The closer. In sales, it’s the high-powered whiz kid they bring in to seal the deal. In police work, it’s the special interrogator who solves the case. In sewing bags and totes, it’s the hardware that keeps a flap in place. They’re probably not planning a movie or TV series any time soon about bag hardware, but that’s where they’re missing out. The right hardware turns a simple pouch into a trendy handbag. And we all know how important it is to be carrying the best bag on the red carpet. We used two closures from Dritz® to set the style and tone for this pair of pretty purses. One light, one dark. One Flip Lock, one Turn Lock. One design, two looks.
We work mostly in fabric here at Sew4Home, but we also work with words, and we enjoy bringing not only clarity but also a bit of levity to our project introductions as well as our instructions. When I first saw the title of this new bag (Compact Messenger Bag), I immediately envisioned a very small person delivering equally small pieces of mail. Although a delightfully amusing image, it is not really the true mission of this tote. Instead, you have a chance to make a great messenger brief in a slightly smaller size: 15" wide x 10" high with a 2" base. There’s an inset zipper top, a front zippered pocket, and standard pockets along the back and in the lining. Lots of excellent options for storage … for tiny pieces of mail, and so much more!
Little socks, little shirts, little shoes. Kid accoutrements have a way of turning into a meandering trail across the floor, making a mess and making it hard to find what you need when it’s time to get dressed. Our closet door caddy has nine 6” pockets to hold lots of little stuff. We can’t guarantee that some items won’t still escape, but we can promise super-cute organization that makes it more fun to tidy up.
We’ve done lots of fabric baskets, because everyone loves to organize. But a standard basket needs a flat surface on which to sit, and countertop real estate can often be at a premium. What to do, what to do? You can open up additional space by lifting your storage solution up and off the counter with our cute hanging, half-round baskets. With a flat back and curved front, the basket lays flush against the wall, keeping it handy without encroaching into your space. The rope loop that ties onto the hanging dowel can be short or long to best fit your needs: hang it high and out of the way or keep it low and right at hand.
Tabby Road is a classic collection from Tula Pink that debuted well over a year ago, but has continued to be so popular that re-runs were done and it is still available from many online and in-store retailers. Snap some up soon to make our clever Kitties-To-Go Handbag. It’s the purrrrfect design to flaunt your feline love. There's a free pattern download offered below to give your bag the unique curved shape with a flat bottom. We call it the “sittin’ kitten” shape.
Asymmetrical means having two sides or halves that are not the same. I like to think that – really – most of the world is asymmetrical. Even Mother Nature knows matchy-matchy and even-steven can be too boring. Throwing in an interesting angle or a unique texture can take your project to the next level. The design of this bag started with an idea for the cool asymmetrical fold-over closure. From there, we worked with the wide selection of Dritz® Hardware to pull it altogether, adding Swivel Hooks and D-Rings along with a fully adjustable shoulder strap. You’ll also love the clever full-width zippered pocket across the back of the bag.
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.