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Pattern Review: Super Tote

 You may just find yourself saying super quite often while making this. 

 The details are what makes this bag super.  

There is a pleated gusset, zipper closure, multiple elasticized, segmented inside pockets and a giant outside pocket with a magnetic closure.  Sounds like a lot of work but this bag is pretty straight forward to put together.

Most of the details are optional if you are looking for a basic, nice shaped bag. The large outer pieces do offer the opportunity to highlight a nice big print if that is your style. I was trying to make a not too girlie version of this bag. I could see it being a good mid sized diaper bag.


 The main challenge of mine before starting this project was picking the right weight of fabric. The directions recommend that if you are using quilting weight fabric to add a layer of canvas between the inner and outer pieces. If one uses a heavy weight fabric on the outside no need for the extra layer. I did eventually just pick what I liked and did not worry about the weights. I went with a heavier option for the gusset and half of my straps. The outer pocket, shown above I originally had planned on using a quilting weight. I made a mistake somewhere in cutting, the layout was tight. I ended up using a scrap from my other fabric to make it work. A happy accident!


I mixed weights of fabric. The heavy weight fabric is a crosshatch from Alexander Henry. The quilting weight fabric is from Parson Grey’s Vagabond line, called “Souk” in a night sky color way. The lining I would call a medium weight it is a crossweave from Moda.

The pattern also gives some suggestions for interfacing. As per usual I opted to use stacey shapeflex as my main interfacing. I also wanted to try out craft fuse (the pattern calls for either or). I used craft fuse for the gusset in the lining piece. I really had a hard time working with it because it was so stiff. Looking back the craft fuse really helped this bag keep it’s shape. I would opt to interface a few pieces of the lining that were not called for in the pattern if  I were to make it again, and mix weights of fabric.  

Stop in, check it out and make your own super tote!





Fat (Quarter) Tuesday!

by gina

We’re doing it again.  Celebrate Fat Tuesday (tomorrow!) by stopping in for some fat quarters.  All of our fat quarters will be a mere $2.75 each! 

All of the beautiful bundles from Westminster Fibers/ Free Spirit will be marked down 10%.  Come and get ‘em.  And, for some inspiration, here are some ideas of patterns which will put your quarters to use.



getting cozy

-by Amy    When the weather is cold and rainy here, I long to snuggle up with a good book and wait for spring. Recently I was given a Kindle e-book reader as a gift, and I wasn’t sure if I would like the technological intrusion on my “cozy time.” I tend to be pretty casual with my analog books, tossing them into my bag and taking them everywhere with me, a holdover from childhood when I couldn’t be separated from whatever I happened to be reading. This little felt cozy protects my new device from bumps and scratches, and puts a little warmth back into my reading experience.

A little measuring,

…a little sewing,

 …a little cutting.

        I love working with our wool/rayon blend felt. It’s great for quick crafts and gifts. The colors are so rich, and it is remarkably durable. I made the green iPad cozy about two years ago, and it is only now starting to wear at the corners. For the Kindle cozy I used two layers of felt, and I expect it will be nearly indestructable. What else can I wrap up in felt?