Cross Body Purse – Materials

Craftsy Class: The Cross-Body Bag: Sewing With Waxed Canvas
with Mariah McPherson
Cost: $9.99

The post went up early July, but as of today’s date (August 18, 2017), the coupon code still works.


● Fabric for outer bag (main fabric): 3⁄8 yard of 54″-wide or wider fabric, or 1⁄2 yard of
45″-wide fabric. Recommended fabrics for bag include heavyweight fabric such as
waxed canvas, denim, or duck canvas (suggested: 10-12 oz weight), or midweight
quilting cottons. If using quilting cotton, interface all Outer Bag pieces with fusible fleece.
● Fabric for lining: 1⁄4 yard 45″- or 54″-wide medium-weight fabric such as twill, lightweight
denim, poplin, or quilting cotton. If using quilting cotton, or if you want a bag with more
structure and less slouch, interface all Lining pieces with fusible interfacing.
● Fabric for pocket lining: One fat quarter (18″ x 22″) of quilting cotton or other light- to
medium-weight fabric.
● Scrap of interfacing to support the metal snap
● One 7″ closed-end metal zipper (or substitute a medium-weight nylon handbag zipper
with an extra-long pull)
● One 18 mm magnetic snap
● Two 1″ metal D-rings
● Two 1″ metal swivel clips (also called swivel hooks or push-gate hooks)
● One 1″ metal tri-glide slider (also called slides or sliders)
● 11⁄2 yards of 1″-wide webbing for straps (shown: lightweight cotton webbing)
● Thread colors to match main fabric, lining fabric, and webbing


Bag Outer Fabric – 1 yard


Bag Inner Fabric AND Pocket Liner Fabric – 1 yard


Finished Coffee/Camel Shoulder Strap


Water Soluble Fabric Marker
Singer Denim Needle Size 100/16, style 2026

By purchasing the finished shoulder strap, I save around $70 on supplies!

NOTE: In my stash, I had the 3/4 in magnetic snaps by Dritz and the 7 in zipper from (which costs WAY less than Amazon on almost everything [I got 10 of the 7 in zippers for $2 including shipping], even though it’s the same stuff – the only difference is it takes like a month to come over from China, so it’s worth stocking up).



Charm Square Quilt

This is my first quilting project. I am following along with Amy Gibson’s “Learn to Quilt: Charming Baby Quilt” Craftsy Class. I’ve already watched through the whole class once, now I’m watching it again while sewing along.

Finished size of quilt is 40.5 in x 40.5 in


1. Quilting cotton, 1 1/4 yards, not prewashed

Kona cotton, 2 yards

2. Precut squares, aka 5 inch charm squares, quantity 81, not prewashed

Black squares
Design squares

3. Low loft cotton batting, make sure batting specifies quilting distance as 10 inches

4. Cotton thread, 50 weight

I am using black thread.

5. For the ties, pearl cotton, embroidery floss, or yarn

I am a knitter, so I have a bunch of yarn.

I also have embroidery floss from many failed attempts at embroidery.

6. Patchwork foot is basically a foot with an attached seam guide for making 1/4 inch seams. It may be replaced by a normal sewing foot with a separate magnetic seam guide.

I don’t know if I have a patchwork foot; honestly, I can’t identify it if I do have it. But I have a general foot, and a magnetic seam guide, so I’m just going to go with that.



  1. Stitch length should be 2.0.
  2. Stitch allowance is 1/4 in.
  3. You should have 81 charm squares. Lay them out in a 9 x 9 pattern.
  4. Do not backstitch to secure the stitches (neither at the beginning, nor at the end).
  5. Finish up with nine strips of nine squares apiece.


  1. Fold seam toward darker colored fabric. [This works because Gibson has her squares in a checkerboard pattern; if you don’t, just alternate row to row].
  2. When joining two rows, align the pressed back seams in an alternating way, so no huge bumps are created. With this quilt, it works basically automatically since the black squares are every other square.
  3. When the rows are joined up, from the back you can see the seams are pressed alternatively.


  1. Turned edge finish – batting first.
  2. Batting on bottom. Taped down. Quilt backing on top of it, right side up. Quilt top on top of the backing, right side down.
  3. How do you raise the height of the presser foot??
  4. Align sewing machine foot to valley of pinked charm square for a 3/8″ seam allowance.
  5. Flip it inside out like a duvet cover.


  1. Topstitching STARTS at the opening of the quilt and then goes all the way around the whole entire quilt.


  1. Right sides together. You are sewing a pillowcase, then flipping inside out and finishing.
  2. Tuck in the last remaining open side. (Flip inside the pillowcase like a messed up cereal box).
  3. Iron to create crease.
  4. Hand sew the label onto the quilt.
  5. Blind stitch. Start with knot at corner.
  6. This is like doing the hem on a pair of pants.

Singer S800: Crisis

My Singer machine broke. In the middle of my dress wrap class at Joann Fabrics. 😦

If I had purchased the machine at Joann, they would have given me a new machine ON THE SPOT. Sadly, I purchased it from Amazon on Black Friday.

Now I have to call the Singer repair center to fix the machine. I hope it’s under warranty? How much does it cost to fix a sewing machine?

My instructor said the machine is defective, but what will Amazon do about it? 😦 😦 😦