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Introducing the Break The Rules Wristlet!

Hi Everyone

Today I want to introduce you to a special new little pattern, the Break The Rules Wristlet! This wristlet is the 1st pattern in my new EMKIE LITE pattern range, this range is all about being more affordable while not skimping on quality.  More patterns will be added to this new range in 2017 alongside my regular pattern range.  The EMKIE LITE range is for beginner bag makers or for small business owners who sew to sell and need to have really quick & easy patterns to make (that are still gorgeous and look fabulous).


The Break The Rules Wristlet is a great wristlet with a unique look that can be dressed up as a night-out-clutch or dressed down for use as a cool zip pouch for the kids.  With all its options, ability to use up scraps, and fun front panel construction… this wristlet really does break the rules!!  I love mine with the added fleece for use as a clutch.

The finished size of The Break The Rules Wristlet measures approximately 5 ½” tall x 9 ½”wide (12.5cm x 24cm).

Oh and FYI the pattern does not contain any pattern pieces, it is created using measurements provided.

Top (L-R): Plain zip pouch; Zip Pouch with Zip Tassel
(BOTH with Medium Weight Interfacing only)
Bottom (L-R): Leather Wristlet Strap with Zip Tassel; Fabric Wristlet Strap with
Tassel on D-Ring
(BOTH with Medium Weight Interfacing & Fusible Fleece)

I made all the above Break The Rules Wristlet’s as Christmas gifts and I’m really looking forward to giving them to some friend very soon!

Buy the pattern in my Etsy store 😉

But what are the requirements for the Break The Rules Wristlet?  Well keep reading my friend…


Now let’s get to the fun part, looking at all the pretty tester’s Break The Rules Wristlets!

melisacollageMelisa from Melisa Jane made these beautiful versions. As you can see this pattern is the PERFECT scrap buster!  Melisa even used her precious Loopy on the left one, and it was so worth it as it is just so pretty 🙂

danillegoodDanielle from Paisley Avenue made this stunning version using some vintage Jennifer Paganelli fabrics and some more recent Jennifer Paganelli fabrics.  Danielle added a suede tassel to finish it off. As you can probably see, Danielle also added some gold pipping down the centre and created quite a different look 🙂


Liz from Bitter Candy Handmade made this amazing version!  I love the “fringe”, she tells me she used Essex linen selvage to create it (so now you can too!)  Liz thinks this is a  great pattern “for those just learning to work with zippers, especially if they came from a quilting background”…so all you quilters out there had better get making one of these 😉

Liz CoinCollage.jpgLiz made a matching smaller pouch from the scraps of her Break The Rules Wristlet!
In case you would like to make one with your scraps, here are the details:
– Made from a scrap (Liz used one that was 5.5″W x 4″H).
– Cut one matching clear vinyl piece
– Made as per pattern except for:
– Used binding (straight cut was fine) to close it up since it couldn’t be turned
– Also the zip tabs used were a bit smaller too

susancollageSusan made these two lovely versions! Susan says “I am a slow sewist, I loved that it only took a few hours to complete this one…This is such a great pattern, the instructions are very clear.  Loved it!”

lynnecollageLynne from Bags By Lyn Wam made this fabulous version using Cork Fabric – and isn’t it lovely?! Lynne said that she “loved this very versatile pattern – haven’t had time to make any more yet though but I know I will be, as the pattern is so easy to follow/read”.

annacollageAnna made this lovely version, the contrasting fabrics make such a striking statement! Anna said, “I love this project as it’s so quick and easy.”

mariaMaria made this beautiful version in denim with a leather wristlet. Maria thought this is “a very nice design!”

CharlotteCollage.jpgCharlotte from Les Envies De Charlotte made these two fabulous versions – and in my favourite colour (PINK!) too, how did she know?  LOL 😉
Can you see the pipping that Charlotte added between all her coordinating rows of fabric?  This really gives the wristlet a different look and i love it, how about you?

nancycollageNancy made this lovely version in Tula Pink fabrics.  She added a slip pocket inside and she used a Chicago screw as she “hates rivets”(LOL) 😉   Nancy said that this is a “great pattern for scraps and I think this is super cute with my Tula Pink scraps! I also loved the tabbed zipper, it looks so nice”.

tonicollageToni made these two very pretty versions, I love the little dancing girls on the one at the top!  Toni said that the Break The Rules Wristlet is an “awesome and quick pattern. I love it!”

barbaracollageBarbara made this lovely version.  Barbara added a slip pocket inside and she added a bus pass card slot on the back – she used her scraps after she had finished making the front of the bag, such wonderful ideas!  You may have noticed the front of Barbara’s bag has been pieced differently, Barbara used 14 x 1.5″ pre-cut strips to get this effect. Barbara said “the detailed descriptions, instructions and photos in the pattern will be perfect for any beginner.”

leslieLeslie from Love Rubie made this cute version. As you can see from the photo, Leslie added a grommet to her wristlet rather than adding the D-ring as stated in the pattern.  If you would like to do this too, you use this tutorial to achieve the same effect.

kristinaCollage.jpgKristina form Harley B made these stunning versions – I can’t decide which is my favourite…
Kristina also paired one of her Break The Rules Wristlets with some other goodies to create the perfect gift for her Friend 🙂

I hope some of the tester bags have given you some inspiration for your own Break The Rules Wristlet!

Buy the pattern in my Etsy store 😉

I would love to see your Break The Rules Wristlet’s, so please feel free to share them with me via FB, IG, or T 🙂 If you want to use the tags #breaktheruleswristlet or #patternsbyemkie that would be awesome too!
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Happy Sewing!



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