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!


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?!?

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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!


The next pattern from our Fall collection that we’re releasing today is a real eyecatcher, and it’s the first time we have really incorporated our love of quilting with our love of bags. It’s called Starburst, and it’s pretty obvious why we chose that name.

Starburst promo

(Now that we think about though, maybe we should have called it Stardust, in honor of one of our favorite movies. It’s basically Princess Bride with a cross-dressing Robert De Niro… a recipe for success every time. And it’s on Netflix now, so go run along and watch it. No, seriously go watch it. We’ll be right here when you’re done.)

Okay, sorry… back to business. We knew pretty early on we wanted to make a sophisticated clutch that reminded us of 1950s elegance, but we wanted to give it our own twist. So we used a classic clutch shape and kept the body of the bag very simple so that the beautiful Starburst design could shine through. (Did you see what I did there?)


Starburst Side View

For this bag, we used two coordinating fabrics from the Bluebird Park by Kate and Birdie Paper Co. collection for Moda (13104 and 13106) with a Riley Blake Designs Basic Shades in Teal (C-200-32).

It’s a nice sized bag – not too small, but not too big. So it could even be used for work or your daily errands if you didn’t want to save it for a special occasion or event.

Starburst Home Dec

Starburst Home Dec Side View

For this bag, we used a home dec fabric remnant from our favorite home dec store here in Richmond, U-Fab. We think it looks very Eddie Bauer.

The pattern comes with the template to cut your Starburst design, and you decide if you want to use 1 or 2 fabrics. (Although we are just about to start making some versions with 3 – or more! – fabrics.)

Starburst Detail One Fabric

Starburst Detail Two Fabrics

The top is pieced together onto a piece of non-fusible batting because we didn’t want the flap to be too floppy (try saying that 5 times fast).

Starburst Flap Open

Starburst features a magnetic snap closure and includes an inner zipper pocket as well.

Starburst Side View Open

Starburst Lining

This bag looks even more striking in bold solids. Seriously, how great is this look??

Starburst Solids

Like we mentioned earlier, you really could go crazy with this versatile pattern. Think rainbow or neon solids… cue the bad Photoshopping… now!

Rainbow Starburst

Neon Starburst

Or vintage or ethnic prints….

Vintage Prints

Ethnic Prints

You could also go scrap happy and make a crazy quilt version. The possibilities are endless, and we have lots of fun ideas floating around in our heads that we plan to sew up and then share pictures with you.

The PDF pattern has 11 pages, over 60 color photos, and 2 pattern pieces. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is about 6 1/2” x 12” x 2″.

Come back in a few weeks when we release the final pattern from our Fall collection – a mod 1960s inspired bowler bag!