There is something about a great tote bag that makes me unbelievably happy. I have a great love of carrying them, filling them, and even sewing them, although sewing a tote bag can sometimes be a process in and of itself. Life has been so crazy busy lately that when I was looking for a somewhat quick tote bag project to make, I immediately though of the Sew Sweetness Tudor bag, a pattern that has been on my sewing to-make list for quite a while.
I loved how classic the lines of this bag were, the relative easiness of the construction, and just how practical and versatile the finished bag could be. And now that the bag is done I love all of those things even more!
I chose to use the adjustable strap and zippered closure options in my bag but the pattern also has options for snap closures and many other features that make it truly easy to make a bug that what works for you. As for the fabric, the flowered printed fabric that I used for the bag accents is a replica of one of my most favorite Lilly Pulitzer patterns and was purchased at Hobby Lobby and the two grey prints are both from the Quilter’s Showcase line at Joann’s. They were all very inexpensive fabrics but I loved how they looked together and the finished feel they give the bag: light, happy, preppy, modern, and put together.
Fleece tie blankets are a staple around both my apartment and my parents house. We have dozens of blankets in a seemingly endless supply with wide variety of patterns. We love them, and judging by the disaster zone that is Joanne Fabrics whenever there is a 50% off sale on fleece and the bolts and bolts of fleece my local store has stockpiled literally to the ceiling, it seems like everyone else loves them too!
Over the years I have made numerous tie blankets for personal use, and even more for gifts. I have gotten to the point where I can knock out a two and a half yard fleece tie blanket In about an hour, while only giving myself minimal blisters. I have one quick trick to making the blankets so quickly but also giving them extra durability and ensuring that they last through years of use at the same time.
What’s this trick you ask? Well its pretty simple, I sew my tie blankets.
I have been hard at work coming up with new patterns and ideas for posts lately. I have a few different projects int he works but one of the ones I was most excited for was a design for a set of nesting drawer organizers that I was in desperate need of in my life! My drawers were getting out of control and I ended up making three sets of these just to tame the mess..
This pattern is a little different than my normal free patterns/tutorials however and it is only available to SEWUPRISING email followers. If you would like to get a free copy, enter your email in the subscription box
Browsing the Anthropologie website is one of my favorite past times. I adore the style of the curated website and I could get lost in the store for hours. Most of the time their pieces are well out of my budget, however, and I end up just filling my online cart with beautiful things I will never actually buy. Chew and I are in the process of looking for new bedding and I so wish that I could convince him to purchase one of the beautiful, colorful duvets and quilts that Anthropologie carries but I am sure that will never happen given the prices. So I came up with the idea of recreating a classic anthropology sham on a college-apartment budget. I have loved the look of the Walter-G-Ireba Shams that have been on the Anthro, website for a while now and when I looked closer at them I started to think just how easy they would be to recreate for much less than the $100 price tag.
The ones I created are not an exact match but they have the same general look and feel and they fit much better into our overall decor. I documented the journey and the process of making these Anthropologie-Inspired shams below!
Do you ever feel like you have a million different projects going on at the same time but none of them ever seem tog et done? That’s where I am right now! I have been so excited about to many different projects lately that I have just started them all without finishing another and it has left me feeling a little overwhelmed….
‘Chew and I have been getting back into watching a couple of TV shows, right now were catching up on both Designated Survivor and Once Upon a Time on ABC, so I have been crocheting more as a way to keep myself and my hands occupied. I am working on a new Northern Winter cowl pattern that I will be sharing soon. Its super chunky and warm but isn’t overly bulky which I have been loving, especially since it hasn’t gotten too cold yet here in Minnesota, were still trucking along in the mid fifties!
This last week has been a mess and there really hasn’t been much time to sew in my life. Because of this I decided to do something a little different and participate in the Seamstress Tag. This set of questions was thought up by Hollie at Hollie sews and it has been spreading like crazy through the sewing community both on YouTube and on blogs. Since my blog is still new I think this is a great way for you all to get to know me a little better! If you participate in the seamstress tag I would love to see it!
- Who are you?
My name is Nicki and I’m living in the middle of central Minnesota. Right now I am in my last semester of college and I will be graduating with both a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies. Right now that’s taking up a big chunk of my time and feels like it is my whole life!
One of the first successful sewing projects I ever made was a really simple zippered pouch. The tutorial I followed was the most basic of tutorials but I was so proud of the results. Since then my sewing skills have improved, marginally but they have improved none the less.
Not long after that I wanted to make the idea my own and after a few hours of experimenting I figured out the secret to pretty looking zipper ends was going to be french seams. Since then I have made hundreds of these quick-to-sew pouches and fall in love with their simplicity more and more every time. I detailed the process of making them below. As usual, a free, downloadable version of this post is available in my Craftsy shop!
I started a new job this week, after being unemployed for two months, so I haven’t had nearly as much time to sew as I would like.. I did start a couple projects in my few minutes of downtime however that I thought I would share in a quick WIPW post!
This week has been all about the zippy pouch for me. I have been working on a new beginner friendly tutorial for my beloved french seam zippy pouch. This was one of the first things I ever taught myself to sew years ago, but I never thought to share it until now. They take less than a half hour to whip up and are so customizable. I made the state applique pouch for a friend and I love it! I want to do more exploration with applique soon. Look for the tutorial and free pattern for my french seam zip pouch coming in the upcoming week.
Being an adult is hard. And expensive. So, so expensive.
No matter how empty my bank account gets however there are some things, like my wine budget, that I refuse to give up on. I will eat ramen for a week if I can reward myself of Friday night with a great bottle of moscato. So in an effort to continue being able to spend all of my *extra* cash on endless bottles of sweet, sweet wine, I have become a couponer. I am still learning and I am sure that I will never be good enough at it to become an extreme couponer, but on my last grocery trip I saved about twenty five dollars and I was pretty proud of myself. I mean, that is three bottles of The Naked Grape Moscato!
And now that I am officially *dedicated* to couponing, I need a place to store all of my coupons that, hopefully, will keep me from dropping them and watching them fly all over the place while standing in the check out line which, yes, did happen. Twice.
I love the idea of quilting. I adore the time spent picking the perfect fabrics, comparing endless options, the intricacies of piecing a quilt top, and even the whole process of putting the thing together. I made a few quilts back before I left for college and have been craving to make another one ever since I got back into sewing. Living in a small apartment however, there really isn’t room for me to spread out and make a full size quilt. When I got the urge to make a new quilt a few days ago the impulsive side of me said to just do it, to take over the entire apartment with half square triangles, batting, and backing but the practical side of me knew that I really do not have the time to commit to a project like that right now.
In an effort to fulfill my urge to quilt while acknowledging the annoying, nagging reasonable part of my brain i came up with the idea of turning a classic quilt block into a throw pillow in the colors that I eventually want to redo my bedroom in. It is a super simple project that utilizes basic quilt piecing techniques to create an interesting throw