sewing

New Pattern! The Traverse Bag

New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - NoodleheadIf you’ve checked out Instagram in the past week or so you might have noticed I taught at Sewtopia this past weekend in Denver, Colorado. I had a super lovely time and met the most amazing women. So for the event I designed a new pattern, the Traverse Bag! And awesomely enough, today I’ve got this newest pattern available for purchase in my shop!

Click here for more information and to purchase!

New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

Traverse Regular (left) and Mini (right)

It was pretty magical to watch 80 women sew this bag. To see it come together in so many fabric combinations is truly something I’ll never tire of.

So for this bag I was definitely consumed with making something on the small side, a bag for traveling and for summer and one that’ll hold all your essentials securely. I ended up making two sizes because the ‘Mini’ size is just too cute not to include. Here’s a few of the features of this bag:

  • two sizes to sew! (regular and mini)
  • zippered main compartment
  • back zippered pocket
  • front pocket for the things you reach for most (I’m looking at you phone and keys!)
  • crossbody style with adjustable strap
  • interior slip pocket
    New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

    Back of Traverse Bag

On my trip to Denver I used the Regular size and it was seriously the best ever. I felt super comfortable walking through the airport and jumping in and out of Ubers. It carried everything I needed without feeling weighed down and there was never a point where I was stuck fishing through the bottom of my bag to find what I needed. I call that a win for sure.New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

I’m excited to make more and show off the samples I’ve made so far. As for summer, which is just around the corner, I’m ready to make the Mini and take it with on all our summer adventures.New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

Lastly, I have some hardware kits leftover from Sewtopia, so they’re listed in the shop in limited quantities. They include both zippers, strap hardware, cording for making piping and leather pulls. The only thing that isn’t part of the kit is the snap. The reason being is that there are many different snap types and manufacturers, so I’ll link to those here. You’ll need to have the corresponding setting tool for whatever snap you use, so don’t forget that! I have a press, but there are also hand setting tools for under $10 as well.

For this pattern, I recommend using a size 24 (sometimes called Line 24) snap:

Tandy Leather (snaps, hand setting tool: setter, anvil, or set w/tool)
Gold Star Tool (snaps, hand setting tool (choose GS-HS#803L-RNG-15mm, press)
Buckleguy.com (snaps, hand setting tool, press)
Snapsource (snaps, hand setting tool: you’ll want the setting tool plus the size 24 adapter)
Dritz (snaps, hand setting tool)

Many of these items or something similar may be available at your local quilt shop or craft store, so please check there as well!New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

 

New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

Traverse Mini

New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

Traverse Regular

Click here for more information and to purchase the pattern!
Traverse Bag Hardware Kit available here!

New Pattern! The Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

sewing

Hemlock Tee in Peat

Hemlock Tee in Peat - Noodlehead

Hemlock Tee in Peat - NoodleheadAfter making the lace Hemlock Tee last time, I knew I wanted to try making the sleeved version. It’s definitely fun to sew a pattern more than once! Knowing all the steps and fit makes it so much easier to customize the next one.Hemlock Tee in Peat - Noodlehead

So I had gotten some of this beautiful knit from Cloud9 Fabrics after joining along in Rae’s Sidewalk Fabrics tour. They kindly sent me this gorgeous Peat color in their knits collection. I admit to kinda being obsessed with finding the perfect Raisin or Plum? color. For some reason the color is really appealing to me for garments. I think it goes with anything really well and it’s not super common, so maybe that’s why I’m hooked? Who knows. So if you know of any other great garment fabrics that look Raisin-y or Plum-esque give me a shout!Hemlock Tee in Peat - Noodlehead

It’s also a super stable knit which is really nice to sew with. Even though I have a serger it’s really quite easy to make one of these in no time. No pesky rolling to deal with makes for pretty smooth sailing. For this version I used Jen’s Split Hem Tutorial which I  love. It’s such a fun look and easy modification. I had to hold myself back at Target so many times because I would see a similar top or at least something with a split hem and *almost* throw it in my cart, but I’m so glad I resisted. Making my own was way more fun.Hemlock Tee in Peat - Noodlehead

Next I think I’m either going to make a Linden Sweatshirt or a Willow Tank. It’s that time of year when you need all the layers you can get!

Hemlock Tee in Peat - Noodlehead


Pattern: Hemlock Tee by Grainline Studio
Fabric: Peat from Cloud9 Fabrics


Hemlock Tee in Peat - Noodlehead

quilting

Natalie’s Print Shop Quilt

Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead

Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead

Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - NoodleheadI’m so excited about this finish! It was my daughter Natalie’s first quilt top that she’s made. She loves sewing little blankets and things for her stuffed animals, but this was the first time we spent time going over rotary cutting basics and piecing. We settled upon Alexia Abegg’s Print Shop fabric collection that I picked up at my local quilt shop, Olive Juice Quilts. We added a few other Cotton + Steel prints that I had in my stash. When I spotted the Swatch pattern for the first time I knew it would be a great one for Natalie to try!Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead

Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead

She’s just a few weeks away from turning 11 and I think it was a great age to try piecing a simple quilt top. Natalie cut about half of the pieces, while I cut the other half. We worked together by taking turns pressing and starching our fabrics and then making the different cuts. It was super nerve-wracking for me to watch her with the rotary cutter, but I’m glad we did it together. Teaching her basic safety with the rotary cutter was super important to me. I’m glad she has a bit of that under her belt now.Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead

So when it came to piecing the top I did the pressing and pinning for her. I suppose I could have had her do a bit of it, but she is pretty good at that already so I figured it would help move things along if she was able to focus on the actual sewing part. Getting a nice consistent seam allowance and troubleshooting any inconsistencies from cutting, etc. Overall it took maybe four different sessions of sewing for her to actually complete the quilt top. She would sit down on a no school day or early release day and sew for maybe 20 minutes or so? It wasn’t long in most cases and sometimes I admit there was a little bit of prodding. But I knew that if she finished it she would be so proud! So the other night she finished and we agreed that I’d piece the back, quilt, and bind it.Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead

I had a blast watching her and we did have our moments, but it’s so fun to have her try a bigger quilt! The back was fun for me to piece as I finally used my much hoarded piece of Summersville (by Lucie Summers for Moda) which I thought paired so nicely with Print Shop! P.S. Lucie has an amazing shop of her designs and hand printed fabric, so if you love Summersville, go check it out! Anyway, while she was at school one day I quilt and bound the quilt. It was so fun to be secretly finishing it for her as I was able to surprise her with it when she got home from school. She loves it, took it upstairs right away to put it on her bed.Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead

Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead


Pattern: Swatch by Alexia Abegg
Fabric: mostly Print Shop by Alexia Abegg for Cotton + Steel,
backing has Summersville by Lucie Summers plus scraps from Print Shop


Natalie's Print Shop Quilt - Noodlehead