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Suzanna McKeon

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INTRODUCTION:
I think working with my hands is something I was born to do. I grew up in a very creative environment. During my childhood, my engineer father built his own airplane in the basement of our house. And, then, when it got too big, he built a hangar in the backyard to house it. My artist mom spent her spare time writing poetry, painting, sketching my five siblings and me, and sewing.

While I learned to sew clothing as a seventh grader in Home Economics class, I am sure I would have given up had my mom not encouraged me. She helped me when I was completely frustrated with a sewing project, and taught me many tricks and tips, especially in fabric layout. (She is meticulous in matching prints; all her plaids chevron perfectly!) I felt thrilled to wear clothes I sewed, and my mom generously shared her sewing machine, her knowledge and mostly, her patience, with me.

Years later, as a new teacher in Northern Virginia, hearing about a winter storm that could (and did!) close school for a week, I hurriedly bought a sewing machine to cope with the prospect of being home bound. Drinking far too much coffee, I sewed into the wee hours while the snow piled up outside. Stores sold out of shovels; skirts accumulated in my apartment.

Several years ago, I signed up for a reupholstery class at a local community college. Sitting behind an old, black tailoring machine, learning to sew welting, I remembered how much I LOVE this craft. I pulled my own sewing machine out of my closet and began sewing again. I started making purses, pillows and diaper bags as gifts. Soon, I began selling my creations, working out of a large plastic box I pulled out in my dining room between meals. Later, with a burgeoning sketchbook of ideas and heaps of beautiful fabric, I began designing electronic sewing patterns and staked claim to sewing studio in the corner of my basement. Most afternoons find me there!

When I am not sewing, I love going on outings with my husband, three children and our dog, Barnes. I also love to cook, journal and read.

GREETINGS:

This is an amazing time to sew! With myriad online tutorials and near-infinite access to textiles, determination is all that’s needed (…plus a bit of free time and a tuned-up sewing machine!) Technology enhances an age-old art, for both experienced and novice seamstresses. Heirlooms are taking shape from something as ephemeral as the Internet. Textures and originality grace homes, clothing and accessories in new beautiful ways. I am thrilled to have this forum share my love of sewing and design with others around the globe.

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Adelphi Girls Purse PDF Pattern

Every little girl needs a purse of her own! Create a purse as spunky and delightful as your little girl. This listing is for one PDF e-pattern and instructions to create the Adelphi Girls Purse. Instructions are detailed, tutorial-style and contain full-color photos. This purse features an optional bow, a splashy knotted tie shoulder strap and pom pom fringe. A magnetic snap closure secures the bag shut. The purse is fully lined. With the exception of mass production, you may sell the finished bags you create from my pattern. Kindly note the purse pattern is designed by Hold it Right There Bags in the item description. The Adelphi pattern and instructions may only be purchased from me. Please do not distribute. If at any time, you have questions while making the bag, please email me, and I will gladly be of assistance. Due to the digital nature of this product, I cannot make refunds or accept returns.BACKGROUND STORY: The Adelphi purse style is named with fond memories of many stroller excursions on a street by this name with my own once tiny daughter. She was seldom without a purse on her shoulder or clippity-clop high heels for all her make-believe adventures. Her wonderful sense of design remains a delight to watch blossom in new ways the older she gets.

$9.50

Coconut Grove Purse PDF Pattern

Make a splash with a completely unique purse! This listing is for one PDF e-pattern and instructions to create the Coconut Grove Womens' Purse. Instructions are detailed, tutorial-style and contain full-color photos. The purse features a center pleat, flirty knotted tie shoulder strap and pom pom fringe. A magnetic snap closure secures the bag shut. The purse is fully lined and includes two pockets with spaces for two pens. With the exception of mass production, you may sell the finished bags you create from my pattern. Please note the purse pattern is designed by Hold it Right There Bags in the item description. The Coconut Grove pattern and instructions may only be purchased from me. Distribution of pattern and/or instructions is prohibited. If at any time, you have questions while making the bag, please email me, and I will gladly be of assistance. Due to the digital nature of this product, I cannot make refunds or accept returns.BACKGROUND STORY: The Coconut Grove purse recalls a joyful time with my family. We traveled from our deciduous midwestern domicile to Miami for my brother's wedding at a tropical botanical garden. There, the sun ignited the colors of everything it struck. Leaves gleamed glossy, deep green. Shadows stood cool, and dark beside flamboyant pinks and oranges. It is this riot of color and light that inspires this bag design, as well as the fun I had in Miami. I delighted in visiting my treasured family and reconnecting with old friends. This trip also took my children for their first swims in the ocean. My oldest son brought home a natural sponge he found on the beach. My daughter delighted in a coconut she picked off the sand. I like to think this is a bag to fill with Love and Joy and Wonder.

$9.50

Tea Party Doll Purse PDF Pattern

Delight the special girl in your life with an adorable Tea Party Doll Purse! These purses make wonderful party favors, too! Whip up a set, and give the ultimate "goody bags" at your birthday girl's party! Send party guests home with a Tea Party Doll Purse of their own. This listing is for one PDF e-pattern and instructions to create the Tea Party Doll Purse. Instructions are detailed, tutorial-style and contain full-color photos. The features a bow, a splashy knotted tie shoulder strap and pom pom fringe. A Velcro closure secures the bag shut. The purse is fully lined. With the exception of mass production, you may sell the finished bags you create from my pattern. Kindly note the purse pattern is designed by Hold it Right There Bags in the item description. The Tea Party Doll Purse pattern and instructions may only be purchased from me. Please do not distribute. If at any time, you have questions while making the bag, please email me, and I will gladly be of assistance. Due to the digital nature of this product, I cannot make refunds or accept returns.BACKGROUND STORY: Wanting to make her niece's birthday extra special, a friend asked me to create a girl's purse, with a doll purse to coordinate. Her niece was turning eight, and about to receive the doll on her wishlist! I loved the idea and set about making a miniature version of my Adelphi Girls Purse PDF pattern, adding a bow for embellishment. Her niece was thrilled to give her doll a special purse to match her very own. I hope you will have as much delight creating a Tea Party Purse as the girl in your life you surprise with it!

$4.43

Tower Grove Park PDF Pattern

Create a cross body bag to suit your lifestyle and personal tastes. This listing is for one PDF e-pattern and instructions to create the Tower Grove Park Cross Body Hipster Purse. Over 45 pages of instructions are detailed, tutorial-style and contain full-color photos. Versatile and pretty, the Tower Grove Park holds everything you needhellip;and then some! It features large front and back pockets, a flush zipper pocket, and an interior pocket. The strap adjusts to the length you need. A concealed top zipper, beaded zipper pulls, and optional knife pleated trim make your purse one-of-a-kind. It is featured here in lively contrasting fabrics, all designed by Jennifer Paganelli (www.sisboom.com). With the exception of mass production and/or manufacturing, you may sell the finished bags you create from my pattern. Please note the purse pattern is designed by Hold it Right There in the item description. The Tower Grove Park pattern and instructions may only be purchased from me. Distribution of pattern and/or instructions is prohibited. If at any time, you have questions while making the bag, please email me, and I will gladly be of assistance. Due to the digital nature of this product, I cannot make refunds or accept returns.BACKGROUND STORY: A dear friend of mine once described her ideal purse to carry along on her daily walks in Tower Grove Park: a pocket for her iPod, cross body strap to keep her hands free, a spot to easily access her keys and phone. In this design, bearing these essentials in mind, I sought to blend beauty and function, loveliness with lifestyle.

$9.50