Yay! I have a new pattern available today! It’s called the Compass Bag and I truly enjoyed working on it and making sure I got the details just right.
I’m very happy to say it’s a fairly quick and straightforward sew, which is always fun. I love making bags, but sometimes they can be so time consuming, right?! It’s great when I have the time and feel like really sinking into a project for a longer stretch, but there are definitely times I need something a bit on the quicker side. This particular bag came about because I actually need a new bag. The turning seasons always makes me want to grab something new and different to use everyday, plus this time I seriously have worn out my last bag. I used my Gingham Tote, a pattern found in my book, for the past 18 months everyday. And you can tell! It gets tossed around so much, but I’ve loved using it.
But I’m ready for a bit of a change and I love the flat bottom and slightly slouchy casual style of this Compass Bag. Plus I feel like you can’t go wrong with hardware. It always takes things up a notch in my opinion. It comes in two fun sizes and you can pick from two styles of exterior pockets.
Here’s a little breakdown of some of the features if you’re curious:
- two sizes to sew!
- two exterior pockets, two views: cargo or slip style pockets
- interior slip pocket and zippered pocket
- magnetic closure and flat base
- adjustable crossbody strap or fixed length shoulder strap
I can’t wait to make more and explore some different possibilities! I think some quilting on the exterior could really be awesome. Plus, I pulled out so many fabric combinations that I could easily make a dozen more. I love that part the most!
Fabrics used: Euclid by Carolyn Friedlander, Art Gallery Fabrics Denim, Indah Batiks by Me + You, Robert Kaufman Essex and Railroad Denim – Gingham. Hardware from buckleguy.com
Next week I’ll be showing off some tester versions, they really are so amazing. If you have any questions let me know!
Thanks so much for your enthusiasm for the Petal Pouches that were part of the first issue of Making magazine. I heard through the grapevine that Flora (Making’s first issue) sold out quite quickly so I’m happy to be able to release the PDF version of the Petal Pouch here in my shop.
They’re my fun twist on a zippered pouch, a sewing project that will never cease to amaze me. I love the quick and satisfying result and of course how functional and giftable (that’s a word I know it) they are! So if you’ve sewn a pouch before, this might be a fun way to stretch your skills a bit with fun curves and darts.
One of the hardest parts about sewing for printed publication is waiting patiently for it’s release. These were so cute (especially the small size) that once I finished I wished I could have shared immediately. But being patient is good, and now I’m excited for them all over again. Patchwork exteriors anyone? Appliqué? I know you like to get creative.
I also listed more leather in the shop as well. I’ve added 3/4″-wide leather in a few lengths. One of the lengths is for the Tiny Treasures Basket pattern, the other length is great for short tote straps. I’ll be doing a full restock in the next few weeks, so thank you for being patient. If there’s something specific you’d like to see let me know and maybe it’s something I can add in the future.
Stay tuned for the second issue of Making magazine (titled Fauna) in the fall. I’m excited to have another project included!
Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday everyone! I hope your summer is going well. I know for me it was really important to take the first part of summer and soak up as much of it as I could with my girls. We had a great time, and now I’m finally getting the itch to sew more and share, too. But it’s surely not over yet, there are adventures to be had!
Backing up a bit, at the end of spring I was honored to be included in a new magazine called Making. If you haven’t heard of it yet, please go check it out. The amazingly talented Carrie Hoge of Madder put together a bunch of amazing knitters, sewists, and crafters and assembled this gorgeous mag. It’s only available in print, and I think Carrie really made all the projects shine as every page is filled with so much inspiration and light. I designed a set of zippered pouches that were way too fun to make, Petal Pouches.
They’re a cute set of two small curvy zippered pouches that I can totally see as being fun to make and fun to customize however you’d like by using patchwork or appliqué or whatever your heart desires. They’d be a fun little project to make for swaps or to tuck in a gift card or other small treasures and give as a gift. Of course do please make one for yourself! I’m thinking I need at least one to corral lip gloss, some tissues, and floss for in my everyday bag. The small size is like a small dumpling you can hold in the palm of your hand – so cute.
I hope you’ll be able to pick up a copy at your local quilt or knitting shop, from Carrie herself, or there’s a limited amount of copies I have in my shop as well. Oh, and Making will be a bi-annual magazine and I’d recommend keeping a lookout for a fall issue coming right up.
All images by Carrie Hoge
Pattern: Petal Pouches (featured in Making magazine) Pattern now available in my shop!
Fabrics: Liberty of London and Umbrella Prints