TOTES AND BAGS
Get flash to fully experience Pearltrees
A talented seamstress with a mission, Renske Solkesz decided to create her own wardrobe after finding herself frustrated with high fashion prices. When we saw her chic and modern wardrobe creations, we asked if she’d be willing to create and share a fun accessory tutorial with us. I’m super excited about what she’s come up with: an amazing self-closing utilitarian tote!
Featured: Ruffle bag by Rianrae (India Rose Textiles) A beautiful drawstring totebag made of soft cotton with a cascade of ruffles. You will need: Fashion fabric, 45″ wide equal to 3.5 times your bag circumference measurement ( W ).
I made this bag out of some of the fabric my very nice grandmother gave me. The best part is that it converts into either a handbag or cross body bag. The best, best part is that this flower doesn't attract bugs
Lazies, Tracy Chapman, owner of Sew Thankful , had a great time creating this Miranda Day Bag for herself. Tracy made two versatile alterations to her Miranda that I want to share with you today. Miranda Day Bag pattern from Lazy Girl Designs (LGD123). Alteration: Applique Instead of Piecing After The Fact The first alteration Tracy made was the vertical black strip at the center of the bag in the picture above. Tracy simply appliqued strips of fabric over the vertical seams on the center of the front and back covers of the bag. I love Tracy’s creative addition to make the bag exactly what she wanted.
Before we went away, I decided that a new bag for the beach was a must – something big and roomy to hold books, magazines, sunscreen, hats, and all that other good stuff. So I made this big pleated tote, and it worked perfectly. This is a picture of it in action: And here’s a little tutorial in case you want to make one for yourself – doesn’t have to be for the beach either, it could come in handy for schlepping all kinds of things around town. Here’s what you need: two pieces of your main fabric cut in shape A four pieces of the top shape (B) in a contrasting fabric two pieces of a lining fabric in shape C one piece of the long rectangle for the strap in the contrasting fabric two pieces of the top shapes (B) and one of the strap in a medium weight interfacing 1) Along the longest (22″) edge of the main fabric pieces, mark along the top at the following intervals: 3″ – 4″ – 6″ – 7″ – 9″ – 10″ – 12″ – 13″ – 15″ – 16″ – 18″ – 19″
Vanessa from Punkin Patterns is up today in our Summer Sewing series, here to help you keep your picnic foods cold or hot in any weather! Her Insulated Picnic Tote tutorial has some fun details and is easy to make. Check out Vanessa’s introduction and then come back to learn how to make the tote for summer picnics all season long…
In this pattern you’ll find: step-by-step instructions with full color photos for making one Runaround Bag full size print-at-home pattern pieces two interior pocket options magnetic snap option info on how to make the bag with or without the center front pleat includes License to Sell!!! By purchasing this pattern, I also give you (the purchaser of this pattern) the rights to sell Runaround bags made using this pattern (on a home based scale). Additional information regarding the license to sell is included in the Runaround Bag Pattern. Materials needed: 3/4 yard exterior 3/4 yard interior bias tape (store bought or handmade) 3/4” (18mm) magnetic snap (optional) 8” zipper (optional) 1 1/2 yards fusible woven interfacing thread water soluble pen Finished Dimensions: 15.5" wide 25.5" total height 13" handle drop 5.5" across base
Contrary to stories you may have heard, it doesn't really rain the time in Oregon. We do have a rainy season... it's just a lot longer than other rainy seasons around the world. It's about time for those rains to start, which means soggy dog paws won't be far behind.
** Don’t forget to enter this weeks giveaway! It ends Thursday night.** Who doesn’t need a new bag… or 10!?
are you ready for the second round of highlighted gifts made for the Handmade Gift Exchange? if you haven’t checked out the Handmade Gift Exchange Linky party , you should! and even if you have, there are tons of new gifts linked up that you don’t want to miss! AND for all you HGE participants, i will be extending the linky party until August 15. some of you haven’t received your gifts yet and wanted to join in the fun. so don’t worry, i’ll leave it open for a few more weeks than previously stated. for those of you who are new here, twice a year i host a Handmade Gift Exchange where i pair up 2 strangers who become friends and made gifts for each other. its loads of fun! the next Handmade Gift Exchange will start the first week of November, so mark your calendar!
I made this tote bag for the Sew? I Knit!-along (website is here - http://www.sewiknit.blogspot.com ) and thought I would offer a tutorial. It's a fairly "classic" style - but I've made it a little more hip with retro fabric from Reprodepot: Here's the tutorial:
Our elegant gift bags come in three useful sizes and are a great way to use up larger fabric scraps. The fabric we selected for our bag trio is from Joel Dewberry's collection for Free Spirit Fabrics, which we originally featured in our recent Thanksgiving Series. The exterior and lining of each bag are both made up of two fabrics, which gives them a beautiful finish inside and out. We added glittery rick rack for a dash of holiday sparkle. You could substitute other trims, such as piping, pom poms or or even wide ribbon to give your bags a different seasonal appeal or to coordinate with the colors of a special event, such as a wedding or graduation.
I love the look of a zippered box pouch...so incredibly cute. I found many tutorials on the internet, but was disappointed after making pouches following these tutorials to find that they were not fully lined; looks so much nicer when you open your pouch and there are no seams. It took me a long time to figure it out and I thought and thought and thought...then I got it♥ I don't want to keep this knowledge to myself, so here it is. I'd like to thank Jane at Projects by Jane (the only other tutorial like this that I was able to find on the internet - wish I'd found it sooner). Her photos may help you out too if mine fail to communicate properly.
Here's what you will need: Main body -2 pieces of home dec weight fabric or corduroy measuring 14" x 12" (Fabric A) Main body-2 pieces of contrasting home dec weight fabric measuring 14" x 12" (Fabric B)
I’m sure that many of you, like me, are on an eternal quest for organization. I know I’m not alone in finding the Container Store’s promise of a perfect, organized life utterly seductive. But here’s the thing…I don’t really like purging, I love my stuff . Therefore I also love pretty things in which to stash my stuff, so I get to enjoy my fantasy of being organized and contained. This tutorial is about helping you stay organized, in a quick, easy, and super-cute way.
Shoulder Bags and Totes