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Sew Inspiring: A Look Back at Some of the Bags Our Customers Stitched in 2023

Sew Inspiring: A Look Back at Some of the Bags Our Customers Stitched in 2023

Wondering what bag to make next? I thought I’d scroll back through our Facebook Group and review all the many images of the bags posted there that our customers stitched last year.

There were way more than I could possibly list, but here’s a selection of different styles to inspire you in your bag-making decision.

Some require bag hardware and others don’t.

Firstly, we should all be so proud! The quality and standard of our work is outstanding. It really does go to show the significance of the handmade bag makers here in New Zealand, raising the bar well above the stigma of what some people dismissively think of as “homemade”.

I have chosen to feature just a few of the many bags, but enough to showcase the variety of patterns that are out there for you to choose from.


The Alexandra Handbag from Kaur Threads: Sewist Fran Osborne

Sophistication and practicality. Use the grab handles or attach a removable strap with swivel snap hooks and D rings.

boothstown backpack

The Boothstown Backpack from Spencer Ogg. Sewist Jenni Straiton of Little Makes

Rainbow Zipper and a cute zipper pull  bring all the elements of this bag together.

Deanna Clutch

The Date Night Deanna Clutch from Ora Rosa Dewist Joanna Holm

The purse trim and Handmade Badge add a real touch of class


Happy Handbag

 The Happy Handbag from Sewing Patterns by Mrs H. Sewist Esther Sunnex

Following a simple colour theme and breaking it up with textured patterns can really add an impact to your finished project.

Sander Sling

 The Sander Sling from KiteCo Creates. Sewist Nikki Thorne

A beginners pattern made pretty with purse chains and sublimation.

corkordion wallet

The Corkordion Wallet By Spencer Ogg. Sewist Joanna Holm

Easy raw edge project and great for a quick gift and for market stalls. This pattern although simple teaches you the importance of accurate cutting.

Harlequin tote

The Harlequin Tote. Pattern by Crafted by Leanne. Sewist Sylvia Stockman

A tried and tested pattern and an easy one to get started on. Why not make a Harlequin pouch to go with it? Get that pattern from Leanne's Facebook group.

Jazz handbag

The Jazz handbag. Pattern by Kiteco Creates. Sewist Nikki Thorne.

This is a versatile bag in that it looks so different depending on your choice of fabric. The handles here are attached with rectangular rings, but you could also use 1" O rings.

Finally - The Hinterland by Lavender and Twine. This one was made by Sylvia Stockman. 

This is probably one of the most made patterns across the many Facebook groups I follow. Classy elegance in faux leather enhanced with matching bag hardware.

I hope that you are now inspired to try something new. I really enjoy showcasing the makes of our customers, so please keep those Facebook posts coming in our group. 

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