Happy Friday everyone! I put the finishing touches on this sample of my Explorer Tote pattern the other day. I’m glad to be able to get some pictures and show it off a bit. I’m pretty certain that this one will be mine to keep.
I had actually made this sample a very long time ago and had to do a bit of bag surgery on it to get the turn lock installed. I had made it without one before I finalized the design and knew I couldn’t just leave it heaped in a pile in my closet. So out it came and I had to rip some seams to get the bottom of the turn lock in, but it wasn’t too bad of a struggle! I’m so glad I did because I really like this color combo. The Rain Walk, Carkai, and waxed canvas combo just had to be made.
I’m hoping to take it on my next sewing trip!
Also, not sure if you’ve heard of Quilter’s Candy Box yet, but one of my patterns will be included in their March boxes! I’m so excited!!! I had gotten one of their first boxes and it was such a fun treat. Speaking of treat, I think that definitely sealed the deal, a treat to eat is included in each box! I love that. So stop by their website and see if you’d like a box for yourself or maybe gift one to a friend!
Lastly, I was considering selling some turn locks – either individually or as part of an Explorer Tote hardware kit, is that something you’d be interested in at all? Let me know!!! I’m planning on having the turn lock video tutorial ready for next week. I promise they’re way easier than you think to install, and super user-friendly to use. 🙂
Pattern: Explorer Tote (large size with recessed zip option)
Fabric: Rain Walk by me! (it’s a couple of years old now so maybe a few shops still have some?),
Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander, and waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles
Oh this shirt makes me so happy! I had stopped by my local quilt shop, Olive Juice Quilts, and spied this lovely floral knit by Bolt (Girl Charlee) sitting all pretty. I knew Natalie would absolutely love it. It’s such a nice shade of purple, plus the coral and other colors just pop. It was one I don’t think would have grabbed my attention while online shopping, so I’m thankful to have the opportunity to touch and feel it in person. I washed it up right away so that I would be one step closer to actually making something.
Normally I lean towards not actually making something for a long time. It’s way too easy to buy and then set aside. But I’m kind of sick of that mentality, so I got to work on making this Morrison Tee (pattern by Hey June) right away. It was so refreshing to feel inspired by the fabric and then be rewarded by actually completing the project within a short time frame! I think I might have to do that more often, especially for garments.
Anyway, the Morrison Tee is so sweet. Adrianna does such a nice job of being thorough and at the same time to-the-point. I also love that she’s designing for the age group that my girls are currently in, how convenient! In the end I feel like I know what my girls will like. It’s so much easier now to communicate about projects together. When they were littler it was hit or miss, plus I was learning just as much as they were about what they liked and what they didn’t. Now we talk fabric and colors and fit and in the end, most of the things I make them get worn quite a bit! I went with the size 10 after taking Natalie’s measurements, it’s great because Adrianna includes the finished garment measurements as well as the body measurements. So she ended up in the size 12, but after comparing the actual garment measurements we agreed that the 10 would be great. I did add two inches to the length because Natalie is at the taller end of the chart and she loves shirts that are a little longer. It ended up being perfect.
I’m off to start making one for Emily, of course once she spied Natalie’s, she asked for one right away. Love it!
Pattern: Morrison Tee by Hey June
Fabric: Modern Reflection by Girl Charlee
I had so much fun making this baby gift set! It had been a long time since I’ve sewn any baby clothes and such. There’s just something about a cute little gift set that I couldn’t resist sewing up as soon as I saw Rae’s Sidewalk knits. I originally thought I would make something for one of my girls, but then Green Bee Patterns put their Modern Layette Set pattern on sale (one that I had been eyeing up no less!) so it just had to be!
My sister-in-law puts together a fundraiser each year for her MOPS group, and I love donating something for the silent auction. It’s always been fun creating something I know will be used and loved, and I was especially excited when I thought of putting together this newborn baby gift set. I had this chunk of Michael Miller’s organic cotton sherpa in my stash for many years and could never cut into because it’s sooo cuddly. It ended up making a perfect cozy blanket when paired with Rae’s Sidewalk Fancy Steps print. I almost want to make a version just like it for myself!
Of course I couldn’t resist making the romper! It’s actually a super fun little pattern, I highly recommend it. I did spend a bit of time on the placket making sure I got it just right. A bit of seam ripping here or there and I’m happy with the results! The knit is a very stable 100% organic cotton so if you’re using your regular sewing machine you should have no troubles sewing with this whatsoever. It doesn’t curl up like some blended knits, so it’s perfect for beginners. Anyway, the romper is just too adorable! My girls and I took turns oooing and ahhing over how tiny and cute it is.
And the hat, don’t get me started! Eeeek! I’ve always intended to make these knotted hats, they’re super quick, use very little fabric, and make such a great gift! I’m sure I’ll be including them in all the baby gifts I give from now on.
Lastly, and because I love a cute gift set, I quickly made a Divided Basket for everything to tuck inside. Of course it makes for a super cute presentation, but then after it’s so useful for diapers and corralling baby things.
Patterns: Modern Layette Set and Divided Basket
Fabric: Fancy Steps (Turquoise) by Rae Hoekstra for Cloud9 Fabrics
from her new Sidewalk Knits collection,
basket exterior is Chambray Cotton Canvas (basket lining is part of the Dapper collection by Luke Haynes)
You can find a list of shops that carry Sidewalk knits here!