Welcome: Studio Kat Designs & Pattern Review

Hello! I’d like to welcome Kat of StudioKat Designs, the newest sponsor at SewHappyGeek. She sells handbag patterns which are adorable, and sewing supplies too – those nifty bits and pieces you need to make a really profesh-looking handbag. She sent me 2 patterns to review, the Reuse-a-Bag, and the Boho Baguette:

Isn’t it adorable? I also like the sophisticated look of the Bellagio Bag:

She has TONS of great patterns available. And although I haven’t made the Boho Baguette, I have made the ReUse-a-Bag and have read both sets of instructions through. This is where Kat’s patterns really distinguish themselves, above any of the big pattern companies – the instructions are really thorough. They’re so good, and written in such a casual, easy to understand style, that it’s more like taking a class than reading a pattern. And I’m not just saying that because she’s a sponsor. And they’re a great price – $10 to $12 each. Plus she’s got some adorable free patterns too!

It’s taken me weeks to get to a point where I could make this Studio Kat Designs ReUse-a-Bag pattern, but I finally did it! I’m super proud of it:

I didn’t put in a zipper because I wouldn’t use it, so I just folded the edges over twice and made a hem. If I had it to do over, I’d do the ‘lock-in’ seam option before basting the interior and exterior together, so that it would match the side seams as well. I didn’t have Peltex so I jerry-rigged the straps, but I’m very happy with them. And the instructions were so easy to follow!

Here it is unfolded – I made the medium size and plan to leave it in the car. That way, when I pop in to the local shop I can just use this instead of their plastic bags.

It’s got a wee pocket inside for receipts and lists. Please excuse my awful stitching. I forgot to change the bobbin to orange thread :p.

All in all, what I can tell you is this: using one of Kat’s patterns is a delight, and I like buying from an real person, and an independent designer. 

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7 Responses to Welcome: Studio Kat Designs & Pattern Review

  1. Katy says:

    It looks great, well done :)

  2. Leo says:

    [finished a round of ad clicking] … the bags really look good (good to knwo though that you forget things too) – though there are some patterns on Kat’s page that look even more tempting tahn the ones she gave you.

  3. Your version turned out so cute! It is also perfect here in the states because a lot of places are either outlawing plastic bags all together or charging a tax on them now. Better to always have a bag at the ready in the car!

  4. rosa says:

    Looks awesome.

  5. looks very nice and HAPPY !!! orange makes me happy !

  6. Thanks Jenna! Looks like you did a great job and I hope you have just as much using this bag as you had making it! :)

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