first two fat quarters within 5 minutes and my sister had her first stamp in 2!

She did hold my bags while i tried out a lot of machines which was handy!

I tried out some great machines, including the new one from Janome the memory craft 9400. It has amazing features for quilting and applique` I was pretty excited to try it out!

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I also loved the reasonably priced Husqvarna Opal 650, it’s pretty and easy to use. It’s Pretty comparable to my brother NS55 but did seem a bit sturdier and prettier too.

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I looked at a lot of brother machines, i like brother for quilting and embroidery. We also checked out the Brother Scan and Cut and loved it.

We (sisters) now own one that we will share. I can’t wait to cut some of fabric for my free patterns using it. I have created some scan and cut files. I will likely add these to the website soon.

As usually i went with a list of items i wanted to buy, and left with about 5% of those and a lot of fabric i had no intention of purchasing.

I was excited to visit the Vilene (vlieseline) booth and check out all the products, They had amazing showbags with yards of all their products to purchase, unfortunately i had spent over my budget at that stage!

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I love Vilene 630 and use it a lot in my bags and I’m very excited that they are bringing out a new foam product for bags called Style-Vil. It will give great stability to tote bags while looking and feeling good too. I now just need to wait until it’s out to sew with it!

I bought amazing star wars fabric from make it Hobby and craft, 1/4 metres of little red riding hood from a little stall that was crazy busy and some liberty Alice in wonderland fabric from materialise.20160518_102457 20160519_231447 copy

It was a great day, great for my stash, not so great for my wallet. Check out my instagram to see what other items we looked at!

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Selling Handmade

I have recently decided to stop selling handmade at markets. This was a really hard decision because i loved doing markets so much. But with the increase in designing and wanting to keep up with blogging it was getting harder and harder.

Now i have made the decision i can concentrate on the parts of my business that not only make the most money but fit in with my family life more. This also means more blog posts, more designs and more sewing custom items.


Part of this change is that i will be putting bags i have made previously for markets in my store as well as other items i make for fun!

I hope you take a look. I will be adding stock often.

Check out the Bags by clicking below.

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Yarn Bag Tutorial

Yarn Bag Tutorial

I dabble in crochet. I can’t make clothing or anything too fancy but if i want a baby blanket or a scarf i can make it.

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I recently started a lap blanket for myself and i realised i have no bag for my yarn and used a plastic bag. It didn’t really work that well especially when trying to watch TV with the rustling noises of plastic! Haha!


Now that i finished the blanket, i have designed an easy quick sew yarn bag. It has a pocket with a snap closure for your hooks too!

Download the Pattern HERE

This is a pattern and tutorial created for personal use. If you would like to sell the bags made with this tutorial I ask that you buy a Licence HERE.

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You’ll need:

 Pattern Download HERE

1/2 a metre of exterior fabric

1/2 metre of Lining

1/2  metre of Medium Interfacing

1/2 fusible fleece (i used vilene H630)

1 Snap set.

Use the pattern pieces:

Cut 2 exterior bag pieces

Cut 2 lining bag pieces

Cut 2 bag pieces in medium interfacing

Cut 2 bag pieces in Fusible Fleece

Cut 2 pocket pieces

Cut 2 pocket pieces in medium interfacing

Lets get making:

Attach interfacing following manufacturer’s instructions to lining pieces of bag and each piece of the pocket.

Attach the fusible fleece to the exterior bag pieces.

Create the pocket by sewing the pieces together leaving a turning hole at the top.

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Clip corners and turn right side out. Fold in turning hole, press and top stitch 1/8” away from the top seam this will close the turning hole.

Install the Male side of the snap in the pocket piece, centred ½” down from the top.

Find the centre of one of the lining pieces. Pin the Pocket piece to the lining with the bottom of the pocket  5” up from the bottom.

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Mark where to place the female snap piece by putting erasable market on the tip of the male piece and pressing it onto the lining piece.

Attach the female side of the snap to the lining so it lines up with the male side

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Sew the sides and bottom edges of the pocket 1/8” away from the sides attaching it to the lining piece.

Lay bag pieces right sides together and sew each side seam and bottom using 3/8” seam allowance.

Create boxed corners by by nesting the seams of the side and bottom, creating a triangle. Sew straight across 2” from the point

Creating boxed corners

Create the lining of the bag the same way as the exterior.

Turn the exterior bag right side out and keep the lining wrong side out

Place the exterior bag inside the lining.  Match the side seams and handle.

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Sew up each side of the handle and stop about 2 inches before the end. Clip around the curves being careful not to clip into the stitching.

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Reach into one of the ends of the handle and pull the bag through turning it right side out.

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This bit is tricky, place the ends of the two lining handle pieces right sides together and attach with a 1/2” seam. Press seam open.

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Place the end of the two exterior handle pieces right sides together and attach with a 3/8” seam.

Press Seam open and turn the handle right side out.

Fold the side edges of the handles in by 3/8”  and press. Top stitch 1/8” away from the edge,  around each handle hole closing the holes.

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Press well!

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Enjoy your new Yarn bag!

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Panic Clutch review

Panic Clutch review

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Ever since Emma from Emkie designs released the Panic clutch i have been waiting to try it out! i was just waiting to find the perfect vinyl. Purple Vinyl!

Panic Clutch

I’m not that amazing at sewing vinyl and i did procrastinate for a few days over it. But i put my walking foot on and my leather needle and i failed  practised 2 flaps before i was satisfied with my final flap.

This pattern is just 1 step up from a zippered pouch and a pattern perfect to challenge a beginner!



It does involve sewing over several layers but the instructions are clear about how to reduce bulk and i doubt it would break any needles. Plenty of clips and your good to sew!

The panic clutch has large zipper tabs to ensure the zip is hidden under the flap and yet it still is a good size to fit everything in.

inside of panic clutch

I used fusible fleece on my exterior pieces and medium weight interfacing on the lining and it’s the perfect combination for this clutch. On the flap i used medium interfacing on the lining of the flap but nothing on the vinyl.

Back to the vinyl. I had one hiccup in the final minutes of sewing this clutch my iron touched and melted the vinyl in a corner. I’m investing in a roller and will be sure to use a pressing cloth in future. it’s so small and on the back so most would not even notice.

Panic Clutch twist lock

The heart twist lock did take me some time too! i’m not use to cutting out hearts. But it looks so good! i have 1 more of these heart locks and i can’t wait to use it on something!

I love my panic clutch and plan to use it for an upcoming wedding!

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I will be making this again for sure and would also love to round the corners of this pattern. It looks really good with all fabric too!

You can find the Panic Clutch Sewing pattern Here

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Handmade Labels

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Handmade labels can take your business to a whole new handmade level! They are professional looking while being inexpensive and fun to create.

You can use this technique to make Name labels for bags and clothes too!

I love them so much and it adds more to my handmade business.

I also use my template to get Labels printed on to spoonflower fabric, you can read all about it here.

These are super simple and quick to make
You’ll need T-shirt transfer paper and Cotton fabric
T-shirt transfer paper comes in two types, one for light fabric (white, beige some light colours) and then one for dark fabric (Colours).
I Print out a sheet full (4 columns in word) remember to make it reverse picture! and then i cut them into smaller pieces. or iron on 1 row at a time leaving 1/4 for the top and bottom of the labels.
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I use broadcloth or 100% cotton and iron (follow the instructions on the transfer paper) 3-4 at a time on to the fabric giving enough space around each label to either fold back the edges, leave the edges or to use pinking sheers.
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Make handmade labels
If not folding the edges under, using pinking shears or zig zag stitching the edges use fray stop, you only need a tiny bit and a bottle is about $5!
Quick and easy labels
 Store the labels close to your work centre so you don’t forget to put them on your products!
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These are so easy to use and inexpensive. Great when you are starting your handmade business but don’t want to spend a lot on labels.
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Zip Flap Tutorial

Zip Flap tutorial

What! Another tutorial… yes!

One of my Luna bag pattern testers added a zippered to the bag flap and i love it so much i wanted to give you a tutorial on how to do it to your Luna bag. You could also do this to any bag with a flap.

Ensure you do this step after installing the magnetic snap on one of the exterior flap pieces.


To create a zippered flap on the Luna bag you’ll need the following:

The Luna laptop and handbag pattern. It’s available here or on Craftsy

 (1) 14″ Zipper  (to be cut down to size)

(2) Flap pieces in exterior fabric (I did two different fabrics for this)

(2) Flap pieces in lining fabric for the pocket lining.

 (2) Tab pieces 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ in exterior fabric.

First prepare the zip by moving the zipper pull to the centre and cutting it down to the exact size needed.

9 7/8″ for the bag or 12 7/8″ for the Laptop bag.

Fold each zipper tab in half on the short sides wrong sides together.

Open out and fold each short end in to meet in the centre.
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Fold the tabs over each end of the zipper and stitch. Cut the edges of the tabs to lay in line with the zip.

Zip Flap tutorial

Place an exterior flap piece right side up.

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Place the zip centred along the bottom (short) edge with the zipper pull facing down (right sides together) and place the lining flap piece wrong side up on top.

Zip Flap tutorial

Stitch along the edge with your zipper foot stopping close to the end of the zipper tabs.

Zip Flap tutorial

Do the same on the other side with the other exterior flap piece and lining flap piece to the other side of the zip.

Zip Flap tutorial

Zip Flap tutorial

Lay this flat and top stitch 1/8″ away from each side of the zip, stitching through the exterior and lining pieces.

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Ensure the zipper pull is now placed in the middle.

Put the two lining pieces right sides together and the two purse pieces right sides together.

Ensure the seams match and the zipper teeth is pointed towards the lining

Sew both long sides of flap leaving the “top” of the exterior flap and the “top” of the lining not sewn.

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Turn the Flap right side out with the lining inside the flap.

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Baste stitch the flap “top” closed

Attach to the bag as stated in the pattern instructions.

Zip Flap tutorial

Like this tutorial? i would love to hear what tutorials you want to see. Leave a comment!

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Quick E-reader Pouch Tutorial

Easy E reader pouch

Another updated tutorial! I have learnt so much since originally writing this one including how to take better photos!

This kindle pouch is big enough for the E-readers but can still be used for the newer ones with room for a cord.

It features a cute strap!

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Lets get started!

Cut (1) 7 ½” x 19” exterior fabric

Cut (1) 7 ½” x 19” lining fabric

Cut (1) 7 ½” x 19” fusible fleece

for the strap

Cut (1) 2”x 3” exterior fabric

Cut (1) 2″ x 13″ exterior fabric

You’ll need also

(1) zipper bigger than 10”

(1) 3/4″ Swivel clip

Iron the fusible fleece it to the back side lining fabric. If you wanted it extra cushion for your kindle you could cut two pieces and attach one to the exterior fabric and one to the lining fabric.

Prepare the tab and the strap.


Fold in wrong sides together half long ways. Press.

Unfold then fold edges in to centre. Press.

Easy strap tutorial on lorelei jayne

Fold these together (in half again) Press.

For the Smaller tab piece

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Stitch a line 1/8” down each side.

For the strap put the swivel clip on the folded strap piece.

Easy strap tutorial on lorelei jayne

Open up the folds and place the raw edges right sides together with a 1/4″ seam.

Easy strap tutorial on lorelei jayne

Press open the seam and then refold the strap piece.

Top stitch 1/8″ away from the edges all the way around. Once top stitched press together and stitch close to the swivel clip.

Easy strap tutorial on lorelei jayne

Place these to the side and lets make the pouch.


Sandwich one short edge of the exterior fabric piece and one short edge of the lining fabric piece with the zip edge in between to attach the zip to one side. you want the zipper pull side (right side) facing the right side of the exterior fabric.

sewing tutorial  I’ve said to use a bigger zip so you don’t have to sew around the zipper pull. 

Do the same for the other short edges of the exterior and lining pieces and the other side of the zip.

Sewing tutorial

Unzip to flip the fabric the right side out. Top Stitch 1/8″ away from the zip. Do this carefully to ensure you are sewing only through the exterior and lining and not the whole pouch.

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Ensure the zipper pull is in the middle of your case.

Turn the pouch in so that the lining is facing out.

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Place the zip 1.5″ down from the top. and press.

Pin the tab piece folded in half raw side touching the raw edge of where the zipper edge is.sewing tutorial

Pin or clip the two long sides in place before sewing them with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Finish off the raw edges with a zig zag stitch, overlocker or bias tape.

Turn right sided out and clip the swivel clip to the tab piece.

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Enjoy your Easy E-Reader Pouch. I would love to see your E-Reader pouches! @Loreleijayne on Social media!

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Gift Card Pouch

Gift card Pouch sewing tutorial

I’ve just given this tutorial a bit of a facelift!

These gift card pouches are so cute and and a bit more personal that a gift card on it’s own.

The best thing about these is you can use scraps!

Cut out:

(2) 3 ¼ “x 4 ½” pieces of your exterior fabric
(1)  3 ¼” x 3 ¾ “piece of your pocket fabric
(1) 3 ¼ “x 4 ½” piece of thin fusible fleece

You can use ribbon or cut an extra 1 1/2″ x 5″ piece for the top loop.

Gift card Pouch sewing tutorial

  Iron on Fleece to the back of one of the exterior fabric pieces.


Fold down the top (short side) of the pocket piece a ¼ inch press with iron then fold down another ¼ inch and pin.

Gift card Pouch sewing tutorial

Top stitch along this hem.

Gift card Pouch

If your wanting a top loop take fold long edges right sides together, open and fold each edge into the centre.

Fold in half again and sew an edge stitch.

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Fold put the raw edges together at the top centre of the exterior piece with fleece on the back.

Baste stitch the loop in place.

Gift card Pouch

Place your pocket right side up on the exterior piece that has the fleece on the back of it and place the other piece on top.

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The with right sides will the touching.

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Sew ¼ inch seam around it leaving a small hole in one of the long sides. Clip the corners.

Gift card Pouch sewing tutorial

Turn it out the right way. Fold in the hole and press well.

 Top stitch the whole way around closing the hole.

Gift card Pouch sewing tutorial

I hope you enjoyed this quick easy tutorial!

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