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String Style Backpack with Front Crossover Pockets

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 1:00

String style backpacks are everywhere for Fall, from ripstop athletic gear to high-end leather bags. They're compact and lightweight but can hold plenty. Ours is made in two bright fabrics from Ann Kelle's Beatbox collection for Robert Kaufman fabrics, which we found at Fabric.com. To give our design even more functionality, we added unique front crossover pockets, which create four individual sections to hold smaller items.

Airstream Toiletry Bag with Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 25 August 2014 12:00

The curved design of this toiletries travel bag reminds us of the classic Airstream trailers. It's an efficient a size and shape to hold all your bath necessities. We were inspired by the adorable postage theme ribbons by Jessica Jones for Renaissance Ribbons. The classic blue, crisp white and vivid red of the ribbons are echoed in the turquoise canvas we chose for the bag's base and the scarlet piping that outlines the front and back. And the fun metallic dots of the top cotton are like shiny round postmarks. This bag is bold, bright and brimming with personality. We can just hear it saying, "Take me traveling!" 

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Slim Messenger Bag with Push Locks

Monday, 18 August 2014 1:00

Mustangs are the beautiful wild horses of western North America. They are such a dramatic icon, in 1971 the United States Congress recognized the herds of mustangs as "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West." We selected Melody Miller's striking Mustang collection as the feature fabric in today's handsome slim-style messenger bag. The collection is from the brand new Cotton + Steel company, a division of RJR Fabrics. Cotton + Steel hit the fabric world with a bang this Spring as one of the most anticipated collaborations in years. The company brings together the talents of Miller along with Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight and Sarah Watts. Our thanks to Fabric.com for providing the Mustang fabric as well as the coordinating Cotton & Steel cotton for lining and the crisp navy twill of the exterior. It's a combo that's ready to hit the trail for back-to-school, back-to-work, or anywhere those wild horses pull your heart. 

Time to Travel Tote

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 1:00

Our extra-large tote is ready for a road trip, and thanks to the great Eclectic Elements fabric by Tim Holtz for Coats, it comes complete with great destinations built right in to the design, like Times Square and Coney Island. Fussy cutting is the name of the game in creating this bag's special look. If you're new to the technique, we offer a great step-by-step tutorial, but the concept is simple: carefully cut each of the fabrics to center and feature a particular motif, such as the subway stop names, clock faces and butterflies we selected from the dozens of interesting options within this wonderfully unique collection from paper-crafting guru, Tim Holtz. The front of the bag features a fabric flower as an optional embellishment, and decorative metal rivets help hold the strap ends in place and add a subtle dash of dimension.

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Travel Tote with Two-Tier Wraparound Pockets

Thursday, 07 August 2014 1:00

When you're on the road, doesn't it always seems to be the ordinary, everyday things you are suddenly in desperate need of: gum, nail clippers, your headphones? I get a little panicky, certain I've left behind the most obvious items... as if perhaps I'm on an arctic expedition and won't see civilization for weeks. But the opportunity for replenishment doesn't matter; I want my stuff close at hand. That's the theory behind our handsome travel tote: plenty o' pockets to stash all your stuff. There are four big outside pockets that wrap front and back plus a deep inside compartment (exactly deep enough for a magazine, I might add!) with its own generous interior pocket. I'm still likely to forget something, which is why after my current travels, I now own six pairs of sunglasses and a dozen tubes of lip balm.

Janome Monday: Appliquéd Kite Tote

Monday, 28 July 2014 1:00

Let's go fly a kite! This tote is ready to take off on your next adventure or at least on your next excursion to the store. The shopper style construction is fast and easy with deep 4" boxed corners and no-sew webbing handles. Let your creativity soar with the fun front appliqué. We offer a template download for the kite's body and tail. And as a Janome Monday project, we show you two different presser feet that make quick work of this eye-catching embellishment.

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Eight-Pocket Traveling Jewelry Pouch

Thursday, 17 July 2014 1:00

Your favorite shiny beads and baubles deserve to come along on vacation too. But figuring out how to pack them, without opening your suitcase upon arrival to find a tangled mess, is always a challenge. Our traveling jewelry pouch is up to the task. It has eight, wedge-shaped pockets to hold necklaces, earrings, rings and watches. The pouch gathers up with a drawstring, safely enclosing the pockets in an upright position. The gathered circle kind of reminds me of those classic round baby bonnets. Tie the bundle closed and toss it into your bag so you can sparkle upon arrival.

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Fold-Over Zipper Top Purse

Thursday, 10 July 2014 1:00

Big bags and totes are great for big jobs, but when I'm out and about, I like a compact purse. I want to be able to sling it over my shoulder with enough room to hold the necessities, plus just a little extra. If things are too big and bulky, I spend the entire outing looking for somewhere to stash my bag. Or... I invariably knock over something breakable in the store! Today's cute little fold-over bag is a perfect size and shape. Standing up straight, it's a generous 9" x 9"; folded down, it becomes just 6" x 9". The bottom of the bag is layered with batting and lightly quilted to give the lightweight cotton more substance and stability. 

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Janome Monday: Belted Cross-Body Bag with Decorative Stitching

Monday, 30 June 2014 1:00

It's Janome Monday, and we're having fun with the 9mm stitches on the Janome Memory Craft 9900. Decorative stitching against a neutral canvas gives today's slouchy bucket bag a great hipster style. For a subtle boho flair, we incorporated long, soft tassels at the sides and front. We show you a unique way you can make these custom tassels for much less than buying, and in an exact color match!

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Zippered, See-Through Pouches with Ribbon Accents: Renaissance Ribbons

Thursday, 26 June 2014 1:00

Not only are the ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons beautiful to look at, they are also lovely to work with. Their Jacquard ribbons are precisely woven with top quality polyester thread, so they will not shrink and they won't bleed onto your base fabric. The exquisite weaving also gives them a strength and stability that makes them easy to manipulate as accents and embellishments on all types of projects. For today's pouches, the ribbons actually hold the zippers in place. We used clear vinyl on the front so you can easily glance at the contents. A pattern download is offered below to create the handy 6" x 9" size with rounded corners. 

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