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Cat Gorham
· July 18, 2017
An absolute pleasure to deal with Tara. Easy to communicate with. Her work is beautiful and so well finished. Thanks x
Tiffany Therrien
· March 10, 2017
Tara is an amazing bag lady!!! Taught me so much and love her styles!!
Shannon Stevens
· September 19, 2016
I just received my one of a kind Wonder Woman inspired purse and it is awesome!! The craftsmanship and detail are so precise!!
Tara, you do an amazing and beautiful job!!
Thank you for making my bday gift so beautiful!!!
Taren Dawn
· July 27, 2016
Amazing customer service and such a beautiful product! The stitches are exquisite, incredibly well made and so darn pretty! Can't wait to order more!
Hilma Sinkinson
· May 25, 2016
Every stitch is perfection. If only I could sew like this!!
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A little while ago I joined the website Sewing Portfolios and put my entire profile together with some of my projects that I’m proud of (you can do this too, regardless of what you sew). I then joined the Sewing Portfolio Community Facebook group and have since collaborated with others that love to sew almost anything and everything, and love to share their projects. Not only that, businesses that are registered can see my portfolio and contact me about promoting their patter...ns or materials or testing their patterns. By being a part of this community, I have recently had two amazing opportunities open to me, one to promote one of my favorite pattern designers, and two, I was selected to become a Sewing Portfolio Ambassador!

The best part of being a Sewing Portfolios Ambassador is that I received some AMAZING fabric from Michael Miller Fabrics, and get to share my project with you! The fabric is from the collection called Hello by Susan Emory of Swirly Girls. The fun bright colors made me want to make a messenger bag designed for a pre-teen (now I need to find one to see if they like it). I used the Appaloosa Bag pattern from Sew Sweetness, and hardware from Emmaline Bags – both of my favorite “dealers” in the bag-making world. If you want to try and make your own Appaloosa, this is definitely a great pattern for a beginner, Sara makes it to so easy to put together, and Emmaline hardware is designed to look amazing, no matter what piece you use!

Come join us over at www.sewingportfolios.com – create your own portfolio, and get found! Don’t forget to join our facebook community afterwards and join in the fun!

Some links for you to check out the details:
Create your Sewing Portfolio at www.sewingportfolios.com SewingPortfolios.com
Pattern from www.sewsweetness.com Sew Sweetness
Hardware from www.Emmalinebags.com Emmaline Bags
Fabric from www.michaelmillerfabrics.com Michael Miller Fabrics
Fabric designed by www.susanemory.com Susan Emory

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One of a kind unlined Tote with double sided leather... yep, it's blue on one side and caramel on the other! My own creation, no pattern at all!
I think I held my breath through most of this due to the perfect stitching requirements as it's visible on both sides of every panel.
This unique leather came from Buckskin Leather Company and most of the hardware is from Emmaline Bags.

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Join me out in Caroline, AB to make the Rozy Wallet!
Beaver Creek Mercantile is hosting the event with myself teaching the pattern by Serial Bagmakers. This is a FANTASTIC wallet design that can be made with any sewing machine, bring your favorite fabrics to make it your own! This is also a perfect time to try out a piece of cork or vinyl for the exterior of your wallet, and get comfortable with a little bit of hardware installation.
I can't wait to meet you all and work our way through this design together, with tips from the pattern designer herself!

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Sat 9:00 AM UTC-06Beaver Creek MercantileCaroline, AB, Canada
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Working on a new leather experiment this week... double sided leather, yep that means it's blue on one side and caramel on the other!

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My "just for fun" little clutch.

While playing with my embroidery machine, I thought I would try a free embroidery design from Urban Threads on a scrap piece of leather from my stash. And it turned out better than I could imagine... so it became the flap on my new little clutch. Big enough to hold my keys, phone and some cards, it's perfect for my transit trips into downtown for my day job. I used some scraps of bright orange hair on hide leather to bring this together and then hunted down a unique clasp to tie it all together.

All of the leather originally came from Buckskin Leather Company and was previously used on other projects.

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I know that none of us want to admit it, but for those of us that sew... back to school is coming.. and if I don't get things done now, those items that are going to be due, will be past due in no time. So here is my first back to school item, it's the Cumberland Backpack, you can get the pattern from Sew Sweetness.
It came together so perfectly with no arguments! The request was a backpack that had dragons or skulls and flames as this is a guy going into grade 6 in the public system after being home schooled for a few years. He is going to have the coolest handmade backpack on the block!!
I used a flame cotton on the interior and to line the pockets, and a canvas exterior. I also have a new to me embroidery machine that I got to use to bring in the dragon.
I hope he loves it! And if he doesn't, I may just keep this one for myself!

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This weekend I managed to finish up the Expedition Tote from Swoon Sewing Patterns for my sister. Using the kit that was released last year and all of the Tim Holtz fabrics and hardware, this design came together beautifully! I love the zippers in the almost gun metal finish, and the stunning fabrics! The unique design of the bag gives tons of pockets, as well as a nice drapey look to it while still being able to hold lots on the inside.

Such a beautiful design, I hope my sister loves it like I do!

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Not much longer until my first class! Next weekend I'll be teaching Emmaline Bags' Necessary Clutch Wallet at Along Came Quilting!
That means this is the last weekend for people to register, better get in there and get signed up!
Here's the link to the classes that are going on, I'm only one of many very talented instructors on their roster.
http://www.alongcamequilting.com/classes.aspx

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I have been very busy over the past little while and have another bag to show off, and some very fancy bling!!

This is Noodlehead's 241 Tote made with Tula Pink Tabby Road on the exterior and showing off Andrie Designs very new bag bling! Note the perfect pink shade of the bag bling matches the fabric!!

I added two slip pockets to the interior, and decided to attach the strap with some hardware and made it adjustable. What a cute design!

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Check out all your bag bling options right here... https://www.andriedesigns.com/product-category/bag-bling/
And keep an eye out as I show off more of these super cute tags on my bags!!

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I just finished up this stunning Penny Inn Wallet (pattern from ChrisW Designs). A few modifications such as the flap and some added card slots for the busy woman!
Some vibrant Tula Pink fabrics make this wallet stand out, and the exterior made from cork gives it a great feel!
You can get your own cork from MM Cork Supply in BC. In fact, this wallet will be making it's trip to BC this week to land in it's new home.
You can find the large oval flip lock over at BringBerry Handbag Hardware and Designs.
I know this wallet will be well loved in it's new home.

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I'm a touch late to the sharing party, but better late than never! This little bag is such a great design!! I was super privileged to get to test Fiona's Freeway for ChrisW Designs, and it turned out amazing! I used some fancy printed cork and then did the large flap version without grommets. I love the way everything came together perfectly! There is the vertical front zipper pocket, and then two internal pockets to keep you organized. Instructions are there for your all fabric version, or your cork or vinyl versions. Everything in one pattern!

You can get your pattern and see all the pattern test versions here https://www.chriswdesigns.com/products/fionas-freeway

You can find this printed cork at MM Cork Supply!

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Cutting out a bag while out at the camper. This one is for my sister, I know she loves the fabric designer.

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Working on someone's wallet this week. A modified Penny Inn! Nicole Hansen

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In one of my Facebook groups, we have been challenged to design our own fanny packs. Well, I see the value in the fanny pack, but don't like the classic style. So this weekend I did some research and came up with a fanny pack that even my teenager things is pretty cool.

Here is my leather thigh bag, there is no pattern. I do believe that the strap was the hardest part lol, but I persevered!
The front zipper pocket is the main access point to the entire bag, and then there is ...the cargo pocket, and a slip pocket in the back, allowing quick access to your phone. The thigh strap and the waist belt are adjustable to fit the skinny mini teen in my house (light denim photo) as well as my larger frame (dark denim photo).

So happy with how this turned out! I'm going to have to make at least another one!

Green leather is from Buckskin Leather Company
Zipper is from BringBerry Handbag Hardware and Designs

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I can't wait to teach the Rozy Wallet from Serial Bagmakers to the ladies from Beaver Creek Mercantile! Join us in Caroline for a fantastic day of wallet making! It's going to be so much fun!!!

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Clutch class sample from UhOh Creations
Class is on august 19
40$

I can't wait to play with this new bling on my bags! So adorable!!!

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In the spirit of taking a BIG leap of faith, this morning I released my new 'Add a Little Colour' Bag Bling collection! 💗💜 With 4 styles, 6 quotes and 7 colours... to choose from (to start with), there is a bag bling combination to suit almost any bag! 😍

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