I’m privileged to have my dad’s wallet. It’s a wide fold-over style in soft brown leather with several pockets; his name is embossed in gold along the top of one of them. I can remember him pulling a coin out of it to give to me to buy a special treat. Even with all the digital options out there for transacting purchases on your smart phone, I still like to carry a wallet. Although leather is traditional, today’s wallets come in all shapes and sizes and substrates. We’ve created ours in a pair of gorgeous quilting cottons with lots of fully-finished pockets and a zippered coin pocket in case you come across a treat you need. Although, it’s likely to take more than just one coin these days!
Wristlets are one of our favorite little projects. Although they’re great to toss into a larger bag or tote to hold your smaller must-haves, they have so many uses on their own. These cuties have a pretty curved bottom, and the wrist strap is actually attached to the zipper, moving with it and changing from a simple loop to a full handle as the zipper opens and closes.
During any given project, you're likely to log at least five miles running back and forth between the sewing machine and the ironing board. Crap... need another pin. Dang... where are my scissors? Shoot... forgot to grab the seam gauge again. Sound familiar? We decided your taken-for-granted ironing board was in desperate need of its very own notions caddy. Of course all this fabulous organization means you will now have to make up that five miles with extra laps on the treadmill.
We’ve done totes and we’ve done yoga mat carriers, but – until now – we hadn’t combined the two in such a stylish way. Collect all your gear into a generously sized tote, then use the handy wraparound straps to secure your mat to the front of the bag. All-in-one and ready to head to class and back again. Pulling it together for both fashion and function is 1½” Dritz Belting for the handles, accent straps, and wraparound straps.
As more and more stores boost their recycling commitment (some entire cities have banned plastic bags), it's becoming pretty common to bring your own shopping bags. Fabric bags are the go-to alternative and widely available, particularly the heavier, structured bags. Lightweight, flexible bags that would best replace plastic can be harder to come by. Luckily, you're a clever sewing person and can make your own... with a little help from your friends here at Sew4Home.
I love watching old black and white re-runs of the original TV police series, Dragnet. The most famous "catchphrase" from this series is Detective Joe Friday's iconic line, "Just the facts, ma'am." But, here's your little-known-fact-of-the-day: he never actually uttered this line! Since old myths die hard, we'll continue the parody as the theme behind this cute little mini wallet. Sometimes you need, "Just the necessities, ma'am." When you're running out the door, you need a little pouch to hold the essentials, like cards, cash, and a shopping list. You could even toss one into a larger bag.
On-the-go just got a whole lot prettier! This beautiful duffle is made for travel. Pack it on its own or use the sleeve on the back to slip it over the handle of a rolling suitcase. Dritz hardware pulls it all together, allowing the design to include carry handles as well as a fully adjustable and detachable shoulder strap. Plus, a magnetic snap keeps the generous front pocket closed.
This cute round zippered case falls neatly under our ScrapBusters heading since you need just a few bits of fabric and batting plus a zipper. It also qualifies for our You Asked 4 It category because quite a few of you spotted the full-circle zippered case we made for our original zipper-in-the-round tutorial, and you wanted to know how to put the whole thing together – with a lining. You asked. We answered.
Spring is upon us, and summer is waiting in the wings, ready to jump into action. It’s the time of year my family calls, “biggin’ out.” Stormy days are good for puttering around with little projects, but this is the season for biggin’ out with makeovers, home and yard remodels, wardrobe updates, and décor freshening. If you’re tackling a sizable project, you need a terrific tote. This amazing Feed Sack Big Bag is here to help. We turned once again to the wonderful new 1½” Belting and Hardware from our friends at Dritz to fashion a versatile carryall with room to spare. We took some inspiration from the heavy duty feed sack fabric of the early 1900s to create a look that’s nostalgically trendy and eye-catching but in a hardworking modern canvas substate.
You could go buy one of those cellophane wrapped, plastic filled, neon colored Easter baskets. It’s easy, right? Just grab and go. But, you know how to sew. Plus, you know the power of handmade to create a lasting memory. And, wouldn’t you rather have a beautiful basket to fill and refill long after the chocolate eggs and marshmallow Peeps® are gone? Our fabric Easter Basket is still easy, which is why it fits into our Fast Fridays series, but it’s also prettier, sturdier, and endlessly reusable.