DIY Fruit & Veggie Bags I’m on a plane to Salt Lake City as we speak, so I asked Mariah from Everything Golden to stop by and share a (super awesome) DIY with you today. I’ll be back tomorrow with some sneak peeks for Alt – hint: that secret thing I’ve been working on & a look at my new letterpress business cards. Anyway, I’ll let Mariah take it away… I usually always remember to bring my canvas bags to the grocery store or farmers market. What you’ll need: 1 large flour bag (found at antique stores) makes 4 – 11.5 x 8.5 bagsA sewing machine or needle and threadSmall ropeScissors and pins Instructions: Cut the large flour bag into 4 sections.Then open one section and measure a piece of rope to be about 10 inches longer than the width.Lay the rope on the top of the fabric and fold about 1/5 inch over the rope and pin down and sew.You’ll then tie the ends of the rope to secure it.Lastly, fold rights sides together and sew edges, turn right side out and wallah!
357 Free Purse Patterns, Handbag Patterns Make purses and bags with this collection of over 400 purse and handbag patterns & tutorials collected from all over the web – sew hobo bags, messenger bags, clutch bags, evening bags, zippered pouches, coin purses and more! And if you’re a beginner just learning how to sew, a purse or handbag can be a great first sewing project. Just be sure to choose a design with simple shapes and not too much detail. And making a purse can also be a great way to use up fabric scraps left over from other projects (especially the smaller coin purses or zippered pouches, which take very little fabric). And if you have a few pairs of denim jeans lying around that you no longer wear (maybe they no longer fit or the style doesn’t suit you anymore), there are several purse designs on these pages that use old jeans, allowing you to recycle/upcycle them into something you can use (just remember to use a thicker needle when sewing through denim).
241 Tote Pattern It's here! Hope you'll enjoy making a new spring tote! In this pattern you’ll find: step-by-step instructions with full color photos and professional easy to understand illustrations for making two versions of the 241 Tote one version of the bag has two exterior side pockets (great for beginners), the other has two exterior zippered pockets (for those who might want a bit of a challenge).full size print-at-home pattern pieces interior pocketmagnetic snap closureincludes License to Sell!!! By purchasing this pattern, I also give you (the purchaser of this pattern) the rights to sell 241 Totes made using this pattern (on a home based scale). Approx. ScrapBusters: Doorknob Reminder Caddy Some mornings it feels like I make about 20 trips out to my car. Get all the way out there... Oops! Our caddy is sized to fit standard business envelopes, an iPhone, a mini note pad, sunglasses, etc. This is a dandy ScrapBusters project. The caddy finishes at approximately 5" wide x 10" high. Sewing Machine and standard presser foot Scraps or ½ - ¾ yard of 44"+ wide quilting weight cotton fabric for the main panel and all pocketsNOTE: The yardage is shown as a range because there is pattern matching involved to line up all the pockets with the base of the caddy. Download and print out the Doorknob Caddy Pattern Piece.IMPORTANT: This pattern is ONE 8½" x 11" sheet. TWO 6" wide x 8" high rectangles for two of the front pocketsONE 6" wide x 7" high rectangle for the third front pocketONE 5" wide x 11" high rectangle for the back mail slot sleeveNOTE: For the best look, fussy cut the pockets to match the body of the caddy. Caddy front Caddy back Find the 5" x 11" rectangle. Clip the corners.
Scrapppy Reusable Produce Bag Tutorial October is Scrapbusters Month over at and I decided to get into the spirit and use up some of my scraps. I ended up making lots of things, but I thought that this would be pretty useful for most as an alternative to the rolls of plastic produce bags in the grocery store. The measurements are very flexible, and I think that having bars of cotton fabric instead of total construction of mesh will help it hold up longer. Another bonus is that this is a project that it doesn't judge...if you stitch a seam crooked...it still functions! ****Edit****I clarified reinforcing the mesh in this video. scraps of mesh (I found this as a remnant in the fabric store, but repurposed sheer curtains, and netting works also.) Length of ribbon (mine was 24 inches) Fabric scraps--I used pieces from my cut 2.5 inch strip bin (which is the same as a jelly roll width)-what a great way to use some of those leftover prints! Getting Started:1. 2. Top fabric: 4" x 22" Bottom piece: 2.5" x 22"
FREE bag purse pattern - The Love Basket So the fabric is my fave-st from Amy Butler's Love range and the bag is a basket shape. So I HAD to call the bag 'The Love Basket'. Please pop your U-Handbag tute/kit/pattern bags in here - I check out this lovely group twice a week, every week :) Click on the pics to enlarge. If this bag tute looks familiar it's probably because it's based on the first ever bag tutorial I ever wrote. In time for summer I have fully updated and improved this tutorial to make it a better bag, and the tutorial easier to use. The bag is a simple boxy rectangle shape and this makes it a perfect showcase for your more showy, large-scale pattern repeat fabrics. The bag is firm and crisp to the touch and it can happily stand up by itself The secret is the Ultra Firm Fusible interfacing - it works a charm for rigid bags and clutches. The bag has a flat bottom and protective bag feet. The fastening on this bag is improved from the original. Inside view. You will need: See that lovely basket of flowers?
Make Your Own Grocery Bags Just when you think you're the reigning 'Queen of Green' – reusing and recycling your way through the day, someone rains on your parade. Two stories hit the media recently about everyone's favorite green choice: the reusable grocery bag. Turns out we should be washing these things after each use or they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. You want a substantial fabric for this project, a canvas, heavy cotton duck or an outdoor fabric. Our thanks to our friends at fabric.com for originally providing the great outdoor fabrics. We also did a Nature Brights Kitchen series, which would be great to add into the mix. If you want to read more about scary store bags, check out: The bacteria article from the Denver 7 News The lead article from the NY Times The bag finishes at appoximately 12" wide x 14" high with 8" base and sides. Create and attach the straps Find the two 2½" x 44" main strap strips.On both strips, fold back the long raw edges ½" and press. Construct the bag Contributors
Lunch Tote with Free Pattern | The Stitching Scientist I decided to start taking lunch to work everyday. I think I spend way too much eating out. Off course with this new plan comes a new project. I made myself a little lunch tote and decided to share it with you. I was thinking about adding a flap as a closure but I was in a rush and my toddler was not happy I was doing this instead of playing with her so I did velcro closures. Here is what you need to make this tote 2 Fat quarters each for outer fabric, lining and fleece interfacing 2 strips measuring 2″x8″ for the straps 2 strips of interfacing for the straps 1 strip measuring 2″x 10″ for the bands Download the pattern HERE. First, lets start by ironing on the fleece interfacing to the backs of the main pieces. Now, sew the two pieces rights sides together all the way around leaving the top open. Make a triangle with the bottom end and sew down about 1.5″ away from the tip. Sew all they way around the top of both pieces. Top stitch the top of the bag all the way around. Lets make the straps!
Wallet-To-Tote On The Go: Tutorial Lorraine from ikat bag is a favorite around here… She has tons of fun tutorials on her blog and she’s joined us before with this wonderful Back to School Pencil Case tutorial. Today Lorraine shares a tutorial for a new summer essential, the On the Go Wallet-to-Tote! Construction includes three main parts: Assembling the Wallet, Assembling the Outer Bag and Making the Lining. The tote zips into a convenient wallet in this unique and handy design. From Lorraine: Hello, Everyone. These little bags have been around for as long as I can remember, and I thought they’d be a useful addition to the arsenal of summer gear I stash in my car and/or purse. I have three little girls, aged 3,4 and 6, and we’ve found that summer always takes us on adventures we hadn’t planned for– detours to farmer’s markets, dancing in the rain or treasure hunting en route to the park. We always appreciate an extra bag or two for our loot (and wet clothes)! Part One: Assemble the Wallet:You will need: Fold it up… Bags
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Binder Cover Tutorial Binder Cover Tutorial Seam allowances are 1/2" unless otherwise noted. Measurements of your binder may vary.....adjust measurements of pattern accordingly! The binder I used was a 1 inch Economy Binder that measured 11.5 inches tall x 22.5 inches (open ) Interface every piece, except lining and accent pieces, with a Fusible Craft Interfacing. Mark the pieces, with thier name, as you cut them. This pattern is a Copyright of Jana Nielson , Lola...again!!! You need 4 different fabrics Fabric 1 (berry looking)-main fabric for body of cover Fabric 2(flowers)-contrast piece used for pencil pocket, and on outside Fabric 3(dark brown)- accent used in small quantity Random lining fabric Cut everything out and fuse interfacing before you start. Fabric 1 - Outside of Cover cut 1 @ 13 x 24, Inside Flaps cut 2 @ 10 x 13, Right Flap pocket cut 1 @ 5 x 13, inside of Snap Flap cut 1 @ 5 x 5. Step 1- layer Pencil pocket piece, Pencil pocket accent, and Pencil pocket lining with right sides together.
ScrapBusters: Necessities On The Go Mini Clutch I love watching old black and white re-runs of the original TV police series, Dragnet. The most famous "catchphrase" from this series is Detective Joe Friday's iconic line, "Just the facts, ma'am." But, here's your little-known-fact-of-the-day: he never actually uttered this line! Since old myths die hard, we'll continue the parody as the theme behind this cute little mini clutch. Sometimes you need, "Just the necessities, ma'am." When you're running out the door, you need a little purse to hold the essentials, like cards, cash, and a shopping list. These quick and easy clutches make great gifts for any occasion - especially when a gift card or a little cash is tucked inside. Each of our mini clutch samples was made with two Fat Quarters. We offer a downloadable pattern below so you can get the perfect curved top for the flap. These mini fabric wallets are fun to make, great to give, and cute as a bucket of kittens! Our mini clutch finishes at approximately 6" wide x 3¾" high. Fusing