Back-to-school means back to the books, which also means carrying those books from class to class. It's supposed to be a digital world, yet we still have an awful lot of stuff to haul around! Use this classic messenger style brief to carry it all with both good looks and smart functionality. We used mid-weight cotton duck fabric from Premier Prints with bold, modern graphics, and adding an unexpected splash of bright color on the flap. The bag would work equally well in solids or you could even turn your brief bucolic with a unique floral combo. It's a crisp, cool style that's right on trend for either guys or gals.
Handy. Who doesn't want or need things to be handy? Have you ever heard anyone say, "No thanks, I'd prefer everything be just out of reach" ?! Whether your back-to-school crew is struggling to keep their own bedrooms organized or they're heading off the tight confines of a dorm living, this caddy can help corral important items in just a few feet of space. The top section of the caddy is extra long (32") and should easily fit over most upholstered chair or sofa arms. It can also be slipped under a seat cushion, between a mattress and box spring, or even looped over a hanger in your closet to hold accessories and jewelry.
I think a lot of people like to make stuff into which they can put other stuff. Every time we come up with a new storage solution, we get rave reviews. Structured fabric baskets are at the top of the list. These "box-baskets" are put together in essentially the same manner as a number of our previous baskets, but we've changed the shape, the height, and the base in order to give them the feel of a box and a basket in one!
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.
Go Team! This soft-sided garment bag is full of school spirit, well, actually it’s full of clothes, but on the outside it’s flying school colors. Send your college kids back to school with this special carrier for their “good clothes.” Sweatshirts and jeans might be daily wear, but they’ll likely need at least a few nicer pieces for events, awards, even a job interview (wouldn’t that be great!). Our amazing friends at Fabric Depot have an excellent selection of 9.3oz cotton canvas duck in dozens of great colors so you’re sure to find the perfect color combo for your favorite student. We’re proudly showcasing the red and gold colors of courage, chivalry, and determination that mark Hogwarts’ House of Gryffindor. Pick your pair, then blend a white or natural for the top and binding.
Birthday party treat bags are usually flimsy plastic things filled with candy and trinkets – those tiny treasures ultimately lost and sucked up by the vacuum. Forget that! Instead, you can bestow these dandy mini backpacks on your party guests. They are oh-so cute, actually useful, reusable, and fun to make! Fill them with the souvenirs and prizes from the day's activities, personalizing each with a handwritten name along the bottom panel. Like we said: cute, useful, and fun.
Cinch, sling, and go. Our trendy sling bag is the perfect way to pack necessities for summer adventures large and small. There’s a drawcord top plus two exterior zippered pockets, so you’ll have plenty of room for all your adventuring supplies. A single broad strap at the center back makes it fast and easy to loop over your shoulder and super comfortable to carry.
Sometimes you just need the essentials for a quick trip out with baby: a few diapers, wipes, and a changing pad will get you through most situations. Better still if those essentials can be packed in a clever case that looks great... like a trendy little bag instead of a bulky carrier with giant cartoon animals that screams, "Baby stuff in here!"
When you first saw the beautiful fabric we used for these totes, how many of you shouted, “My grandma had curtains from fabric just like that!”? You’re right; this is the classic tropical print barkcloth that was all the rage in home furnishings from the late 1940s through the 1960s. It’s still hugely popular for both unique garment construction as well as home décor, but you don’t have to scour the thrift stores to find it. Fabric Depot carries a gorgeous selection of brand new Big Kahuna Barkcloth in classic exotic florals like palm fronds and hibiscus blooms. The texture, weight, and colors are just as rich and gorgeous as the vintage originals.
A zippered pouch is our favorite carryall when small items need to travel. On this clever little critter, we mixed Dritz® fashion elastic with cotton fabric and pet screen to create a sporty pouch you can take across the country on vacation or across town to the gym. The open mesh of the pet screen allows you to easily see what's inside; it's also great when you need to sift out sand after a day at the beach or shake out crumbs from on-the-go snacks. The elastic is used like a binding, adding heft and flexibility rather than stretch. And the fabric accent panels are perfect for pre-cuts or scraps. What do you need to carry today?