We’re comin’ clean! Or at least giving you the tools to make it easier to get those piles of dirty clothes off the floor, into a hamper, and eventually on their way to the laundry room. If you took out the garbage this week, you’ll immediately recognize the theory behind this cool two-part hamper: the exterior “box” provides the shell (and does it very handsomely if we do say so ourselves), and the interior bag is like a waste can liner, dropping in and folding over the top. Fill ‘er up, then cinch ‘er up and carry the dirties to the wash. We suggest sturdy canvas for the exterior and delightful cotton for the lining. Both of our fun under-the-sea appliqués are available as free downloads.
Sleeping is one of my favorite things to do. I've never had any trouble falling asleep. In fact, I could probably doze off right in the middle of this sentence, given the opportunity. As much as I love it, I never get enough of it. So when I'm finally snuggled into bed, with the pillows just right and the covers tucked tight... that's when it happens. Where's the remote? Hey, I can't quite reach my glasses. What did I do with the magazine I was reading last night? Yes, there is a night stand at the side of the bed, but it's already covered with other important flotsam and jetsam, and there's not a square inch of space to spare. Solution: our pretty bedside caddy. It holds everything you need within arm's reach. Where you want it – when you need it. Sweet dreams!
Hold it together! On particularly busy days, I mutter this under my breath repeatedly. And on those days, sometimes it seems like the only thing keeping everything together is spit and baling wire. Thank goodness I can rely on Auriful thread to keep my sewing projects together, which means I should always have it at hand. Solution: this adorable carry case, perfectly sized for Aurifil's 12-spool Designer Thread Box and including a custom fold-up flap with pockets to hold your most important on-the-go sewing tools. Read on to find out more about Aurifil and get all the instructions to make your own sewing supplies carry case.
Whether at home or on-the-go, keeping your makeup brushes organized and clean is always important. We've added a zippered pocket on the inside, allowing you to keep small tools, like tweezers or sharpeners as handy as all your brushes. Or, tuck in pocket-sized cosmetics or perfumes. A secure compartment is particularly great for traveling. This is a wonderful project for scraps or leftover pre-cuts. We used three fat quarters from the True Colors collection by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics.
When Vera Bradley's quilted bags hit the fashion spotlight, suddenly the style was all the rage. But those of us in sewing and craft have been quilting bags for years. We already knew it was beautiful and practical. It's still beautiful, still practical, and now it's also very trendy. Our basket-weave tote (so named because of the pretty diagonal quilting) mixes a quilted top with a plain base. We added sleek piping accents, a striking antler toggle button as a closure, and pretty over-the-shoulder straps. Fashion forward and uniquely you!
We love the idea of concealing a cutting-edge electronic device inside a vintage wrapper. Our Double Zipper Device Sleeve combines three nostaligic prints from the wonderful Eclectic Elements series by Tim Holtz for Coats. There's a great old-fashioned ticking stripe together with a print made up of retro rulers and tapes. The lining is a cool collage of vintage labels and pen and ink illustrations. Three generous pockets can hold a selection of devices. The inner sleeve is sized to easily accommodate a Nook®, Kindle® or iPad® Mini. Two 7" x 7" outer pockets can fit the smaller Nook® or your smart phone. The front pocket can be completely sealed with a zipper, so it could also hold a wallet and keys. Or... go ahead and push against the electronic grain by tucking an actual printed book or notepad into one of the compartments! Fusible fleece between the layers keeps everything soft yet stable. So many options in one convenient bag.
Tiny hands, teeny toes... babies are adorable little packages, but what they lack in size, they more than make up for in volume. Leaving the house with a baby can feel like provisioning for an Arctic adventure. You need a generous diaper bag to handle the task. Our Little Sunshine Tote features wipe-clean cotton laminate on the outside and a PUL lining. With 5" boxed corners, this tote opens wide, and there are plenty of pockets to store all the necessities: two small and two large pockets on the inside plus a handy side bottle pocket and zippered pouch on the outside. It's lightweight but hard-working.
Our backpack has classic carryall styling: from the padded adjustable straps to the fold-over flap with a magnetic clasp to the fully-finished front zippered pocket. It's a great day pack created in beautiful fabric: fashion meets function. We used Hawthorne Threads digitally printed fabric in a quilting-weight cotton. Thanks to a high thread count, this traditional weight feels smoother and a bit heavier than traditional collections. We loved working with it. Even better news: Hawthorne Threads now offers their in-house collections in a variety of substrates. Most designs are available in standard 100% quilting cotton, organic 100% quilting cotton, poplin, rayon, and linen cotton canvas!
This crisp, cute bag looks like we grabbed it right off the shelf of the trendiest high-end boutique. Its bucket shape and cinched top is a silhouette that remains popular season after season. We made the design our own by creating the sample in a modern canvas with polished nickel hardware and a matching twisted cord for the signature drawstring closure. It has a casual nautical feel – perfect for the warmer days ahead. Or, switch out the fabrics for a bag that can take you into Fall and Winter. Whatever your choice, it's easy to set a course for style. We used and recommend a mid-weight cotton canvas for the best result, and there are lots of great options to explore from a variety of designers. We're always impressed by the selection at Robert Kaufman, Kokka, and Premier Prints. We also liked Cloud9 GeoCentric Zig Zag Organic Cavas which we found at Harts Fabric.
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. Margot Elena’s collection is so boldly brilliant and filled with such cunning motifs, you can tell your own little story within each and even project. In our seaside tale, Larry the lifeguard and his team of daring diving companions are racing to rescue sweet Sally who’s spilled her seashells by the seashore.