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2016 The Year That Was

Hi Everyone,

What a big year 2016 has been! I thought it might be nice to take some time and reflect on all that has happened this year…

January 2016

Exciting News!!! For My Little Monster BECAME Emkie Designs! I am so grateful with how my re-brand went – and I have all of you to thank for that 😀

February 2016

Panic Clutch was Released – this was my anniversary pattern (it marked one year since releasing my 1st ever pattern!)


The Adventure Case appeared in One Thimble Magazine – what an achievement!  Having a pattern a published was definitely a highlight of my year 🙂


April 2016

The Hippo Hobo was released – this was your favourite pattern release from Emkie Designs this year, there are over 300 photos under the #hippohobo tag on Instagram!


May 2016

The Peekaboo Clutch Pattern was released – this was my personal favourite pattern from this year, I just love it’s versatility (it can be used as a foldover clutch or a small tote)!


June 2016

Pimp Your Panic Clutch Class – this was a real highlight of my year!  It reminded me how much I have missed teaching (I’m a qualified High School teacher) and I know there will be more teaching in my future 🙂

I released the Pimp Your Panic Clutch E-Book, so you can pimp your panic clutch just like the ladies who took my class did!


July 2016

I was asked to be part of the Christmas in July: Quilting and Sewing pattern bundle – which was lots of fun as I met some fabulous and talented designers!

I donated a Peekaboo Clutch to Collaborate 4 a Cause – I teamed up with some great designer friends to do this, we raised money for the Sew Powerful Project.


August 2016

The Dash About Cross Body Bag was released – this is such a cute and useful bag!


September 2016

I attended and taught at the Bag Fanatics Retreat – This was another HUGE highlight of the year!  I was so honoured to be asked to create a special pattern for retreat attendee’s and to attend and teach alongside some amazingly talented ladies was fabulous 🙂

The Rubenesque Hobo was released – this is such a feminine bag, I love mine and I use it all the time (its a great size!)


October 2016

Exhaustion from such a big year took over and I sort of neglected my blog a little…but I did turn 34 this month too 😉

November 2016

The MidSummer’s Night Traveler was released – another favourite of mine…it was such a great looking bag that I had to make a mini version so I could use it every day 😉


December 2016

I created a very special pattern, The Break The Rules Wristlet, and you can purchase your copy right now on Etsy or Craftsy 😉


I have published so many tutorials duing 2016 too!

And I have shared quite a few bag making tips too!

Phew! What a Big Year 2016 has been!  This is my last post for the year and I am going to take a much needed break from now until February 2017 to spend more time with my family over summer and the holiday season.  I hope you have a lovely festive season and a happy new year 🙂

See you in 2017

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