Hi! I’m Emma the designer behind Emkie Designs. I’m an ex-high school teacher come sewing pattern designer who loves all things bags and accessories!
Here at Emkie Designs I have create a range of fabulous PDF Sewing Patterns, many with the confident beginner in mind. My Patterns aim to teach you new skills while giving you a professional finish. Emkie Designs Patterns are all fun as well as being completely functional.
I also offer many customisation options for all my patterns, just check out the tutorials section here on my blog.
I strive to write easy to follow sewing patterns that allow the user to create original and professional handbags. All Emkie Designs Patterns include a vast amount of colour photographs alongside the written instructions making my patterns extremely easy to follow, in fact, I’ve even been told some people are able to make my patterns just by following the photos!
You will find all Emkie Designs Patterns ready for automatic download from my shop, on Etsy or Craftsy (but don’t forget you will need a PDF reader program to read the file). Print your pattern pieces from your downloaded pattern at home and get ready to sew sew sew 😉
My blog is for sewists, who would like to make their 1st handbag, (and maybe develop a passion for bag making), as well as more experienced bag makers and people who sell their handmade bags. As I said earlier, I really enjoy writing tutorials to help sewists develop their bag making skills. I often write and share tutorials as well as add-on tutorials (free/paid e-book) for my (paid) patterns. I also enjoy making other designers bag patterns too, and will give you my honest opinion in a review.
I live with my husband, 2 sons (T, 5yrs and M, 2 yr) and dog in Melbourne Australia. I am a self taught sewist, and have been sewing since 2011. 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.
I have always had a love of handbags, I used to buy a 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…
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 this 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 and using a Melly and Me pattern, Dilbert (pictured above) 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.
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 1st 3 softies. After compliments on these Little Monsters from fiends and family, I decided to try my hand at sewing to sell. My monsters were a hit and that spurred me on to create a few other original designs. 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 😉
This (right) is the 1st bag I ever made in 2012, I used the noodlehead super tote pattern.
When I was pregnant with M, I needed to take a step back from my little toy business as 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 – My blog became more of a diary for what I was working on, a visual tally that I could share with readers as well as having a record for 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 I found my confidence and released my Everyday Tote Bag Pattern (pictured below) on February 2nd 2015.
The pattern designing, learning process has continued as I have released many more bag patterns which can all be viewed in my shop.
I have big plans to release some more really fabulous patterns in this year, so make sure you are following along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or sign up to my newsletter so you don’t miss out on your dream bag pattern!
Happy sewing 🙂