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My Traverse Bag

My Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

Hello hello! I’m happy to share my bag that I’ve been toting around the last few weeks, my Traverse Bag. I’m very excited to show this to you, it’s been fun using this bag.

My Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

So as part of my last minute packing scramble to get out the door and on my way to Sewtopia a few weeks ago, I decided I needed to load up my stuff into this sample Traverse Bag I had made. I wasn’t planning on switching last minute, but it ended up being so great. I knew that I wanted to switch to a crossbody and something smaller for summer, but I hadn’t taken time to plan something out ahead of time. It ended up being perfect timing with the Traverse release, so it was fun to fill it with my things and take it for a test drive.

My Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

My Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

I’m pretty sure the true test to any travel bag is to take it on a trip. I’m so happy I did! Normally it makes me a little nervous switching bags just before traveling, but I felt right at home. I was able to fit everything I needed and not feel weighed down. I did carry on a really big canvas tote with all my kits and step outs, but the rest was in my bag. It held what I usually carry on a daily basis plus a few travel extras that I carried along. I’m usually super minimalist when it comes to traveling, but when I’m traveling alone I have to make sure I’ve got what I need just in case!

My Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

 

My Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

Happy to report this bag is my new fave and I was so thrilled to hear the women at Sewtopia tell me how much they liked it, too. I was pleasantly surprised to hear many of them tell me the size they chose (regular and mini) was just right for what they need, it’s always to hear things first hand in person. I really love that part about teaching!

My Traverse Bag - Noodlehead


Pattern: Traverse Bag (regular, but you bet I have a mini on my list to make for myself as well!)
Fabric: Euclid by Carolyn Friedlander (this Essex is about as light-weight as I would go for the exterior fabric,
anything lighter and you’ll probably want to add extra interfacing than what is called for)
Fun bonus, I’m wearing my Josephine Top (pattern by Made by Rae), which is my all-time favorite and most worn handmade top!


Lastly, I’ve restocked the hardware kits for the Traverse Bag, so be sure to grab one!

My Traverse Bag - Noodlehead

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Minimalist Wallet – Making No. 3 Dots

Minimalist Wallet - Making No. 3 Dots - Noodlehead

Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Minimalist Wallet - Making No. 3 Dots - Noodlehead

Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Today is the launch of the newest issue of Making magazine (No. 3 Dots) and I love having a project included once again (see my previous Making contributions here and here). So excited to share this new project with you all today. This is one that I had sketched over and over again in my notebook and was so happy to be able to bring it to life. It’s called the Minimalist Wallet because it’s simple and yet super useful.

I’m so happy to be able to use this wallet myself. I love that it has a large pocket at the back for cash and my phone, a zippered pocket for coins and other items that need secure storing and lastly three spots for cards held vertically (and yes, you can fit a couple cards per slot if needed). I like to keep my wallet as streamlined as possible and this holds all the essentials. I find that if I have a bigger wallet with more little pockets and compartments, things tend to get lost or I forget about what I have. So when I was designing this wallet I kept in mind what I ideally carry on a regular basis, and the Minimalist Wallet was born.

Minimalist Wallet - Making No. 3 Dots - Noodlehead

Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge

The wallet has a snap closure with two options, either leather or fabric for the snap tab. I really love both options so much! I’m hoping to have a few kits listed for the wallet’s leather/snap option shortly, so stay tuned.

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) These are best for using with the fabric tab option!
Dritz (snaps, hand setting tool)

Many of these snaps/setters or something similar may be available at your local quilt shop or craft store, so please check there as well!

I hope you’ll enjoy it! The magazine is so beautiful, Carrie and her team have done an amazing job with this magazine. It has over 150 pages of pure goodness, so many great projects of all types and gorgeous inspiring photography. I do have the magazine available for sale in my shop, so be sure to stop by if you’d like to purchase a copy. I’m so proud to be a part of this publication with so many amazing makers.

Click here to purchase your copy of Making No. 3/Dots

Making Magazine: No. 3 Dots

Lastly, the Minimalist Wallet pattern will be available as an individual PDF pattern in my shop on November 15, 2017.

Have a great weekend!

Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge

 

 

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Arroyo Explorer Totes

Arroyo Explorer Totes - Noodlehead

Arroyo Explorer Totes - NoodleheadI’m so excited to share these Explorer Totes today!!! I made them a few months ago for Erin Dollar’s new collection Arroyo for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. The instant I saw the fabrics I knew I couldn’t say no! I love Erin’s work and have enjoyed following along with her journey in the last few years. Her aesthetic is minimal and gorgeous and of course it makes sense that I love her new fabric collection. Slap it on some Essex and you’ve got me buying it by the bolt. I’m all googly eyes, you had me at hello.Arroyo Explorer Totes - Noodlehead

Arroyo Explorer Totes - Noodlehead

I loved pairing Arroyo with my Explorer Tote pattern, it’s great for showcasing those gorgeous prints. I ended up making the small and large size of the tote because they make a great pair, right?! And of course I decided that all leather handles were fun to use (feel free to swap out the fabric handles in the pattern for leather or cotton webbing, I love seeing how it switches up the look!).Arroyo Explorer Totes - Noodlehead

Arroyo Explorer Totes - Noodlehead

These were made with Big Sur canvas for the contrast fabric requirement instead of waxed canvas. I give instructions in the pattern in case you’re not into using waxed canvas or want to use something you have on hand. It’s an easy modification and I love the results. The Big Sur canvas is really nice to work with and there are tons of colors, I’m definitely planning on stocking up!Arroyo Explorer Totes - Noodlehead

Arroyo Explorer Totes - Noodlehead

I was happy too to see the rest of the Arroyo collection, so many great colors!! I mean seriously, so good! Plus a huge palette of neutrals. I can’t wait to see what everyone makes using it.

What are you sewing lately? I’m feeling the need to make everything right now, it kind of drives me crazy to feel this rush of creativity and inspiration but I’ve learned in the past few years to just roll with it! Yay sunny weather!Arroyo Explorer Totes - Noodlehead


Pattern: Explorer Tote (small and large sizes)
Fabric: Arroyo (coming to shops in July, I can hardly wait!!) by Erin Dollar for Robert Kaufman and Big Sur Canvas (I used Charcoal and Black)
Leather handles can be found in my shop


Arroyo Explorer Totes - Noodlehead