Clutch and other handbag sewing advise

Marie B’s adventures with clutches :
What worked and what not to do!
I might not be remembering the specifics of what got me started making these bags and not sure why I didn’t attend, but think Markita was holding a Handbag NG suggesting this pattern (free download).  The bags appealed to me and I wanted to try sewing with cork so thought these might be a good introduction to purse making along with cork sewing.
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Fringe! Make your own decorative accent

Discovering How to Make Fringe


I recently wanted to add colorful fringe to a plain stole I was making for the pastor of our church.  I tried a few ideas before finding a few video tutorials that gave me the idea that finally worked.  It turned out to be very easy! … Read the rest


10 Plano Chapter ASG members signed up for a day class at the Best Little Retreat Center in Dallas.  We all wanted guidance to make the Bionic Bag…the instructions on Craftsy are 84 pages long!  And there’s a video that the creator keeps on referring the sewer to.  She goes on and on, actually not making much sense. … Read the rest

Every fabric has a home

Every fabric has its day…or use.  At our recent farmers Market fabric sales I watched as our shoppers looked through our selection, delighting when they found a treasure.  One roll of fabric was always set to the side, its pattern was not obvious and the colors had no charm.  Toward the end of the sale I opened the roll and discovered four yards of cornstalk camouflage fabric. … Read the rest

Sheryl’s Creative Journey into the land of Koos

In 2017 I decided to set a goal of growing my creative skills.  These do not come naturally to me.  I am a process/rows-and-columns kind of thinker by nature.  As I set out to look for way to achieve that goal, I decided to sign up for Marla Kazell’s Koos coat workshop. … Read the rest

Sewing and Designing Resources

stack-clipart-cat-sleeping-on-stack-of-booksI just wanted to share  some of my favorite resources for fashion design and sewing.  I love books, maybe it is my age or desired learning style.


Our local chapter has collected a great many books that are available to check out for a month at a time to any member of ASG.  … Read the rest

Cross Country Quilting Adventures

by Sandie Gregio

Maggpic 1ie Tinnin and I attended a three day class at Quilting by the Bay in Panama City, Florida given by Nancy Mahoney.  It took us two days to drive to Florida since flying with a sewing machine is difficult, and we took our husbands.  After checking into our hotel, I drove to the quilt shop to scope it out. … Read the rest

Dallas Blooms and Lunch at the Arboretum with Plano ASG


Come enjoy the beauty of Dallas Blooms at the Arboretum surrounded by your Plano ASG sewing friends.

Date:   March 19, 2016
Time:  10 AM – 2 PM (includes carpool drive time)

We will carpool from the parking lot just west of Fabrique (across from Geisha Grill) then have time to wander the garden before enjoying a three-course lunch at 11:30 AM on the patio of the DeGolyer Restaurant on site.

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Row by Row Experience Shop Hop

What is a Shop Hop?  There are many kinds but in this article, we will stick to quilt stores.  A Shop Hop is a group of quilt stores who agree to participate in a common program for a limited length of time to produce a common quilt.  Each store might sell one block in the common quilt. … Read the rest

Show us your style Fashion Show June 20th

Event details

I’ve got a style, she’s got a style, he’s got a style….What’s YOUR style?  That’s what this year’s Plano ASG annual fashion show is all about.   Saturday, June 20th 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at 4141 International Parkway, Carrollton, TX, United States



Sew up and show up with the creation that best reflect who you are and what you love.  

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Material Girls Wet Felting Field Trip

A cold Tuesday Farmersville 5in January – What better time to have Material Girls venture to Farmersville to the Fancy

Fibers Store to learn how to Wet Felt using the dryer for the felting process.

Seven of us gathered around Mary Berry’s Fancy Fibers Store, first spending time just “petting” the

beautiful roving.… Read the rest