June 10, 2017

Anita Vacation Tote Bag - Black, Red and Linen Version

Hello, Friends!
Are you going to be traveling this summer?
I took some business trips recently,
so I made myself a new tote bag.



Do you recognize the pattern?
It's my very own "Anita Vacation Tote Bag" design,
available as a PDF pattern here on Craftsy, or


For this latest version,
I wanted a mostly-neutral bag that would go with
a lot of my business wear.



The main exterior fabric is a floral print
from the original Mama Said Sew line
The contrasting fabric near the top of the bag 


The interior of the bag is also made from
the Essex Linen.
I find it to be very durable, especially when interfaced with
Pellon 987F fusible fleece, as I do for all of my purses.


Inside my bag, along one edge,
I use a strip of pockets,
to keep my sunglasses and other key items handy.


How do you like that cute zippered inside pocket?
For the inside of the pocket, I used a coordinating Sweetwater print,
from Volume II. 


What about that magnetic snap closure?
If you don't know how to add those,
my pattern will teach you...it's sew easy!


Even if you're not going on a vacation,
They make an excellent gift for a new grad!


Come back soon...we'll chat about this sweet pouch
that I also made, to coordinate with my new Anita Vacation Tote Bag.





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June 6, 2017

Summer Fun - Red White and Blue Zippered Pouch

Hello, Friends!
Who's ready for summertime?
I am!!!


Whenever I need a nice gift, I like to make a new version of
the Open Wide Zippered Pouch,


I've made so many of these...
and I've never been disappointed with the results.
This time I chose some red, white and blue fabrics
that I bought from Connecting Threads a few years ago.
The line was called Smooth Sailing.

{I love the anchors, all lined up!}


The addition of gray to the 
traditional patriotic palette looks so smart! 
That's why I chose a gray zipper to bring it out.
The lining fabric is a gray dot,
with a little red star popping up every so often.


The red and gray stripe provides a nice contrast 
for the bottom of the pouch.


I use Pellon ShapeFlex SF101 interfacing on my pouches,
for all of the exterior pieces, as well as the lining.
It adds soft shaping, and the pouch
is stable enough to stand, even while it's empty.


Once I've finished making one of these pouches,
I often add a ribbon for the zip pull.
I found this red gingham and could.not.resist.


I hope you'll have time for some summertime sewing, too!


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