Calming, cozy neutrals are the most accepted palette for winter. But when everything around you begins to feel like its blending into beige, a blast of rich color can be just what the doctor ordered. We turned to the bold prints of Waverly fabrics for this very stylish satchel. The fabric is called Ute Mountain, and the colorway is Cove. The fabric's design is an homage to the Ute Indians of the Rocky Mountain area of Colorado and Utah. The deep navy of the fabric is highlighted with avocado, turquoise, and amber. With its stair-stepping diamonds and two different medallions, this design begged for a project that would bring these motifs to the forefront. Our five-star classic satchel has the features to do just that: precise fussy cutting and pattern matching, a unique inset zipper, bias cut handles plus a detachable strap, and many more professional details.
We’ve designed traveling cases for make-up and toiletries before, but never with a full zipper that allows the top to open up completely, giving you easy access to all your necessities. We used a fun Team Spirit zipper from Coats. At 26”, with separating plastic teeth, and in a dozen team color combinations, these zips are long enough, water-resistant enough, and bold enough to fit the bill. Open wide, fill to the brim, zip it up, and go!
Sweets for your sweets look even more delicious in these beautiful baskets. Yes, I realize our photos do not feature homemade goodies, but I don't want to hear any grief about that... no one says sewing and culinary creativity must go hand-in-hand. Extra wide and just the right depth for cookies and candy (and more!); they are not too thick, not too thin... deep dish, like a good Chicago pizza. Our design ties with a big, pretty bow so there's no need for separate gift wrap.
I used to spend hours on gift wrapping, channeling Martha Stewart to get the perfect artisan look with fresh greens and layered papers. Or maybe I dreamed that. Yep, I’m almost certain that was just a dream. I may not be able to live up to the magic elves that inhabit Pinterest, but thanks to this super cute gift bag pattern, I can hold my own. Our simple yet clever design results in a beautifully finished bag inside and out – no exposed seams, no elves needed. Plus, because you can use them over and over, they’re a green alternative to gift wrap.
Can't you picture Harrison Ford slinging this amazing duffle over his shoulder as Indiana Jones?! We blended heavy cotton canvas and faux leather with webbing and brass zipper accents for the dashing exterior. Inside is a tough rip-stop nylon lining. Even if you're not a world-renowned archeologist and adventurer, this bag is is great way to pack your stuff, whether you're heading across town to the gym or getting away for the weekend. It is a Sew4Home Classic Bag – one of our most popular! The holidays are coming up, and this would make a very nice gift for your personal action hero. The combination of fabrics, colors and textures has the perfect feel – a little bit retro and a whole lot cool.
When was the last time you wanted to give your handbag a hug? This faux fur bucket bag is a great combination of structure and softness in the perfect smaller size. Its easygoing style can be dressed up or down so you’ll look great on the way to an evening at the ballet or a morning at the coffee shop. We love working with luxury faux fur from Shannon Fabrics; it’s very realistic in both look and feel and surprisingly easy to sew. If you’ve not tried your hand at faux fur before, read on to learn our favorite tips and tricks for the easiest, most professional results.
It's a scientific fact that you can never have enough cool fabric baskets. And by "scientific" we mean, "everyone knows that!" This pretty two-piece set nests together, making them easy to store when not in use. But when would they not be in use?! They're great for the sewing room, kitchen, bath, and more. If you can bear to give them away, they'd also make excellent gift baskets. One project you can use a hundred ways.
This very versatile tote is a little like one of those Transformer toys. You think it’s one shape, then it morphs into another – and another! Dritz Heavy Duty Snaps on both side panels let you open it wide – to a full 6” depth – or cinch it down to a handy tapered top. The two-part lining pulls up to form a clever drawstring cover, protecting the contents inside… or just adding a pop of pretty color. But the real highlight of the tote is the new 1½” Dritz Belting for the handles. You’ve probably seen this style of belting/strapping on some of your favorite casual bags, but until now, it’s been hard to find for home DIY projects. Now you can “Do it with Dritz!”
These terrific totes are as much of a present as the gifts they can carry inside. We've done gift bag projects before, but decided to really kick it up a notch, making generously-sized gift bag totes for the whole family in small, medium, and large. These totes are done in bold, heavy weight fabrics that will look great from the holiday season right through to spring and summer. We picked strong graphics in colors outside traditional holiday reds and greens yet that blend with these classic tones beautifully. A sparkling bow or embellishment adds just the right touch of holiday pizzazz under the tree; remove the bow and you have a tote that's good to go for everyday use.
"The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful." Problem is, you can only sing that song if you have enough wood to keep the fire burning bright. That's where our sturdy and stylin' firewood tote comes in... literally. Use it to haul in a generous load of wood. We used a double layer of indoor/outdoor fabric, which is not only tough, but also stain and water resistant. And those dowel-pocket handles look fancy, but are super easy to sew. This would be a great gift for all the lumberjacks on your list.