Monday, February 2, 2009

Show & Tell - Free Sewing Tutorial

I'd hoped to present a new bag today, but that will have to wait for later in the week. This weekend I was prompted to create a new pdf tutorial on "How to Make Boxed Corners" as an added feature to expand on my Free "Pink October" Tote Pattern.

Seems I have quite a few new seamstresses trying out my free pattern and getting stuck when it comes to understanding how to create the boxed corner for the tote. My original tutorial has been posted for over 3 years now, but I guess it's really catching on with new sewists and the photos' do not show the process well enough.

So ... While I was sewing another tote this weekend, I took more photos and created this pdf. file to help expand the directions for the corners. The fabric is a little busier than what I'd normally use for a tutorial, but I wanted to get it done for a visitor who wrote me asking for more details on how to make the corners. I hope this helps those who are learning to master the boxed corners. Once you do it, you'll see, it's a cinch!

Making tutorials has been rather eye-opening for me as a testing ground for creating and marketing my own pattern designs. Lots of work involved, but it is still something I aspire to do this year!

If you want to make your own tote using my Free "Pink October" Tote Pattern, it is absolutely free, and I encourage all to enjoy it. I do copyright the instructions and images, but you are free to create the totes for yourself and others and even to sell your own designs made from the pattern! The additional "corners' tutorial comes in on page 2 of the tote instructions. Have fun!


Carolee Crafts said...

Loved your Pink tote, thank you for sharing the instructions with us for the corners.

Anonymous said...

I think I will try a tote, it looks like fun and thank you for the free pattern.

Inka Thomas said...

Wish I liked to sew!!! I learned as a child but now can't stand it! lol You are so good at it girl. Want to do my sewing for me??? LOL

lisa said...


Thanks for sharing the secrets to making a boxed corner. What a wonderful idea to offer a tutorial.


Sharon said...

Know what? Mine alwys turn out wrong~ so I quit~ no more totes for me!

Shabby Shan said...

I wish I knew how to sew! I would love to be able to make a tote! Thanks for sharing!


Nancy said...

Hi Dianne,
For a accomplished designer/seamstress, doing tutorials here is a great idea! I love it. To take advantage of learning something new, I will pick up your pattern as well. Thanks Dianne. I will look for more sewing lessons in the future. And send you some of my sewing questions as well.
Huggs, Nancy

Susan said...

How neat to teach...right up my alley!!! I used to sew all the time and then I opened a shop :-)
Susan *dutchrose*

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Dianne,

I understand how much effort and time it is taken to make a tutorial, it is just wonderful! I'm very sure your customers, readers will appreciate them!

Have a good week!

Pei Li

Patricia said...

You are a natural teacher, I think. You will have no trouble pursuing this. Nice work.
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Hey there sweet one.
You need to make patterns and sell them! Also teach at the community college or something like that. You are a great teacher and oh so fun to be around!
love ya!

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ninajeanette said...


what kind of fabric did you use on the pink tote, i m totally in love and just gotta get it,lol