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Ribbon & Fringe Bitty Boho Bags

Thursday, 14 April 2016 1:00

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.

Sweet Quilted Front Flap Purse with Decorative Lock: Dritz® Sewing Supplies

Monday, 28 March 2016 1:00

The closer. In sales, it’s the high-powered whiz kid they bring in to seal the deal. In police work, it’s the special interrogator who solves the case. In sewing bags and totes, it’s the hardware that keeps a flap in place. They’re probably not planning a TV series any time soon about bag hardware, but that’s where they’re missing out. The right hardware turns a simple pouch into a trendy handbag. And we all know how important it is to be carrying the best bag on the red carpet. We used two brand new closures from Dritz® to set the style and tone for a pair of pretty purses. One light, one dark. One Flip Lock, one Turn Lock. One design, two looks.

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Shoe Bag & Lingerie Bag Travel Set

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 1:00

These days, packing to travel can be a challenge since bringing more than one smallish bag can cost a pretty penny. Being a smart organizer has become more important than ever. Everything needs to go into one suitcase as neat and tidy as possible. This makes our shoe and lingerie bags a travel necessity. Both are lined, and both feature cute appliqués to ID the contents. 

Stylin’ Damask & Canvas Duffle: Fabric Depot

Monday, 21 March 2016 1:00

When packing for a short trip or weekend getaway, it can be hard enough to choose what to bring. Why add the stress of trying to figure out what to put all those choices into? Rolling luggage is overkill. Your standard tote is not big enough, and its open top is a recipe for disaster. A roomy duffle is the perfect solution. Does that have to mean an athletic style bag with a giant logo on the side? Nope! Because you can make your own stylin’ duffle. And thanks to the amazing selection at Fabric Depot, you can make it in the season’s most fashionable colors and prints. Don’t be put off by the size, structure or professional finishes. This duffle is much easier to make than you might think.

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Nesting Baskets in Loomstate & Yarn Dyed Cotton: Fabric Depot

Monday, 29 February 2016 1:00

This is some of the most interesting and beautiful fabric we’ve ever worked with! When our friends at Fabric Depot brought it to our attention, we were immediately drawn to the gorgeous woven stripes and saturated colors. Then we touched it! The texture and drape is amazing. Loomstate fabric is completely untreated; it is woven fabric exactly as it comes off the loom: unsinged (singeing fabric is burning off protruding fiber ends from the surface of the fabric), unsanforized (sanforizing fabric is a multi-step mechanical process of shrinking and fixing woven cloth), and unskewed (skewing fabric twists the weft and warp yarns to flatten and finish). It is truly fabric “in the raw.” The first denims were traditionally loomstate fabric, but for years, it’s been obscure and nearly unavailable due to its unusual properties. Recently, loomstate has begun to show up again as people look for more natural and organic options in sewing. Our thanks to Fabric Depot for providing the fabric, and for introducing lots of new words into our sewing vocabulary.

5-Pocket Canvas Bag with Dritz® Jean Buttons & Rivets

Monday, 22 February 2016 1:00

This terrific tote has so many interesting details, we couldn't fit them all into the title! Besides the rivets securing the straps in place and the jean buttons on the side pockets, there are also cool metal grommets, western style pocket flaps, and twin needle topstitching. Our thanks to Dritz® for providing all the key hardware components. Metal accents like this are the perfect touch to finish a bag professionally. But they do more than just look good.

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Sleek Fabric Wallet with Zippered Coin Pouch

Thursday, 18 February 2016 1:00

Someone told me the other day that he believed money would soon become completely digital and we'd be trading electronic credits online. It's happening already to a limited extent with Bitcoins, but it still seems so sci-fi to me. I think I'll hold on to a wallet for now, like this pretty version with multiple compartments for cash, coins, and cards. I like having physical money with me; a couple paper dollars and some coins just makes me feel happy. I think it goes back to being a kid, when every hoarded dime and nickel put you that much closer to a giant gum ball from the shiny red dispenser. I still get a little thrill when I find a quarter in my coat pocket, although I worry what a gum ball would do now to my dental work.

Zip Zap Mini Pouch with Side Loop Straps

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 1:00

Sometimes extra-cute is exactly what you need to get your sewing creativity flowing. This adorable zippered pouch is just the ticket. Don't you love that striking center zipper? But... are you a little afraid of zippers, especially cool metal zippers? Like the scary monster under your bed, most zipper phobias are totally unfounded. In fact, a zipper down the middle like this one is a very easy option. Give it a try; conquer your fear! Then... peek under your bed. Nothing there to worry about either, except those adorable dust bunnies.

Canteen Bag in Wool & Corduroy

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 1:00

Bags come in all shapes and sizes, but this round canteen style is one of our favorites. It has such a great retro feel. You can pretend you're a Boy Scout on a special outdoor expedition or a WWII-era mail carrier delivering an urgent message. What? You don't make up adventures to go with each of your bags? Well where's the fun in that?! We paired two terrific textures to get our signature look: a striking wool suiting and corduroy. A decorative cotton is used for the lining. Bold fabric choices require equally bold accents; we chose a heavy metal zipper, sliders, and rings. 

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