SEWING SUPPLIES

I often get asked where I source my sewing supplies from. I try to list them in each video I make, but I’ve compiled a list below of the most common supplies I use. Some of the links are affiliate links but all the products listed are items I use regularly for making bags.

Awl (to guide fabric when sewing curves): https://amzn.to/3wmoTd7

Double sided tape (this stuff is pretty good at not gunking up your needle but I’d still recommend cleaning your needle with an alcohol wipe after use): https://amzn.to/3vh2HQs

Wonderclips: https://amzn.to/35icdIt

Jumbo wonder clips (these ones I bought are no longer available but these are equivalent): https://amzn.to/3zszuoP

Pilot Frixion heat erasable pen: https://amzn.to/3zszuoP

Fabri-Tac Beacon glue: https://amzn.to/3zptWvq

Hump jumper (bulky seam aid): https://amzn.to/3wmxgpd

Rivet hole punch (I bought mine from the local hardware shop but this is similar): https://amzn.to/3gks6Er

Rivet placement template: https://kallosphere.co.uk/products/acrylic-rivet-placement-template-up-to-4?_pos=1&_sid=848596a74&_ss=r

Hand press and rivet dies: Mine is from wish.com but Kam Snaps is highly recommended in the USA, The Trimming Shop in the UK and Dreamy Bag Hardware in Australia.

Turning tool: https://amzn.to/35hy3vF

Quilting ruler (the exact one I bought is no longer available but this one is similar): https://amzn.to/35g4ISv

Quilting hand gripper: https://www.gypsyquilter.com/category/notions/TGQ002 or available from http://sewhot.co.uk

Wool pressing mat: https://www.ebay.co.uk

Coats Moon threads: https://www.tailormouse.co.uk/store/Product.aspx?ProductID=47&strReferer=search&PPGR=0

Saba Tex 40 thread (slightly stronger and thicker than coats moon threads and works great in the bobbin and the top of my domestic machine): https://littlestitchersews.co.uk/collections/amann-tex-40-polyester-thread

 

 

TO BIND OR NOT TO BIND?

Recently, I’ve introduced my first pattern with binding. Some people dislike the way it looks in the lining and they consider it to be “the lazy option”. However, I’ve been looking instead at the affect it has on the exterior of the bag. Perfect curves, beautiful seams…..I think there’s more to binding than meets the eye! Are you willing to give it a try? If so, check out my new Vekza bowler bag pattern. You might be pleasantly surprised to learn a valuable new skill!

Not sure what binding is or how to do it? Watch the full video tutorial for the Vekza on my YouTube channel.

PERSONALISED BAG TAGS

PERSONALISED BAG TAGS

Until recently, I personalised my bags using small wooden tags engraved with “Country Cow Designs”. However, a couple of friends said the tags came off their bags after a few months as they protruded a bit from the bag and got caught on things. I decided I wanted to try alternatives.

I’d contemplated getting metal tags or sew-in ones for the lining but I always find it difficult to decide where to place them. Then it occurred to me that I love zips and have them on almost every bag I make so why not get personalised zips instead?

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