20 April 2016

How to attach a purse frame

Have you wanted to make a clutch purse but haven't been sure about attaching the purse frame. With my recent pattern the Maddie Clutch a few of my testers said they weren't sure how to attach it either and it was a little scary for them. They are actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

Well I finally got around to editing the video tutorial and here it is.  I'd love to know what you think.
how to attach a purse frame from Amy Wyhoon on Vimeo.

 If you want to try making this clutch yourself, you can find the pattern here in my Craftsy store.  You can also join my fb group here.

27 February 2016

Introducing the Maddie Clutch

Introducing the Maddie Clutch

This is my first pattern for 2016.  I'm really excited about this one and hope you love it too.  Inspired by my love of clutches and purse frames I wanted to create something a little different.  You can find the pattern here.

25 January 2016

Emma Clutch Tote Pattern Hack

Wow it's been too long.  I've been busy working in my new job as well as behind the scenes planning for some super exciting times ahead for L&D.  If you're here because you want to make amazing bags that's awesome, me too and I look forward to seeing yours.  You can keep up to date with new releases over on fb here :) and of course right here on the blog.

Before I go and release the first pattern for 2016 which might I just say is super cute and stylish and I hope you love it as much as I do....I've finally put a tutorial together to add grommet handles into the Emma Clutch Tote.  If you haven't got this pattern yet you can find it here or in the shop.   Here's my little hack!
The Emma Clutch Tote without grommet handles

11 October 2015

Zippy Purse with a Twist Tutorial

This tutorial originally appeared on And Sew We Craft.  I've been looking for ideas for end of year teacher gifts and I thought this could be a perfect gift for my boys teachers. 
Zipper purse


14 September 2015

Emma Clutch Tote Sew Along

Last month the lovely Rachel from Barefoot Crafter helped me host a sew along for my very first bag pattern.  The Emma Clutch Tote!

I love this bag as it's a two in one, a clutch and a tote.  It's quick to make where the cutting and interfacing is the most time consuming.  I love that she's versatile and shows off your favourite fabrics.  A big shout out to all those that joined in the sew along this time, I hope you had as much fun as I did and look forward to the next one!

Here are all the pretty clutches:

made by Sue from Suesews Too
made by Kimberly by Kimberlybags

made by Megan

made by Kylie

made by Angela

made by Danielle from Paisley Avenue

made by Chantell

made by Debra

made by Rachel from Barefoot Crafter

this one is mine!

Want to make one too, find the pattern here.  Have you sewn an Emma, pop over and share it in our pattern group on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1559803090927614/

Happy bag making,

24 June 2015

Introducing the Flirty Bag

I'm sew excited to release my new pattern, the Flirty Bag.

The Flirty Bag is a fun, stylish everyday bag that has plenty of room to fit all you need in it. Features include a magnetic closure, one zip pocket, another slip pocket and a flirty panel to show off your style and personality.
Finished size: 28cm at opening; 42cm at widest part; 30cm top to bottom of bag when flat; 67cm strap end to end

It would not have been possible without the help of my wonderful testers.  Here are their amazing bags they created from the Flirty Bag pattern.  Pop over to their facebook pages and show them some love.




1. by Alisha from 5 Hearts Studio
2. by Brinkley from Brayne Bags
3. by Jennifer
4. by Robin
5. by Melina
6. by Kathy from Kathy's Custom Creations
7. by Rose from Sew Spoolish and IG
8. by Synthia
9. by Tanya from A Nicholl in Time
10. by Melisa from Melisa Jane
11. by Tina from The Sewing Fairy
12. by Debra
13. by Kim
14. by Stefani

You can purchase the pattern via my pattern shop as well as on craftsy.
I would love to see what you create so be sure to join our pattern lovers group over on fb.

Happy bag making!

15 June 2015

Review: The Sunburst Clutch pattern

Last month I decided it was about time I made me a bag and I'd been eyeing off the new Sunburst Clutch pattern by Mrs H and Pennydog Patchwork which had just been released.  Now this clutch is a collaboration of paper piecing and bag making and is a perfect introduction to both. 

The paper piecing is fairly straight forward with easy to follow instructions and photos.  If you've been wanting to try it this is a great place to start unlike me who went head first into the koala.  I really liked that there was a list of instructions at the end to print so you don't need to waste paper.  I often like the photos to be in colour but only print in black and white so I'll have the ipad or phone next to me to see the picture if I get stuck.  All the instructions are very detailed with great photos to match.

I decided to add some Soft & Stable foam to my bag body.  This was the first time using it and I have to say I absolutely love it.  It's still flexible in the bag but just adds that bit more structure than the fleece.  I also left off the interfacing as I didn't know how structured it would be however next time I will probably use it with the foam.

Now back to the flap.  Scallops, these are the fiddly part of the whole pattern so I think that's a win.   I don't sew a lot of little curves so I took this step extra slowly.  I wanted to get them as round as possible.  I followed the lines on the pattern to help this.  I then carefully cut my fleece to match the scallops before attaching and I think they turned out alright.  But you know what they say - practice makes perfect so I may just need to make a few more right.

I really enjoyed making this pattern.  How pretty does my new Sunburst Clutch look!  It is the perfect size to take out to dinner and still carry everything you need while out.  You can buy the pattern here.

*I received this pattern to review, all opinions are my own.

Happy Sewing,