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Just in: Organic cotton, Oxford cloth, Outdoor fabric and more

by Gina

All sorts of summery things have arrived at the store! Here’s a quick run down. First off, some great outdoor fabrics:

Silky soft, rayon knits in classic stripes:

Sweet organic prints from Birch Fabrics and Cloud 9. First group is Happy Town by Emily Isabella for Birch Fabrics. The following pair of pics are of Rain Walk by Anna Graham of Noodlehead glory; last pic is canvas.

A spooooky skeleton group from Moda:

Lush velveteen and bold canvas from Robert Kaufman:

Also from Kaufman are three classic cotton oxford cloth in blue, white and black. Yippy!

Lastly, a punch of color with these cool, prism-y designs by Alison Glass. Happy sewing, and stay cool!

the slouchy backpack

by Adrianna

With the arrival of sunny weather, most of you are probably planning or day dreaming of some time spent outdoors. The new pattern from Bonnie Christine, The Slouchy Backpack, is your perfect companion for mild summertime adventures. This pack is easy and quick to sew up, and can fit as many things as you want in it. Although I love hiking and spending time in the woods, I am not that intense of an outdoor person, and only like to carry bare minimum necessities. This pack is great for just that. Carry your water bottle, wallet, and a camera, and off you go! I made this pack out of lightweight denim and canvas combinations, so that when hiking on a sizzling day, this won’t weigh me down. You can also experiment with some other, more durable denims and canvases paired with Otter Wax to make for a more solid pack. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this backpack staple! Adjust the straps and this could be a great children’s pattern as well.

Elite Tote

by Adrianna


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