Green Hillside Tote

Green Waxer Canvas Hillside Tote - NoodleheadI didn’t mean to end up with a bunch of waxed canvas projects here, but it’s been fun playing around with it for sure. I’m excited about this small Hillside Tote in Olive Waxer Canvas. I think what I love most about using it is when I need a quick project. Because I don’t interface the waxed canvas part of the project it ends up saving time. Instead of a fully interfaced exterior I focus on using a sturdy lining, which lately has been Big Sur canvas. I recently ordered a bunch of colors from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics, and it’s been so fun seeing them in person.

So I used Waxer Canvas for this Hillside Tote with a Big Sur canvas lining. And a leather fixed length strap because, it’s fast! I love it. I love a quick project that you can use right away! It’s fun to see a few rectangles of fabric, a zipper, leather and hardware come together in just an afternoon and end up as a useful bag.

Waxer Canvas and Big Sur Hillside Tote - Noodlehead

It’s been great experimenting with different types of waxed canvas, too. In fact, I just finished a prototype of an upcoming pattern using a dry waxed canvas that I purchased from Blackbird Fabrics (6.5 oz Dry Waxed Cotton Canvas, which looks like it’s sold out at the moment). I really enjoyed using it! Trying different substrates like this helps me choose fabrics for future projects, because they’re all different with different qualities so it’s nice to know for when I’m sewing up my next sample! I think that’s really been holding my interest lately, trying new types fabrics! If you’re unsure about a certain type of fabric, I’d highly recommend trying it! Start with a simple tote or zippered pouch and see how you like it. Starting with a low time/fabric commitment type project will give you a great feel for how you might makes changes to your next project. Experimenting is half the fun!

Pattern: Hillside Tote (mini)
Fabric: Waxer Canvas (Olive), Big Sur Canvas (Smokey Beige)
Hardware, zipper and leather straps (1″-wide by 54″, which are easy to customize to whatever length you’d need) available in my shop!

Green Hillside Tote - Noodlehead



Explorer Tote Blue Waxer Canvas

Well, I of course felt like it would only be fair to make another. My friend, Jane, loved that one, and I quickly offered to make one for her! This time I used the blue (Turkish Sea) Waxer Canvas from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. It was fun to see it come together in blue. I chose a long time favorite speckled canvas for the lining and set to work!

Just like last time around I used a double layer of the Waxer canvas on the contrast bottom piece. Cutting two of the same size and basted them together around the perimeter. I didn’t add any other interfacing to the exterior pieces. The lining is canvas and again, no added interfacing. Of course you could definitely add whatever you’d like, but I’m happy with this combination. I think it makes a great lightweight travel bag with perfect amount of pockets!

I did manage to put together a few leather kits (for the large size, the small size can use my 1″-wide straps or you can make them from fabric, too) in my shop if you’re interested. One of the kits is available with the hardware included. I cut it to the size you choose when you order and then I assemble it. Pretty fun! I also have the turn locks and both zipper sizes (they’re jacket zippers and my favorite type of zipper to use for this pattern, here’s the 20″ size and the 24″ size).
Fabric: Waxer Canvas in Turkish Sea, lining is a recycled hemp/cotton duck that I had gotten at Fancy Tiger Crafts (looks like it’s sold out now though) 🙁
I’m in the process of restocking leather in my shop, so stop back next week for a full selection of the 1″-wide straps. 

All images are by Jessica Sands Photography 


Divided Basket || Driftless

Divided Basket using Driftless fabric - NoodleheadLove the flexility of Essex (cotton linen blend) fabric for so many different reasons, but the ability to use it with several types of sewing projects makes it one of my all-time faves. In this case, it’s perfect for a home-dec type project like this Divided Basket. Speaking of making lots of samples of a project, I think the Divided Basket might be up there in the top 5 for me! I can’t count how many I’ve made.

Divided Basket, Driftless fabric collection - Noodlehead

They’re fun for gift giving, keeping organized, and trying new fabric combinations! I almost always make them for gifts. I love giving them as baby gifts, but I’ve seen so many creative gifting uses over the years. I think one of my favorites was seeing a kitchen bridal shower basket filled with kitchen towels and baking necessities.

Divided Basket baby gift - Noodlehead

Here are a few examples of the Divided Basket’s I’ve made over the years!
Gingham + Leather Divided Basket
Butterfly Divided Basket
Springy Divided Basket
Goodnight Moon Divided Basket
Briar Rose Divided Basket

Anyway, I had fun making this Divided Basket a few times using Driftless. The main exterior fabric is this Railroad Denim from Robert Kaufman. It’s such a nice weight and texture! I’m not sure I used it before this, but I definitely need some more! Of course I almost always love anything that’s denim or chambray, so go figure. Do you have a go to substrate?

Over the next few weeks I’ll be filming a complete video of how to make the Divided Basket, it’ll be available in my shop as soon as it’s ready. I’m excited since it’s one of my favorite projects to make! I’m announcing it here because it’ll give me some accountability to get it going!

Pattern: Divided Basket
Fabrics: Algea and Water Flower from Driftless, Railroad Denim