DIY leather fringe bag

Leather Fringe Bag DIY | See Kate Sew Leather Fringe Bag DIY | See Kate Sew

Leather Fringe Bag DIY | See Kate Sew

I can’t quit leather! Or fringe! This DIY leather fringe bag is fairly easy to construct and I just love how the leather flounces as it moves.

I used a navy suedge for the bag with pops of quilter’s cotton. Everything came from my stash! It’s fully lined and there is a pocket on the outside at the back!

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DIY leather fringe bag //

DIY Leather Fringe Bag | See Kate Sew

-leather/suede remnant
-1/2″ yard fabric for lining and strap
-two 1.5″ D-rings
-one 12″ zipper
-pattern pieces download

Helpful posts:
-How to sew with leather
-Basic Zipper Pouch Tutorial

This bag is very similar in construction to the basic zipper pouch. I refer to that post all the time because there is just so much you can do with it! I do recommend checking out my Sewing Leather 101 post if you have never sewn with leather before, it can be tricky, but a few simple tools and adjustments will make it so much easier.

Okay, let’s get started!


Print out the pattern and tape it together like so:


You’ll have to trim about 1/2″ of the paper off around the edges.

The SOHO blouse | See Kate Sew

Then cut out the following pieces:


  • 2 main pieces
  • 2 fringe pieces



  • 2 main pieces for lining
  • 1 pocket piece
  • 2 tab pieces
  • 1 strap piece fringe-bag-2

Cut fringe into leather by following the guide on your pattern piece, each fringe strip is about 1/4″ wide. It doesn’t matter if they are perfect or not, so just cut lots of strips up to about 3/4″ from the top. My wrists got really tired at this point, with all the cutting! But this is the main feature of the bag, so it will be worth it!

Now place fringe piece at the bottom placement mark on your pattern piece. Use wonderclips to clip each side to hold it in place. Now stitch it on using a matching thread.

Repeat with second fringe piece at the top.

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Fold all edges of the pocket over 1/4″. Then fold the top over another 1/4″ and stitch in place. Place pocket on main back leather piece and sew around the side edges and the bottom edge. Backstitch at the start and stop.



Sew zipper between main pieces. Start by sewing it to the front with the zipper facing down with the lining on top. It will be a sandwich: Leather/Zipper/Fabric. Sew. Then flip open and sew it to the other side with the second lining piece. To see a photographed version of these instructions, refer to the basic zipper pouch tutorial.



Create the D-ring tab pieces. Fold over and press 1/4″ on one side of the tab piece and 3/4″ on the other side. Then fold folded sides over and match them up. Stitch both sides. Then fold strip over the D ring and sew as close to the D-ring as you can. Place the D-rings facing into the back on the edges, with about 3/4″ remaining at the top. Baste or pin in place.







Leather Fringe Bag DIY | See Kate Sew

The SOHO blouse | See Kate Sew

Suede: Tandy Leather
Lining Fabric: Cotton + Steel
Top: Soho blouse
Blue Heart Fabric: c/o Dear Stella

new PDF pattern! the SOHO blouse


The SOHO Blouse Pattern | See Kate Sew

The Soho Blouse is here! And I’m so excited about it! This is the women’s version of the Manhattan top, which was released a few weeks ago!

Want the details?

The SOHO blouse is a bohemian style gathered top with an angled yoke and sleeves. Perfect in lightweight fabrics for hot summer days! Two hem options and little side pockets!

-Sizes: XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL
-Two hem options: angled or straight
-Angled V neck in front and back
-No closures required!
-Includes instructions for a simple FBA
-Angled cap sleeve
-Easily length to a dress!
-Simple construction
-For confident beginners to intermediate sewers
-34 page PDF file with full size pattern and illustrated instructions

Recommended Fabric
This pattern is designed for lightweight woven fabrics. Recommend are voile, double gauze, lawn, chiffon, lace, and other lightweights. Use any light or medium weight fabric for the yoke including linen, cotton, chambray, etc. Knits are not recommended for the yoke.

Yardage Requirements, 44″ bolt
XXS: 2.5
XS: 2.5
S: 2.5
M 2.5
L: 3
XL: 3

I have LOTS of photos of the Soho to share today! The pattern is available in my shop!

The SOHO Blouse Pattern | See Kate Sew

^^This is the ruched sleeve option! Ruching is such an underused technique in my opinion and it’s SO easy. So I added this to the pattern. It’s a soft and feminine look. The other sleeve option is the angled cap sleeve shown in the first photo in this post.

The SOHO Blouse Pattern | See Kate Sew

The Soho and Manhattan tops are also available in a bundle! You can save $5 when you purchase them together!

The SOHO Blouse Pattern | See Kate Sew

^^It looks like I am picking bugs off my daughter, but I’m not! She has the cutest little curls, I am just “Boinging” them. Like Ramona the Brave ;)



The SOHO Blouse Pattern | See Kate Sew

I’ll show you more of my arrowhead chiffon top soon! Chiffon is great for the skirt portion of this top.

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Fabric Sources:
Yellow Double Gauze: Cotton + Steel
Pink Eyelet: c/o Michael Levine


a little Easter dress




Just popping in today to share some photos of this little spring dress!

It’s becoming a tradition to make a bunny print dress for my daughter every Easter. I don’t think it was on purpose, it’s just so hard to pass up cute bunny fabric! This fabric is from Dear Stella, the bunny fabric is called “Playground Bunnies Peach” and the mint heart fabric is from the same line and is called “Playground Hearts Mint”.

I love them together. I actually made this dress a while ago, it was one of my rough drafts when developing the Manhattan blouse pattern.  I was playing with different angles and ways to create my angled yoke idea and ended up with this paneled dress.

I made it at night when my daughter was sleeping. It’s a tad shorter than planned, but I think I’ll just make some bloomers to go with it!

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Happy Spring!

Aztec Hooded Vest Round Up!


As I mentioned in my last post, the Aztec Hooded Vest is part of the Ultimate DIY Bundle, which is back for a quick 2 day flash sale before it is GONE FOR GOOD!

I’ve made so many of these vests, they are the perfect transition piece for Spring. Here are some facts about the pattern:

  • Reversible! Use two fun fabrics and a reversible zipper and you’ll have TWO ways to wear it!
  • Open welt pockets
  • Optional topstitching
  • Stylish Oversized Hood
  • Add a layer of batting for extra warmth
  • hello-kitty-vest

And don’t forget: when you use my link to purchase the bundle, email me your receipt for a FREE kids pattern! Your choice! That means you can get the popular Manhattan blouse, too! (Or any other kid pattern!) the Manhattan Blouse PDF Pattern


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What else is included? 11 awesome sewing patterns, plus a total of 69 awesome DIY resources!

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Buy it here!

FLASH SALE! The Ultimate DIY Bundle is back!

aztec hooded vest pattern


The Ultimate DIY Bundle is BACK! I know some of you missed it last time, so it’s back for a quick flash sale, TWO DAYS ONLY, until it’s gone for good. (Really gone this time!) The AZTEC Hooded Vest (one of my most loved sewing patterns for BOYS and girls) is a part of the Ulimate DIY bundle, a super great deal for anyone who loves to sew! And as a bonus, if you purchase from my link right now I will give you a second kids pattern of your choice FREE! Just forward your confirmation email to with your pattern selection!

Check out The Ultimate DIY Bundle! It’s your instant go-to library for a whole range of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses. There are projects that the whole family can get involved in – from pet photography and home decor to chalk pastels and sewing.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 69 eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers – enabling you to pick a project and jump straight into it with confidence. It’s the perfect tool to skip the information overload and throw yourself straight into a new activity.



Here is a quick list of the sewing resources. These are awesome patterns!

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Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 2 days!

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses:

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 76 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26!

This amazing deal ends in just…

Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late!



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The FULL LIST of what is included!


  • Chalk Pastels Through The Seasons by Tricia & Lucia @ Southern Hodge Podge ($9.99)
  • Easy DIY Crafts for Every Season by Amy @ Mom Advice ($10.00)
  • Getting Started in Chalk Pastel Art by Tricia & Lucia @ Southern Hodge Podge (FREE)
  • Handmade Gifts for Every Occasion by Kim @ Everything Etsy ($10.00)
  • Infarrantly Creative Printable Collection by Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative ($10.00)
  • Make Believe by Andrea @ Andrea’s Notebook, Kate @ See Kate Sew, Melissa @ Melly Sews, and Shauna @ Shwin & Shwin ($9.95)
  • Nurturing Creativity by Renee @ FIMBY ($3.00)
  • Reuse, Refresh, Repurpose by Kristen @ The Frugal Girl ($3.99)
  • Stackapals by Sean @ The Modest Mom ($9.99)

Holidays & Seasonal

  • 101 {More} Days of Christmas by Mandi @ Life Your Way ($4.99)
  • 101 Days of Christmas by Mandi @ Life Your Way ($4.99)
  • Gift It From Scratch by Kathie @ Homespun Seasonal Living ($3.99)
  • Pioneering Today: A Homemade Christmas by Melissa @ Melissa K. Norris ($2.99)
  • Stress-Free Baby Shower by Sara @ Your Thriving Family ($5.95)

Home & Garden

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Homemade Personal Care Products by Shaina @ Food for My Family ($10.00)
  • Cake Decorating with Modeling Chocolate by Kristen @ Wicked Goodies ($9.99)
  • Clean & Simple by Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home ($2.99)
  • Cookies for the Seasons by Bridget @ Bake at 350 ($10.00)
  • DIY Herbs At Home by Karon @ Larder Love ($12.00)
  • Empress of Dirt Garden Art & Ideas by Melissa @ Empress of Dirt ($3.99)
  • Simply Canning: Survival Guide for Safe Home Canning by Sharon @ Simply Canning ($12.99)
  • The Cottage Mama’s DIY Guide by Kristy @ Little Natural Cottage ($4.95)
  • Natural Beauty Guide by Wellness Mama @ Wellness Mama ($10.00)

Home Decor

  • 21 Inspiring Thrift Store Transformations by Jami @ An Oregon Cottage ($4.99)
  • 31 Days to a Staged Home by Leslie @ Goodbye House, Hello Home ($7.49)
  • Autumn Inspired: DIY Home Decor by Myra @ My Blessed Life ($10.00)
  • Easy Mod Podge Decor for Your Home by Amy @ Mod Podge Rocks ($10.00)
  • How to Choose Paint Colours: It’s All In The Undertones by Maria @ Maria Killam ($37.00)
  • Interior Design for Real People by Sarah @ The Yellow Cape Cod ($10.00)
  • Make It! Hardware Store Decor by Curbly @ Curbly ($9.99)
  • The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Furniture Painting by Allison @ Refunk My Junk ($9.99)
  • The Ultimate Tassel Guide by Myquillyn @ Nesting Place ($10.00)
  • Thrifty Decor Chick’s DIY Handbook by Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick ($10.00)
  • Updated & On Trend Tassels by Myquillyn @ Nesting Place ($4.99)


  • Printable Photo Checklists by Rebecca @ Simple as That ($5.00)
  • Say No to Auto by Kristen @ Kristen Duke Photography ($10.00)
  • Snapping Shelter Dogs…and Cats! by Angela @ Angela Hunt Photography ($4.99)
  • The Spaghetti Shots by Courtney @ Courtney Westlake ($4.99)

Scrapbooking & Art Journaling

  • Animals Coloring Book by Samantha @ Doodle Art Alley ($5.00)
  • A Year of Art Journaling: A Beginner Course in Artful Discovery by Christine @ Bare Branch Blooming ($20.00)
  • Kimberly Kalil Designs Collection by Kimberly @ Kimberly Kalil ($17.00)
  • Life, According to Me by Stephanie @ Somewhat Simple ($5.97)
  • Scripture Memory Cards by Melissa @ The Lovely Words ($10.00)
  • A Year of Mandalas by Samantha @ Doodle Art Alley ($5.00)


  • Aztec Hooded Vest by Kate @ See Kate Sew ($8.00)
  • Color Plus Quilt by Alison @ Alison Glass Design ($12.00)
  • Lucky the Elephant by Virginia @ Gingercake ($7.00)
  • Parisian Top by Andrea @ Andrea’s Notebook ($12.00)
  • Seasonal Stitching Club Collection by Mollie @ Wild Olive ($32.00)
  • Sew a Skirt by Caroline @ Sew Caroline ($10.00)
  • Sewing School 101 by Nicole @ ($12.50)
  • Sleep Over Tote by Virginia @ Gingercake ($7.00)
  • Spectrum by Alison @ Alison Glass Design ($12.00)
  • Sugar Pop Top by Caroline @ Sew Caroline ($14.00)
  • The Norah Dress and Tunic by Hayley @ Welcome to the Mouse House ($9.00)

The Business of DIY

  • Act on Your Craft by Renee @ MadeOn Hard Lotion ($3.50)
  • Make & Sell Your Own Skin Products by Kelly @ Generation Cedar ($5.97)
  • Monkey See, Monkey Do by Richele @ Under the Golden Apple Tree ($8.00)
  • Pinteresting by Tabitha @ Meet Penny ($2.99)
  • Getting Started with Social Media by Jessica @ Create & Thrive ($25.00)


  • 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts, Volume 2 by Bryan @ Build Creative Writing Ideas ($2.99)
  • A Summer of Stories by Tsh @ The Art of Simple ($4.00)


  • 30 Days of Prompts by Elora @ Elora Nicole ($25.00)
  • Artful Adventures Art Journaling Basics by Kristie @ Artful Adventures ($20.00)
  • Family Writer’s Club by Mariah @ Playful Learning ($27.00)
  • How to Scan and Digitize Photos & Memorabilia by Mary @ Be Photo Wise ($30.00)
  • iScrap-N-Snap by Beth @ Scrapping Wonders ($12.99)
  • Photo Editing for Absolute Beginners by Melissa @ Digital Scrapbooking HQ ($30.00)
  • Story 101 by Elora @ Elora Nicole ($127.00)
  • Use Your Stash by Elise @ Elise Blaha Cripe ($8.00)