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Diy wednesdays: woodgrain oilcloth lunchbag. Recently, we’ve been making an effort to a) pack ourselves delicious lunches, and b) rid our lives of wasteful, disposable plastic bags. we find it’s much easier to accomplish these things when we’ve got a cute and useful alternative. in honor of this week’s wonderful guest bloggers, we thought it would be both fun and oh-so-appropriate to whip up this faux bois oilcloth lunchbag. brown-baggin’ it has never been so fun!

diy wednesdays: woodgrain oilcloth lunchbag

Click here for the full project or just click “read more” below. Diy projects: kate’s handy lunch bag. This week’s resolution is definitely one i have every year: “cook more and dine out less.” i spend quite a bit of money on lunch at work, mainly because i can’t get my act together to prepare something (the closest i got was bringing an entire loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter-forgot the knife though). so i thought maybe if i prettied up my lunch accessories it would help inspire me. this tote is just a canvas bag slightly doctored so that it opens to become a place setting, complete with snuggled utensils! I added button closures on the sides so it’s easy to open and close, and like all canvas bags it is machine washable. for all you lucky freelancers out there, maybe your kids or office-bound friends could use a present. happy crafting!

– kate click here for the step-by-step instructions or just click “read more” below. Kate’s Handy Lunch Bag What You’ll Need: 1. canvas bag 2. extra fabric for lining 3. elastic 4. needle and thread 5. sewing machine 6. scissors 7. buttons 2. 3. Diy wednesdays: fabric envelopes. We’re always making all sorts of stuff out of fabric, but can never bring ourselves to toss any scraps. this project is an easy and smart way to repurpose even the tiniest leftovers. by using one of our favorite sewing materials—fusible webbing—you can whip up a whole set of these no-sew envelopes in a flash. they’re great places to store favorite documents, photos, or business cards, and can even be used as a special gift wrap. have fun!

diy wednesdays: fabric envelopes

Derek & lauren ps: we’re about to embark on a bunch of exciting (and time consuming) projects, which unfortunately means we need to take a brief hiatus from our weekly diy posts here on design*sponge. we plan on contributing fun stuff every now and again, but until then you can keep track of us over at Kate’s notebook lunchbag. Halligan’s denim cut-offs wine bag. Sewing 101: zippered case. It’s back-to-school time, and it’s hard not to have school supplies on the brain even if school days are nowhere in sight for some of us!

sewing 101: zippered case

Inspired by the good old-fashioned pencil case, I thought it would be fun to sew a lined, zippered pouch that you can use for pencils, makeup, electronics or anything else you need to organize and tuck away. The great thing about this bag is that once you understand the basic construction, you can easily make it any size you like. Leather envelope phone case. As you may know, I have a weakness for tech accessories — especially ones that you can DIY — so it should come as no surprise that when Aimee of SwellMayde offered to share this tutorial, I immediately said yes.

leather envelope phone case

Aimee was even kind of enough to make a leather case in the signature D*S color — bright coral! This DIY is super easy; the combination of basic materials and a printable template means even a novice crafter can produce this chic, simple phone case for themselves or as a gift in no time. Thanks for sharing, Aimee! Sewing 101: branch handle tote. Add a little autumnal flair to your fall wardrobe with this rustic tree branch tote!

sewing 101: branch handle tote

This sturdy piece is great for carting daily necessities on your commute or for more outdoorsy tasks like packing a picnic or carrying camping supplies. The bag itself features a basic construction that can be adapted and used with any type of handle, so if the branches aren’t quite your thing, it’s easy to make fabric straps instead. Look for nice, straight branches that have fallen from trees in your local park or woods or, if you can’t find any, check at a floral supply shop. Leather lunch tote. Upholstery basics: poolside roll up. It’s been heating up around Austin — 90, 95, 99 . . . 100+!

upholstery basics: poolside roll up

The hotter it gets, the more I want to dive in, so this month on Upholstery Basics, I thought we’d whip up a poolside roll up for the upcoming months of sunbathing, daydreaming and catching up on Us Weekly (I’m not ashamed to admit it!). The best part is, it’s made of beach towels! — Amanda Read the full how-to after the jump . . . Mesh screen beach bag. Summer is here, and I am so excited to start filling up my free time with warm weather activities. When it comes to beaches, pools, picnics and the like, I am definitely a planner — I like to bring everything I could possibly want along with me so I’ll never be caught without water, sunscreen, a book, a sandwich, a spare pair of shoes or an extra towel. I’m basically a traveling general store in the summer, but I love it! When this fun project appeared in our inbox from Parisian crafter and blogger Pascale Mestdagh, I knew I had my first summer DIY on my hands; this mesh beach tote is perfect for carrying all my summer stuff.

This summery beach bag DIY makes clever use of window screen mesh, which is a cheap, easy-to-use material that can be manipulated like any other fabric. I love that Pascale chose punchy orange and natural leather to contrast with the light gray tone of the mesh; it’s sophisticated and hits just the right note for summer. Read the full how-to after the jump . . . 1. Sewing 101: Yoga Bag. Purse Week: U Shaped Purse Handle Tutorial. Today I'm sharing a fun purse tutorial as part of A Lemon Squeezy Home's Purse Week!

Purse Week: U Shaped Purse Handle Tutorial

Hello and welcome to any new readers heading over from Christie's great blog. Some of you might remember the bag I entered into the contest last year. This year, Christie invited me to guest blog and I'm excited to participate and show you guys what I came up with. I'll be showing you how to add u shaped handles to just about any bag you plan on making as well as showing you how to make the bag in the photos above and directly below. U shaped handles come in all styles, materials, and colors. 12 gifts of christmas blog hop: organizer wallet tutorial and a giveaway.


12 gifts of christmas blog hop: organizer wallet tutorial and a giveaway

Welcome to day 12 of the 12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop hosted by the awesome Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts. Have you been following along since day 1?? If not, there's a list of links to all the tutorials at the bottom of this post so go check them out! Today, I'll share a quick/easy/scrap busting tutorial with you. I've done a bit of brain storming since Jennifer invited me to participate and I decided on creating a wallet/organizer that can hold stuff like iPhones, jump drives, memory cards, credit cards, business cards, cash, notes, memo pads, etc. . . . great for the person who needs a little organization. Hip pouch sew-along, day 1 of 3. Welcome to the Hip Pouch Sew-Along! So happy you can join us! Just a couple of notes before we get started: Please read my initial notes about this project here.

Read through all directions for each day before jumping in. All regular seam allowances are 3/8", unless otherwise noted. Renske’s minimalist tote bag. A talented seamstress with a mission, Renske Solkesz decided to create her own wardrobe after finding herself frustrated with high fashion prices.

renske’s minimalist tote bag