This coneflower Divided Basket using Quarry Trail has to be one of my most favorite makes of all time. I’m not quite sure why it’s my favorite ever, but it makes me smile!
If you’ve been around here long enough, you’ve seen a parade of Divided Baskets over the years. I can’t say I’ll ever tire of making them. They’re fun to feature my favorite prints and they’re quick to sew – but not boring. Not boring is essential to me! I think that’s why I like bag and accessory making, always something different.
You know I love a basket for gift-giving. Dreaming up gift ideas to put in these Divided Baskets is always a treat! I love thinking about things to include that would make a unique gift. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever shared a basket full of yarn and knitting goodies though! So when I was filling this one up, I couldn’t help but think how fun a gift that would be. Make a basket, fill it up with yarn for a certain project, include the pattern and any fun notions or needles needed and you’re all set!
Here are a few Divided Baskets I’ve sewn in the past for more inspiration:
Today I’m sharing the Poolside Tote I made using Quarry Trail (my new fabric collection). I’m so excited because the collection is showing up at shops now! I’ve seen so many posting about it on social media, so that’s super fun to see. It never really feels real until a fabric collection is available for you guys!
This abstract print from Quarry Trail, lovingly called ‘Trail Marker’ seemed like the perfect match for my pattern, the Poolside Tote. I have loved using mine since the pattern was released a few years ago. It’s so versatile and big!
I use mine for an overnight bag or if we need to haul random things to a soccer tournament day. And of course to the swimming pool! It’s perfect for hauling towels and all things swimming. I am so looking forward to when we can go to the pool again!
To quilt, or not to quilt?
Looking back it would have been fun to quilt the fabric to the foam interfacing (or do a batting/canvas layer with quilting). I had made a black + white gingham sample years ago that used that method and it’s such a nice bag. Just the foam and fabric is nice though, too. It’s a bit of a simpler look.
The zippered front pocket is a must-have in my opinion. The pattern also includes a variation for a slip pocket (here’s a sample with a slip pocket), but either are fun and useful.
I’m happy to announce that I’ll be hosting the Sandhill Sling Sew-along starting next month! After having so much fun with the Pepin Tote Sew-along at the end of last year, I was excited to plan another! Connecting and getting to know folks was such a fun part – plus it’s fun! We all need a little fun these days!
Sandhill Sling Sew-Along Sign-up
I’ve put together a tentative schedule for the SAL and will run it the same way I did the Pepin Tote SAL, via a once-weekly email beginning Wednesday, February 17th (ending approximately March 17th). Each email will have written information as well as a video of that week’s steps. Click the link below to sign up to receive the sew-along newsletters:
Be sure to check out the #sandhillsling on Instagram to see so many amazing slings that have been made already! We can use the #sandhillslingalong as the sew-along #!
I’m hoping to schedule the SAL for four weeks, plus a wrap up email at the end. Even if you don’t have time or aren’t sure you want to join in this time, you can sign up now and keep the emails for when you’re ready! It’s a casual thing, no pressure to keep up with any pace. The only requirement is that it’s FUN for you. Sewing is fun!
In case you need bag-making supplies for the SAL I have most items available in my shop (I’m eagerly awaiting my restock of the Metal Snap Kits, but I don’t have an ETA yet):
Webbing by-the-yard (instructions DO include making your own from fabric, too, so whatever works best for you!), you’ll need to order two yards for the sling, although you’ll only be using a yard and a half. If you plan on making two bags, order three (3) yards!