There are so many nifty little accessories and gifts to sew which require only an afternoon or even a couple of hours to make. These are things you’d struggle to find for sale in a fabric of your choice or things that would simply be too expensive to buy ready made.
Besides giving accessories you’ve made as gifts, there are a few items you may not have thought of or seen in a store, but you simply cannot deny their usefulness…consider the Phone Charger Holder next time you have to walk past every power outlet in the house in order to locate your charger. Beat the mess with a Serger Scrap Catcher to help you streamline your project time, our stunning Expanding Nautical Tote Bag for the summer months or our Stylish Zipper Tote with plenty pockets to help you stay organized?
Kraft Tex Wallet
Is your style more functional than fussy? Like to carry a small bag without being laden down with weight and unnecessary items? Or have a special guy and you’d like to make something just for him? Then I have the ideal pattern for you – the Minimalist Kraft Tex Wallet.
Did you ever see my review of the Craftsy Design your Own Handbag class? It’s a great class and I wrote 3 articles about it which you can review here (Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3). This bag today is inspired by one of the bags completed as part of the course, and uses some of the techniques and hardware I learned about in the class. You can get this class at 50% off if you want to learn about how to design your own bag patterns.
Expanding Nautical Tote
Want to keep everything ship-shape as you go to the beach or the pool?
This handy tote bag has lots of great features and optional extras to keep your organised. It also has a handy expanding feature to keep the bag trim when you don’t carry much, and expand it out when you have enough ‘stuff’ for the kids too.
Serger Scrap Catcher
An easy serger scrap catcher will put an end to this nightmare!
So there are probably two scenarios. Either you have seen this and are squealing and jumping around with glee, or you just don’t get it and think I’ve lost my senses at last. Probably the latter. It’s not exactly my usual style.
Come to the dark side! Did you see my R2D2 inspired apron earlier this month? If you didn’t see the appeal – then you probably won’t go for this one. But if you loved R2D2 – then fight the Rebel Alliance and join the dark side with Darth Vader. I hear the dark side has cookies.
Fabric Covered Buttons
Do you ever have one of those Ah Ha moments? After sewing around 2 1/2 years now, and forever lamenting at my local sewing shop about the terrible lack of nice colorful buttons, I was standing near the till waiting for pay when I spotted just what I needed!
This is an exciting new and easy tutorial on how to make fabric covered beaded necklaces from the mountain of scraps from the Christmas sewing marathon.
I made this project with my teenage daughter (who reluctantly volunteered the model the end product…) She is just starting out in sewing –so I’m always looking for simple and fun projects that will not only interest her in sewing, but also give her something fun and stylish to show off to her friends.
Phone Charger Holder
A phone charger holder seems to me a great way to keep the mess of cables and electronics contained. I don’t know about you, but the piles of cables on the kitchen counter, on the floor, or on the desks are enough to send me into a frowning mood.
Folded Shopping Bag
Here’s a fun Batik project– a folded shopping bag. The project is simple and should take you about 30 minutes to an hour while the end product is extremely versatile.
Small Fringed Bag
Hi Everyone, this is just to let you all know that we have added a full video tutorial for the Small Fringed Bag project from a couple weeks ago to our YouTube channel.
Anti Pickpocket Bag
This is my take on an anti pickpocket bag made of fabric with twisted handles. I’m calling it Helsinki and here’s the backstory to this design:
Big Diaper Bag
Plenty of room, lots of pockets, PUL lining, adjustable strap... this diaper bag has it all.
Hot Water Bottle Cover
Another quilted hot water bottle cozy using a slightly different method
Travel Makup Brush Holder
This handy case is not only great for travel, it's also dandy for everyday storage of your make up brushes.
This idea was born of a need to keep drawing notebooks and colouring materials together when travelling.
The bag measures about 20″ x 10″ which makes it the perfect size for an overnight trip. Enjoy the updated pattern and tutorial.
Pom Pom Pillows
I dare you to say it out loud and only say it once. “Pom Pom Pillows, Pom Pom Pillows” Darn, I enjoyed wandering around the house chanting Pom Pom Pillows nearly as much as I enjoyed making them
Cathedral Window Cushion
This Cathedral Window cushion is perfect for a classy addition to any living area. I like quilting and piecing but sometimes patchwork seems a bit less formal, so this cushion fits the ticket.
Ship in the Sea Mug Rug
Mug rugs remain so popular! For the past couple years they are by far my biggest pattern sellers. This is probably for many reasons. They are super easy to make, they can be made using your favorite techniques (hand or machine), they make great gifts, and they can be decorative as well as functional. Most of all, they are so much fun! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorial.