Phew! It’s been quite the fall season already! I know for many of you fall means back to school and hopefully have been able to return to some sort of normal activities. Honestly I miss having my kids home more, the time we got to spend together since Covid was so great. Now that activities are back on the schedule for my girls, we’ve been doing a lot of running around. It’s such a privilege to be able to watch them in sports and show choir – soaking it all in!
This Framework canvas Wool + Wax Tote served as a bit of a palette cleanser for me. Do you like to sew a small, easy-ish project between bigger projects? I wrapped up sample sewing for my upcoming fabric collection and this tote was just what I needed.
I did cut up a special leather hide for the straps (sorry it’s sold out! of my shop). It felt good to cut up this gorgeous hide. If you haven’t noticed, the leather industry has been hit pretty hard because of Covid. Lead times are very long on anything special order (which is most of the leather I carry). I am currently waiting on an order, hope that it will arrive in about three weeks or so.
Yep, I said it. This is my yellow Pepin Tote for fall. I’m not sure why exactly, but this yellow always makes me think fall.
I had made this sample during the Pepin Tote Sew-along last November. I never ended up getting final pictures of it, so it’s sat and waited on a hook until now.
Fabric Picks – Yellow Pepin Tote for Fall
This is made with Robert Kaufman’s Big Sur Canvas in Mustard. Of course if you’ve seen much of my work lately, usually if I’m making a bag, it involves at least some Big Sur. I love how versatile it is and the wide variety of colors to choose from.
It is lining with this Surface by Amy van Luijk for Figo Fabrics. It’s such a beautiful substrate (a cotton-linen blend) and works really well for this lining and of course it works great for an exterior fabric choice, too (see my Hillside Tote)!
This has the optional zippered closure which is really quite fun. I know that a lot of folks need a zippered closure and I think that’s why I love the Pepin Tote so much. You can make it with or without! I fall in latter category (preferring a simpler tote without a ton of pockets or zippers for most occasions). But when you sew it, YOU get to pick!
I’m hoping to get back in the swing of things here in the next few weeks. Lots of things happening in the background!!! School starting for my daughters will be a nice routine for everyone to get back into. We also have been building a new house this summer! We’re getting ready to move, but first we’ll be making a temporary move to live with some family for about a month while the new house gets finished up. It’s been a lot of work, and has taken a lot of my creative energy (in a good way!). I’ve been enjoying it so much, but am ready for watching all the finishing details come together and then of course to get back to more creative time for sewing patterns and fabric designing!
I figured it would be a good time to share my newest finish, my project size Firefly Tote that I made during the Firefly Tote sew-along! It’s my Summer Firefly Tote! Summer has been filled with all kinds of activities for our family. I’m thinking August might be the month where I am looking forward to sewing a few more things for fun!
Thank you to everyone who joined along during the sew-along (we wrapped up on July 13th, 2021). More importantly, I’m excited to do more! Let me know in the comments what pattern you would want to sew along with next
This post is available now to make the sew-along accessible to anyone who needs it. In other words, even though this sew-along isn’t currently happening, you can still follow along at whatever pace you need, whenever you need it!
Links to the Sew-along
Below are the links to the newsletters that went out weekly as part of the sew-along. All newsletters contain a step-by-step video aside from Week 4’s wrap up post.
1″-wide cotton webbing (for the project size you’ll need one yard, for the tote size you’ll need 2 yards) or of course lengthen or shorten to your desired length!
1″-wide leather handles(FOR TOTE SIZE: choose the 28″ length, feel free to shorten them down to the suggested 25″ length or leave at 28″) (FOR PROJECT SIZE: choose the 18″ length for the recommended length or go longer if you want!)