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Multi-Tasker Tote

--Meredith


I love a great tote bag. One that can really schlep around the mess of stuff I'm constantly carrying instead of resorting to a million smaller bags. Anna Maria Horner's pattern, Multi-Tasker Tote, lives up to its name. Check out the 4 pockets on the outside with just the right amount of room--one for my phone, my keys, my water bottle, and my coffee cup.


Pattern-Multi-Tasker Tote


I taught this bag a couple of times down at MD. The construction on this is really unique and it's best not to overthink it. Just follow the instructions--the bag doesn't really look like a bag until you're almost done. 


Finished Multi-Tasker Tote


Because of it's size, I would HIGHLY recommend heavier fabrics like canvas or denim. Be sure to pick up some bigger needles, at least a size 90/14 or even 100/16. At times you are working through several layers.


top view-Multi-Tasker Tote


If using a lighter fabric (or a coated cotton), plan to interface the entire body of the bag. This will help with structure. And don't forget the Peltex, an extra-firm interfacing, which provides a nice sturdy bottom. I didn't cover it with fabric, I simply inserted it between the lining and exterior for a clean finish. 


Interesting side note on my fabric choice, the viewfinder or View-Master was created and first produced here in Portland!


**Don't forget the amazing sale that starts TODAY! Pick up this and other patterns for 25% off, plus discounts on absolutely everything in the store. Stop by, say hello, and pick up some sweet deals.

Prepping for Halloween

--Meredith


little mummy in the window


Halloween is just around the corner and we all know what that means...costumes! There are loads of great ideas and free patterns in countless blogs to help inspire you.


Tulle can create such an ethereal effect. This notoriously shifty fabric can be used for a simple and fun tutu, great for enhancing costumes like storybook characters or favorite animals and bugs. Or use some of our felt and shiny ribbon with tulle or netting and transform your little one into the cutest pumpkin!


Tulle


Boning comes in handy for a number of costume ideas--think crazy vampire collars or Rocky Horror-style bodice shaping. Even this bat costume uses some with felt to create the wing shape!


boning


Check out the various weights of interfacing including one of the heaviest, Timtex. The structure would help shape a hat, collar, bodice, or other design detail that stuck away from the body. And it's fusible!


timtex, heavy interfacing


Need a little shine for wings, dresses, and capes? In addition to these more subtle colors, we also have rayon lining fabric in a variety of shades. 


shiny


One of my favs--glitter rick-rack! Embellish any character with this flashy trim that's perfect for Halloween night. You can also add it to the tulle tutu for extra sparkle.


glitter rick rack


A superhero cape (courtesy of Ellen Luckett Baker, author of 1,2,3 Sew) would be fun for a night of trick or treating and for playing year 'round. Along with the fabric, don't forget the velcro. This easy closure is sold by the yard so you can get exactly how much you need.


velcro by the yard


Felt is a Halloween staple; it's easy to use, doesn't fray, and we have it by the yard. Pirates, monkeys, and bees--oh my!


felt by the yard


And don't forget a Trick or Treat bag! I have a tutorial over on the MD blog that would be easy to customize with applique, fabric markers, or just two awesome fabrics!

Ribbon belts

--Meredith


 


Floral belt--side view


With a simple fun-colored buckle and beautiful ribbon you can craft this belt!


Lucite Buckles


Measure an existing belt to get the right length and be sure to add for overlap at the buckle and end. I layered them wrong sides together and simply topstitched them together, pivoting at corners and including the ends that have been turned under. You could use fusible web to join the two lengths before stitching as a precaution, if you'd like. 


finishing ends


Once you have joined the two layers, slip one end through the buckle and back onto itself and stitch. You'll have to extend past the buckle enough to actually sew it on your machine.


attaching to buckle


We've got so many great ribbons in stock! You could layer them as well, using a solid grosgrain and a pretty embroidered ribbon. The buckles come in different colors too so have fun playing.


Fun with ribbon and buckles


We've also got a variety of buckles in stock. Pick your style!


Metal BucklesPlastic Buckles


Consider fabric that's been interfaced, ribbon, & faux leather.


O-ring Buckles