Seamwork just released their Holiday Collection of 10 patterns perfect for giving. While items like a grocery set, headband and bag caddy caught my eye the one that really piqued my interest was the Rocco Lunch Bag! I’ve been thinking about making a new lunch sack for awhile, my old one is a bit too small, and I’ve been waiting for a project to use kraft-tex paper fabric. I thought the natural colored kraft-tex gives the Rocco a paper bag feel reminiscent of packed school lunches.
Wait until you get your hands on this rugged paper that looks, feels, and wears like leather, but sews, cuts, and washes like fabric.
You never know when that genius spark of inspiration will appear. In bed, picking up groceries or in the doctors waiting room it’s rarely at a convenient time. Fear not! Here is a practical, totable Idea Pouch to store a notebook, writing sticks, iPad, or whatever will fit.
I made this Idea Pouch for a friend’s birthday using a PDF pattern from Michelle Patterns. I’ve sewn a couple of Michelle Patterns and find them straight forward and easy to understand, also her instructions include pictures!
Does anyone else find the boys/men in their family are the hardest to buy presents for? I think I’m a pretty awesome present picker-outer but when it came to deciding what to get for my little bro last Christmas I was stumped. I didn’t want to give him a gift card again or money. Was there anything I could make that he would actually use? My sister and I put our heads together and came up with a useful and warm idea!
I hate to throw anything away. I’d probably be a hoarder but watching all those hoarder shows on TLC has scared me into keeping my house at a light clutter. Which is probably for the best. I’d hate to have Stella go ‘missing’ one day, only to find her years later squashed flat under a pile of boxes. The point is, if something can be saved from the trash heap AND save us from spending money on a new one I’m all in.
My sister Halie is taking Fine Arts in University. Apparently her brushes did not have a case suitable for carrying to home, class and back again. She asked me to make her one, so here it is! I just made up my own pattern and using bias tape for the edges made it pretty quick and easy. The denim came from an old pair of paint stained jeans I was going to throw away and I used a piece of clear plastic on the inside to help protect the brushes.
Using the longest brush I had as a guide for height I thought there would be plenty of room, but my sister just had to have a super looong one! She says she likes so I’m satisfied. She took these pics in her studio and the last one is her hand so you can get a sense of the size.
Now that my sis has her paintbrushes all organised maybe I should make a case for mine!
With two new roommates moving in this month I needed to get some more storage for the kitchen so off to Ikea I went with boyfriend in tow. Going Sunday morning we were able to take advantage of their $1 breakfast. It’s such a good deal and for $1 more you can add a piece of yummy cinnamon french toast!
I was all set on getting the Billy bookcase in black/brown until I realized the white one cost $30 less! All of a sudden white was looking like the better choice. I love all the room set-ups in Ikea. In one bedroom there was a bookcase with a pink patterned back. Walking over to it I realised they had just put fabric against the back panel, which you could also purchase there. Thank you Ikea for the cheap bookcase and a great idea to personalize it!
While my very handy boyfriend was assembling the bookcase I looked through my fabric stash to see what would look good and what I had enough yardage of. The fabric I choose is a groovy vintage cotton made in Japan. First I measured the panel and added 2” on each side. This is probably a 2 person job. While one person is sliding the fabric and panel through the grooves the other is pulling the fabric tight on the sides to it doesn’t bunch up or sag. It was actually quite easy and the extra fabric on the sides was handy to grasp on to. After I checked to make sure the fabric was snug we nailed the panel to the bookcase as per the instructions. What a huge difference! I think I’m going to have to do this to all future bookcases!
Adding a personal touch can go a long way in making even cheap Ikea bookcases fit your home and style.