bags

kit supply tote

Knit supply tote by aneela hoey 1

I released a new sewing pattern today, this one is called the Kit Supply Tote. As the name suggests it's perfectly sized for keeping together supplies whether you enjoy knitting or sewing.  The zipper opens wide so you can see everything easily and there are internal pockets on both sides of the lining; Handy for keeping tools organised and easy to reach.

The pattern has two size options - the small size will work well for keeping a project you are working on.  I think of this one as a great in-between size - larger than the average pouch but smaller than a regular tote. 

The larger size will be ideal for taking supplies along to a guild meeting, retreat or class.  You can fit several of my other pouches in this size with ease including the large size Booklet Pouch and the Flip Pocket Folio.

Knit supply tote by aneela hoey 2

You can find a copy of the pattern here.

I hope you enjoy making one!


vignette bags

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As well as the sewing projects I showed the other day, I managed to make up a couple of tote bags with my new fabric.  Initially, I made them so that I could use one to travel to market with.  But the day after I finished the second bag, I got an email from my airline to say that the cabin bag size had changed and these perfectly sized bags no longer fit the new specifications... Ah well, more bags for the booth display.

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This bag in particular would have looked perfect with my new boots, I can't wait to get to use them together soon though.

Bag pattern is the Caravan tote by Anna Graham.

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This bag and boot combo is also going to happen soon!

Gingham tote pattern from this book.

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I followed all of Anna's style specifications - leather ties, metal snaps and zippers..  They really are the perfect finishing touches.

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I also echoed these in the other projects I made such as the hold it all pouch I showed you in my last post.

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All I need now is some dresses to finish off the look.  As soon as I get my Vignette double gauze, I'll be on it!


caravan tote

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I recently had the opportunity to enjoy a sewing retreat with some friends of mine.  I didn't have to think long about what was right at the top of my 'must make' sewing list - the new Caravan Tote pattern by Anna Graham of Noodlehead.  I always love making Anna's patterns, they are very well explained and I use the finished bags day in, day out.  So the pattern was a no brainer, the decision of what fabrics to use on the other hand might have taken several days of indecison and arguing with myself..

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I decided to use up some of the fabrics I covet and buy up regularly only to see them sit in my stash because they are too lovely to use.  After several days of indecison I settled on some Anna Maria Horner prints from Pretty Potent for the main bag and inside pocket and one from her True Colors line for the lining.  I bought up some essex linen by Robert Kaufman in a couple of colours to co- ordinate and I'm really happy with the way it all turned out.

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I went to visit family over the Easter break and this bag was perfect for toting my stuff (and everything my girls through in for me to carry around for them) around in.  The inside is all kinds of roomy.

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There's a really handy zippered pocket at the front too.

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I think hands down this is my favourite Noodlehead pattern so far.  I can't wait to see what Anna comes up with next!


sidekick

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In just over one week's time, I'll be sat on an aeroplane, somewhere over the atlantic ocean on my way to quilt market.  Of course I had to make myself a new bag to keep me company for the eight hours I'll spend mid-air.  When I saw Anna's new sidekick tote pattern, I immediately knew that was to be 'the one' for me.

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I love Anna's patterns, I always learn something new and end up with something I use endlessly.  The finished bags are always so wearable (and yes I do have to fight my daughter's off to keep them for myself).

I made the larger of the two sizes in the pattern and used fabrics from my forthcoming Posy line - Meadow in Daisy for the pocket, Ditsy in Hollyhock for the main bag and stripe in Hollyhock for the lining.

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Now I just need to fill this up with a little sewing project and something readable and I'll be ready for all those hours in the sky.