Noodlehead Range Backpack: A Pattern Review

Anyone else notice that I have been sewing A LOT of clothing lately?! Because boy have I and
I am starting to get a little low on hangers in my already jam packed closet and my quilting cottons were looking a little too neglected for my taste.

A change of pace and a creative refresh was more than in order if you ask me and that is just what I got when I whipped up the Noodlehead Range backpack a few days back. This is a new pattern release from a designer that I have had really good luck with before so when I saw that this one pattern was released I jumped on it quicker than a golden retriever can roll over in a mud puddle (which is pretty darn quick if you have been lucky enough to never experience that great joy).

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Made for Mermaids Mama Nina

Ever get so excited when you see a pattern that you immediately think of about 500 different ways to make it and then conveniently forget about everything else you have to do to make them all all, including things like laundry and eating?? No? Just me? Well then..

Moving on…

Made for Mermaids newest pattern, the Mama Nina, just released and it is actually the pattern I have been waiting for for my entire life! Dramatic I know but that is honestly how I am feeling right now.  I was lucky enough to get to be a tester for this pattern and I have already made a couple different versions, all of which I am IN LOVE WITH!

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New Pattern Release: Military Messenger Bag

I recently had the opportunity to test a new pattern that is being released in issue 12 of One Thimble! One thimble is  a digital sewing magazine with genuinely useful articles and trendy modern patterns according to their website and I have definitely found that to be true! Their website is filled with even more  useful information and articles for  the modern sewist and sewing blogger. I have learned quite a bit about bettering both my blog and my sewing from their site.

The pattern I tested is from Fabulous Home Sewn and it is a versatile messenger bag pattern inspired by classic military messenger bags (but much cuter of course!). There are two different front flap options, a symmetrical version like the one I made and an asymmetrical version. Both options have room for optional front expandable pockets, two on the symmetrical version and one on the asymmetrical, that have grommet details. 

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Pattern Review (and hack!): Sew Sweetness Tudor Bag

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.

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