sewing

My Pepin Tote

Shortly after the end of the Pepin Tote Sew-along I was able to sneak in some time to sew up my Pepin Tote – one just for me. It just so happens that the tote I had been using got chocolate all over on the lining one day. *Ahem* not sure how that could have happened. I was craving making another Pepin Tote so I got busy cutting & sewing.

My Pepin Tote

Waxed Canvas

The waxed canvas I used is from Fabric Funhouse. It’s the Coyote Brown color and I think it’s one of my most favorite colors right now. I have several favorites of course, but this one is just so good!). I knew it would make a great bag and hide all the dirt that comes with being thrown around on a daily basis.

Rivets

I added some rivets to mine because I love rivets! I’m always hesitant to show them on my pattern samples because I know they can be intimidating. Plus you don’t HAVE to use them. However, I think that once you’ve set a few, they add such a nice touch. And having a hand press really makes it slick. Check out my tutorial on setting rivets if you’re up to trying them out! Included in that post is all the info plus some sources for where you can get yours!

The handles are my rustic leather and I used the metal snap on the front pocket (here’s the tutorial for that). Inside I used the magnetic snap and one of my favorite linings (because it’s a sturdy enough weight I don’t have to use interfacing) from Fancy Tiger Crafts.

Project Information:

Complete sew-along for the Pepin Tote (including step-by-step video) available here.

Sew Along

Sandhill Sling Complete Sew-Along

Thanks for following along here on my blog. It’s been almost 12 years since I started blogging! So thank you for being here and welcome to the Sandhill Sling Complete Sew-along!

I’m excited today to share the Sandhill Sling complete sew-along with you! This sew along wrapped up last month (Mar. ’21) and it was a blast sharing videos and information that will help you complete your sling! Even some fun extras, too!

I’ve been using my Sandhill for over a year now and I’m not ready to switch over to a different style bag yet. I love being able to take what I need on walks and hikes. It’s been great to be hands free and still bring the basics!

It’s so interesting to hear from fellow sewists who’ve made their own Sandhills and what they bring with, it’s kind of fun to know what fits! Be sure to check out the #sandhillsling hashtag on Instagram for loads of amazing slings!

Sandhill Sling View A

Fun Fact

Did you know that the Sandhill Sling was named after a local bird, the Sandhill Crane? I think the name is quite fitting with the style of bag. The long neck of the crane reminds me of the sling’s strap connector and strap in a round about sort of way. I’ve taken two trips to the International Crane Foundation with my daughter’s on their field trips. Cranes are amazing birds! If you’re ever in Wisconsin, check it out! Sandhill Cranes are a very common sighting in the Mississippi River valley where I live, and we frequently encounter them in the backwaters of our local lake. They make really cool sounds!

This post is available now to make the sew-along accessible to anyone who needs it. Even though the 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:

Supplies

Sandhill Sling View B interior
Sandhill Sling View B interior

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sew Along

Pepin Tote Complete Sew-Along

Hello! Today I’m sharing the Pepin Tote complete sew-along here on the blog. At the end of last year, I hosted a sew-along for the Pepin Tote. It was a blast! Being able to connect with everyone who joined along made the winter so much better. I also loved hearing back from so many of you each week, just knowing that you were there and sewing with me was exciting and encouraging!

Pepin Tote Complete Sew-Along
Floral Pepin Tote (Rifle Paper Co. canvas)

I wanted to make the sew-along accessible to anyone who needs it. Even though the sew-along isn’t currently happening, you can still follow along at whatever pace you need, whenever you need it!

Below are the links to the newsletters that went out weekly as part of the sew-along:

Pepin Tote recessed zipper
Recessed zipper option

In addition, next week I’ll be adding the Sandhill Sling Sew-along to the blog (we finished up the sew-along a month or so ago). If you’ve been looking for that sew-along, it’ll be ready and posted here on my blog in just a few days!

Oh and if you want to keep up-to-date on everything that’s happening, I have a newsletter that goes out somewhat sporadically to let you know of new patterns, new fabric collections, sales, etc. Click here to sign up for the mailing list.