Hope you all had a lovely weekend. I taught my Maker’s Tote pattern at my local quilt shop, Olive Juice Quilts. It was a fun little group and I always enjoy seeing what different fabric combinations everyone comes up with. They were a great mix of local folks as well as some from Minneapolis and Chicago, so it was fun to hear how they traveled to Onalaska. I think we all agreed that having a built in shopping hour would have come in handy – next time! Olive Juice has such a great mix of fabrics, all the new stuff as well as a huge selection of different substrates. If you’re ever in the area, you definitely need to stop in.
So as I was making the step outs for class I also made a new tote and took some videos (I had my girls be my audience and it was the best ever because I hate talking to myself on video, haha). The Maker’s Tote is an intermediate skill level pattern, but it’s nothing too complicated, so if you have an adventurous spirit – you can definitely do it. For one of the students in class, it was her first time making a bag, and she did great!
The reason for the video is that I wanted to have an extra resource for those who are up for the challenge, but maybe feel they aren’t quite ready to go it alone, or those who prefer a video learning format. I took the trickier parts and did videos of those steps, including any additional tips and tricks I could think of. I definitely want anyone who tries any of my patterns to be able to be successful, so I hope these extras will help. While they aren’t a full sew along, I hope it’ll be a helping hand you might need. Check out the video here. I do have the comments in the video disabled, so if you have questions feel free to ask them here or email me. Trust me when I say this isn’t a fancy video (including points where it looks like I’m going to sew my fingers – it’s definitely the camera angle! eek!), but hopefully it gets the point across.
Pattern: Maker’s Tote (size small shown)
Fabric: Miss Matatabi on etsy (she also has a new online shop as well),
Robert Kaufman Gingham and Yarn Dyed Essex
Zippers: Wawak.com for separating zipper and 7″ zipper from my shop
Snap Starter Kit available in my shop
Hope your summer is going great!