Another free pattern for you! I’m excited to finally share about the Forage Bag pattern I designed to go with my new fabric collection, Forage. I should have shared it a few weeks back, but better late than never, right?! I hope. After finalizing Forage, it was time to dedicate my efforts to designing this new pattern. I had so many ideas for different designs that it was hard to nail down just one. I guess that’s a good problem! Although, sometimes I wish I could make up my mind a little easier!
This is a sweet little set of bags with a zippered opening. It’s kind of like having an extra pocket instead of carrying a whole purse full of things you rarely use. Not sure if you’ve noticed, but I’m heavily on the side of not carrying a lot of things with me. I like to travel light and not feel encumbered by a large bag or purse. Of course there can be exceptions to my own rule, especially for road trips and weekend getaways — so the Forage Bag is an ode to traveling light! It’s a fairly straightforward pattern that uses small amounts of fabric – which is always fun. It’s also perfect for mixing and matching your favorites. I love that! I think it’ll look amazing in so many fabric combos. I love that quality because sometimes you just want to sew! Agonizing over fabric selection isn’t what it’s all about anyway.
So be sure to stop over to the Robert Kaufman site to pick up your free copy of the pattern. It comes in two sizes, regular and mini. The regular size has a slip pocket inside, and the mini is perfect for a small wallet/phone and keys! Make sure to whip one up! Or two! I think they’d make a great present or treat yourself and make one for you!
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Pattern: Forage Bag Pattern (thanks for your patience while the file was being updated, the file is now available for download)
Fabric: Forage fabric collection by me for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Grommets: I highly recommend the Dritz brand grommets, pick them up at your local quilt shop or local craft supply store.
Zippers: zipit on etsy or I have some listed in my shop as well
Finally, right?! Eeek! I hope you find this tutorial fun and helpful!
Quite a few months ago I made these pencil pouches from the canvas fabrics in my collection for Cloud9 Fabrics, Rain Walk. So today I’m sharing the how-to and pattern template as a way of saying thank you to all who stop by my website, leave kind note, and are excited about sewing! I’m grateful for the community and fun and sharing!
- 10″ zipper (I buy mine at Zipit)
- templates CLICK TO DOWNLOAD (print at 100%, no scaling)
- fat quarter – 18″ x 22″ cotton canvas for lining (I use an unbleached 9 oz. weight cotton canvas from my local Joanns, it’s perfect for showcasing all your pretty pencils and pens!)
- 6″ x 18″ main print (canvas/denim/twill)
- 6″ x 12″ accent fabric (canvas/denim/twill)
- 1/4 yard fusible woven interfacing (I prefer Pellon SF101 which is 20″ wide)
Note about materials: If you choose to substitute a different fabric type than suggested, you may need additional interfacing for desired structure. Just sayin’.
All seam allowances 1/2″ unless otherwise noted. Seam allowance included in template.
RST=Right Sides Together, WST=Wrong Sides Together
Approx. finished size: 3 1/4″ tall x 10 1/2″ wide x 1 1/2″ deep
(1) Main, (1 Main reversed)
(1) Accent, (1 Accent reversed)
(2) fusible woven interfacing – using lining template
A note on cutting: Because you’ll want the color blocking to reflect on each side of the zipper, make sure you cut the exterior pieces accordingly (reversed as directed), they’ll look like this:
*my exterior pieces in the following steps are shown without interfacing so as to hopefully better show the process.
Piece the exterior
- Start by sewing the exterior together by placing the main print and accent fabric RST and sewing using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seam to one side and topstitch. Fuse woven interfacing to wrong side.
- Repeat to assemble remaining exterior panel.
Prepare the zipper
- Bend zipper ends in place and sew (at both the pull side and end stop side).
View from wrong side of zipper.
View from right side of zipper.
- With assembled exterior panel right side up, center zipper right side facing down (zipper pull at left) along top edge. Pin in place.
- Place one lining piece, right side down on top. Pin in place. Using your zipper foot, sew along top edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Press exterior panel away from zipper and topstitch along zipper using an 1/8″ seam allowance.
- Position exterior panel and lining panel WST. Press away from zipper.
- Repeat 1-4 to attach remaining exterior panel and lining panel to remaining zipper side. This time placing zipper pull at right. Make sure your exterior panel seams match up at the same location as best you can.
- Open zipper halfway!!!
- Position exterior panels RST and pin along sides and bottom. Position lining pieces RST and pin along sides and bottom. Be sure that you place pins at the intersections of where the lining meets the exterior on each side of the pouch.
- Sew around perimeter of exterior and lining leaving a 4″ opening at the bottom of the lining.
- Press seam allowance open. If desired, trim lining seam allowance to 1/4″ except at opening.
- Reach inside the pouch and wiggle the zipper open fully.
- Box corners by pinching one bottom seam to match it’s corresponding side seam. Sew. Repeat for remaining 3 corners.
- Turn pouch right side out through opening in lining.
- Sew opening in lining closed (by machine or by hand)
- Push lining into exterior and press along zipper edge. Tip: To get the pouch corners crisp, use your fingers to squeeze the seam allowance together at the side seam when the zipper is fully open. Use a chop stick or other dull instrument to poke out the corner on the metal end stop side.
I hope you enjoy making some pencil pouches! They make such fun teacher gifts and of course my kids love theirs. If you want extra credit these would be an awesome companion to a Wool + Wax Tote. I also wanted to point out that this is just one way to install a zipper or make a pouch, believe me when I say there are many many more options! Check out my other tutorials and patterns if you’re interested in working with zippers or love to make pouches.
Yayyyyy! I’m sharing this fun (and free!) basket and tray pattern that I made up using Carolyn Friedlander’s new fabric collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics – Euclid. It’s printed on gorgeous essex linen and I think it might be my favorite collection of hers yet.
I was dreaming up what project to make using Euclid and a basket kept coming to mind. The Euclid designs are perfect for home dec items, have you seen these gorgeous napkins? I definitely need some of those in my life. I think the basket and tray are so useful and you can never have too many places to hold all your favorite things, right?! Plus, this set is perfect for pairing up and displaying on your coffee table, dresser, or even in your sewing space. They’re so great for collecting and displaying small treasures. I especially like to think that the basket is perfect for yarn whereas the tray fits a small scissors, thread, and notions so nicely.
They’re a fun almost origami-like shape and the leather handles and rivets look so amazing. You could definitely sew fabric handles or get creative using thick wool felt and hand stitch them on. Either way, I hope you’ll use this free pattern and have some fun with it! I can’t wait to see what you make.
Pattern: Tiny Treasures Basket & Tray Pattern
Fabric: Euclid by Carolyn Friedlander (coming to shops in August!)
Let me know in the comments if you’d be interested in being able to purchase sets of leather for the basket or tray from my shop. Handles for the basket are now in my shop!
Have a great weekend!