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Vinyl Gift Pouch Trio: Dritz Hardware

Monday, 09 December 2019 1:00

For tiny treasures, holiday treats, gift cards, and more, our Vinyl Pouch Trio is a wonderful “green gift wrap” solution. Use them now to add some handmade cachet to this year’s gift giving. Recipients can re-use them later to hold business cards, as a mini wallet or turn the Large pouch into a travel toiletry bag. Dritz snaps and D-Rings make them extra flexible. The Large pouch finishes at 8” x 6” with a gusseted bottom. The Medium and Small pouches fold flat to 6” x 4” and 4” x 3”. 

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Velvet Evening Bag

Thursday, 05 December 2019 1:00

Elegant but with just a touch of whimsy, our cinched evening bag miniaturizes the classic bucket shape. We selected two of the most popular special occasion fabrics: velvet and silk – in particular, a Royal Velvet with a gorgeous drape and Silk Dupioni with its wonderfully crisp, slightly textured finish. We use ribbon as both a bright accent on the exterior and a striking drawcord to create the softly gathered top. 

See-Through, Box Bottom Zip Pouch

Thursday, 21 November 2019 1:00

One of our most popular project categories is the Little Zippered Pouch. Similar in must-have status to the LBD (Little Black Dress), we’ve found you simply cannot have too many zippered pouches in a variety of sizes and styles. This cool design combines pretty cotton at the top with a handy see-through bottom in flexible, sewable vinyl. 

The Walkabout Corduroy Backpack: Dritz Message Belting

Monday, 18 November 2019 1:00

If you’re creative, let it show! The new Message Belting from Dritz® is a fun way to shout out your passion. Let the world know that you are a Maker, One of a Kind, or a true Original. We used it to create handles as well as the adjustable shoulder straps on a stylish corduroy backpack. The dual carry options make it a great Walkabout bag for wherever your passion takes you. 

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Zippered Belt Bag

Monday, 11 November 2019 1:00

This style of bag, one that slips onto a standard belt, has been showing up everywhere, including one we spotted at Nordstrom by Stella McCartney for a mere $675! Good news is: you can make your own custom Belt Bag. With our step-by-step instructions, it’s easy. You might even have the fabric you need in your stash. We used a classic Anna Maria Horner velveteen we’ve been hoarding for several years (note to Anna: wish you’d do velveteen again!). As you’ll see below, we put a number of Janome specialty presser feet to use to handle the thicker layers, piping application, and seam finishing. Using the right foot for the job always makes a project faster and easier – with a more professional result.

Quilted Yo-Yo Tote

Wednesday, 06 November 2019 1:00

The front of a bag is a bit like a blank slate. It’s a lovely flat surface that can evolve into any number of wonderful looks. We started with a gorgeous metallic linen blend from Robert Kaufman Fabrics, then added a quilted windowpane grid, and finally, arranged twelve tone-on-tone yo-yos as the perfect dimensional accent. It’s elegant and fashionable with just the right pinch of whimsy.

Sweet Dreams Bedside Caddy

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 1:00

Sleeping is one of my favorite things to do. I've never had any trouble falling asleep. In fact, I could probably doze off right in the middle of this sentence, given the opportunity. As much as I love it, I never get enough of it. So when I'm finally snuggled into bed, with the pillows just right and the covers tucked tight... that's when it happens. Where's the remote? Hey, I can't quite reach my glasses. What did I do with the magazine I was reading last night? Yes, there is a night stand at the side of the bed, but it's already covered with other important flotsam and jetsam, and there's not a square inch of space to spare. Solution: our pretty bedside caddy. It holds everything you need within arm's reach. Where you want it – when you need it. Sweet dreams!

Wine Bags with Carabiner Handles: Sewing Thick Layers with Janome

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 1:00

Tall and narrow, but still generous enough to easily hold the tallest of Rieslings and the roundest of Champagne bottles, our fabric wine bags are a fabulous way to turn a gift of wine into two presents in one: a favorite beverage inside beautiful, reusable carrying case. Colorful carabiners are the perfect size and shape for the handles. 

Modern Two-Tone, Fold-Over Clutch in Faux Leather and Suede

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 1:00

Two colors, two fabrics, one awesome bag. This clutch knocks-off a popular style we spotted on the shelves of several high-end boutiques. We love being able to give you the inspiration and instructions to make your own beautiful bags and totes for a fraction of the hundreds of dollars listed on designer price tags.

Mini Coin Purse with Pleated Front

Friday, 18 October 2019 1:00

If we must say so ourselves (and sometimes we must), these little coin purses are about as adorable as they come! Not only do they get five stars on the cuteness chart, they are super easy. Make one for yourself (because you deserve it!), then make a bundle for your friends. They are the perfect fast and fun gift. Fill them with coins and gift cards, tasty treats, or other little goodies. We used a variety of different eye-poppin' colors and patterns for our exteriors with a matching fabric (but in three different colorways) on the inside to tie our three together as a set. Spare change just got a whole lot more fun!

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