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June 24, 2019
On-the-Go ToteThere are many uses for totes. For makers, each... from Living Water Quilter

On-the-Go Tote

There are many uses for totes. For makers, each tote is an opportunity to add fun accents, functional details and learn new sewing techniques.

For Island Batik Ambassadors, the June project inspiration is, Try It!   So….I decided I “needed” another tote bag.  This time, I wanted to add never tried accents, hardware and a zippered pocket.

NOTE: As an Island Batik Ambassador, the fabric to make the tote bag was given to me by Island Batik. Also, CT Publishing supplied the Kraft-tex.


This is the first time I’ve added a zippered pocket, a hook and D-ring ...

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February 6, 2019
English Paper Piecing: Diamond Tote from The Cloth Parcel

Have you ever wanted to try English Paper Piecing?  We made a small tutorial on the basics of the process quite some time ago, but sometimes you need a little more direction and ideas for easy projects.  Carolina Moore‘s new book with Nancy’s Notions, Learn to English Paper Piece, is a great starting point!  Here’s a […]

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December 14, 2018
White Elephant Sewing from Becca's Crazy Projects

At my workplace, we do a white elephant gift exchange every year during the December holiday party. We do a big potluck, eat lots of shared food, exchange gifts, and have a great time outside work. I really enjoy the white elephant gift exchange. It's competitive good fun. We set the limit at $20 but you can really stretch that if you are crafty and use fabric you got for free (see this great video from Professor Pincushion about Aunt Betty to learn how that happens).

Making things often goes quickly if you're making more than one of ...

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July 20, 2018
Fantastic Fun on a Friday! from Humble Quilts

It's been a very busy week but also a fun one. Super busy at work. 
Farmers are at the peak of "farming season". Silly I don't know exactly what's going on around me. I do know the garlic is getting flamed, the bees are pollinating the carrot plants, hay and alfalfa are being harvested. Many farmers work in the cool of evening, meaning they work on their bale wagons, water trucks, combines, during the day. 

Anyway...... fun cause they weather has been fantastic! Sunny skies as far as the forecast will let me look. 
I love summer ...

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July 9, 2018
Open Wide Bag X 2 from Butterfly Threads

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I've been working on the cute little bag called the OPEN WIDE bag by ByAnnie. I took a class with Terry on Saturday and got started. I made all of the sections in class and just needed to assemble them once I got home.

Ever heard the phrase "easier said than done"? LOL It wasn't actually hard, it was just really tricky machine sewing the binding on those bottom curves. I was surprised at how easily the zipper went in and the top binding wasn't hard. I enjoyed ...

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June 22, 2018
Totes! from Becca's Crazy Projects

This tote called the Fat Sack by Atkinson Designs was shared on one of the many groups I'm a member of on Facebook. I decided to give it a try.

I found my stack of decorator canvas and colorful denim while searching for some felt I have around here somewhere. I didn't have enough of one print to make an entire tote, so I did a little mixing and matching. It's a quick and simple pattern and if you're looking for a sizable tote it will serve you well. I do recommend using heavier fabrics. The ...

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June 8, 2018
Are Pockets a Must? from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello my creative friends!!

As one famous designer once said “…. I went to fashion school for four years and then work for a very long time just to realize that all women want is pockets!" Now, don’t ask me who the designer was, but for sure she or he was completely right!



We always have pretty things, secret things, necessary things, and even forgotten things that we need to carry with us … so while designing the Puri Tote for the beautiful Flower Child collection I thought it would be a great idea to add a welt zipper pocket and ...

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May 24, 2018
Delicate Elephant from Becca's Crazy Projects

Sometimes I get a crazy idea. This time, it was to use some denim I have had for a couple years, a fun embroidery design from Urban Threads, and my own cross-body bag pattern, to make a fun bag.

I picked the colors based on the coordinating print I wanted to use for the lining and strap. The design is the Elephant from the Delicate Ones set from Urban Threads. This four-color design makes a big impact. The denim is a very pale blue; a color better captured in the next photo.
I should time myself making one of these ...

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April 18, 2018
Beauty and the Beast from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on a bag pattern off and on for years.

It uses minimal hardware. The cutting is straightforward. (This means there are no pattern pieces, all the cutting is done with a rotary cutter and ruler.)
Construction is not complicated and easily accomplished in an orderly fashion. The bottom is covered in vinyl to protect those bottom corners. 
It has a zippered pocket on the back of the bag to hold you wallet for quick access. 
It has a top zipper that opens all the way. Inside it has three pockets to help you stay organized. Each ...

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April 2, 2018
Geeky Bag from Becca's Crazy Projects

While writing this post, I realized I made my last handbag in July 2016. It was time for a new one.

I've had this computer/electronics themed fabric hanging around for a while. I had intended on making a couple geeky knitting project bags, but decided a new purse would be way better. I grabbed my (somewhat questionable) notes on the last bag I made and got busy.
This is my own pattern, designed around the features I like in a bag and more than a few tricks I've learn along the way. I prefer a cross-body bag ...

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October 25, 2017
Weekend Market Tote No. 2 from The Cloth Parcel

It’s Quilt Market this week!  We’re taking a quick trip to Houston, so next week we will have a fun recap on here of our favorites.  In the meantime, we just released our Weekend Market Tote pattern! You bet we’ll be sporting these beauties around the Market floor.  Our second version of the tote was […]

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September 26, 2017
featherweight tote from Making A Lather

My Friend had designed a featherweight mate pattern for a carrier and table protector for the featherweight. She has a pattern on craftsy. I made one a bit ago, and it is getting worn out ( or I was just tired of it), so it was time to make another one. I wanted it to be a little brighter but still look good with the black of my featherweight.

It is so easy to put a sewing machine in and out of a case with it in the carrier. It has handles and when it is opened on the table, it ...

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