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Fall Floral Bag Collection

Hello everyone! It’s been some time since my last blog post. Back in August, I shared a little bit of personal news over on Instagram and took a bit of an unexpected, but necessary break from posting sewing projects.

Over the past few years I’ve been dealing with headaches and migraines on a pretty consistent basis. The past several months they’ve been getting worse and I’ve been struggling with them. I’ve been seeing a Neurologist, and gotten blood work done, as well as had MRI’s and a CT Scan, which have all come back normal/clear. While this is a relief, it’s a bit frustrating to not have a more immediate answer.

I’ve been searching for a solution before going on any medication, and have spent the last month, to month and a half working on my health. I’ve been working on my eating habits and general nutrition, my exercise regimen, and I have been working hard on my mental health. While I don’t have an exact solution, I have been able to decrease many of my daily headaches by focusing on overall wellness.

I’ve been cooking, reading, cleaning, and exercising so much more that sewing hasn’t been my main priority. Although I did sew some new bags for Etsy, I didn’t work on any apparel projects. At first, I felt horrible about not having projects to share, but taking time to work on myself and a new daily routine has been preparing me to return to this space.

And now, I am so excited to get back to sewing! I have several projects that I’m ready to dive into – and a few to share here now! As mentioned above, I’ve been working on some new bags for Etsy, and here they are!

Fall Floral Backpack and Crossbody Bag

I’ve worked so hard on both my backpack and crossbody bag patterns over the years, and I am so proud of them! Each bag features a push lock (tongue lock) close, back zipper pocket, and side snaps to expand the bag. This is the first collection where I’ve used gold hardware and I love the look against this beautiful floral print. Each bag is made with secondhand floral upholstery cotton, and they are lined with reclaimed khaki cotton from FabScrap.

Here’s a little behind the scenes making the backpacks!

More new bags in my shop:

This bold floral collection is made from a secondhand 70’s print! (I also used this fabric for another project – a future tutorial to share with you!)

And some adorable zipper pouches made with reclaimed fabric swatches! Each bag is made with two coordinating fabrics, one print on each side, and are perfect for makeup, sewing supplies, toiletries for travel, etc.

Shop my Etsy here. 

Speaking of fabric swatches…for anyone interested in sewing with swatches, my Swatch Shop is finally up and running on Etsy! I’m selling both pre-opened swatch books and complete swatch books, as well as curated sets of swatches.

Shop Fabric Swatches Here.

Can’t wait to share more sewing projects with you soon!

etsy · handmade wardrobe · sewing

Trish Stitched Turns 2! Floral Tamarack, Ginger Jeans & Etsy Sale!

It’s my little blog’s second birthday! For two years, I’ve been sewing & selling under the name Trish Stitched, and it’s been really great. In the years before Trish Stitched, sewing was incredibly important to me but it didn’t feel like I was going anywhere with it. But when I changed my name, I started focusing a lot more on the business aspect of sewing: my etsy shop got a facelift, my fabric choices started to mature (a little) and I really started to focus every free moment on where I wanted my sewing to go. To celebrate, I wanted to treat myself to a full handmade outfit.

Floral Tamarack Jacket and Petite Ginger Jeans - Trish Stitched

Floral Tamarack Jacket and Petite Ginger Jeans - Trish Stitched

For my jacket I turned to Tamarack by Grainline Studio. Have you ever been stalked by a pattern? Not stalking, but stalked…like everywhere you turn is another photo and it feels like it’s screaming at you to make it? That was the Tamarack Jacket for me. A couple months ago I started seeing it everywhere and I couldn’t ignore it. I wanted to make a version and was actually going to make it in a solid until I saw this fabric on (link below ). I wanted a nice transition jacket, and I think this is it. It’s a little heavier than a piece like my Kelly Anorak, and I’m able to wear thicker pieces underneath. This will be a great jacket coming into spring and again when going into winter.

The Tamarack was a pretty quick make, I made version 2 which allows space to add snaps. I forgot to buy snaps but still wanted to wear the jacket so I will have to add them later. I ran into a little frustration with the welt pocket but luckily Jen has a tutorial on her blog about the welt pocket. I looooove the quilting options on this jacket, but I kept my quilting pretty simple this time around.

Floral Tamarack Jacket and Petite Ginger Jeans - Trish StitchedFloral Tamarack Jacket and Petite Ginger Jeans - Trish Stitched

Floral Tamarack Jacket and Petite Ginger Jeans - Trish StitchedFloral Tamarack Jacket and Petite Ginger Jeans - Trish StitchedFloral Tamarack Jacket and Petite Ginger Jeans - Trish Stitched

My tee was also from Grainline Studio, the Lark Tee. I’ve made a few version’s of Lark so far and I really like it. My next versions will be a little tighter, but thankfully, that is an easy fix. I used Telio Organic Cotton from (link below) for the tee- I totally recommend this material. It has a nice weight, and isn’t see through. It also comes in some pretty colors.

For the bottom half of this outfit, I’ve been working hard on my second pair of Ginger Jeans, and am SO happy with the result!

Floral Tamarack Jacket and Petite Ginger Jeans - Trish Stitched

My first pair of Ginger Jeans were great. I was really happy with how they turned out but there were definitely parts of the fit I wanted to change for pairs going forward. I found this image on pinterest from Skinny Bitch, Curvy Chick on making Ginger’s petite, and I thought I would give it a go. The biggest problem my first pair had was having too high a rise, making the “low rise” version come up past my belly button. Not a really bad thing, but not where I usually wear my jeans.

The second problem with my first pair was the fit in the waist. I made the waist too large, and took them in but something wonky happened with the back and I wasn’t thrilled with the butt. I had a similar issue with my second pair. The waist was still too large, even with adjusting the pattern before sewing, but I did NOT want the same issue so I didn’t make the back adjustments. I have to wear a belt, but I really don’t mind since this pair is still much more wearable than my first.

Floral Tamarack Jacket and Petite Ginger Jeans - Trish StitchedFloral Tamarack Jacket and Petite Ginger Jeans - Trish Stitched

For this version, I made View A with View B skinny legs of Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns. I also used Heather’s E-book and purchased a hardware kit. I still have to install my rivets but I think my neighbors were getting mad at all the hammering I was doing on my practice pieces so I’ll save them for another time. The fabric for the jeans also came from (noticing a theme here?) but is no longer available! It is so beautiful, so I’m pretty upset I can’t get anymore. I think I have just enough to make another pair of jeans.

I also used a little bit of Rifle Paper Co. Fabric for my pockets!


I treated myself to this awesome outfit, but I also wanted to treat you guys! I’m having a sale in my etsy shop! Use code YEARTWO to get 15% off any bag in my shop! I have a ton of new styles for sale, and within the next few days, my latest product will be available – key fobs – so keep an eye out for them! The sale will go on for the week and end Sunday night 2/26.

Floral Tamarack Jacket and Petite Ginger Jeans - Trish Stitched

I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads this little blog. Every comment, follow & like brings a smile to my face, and I hope my sewing inspires you! One of my goals is to have fun with my wardrobe and encourage others to not settle for what you see in stores. Sewing brings me more than joy; it gives me confidence. I love stepping out of my apartment in a “me made” and knowing that no one else in the world is wearing what I am. I love knowing that my wardrobe is fit to my body, my style and my life.

Have a wonderful week!

etsy · handbags

Trish Stitched at the Tinicum Arts Festival

My car is finally unloaded, my sewing machine is well rested and I can actually start thinking about something other than booth design. Last weekend I attended my third craft show, the Tinicum Arts Festival in Bucks County Pennsylvania. Tinicum Park is located right outside of Frenchtown, NJ (the cutest little town) and I was excited to be part of such a big event. There were so many crafters- many woodworkers, potters and painters, even TWO broom makers! There were a few bag makers, but none as colorful as me.

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

It was a long weekend, and my stress level was super high because there are so many little details involved, it’s easy to forget something. Friday night we went to set up my tent and it was pouring rain so hard we couldn’t even put the tent up. My parents and I wound up leaving my tent and tables in my “spot”. The next morning my mom and I got to the field early to set up my booth. After the set up, the rain came back and we had showers off and on the entire day. Sunday thankfully saw lots of sun and people were more inclined to come out and shop. The weekend as a whole was long but I had some great sales and met some wonderful people which is what counts.

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

I’ve been planning my booth out in my mind for months and had new ideas I wanted to try for this show. The most eye catching addition was my name sign. I got wood letters from Michaels on super sale and my mom modge podged polka dot fabric onto each letter. My dad drilled two holes into the tops of each letter and I strung them together. We also spray varnished them so they were safe in the rain.

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

I’ve also been making a lot more recycled bags and wanted a larger display for them, separate from my non-recycled bags. So they got their own table, with some added shelves for height. I have a few more ideas for this section of my booth, to show the process that goes into a recycled bag.

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade BagsTrish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

I found this old flower cart in my parent’s barn and thought it would make a cute addition to the front of my booth to offer a small sampling of the bags I make. It was also a good opportunity to put my business cards on this table because when my booth was full, walker-bys were able to take a card and come back later.

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade BagsTrish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

Most of my displays stayed the same from my first few shows, as I wasn’t focused on changing their look. I love my tote bag display and the card holder display and won’t be changing them anytime soon. I would like to create a new display for my small pouches and my non recycled clutches. I love the suitcases but am ready for something new.

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade BagsTrish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade BagsTrish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

A majority of the comments I received were about selling on etsy. There were multiple shoppers who had their own craft and wanted to sell online but etsy intimidated them. I am a huge fan of etsy because it is an easy, inexpensive way to sell all over the world. I’m not an expert on the subject but know that etsy works for me. One day I would like my own standalone site but am happy with what etsy offers right now. If you are nervous about starting an etsy shop, just go for it! You will never be fully ready, and it takes so much work, but if you really want to sell your craft- do it!

The show was as great as it was for one reason only. My awesome support team. My dad made sure my tent was sturdy, and even made me concrete weights to tie to each side. He made sure all the extra structures, like my tote rack and flower stand, were secure. My sister helped cut fabric for my name sign and showed up with her husband on Sunday for support. My boyfriend, Drew, was fully understanding of why the apartment was a mess and I had supplies all over the place the past few weeks. He also stopped by on Sunday for a few hours. And my mom…my amazing mom. She was there the whole time. She helped me set up, she was my “right hand man” and she made sure I ate. I am so lucky that even if my family thinks I’m crazy, they support me.

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade BagsTrish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

I don’t have any other shows coming up but I’m looking into some winter ones. Hoboken has a holiday show and I think it would be really cool to do a show in my own town. I’m also looking into a few larger shows in the city- Brooklyn specifically.

And I’m so happy I get to think about sewing clothes again! My sister’s baby shower is in a few weeks and I am almost done with my dress. I’m also making a dress for my sister to wear, which just needs a final fitting, and I’m making a special handmade gift for the baby! It’s crazy how quickly the time is flying by, July is almost over and before we know it, there will be a little baby bundle in our lives.

etsy · handbags · sewing

Crossbody Bag

And we continue the blog-a-versary with a new bag! Some of you may remember this post I wrote a while back about a bag I made out of vinyl. For the past few months (ok it’s been like a year) I have been trying to recreate this bag. That vinyl must have been a special treasure because I could not find a similar texture anywhere I looked! I’ve tried multiple times to make another version out of vinyl but there was always an issue. I knew I had to try a different fabric, but still wanted something sturdy and bold. That’s where canvas came in. I found some beautiful colors and decided to give it a go! AND IT WORKED.


The shape of this bag is perfect. The color is everything I could hope for. I am SO HAPPY with how this came together. It is the most labor intense bag I make, and has the most hardware so it takes time to put together but it’s worth it. This bag features an adjustable strap, turn lock close and interior slip pocket.


The crossbody is my favorite style bag, as I love just throwing it over my chest and going. The size is also ideal because it is large enough to fit all your daily essentials (sunglasses, phone, small wallet and keys) but small enough that you can’t “garbage it up” with things you don’t need.


I decided to start making these in solids and adding florals to the lining-because I can’t make a bag without florals!


You can shop them now on etsy! Electric Blue & Light Blue!



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Valentine’s Day Bags on Etsy!

The time has come for the next holiday! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! I’ve been adding bags to my etsy shop pretty frequently and the Valentine’s theme has not been forgotten!

This floral print is one of my absolute favorites because it reminds me so much of Cath Kidston. It was gifted to me by a customer at my parent’s farm a few years ago and I just never knew what to make with it until I saw it paired with the polka dot print!


These small pouches are such a fun size. I originally made them to hold check books, but while check books aren’t so much in use, there are so many other items to hold! Now I use my pouch for pencils and pens. I also take one with me when I travel to hold my electronics cords.


I originally made the smaller pouch to hold gift cards, because I hate getting a gift card with no thought. When it comes in that little paper holder, it’s so boring and impersonal. Putting a gift card in this little pouch is like giving two gifts because the pouch can be used long after the card is gone! When I carry around a smaller bag or clutch, I put my money and ID in the little holder.


I also recently discovered they hold a small collection of lip balm and will hold lipstick!


I absolutely love making these small bags because I get to have so much fun with fabric. In general I gravitate towards loud prints, and when I was first making all I saw in the market place on etsy were solid, boring brown and black bags. Yes, they are beautiful and well constructed but boring is not my style and I don’t think I’m the only one with that mentality!


I love color. I love how seeing certain colors can brighten your day and lighten your mood. I like to use the phrase, “Life is too short to carry a boring bag”.


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Hellooo Holidays! Etsy Sale!


Just a quick post to let you know that there’s a little sale going on in my etsy shop! 15% off everything with the code: HOLIDAY15. I have so many new pouches, totes, coin purses, and gift card holders- perfect for gift giving! And something brand new, I’ve now opened my shop to international shipping! I’ve wanted to do that for a while but was just nervous. I’ve never shipped overseas but ya just gotta go for it, right?

The code is good until end of the day today (November 30th)!


etsy · handbags

My First Craft Show – Denville Rotary Festival

I would call my first craft show as a success! I was incredibly nervous about how the day would go and didn’t go in with any expectations. I was sandwiched between Cutco Knives and Avon- two completely known and popular brands so I was really the newbie on the block.

My First Craft Show- Trsh Stitched

The show was from 11-6, set up starting at 8. I got to my spot at about 9 am (after massive amounts of traffic) and was set up with about an hour to spare. My dad came with us to help set up the tent and tables, and thankfully my mom spent the whole day at the show with me. It started off slightly slow, but little by little the crowd trickled in. I had a few people stop in my booth, but not much purchasing, making me feel really discouraged early on (especially when one woman freaked out over the price of my totes– I personally think $45 for a handmade tote is not bad considering the materials and time that went into the piece but I’m biased).

My First Craft Show- Trsh Stitched

The second and third hour saw more sales so I was happier, but what really encouraged me was the comments that people made. Every single person who stopped in my booth commented on how beautiful and well done my bags looked. These comments kind of caught me off guard. Of course I thought my bags looked great but this was the first time the “public” was actually getting to look at them and comment. They didn’t have to say a word, but they did. And that made me happier than any sale.

My First Craft Show- Trsh Stitched

My First Craft Show- Trsh Stitched

Most people were surprised that I made everything, and that I was, in fact, older than 12. Since my mom was in the booth with me, it threw people off that I was the artist.

My First Craft Show- Trsh Stitched

My First Craft Show- Trsh Stitched

My First Craft Show- Trsh Stitched

When people would stop to look at my recycled clutches, I would say they were made from fabric swatch books. This intrigued two women- who had PILES of fabric books that they didn’t know what to do with. They both offered to pass the fabric along to me! One woman was an interior designer and actually came back to my booth with a bag of fabric that was in her car! The connections I made on Sunday were just incredible.

My First Craft Show- Trsh Stitched

My First Craft Show- Trsh Stitched

This show really excited me for future craft shows. I wanted to do a show before the winter markets start up so I have some experience under my belt. I learned a lot, and am so happy with the results of the day. I’m not signed up for any more events just yet but am looking forward to more.

A few more bags are being put in my shop over the next couple weeks now that the show is over. Go on over to etsy for a look!

etsy · handbags · sewing

Zinnia Tote: On My Ironing Board

I took a little break from apparel making to work on some new bags. Yesterday, my ironing board looked like this: Colorful Tote - trishstitched

Whenever I stop at JoAnn’s I always go through the remnants bin and find some awesome steals. I usually pick up the printed home décor fabric because they are 50% off, and you can usually get close to a yard. I got lucky with finding these two prints on the same day and this tote was the result!

Colorful Tote - trishstitched

This tote is one of my favorite bags to make. It’s super easy to sew together- but prep takes a VERY long time. It’s such a fun opportunity to mix prints and colors- with my favorite crafting accessory: buttons!


Colorful Tote - trishstitched

Colorful Tote - trishstitched

Today I’ll be working on some more etsy bags- including new clutches and coin purses.


Updating Things! Etsy Update

Whew! Its been a crazy few weeks but the transition is going well. I finally got Bloglovin’ followers moved over, and all my posts are now on the new blog but I’m having issues transferring photo links to the new site. It just takes FOREVER and there are so many other things I’d rather do. I just need to suck it up and get it done… eventually.

Anyway! I wanted to re-share my etsy shop. I’ve been sewing my butt off to bring spring in! I’ve been playing around with my photography, like I shared in a previous post, and feel like I’m finally getting somewhere with my “look”.

My new favorite product is the vinyl tote. It’s a great mix of upholstery fabric and vinyl, so the tote itself is super sturdy and depending on the fabrics used, it can be all kinds of colorful! I’m working on finding a proper vinyl supplier but in the meantime I’ve just been using what’s in my stash.

trishstitched on etsy

I have more recycled coin purses in the shop after a delivery of kiss clasps.

trishstitched on etsy

trishstitched etsy

There are some new wristlets as well!

trishstitched on etsy

trishstitched on etsy

If you have a sec, go follow my shop! And if you have a shop of your own, leave your shop name in the comments!