So happy to introduce to you my newest pattern, the Redwood Tote! Yayyyyy!!!! I think you’re going to love making it and even better yet – using it! It has some really fun features that I know you’ll appreciate:
- front zippered pocket
- top zipper for keeping everything secure
- back slip pocket
- interior slip pocket
- crossbody adjustable strap
- short handles for easy grab and go
- reinforced base!
The Redwood Tote is a zip top crossbody bag. It has short handles too, which are so handy! I just love using mine. The front zippered pocket is where I keep my phone and small wallet (my Minimalist wallet to be exact). And the back has a super convenient slip pocket where I stash my keys. I love that it’s next to my body and that both pockets are easy to use.
The inside has a divided slip pocket to keep a few essentials and the main compartment is nice and roomy! The zipper opens nice and wide so it’s easy to find what you need.
Interior view, divided slip pocket
And! Don’t forget the reinforced base! It’s a fun detail that looks great but also functions as a stable base. It’s really fun to see it come together, too!
It has so many great possibilities with all sorts of fabric combinations. I love that if you want, you can split the exterior into two different fabrics. It makes for a fun visual impact. It’s really fun to make and I just can’t stop! So plan on seeing tons more plus my testers made sooo many gorgeous versions, too. Excited to show them off here next week.
Antique Brass Redwood Tote Hardware Kit
I also put together a hardware kit in both nickel and antique brass, so if you need hardware be sure to pick one up. I also have the zippers needed, too!
Alternate View using 2 Fat Quarters for Exterior Fabric
I can’t wait to see what you make! Please tag me on social media (@noodlehead531 on Instagram) and add #noodleheadpatterns #noodleheadredwoodtote, too!
Denim/dots tote: Around Town Small Dots by Sarah Golden for Andover Fabrics, ‘wrong’ side of denim by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, lining is Carolina Gingham by Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
Alternate view tote: Harriot (Thick Woven in Spice) by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles, lining is Kitchen Wovens in Slate by Elizabeth Hartman
Happy Spring! I’m so happy to be joining in today for the Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour! Just seeing Michelle’s Spring fabric lineup makes me happy. If you’re not familiar, Style Maker Fabrics is a well rounded fabric shop filled with all sorts of great fabrics. What I love most about that is I can do my fabric shopping for more than just a bag or garment, I can do both! She carries everything from denims to knits, to beautiful flowy tencel twills, rayons and more. It’s pretty much a treasure trove of fabric.
So I chose this stunning barkcloth for the mini version of my Traverse Bag pattern. I’ve always loved this small version, and for me it’s just the right size for Spring and Summer! I love changing things up and when the seasons change, so part of that usually involves making a new bag for myself. Out with the old and in with the new. Yes please! Michelle helped me pair it with this periwinkle double ikat shirting for the lining and a neon slub chambray shirting for the accent. It was fun to make one again. I love being able to set my mind on autopilot (with a good podcast of course) and just sew. It really is relaxing. I love knowing the steps and not having to double check things as I go. It’s a nice change of pace from pattern writing and editing!
I also got this Royal Tencel Twill Shirting and paired it with the Perkins Shirt pattern by Ensemble Patterns. I had bought the pattern months ago after seeing a bunch pop up on Instagram. It looked like an interesting sew and I really loved the sleeve and gathers. The pattern was a really fun one to tackle. I absolutely love the construction. There are no seams that you need to finish, all are enclosed or french seams which is a really awesome feature. It was a relief too because I didn’t have any serger thread to match at all!
The Tencel Twill is really such a beautiful fabric, it has a lovely drape without being too lightweight. I’m not sure I would naturally gravitate to the royal color, but it is fun to mix things up a bit.
Patterns: Traverse Bag (mini option) and Perkins Shirt (I sewed the Regular length, size 6, with gathers and pointed collar) by Ensemble Patterns
Fabrics: Japanese Abstract Brushstroke Barkcloth, Periwinkle Ikat, and Neon Slub Chambray for the bag, Royal Tencel Twill Shirting for the shirt all fabrics provided by Style Maker Fabrics
Grab a Traverse Bag Hardware Kit here, too!
#stylemakerfabrics #smfstyletour #springstyletour19 @stylemakerfabrics
So, believe it or not, I do knit from time to time. It’s been a long time since I’ve finished anything though. I did manage a pair of mittens at the end of 2017, but other than that, no time for knitting in 2018 until right before Christmas. I figured it was the perfect time to pick up a project that I had started months before, my Range Shawl. I checked back on my Instagram and I had picked out the yarn for the Range Shawl pattern back in 2016. It was a lofty goal for me back then anyway, but there were quite a few obstacles I needed to jump before working on this project in earnest.
Once I felt that most of the studio stuff was taken care of, I felt a bit of time in the evenings open up. Especially in winter it was where I had time to sit down and work on this shawl. I hadn’t ever made a shawl before. In fact, I hadn’t knit anything flat before either. The big leap for me though was learning brioche. It seemed pretty insurmountable to me with only having a few years and a handful of finished knit projects under my belt. I was determined though, ever since the pattern was released I’ve been dying to make it. So I sat down one Saturday with a winter storm and tried and tried figuring it out! My friend Jeni recommended this video which really helped get a visual on things. The pattern is so clearly written though, too. I look back now and think that it was so much easier than what I had built it up to be. So once I got one brioche section under my belt it felt really great! I did have quite a few times where I made mistakes and had to go back and try and fix. I kept using life lines after each section which was necessary for me!
This was a great project to start learning brioche! Because the shawl is worked corner-t0-corner it helped me by knowing there was only a small section to work on at first. Of course I could have tried using some scrap yarn and practiced, but I jumped right in. I will say though that for the two color brioche it is much easier to see what you’re doing when you have yarns that have more contrast. My first section of brioche didn’t have as much contrast so it was a bit harder to learn that way. I do love the way the colors transition though.
I ran out of my one color of yarn, but luckily it was enough to do one repeat in the tweed section. I don’t think it’s too noticeable and I really could care less that it doesn’t follow the pattern exactly. I ended up doing an extra repeat of the other tweed section instead.
I feel so excited and proud about finishing this shawl! It feels like such a big accomplishment in my knitting. It took me from the end of December until the end of February to knit, just a bit of time each night with a few longer spurts in between.
Pattern: Range Shawl by Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits
Yarn: Tosh DK in Celadon and Silver Fox by Madelinetosh, Trusty in Overcoat by Plucky Knitter, CFC Merino Worsted in Cenote by Camellia Fibers Co.