I want my grocery bags to work as hard as I do. That means I should be able throw whatever I need into them without worrying. For this grocery bag project, we not only wanted a great quick and easy design, we also wanted something different than we'd done before. How could we could improve an existing design or put a new spin on a classic style? We loved the idea of having the bags stow away in a tiny pouch – so you could toss them into a regular tote or even keep them in the glove box of your car. What a great way to always have bags at the ready when you're out! But in order for something to fold away that small, you need a lightweight fabric. Lightweight can also translate into not-very-durable, so what was the toughest, thinnest material we could think of? Rip stop nylon! We came up with a pretty design, added a cute optional monogram, and created a mix-and-match pair that folds down into a 5" x 7" drawstring pouch. Pull them out and they're tough enough to take on the big grocery chores.
Calming, cozy neutrals are the most accepted palette for Fall. But when everything around you begins to feel like its blending into beige, a blast of rich color can be just the ticket. Today, we step back into Waverly World with a stylish satchel. The fabric is called Ute Mountain, and the colorway is Cove. The design is an homage to the Ute Indians of the Rocky Mountain area of Colorado and Utah. The deep navy on this Waverly fabric is highlighted with avocado, turquoise and amber. With its stair-stepping diamonds and two different medallions, this design begged for a project that would bring these motifs to the forefront. Our five-star satchel bag has the features to do just that: precise fussy cutting and pattern matching, a unique inset zipper, bias cut handles plus a detachable strap, and many more professional details.
The seventies hippie style didn't go away, it just came back as "boho." Rich color, mixed-media, wonderful textures, and a loose, unstructured feel are hallmarks of "bohemian fashion." Today's little shoulder bags fit right in. The focal point is the stack of five gorgeous ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons. They provide the artistry and beautifully divide the silk dupioni of the top from the faux suede and fringe of the bottom. A ring of decorative stitching at the top of each bag finishes off the boho blend. Our selection of ribbons was built on Flora and Fauna themes for each bag. Our thanks to our creative friends at Renaissance Ribbons for sponsoring today's project and providing such exquisite embellishment inspiration for us all.
The trees are changing into their Fall colors, so we decided to follow suit with today's pretty clutch design. Originally created as a ScrapBusters project, we held partially true to this plan. Rather than diving into our own scrap basket, we shopped the remnant bin in the home décor section at our local fabric store. Home décor fabrics make great remnants because they're so wonderfully wide. Even a small cut (our remnants were just ½ yard each) will yield a generous cut from which you could make several clutches. Why would you want several? Holiday gift giving is right around the corner!
Today's casual bag features two generous pleated pockets bound with Fold Over Elastic by Dritz (FOE). One of the things we love about FOE is the ability to use it as a binding. You get three benefits in one: color, stretch and finish. There's a built-in crease line down the center that allows easy and accurate folding. The pockets not only look great, they're also super functional – with expandable tops that make dropping in items easy, even one-handed. In addition, the entire top of the bag is also finished with FOE, using it as a flat binding. Plus, the pretty patterns on the Drtiz FOE are woven in, not printed on, and they're fade resistant and colorfast. These good looks will last!
If you're a lover of all things sewing, you've probably heard all the clever quotes: Measure Twice, Cut Once; Keep Calm and Quilt On, Sewing Mends the Soul, and our favorite for today's project: It's All About The Fabric. The fashionable, upscale boutiques in our area seem to be filled with the latest purses and bags. One trend we noticed is what we dubbed, the signature fabric tote: a bag whose fabric is so unique and striking, it is the focal point of the entire design. These special handbags carried price tags for $75, $100, and up! With the amazing fabric options available to you, both in-store an online, you can create your own signature style for a fraction of boutique prices. We turned to our friends at Fabric Depot, selecting an eye-catching geometric in a high-end charcoal and citrine color combination with an amazing chenille texture.
Quintessential: representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class. We may be blowin' our own horn a bit here, but we absolutely love this plaid tote, and we really believe it has all the traits needed to rocket it to the top of the charts for cool and classic totes. No Fabulous Fall series would be complete without a perfect plaid, and when initially browsing the selection at Fabric.com, this blue and tan blend immediately caught our eyes. It's reminiscent of a vintage Pendleton® "49'er" jacket. Precision cutting – both straight and on the bias, piping accents, and corded handles are just a few of the styling particulars that give our tote its iconic appeal.
I think we can all agree little things tend to be pretty dang cute: babies, puppies, kittens, Barbie® shoes... but let's face it, sometimes you need BIG to take care of business. Today's storage bin lives up to its jumbo name. As we kick off week #2 of our Fabulous Fall series with Fabric.com, we've created a large-and-in-charge fabric basket that's ready to take on your bigger storage tasks. From books to blankets to balls of yarn, if you have a lot to keep track of, this project is for you. We chose two bold fabrics in organic cotton. And what is that dynamite looking "rope" ringing the top and creating the handles? Piping cord! Inexpensive yet just the right soft and strong combo.
Mary Poppins had a spoonful of sugar to work her magic on room organization. You have your sewing machine and today's project for super cute storage bins. We continue the Fabulous Fall series with our great round fabric baskets. They make picking up and putting away much more fun and colorful. Our foundation fabric is a classic canvas from series sponsor, Fabric.com. The accent fabrics for the exteriors, appliqués and linings are a mixture of décor weight and quilting weight cottons, which means the selection available to match your own decorating themes is huge. Fabric.com carries an inventory of over 500,000 yards!
There are many things that make fall fabulous: leaves on the trees exploding with color, the aroma of a rich stew simmering on stove, morning frost sketching delicate patterns on the window panes. If you're a lover of sewing and craft, it's also the time when we leave behind the distractions of summer and turn once again to our trusty sewing machines. We're taking a very fabulous look at fall this week and next with our friends from Fabric.com. We have two weeks of gorgeous fabrics and the perfect projects to welcome the art of autumn. Our series starts off with today's Canteen Bag, featuring two classic fall fabrics: wool suiting and corduroy.