Although we have said this before about some of our bag patterns, I would like to emphasize just how easy and wonderful this bag is to sew up! There aren’t any bells or whistles with this tote, however in this case less is more. Looking for an extremely simple bag to sew up in several minutes? The Elite Tote is it. This bag pattern has just one pattern piece, and uses wide jute webbing for detail and brilliant simple construction. You can choose from 3 different sizes, and I’d recommend all!
Personally, I have been on the look out for a great grocery tote; something simple, with lots of room, and no fuss. You can add pockets and other details if you wish, or just keep it as sweet as it is.
As the pattern only calls for half a yard of outer and lining fabric (just one yard of fabric total!) and max 4 yards of jute webbing ($.99) this bag is not just easy to sew, but very cost effective. You can experiment with some of the great new upholstery and canvas fabrics we recently got in or the water repellent treated canvas! Maybe even Otter Wax it so it is weather proof! This bag can be as simple as you like, or a blank canvas to add as many details as you please.
Stop in and check out the sample in the store, and grab up a copy of the pattern for yourself!
See you soon, happy sewing
This week we stocked up on some of our community’s much loved fabrics. When I say stocked, I mean we are ready to provide you all with some great project supplies!!
A company we are oh so proud of, that we just got in all they have to offer, is American Made Brand solid cottons. Their business has been booming as of late, and very recently they changed warehouses to a larger space to meet their demands. We are feeling slightly similar, as we have now devoted not just one shelf, but two to all their amazing colors. They are putting out several new colors in the upcoming months and you can be sure we will have those soon!
Another section of the store that expanded is our organic cotton shelf. We have added another shelf to that area just for these beauties. We have had many a customer ask if we will ever get in fabric with writing and words on it, and we have!! These gems, inspired by great biology, have some prints that explain what is on them. For example, wondering what all those leafy things are in the pink center bolt? Don’t fret, just take a peak at the print, it labels and describes the extravagent flora. Also, wondering what those butterflies are on the far right? Well, just repeat the process and enjoy. These would make for a great quilt for the smarty pants in your family.
To add to our Liberty of London section are these two pals -not to stray to far from the flora and fauna theme we seem to have going this week.
Just to melt your heart we got in these two super adorable flannels. They’ve only been in the shop two days and I’ve sold plenty of both for baby quilts and pjs.
To neutralize the other great colorful and adventurous prints, we got these fuzzy dot flannels. Great for a binding, or pj for the fabulous mellow folks.
Last but not least, we got another addition to our Mammoth Flannels. This guy is named lagoon.
Make sure to snag up some of these great prints before they hop off the shelves! Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for our SUPRISE SALE this friday!! 10% off all fabric in the store, and already marked down items will be 50% off across the board (with a 1/2yd minimum cut).
See you soon, happy crafting
I’m in the middle of an adorable baby bumper crop, and I know that many of you are, too. The babies and the birthdays just keep a comin’! I had been on the hunt for the perfect handmade baby gift for a while, when one of our wonderful customers dropped the answer right in my lap – bean bags!
Kids don’t grow out of bean bags, they’re quick to sew up, and they’re simple enough that they could be a fun toy for years instead of months. (I’m sorry I didn’t get your name, shoot us an email so I can give you credit for your brilliant idea!)
We’re flush with adorable prints that would be perfect for bean bags.
There’s almost no way to go wrong making bean bags, but because my apartment has temporarily been turned into a bean bag factory, I thought I would snap a few pictures and put together a tutorial.
- adorable fabric (a fat quarter should make three to four 6”x6” bean bags, so come in to the store and load up on fat quarters during our our fat quarter sale on Tuesday, January 26!)
- roughly 3/4 cup or 8 oz. of beans per bean bag - I used split peas because they were the least expensive, but lentils would also be a good option.
1.) Cut two 6”x6” squares for every bean bag you want to make.
2.) With right-sides together sew two squares together leaving a 3”-4” gap on one side. Trim corners.
3.) Turn bag right-side out. Fold under edges of the gap and press. Stitch around the bag. I put pins on either side of the gap I left in the previous step, otherwise I’ll stitch right through it.
4.) Fill with beans! I used about 3/4 of cup of split peas per bean bag.
5.) This part is a little awkward, but you’re almost done. Finagle the beans towards the botton of the bean bag and put pins just above them to hold them at bay. Stitch across the opening. That’s it!
Do you have a go to baby or toddler gift?