Of course I had to make some Minimalist Wallets using my new fabric collection, Forage. I love that they use up very little fabric (and I’ve even seen so many using different combinations of fabric for the different cuts) that there seems like an endless amount of combinations. I think that’s one reason I love sewing so much, one project can be sewn in so many fabrics for an infinite number of possibilities!
So these cute and super functional wallets were so fun pick fabrics for. I think I’d someday make one using all the fabrics from Forage if I could (hmmm, Christmas presents?). I’m impatiently waiting for my first mini Minimalist Wallet to wear out so I can make another for myself. I still can’t believe it’s going strong a year and a half after I first started using it. I love how it goes anywhere without being too cumbersome. Most days I just tuck it in my back pocket (no bag needed)!
There’s a huge part of me that loves and needs small projects like these. There’s something cleansing about sewing a project from start to finish in under two hours (I actually think I can make these in about 45 minutes or less), but it’s so fun to watch it inch closer and closer and then, bam!, done. So many things in life are never finished, or take so long to complete, that simple and sweet really boosts my mood and mindset. I love a good zippered pouch, but a wallet, it just seems so much more amazing!
Anyway, hope you’re having fun with Forage! I’d love to see what you make with it, so please tag me on Instagram and use #foragefabric. I’d love to see! Also, if your shop carries it, let me know and I’ll add them to my stockists page. 🙂
Pattern: Minimalist Wallet (mini and regular size shown here)
Fabric: Forage (by me!) for Robert Kaufman Fabrics (check here, too, for more shops that carry it!)
Snaps available here, leather snap tab (which is optional – instructions include a fabric snap tab, too), zippers are here (4″) and here (7″)
I love this dress! This is the Green Bee Patterns Pearl Dress which I’ve wanted to make for so long. For me I feel like it’s the perfect simple dress and I love the way it fits and feels. I know I’ve shown a lot of bags using Forage (my new collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics), but the garments I’ve made are so comfy! So here it goes!
The garments I’ve made using Forage have been so great to work with and comfortable to wear. Be sure to wash and dry your fabrics before getting started on your project. This Pearl Dress is honestly something I’ll pull from my closet a ton! Lately, I’ve liked the idea of wearing a dress in the summer. It’s simple and cool in the hot humid weather we have this time of year. I also like that I don’t have to worry about finding a top and pants or shorts that go together and that are both clean! The laundry situation here this summer is hit or miss.
I highly recommend the Pearl Dress, it comes together easily. It has side seam pockets which are so handy. I love the sleeve length, too. It’s that great elbow length that I’ve been really loving lately. I will definitely be making this dress again, it’s a great way to show off a fun print. I think it’ll transition into fall really nicely with some leggings. The linen/cotton blend of the Essex is so breathable.
Can’t wait to show you the other garments I’ve made!
Pattern: Pearl Dress Paper Pattern (View B) by Green Bee Patterns PDF Version
Fabric: Forage (designed by me for Robert Kaufman Fabrics)
So of course I had to make a Range Backpack in Forage. I was designing the Range Backpack at the same time I was working on the colors for Forage. I feel like they go together swimmingly, especially with that in mind.
For this Range I used the interfacing combination (as outlined in the pattern in full detail) as I would have for quilting cotton. Now that isn’t to say you could go about it another way, I felt that this combo with Essex went together really well. It’s a bit more interfacing and time (more fusing and basting and then quilting of the back panel), but I feel like it was 100% worth it, and I think you’d agree.
On the front pieces it goes: Essex, Pellon 809 fused to the wrong side, then 10 oz. cotton canvas machine basted (along the perimeter) to the wrong side as well. It’s thicker on some seams for sure. If your particular machine doesn’t like a lot of layers, you might want to shy away from doing this combo of fabrics (but there’s so many others that would work great, too!). I also love the opportunity to quilt the back! It’s so fun because it’s a fairly small piece. I went with the chevron pattern I showed in my video tutorial, but there’s so many more great options, too! I might even have to experiment using a solid Essex and go to town on the back panel quilting just for fun.
Also, wanted to add that I know folks have a love/hate or hate/hate relationship with Pellon 809, but it works really well with Essex. I know with some quilting cottons it can be hard to fuse and wrinkly, but I didn’t have that happen at all with the Essex. Just thought I’d throw that out there.
Lastly! I cannot wait to show you the garments I made using Forage, I need to get some pics and I promise to share some next week.
Thanks so much for your excitement over Forage, it’s so fun!
Pattern: Range Backpack
Fabric: Forage (by me for Robert Kaufman Fabrics) [check here for a current list of shops] + Robert Kaufman Selvedge Denim(it’s a 13.5 oz. weight which is perfect for this bottom!) for the contrast bottom (here’s some at Jones & Vandermeer)
Hardware kit here, zippers here