The Northwest is a walking, running, and biking mecca. We love to get out and about, even in the drizzle for which we are famous. But I must admit, when I see these people clutching their water bottles, it seems rather uncomfortable. There are so many other things to do with your hands: carry a pair of binoculars, hold a loved one's hand, push a stroller, grab a cup of coffee. Our easy-to-make, shoulder sling water bottle carrier is a great option for hands-free hydration. The inside is lined with fleece for a bit of hot/cold protection and to help absorb condensation. The shoulder strap is super long so you can wear it cross-body: keep the carrier at hand when you need it; sweep it out of the way when you don't. We also added a tiny pocket on the front, fussy cut to be nearly invisible, and just big enough for some cards, cash, and keys, giving you a great all-on-one carrier.
Sometimes extra-cute is exactly what you need to get your sewing creativity flowing. This adorable zippered pouch is just the ticket. Don't you love that striking center zipper? But... are you a little afraid of zippers, especially cool metal zippers? Like the scary monster under your bed, most zipper phobias are totally unfounded. In fact, a zipper down the middle like this one is a very easy option. Give it a try; conquer your fear! Then... peek under your bed. Nothing to worry about there either, except those adorable dust bunnies.
Sometimes you just need something simple! This beautiful bag is definitely a weekend wonder. Make it in an afternoon – wear it out the same night. The construction is fast and easy, but without sacrificing any style. We used shades of the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year: Ultra Violet. It’s a gorgeous purple that’s warmer than traditional jewel tones but with the same rich intensity. We paired a solid ultra violet with a colorful butterfly motif from the Beauty Shop collection from Cotton + Steel Fabrics. The half-and-half design is a striking statement.
Today's pretty pouch is created in a wonderful textured fabric trio of twill, faux suede, and brushed cotton gingham. Darts in the bottom give the pouch a roomy base, and the zippered top opens wide so you can easily load it up with all the extras you need for a weekend getaway, a trip to the gym, or simply to drop into your favorite handbag or tote. The faux suede strip through the middle adds to the style and texture and is also the perfect background for our snazzy monogram.
All I want is a place for my stuff. Actually, I also want world peace and maybe to win the lottery, but for now... I'm good with a place for my stuff. These soft, round baskets are designed to hold all kinds of stuff and look great doing it. Put one on a countertop to hold kitchen utensils or bath necessities. Make a bunch and line them up for a row of instant organization. We added a tab on the front with cotton webbing and an O-ring. It looks nice and adds interesting texture, but it's also functional, acting as a pull tab. You can fill up a shelf all the way to the top with a batch of baskets, then access each with its tab and ring, sliding one out just like using a drawer pull.
Our handsome clutch uses a solid linen with a narrow lace overlay to set a fresh and fancy tone. It's the ultimate excuse to pull out some matching party finery and head out on the town. The cuts of fabric, lace, and ribbon are all small ones so this is a perfect project to use (ie. to part with) some of your favorite scraps. It would also make a wonderful accessory gift for a bridal party!
Let’s kick off the New Year with a new bag! This slouchy shoulder bag is fast and easy but with a very stylish finish. We spotted the adorable corduroy pear print from our friends at Cloud9 Fabrics several months ago and knew it would be perfect for a casual tote. A mid-weight canvas in a coordinating solid adds extra stability for the base and strap, and the smooth surface of the canvas is a lovely complement to the texture of the corduroy. The cool strap-and-tassel closure is a look we spotted on some of this season’s trendiest designer bags.
If you're brand new to sewing, you might think a purse is too advanced of a project to tackle. Nope! With some clever cutting and careful stitching, this ribbon-accented bag is super cute and super easy. There are no complicated corners or closures. And, the main body of the purse is a heavy felt, one of the most forgiving fabrics for new sewers. Finishing at 11" x 11", it's also the "Goldilocks" of sizes: not too big, but not too small – just right. Great for those quick shopping trips when you want a lightweight shoulder bag. It would also make a wonderful gift... showing off your new sewing skills to friends and family who may still think a cool purse is "sooooo hard to do" (we'll never tell!).
We love travel size toiletries. I think this may date back to those long-ago days playing with Barbie® dolls and trolls. Everything was so little and cute. In fact, most things are more adorable in a mini size: people, puppies, muffins... and little bottles of shampoo, deodorant, and lotion. At approximately 7½” x 4” x 3½”, our cosmetics and toiletries bag is smaller than a standard dopp kit, but is still the perfect size to fit all those tiny bottles and jars and more, while tucking neatly inside your luggage. It’s a “mighty mini”!
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. We selected Dritz® hardware to pull 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.