My Big Blue IKEA Bag

I made a big gigantic blue tote bag.

gigantic blue Ikea bag

beach bag packed
Gigantic tote loaded with three big beach towels and room to spare!

This was meant to be a new gym bag, but I think it’s a bit too oversized for that, so it is destined to become a beach/pool/shopping/laundry bag instead. I mean, I knew it was going to be big, but I didn’t really plan to make it this big – guess I should’ve checked the size, but instead I thought – “36 x 60 inches seems about right”.

Here’s the backstory…

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Canvas Handbag

I made a new handbag!

canvas handbag_front

This was such a satisfying and quick project and I really like how it turned out. This was on my list of winter projects…it’s no longer winter, but then again, there’s nothing particularly wintry about this bag. I knew I wanted a neutral solid for this bag – something that would go with everything. But, I also love a bit of color, so I added a fun lining to keep it cheery.

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Winter Sewing Plans – 2015/2016

Back in September I posted a list of my Fall Sewing plans. I had a whopping 7 items on the list! I’ve managed to finish most of them, with varying degrees of success. I LOVE my Minoru jacket and my Akita top and wear them all the time! Ditto for my new Josephine. The Moji pants get a bit less wear. The Hollyburn skirt is another great wardrobe staple – I don’t wear skirts all the time, but I do wear them a lot more than dresses. And then there’s that Sorbetto. ahem.

I enjoyed having a plan for my sewing projects, so I decided I’d do another one for winter!

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Summer Sewing: Poolside Tote!

or What I Did [before] my Summer Vacation

poolside tote

I’ve been wanting to make a Noodlehead Poolside Tote for a while now…and admiring all the cool versions online. So, with summer vacation plans including several trips to our cabin in the Sierras (read: swimming at the pool or lake every day), I knew it was the perfect time. I had an image in my mind of what I wanted my tote to look like and headed off to my favorite fabric store to search for blue stripes, yellow canvas, and something floral…

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Lined Canvas Tote Bag

Lined Canvas Tote Bag

This weekend I tried my hand at making a lined tote bag and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I’ve been wanting a new bag to replace the Falletti’s canvas shopping bag I’ve been using to tote my laptop around.

So I decided to give this tutorial from The Inspired Wren a try. First off, I wanted my bag to be a bit bigger than the dimensions in the tutorial (8½″ x 11½″ x 4″), so I adjusted them based on my trusty grocery bag. I actually loved the size of the Falletti’s bag, including the strap length. My finished dimensions were 11″ x 13½″ x 4″ with 1″ wide handles. I also decided to add a pocket to the inside of the bag because who doesn’t want more pockets?

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