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Sandhill Sling Complete Sew-Along

Thanks for following along here on my blog. It’s been almost 12 years since I started blogging! So thank you for being here and welcome to the Sandhill Sling Complete Sew-along!

I’m excited today to share the Sandhill Sling complete sew-along with you! This sew along wrapped up last month (Mar. ’21) and it was a blast sharing videos and information that will help you complete your sling! Even some fun extras, too!

I’ve been using my Sandhill for over a year now and I’m not ready to switch over to a different style bag yet. I love being able to take what I need on walks and hikes. It’s been great to be hands free and still bring the basics!

It’s so interesting to hear from fellow sewists who’ve made their own Sandhills and what they bring with, it’s kind of fun to know what fits! Be sure to check out the #sandhillsling hashtag on Instagram for loads of amazing slings!

Sandhill Sling View A

Fun Fact

Did you know that the Sandhill Sling was named after a local bird, the Sandhill Crane? I think the name is quite fitting with the style of bag. The long neck of the crane reminds me of the sling’s strap connector and strap in a round about sort of way. I’ve taken two trips to the International Crane Foundation with my daughter’s on their field trips. Cranes are amazing birds! If you’re ever in Wisconsin, check it out! Sandhill Cranes are a very common sighting in the Mississippi River valley where I live, and we frequently encounter them in the backwaters of our local lake. They make really cool sounds!

This post is available now to make the sew-along accessible to anyone who needs it. Even though the sew-along isn’t currently happening, you can still follow along at whatever pace you need, whenever you need it!

Links to the Sew-along

Below are the links to the newsletters that went out weekly as part of the sew-along:

Supplies

Sandhill Sling View B interior
Sandhill Sling View B interior

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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Pepin Tote Complete Sew-Along

Hello! Today I’m sharing the Pepin Tote complete sew-along here on the blog. At the end of last year, I hosted a sew-along for the Pepin Tote. It was a blast! Being able to connect with everyone who joined along made the winter so much better. I also loved hearing back from so many of you each week, just knowing that you were there and sewing with me was exciting and encouraging!

Pepin Tote Complete Sew-Along
Floral Pepin Tote (Rifle Paper Co. canvas)

I wanted to make the sew-along accessible to anyone who needs it. Even though the sew-along isn’t currently happening, you can still follow along at whatever pace you need, whenever you need it!

Below are the links to the newsletters that went out weekly as part of the sew-along:

Pepin Tote recessed zipper
Recessed zipper option

In addition, next week I’ll be adding the Sandhill Sling Sew-along to the blog (we finished up the sew-along a month or so ago). If you’ve been looking for that sew-along, it’ll be ready and posted here on my blog in just a few days!

Oh and if you want to keep up-to-date on everything that’s happening, I have a newsletter that goes out somewhat sporadically to let you know of new patterns, new fabric collections, sales, etc. Click here to sign up for the mailing list.

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Handmade Style Tunic Sew Along – Day 5

Welcome to the last day of the Handmade Style tunic sew along! Today we’re left with finishing the hem. Pretty easy, right?!

Handmade Style Tunic Sew Along - Day 5, Noodlehead

Before we get to the nitty gritty, I figured I might as well show off my finished tunic. I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s been so hot and humid here, and when I was wearing the tunic, it felt so cool and comfy. I think this particular print kind of hides the pretty details of the tunic, but I still love it anyway. It’s different enough from my coral version that it feels like a totally different top.

Handmade Style Tunic Sew Along - Day 5, Noodlehead

I paired the tunic with some comfy leggings and the most uncomfortable heels. Actually the heels are a really nice shoe, but I’m definitely not used to wearing them. I think they look pretty at least!

Handmade Style Tunic Sew Along - Day 5, Noodlehead

Handmade Style Tunic Sew Along - Day 5, Noodlehead

The finish I chose for the hem uses single fold bias tape. I really like this type of hem finish, it feels a little more fancy, plus it could be a fun place to add a little splash of hidden color. However, you could definitely do a traditional double turn hem. The curved hem is my favorite detail, but you could straighten it or make it more gradual, too. It’s up to you.

Start by opening the single fold bias tape you made on Day 1 and fold the short end to the wrong side by 1/2″. Align that folded edge to the side seam of the right side of the tunic’s bottom raw edge.

hemstart

I start by placing a pin at the beginning and start sewing and work my way around the hem until I reach the beginning, overlapping where I started and trimming any excess bias tape. You’ll be sewing along the fold closest to the raw edge of the tunic, the first fold. Use the natural give in the bias tape to conform it to the curves of the hem.

hemtrim

Press the seam allowance away from the tunic then refold the bias tape so it lays wrong sides together with the tunic completely on the inside of the garment. The seam you had just sewn will now be the bottom edge of the tunic. Press the bias tape in place and pin being sure to neatly tuck in the raw edges where the bias tape overlapped. Pin in place.

hem3

hem2

Sew along the inner fold of the bias tape using a slightly longer stitch length. Be careful not to stretch the hem, but to let it gradually feed through your machine.

hem

That’s all! You’re finished! Now it’s time to try it on and start thinking of the different ways you can wear your new tunic!

Sew along notes: I’ll be spreading out the posts to be once a week, which will hopefully be a nice amount of time to get through each step as well as being easy to get caught up in case your schedule is full this summer! And of course feel free to work at your own pace, the posts will be permanent here on my blog, so reference them any time you need. If you have any questions please let me know in the comments below.

Handmade Style Tunic Sew Along – Day 1
Handmade Style Tunic Sew Along – Day 2
Handmade Style Tunic Sew Along – Day 3
Handmade Style Tunic Sew Along – Day 4

If you still need a copy of my book, you can purchase a copy of Handmade Style at your local quilt shop, Joann’s, local bookstore or Amazon. Or, check with your local library, too.

And that’s a wrap! I hope you’ve enjoyed making your tunic.

Handmade Style Tunic Sew Along - Day 5, Noodlehead