rock the tote: rightsizing

Sizing magic! The most impactful way to customize your tote is to adapt the size. This simple change takes the same shape from a tiny party favor bag to a large shopping sack. In this episode of Rock the Tote, I’ll show you a few size variations and provide you with easy equations to tweak …

the house pouch

Zakka Style is an adorable, inspiring book. Also, it is a beautiful example of one that I’ve had in my collection since it was released, read through longingly, tape-flagged intentionally, and promptly never sewn from. So, to fix that but good, I have decided to participate in the Zakka Style Sew-Along. I’m under no delusions …

do your pins: banana cake & better piping

There’s been a running joke for a while now that, as awesome as Pinterest can be, a lot of us are spending time there drooling over beautiful, creative projects, rather than spending time making beautiful, creative projects. Some links, I pin with no intention whatsoever to attempt them, but just because I love the idea, …

rock the tote

When I wrote about my orange slice bag last week, I mentioned that I changed the way the handles were constructed, and I promised a tutorial. I decided to attach the straps (and corresponding instruction) to a whole tote bag. This is a fairly standard tote, nothing revolutionary, but it reflects the tweaking and techniques …

another of my muted, understated bags

After checking out my boards on Pinterest, a friend of mine remarked not too long ago that she was surprised to see how attracted I was to bright colors and prints, when I tend to wear rather neutral-colored clothing. The funny thing is that my fabric stash, both the apparel and crafting fabrics, is anything but …

the orange slice bag

Recently, Dixie and I started a local sewing book club. Since I have a few  a lot  a metric ton of crafting books, I’m excited to have this great motivator to use them and to compare experiences with the group. During our first meeting, we reviewed Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders. I made a few projects from this book, …