Because it’s starting to feel a little like fall here, I thought it would be fun to sit down and use some Driftless to sew up a couple of Petal Pouches. If you’re new here, Driftless is my fabric collection with Robert Kaufman Fabrics. The name Driftless is from the area where I live, it’s a pretty special geological place, you can read a bit about it here. My fabric collection was based on a walk on the edges of the Mississippi River with my family. The two prints I used for these pouches are inspired by the Common Loon and water lilies drifting in the current. Growing up, my family did a lot of canoeing and camping along the river so these prints always bring back little memories of those times.
I hadn’t made a Petal Pouch in ages, actually I’ve been looking back and realizing I’ve been doing a pretty lackluster job of sewing up a lot of my own patterns. It’s fun and relaxing for me to sew up pouches like these. They take so little fabric and just a bit of time, but are so fun and useful! I think I’m going to be taking a bit of time to sew up a few fun gifts in the next few months, so maybe I’ll be all set by the time the holidays come around.
You can find the Petal Pouch pattern in my shop in PDF format, or as part of my Everyday Essentials booklet (it’s a fun booklet I put together that includes three patterns one of which is the Petal Pouch). I mentioned the other day on Instagram that I’ve got a few new patterns coming up, one that I talked about here on the blog last week, and another that I’m hoping might be able to release at the end of September. I cannot wait to show you! So even though the next few weeks/months are going to be busy here, I’m hoping to set aside a couple of blocks of time each week to sew something just for fun.
Pattern: Petal Pouch (two sizes are included in the pattern), or in the Everyday Essentials Booklet
Zippers (you’ll need a 10″ for the large pouch and a 6″ for the small) and pulls are available in my shop. I’m a little low on inventory for the pulls, but I’ll hopefully be able to keep some listed.
What’s this? a Pepin Tote? It is!!! Earlier this year the Spring issue of Making Magazine/No. 9 – Simple came out and I had contributed a new pattern – the Pepin Tote. It has to be right up there as one of my favorite basics. So much potential to showcase all kind of fabrics and even highlight a favorite on the front pocket! In just over a month I’ll be able to release it as a stand alone pattern in my shop (so not quite yet, but I just couldn’t wait to share this sample), so excited! I’ve loved using my version that I made years ago, so I’ll be so happy to share it with you! I’ll keep you updated here for when it’ll be available!
My Pepin Tote
I had cut out this rust colored waxed canvas (from Fabric Funhouse) months ago and it’s been waiting for me to finally sew it. So I committed to the lining fabric (I had so many picked out it was hard to choose) and sewed it up! Can’t go wrong with a stripe! This Ticking Stripe (in indigo) that I ordered from Fancy Tiger Crafts is one of my favorites. I also used my Rustic leather handles from my shop (it’s a new color I added a few months ago, but one I’ve been using for personal projects for years).
I’m excited that this pattern will be releasing before the gift sewing season, yes, I can’t believe it’s coming up so quickly! I’m planning on doing a newsletter style sew-along with this pattern. A first for me, but I think it’ll be really fun to put together. Plus I love the community aspect of a sew-along, and I think gathering together to create is so important.
If you’d like to sign up for the sew-along, I’ll be adding a sign-up link below. Don’t worry, this will only add you to the sew-along email group, but I promise it’ll be fun!
I don’t have firm dates set yet, but would like to get things started in November for plenty of time to complete the tote (or a bunch!) before Christmas.
Hand knit socks, using My First Toe Up Sock pattern by Susan B. Anderson
I hope your August is going well. It’s been such a difficult year, hasn’t it?! It’s been a challenging one to navigate as a family and as a small business. I think part of why knitting has jumped back on my queue is because of the uncertainty of everything. I’ve been wanting to knit socks for a very long time and just never made the commitment to myself to get started. I had gotten a skein of sock yarn from my local knitting shop a couple of years ago and it just sat in a drawer.
Well, I finally dug up the motivation to just start! It’s tough to be a beginner at anything, but it is a very very good reminder for me. I don’t think I’ll ever consider myself an advanced sewist, even though I’ve been sewing almost daily for more than 12 years now (and had been sewing many years before that!). But knitting has been a skill that intrigues me so much. And although I’ve got a few years of knitting under my belt, it’s been infrequent and gets pushed aside for whatever life throws at us. Socks always seemed much more difficult than my usual cowl or mitten. So, my family and I got to go camping for a few days in June and I wound my skein and grabbed a pattern (after so.much.research.) and was determined. I think I cast on one hundred times! Seriously, I messed up royally over and over again. Even though it was frustrating I just kept at it! I needed to figure it out and I knew eventually things would click. And they did!
My first sock took me over a month to complete. My second sock took a week and half I think? Even though there are many flaws, I am so happy with how these turned out. They’re socks after all! They look like a sock and can be worn so I call that a win! I gave them to my youngest daughter (because they fit her!) and promptly went shopping for a second skein of sock yarn. I’m excited to learn even more on my next pair.
I hope that if you’re new to sewing, that you stick with things. I know there’s a huge learning curve, but even if you can grab a friend and work through things together I think it can give you such a feeling of accomplishment. And I think we all need to feel that in times like these!
Yarn: Abacus Dyeworks (color is Secret Garden) purchased from Yarn Cakes
Pattern: My First Toe-Up Socks by Susan B. Anderson