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!
I have a new free pattern to share with you! And just in time for Christmas because this one is quick and satisfying to make! I had the opportunity to design this bag for Carolyn‘s new collection Carkai (which is shipping to stores any day now) for Robert Kaufman. I can’t ever say no to working with Carolyn‘s designs, they’re pretty much my favorite thing ever – every time. I am always blown away by her color combinations! Needless to say her designs inspire me.
So this is the Gatherer Crossbody Bag, I had such a fun time sketching out ideas! Admittedly sometimes getting from sketch to a design I actually want to make can be so difficult as well as time consuming. But this one definitely wasn’t the case. From sketching to starting work on my prototype went really smoothly. I feel really lucky when that happens. And I couldn’t stop at just one bag, three is always more fun. Playing with the different combinations is my favorite. Especially on a new project that hasn’t been released yet. Secretly I want to keep the pattern all to myself at that point, and run off with the samples. hehe!
This is a small-ish bag (Dimensions: 10″ wide x 9″ tall x 2 1/2″ deep) to be worn across the body. The flap closure is a fun opportunity to try out some leather or non-fraying faux leather or suede. I think you’ll find the button stud closure to be really elegant as well as quick and easy to install. The piping adds a nice pop an definition to the flap and front pocket. Stop by my piping tutorial for making your own and you’ll probably never want the store-made stuff again.
The straps finish in a sort of raw state which I think compliments Carkai nicely. They simply gets knotted around each side loop, although you can also use swivel/lobster clasps if you like using hardware. My goal was to keep the bag simple and one that didn’t require a lot of ‘extras’ that can sometimes be difficult to track down.
I hope you’ll try one and maybe gift one to a friend, too!
Happy fall! I paired up with Robert Kaufman again for another free pattern – the Trail Tote! Just like the Cargo Duffle and Manicure wallet, you can jump on over to the Robert Kaufman website and download the pattern for free! I’m honored that this project features Carolyn‘s newest collection – Doe! (it’ll be debuting at Quilt Market this week)
I was especially happy designing this tote. I had the sketch just waiting to come to life. I love that part of sewing. And this tote is such a great sew! Sorry if that sounds weird, but I’m already cutting out more for me. I’m making myself an exact copy of the large tote. It’s kind of how I work actually, I design a lot to try to figure out a bag that I would love. That sounds pretty self righteous, but I design to help solve my own issues that I encounter.
Doe is such an amazing collection, and even though I haven’t seen all the prints in person, the colors and designs just make my heart swell. I feel like I say that with each of Carolyn‘s new fabrics, but it’s true. Can’t help it!
Anyway, I hope you give the tote a try. I had fun doing the illustrations and writing things up, of course making the bags and the photo shoot were the cherry on top!
Pattern: Trail Tote (designed by me for Robert Kaufman)
Fabric: Doe by Carolyn Friedlander
Zippers: 8″ zipper here, 6″ zipper here, zipper pulls here and here