Phoebe’s Starburst

Happy Friday! We’re here today with a really quick post about the awesome Starburst clutch that Phoebe of Quilting Adventures recently made. Ta da!

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How awesome is that?!? The colors are spectacular and couldn’t possibly show off the Starburst design any better.

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And we always love how Phoebe stages her photos around Richmond (see her super cute Tuxedo Trio photo styling here).

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Phoebe also made some really helpful observations about her experience sewing the clutch (which you can read about on her blog post here) and we even tweaked the pattern to accommodate some of her suggestions. We always LOVE to hear about your experiences with our bags and are always happy to answer any questions along the way!

Okay, so that’s it for this super quick Friday post. What? Did you say that we actually owe you a nice long post about why we’ve dropped the blogging ball these last few months? You did? Good thing we didn’t hear you because we were too distracted over all of that sewing eye candy. Until next time!


Fleather? Yep, fleather. It’s actually a word. We just looked it up. And it’s certainly easier than having to type “faux leather” about 50 times in this post. So feel free to help the cause and start working it into all of your conversations immediately.

And now, without further ado, the MOST amazing (according to Gordon Ramsey himself – probably) fleather bag ever made. Behold the fleather Witchy Woman bucket bag!


Fleather Side View

There really are not enough words to describe this perfect bag, and all of the credit goes to Ali and her wonderful sewing skills and vision.

The gold hardware paired with the industrial zipper is both super chic and so professional looking.

Fleather Detail

The fleather, which we bought at our beloved U-Fab, is a beautiful light camel color and has a classic basketweave design.

Fleather Basketweave

The interior fabric Ali picked is also fabulous. You can see it in the lining, inner divided pockets, and outer front pocket.

Fleather Lining

Fleather Front Pocket

Here are some more gorgeous detail shots.

Fleather Cinch Detail

Fleather Side Strap

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Fleather Side View2

While Ali was sewing, she made several small modifications to accommodate the special needs of sewing with fleather. Here’s what she learned:

  • Trim down the width of the Handle by 1” because you can’t press fleather. Instead, you need to just fold it and you can’t get as tight of a fold as with a thinner material.
  • Trim down the width of the Cord by ½” for the same reason as above.
  • Trim the seams on the top and bottom of the Top Band to reduce bulk, otherwise there isn’t enough room for the eyelets.
  • You can leave the edges of the Handle raw if your machine can’t sew through that many thick layers. Use a zigzag stitch to keep the raw edges from fraying.
  • Instead of overlapping the ends of the Slide, align the ends next to each other and then sew them down.

Fleather Slide Detail

If you want to make your own fantastic fleather bucket bag (say that 4 times fast), go and buy our Witchy Woman pattern from our Etsy or Craftsy shop for only $9.

And if that’s not enough Witchy Woman fun, stay tuned because we hacked our own pattern again! We’ll post about two new cord options later this week!

The Morning After

Happy New Year! We figured there’s no better time to post about this new addition to our website…

So we all know that the morning after having a bit too much to drink, there are good memories and bad ones. In that spirit, we decided to create a new page on our blog, aptly titled “The Morning After”. There we will share the good – ways to hack our patterns – and the bad – corrections to our patterns. We hope that over time the good will outweigh the bad on the page, just as we hope the good always outweighs the bad on your mornings after!

Thankfully we don’t have any “bad” to report just yet, but we do have our first “good”! We designed an awesome hack for our Fall 2014 Starburst Clutch pattern that we can’t wait to share with you.

Starburst Hack

Yes, folks, those are interchangeable flaps! We altered the pattern to add a separating zipper along the back of the outer bag and along the top of the flap so that you can make as many different fun flaps as you want. How cool is that?!?

Starburst Flap Zipping Off2

Ali was the genius behind this hack and her inspiration stemmed from her undying love for homemade holiday bags. She has a seriously enviable collection. So what is a girl to do when she needs (even) more holiday bags? Hack your own pattern so you can make a Halloween themed flap and a Christmas themed flap to cover your bases. Wait, why did Thanksgiving get the shaft? We’ll have to chat about that soon.

Starburst Halloween Flap

Starburst Halloween Flap Inner

Starburst Christmas Flap

Starburst Christmas Flap Inner

Our 2 page PDF tutorial explains step-by-step how to hack the original Starburst pattern (which you can buy at our Etsy or Craftsy shop for only $9) and includes 14 color images to help you along the way. All you need is a 10” separating zipper, the male end of a magnetic snap, fun fabric scraps for the flap, and a 20” X 15” scrap of batting.

Starburst Flap Zipping Off

Starburst Two Flaps Zipped Off

So click here to download the free Starburst hack and plan to spend the next several days making mountains of super cute interchangeable flaps. And check back often as we have some other fun hacks of our patterns already planned!