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Back to School ~ Laptop Bag

Back to School ~ Laptop Bag
Joy from How Joyful brings us this handy and really pretty Laptop Bag tutorial today. Laptop bags are often so boring and utilitarian… Joy’s bag brings some style and color and fun into the mix! Learn more about Joy in her introduction, and check out her HowJoyful Design Studio, where she offers custom website, blogs and logo design, in addition to her blog predesign shop. To get started you will need: Main/outer fabric – I used home décor weight fabric in two different designs by Jessica JonesLiner fabric – I used 5 fat quarters for all pieces and had leftoversContrasting solid color fabric – I used a home décor weight fabric in yellow1 set of magnetic snaps1 piece of 1½ inches of VelcroLightweight interfacing – I used Pellon 808½ inch thick foam for the bottom of the bag and the sides of the laptop pocket2 big buttons This bag was designed to fit a 13 inch MackbookPro but it has a lot of room so it can fit a 13 inch PC laptop too. 2 pieces of 22×17½ inches of outside fabric. Related:  Crafts

The Forty Minute Tote I love straightforward, well-constructed projects that yield something practical. I know this might sound a bit boring, but the efficiency and elegance of simple design really gets me excited. So it’s no surprise that one of my favorite all time projects (if I do say so myself) is my Twenty Minute Tote. It’s something I go back to again and again, any time I want to highlight a special fabric. I love its streamlined engineering and the fact that it really does only take 20 minutes! And so, in this same spirit of economic design, I thought I’d expand the Purl Bee’s family of quick totes with a new roomier bag, the Forty Minute Tote. The Forty Minute Tote comes together in a quick, clear way, and it features a new favorite fabric, Robert Kaufman’s Cotton Linen Denim. ps- The lovely wooden hooks featured in these pictures can be found here: Materials To make one 15-inch tall, 14-inch wide, and 5-inch deep tote bag: Cutting

Pick a Pocket Cozies Both pretty and practical, pocket cozies have the perfect space to tuck in some extra sweetener or an extra teabag for later! Quick and easy – these clever little cozies make a perfect gift you can stitch up in an evening with less than 50 yards. Wrap them around a reusable cup and tuck in a giftcard to your favorite coffee house for a gift they’ll use again and again… Gauge: approximately 6 stitches per inch Needles: size 3.25 to 3.5 mm, (US 4 – 5), needles Yarn: sport weight Pictured cozies are knit with Brown Sheep Lanaloft Sport Plain Pocket Cozy: CO 52 stitches and join to knit in round, being careful not to twist stitches. To make opening for pocket: K2, then K next 14 stitches on a length of waste yarn in a different color than project. K 11 rows (P2, K2) around x 5 rows Bind off in pattern To make pocket: Turn cozy inside out. To finish outside of pocket opening: Turn cozy right side out. Knit ribbing: Row 1: P1, (K2, P2)x3, K2, P1, turn. Cable Look Pocket Cozy:

Beginner’s Bias Tape Bag with Free Downloadable Pattern I promised you this free downloadable bag pattern when we offered up the Simplicity Bias Tape Maker Giveaway as a great first project for your Homemade Bias Tape, so here goes… I’ve made a couple so far, and I usually don’t like fabric bags (i’m a leather lover) but I actually adore these for summer. They are super quick to whip up (under an hour) and are also reversible, so you can get a couple different looks in one swoop. You could also use store-bought bias tape, like I did for the big one (oh, and you can blow up or shrink the pattern to make different sizes – Scarlet’s been using the littler one as her lunch bag). Get the full Beginner’s Bias Tape Bag Tutorial and free downloadable pattern after the jump…Beginner’s Bias Tape BagThe smaller version is made with the following fabrics: Bias Tape – Heather Bailey Washday Ticking in Dandelion, Amy Butler Sweet Jasmine in Navy, and Kei Barkcloth Woodcut in Teal. , and some white suiting for the lining. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Done…

How To Make Yarn From Sheets Making yarn from old sheets is a great way to up-cycle something you might otherwise toss, and it turns out that knitting and crocheting with sheets is really so satisfying. So I have to admit, I really need to be cleaning for Passover right now, but when I eyed that bag of sheets my neighbor had given me two years ago it seemed like such a good idea to make some balls from those sheets, so there you have it! While in the past I have made yarn from flat sheets by cutting strips and then joining them, this time I finally had the chance to try out the spiral method in which one ball of sheet yarn is generated from a single flat (or fitted) sheet. How To: Remove any edges or elastic corners from sheets, first cutting and then tearing. This spiral method consists of mostly tearing. If you forget to stop at the corner and tear the strip off, not to worry you can certainly join the strips later, by following the instructions on my previous post here.

Let's Make Dumplings! Free Zip Pouch Tutorial. - {Michelle Patterns} Ok, are you ready to make dumplings??? These cute little pouches don't take long to make, and the construction is pretty basic. But keep in mind the zipper is attached to a steep curve, so these are a sewing project for those with intermediate sewing skills and confidence with zippers. This free tutorial assumes you know how to sew zippers, attach binding, etc. Download Dumpling Pattern Pieces You might want to try "The Easier One" first. The one labeled "The Harder One" is even smaller and cuter, and a challenge to sew. Supplies fabric for exterior & liningfusible interfacing7" of binding (seam binding, bias tape, fabric tape)14"+ zipperribbon for zip pull 1. 2. On one end of the zipper tape, draw a guide line across the bottom of the zipper at 2" (5cm) for "The Easier One", or 2.5" (7cm) for "The Harder One". Clip the zipper tape on both sides. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Zip dumpling up so the lining side is facing out. Open and close the zipper as necessary when sewing. 8. P.S.

i am hand-made: detachable pocket *UPDATE: this is now available to buy as a pdf pattern - please click |here|* here is one of the new pieces that i've made for the shop. after i posted about my tote bag diy the other day, i noticed a lot of people mentioned pockets and how they hate digging around at the bottom of their bags. so i sketched out a few ideas for this, and after trying it out yesterday i think it's actually a damn good idea (if i do say so myself!). i have a few changes to make; mostly a few stitch details, and i've also worked out a better strap method that isn't so bulky. there are three compartments- including one that fits an iphone perfectly and the extra pocket attached to the front. i tested it out with my essentials- phone, keys, lipbalm, pen & a mini notepad. all you have to do is wrap the straps around the straps of your bag, and secure them in place with the button. so what do you think? p.s. you can now also follow my blog through hello cotton here :)

Granny Bobble Blanket With the nights drawing in and the evenings getting chillier, this is the perfect time to make blankets! I haven't made a blanket since my granny stripe last winter; I enjoyed making it so much, with each stripe subtly changing the whole and keeping me going until I was quite disappointed to finish it... I would like to enjoy creating another one in the same way, but I don't really want another striped blanket, nor do I want a blanket made from small squares/hexagons with fiddling bits of colour changes. I love bobbles, so this afternoon found me experimenting to create a granny made from bobbles and I am finally happy with the pattern. Granny Bobble Blanket Oddments of dk yarn 4.5mm hook This pattern is written in American crochet terms. Abbreviations - Sl st – slip stitch ch – chains dc – double crochet MFB – Ch 3, 3dc in same stitch/space. MB – 4dc in next stitch. Ch 4 & sl st into first ch to form a ring. Row 3: with a new colour join into any corner space. Happy crocheting x

Southern Disposition: Pillow Mattress Tutorial Several friends have sent me some amazing project ideas - they're all in a file and at some point I'll get to them (I swear!). Two days ago, however, my friend Tatiana posted this on my Facebook wall: She found it on pinterest and thought I would like it. Welllll....she was right. Not only do I like it, but I could see an immediate need for one (why is it that you don't know you need something until you see it?). Since the one in the photo above is somewhere in England right now retailing for approximately $145 plus know the rest, right? If you'd like to pay $145 for it, you can get it here. First, I went to IKEA - here's my entire twin size duvet cover and five pillows. The duvet cover was $9.99 and the pillows were $0.99 each (yes, you read that correctly). Step 1: Measure. Here's how I measured: Yep..." Step 2: Cut the duvet cover to the desired width. I ended up cutting the duvet cover exactly in half. Step 3: Step 4: Hem all raw edges. Step 5: Make the pocket.

gathered clutch tutorial A huge thanks to Dana and Disney for doing such a great job of rounding up all sorts of wonderful mother's day projects! Materials needed: 1/4 yard each of three coordinating fabrics (you'll definitely have scraps leftover)8" zipper (you can always purchase a longer zipper and shorten it, just follow the directions on the packagescraps of medium weight fusible interfacingCutting the pieces: For the main exterior, cut two pieces, one 5.5" tall by 9" wide, and one 5.5" tall by 13" wide (this will be the gathered front) Pieces of medium weight fusible interfacing for exterior pieces of clutch: (2) 5.5" tall by 9" wide For the front band, cut one piece 4" tall by 9" wide. Seriously, the most time consuming part for me is always picking out my fabrics and cutting them, the rest goes together pretty easy, so let's go! Take the front band piece and fold it in half the long way (right sides together) and sew together using a 1/2" seam allowance. Grab the 13" wide main exterior piece.

Zipper & Bow Clutch Since we’ve had a blast perfecting the art of the zipper we wanted to take a gander out there and see who else was brave enough to tackle the zipper. Whitney, from Elm Street Life, had a bunch of adorable tutorials like making a pillow out of a placemat, a cute and girly heating pad and adorable ruffle kitchen towels and then we spotted it, this adorable bow clutch complete with a zipper. What perfect timing with Mother’s Day right around the corner. What do you say? Let’s get started… Zipper & Bow Clutch ** This is for personal use, only. And fiiiinally… the tutorial you’ve been waiting for. **Also, please note except where I say, “Sew close to the edge,” I am using a 1/2″ seam allowance throughout. Ok, let’s get started! 1. 2. 3. 4. Sometimes, at the end of this step, if my strap doesn’t feel sturdy enough, I’ll cut a thin strip of interfacing and tuck it inside the crease before sewing. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. WHEW! Thanks so much Whitney from Elm Street Life! Start your zipper foot!