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MODKID Quilted Sun and Surf Totes

AUGUST 05, 2014

MODKID is a brand created by Patty Young. Her fabrics are bright and her patterns are fun. She has been hosting a sewalong on her blog for her Sun and Surf Tote, and since I love making bags, and could use a new beach tote – I jumped right in.  I ended up making two totes, and just cut out a third one today. This was a quick pattern, and I’m loving the results.

MODKID Quilted Sun and Surf Totes
MODKID Quilted Sun and Surf Totes
For my first tote, I used up two orphan herringbone quilt blocks. I sashed and quilted them, and made them into the main panels.  The little floral fabric for the sides, trim, and lining is from Wholeport.com. The ribbon on the strap is from MODKID.
MODKID Quilted Sun and Surf Totes
MODKID Quilted Sun and Surf Totes
MODKID Quilted Sun and Surf Totes
MODKID Quilted Sun and Surf Totes
The second tote used up some flowers from a panel I had in my craft room. I sashed it with one of Patty’s fabrics, quilted it, and found some other coordinating prints in my stash. This tote is being donated to a local charity auction.
MODKID Quilted Sun and Surf Totes
MODKID Quilted Sun and Surf Totes
MODKID Quilted Sun and Surf Totes
MODKID Quilted Sun and Surf Totes
The grommets were super-easy to install (they just snap together), and the buttons are fun. Both can be purchased from the MODKID Etsy shop.

Laptop Bag Tutorial…

SO excited that I get to share this now!  I was asked to do a tutorial for the Bear Creek Quilting Company blog, and they just posted it!

Laptop Bag Tutorial...

This laptop bag has a top zipper that opens up nice and wide, a zippered front pocket for your charger, back slip pocket with a hidden bottom zipper which allows it to be slipped onto the handle of your luggage, an interior slip pocket that can fit papers and files, a one-piece handle which makes it extra strong and secure and extra padding to protect your laptop.

Laptop Bag Tutorial...

Laptop Bag Tutorial…

The fabrics I used are from the Sweet Harmony and Joyful Blooms lines – and can be found in their shop.  If you’d like to check out the tutorial, you can find it here.

 

Laptop Bag Tutorial...

Life this week and doll sewing…

Life this week and doll sewing...
Life this week and doll sewing…

Things have been busy with the end of the school year approaching – Sports Day, fieldtrips, my baby going to kindergarten day, and lots of sunshine to enjoy. I did sew up a quick raincoat for one of my girls’ 18″ dolls and need to order some more laminate prints to make some for my other girls still.

Life this week and doll sewing...

I’ve also been working on a sewing tutorial for the Bear Creek Quilting Company blog with these two beautiful fabric collections, can’t wait to share it!

Life this week and doll sewing...

Serendipity Studio Tara Tank Dress…

A few weeks ago, I came across a post from Kay Whitt announcing the first dress in her new Spring sewing patterns collection, the Tara Tank Dress. It really appealed to me, and Kay generously sent me a copy of the pattern to sew one up for myself!

Serendipity Studio Tara Tank Dress...
Serendipity Studio Tara Tank Dress…

All of her patterns are hard copies, which I prefer when it comes to sewing clothing. She does a great job with detail in her explanations, and the pattern was easy to follow. This dress in particular is a really quick sew because there are no buttons or zippers, just a drawstring tie in the waistband that cinches up. There are a bunch of different length and hem options included in the pattern, a pleated bodice, high waist, and you can choose to go with a full skirt or narrow (I chose narrow).

Serendipity Studio Tara Tank Dress...
Serendipity Studio Tara Tank Dress…

The fabric I used is a cotton blend from my local fabric store. It appealed to me because of the border print, and it’s super light, but not thin enough that it needed lining. I’m looking forward to our rain being replaced with some sunshine so I can sew up a few more of these for the Summer months.

Serendipity Studio Tara Tank Dress...
Serendipity Studio Tara Tank Dress…

If you’d like to purchase this pattern, you can find it here.

 

Some winners to announce . . .

The winner of the Peas & Corn lunch bag pattern and fabric to make it with from Fabri-Quilt is Faye!  I’ve emailed her and the prize is already on its’ way.

Some winners to announce . . .
Some winners to announce . . .

The winner of the fat quarter stack of PUL and cottons from Fabri-Quilt is Darylene! I will be emailing you today.

Some winners to announce . . .
Some winners to announce . . .

And don’t forget about the discount code from ModKid – good for 15% off anything in their Etsy shop.  Just use code BUNCH15 at checkout – code expires at midnight CST tonight.

Some winners to announce . . .

Modkid Review and Discount Code . . .

Modkid Review and Discount Code . . .

Patty Young is the designer behind Modkid patterns and fabrics, and she recently had two new pattern releases. I was the lucky recipient of her new Breeanne pattern and some of her knit prints to make it with.

Modkid Review and Discount Code . . .

Modkid Review and Discount Code . . .

My girls LOVE their finished Breeanne tops!  The pattern was super simple to follow, and very professionally written.  There were also lots of great tips for working with knits.   I haven’t sewn much with knits, but I now feel a lot more confident working with it again. I even picked up some more knit fabrics today to make more Breeanne tops for my girls!Modkid Review and Discount Code . . .

Patty Young has generously offered a 15% discount code to my readers – good for anything in her shop!

Just use  BUNCH15  at checkout.
Code expires midnight CST on Friday, Sept 6th.

Sew Sweetness pattern and Fabri-Quilt fabric Giveaway!

Today I have a special giveaway for you – Sew Sweetness is offering up their new Peas & Corn Lunch Bag pattern and Fabri-Quilt is giving you the fabric to make one!

I sewed one of these up myself, and it comes together quickly.  The fabrics I used are from Fabri-Quilt’s Mystic Forest line, a  laminate for the exterior and PUL for the interior.  I used my walking foot and had no problem sewing with these fabrics, but a cotton fabric also works great for the exterior.

Just use the rafflecopter below, and I’ll pick a winner next week.  Good luck!

Fat Quarter Bundle GIVEAWAY from Fabri-Quilt!

Fat Quarter Bundle GIVEAWAY from Fabri-Quilt!
Fat Quarter Bundle GIVEAWAY from Fabri-Quilt!

My first tutorial for the Blogger Design team for Fabri-Quilt is being posted today!  The fabric is called Pretty in Pink by Ro Gregg and I used it to make a secret pillow, pillow sham, and book holder.  You can find the secret pillow tutorial over on the Fabri-Quilt blog.

Fat Quarter Bundle GIVEAWAY from Fabri-Quilt!

Fabri-Quilt is generously offering a fat quarter bundle of Pretty in Pink to one of my readers!  Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway is open internationally. And check out the Sew Mama Sew blog to enter all the other fun giveaways going on this week!

crocheted hats . . .

No, I didn’t suddenly become an expert at crocheting.  But I wanted to share these adorable hats that my grandmother made for us last week.  Doesn’t she do beautiful work?!  And after giving her some yarn and a pattern, she had three of them done in a day!  I love handmade, and ‘Oma-made’ is even more special!

crocheted hats . . .
crocheted hats . . .

Mini Clutch Tutorial

This one is for myself, perfect for a couple things I want to keep together so they’re easier to transfer between purses.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions or corrections to the steps above – THANKS!These mini clutches  were a big hit at my daughter’s birthday party, and my daughters have found lots of uses for theirs.  So I thought I’d do up a little tutorial in case anyone else wants to make some.

Mini Clutch Tutorial

First, cut out your pieces:
From the outer fabric, lining, and batting – cut one main piece 8.5″ x 10″
From the outer fabric, lining, and batting – cut one flap piece 8″ x 3.5″

Mini Clutch Tutorial

Prepare your flap piece:
First, find something round and use it to cut the bottom edges of the flap pieces in a curve.
Mini Clutch Tutorial
If you’d like to use an elastic loop and button closure, center the elastic on the outer flap fabric and place between the outer fabric and lining, right sides together. Layer the batting on top.
Sew all three layers together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Clip curves, turn right-side out and press.  Topstitch close to the edge.  Put aside for now.
Mini Clutch Tutorial
Prepare your main pieces:
Layer the outer fabric on a piece of batting and fold in half, with outer fabric right-sides together.  Stitch on side edges with a 1/4″ seam.
Fold lining piece in half and sew side edges with a 1/4″ seam, but this time leave a 2″ opening on one of the side edges (to turn the clutch right-side out through later).
Mini Clutch Tutorial
Push out one of the corners and mark a 2″ line across and sew on line.  Clip corner.  Repeat for both corners of outer and lining pieces.Mini Clutch Tutorial
Attach flap to outer piece:
Find the center of the flap and the main outer piece and pin together.  Sew a scant 1/4″ from edge.
Mini Clutch Tutorial
Assemble bag:
Place the outer main piece inside of lining, right-sides together.  Stitch top edge with a 3/8″ seam.

Mini Clutch Tutorial

Finish bag:
Turn right-side out through opening in lining.  Stitch opening closed by machine.  Put lining into main bag, push out corners, and press top-edge.  Topstitch close to top edge.
Mini Clutch Tutorial
Now just put on a pretty button and you’re done!  You can also use a button-hole and button closure, a snap, or even velcro.
Mini Clutch TutorialThis one is for myself, perfect for a couple things I want to keep together so they’re easier to transfer between purses.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions or corrections to the steps above – THANKS!