I’m excited to share today that my Wool + Wax Tote that was included in the second issue of Making magazine is now available as a stand alone PDF pattern. It was almost a year ago that I made a version of the tote for my mom and I’m so happy that I get to share the pattern finally.
(photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge)
I tend to talk about making useful things a lot around here. This tote is definitely at the top of that list. You can’t really beat a classic tote with handy pockets. These of course are great for gifting and perfect for customizing to your needs. I can’t wait to see what you make.
Of course don’t let the name trick you, I give several other suggestions for materials that will work great for this classic tote. My rule of thumb for making bags is that if you want a sturdy and durable tote, start with sturdy and durable fabrics. Cork would also be a great fabric to try for the contrast bottom! I’ve got my first cork purchase just waiting for me to give it a try.
Included in the pattern are all my tips for working with waxed canvas (which is what I recommend for the contrast bottom), just like the Explorer Tote, it makes for such a great bag! The waxed canvas is so durable and beautiful, I think you’ll love it! If you haven’t tried some already you should!
You can read more about my other versions of this tote in their original posts here:
Pattern: Wool + Wax Tote
Leather Handles: available in my shop
p.s. There’s a new issue of Making coming up soon! I’m excited to have another project included!
There’s never a shortage of birthdays to celebrate around here. I’ve been itching to start sewing through my fun must-make list after spending most of the year on new patterns that are coming up. And if there’s anything I like to sew, it’s small and fun little gifts. These tiny coin pouches ended up being something I had to try! I used Rashida Coleman Hale‘s Snappy Coin Purse tutorial for these two cuties. I think they make such a useful gift!
They’re super quick to make but do require a bit of hand sewing. It’s nothing that should deter you though! They’re just that cute. It’s a very satisfying sew because you can use small scraps of fabric and finish within a short amount of time. I love projects like that, they’re great for in between large projects.
I really enjoyed digging around in my stash for these, making sure to pick something that each birthday girl would enjoy. I think they’ll like them, and now that my daughter spotted them, I suppose I’ll be making at least one more for her. 🙂
Pattern: Snappy Coin Purse Tutorial by Rashida Coleman Hale
Fabrics: Me + You Indah Batik and Umbrella Prints
Snaps: purchased from Gold Star Tool (size 20 used)
(or I also love using SnapSource snaps and Dritz as well, find my tutorial for setting snaps here)
Happy Friday! The sun is out and shining today plus my girls are home because there’s no school today. I love days like this! I figured it would be fun to pop in and share a couple of fun things I’ve been up to.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend a few days at a sewing retreat with my friends. It was just a blast and I so look forward to those times together. We hung out at Stitch Supply Co. in Eau Claire, WI and I highly recommend it. Ann has really thought of everything when designing the space! It was my third time there, the first time I went for another retreat and the other I was teaching at!
So at the retreat I worked on my double gauze quilt which was totally inspired/ripped off from my friend Jeni. You can see her finished quilt here and read all about her great tips, too. I followed suit and went with a random patchwork. I need to get a small bit of fabric to complete the backing and then it’ll be all set! I can’t wait to cuddle with it and have reserved a spot for it in my living room where it will live. So snuggly!
I also sewed up this infinity cowl thanks to my friend Deedee who just happened to have already made an infinity cowl out of the same fabric. Black and white, yes please. It went together in about 3 minutes and I wore it the rest of the trip.
I also walked away with a few fun gifts! My friend Amanda gave me a copy of her new (yes!!!!) book, No Scrap Left Behind. I’m so pumped about trying out a project or two. They’re all so pretty. I also scored some fabric and a needle wallet and this great tote bag.
I couldn’t be more grateful and feel so lucky to call them my friends.
Also, I’m working on getting some hardware kits together!