I made the bag shown above for Cassandra's birthday. The pattern is the Tuscany Tote and I reach for it over and over when I want to make a bag. The pattern has helpful step-by-step pictures.
I love the magnolia fabric and had some leftover, so I made a few of these cute little snap bags. This is a fast, fun pattern that uses pieces from a metal ruler in a casing to "snap" the bag shut.
The inside has a double layer of pockets.
A Beginner Sewing Project
Adding a cute bit of fabric to some plain tea towels is a great way to add some pop to your kitchen. It's a great beginner sewing project and can also make a lovely gift. Mother's Day is next month, so you've got some time to follow this tutorial and make a colorful, useful present for your Mom!
You just need 2 tea towels and 2 rectangles of fabric that are 4-6 inches high and 2 inches wider than your towels. I cut my fabric 6" high and 22 1/2" wide.
Step 2: Fold & Press
Fold the long edges under 1/4 inch along the top and bottom.
Measure and mark a line 2 inches from the bottom of the towel. A Frixion pen is a fantastic way to mark on fabric - it erases when you iron the fabric.
Line the rectangle up along the line you just marked so it hangs over evenly on each side and pin it in place.
Step 3: Fold the Short Ends
Wrap the short ends to the back of the tea towel, fold over 1/2 inch and fold over again and pin so it.
Step 4: Sew
Sewing close the the edge along both long edges, attach the fabric band to the tea towel. I used a stitch-in-the-ditch foot to keep my stitching even along the edge.
Sew along each short edge, keeping the right edge of the presser foot even with the towel so you catch the folded over bit.
When finished, the fabric band will look like this:
Enjoy your color coordinated kitchen accessories!
Christmas Color Kitchen Pop
Use some Christmas fabric to sew some fun gifts for your friends. Wrap some home-baked goodies in the tea towels for an extra special gift.
Kitchen Color Pop
My kitchen is white, gray and black with red accents so these gray towels with pops of color in the fabric bands add a nice splash of color. Red ric rac is a fun addition to the rooster tea towels.
My favorite way to express my creativity is with fabric. Join me as I share my journey with you. I hope you'll be inspired to create something too!