Category Archives: Bags

Sometimes I get the best custom requests. I love custom work in general. The process of choosing patterns and fabrics and colors, and getting to know my client’s perspective is really very rewarding. This particular client wanted a duffel style bag. She wanted me to use some of her Liberty because she didn’t know what […]

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  • Enid

    Beautiful bag and fabric choice. Will there be a step by step tutorial? ThanksReplyCancel

    • I hadn’t thought of that, but perhaps I can put one together soon. I can certainly show how to put in zippers. ReplyCancel

  • Enid

    I need a tutorial in how to sew with metal teeth zippers!ReplyCancel

  • This turned out gorgeous!ReplyCancel

I was asked to make another Caravan Tote. Its quickly becoming my favorite bag pattern. This bag is completely functional and has a bajillion possibilities for fabric combinations and placement.  This one features two main prints- Byrne C from DuckaDilly and Sparkle Canvas from Jones and Vandermeer. Liberty always has such clear charm and exquisite details, […]

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  • This is SO gorgeous! From the fabrics to every detailed stitch… wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Olivia, Do you have any tips on using fusible interfacing on Liberty with your bags? I bought some Liberty for the first time recently whilst on holiday in the UK – just love the Liberty store! Today I tried it for the first time on some coasters and noticed that the fusible dotty bits showed through the cream background on the fabric. Now I’m terrified of wrecking some of this gorgeous fabric when making a bag. Maybe it will be OK if the background is a darker colour – any hints?
    Cheers, Carol
    Sydney, Australia.ReplyCancel

    • I like to use Pellon Shape Flex 101- its a woven fusible interfacing rather than a webbing, and it does not have that problem. Its also more stable and natural to work with.ReplyCancel

  • that is a gorgeous bag! love how you put all of the different prints together and the sewing is impeccable!!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    How can I buy this caravan tote??ReplyCancel

I realized I left out an important element when I wrote up my Travel Cosmetics Case Tutorial a few weeks back- ideas for fabric combinations! I was asked to make a custom case for a client, so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to suggest some great fabrics!  DuckaDilly sponsored my tutorial, so […]

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Today is finally here and I get to share my newest project, the travel cosmetics case tutorial, with you! Over the summer (and beyond) I’ll be doing project posts in collaboration with my sponsors. Its an awesome way for you to learn a new skill or make a new item, and a great way to […]

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  • thank you sooo much for sharing your talented project! you are a sweetie and very generous! hugs from Brazil!!ReplyCancel

  • […] realized I left out an important element when I wrote up my Travel Cosmetics Case Tutorial a few weeks back- ideas for fabric combinations! I was asked to make a custom case for a client, so […]ReplyCancel

    • Marylee

      What are the dimensions for the STRAPS??? I’ve overlooked them or you did…ReplyCancel

  • Lynne Tilley

    This is an awesome tutorial. I’m going to try that this week. In fact, tomorrow!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Could you make this with one regular 30″ zipper? No head to head sliders? Gorgeous bag!ReplyCancel

  • Very nice tutorial. Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for the cosmetic bag tutorial!! What a great project and I think I may even make one as a Bible cover.ReplyCancel

    • Thank you, Kim! If you do make one for your Bible, let me know how it turns out! That’s an awesome idea! ReplyCancel

  • Enid

    I’m a newbie beginner visual sewer! I love the fabric choice selected it’s gorgeous! Thanks so much for this great tutorial. I will try to do this though I have always followed YouTube videos sewing. Thanks so much!❤️✂️ReplyCancel

    • Oh, you are quite welcome! If you give it a go, come on back and let me know!ReplyCancel

  • Hillary

    My lining piece doesn’t fit well in the outer piece. What can I do?ReplyCancel

  • […] This neat idea was found at Olivia Jane Handcrafted. […]ReplyCancel

  • Angela Temple

    I’m having trouble finding the dimensions for the straps.ReplyCancel

    • Klm

      Having trouble with directions on step 4. Should it be exterior spine instead of interior? I have read them over and over??ReplyCancel

      • I apologize for the very late reply! The interior and exterior spines are the same. The one referenced in step 4 is the interior spine. :)ReplyCancel

  • Corynne

    Just wondering the dimensions to cut for the straps? I’m making this right now for my son, great pattern!ReplyCancel

    • I believe they are 4″x7.5″ but can be adjusted for larger or smaller hands. I’m just seeing your comment, so I apologize for the delay!! ReplyCancel

  • […] cute cosmetics kit looks like a miniature […]ReplyCancel

A few months ago, I was invited to be a part of a private swap. I believe there were ten of us from all around the globe. Anyway, we were assigned partners (who were a secret) and it was up to us to make a mini and some extras to suit our partners. I was […]

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  • Well done Meredith. I can’t even imagine getting something so awesome in the mail.ReplyCancel

  • oh, meredith! it is awesome! you should be so proud of this beautiful mini.ReplyCancel

  • That is one of the most amazing minis I have ever seen. AND you brought it to Quilt Market to have AMH sign it! Eeeeeee!! This will be cherished!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea M

    Wow that mini is incredible!! All those hexies in all those fabulous prints is pure visual heaven! I love reading Ashley’s blog too, so I am sure she loved it (I have yet to stop over there)! Awesome work!!ReplyCancel

  • ok…you’ve outdone yourself. those hexies on the border are INSANE!ReplyCancel