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How to install push locks

You’re looking forward to sewing a new bag pattern.  You can even imagine how wonderful the finished project is going to look, but then you see the hardware requirements.

Push Locks and you get scared …

Kylie from Handbag Hardware Australia

But there’s no need to pack up your interfacing and fabric scissors Kylie from Handbag Hardware Australia is guest blogging for us today and sharing a brilliant “How to for installing Push Locks”.

Push Locks are also known as Thumb Locks or Tongue Locks.


How to install Push Locks Guest Blog Post by Handbag Hardware Australia

How to Install Push Locks
Anatomy of a pushlock Requirements:
Push Lock kit
Sharp ended scissors
Hammer & 2mm hole punch
Marking Pen
Phillips Head Screw Driver – small

Mark your Push Lock Placement

Step 1: Using the pattern as your placement guide mark the four prongs of the backing plate onto the fabric.  Then using your sharp ended scissors or quick unpick cut along these lines to create prong slits.

Insert your Push Lock

Step 2: Insert the backing plate prongs through the slits created.

Fold the backing plate prongs into place

Step 3: Fold the backing plate prongs over the mesh/washer to secure.

Position and mark your push lock

Step 4: Place your push lock into position and mark where the screw holes are.  Using your 2mm hole punch or sharp point scissors create the holes ready to attach your push lock into place.

Secure the pushlock in place

Step 5: Using your Phillips Head screwdriver secure the push lock onto the fabric.

Completed Push Lock Installation

Congratulations – you’ve installed your Push Lock!

Adventure Case Stand Alone Cover from One Thimble issue 10

Keen to try out your new Push Lock skills?

Check out the Adventure Case pattern by Emkie Designs in One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine Issue 10.

Kylie from Handbag Hardware Australia offers a hardware kit for this pattern that you can find HERE.

And for all your Handbag Hardware needs be sure to visit Kylie at Handbag Hardware Australia.

Handbag Hardware Australia

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Interview with Emma from Emkie Designs

Today we’re chatting with Emma from Emkie Designs.  Emma has contributed The Adventure Case pattern to One Thimble Issue 10.

Emma Wengier Emkie Designs

Emma started out in 2012 as For My Little Monster designing and creating adorable toys for her customers. Over the last year, Emma has moved into designing sewing patterns, and
using her knowledge of teaching, strives to help you create the bag of your dreams! Because of this change in direction Emma has recently re-branded as Emkie Designs.


How did you get into making bag patterns?

I have always had a love of handbags, I used to buy new bags all the time when I had a disposable income – ie. before owning a house and having kids 😉  The last time we moved homes I had to sell or donate of most of my handbag collection, as there just wasn’t the space to keep them all…

Before reading about how I got into making bag patterns, you probably should know that before 2010 I didn’t sew.  I had done a few textile classes at high school, but I didn’t really remember how to use a sewing machine.  I don’t come from a family of sewists. My mum did own a sewing machine that she got when she was married around 38 years ago, but it has always lived in its case in the cupboard – I never have seen her use it and I didn’t grow up wearing “mummy made” outfits.

In 2011 when I was pregnant with T, Hubby and I were away for his birthday (one of the last trips we took where it was just the 2 of us), and we walked into this fabric store because I had seen a beautiful toy in the window. I walked past all the fabric grabbed the toy and asked how much it was – I was promptly told it wasn’t for sale, but I could purchase the pattern and make my own. I looked at all the patterns they had in store and ended up choosing a different one to the toy that had originally grabbed my attention, I paid for it and walked out of the shop – no supplies or fabric were purchased that day. Back at our hotel, I read the pattern and thought “I can do this” and when we had traveled back home again I borrowed my mothers unused sewing machine and had fun going to the fabric store and choosing fabrics. After a short time “Dilbert” was born and he waited patiently for the little baby in my tummy to arrive and love him. I made a few other things prior to T being born, and had discovered a new passion and hobby in sewing.

Dilbert Softie

After T was born I found myself at the shops a lot. It was something to do while T slept in the pusher, except it was terrible for our household finances. So I stopped in at the fabric shop on one of these trips and purchased some felt and began hand sewing (I had returned the borrowed sewing machine)…this is when I designed my first 3 softies.

Emkie Designs Monsters

Then I decided to try my hand at sewing to sell.  My monsters were a hit and spurred me on to create a few other original designs too. In between my custom orders I made sure to sew items for family and friends as well as make quite a few bags for me – to fill the void not buying them 😉

When I was pregnant with M, I needed to take a step back, it was a hard pregnancy and I was no longer enjoying making toys as much as I once had. I decided to focus on sewing for family, friends and myself. I also began designing what would be my 1st bag pattern.  It was a long process as I had no idea what I was doing 😉 but with some help from Samantha (Mrs H) I found my confidence and released my Everyday Tote Bag Pattern on February 2nd 2015.

Every Day Tote Bag

Who/what/where inspires you?
My main inspiration for my patterns comes from walking down the street, I eye off every one’s bags – they probably think I’m crazy or wondering how I’m going to go about robbing them or something – lol – but I just like looking at people’s bags and looking at the different features I like and thinking about how I would make them my own 🙂

Where do you design and sew your patterns?
Until last year I had a corner of our family room as my sewing space. But once I had purchased my JUKI TL-98P, I needed more space away from little fingers, so I took over half of our “+” room – you know the room I’m talking about…when real estate agents say “3+ bedrooms”?  So, I have half of our “+” room which is where I sew and it is really small, 2 steps and I’m on the other side of the room to where I started 😉  But I love it because its mine!  As for designing my patterns, that I usually do sitting on the couch in the family room.  I sketch there, I write the pattern there, I draw the pattern pieces, edit the pattern photos, etc. Basically I do all the computer work involved in producing a pattern on my couch.

Emkie Designs Sewing Space

Do you have a favourite pattern – if so which and why?
This one is hard…I have so many favourites I don’t think I can choose!

Do you have a favourite sewing notion or gadget that you couldn’t live without? 
For bag making I love my walking foot! Also for anything that involves bias binding (my archenemy), I LOVE my bias binding attachment that I got with my JUKI TL-98P – I no longer hate binding, unless I have to do it by hand, then we are still enemies 😉

My fav tool

Whats something that people might not know about you?
I am a self taught sewist, and have been sewing for around 5 1/2 years.  I am also a qualified teacher, I am trained in Contemporary Arts and Psychology, and I taught in schools for 9 yrs (teaching teenagers) prior to starting our family in 2011.

Do you have any news that you would like to share with our readers?
Of course! As you are probably aware…I currently have a pattern that has been published in Issue 10 of One Thimble e-zine – The Adventure Case, it is a vintage style insulated lunch tote.

Also I will be teaching at a bag making sewing retreat (the Bag Fanatics Retreat) in September and I’m super excited about that! I hope to do some other teaching this year too – I’m a teacher by trade and have really missed it, so opportunities like the sewing retreat, or any others that come my way are too hard to pass up!

Adventure Case Stand Alone Cover from One Thimble issue 10

You can purchase Emma’s pattern for The Adventure Case as a single PDF HERE or visit her website to see more of her sewing patterns HERE or purchase Issue 10 which contains this pattern HERE.

If you want to follow Emma or find out about her new patterns or where she might be teaching you can join her newsletter ( or follow her blog, Facebook Page or Instagram 🙂


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Skirted Playproof Dungaree Post

I am totally utterly in love with Irene from Serger Pepper’s Playproof Dungaree pattern.  Overalls are one of those things that go in and out of fashion and each time they come back there’s fit changes that can make the difference between hitting the trend and missing it completely.

Front of Playproof Dungaree Pattern from One Thimble Issue 10 Back of Playproof Dungaree Pattern from One Thimble Issue 10 Playproof Dungaree pattern from One Thimble Issue 10

I think it’s safe to say she totally nailed the 2016 Dungaree look!

… and then she made things even better with a skirted version of the pattern.


If you’ve got a copy of One Thimble Issue 10 remember to get your discount code from page 66 or page 108 and download the skirted version of the Playproof Dungaree for FREE before 20th April 2016.

If you don’t have a copy of Issue 10 but you’re still keen to get your hands on the skirted version of the Playproof Dungaree you can purchase it direct from Irene’s website -> HERE 

Here’s some more of Irene’s wonderful tester photos of the Playproof Dungaree – regular and skirted version!

Playproof Dungaree Skirt Edition by Serger Pepper Designs, sewn by Candice Playproof Dungaree Skirt Edition by Serger Pepper Designs, sewn by Deirdre Playproof Dungaree Skirt Edition by Serger Pepper Designs, sewn by Deirdre Playproof Dungaree Skirt Edition by Serger Pepper Designs, sewn by Essence Playproof Dungaree Skirt Edition by Serger Pepper Designs, sewn by Jaslyn

Playproof Dungaree by Serger Pepper Designs, sewn by Phat Quarters front view Playproof Dungaree by Serger Pepper Designs, sewn by Phat Quarters back view Playproof Dungaree by Serger Pepper Designs, sewn by Elsa Pomar - La casa cactus (2) Playproof Dungaree by Serger P Playproof Dungaree by Serger Pepper Designs, sewn by Deirdre Moenk (1) Playproof Dungaree by Serger Pepper Designs, sewn by Candice Ayala (2) Playproof Dungaree by Serger Pepper Designs, sewn by Candice Ayala (1) Playproof Dungaree by Serger Pepper Designs, sewn by Alex from Giddyants (4) Playproof Dungaree by Serger Pepper Designs, sewn by Alex from Giddyants (3) Playproof Dungaree by Serger Pepper Designs, sewn by Alex from Giddyants (1)



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Sneak Peek Inside Issue 10

Let’s go on a sewing adventure! Here’s a Sneak Peek Inside Issue 10!

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Interview with Lisa from two pretty poppets

I first “met” Lisa last year when she contributed an article with tips for establishing a PDF pattern business to Issue 8.  I was so pleased to welcome her back with her The Statement Clutch pattern in Issue 9 and I’m delighted to share here the interview we had recently.

Lisa Ratford - two pretty poppets


Lisa began sewing at a very young age and has dabbled in many different types of sewing and craft projects over the years. She has always had a love of bags, so much so that she decided to start designing her own!

Producing expertly written, easy to follow PDF sewing patterns for practical, everyday bags is what two pretty poppets’ is all about.


Can you tell me a little about how you got into sewing/designing patterns?

My mum actually taught me to sew many, many years ago when I was maybe 8 years old! So a lot of what I know is all thanks to her. I’ve dabbled in lots of different projects over the years, but feel I’ve finally found my calling in bags.

Insulated Lunch Bag


My first pattern, the Insulated Lunch Bag, came about after I went looking for a larger lunch bag to store my daughters’ Tupperware lunch boxes in flat (not tipped on their end) and their drink bottles. I couldn’t find anything suitable and so a friend suggested I design my own! I pondered that idea for awhile and played around with different ideas before settling on the style you know so well. Following that pattern, I kind of just kept going!



What is your best sewing tip or do you have a favourite haby item that you couldn’t live without.

Probably my best sewing tip would have to be to read the instructions FIRST! I know so many of us, including myself, are guilty of glancing at the pictures in a new pattern and zooming ahead with what we think the pattern is telling us to do, not what the pattern is actually telling us to do! I’m not a huge fan of unpicking my work (who is?) and although it takes a little bit longer to pause and read the next few steps, it really does pay off ten fold!!!

Height compensation tool


As for my favourite haby item, well it would most definitely have to be the height compensation tool I got when I bought my Bernina B350 last year! I’ll admit, I had to look in the manual to find out what the heck this three-layered perspex thing was, however once I started using it, I quickly fell in love with it!!! When it comes to making bags, it is SUCH a helpful little tool that it’s never far from my machine!

If you’d like to find out more about using this tool check out this blog post HERE.

What inspires you?

Oh gosh, now you’re asking the hard questions! I think what inspires me most is my customers and the beautiful creations they come up with! I love seeing their fabric combinations and variations of my patterns, and that in turn will often give me ideas for new patterns or pattern hacks etc.

Fabric also inspires me – seeing new collections, and trending colours and prints, and of late different textures as well! It’s great fun to take a piece of glitter vinyl (for example) and play around with coordinating fabric and patterns to find that ‘right fit’, and then be able to share my finished creation with my customers to hopefully inspire them in their own little fabric journeys…

What are you working on at the moment?

I have so much I’m working on at the moment!  However, most excitingly is my upcoming pattern for a beach bag! This is something my customers have requested and I thought it could be fun so decided to give it a go. After surveying my patterns group to find out exactly what they were after in a beach bag, I set to work creating a functional and practical, yet stylish and gorgeous, beach bag pattern which I hope will live up to their expectations! The pattern will be heading out to my testers VERY soon so watch this space for an update once it’s released in February sometime!

Whats something that people might not know about you?

Ooh another hard question! Um… I guess people may not know that deep down I’m a bit of a perfectionist…! I like things just so, well, as much as I can get them anyway.  I think a lot of this flows through into my patterns, the way I write them and the way they’re laid out etc. I can be very particular at times (that’s not necessarily a good thing, LOL!) and like things done just so. Unfortunately at times, this can be the reason it takes me longer to get a new pattern finalised and out to my testers – if I’m not happy with my prototypes, I change things up or even start again, until the pattern is just right and I’m 100% happy with it. Yes, it drives me crazy at times, however it’s just part of who I am so all I can do is embrace it and keep going!


The Statement Clutch Stand Alone Cover You can purchase Lisa’s pattern for The Statement Clutch as a single PDF HERE or visit her website to see more of her sewing patterns HERE or purchase Issue 9 which contains this pattern HERE.

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