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Making this origami crossbody bag is easy and fun and oh-so-rewarding. Mix bag and lining fabrics to match all your outfits and add your own strap styles and embellishments to create extra personal touches.

It’s easy to adjust the size to make smaller as an evening bag or bigger for shopping … just be sure the rectangle size is length is 3 times longer than the width.

What You Need:
.3m of 150cm boiled wool fabric (or similar weight)
.3m of lining fabric (any width)
1.2m faux leather or other trim for the strap
2x triangle rings
2x swivel hooks

STEP 1:
Cut 1 piece each of the wool and the lining 36×12”. With right sides together, sew around all edges leaving a small opening.

STEP 2:
Turn right side out, press flat and edge stitch around the entire rectangle. Mark 14” on top and bottom edge as diagram and fold as shown.

STEP 3:
Fold sides towards the center along top and bottom points and pin. Machine stitch in place as far as possible along edgestitch end as shown. Hand stitch remaining opening to the point.

STEP 4:
Flip over and repeat. It will be trickier to sew the flap to the body on the 2nd side. Sew as far as you can and hand stitch remaining opening closed.

STEP 5:
Fold top of the bag tips over triangle ring bar and stitch in place as shown. Cut the strap to your preferred length, fold ends over swivel hooks as shown and stitch.

STEP 6:
Attach handle and add embellishments such as tassels or appliqués to personalize.

With the swivel hooks, it’s easy to make multiple straps to suit your mood or for an extra-easy version, just sew the strap trim directly to the corners of the bag.

Download your own instructions PDF here.

A versatile addition to your wardrobe, a kimono is great for an evening event or a daytime outing. Plus, with breezy, sheer fabrics, kimonos also make a beautiful cover-up to wear at the pool or beach. Use our DIY how-to and make your own; a great piece for your upcoming Summer vacation!

TIP: If using a fabric that frays easily add some bias binding along the front and neckline edges instead of turning under for added strength.

Download printable step-by-step PDF here.

Download printable neck hole template here.

There are so many fabrics to choose from … here are some new examples.

Item #3495 658 Chiffon Dot | 100% polyester | 147cm
Item #3495 659 Decidedly Digital Chiffon Prints | 100% polyester | 150cm

With rising temperatures and sunny days ahead, these featured new fashion fabrics are a great choice for your summer sewing projects.

Crisp cotton-blend shirting in classic stripes are accented with delicate print designs for a clean, fresh look.

Cotton blend shirting fabric stripes with small florals used in Vogue 8810 dress pattern
Item #3639886 Novel Nautical Prints| 55% polyester 45% cotton | 147cm

Sophisticated & feminine prints that make a seamless transition from day to evening. A little added stretch provides comfort, but is stable enough for easy sewing.

Rose floral stretch fabric featured with Burda pattern and colour swatches
Item #3510358 Aristocrat Prints | 88% polyester 12% spandex | 147cm

A collection of freshly picked floral prints in an assortment of patterns and colours. Ideal for romantic flowy dresses & breezy boho blouses.

Flowy polyester fabric floral prints used in McCalls 7898 dress pattern
Item #3479558 Marnie Prints | 100% polyester | 147cm

Elegant jacquard fabrics in soft summer hues are sure to make a statement. Perfect for your next special occasion dress, skirt or jacket.

Large floral jacquard fabric used in Butterick 6131 dress pattern with fabric swatches in colours rose, purple and blue
Item #3289658 Amore Jacquard | 100% polyester | 147cm

After a cold, grey Winter there’s nothing better than colour splashed into your wardrobe. Warmth and sunshine, beach weather, day trips and being outdoors. Enjoy the new seasons and enjoy all the colour!

Soft and luxurious faux fur is ideal for vests, coats, fashion accessories, cozy blankets, crafts and more and comes in so many styles.

Rich and glamorous…

Sophisticated black, white and grey…

And fun and casual. Something for everyone.

Winter chic scarves are easy-to-make when paired with elegant brocade backings. With so much choice, last minutes gifts are easy for everyone on your list.

Get the instructions by here.

Fancy Faux Fur Scarves

Item #3271888000R Quentin Luxury Faux Fur | pile: 100% modacrylic back: 100% polyester | 150cm

Item #3289404000R, 3289400000D, 3289403000D Bouffant Brocades | 100% polyester | 150cm

Denim is an all season fabric for jackets, pants and even dresses. When the extra dimensions of print or embroidery are included, it adds fun detail to any outfit. Finish off your outfit by adding extras like colourful trim or fun tassels!

 

Invite Spring into your wardrobe with this beautifully fun infinity scarf. Mix and match your fabric and trim choices to co-ordinate colours or make a bold statement!

Floral Fabric: Item# 3704355 Elaina Cotton Voile | 100% Cotton | 137cm width

Yellow Fabric: Item# 3351388 Miley Cotton Dot | 100% Cotton | 147cm width

Trim: 13mm (1/2″) Cotton Trim | Item# 5949105

Download printable instructions here.

 

DIY Fringed Poncho

Poncho

Feeling chilly?  Make a fast and easy Fringed Poncho to throw over any outfit using no-sew fleece and a fringe ruler with a rotary cutter.  Embellish with fancy trims and closures to create your own special style.

There are so many fleece solids and prints to choose from!

Featured:  3265017 | Tie Dye Mountain Fleece Prints | 100% polyester | 150cm

All stores have a wide variety of trims and closures … check out your local store for the complete selection.

Download printable instructions here.

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