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Avalon is coming!

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She’s on her way to my website soon!

Stay tuned

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Inga Cross Body PDF just released

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What more could you ask for.
Inga is a cross body bag with style.

Featuring three zip pockets, two on the front and one large full depth one which is accessed from the top of the bag.
Make the Inga Cross Body Bag from fabric, cork or even a combination of both.
You can even use Vinyl or leather.
Choose contrasting or complementary fabrics for a truly individual look.

Easy to make, quick to sew.
The options are up to your imagination and creativity.
This will definitely be a favourite cross body bag pattern.
Once you make one, you will want to make more and more.

This pattern is complete with a list of materials required, in Metric and Imperial, detailed pattern instructions with diagrams and photographs, numbered pattern pieces, a cutting list, a straight cut list and pattern piece labels.

After googling cross body bags with zips, and with so many out there, from many designers, I decided to make my own pattern. I wanted the bag to suit my needs, so even though there are some awesome bags out there, I created my own.

Save with special introductory price of $3 AUD for a limited time.

Get your inga Cross Body pattern here

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Ruth Pattern Update!

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I have updated all Ruth wallet files on my website, Craftsy and Etsy due to a technical issue when the files were saved.

If you have already bought these patterns I suggest that you download them again and delete the original file. I have also made improvements and added a cutting list on the Straight cut list page.

The life of a pattern designer lol

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A new little pattern just released

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Say hello to the Ruth Mini Clutch Wallet.

This is the ‘mini’ Clutch wallet to go with the Ruth Clutch Wallet.

I have released her as a separate PDF or you can buy both for a discounted price for a limited time.

The mini is definitely a small wallet but with a lot of features.

Measures 11.5cm wide x 14cm high (4 ½” x 5 ½”)

For a limited time you can get the ‘Mini’ wallet at a special release price.

Get your Ruth Mini Clutch Wallet pattern here

Please note: If you have already purchased the Ruth Clutch Wallet PDF from my website, then your account has been tagged so you can see a Special Discount listing. This is ONLY visible to previous Ruth buyers and ONLY those who bought from here. Unfortunately Craftsy buyers don’t have an extra discount as that site doesn’t have that option.

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Wallet Twin Pack now available!

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Along with the release of the Ruth Mini Clutch Wallet I have also released a twin pack with both the Ruth Clutch and Mini Clutch Wallets in one PDF.

Make them as a set.

Save with special introductory price of $7.95 AUD for a limited time.

Get your Ruth Clutch Wallet Twin Pack pattern here

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Accounts and Digital downloads

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I have created a page (in the footer) which has important information for account creation and digital downloads.

I am also putting this information here, so please take the time to read it, so you know what to do when using my website.

How to create an account on my website

Click on create an account and fill in your details, including a password, that only you have access to. (I don’t see any password so I can’t help if you forget.
Then when you purchase anything (including digital downloads eg PDF patterns) from my website you will have all your details already saved.
At checkout you just click on the address and check that the details are correct, (including email) and complete your purchase.
If you have bought a PDF (digital download) you will need to wait until you receive your ‘Shipping Confirmation’ email.
Once you have that, head to my website and log in to your account, using the details you provided earlier.
You then click on your name; this is located on the top right hand side of the page. This will take you to your ‘Order History’ and all you need to do then is click on the order number and the ‘Download’ button will be there.
Click on the Download button and follow the prompts.

What to do if you didn’t set up your account before you completed purchase.

You will have what is known as a ‘guest’ account.
Please don’t create another account, as your downloads will be in the guest account.
Please wait til you receive the ‘Invitation to create account” email.
Then click on the link in that email. The link only is valid for 24 hours so please check your email. If the link expires, please contact me and I can send a new invitation.
It will take you to my website so you can complete your account registration.
Please set up your account using a password you will remember.
Once you have done that, head to my website and log in to your account, using the details you provided earlier.
You then click on your name; this is located on the top right hand side of the page. This will take you to your ‘Order History’ and all you need to do then is click on the order number and the ‘Download’ button will be there.
Click on the Download button and follow the prompts.

Remember that I am located in Australia, so time differences may mean that your shipping or invitation email may be delayed, if you purchase when it is my night time.
I also have ‘Live Chat’ so if you need help or have any questions relating to products, and I’m online just click on the chat bubble at the bottom of the screen.
I hope this info helps.


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The Ruth Clutch Wallet is live!

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My first pattern release for 2018!

There’s a new lady in town and she is going to make you want her.

The Ruth Clutch Wallet will be sure to turn heads.

The slimline look will impress and the large list of features will have something, and somewhere, to hold all your daily essentials.

This is the perfect clutch wallet for everyone, of every age and for every situation.
With 20 card slots to hold your bank, store and loyalty cards.
Two deep note slots use one for money and the other for receipts, or even that big shopping list.
A lovely deep zippered pocket to hold coins.
There is also a small slip pocket in the flap.
Plenty of space for your phone and more in the two open sections, on either side of the zip pocket.

Ruth can be used as a clutch with its removable wrist strap, or change it up to a cross body bag by adding the fully adjustable strap.
Just clip the straps onto the D rings under the flap.
You will find this bag easy to make and easy to wear.
Make your Ruth Clutch Wallet entirely from cotton fabric, or use a cork fabric and cotton fabric combination.
You can change up the card slots and use cork fabric on those too!
The options are up to your imagination and creativity.
This will definitely be your ‘go-to’ wallet pattern.
Once you make one, you will want to make more and more.

Special release price ends at 6pm Feb 3rd (Qld time)

Get your Ruth Clutch Wallet pattern here

Ruth is a very special name in my life. My Mum and my Grandma both shared this as their middle name. The tradition has continued with my beautiful Granddaughter Bayleigh Ruth.

I started designing this wallet over a year ago and made a few prototypes, that I tested with everyday use.
I always received lovely comments on the wallet from friends and even strangers.
Hours turned into days, then weeks, and finally after over a year the pattern is now available.

I’d love to see what you make from my pattern, so please share them on social media and tag me.

Let’s get the word out there!

Ruth has arrived and she’s here to stay!

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January Sale now on!

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Way better than any spotty sale!

Clearing my personal stash all in one place.

*Discounts applied at checkout.

Afterpay, Paypal and Bank transfer.

Calculated post

Smoke & pet free storage of all destash items*

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Changes to sales in 2018

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2018 sees a lot of changes for Designz by Nancy Stroop & Designz Sewing Patterns.
Firstly, this year my PDF patterns will ONLY be on sale a couple of times and only for 1 – 3 day duration for each sale.
Each sale will be different too!
Currently I have a ‘BUY 1 GET 1 FREE’ sale which ends this Friday 5th Jan.
If you want to get any of my patterns at the low price, then I suggest heading to my website today (or at least before Friday, (Australian time)
I will not be altering prices on my Craftsy/Etsy listings, so the ONLY place to get the lower priced patterns will be my website.
The Rylee Tote Bag Collection and Mega Pattern Bundles are also discounted until Jan 5th.
Remember this is ONLY 1 of 2 sales I will have this year on my PDF’s.
Don’t miss out!

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Melinda is 'live'

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I simply couldn’t wait (what’s new) and I have just released my latest PDF sewing pattern.

The Melinda Zip Pouch Collection has special meaning to me, as you can read in my previous blog post.

I am donating $1 AUD from sales of the PDF as well as any ready made Melinda Zip Pouches that are for sale in my store.

Never fear I’m making loads more.

The donation is going to Bowel Cancer Australia and will be an ongoing donation each month from the sales of Melinda items.

Remember that if you are a new customer you MUST create an account (with password) before you will be able to download patterns. Please don’t make duplicate accounts. Never fear, if you make a guest account, I will need to send you an invitation email and you just click on the link in that email to complete your account registration.

Get your Melinda Zip Pouch Collection pattern here

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Melinda is coming!

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Release date is Sunday December 17th, at approximately 9am (Australian Qld time).

The Melinda Zip Pouch Collection will be your ‘go-to’ pouch pattern, with 3 different styles to choose from.

The Straight and Curved Top Zip Pouches have 2 sizes, with boxed corners and easy to follow instructions.

The Cash/Card Pouch is great to pop in your bag, or to take with you when you don’t have a lot of room.

Super quick to make for gifts and craft shows.

Make The Melinda pouches in cotton fabric, add faux leather/leather contrasts, or even make the exterior completely from cork, faux leather or leather.

For 48 hours from release, The Melinda Zip Pouch Collection will be available at a special release price of 20% off.

$1 from each pattern sold goes to Bowel Cancer Research.

$1 from each ready made Melinda Zip Pouch (any style) also goes to Bowel Cancer Research*

I also have some Melinda Pouches for sale in my store NOW!

Melinda is named after my beautiful friend Mel, who through the ups and downs of health issues this year, always has a smile. A truly beautiful soul, with that smile that brightens up anywhere she goes. To be able to stay so positive and strong is truly an inspiration to me. Her courage is beyond amazing. Well on the way to spending a long and happy life with her beloved Chris by her side, Mel continues to fight against the disease that invaded her body, kicking it to the kerb, and keeping it there, with every treatment of chemo.

Here is Mel with her very own set of the pouches. I sent her a set as a gift. Made from her favourite yellow roses with green lining.

There is a back story to the yellow roses.

In brief Mel’s Grandmother Nancy, (seriously, what a coincidence) carried yellow roses on her wedding day, as did Mel, when she married the wonderful Chris, a few years ago.

When I originally asked Mel if she would mind me naming the collection after her, I asked her favourite flower and colour. Hence, the set that I made especially for her just had to have her favourites. They arrived yesterday and I think that it couldn’t have been better timing. Mel had chemo yesterday and even though I’m sure she was tired, still wrote a beautiful post which she shared on her Facebook page as well as mine.

I’m so pleased that Mel likes her gift, and took these lovely pics for me.

As a reminder to all, if you have any symptoms that cause you concern, go to your doctor, get it checked out. Don’t wait, your family and friends need you.

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The Nellie Cross Body Bag

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So I have finally made a bag from real leather. OMG I love it.

The Nellie Cross Body Bag is a new design coming soon to my website.

This bag can also be made from cotton fabric and faux leather too. A perfect size for the essentials, but with enough room for extras. 9" H x 9" W x 3" D (23cm x 23cm x 7.5cm)
A zip pocket in the lining as well a magnetic snap closure makes this bag suitable for a beginner as well as advanced sewers. The front of the bag has a ‘split panel’ with topstitching, to give some interest and detail.
Nellie is fast to make and will suit all ages.

The bag in these photos has no hardware, but if you like you can add strap anchors with D rings and an adjustable strap slider.

I used beautiful soft Hunter Green leather for the exterior and a beautiful peacock feather design quilting cotton fabric for the lining.

The pattern will be released soon.

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2017 Market Dates for Designz by Nancy Stroop

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The rest of my year is booked now for my market calendar.

The Handmade Expo Markets will be where you’ll find my bags, purses and accessories at these dates/places

Sunday 27th August
Hervey Bay PCYC O’Rourke Street, PIALBA
9am – 1pm

Sunday 10th September
Noosa Leisure Centre 9 Wallace Drive Noosaville
9am – 1pm

Saturday 21st October
The Rockhampton Showgrounds Complex
1-47 Exhibition Road, Wandal
8am – 1pm

Sunday 19th November
Hervey Bay PCYC O’Rourke Street, PIALBA
9am – 1pm

Sunday 3rd December
Noosa Leisure Centre 9 Wallace Drive Noosaville
9am – 1pm

I am so looking forward to expanding my business in more areas in Queensland. These are awesome markets, well run and very busy so don’t miss out.

Remember that my items are OOAK (one of a kind), so you’ll get a unique gift that no one else will have.

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The Rylee Tote Bag Collection

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I have just released the Rylee Tote Bag Collection.

You get a very detailed PDF pattern which includes 2 sizes and 3 exterior options. There are also many options for the bag lining.

It is a large pattern PDF but also very comprehensive.

All pattern pieces are now ‘full size’, no more ‘on the fold’ cutting.

The PDF also includes a layers option, so you can choose which size/option you want to make and just print those pages.

I’m sure that you will love this pattern.

I have been working on her for months and have made over 20 myself so far.

Make Rylee is fabric, faux leather or a combination of both.

For the next 48 hours you can get the pattern for a special release price of $7.50 AUD.

The regular price will then be $10 AUD after the promotion.

Grab your copy now!

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Designz Collection June Bag is here!

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The final bag in my Designz collection has just been released to subscribers.

The Ruby Tote Bag is a great bag that’s not too big, so it could be used as an everyday bag.

Featuring a front pocket as well as a zippered pocket inside. There is a recessed zip so your belongings are secure.
You have the option to make the key ring with this pattern. If you choose not to make the key ring, the bag needs no hardware.

A great pattern for confident beginners, Ruby will be come a firm favourite.

So many options to make this bag truly your own. Use fabric, faux leather or a combination of fabrics.

Whatever you choose Ruby will be stunning.

A fast and easy bag to make.

Remember that all the Designz Collection bags will become available after the end of June. They will be released for individual sale over the remainder of this year.

If you can’t wait you can still JOIN THE COLLECTION HERE until June 30th.

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Kim has just landed for April!

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The latest bag in the Designz Collection has just been released to subscribers.

Introducing the Kim Unisex Messenger Bag.

Make Kim for yourself or for the ‘other half’ in your life.

You have choices if you’d like a structured bag using foam or a less structured bag with fleece.

Pockets inside can be adjusted to suit your needs and there’s also a zip pocket too!

If you love machine embroidery, you are going to love the large flap area to embellish your bag.

Make Kim in fabric, vinyl or leather, or a combination.

Adjustable shoulder strap means you can wear the bag over your shoulder or even across the body.

If you know my patterns, you know that I couldn’t resist adding a key ring too!

If you haven’t yet joined Designz Collection do it today.

Only $30 AUD for 6 patterns and there are some awesome extras too!


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Are you ready for Bindi?

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Designz Collection’s May bag pattern is now ready for subscribers to download in their accounts.

The Bindi Bucket Bag

This is the bag you will want to add to your collection.

There is a padded front 2 way pocket, lining zip pocket and recessed zip too.

Lots more features to make it truly your own.

There is also a great tutorial created by Christine for subscribers who might like some of her tips when making the bag using faux leather.

Here are some of the tester bags too!

Made by Christine

Made by Diana

Made by Mary-Jo

Made by Sandie

Made by Dawn

These are all simply stunning.

I can’t wait to see more bags made from this pattern.

Remember Designz Collection patterns are exclusive to the collection and won’t be released for general sale until after July.

Happy sewing!

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Bags! Bags! Bags!

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I have made the decision to make my website solely dedicated to my bags, accessories, Designz Collection and my PDF bag patterns.

I have many exciting things planned for this year and beyond.

More patterns will be released, and once the Designz Collection ends, the patterns that have been in the collection will be released throughout the year.

I will be adding more bags that can be purchased too!

It all takes time, and I’m a one-woman business, so please be patient.

I do have a Facebook group for my destash of fabrics, haby etc and will add things to it as I can.
Request to join my Destash Group here
I hope you will check it out.

Thanks and until next time…

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Sheridan Saddle Bag is live - Designz Collection

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The latest pattern in the Designz Collection subscription has been released.

The Sheridan Saddle Bag has been designed to add some style to your bag collection
Sheridan is a great size bag, which will hold your purse, keys and more.
You’ll love the hidden pocket in the back, as well as the zippered pocket in the interior of the bag.
Adjustable straps so you can use the bag either as a shoulder or cross body bag.
Measures approx. 9 ½” W x 8 ½ ‘H x 2 ¼ ‘D (23.5cm W x 21.5cm H x 5.5cm D)
Make Sheridan in cotton fabric, add vinyl/leather contrasts, or even make her completely from vinyl/ leather.
Dress her up or down, depending on the event, the choice is yours.
Magnetic snap closure on flap
I’ve added some pics of not only the tester bags, but a beautiful bag (The Red one) made in record time by Christine D.

You can still subscribe to the collection at HERE

I hope that you are going to love Sheridan as much as I do.

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Designz Collection Facebook Group - New Rules

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New rules for my Designz Collection group as of now.

*The group is now for Collection subscribers only and all previous members who have NOT paid for the subscription have been deleted.

The group is exclusively for collection members, so if you would like to subscribe to Designz Collection, please Join Here*

I’m sorry for any inconvenience but I share things about the collection in many groups on Facebook and on other social media platforms, so you will still get to see the bags.

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