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Chalkboard Wine Coaster Pattern

I did it! I created my first pattern. Officially, the feet lavender sachet was my first pattern but it didn’t involve a sewing machine so I am going to count the Chalkboard Wine Coaster Pattern as my official first pattern. I am horrible with names and frequently when at a party lose my wine glass. I am always too busy eating or talking with people to remember where I put my wine glass. Using these handy wine coasters I am able to find my glass AND if I can not quite recall the name of the person I am chatting with I can look at their coaster ;-).

These coasters can be made quickly and you can easily make a set of 6 in an afternoon. Perfect host / hostess gifts to add to a bottle of wine.  The coasters are also reversible, so pick some pretty fabric to show off when using on the other side.  You can download the Chalkboard Wine Coaster Pattern on  Craftsy or on my Shop page.


Chalkboard Wine Coaster
The other side of the chalkboard wine coaster



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Kid Messenger Bag Tutorials

Kid Messenger Bag

I needed to find a cute little pink something for the 5th birthday of my friends wonderful little girl. I know that she likes purses and bags (who doesn’t??) so I decided to make her a monogram kid messenger bag. I had used this great kid sized messenger bag tutorial from Merriment Design  to make my son a library bag. He was older and taller so I adjusted the measurements for him, but used the same basic design and instructions.

For my friends daughter, who is much smaller I kept the same measurements as the tutorial and instead adding something inside the flap I decided to applique her initial on the front of the bag using some Heat n Bond.  I raided my stash of fabric from the thrift store and found a great flower and glitter fabric.  I think she will love it!

I decided to use the Merriment Design tutorial because I had used this tutorial before, but I also found these other free tutorials online that I hope to try in the future. So many tutorials, so little time :-).

CrazyLittleProjects – Personalized Kid Messenger Bag

CraftBuds – Kids Small Messenger Bag

Zaaberry – Kids Messenger Bag Tutorial



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Amy Karol’s Artsy Clutch – Free Fabric Project

I picked up this wonderful book, “Bend-The-Rules Sewing” by Amy Karol.  I was looking for some inspiration for my next  free fabric project.  The cute colorful little clutch with the great looking vintage button on the cover immediately caught my eye.

This book has some wonderful projects and I am looking forward to creating many more of Amy’s designs. Her blog, Angry Chicken, is also quite wonderful and has a little bit for everyone.

The clutch pattern includes a template for painting on the exterior fabric prior to sewing but I decided to skip this step. The fabric I wanted to use for the project already had a nice print on it and really I am just too impatient to wait for paint to dry.  I also used a covered hair elastic instead of elastic cording because that is what I had on hand.  They are a nice alternative to the elastic cording. However use the type without metal, like these I found on Amazon.

I often improvise when creating something from a pattern. I will adjust the measurements, add embellishments, or use different fabrics. Of course this has worked equally wonderfully and horribly.  Thankfully this has resulted in more wonderful projects than horrible. For this project I stuck to the directions (except noted above) and I had great results. The pattern directions were extremely clear and only one page – yahoo!

I would recommend this book to anyone who is just starting out with sewing or someone who just wants to complete some fun quick projects with great tips to guide you. Stay tuned for my next Free Fabric Project.

Until next time…

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Welcome to Sew Mandilu


Fold Over Hipster Bag.
Fold Over Hipster Bag. A Mandilu Original

Welcome to SewMandilu!

My name is Amanda, or Mandilu to my family, and I love to sew.  My first love was cooking, but we had to break up. The better I became at cooking (mostly sweet treats) the better I became at eating. In an effort to eat less, I needed to try on a new hobby. My mother was always making something with her sewing machine when I was kid, but I hadn’t made anything in ages. What I found when I started sewing again was a new passion. Who knew someone with an accounting degree could be so creative ;). I am still working on my sewing skills and my focus is bags and fabric crafts. I hope you will enjoy my Blog as I document my love of fabric and the art of sewing.