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Installing Bag Hardware with Kay Whitt (+ a FREE download)

Kay Whitt, author of Sew Serendipity and Sew Serendipity Bags is here today to teach us about incorporating professional-looking hardware into our handmade bags and purses!

Both books are available from the Martha Pullen shop. Be sure to pick up your own copy of Sew Serendipity Bags by Sunday, March 11th to take advantage of the special-promotion Craft Month discount!


So, without further ado, here’s Kay!
Ah, spring is in the air! I love this time of year. It is a wonderful time to sew and create new clothing and bags to enjoy. What better time for National Craft Month than March? I just finished up my third book manuscript and projects! The new addition to my line of books should be out in the fall. I have now turned my attention to the new spring designs that will make their debut in May. There’s always so much to do, and I love that my hands are busy all the time.
Today I would like to talk about a question I am often asked regarding bag hardware. I think that adding quality hardware to your bag projects elevates them to another level, giving them a crisp, professional finish. Installing hardware takes a little bit of practice but once you get comfortable with the process, you will be looking for ways to incorporate it into your projects.
double loop slider
One of my favorite pieces to incorporate is the double loop slider. This wonderful piece of hardware enables you to make a handle that is adjustable during the use of the bag. In my book, Sew Serendipity Bags, I have used these on a couple of projects where I thought this would be an added bonus. It is especially nice to add a double loop slider to a bag that is meant as a gift. That way, the recipient can adjust the handle as they like.
Cross-Body Purse from Sew Serendipity Bags

Convertible Backpacks from Sew Serendipity Bags
Installing a slider can be a little tricky if you have never done it before, so click here to download a FREE tutorial showing the technique, courtesy of my Sew Serendipity Bags book.
I just love that these sliders make the convertible straps on the backpack possible!
Convertible Backpack from Sew Serendipity Bags
The next question I am usually asked is where to get all the great hardware. It can be challenging to find the good stuff, so I am sharing a couple of my favorite places on the Internet here with you, in the event that your local shop or craft store just doesn’t have exactly what you need. My two favorites are www.buckleguy.com and www.strapworks.com. Both of these companies have a wide selection of high quality hardware at a nice price. You will immediately notice the nice, heavier weight of their items and how great they make your projects look.
Be sure to check out my Facebook fan page at Sew Serendipity. I love seeing what all of you create with my designs! Also be sure to visit my blog at www.blog.sewserendipity.com. I have a lot of other resources listed there for finding fabrics as well as tutorials and the latest on what I am up to here in the studio.
Happy Sewing and Happy Craft Month, everyone!
Kay Whitt designs dress, skirt and bag patterns through her company Serendipity Studio, and is the author o f the best-selling Sew Serendipity and Sew Serendipity Bags. See what else Kay is up to at her blog, blog.sewserendipity.com!

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