The Market Tote sewing pattern will take you step-by-step to creating a customized bag made of seat belt webbing! Seat belt webbing is shimmery and luxurious, yet extremely durable and easy to clean and sew! The tote features 2 exterior slip pockets and a flap accent with metal ring. On the interior you will find a zipped pocket and zipped gusset closure. The handles are 23″ long with a 11″ drop. Instructions are included for 3 different size options.
Skill level: Intermediate Finished sizes: small: 14 x 9 1/2 x 3 3/4″ medium: 15 1/2 x 11 x 3 3/4″ large: 17 x 13 x 3 3/4″
What’s in the pattern: – 3 complete sets of instructions are included – one for each bag size (small, medium and large) – imperial and metric measurements – cutting labels and one pattern piece* for each bag size – a thoroughly tested design given the thumbs up by my amazing test team – quality computer-generated line drawings and concise, detailed instructions * all other pieces are cut based on measurements.
Here are the colors I chose for my first Market Tote:
I chose these 3 colors arranged in blocks for my first tote. Market Tote pattern options include instructions for 1, 2, or 3 colors and solid, stripes or blocks versions.
Fun and done! Quilting is easier than ever with this popular method
• A modern approach to quilting that’s fresh, fun, and simpler than it sounds; it will change the way you quilt (for the better) • Great for moms or anyone with a busy schedule – these 13 projects are easy to transport because they make it simple to pick up where you left off • Go your own way: This method allows you to use a pattern or improvise, creating a wide variety of design options • Save money! Learn how to finish your own quilts without the use of a longarm professional
Do you believe rules were meant to be broken? If so, this improvisational quilt-as-you-go technique is for you. Instead of dealing with precise paper patterns and cutting measurements, you’ll learn how to piece fabric onto small, manageable batting blocks. Let your creative juices flow as you quilt directly on the blocks (not the whole quilt!), whether in large abstract zigzags or small structured stitches. After the blocks have been joined, all you need to do is add backing fabric and binding, and – voila – it’s finished!
I’ve been interested in quilting as-you-go methods since I first saw “Lap Quilting” with Georgia Bonesteel on PBS back in the 1990s. Motivated partly because the weight of a full size quilt at the sewing machine has become extremely difficult for me to deal with – even though I am VERY comfortable with the technical aspects of machine quilting – and partly because I find the sheer convenience of it appealing, I have been on alert for different methods ever since. This book was the “AHA!” I’ve been hoping to find.Continue Reading…
• Make your own fashion statement with these sophisticated, runway-worthy bag designs • Each of the 19 projects has multiple variations for more than 75 different stylish ways to carry it all • Create perfectly polished bags in no time with easy construction techniques
Turn your favorite fabrics into a fashion statement! From chic wristlets to functional carryalls (and everything in between), each project includes a full-sized pattern, easy-to-follow instructions, and inspirational photos. All the sewing basics you need are here, and you will learn some more ambitious techniques such as stitching hook-and-loop tapes, making darts and pleats, and attaching magnetic snaps or zippers.
I have a fairly large collection of books and patterns for bags, purses and totes; but I’m always on the lookout for fresh approaches, new techniques or innovative styles and shapes. However, newest isn’t always best, and this book from 2011 is one of the books I most often recommend for beginners. Although these projects don’t feature a lot of bells and whistles (complicated hardware, multiple pockets, etc.), the clean, classic lines provide great jumping-off points for more advanced sewists to customize to their heart’s content. Continue Reading…