Today I have something extra special to share with you! I’ll let Karen explain………


When I wrote “The Art of Bag Making” for Christine I showed how I like to do an outline drawing of the bag pattern.  Just like the ones you get on commercial printed patterns, it helps me see the bag without the distraction of fabric.

Blank Slate Collage

Christine thought you all might find that useful, so I am drawing outlines for her entire pattern range, which she will release over the next few months as they come available.  I hope you find them useful, and excuse any smudges!


WOOP! So here are the first 6 drawings! Simply right click and save to your computer to print out whenever the urge to get creative hits you! I suggest you save them with your patterns! 😉 PLUS below each single drawing, you will find a link to download a PDF colouring sheet with lots of little versions of the sketch so you can print out and have fun with planning different colour schemes and fabric placement! Let your imagination run wild! 🙂

Abby’s Alley:

Abby's Alley

You can download a colouring sheet PDF of Abby’s Alley HERE!

Bella II

Bella II

You can download a Bella II colouring sheet PDF HERE!

Carriers Conquest:

Carrier's Conquest

You can download a colouring sheet PDF of Carriers Conquest HERE!

Daryl’s Drive:

Daryl's Drive

You can download a colouring sheet PDF of Daryl’s Drive HERE!

Ellen’s Esplanade:Ellen's Esplanade

You can download a colouring sheet PDF of Ellen’s Esplanade HERE!

Fiona’s Freeway with Grommets:

Fiona's Freeway with grommets

Fiona’s Freeway without Grommets:

Fiona's Freeway

You can download a colouring sheet PDF of Fiona’s Freeway HERE and HERE!

How AWESOME are these?! Thank you so much Karen! I look forward to sharing more of your drawings as you work through them! 🙂 You can read more of Karen’s posts over at Sew What’s New HERE and visit Karen on Instagram – @auntystitches


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  1. Love this! Thank you Karen and Christine!!! I do love to play around creatively with the bags I make, but I usually rough sketch mine, if I sketch out at all. These might get me to get more detailed. Brilliant!

  2. This is great news. I follow the blog and read about everyone else’s wonderful bags … but I am very much a novice bag maker. I’ve made a couple of simple bags and they’ve got quite well, but I realise that there are a lot of tricks and tips to producing a really good bag. Having photos and text for some tricky steps certainly helps, but video is going to be great! I’ve really found videos useful for other sewing projects (like clothes).
    Awesome that you’ve made something this comprehensive, AND made it free. I’ll be off to buy the pattern next and start looking through my fabric stash to look for possibilities 🙂

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