The quintessential bandana. It can be a head scarf or a neck tie. It can protect your nose and mouth in a dust storm. It can decorate a straw hat. And now… it can be a pretty sack-style shoulder bag! This fast and easy project is excellent for young kids or anyone just learning to sew. The panels are simply layered and secured with an X Marks The Spot quilting seam. All exterior seams and the top of the bag are bound raw edges! It just doesn’t get any simpler than this.
It’s a duffle and a backpack in one! The drawcord top looks great and makes it fast and easy to load and unload the bag’s contents. Then, slip it on as a backpack for hands-free strolling to the beach (or river or park or....) and back again. We love all the clever fussy cutting we were able to do with our three Neptune and the Mermaid fabrics. Front and center is the vintage diver plunging into the ocean waves of the pocket panel. A bit more hidden, but nonetheless clever, are lining panels with their hints of a sly octopus.
These days, packing to travel can be a challenge since bringing more than one smallish bag can cost a pretty penny. Being a smart organizer has become more important than ever. Everything needs to go into one suitcase as neat and tidy as possible. This makes our shoe and lingerie bags a travel necessity. Both are lined, and both feature cute appliqués to identify the contents.
I can see right through you! Did you know that many venues no longer allow closed totes and bags to be brought in? If you want to carry in a larger bag, they require it to be see-through. Sew4Home – and Dritz® – have come to the rescue for your summer events and festivals with this fashionable and functional Clear View Vinyl Tote. It’s fully finished inside and out with a removable pocket and base insert that allow the tote to be either semi or completely transparent. There’s also a detachable shoulder/crossbody strap.
Cuteness alert! These pretty little pouches are a super ScrapBusters project. Use them for pencils, make-up, and more…just zip and go. This is a great project to feature a decorative zipper. Coats makes several interesting options you can easily find in-store or online, such as the black and white polka dot option we used on our pink pouch. We also show you how to make a kicky double-tier tassel as a fun zipper pull.
A cover keeps your machine protected from dust and sun exposure when not in use, and a custom sewn cover can be a very pretty alternative to what may have come with your machine. Decorative stitching in multiple colors plus button accents add a bit of flair to our design. Have fun with your fabric selections to best match your décor; we recommend coordinating two prints with one solid – a solid is the best background for the decorative stitching. Read on to see how we measured out Janome Skyline machine to determine our cuts. There's also a pattern download provided for the curved side panels. Your trusty machine works so hard for you, doesn't it deserve a brand new outfit?!
When packing for a short trip or weekend getaway, it can be hard enough to choose what to bring. Why add the stress of trying to figure out what to put all those choices into? Rolling luggage is overkill. Your standard tote is not big enough, and its open top is a recipe for disaster. A roomy duffle is the perfect solution. Does that have to mean an athletic style bag with a giant logo on the side? Nope! Because you can make your own stylin’ duffle. And you can make it in the season’s most fashionable colors and prints. Don’t be put off by the size, structure or professional finishes. This duffle is much easier to make than you might think. Let's give it a go!
Reusable shopping bags are everywhere these days. In fact, in many towns and cities, plastic and even paper bags are simply no longer available in the check-out line. I love the sturdy fabric grocery totes you normally come across, and we've made a number of them here at Sew4Home (links are included below). The only problem with the larger, heavier bags is remembering to bring them with you to the store! As an alternative, we have this pair of foldaway bags in their own carrying case. It's compact enough (just 5" x 7" x 2") to throw in your purse or keep in the car's glove box. But it still holds two generously-sized shopping duffles that will carry an amazing amount of stuff! The carrying case even has a handy front pocket to hold a shopping list, cards, keys and more.
Summer is out-and-about time. Time for traveling near and far. Time for a tote that can stand up to all the adventures. Our Super Study Summer Tote is ready to roll. We love working with the Dritz® Double Cap Rivets to add strength to a bag’s straps and other stress points. They are easy to work with and look great when installed. Our fabric choice for this project was a classic cabana stripe canvas, and we added a pretty monogram on the front pocket to both personalize as well as identify… an important feature when your belongings get piled with other’s during a day at the beach or park. Read on for all the step-by-step instructions, including the cool reverse box riveted corners.
When working on our projects, we're always keeping an eye out in stores, magazines, and online for design elements that are the most stylish, the cutest, and have the best functionality. We want to make sure we're bringing you the kind of high-end features that take handmade to the next level – so your finished item looks as cool as what you'd find to buy. More cool in fact, because you've chosen the fabric, colors, and notions to best fit your personal style. This backpack borrows elements we've seen on boutique bags as well as the street trends spotted on our own local school and college campuses.