Category Archives: Bags/Purses

Tutorial-Embroidery Tools–The Sulky Hot Iron Transfer Pen–Creating Iron On Transfers-Tarot Card Purse Panel

Here is another tutorial about creating Iron On Transfers. This is how I have created hot iron transfers with the Sulky Hot Iron Transfer Pen.

1. Have a pattern image. Copy the image onto plain printing paper. You can even enlarge or reduce the image size!

For this project, I want to create an embroidery panel for a purse using a  card that my husband created. He made a deck for me a few years back and this card is one of my favorites. It shows both of us and our little Jack Russell Terrier, Mr. MacKenzie.

I copied the card image with my computer printer. For this one, I even ENLARGED the original image to get the size that I want for the purse panel.


2. Get a hot iron transfer pen…and an iron.

This is a brown Sulky hot iron transfer pen. I used to buy mine at, but they no longer carry them. If you know of a good place to buy this pen online, please share your source with me.

The iron will come into play later. 😉


3. Trace your design on the reverse side with your hot iron transfer pen.

I flip the printed paper over and use my cutting mat as a solid surface since light can travel through the plastic. You can see here that the design is visible and easily traceable when I hold the mat and the reversed sheet up to the door.

After you have the entire design traced out…go on to #4.


4. Place the pattern image, hot iron PEN SIDE DOWN onto your fabric. Just decide where you want it to be…and get ready!


5. Press with hot iron. Set your iron to the cotton setting. (That is the setting that I usually use…unless the fabric is some type that will not survive the heat.)


6. Leave iron placed on the transfer. Peek under a corner to see if the transfer is done.


7. The transfer is done.

You’ve created a Hot Iron Transfer for embroidery…or for just about anything!

Let the embroidery begin!

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –
alicia in Hawaii



Filed under Bags/Purses, Iron On Transfer, Projects, Tarot Card Purse, Tools, tutorial

Gingerbreadman tote, Snowman tote, Leaf Pattern Pocket Purse and Vintage-like Hawaiian Print Purse

Whoo hoo! PHOTOS!!

I’ve been on a roll to get so many photos resized and loaded! I’ve got more DONE!!! I even managed to figure out how to add a page to my FaceBook profile. See the little button there on the right? You can become a fan of my page! I’m catching up to the tech world at a slooooowww crawl.  lol

I’ve been so busy sewing, hand embroider-ing, and creating patterns that I haven’t given myself enough time to actual sit at the computer and share any of NOW is the time. (I actually have TONS of finished creations that haven’t even had an appointment with the camera yet!…as soon as I get this daunting batch up to date, then I can put on my photographer’s beret!)

Of course, I can only show you the items that are NOT gifts, so far. After Christmas, I can upload all the GIFT photos…[some gift recipients are rather sneaky…and would peek here to find out what they are getting!  😉  ]

And now, without further ado…

This is the ‘project tote’ size that I am developing a pattern for. It will be available soon. 🙂

This snowman bag is a great purse size tote. I’m also writing up a pattern for this size with the directions for the variations of the interior.

This one was really fun to do up! It’s a variation of the notes I’ve kept for the snowman bag…This one creates a different ‘feel’ with the 4 blocks for the front and back, as well as the metal rings added on the straps.

I love this pocket purse. It is from a  pattern that I bought.  🙂

Check back soon for other new photo uploads. I still have sewing and embroidery to add to the mix!

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –
alicia in Hawaii
See my ArtFire Studio!


Filed under Bags/Purses, For Sale, sewing

Christmas Candy Canes and Snowman Winter Totes, Project Bags and Purses

Creations of items and … a Pattern!

I’ve been busy creating some fantastic fun items! I have been cutting and sewing all kinds of fabric and this is what I have so far to post about.

The first 2 bags are great practical sized totes. I’ve done up several trials of sizes and proportions of this overall style and I absolutely love the combinations of this ‘model’.

I’ve loaded them with knitting supplies as project totes to show how they work wonderfully for projects.

Here’s a peek.

I’m working on cutting and sewing up a few more of this size and construction. While I construct them I will be creating a pattern or photo tutorial for it. Think a pattern would be a good idea?


This next on is my most favorite for a purse or bag. I love the size and the handy pockets key fob! It’s a little taller and more ‘square’ than the first two. I can get a LOT into this bag.


I’ve added a button on the right linking to my ArtFire Studio. My creations that I blog about are items that I have a LOT of fun making.  Some of them end up in my Studio. 🙂

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –
alicia in Hawaii
See my ArtFire Studio!


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Halloween Tote Bags-Purses

Sewing. Fabric. Fun.

hall grn cameo

hall grn overall 2

hall grn int 2

This is what happens when I am left alone with some fun Holiday fabric, a sketch pad and some ideas!

I sketched out a few designs for some Roomy, Sturdy, Comfortable purses/totes.  I created these…from scratch!

hall blk cameo

hall blk overall 2

hall blk int overall

They are made from cotton fabric, lined with heavy duty canvas. They have interior pockets…large for all kinds of goodies and small for the cell phone that everyone has to fish out of the bag every time it rings or buzzes. AND …they have a loooonnnngggg tab/strap equipped with a key ring and clip to hold…yes, those keys that somehow always fall to the bottom of the bag! Overall size, 11x11x5!

What do you think?

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –
alicia in Hawaii
See my ArtFire Studio!


Filed under Bags/Purses, Halloween

Crochet Project-Santa Purses

I really do love to crochet.


As a little girl, my mom tried and tried to get me to crochet and do lots of other crafty things.

I watched.

I tried.

I didn’t do much with it.

Somewhere in my early 30’s I must have hatched my artist self…because now…I cannot keep my hands off any handy dandy crafty materials!

In between embroidery …and now quilting…and sewing up purses and blankies…I managed to squeeze in not one, but 2 Santa purses.


These are made up for 2 very special little girls. My mom’s BEST relative, cousin Frances, has 2 little granddaughters that live in the same building with her. (They did all live together, now they live in the same building.) These happy faces are on route to them…to a new home in Seattle!

I found this cute pattern at E-Patterns Central. Because the kids are still very little, I changed the eyes from buttons to embroidered granitos. I also left the pompom off the hat. (Safety first!)


As you can see, each Santa purse is complete with a McDonald’s Arch Card…a special Hawaii edition Arch Card…one with the Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island and one with a surfer, no doubt suring North Shore or Sandy Beach!


Each little girl has their own purse and an Arch card for at least one Happy Meal each. They can dress it up for a Christmas outing…maybe with Grandma Frances!


Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!


Filed under Bags/Purses, Christmas, crochet, thread art

Sewing Project- Christmas Candy Wristlet



Here it is! The accessory to the Christmas Candy Purse. The Christmas Candy Wristlet!


I will have to say it is one of my most favorite patterns and I have made it more times over than I have shared here on blog…(bad me, …bad.)

I found the pattern via my blog reader…because I am an avid reader of Oh, Fransson. (I’m warning you now, if you dare to click there, you WILL get the SEWING BUG! Her blog is FANTASTIC and very inspiring!) There she shared her Friday Wristlet patterns. These are some handy dandy creations! Very versatile.

I used simple, easy to find, key chain-type hardware for the zipper pull attached tomy wristlet strap…


Lined the handle with LIGHT interfacing, the wristlet with Duck Cloth and Medium Interfacing.


and used a 7″ zipper…


and included the interior pocket.


Now,  it can be used as a wristlet/wallet or…


a cute accessory INSIDE my Christmas Candy Purse! Mine is holding the Christmas ‘fun money’… 😉 It helps to keep it FAR away from the …*bill money*… a handy thing, you know!


Together, they make a great pair!


How about you? Want to make a set for yourself too?


Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!


Filed under Bags/Purses, Christmas, Pattern Finds, sewing

Sewing Creations-Christmas Candy Purse

Xmas Candy Purse

Xmas Candy Purse

I started cutting fabric for this little purse Saturday night at 10p.m. I had it sewed together by midnight! 😉

I had ordered the fabric from Bee Sew Happy a few months back when I added it on to my banana fabric for my Monkey Purse. When I found the wonderful banana print I reasoned that I may as well add a few other fabrics to the mix to make the  shipping to Hawaii worth it. (Well…it’s TRUE…right?!)

As I have done up many other holiday items while toiling at the sewing machine here the past few weeks…this fabric has been calling me. It’s so bright and cheery…I just love it! I did make another purse (post soon to come) and it is also red and white…but this fabric just HAD to be made up this year!

So, as I perused FREE sewing patterns on the net…I found this great site: Henrietta’s Handbags and Purse Patterns. They have a little link at the bottom of thier site for “Free Craft Ideas for Handbags”…so I took a LONG look at all of those and picked out a few. From that find, I decided on the Signature Style Tote by Indygo Junction. After printing the pattern and figuring out what piece went where…I ended up with this!


I changed the handles to connect to rings. I like my handles to flop down easily when I put it down. candy-purse-mag-snap-and-strap-close-up

I also changed the button closure feature to a magnetic purse snap. Those magnets are a LOT easier to deal with than any fussy button.


I added 2 inside pockets…


and it is lined with fusible pellon (Decor Bond, heavy weight) AND Duck Cloth.  This is a sturdy little creation.


Now…all I have to do is figure out WHERE TO GO so I can show it off a little!

Hmm…maybe I can talk hubby into ANOTHER fabric shop trip?! What do you think?

*Sunday afternoon…I created a little accessory for this cutie…maybe that will be the NEXT post…  😉

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!


Filed under Bags/Purses, Christmas, Pattern Finds, sewing