sewing

Poolside + Market Underwater Bags

Poolside Tote + Market Bag featuring Underwater fabric - Noodlehead

Poolside Tote + Market Bag featuring Underwater fabric - Noodlehead

Poolside Tote + Market Bag featuring Underwater fabric - Noodlehead

I had the honor to make a few samples for Quilt Market for Cloud9 Fabrics this past fall. The Poolside Tote and Market Bag (pattern from my book) patterns were perfect for showcasing this beautiful fabric, plus they definitely give off that beachy casual vibe. I always love sewing samples for market because it’s such relaxing sewing. Someone else picks the fabric and patterns and all I have to do is sew. Bonus because it’s my own pattern and I get to switch to automatic mode and go go go.

Poolside Tote + Market Bag featuring Underwater fabric - Noodlehead

Poolside Tote + Market Bag featuring Underwater fabric - Noodlehead

Of course it’s always fun to sew with beautiful fabric, too. This is the Underwater collection by Elizabeth Olwen. I can see how this fabric collection would be so fun for beach gear, or a nursery, and of course bags!

Poolside Tote + Market Bag featuring Underwater fabric - Noodlehead

Poolside Tote + Market Bag featuring Underwater fabric - Noodlehead

Poolside Tote + Market Bag featuring Underwater fabric - Noodlehead

Kind of fun side note, I was finally able to use a zipper I had hand-dyed for this Market Bag. I think I was going for a gray, but it ended up a bluish purple which ended up coordinating so nicely with this fabric! I used the organic cotton zipper from Zipit and it seemed to take the dye very nicely, but I did it quite a few years ago so I’ll be excited to try some more! And maybe indigo!!!

I managed to snap these pictures with the fall leaves just before I shipped them out to Cloud9 last fall. It was fun to have the fall foliage provide some beautiful color contrast! Looking at these colors is so fun when everything now is white!

Poolside Tote + Market Bag featuring Underwater fabric - Noodlehead


Patterns: Poolside Tote and Market Bag (pattern from my book)
Fabric: Underwater by Elizabeth Olwen
Leather handles: available in my shop
Zippers: Zipit on etsy


Poolside Tote + Market Bag featuring Underwater fabric - Noodlehead

 

sewing

More Explorer Totes!

Explorer Tote Pattern (small) - Noodlehead

Explorer Tote Pattern (small) - Noodlehead

Thanks so much for your excitement over the new pattern, the Explorer Tote. I’ve been eager to release it for so long that it feels really great to be able to show off some of the samples I’ve made along the way. So I’ve got a lineup of quite a few to show off, hope you don’t mind seeing a few more Explorer Totes.

Explorer Tote Pattern (small) - Noodlehead

These are a couple of the small size available in the Explorer Tote pattern. Again, it’s not a small tote, but rather one that’s great for everyday. I think this size is perfect for students and anyone who has to carry items to and from the office. I’m personally excited to use mine for taking along in the car when we go on short trips as I love bringing a sketchpad and a few small things to work on.

Explorer Tote Pattern (small) - Noodlehead

Explorer Tote Pattern (small) - Noodlehead

Anyway, the gray and black is all waxed canvas on the exterior which I absolutely love. It’s so rugged and durable. I had made myself a super simple version of this same tote about 2 years ago that just wears so well. I kept the insides simple on this version and left out the optional top recessed zipper plus I didn’t do any interior pockets. And it makes for such a quick sew!Explorer Tote Pattern (small) - Noodlehead

The other is made with a beautiful cotton/linen canvas by Ellen Luckett Baker, from her collection Charms. I’ve always loved Ellen’s designs and the cotton/linen canvas is my absolute favorite for bags. I know the collection is a few years old so finding this particular print might be hard to come by, if you know a shop that still has some in stock let me know in the comments and I’ll add it here. She does have newer collections that have the canvas as well, Parallels and Rough Cut and Monochrome. So check those out as well!

Explorer Tote Pattern (small) - Noodlehead

I did include the recessed zip on this version. And I’d like to mention that you can totally use separating zippers for this pattern. Sometimes they’re easier to come by, so for sure use them if you find them more readily available!

 


Pattern: Explorer Tote (small)
Fabric: Waxed Canvas from AL Frances Textiles,
Charms by Ellen Luckett Baker
Leather: from my shop (natural and medium brown)
Turn Locks: both from buckleguy.com


Explorer Tote Pattern (small) - Noodlehead

Informational

Tassel Tutorial

Tassel Tutorial - Noodlehead

There’s a million ways to make a tassel and because I’m seeing them everywhere now I figured it would be fun to share a little how-to with you! I had quickly made one before taking the final photos of my Explorer Tote pattern. I love how it adds a little fun and interest, plus it’s removable. So here we go…

Materials:

  • soft leather works best (try suede or garment weight leathers or upcycle some leather from a jacket/pants/skirt from the thriftstore)
  • glue (for your particular material), I used Elmer’s ProBond Advanced and it worked so well!

Tassel Tutorial - Noodlehead

Because tassels come in all sizes it’s a really great project to use up small scraps! And materials are really something you can experiment with as well. I’ve seen people using cork fabric and they look amazing, so I’m guessing vinyl and just about anything else that doesn’t fray much would work just as well! Give it a try, it’s a low-commitment kind of project, so if something doesn’t work out it’s okay to start over. Also, check on etsy for scraps!

You also might want to consider adding other elements such as wooden beads or even metal beads would be great, too.

I’ll walk through the dimensions of this specific tassel, but take these basic steps and adjust them to make your unique piece, anything goes!

Tassel Tutorial - Noodlehead

Cut your leather (or material of your choice):

  • 5″ square for main body of tassel
  • 3/8″ wide x 8″ tall for hanging loop
  • 1/4″ wide (or less) x 12″ strip for decorative finish

 

Tassel Tutorial - Noodlehead

Next, cut the fringe! This part is super fun. And it totally doesn’t have to be precise. If you’d like though, use a ruler, cutting mat and rotary cutter and cut the fringe 1/4″ wide each and 3 1/2″ from the bottom edge. You can certainly use a scissors and eyeball it, too!

Tassel Tutorial - Noodlehead

 

After the fringe is all cut, align the the 3/8″ wide hanging loop piece, folded in half, to the very left side of the main tassel piece. You’ll want to place it at least a 1/2″ down from the top edge so that it won’t pull from the tassel once it’s finished.

Tassel Tutorial - Noodlehead

Then go ahead and layer on the glue, you’ll need much less than you think. Here’s a shot of mine before I started rolling from the left. If you do have excess like I did, work quickly to wipe it off. I used a paper towel and it cleaned up really well. When you’re rolling the tassel just keep in mind to keep the top edge of the tassel aligned.

Tassel Tutorial - Noodlehead

Once you have it completely rolled, wipe any excess glue and hold in place for a few seconds. The glue I used holds really well, so it only took maybe 30 seconds before I was able to let go.Tassel Tutorial - Noodlehead

Next step is totally optional of course, but I used the thin strip and wrapped it around the main part of the tassel towards the top and double knotted it. After everything is dry you can loop it around a bag’s handle.Tassel Tutorial - Noodlehead

Tassel Tutorial - Noodlehead

That’s all! It really is a super quick and fun project that’s great for scraps! Hope you’ll give one a try!

Tassel Tutorial - Noodlehead