Today's Weekend Wonder is made for the busy weekend warrior who wants to travel light. At just 5" x 3½", this little zippered key pouch fits your keys, cash and cards. It's the second project in our trio of Fabric.com matching travel storables, featuring the fab fabric trio of: natural twill, soft faux suede and pretty home décor gingham. There's a handy strap so you can carry it over your wrist or simply grab it off the counter as you run out the door to your next weekend adventure. When my teenage daughter saw this, she immediately snatched it up... even though I was in the middle of a photo session. "This is perfect," she said, "Sometimes I just don't want to carry anything but my keys... and maybe my phone... and maybe a couple bucks. Can I have this when you're done?!" And there you have option number two: a great gift idea. You could even tuck in a few dollars or a gift card to sweeten the deal. Fun and flexible, and of course, a classic monogram says it's yours.
The Northwest is a walking, running and biking mecca. We love to get out and about, even in the drizzle for which we are famous. But I must admit, when I see these people clutching a water bottles, it seems rather uncomfortable. There are so many other things to do with your hands: carry a pair of binoculars, hold a loved one's hand, push a stroller, grab a cup of coffee. Weekend Wonders with Fabric.com has the answer: our easy-to-make, shoulder sling water bottle carrier. The inside is lined with cozy fleece for a bit of hot/cold protection and to help absorb condensation. The shoulder strap is super long so you can wear it cross-body: keep it at hand when you need it; sweep it out of the way when you don't. We also added a tiny pocket on the front, fussy cut to be nearly invisible, and just big enough for some cards, cash and keys, giving you a great all-on-one carrier.
I love today's weekender tote because it combines some of my favorite types of fabrics: natural, nubby twill, soft faux suede, and happy gingham for a pop of color and pattern. As part of our Weekend Wonders Returns series with Fabric.com, today's tote is the first of a trio of travel storables in this fantastic blend of fabrics. It has the perfect soft feel, which also makes it extremely packable. Not so soft and slouchy that it puddles on the floor, but also not so stiff that it seems to stand at attention if you set it down. Fill it up for a weekend getaway. Take it with you on your weekend shopping excursions. Or use it to carry your sewing and craft projects. One of the things we love about shopping at Fabric.com is the ability to choose from so many kinds of fabric: from crisp cotton to cuddly fleece, wipe-clean laminates to dress-me-up silks.
It's the Return of Weekend Wonders with Fabric.com. Our first WW series was over a year ago, but it has remained as one of the favorite sources of inspiration sponsored by our friends at Fabric.com. These are great projects you can whip out in a weekend, and this time around, they're also great projects to use on your weekend. Like today's zippered pouches. We call them pencil cases, but they're really anything-little-thing-you-can-fit-inside-them cases. The zipper opens up wide through the middle to corral all sorts of items. Use one as the perfect little makeup bag, an on-the-go toddler kit with snacks and wipes, an essentials pouch to toss in your gym bag, and of course they make a super awesome pencil case.
In honor of National Sewing Month, maybe you should do something sweet for your trusty sewing machine, like make it a little outfit! Many sewing machines come with a cover; some are hard plastic, some are soft vinyl... none are particularly pretty. Since I believe all my sewing machines have their own personalities, I think they deserve their own personalized covers to keep them protected from dust and sun exposure when not in use. Besides, these hard-working machines make so much stuff for us, the least we can do is make a little something for them! Our sample cover was created for my Janome Memory Craft 5200, a very standard-sized machine. This Janome is my mid-range model and is a real sweetie-pie. She deserved a cover with a kicky bottom ruffle and a bright turquoise ribbon accent. The fabric is the cheery red and white brights of Moda's Half Moon Modern.
All I want is a place for my stuff. Actually, I also want world peace and maybe to win the lottery, but for now... I'm good with a place for my stuff. Today we kick off week two of our Eclectic Elements series with these great round baskets. They're designed to hold all kinds of stuff and look great doing it. Use them one by one on a counter top, or make a bunch and fill up a shelf. We added a tab on the front with twill tape and an O-ring, which looks great and adds interesting texture, but is also functional as a pull tab. You can fill up a shelf all the way to the top with a row of baskets, then access each with its tab and ring just like a drawer pull.
We love the idea of concealing a cutting edge electronic device inside a vintage wrapper. Our Eclectic Elements device sleeve combines a great old-fashioned ticking stripe with a print made up entirely of old-school rulers and tapes. We've created three generous pockets to hold a selection of devices. Fusible fleece between the layers keeps everything soft yet stable. The inner sleeve is sized to easily accommodate a Nook®, Kindle® or iPad® Mini. Two 7" x 7" outer pockets can fit the smaller Nook® or your smart phone. The front pocket is completely sealed with a zipper, so it could also hold a wallet and keys. Or... go ahead and push against the electronic grain by tucking an actual printed book or notepad into one of the compartments. So many options in one convenient bag.
Our Eclectic Elements large tote is ready for a road trip, and comes complete with great destinations built in to the design, like Times Square and Coney Island. Fussy cutting is the name of the game in creating the bag's unique look. If you're new to this 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 great new collection from paper-crafting guru, Tim Holtz. The front of the bag features a fabric flower as an optional embellishment, the tutorial for which we presented the first day of the Series. And, decorative metal rivets help hold the strap ends in place and add a subtle dash of dimension.
Don't know about you, but when I travel, not matter how organized I try to be, I'm always hurrying to finish packing my toiletries and make-up. I'm also usually trying to fix my hair at the last minute, which means there sits my flat iron... too hot to pack! This gave us the idea for today's accessory: the hot tool case. It contains two hidden layers of metalized thermal batting. It looks pretty from the outside and is protective from the inside, so you can pack your curling or flat iron while warm... and still catch your plane on time! It's also great for your gym bag.
A zippered pouch is our favorite carryall when little things need to travel. Today we've mixed Dritz® elastic with cotton and pet screen to create a sporty pouch you can take across the country on vacation or across town to the gym. The open mesh of the pet screen allows you to see what's inside; it's also great when you need to sift out sand after a day at the beach or shake out crumbs from on-the-go snacks. We used two different Dritz® elastics for heft and flexibility rather than stretch. Our bold fabric is from Denyse Schmidt's Florence collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics, brand new this month.