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Summer Firefly Tote & Sew-along

I figured it would be a good time to share my newest finish, my project size Firefly Tote that I made during the Firefly Tote sew-along! It’s my Summer Firefly Tote! Summer has been filled with all kinds of activities for our family. I’m thinking August might be the month where I am looking forward to sewing a few more things for fun!

Summer Firefly Tote

Thank you to everyone who joined along during the sew-along (we wrapped up on July 13th, 2021). More importantly, I’m excited to do more! Let me know in the comments what pattern you would want to sew along with next

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

Summer Firefly Tote

Links to the Sew-along

Below are the links to the newsletters that went out weekly as part of the sew-along. All newsletters contain a step-by-step video aside from Week 4’s wrap up post.

Looking for supplies for your Firefly?

  • 1″-wide cotton webbing (for the project size you’ll need one yard, for the tote size you’ll need 2 yards) or of course lengthen or shorten to your desired length!
  • 1″-wide leather handles (FOR TOTE SIZE: choose the 28″ length, feel free to shorten them down to the suggested 25″ length or leave at 28″) (FOR PROJECT SIZE: choose the 18″ length for the recommended length or go longer if you want!)
  • Zipper for front pocket (6″ zipper for the Project size, 7″ for the Tote size)
  • Chicago screws, for anyone who doesn’t want to use rivets. Available in sets of four in Antique Brass. Instructions for how to install chicago screws are shown in Week 3’s video.
  • Drawstring cord (3-yard pack) for drawstring closure (available in natural and three colors)
  • Twill tape (3-yard pack) for drawstring closure
Summer Firefly Tote

Project Details

This Summer Firefly Tote sewed up really beautifully thanks to these gorgeous fabrics:

Dry Oilskin from Oak Fabrics for Exterior, Arid Wilderness by Louise Cunningham (Cloud9 Fabrics) for the Accent, and Robert Kaufman Carolina Gingham (in denim and fog) for Lining

Thank you so much for your support! I can’t wait to see your Firefly Totes! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@noodlehead531) and use #FireflyTote

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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.