Monday, July 20, 2015

Road to California: Pink Sand Beach Designs

Summer is in full force here so it's nice to cool off with some ice cream and catch up on blogging. Thanks for joining us! Today we have Nancy from Pink Sand Beach Designs. This bag is simple and feminine and we really like it! It highlights the Road to California fabric well. There is a giveaway at the end of this post, so don't miss out! 

Bag Introduction Questions:
1. What is the name of your company and what is the name of the bag?

Our company is Pink Sand Beach Designs.  The bag name is "The Designer Handbag" as it is made from my new DVD Video class … "Learn to Sew a Designer Handbag".

2. What was your inspiration for this bag & for the way you used the Road to California fabric?

Friendships have inspired me in the "sewing world", so I highlighted the group of friends on the front of the bag above the "Road to California" logo on the front of the bag. The beautiful bright colors in the  fabric make this a bright and cheerful handbag. The backside of the bag shows the California poppies.

3. For what do you recommend the bag be used & what are its features?

This Handbag can be used every day, as it is big and roomy inside. With six inside pockets you can keep everything organized … your keys, IPhone, lip gloss, checkbook and pens. It's even roomy enough to fit your IPAD inside. The top secures with a magnetic purse snap and you will be very comfortable shopping around town using this bag with those shoulder straps!

4. Is there anything special about the bag construction? If so, can you provide a brief description of what is special and how it was done?

Our bags are very easy to make with step by step instructions. This bag in particular is great for beginners or advanced sewists alike.  The inside is fully lined with no exposed seams. Your friends will think that you bought this bag! 

5. What components did you use and why did you choose them?

All you need is your fabric, interfacings, and a purse snap! I use my fusible interfacing techniques to make a "No Sag" bottom which make this bag very durable.

6. Is there a pattern? If so, what is the link? 

The pattern is on our new DVD video "Learn to sew a Designer Handbag". The DVD includes a 3 hour video of me showing you how to make the bag, and a second video containing the nine page PDF pattern that you print on your printer. 
You can buy the video from our website at this link or buy immediate on-line access by purchasing the video from Annie's Craft Store at
Our website is at this link 

Personal questions to add some flair: 

1.       What does your perfect day look like?

A perfect day is enjoying the sunshine, blue sky, and moderate weather, all year round. We live by the beach in Southern California and usually every day is a perfect day … for sewing bags! 

2.      What word(s) describes you?

Creative, imaginative, organized, and Mom (had to put that in as I have three daughters, Michelle, Kathryn and Lisa!) My oldest daughter Michelle works full time with me in the business, and the other two help us part time and at quilt shows.

3.       If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

Vacation in Hawaii!  It's our family's favorite place to visit. We have been there every year since the girls were young.  We have so many memories of great family times there. The colors of the flowers are so inspirational and you can't beat the sandy beaches and cool breezes.

4.       What inspired you to start sewing?

My mom taught me how to sew at an early age. For example, I made my sixth grade graduation dress, prom dress, my bridesmaids dresses and even suits when I worked in the corporate world. I've made accessories and home dec items. Now, I have fun designing purses as they are the ultimate creative small project! 

5.       How long have you been designing patterns? How did you get started?

I have been designing patterns for 10 years. When the local quilt shop owner asked me to teach a class, and then over 24 people signed up, I printed the first pattern.  After that, my pattern business grew quickly.  It has been great getting to know all the people who have sewn bags using my patterns over the years and seeing what they create. Everyone loves to see what others have made!

6.       What has been your biggest challenge in designing patterns?

I really enjoy designing patterns.  I have an Engineering Degree, so I try to design bags that use construction techniques that are easy to sew, yet give a very professional finish. I like setting up the step by step sequence for the patterns.  I do all the cover bag photography and the pattern layouts, which is very exciting to me.

7.       Which of your patterns is your favorite and why?

I don't really have a favorite bag, as I wear all the bags.  I try to have a broad selection in the purse line so there is a bag for every occasion!

8.       What is your go-to notion/tool?

I love the white Choco-liners for marking on pattern pieces, and the little Clover clips during construction. We use these every day here making bags in our studio.

9.       What has been your most memorable experience when teaching or traveling to shows?

I have had so much fun teaching classes. I always give each student a little goody bag (cookies or sweets) and sometimes even the recipe if I made them.  It has been really fun making the new video classes, as now I can share this experience with sewists around the world.

10.   What advice would you share with aspiring bag makers?

I say "have fun" and sew what you like! You will enjoy what you make, and then want to make some more for friends!

Wasn't that fun? Didn't get enough of this bag? Nancy has generously offered to give this bag away to one lucky winner! How incredible is that? Enter below! 

If you have previously won a giveaway during this Road to California Series, you cannot win again. Sorry, but we want to be fair to everyone else and spread as many prizes around as we can :)

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Remember, if you want to make your own bag to enter in the 2016 Road to California Bag Challenge, you can read the rules and download the entry form here. Don't miss out on your opportunity to shine. Anyone is welcome to enter using any design. 

Miss a designer or can't wait to see who is next? Check out the schedule on the original post here.


  1. Hey,just found your blog...really cool.Love the handbag and the giveaway. I will come check ya out often now that I found you. Have a terrific week.

    1. Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by. We are glad you found us! Thanks for entering as well. :)

  2. I love your patterns. Have made 3 so far. Thanks for having a give a way.

    1. I am happy to hear that, Doreen! Thanks for following along :)

  3. Love your bags! I have made several and each one is great!!!

  4. I love your patterns. I made the Carry all Caddy using your video lessons on Craftsy. Wonderful

    1. Thanks for joining in on Craftsy and your kind words :)

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  6. I would love to win that bag. It looks like it was fun to make.

    1. I bet Nancy did have fun making it! It was very generous to offer to give it away!

  7. Thank you so much for this incredible giveaway!

  8. Thank you for this fun giveaway!

    1. You're welcome! Thanks for joining us. Good luck :)

  9. Bright, colorful and fun!! Lovely project!!!

  10. Just found your blog, now following!!


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