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Big Canvas Beach Tote with Rope & Grommet Handles

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 1:00

Our big beach bag is all cotton so it breathes well and dries in a snap, but it's not waterproof and so isn't designed to take a dip in the salty surf. Its job is to keep you looking good on your way to the water's edge. We're on board with that! We used a beautiful cotton/linen blend canvas paired with natural canvas duck. It's a super stylish combo for our on-the-go beach tote. Rope handles add a nautical touch and make it easy to open wide so you can load up plenty of towels and other important beach gear. Don't forget the sunscreen.

Canvas Laundry Hamper with Drawcord Cotton Liner: Fabric Depot

Monday, 09 May 2016 1:00

We’re comin’ clean! Or at least giving you the tools to make it easier to get those piles of dirty clothes off the floor, into a hamper, and eventually on their way to the laundry room. If you took out the garbage this week, you’ll immediately recognize the theory behind this cool two-part hamper: the exterior “box” provides the shell (and does it very handsomely if we do say so ourselves), and the interior bag is like a waste can liner, dropping in and folding over the top. Fill ‘er up, then cinch ‘er up and carry the dirties to the wash. We worked with the experts at Fabric Depot to come up with an excellent combination of sturdy canvas for the exterior and delightful cotton for the lining. We love this Mendocino collection by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics. 

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Quilted Jelly Roll Jumbo Carryall featuring Valley: It’s Moda Moms Week

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 1:00

Day Two of Moda Moms Week! We all know most moms are going in a dozen different directions at once, which means they need a generously-sized tote to hold all their on-the-go supplies. Our Jelly Roll Jumbo Carryall fits the bill. We designed the modern skyscraper appliqué on the front and back to feature Valley by Sherri & Chelsi, which arrived in-store and online this month. Our “skyline” of Jelly Roll strips is set against a background of the new 45” Moda Barkcloth in Slate Gray

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Relaxed Shoulder Brief with Handles & Tech Accents: Dritz® Fasteners

Monday, 18 April 2016 1:00

We’ve found a lot of inspiration in the Dritz® product line for our recent bag designs! High-tech accents; like snaps, hooks, locks, and more provide both functionality as closures as well as professional style. If you want a “you made that yourself?!” reaction to your bag, you need to add the very best finishes. This slim shoulder bag uses six different Dritz® fasteners, including a pair of mitten clips to tether a matching inner pouch.

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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.

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