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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Four Pairs of Comfy Pants

My son will only wear what he calls ‘comfy pants’. That basically means pull-on elastic waistband and soft knit material … so basically sweatpants. Most of the options available in stores are functional, but pretty boring. Mama’s sewing machine to the rescue! Having created a ‘collection’ of comfy pants I thought it was time I posted about them.

I started out using Dana’s free pants pattern and crafted this simple lightweight pair using a dark grey cotton knit. I used an old t-shirt for the green pockets.

Then I decided to make a pair with some navy blue stretch corduroy. Instead of the patch pockets, I went with jean-style pockets, which I lined with a blue and white polka dot fabric. I don’t remember where I found the tutorial for the pockets, but I do remember that it took me a few tries to get them done, and they still came out a bit wonky. Continue reading “Four Pairs of Comfy Pants”

PJs for the girls


So I had this plan. I was going to make some cute matching pajamas for my nieces and their American Girl dolls for Christmas. There was a big sale at an online fabric store on Black Friday, so I bought a couple Birch Organic flannel prints and waited…and waited…and waited… It took weeks to show up. When it finally arrived, alas I found that one of the fabrics they had sent me was wrong – right print, but a quilting cotton instead of the flannel. Oh well, by that time I realized that I had been overly optimistic about my ability to get this done before Christmas anyways, and it was actually a bit of a relief to be given a reprieve:)

So now it’s mid-February, and guess what?? I made the PJs!

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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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