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Go Easy Tote

Go easy tote pattern by aneela hoey

Today I'm introducing my newest pattern, the Go Easy Tote.  I've been making variations of this one for the past couple of years and it has quickly become my go to pattern for a fast make that I can't find enough uses for.  

I originally created it because I wanted a strong tote that was large enough to carry multiple wholesale pattern orders to the post office but was also easy to fold up and throw into my bag once I was done.  I find a lot of tote patterns are either too small or require a long list of materials, hardware and so on before you can get to the sewing part.  I also wanted to create a tote pattern that could easily be made from my stash.  I built up the pattern around the ability to use a fat quarter for the feature fabric.  I tend to have more fat quarters than any other cut of fabric and I like being able to pick from what I have already and audition several options (side note - I usually end up making all the options but that's another story).

Another bonus to this pattern is that there is a choice of two variations - Sturdy (see top photo) is option 1 and creates a strong, robust tote that stands up on it's own.  This one is great to use as both an everyday tote or knitting bag.

Option 2 is the Slouchy version (see photo below).  This one is also very robust (perfect for carrying all those parcels I mentioned earlier) but folds up very efficiently to throw into your bag until you need it.  This version stands up only when filled.

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I hope that you give the pattern a try.  You can find it here.

Happy sewing!


Flip Pocket Folio video

Sometimes it's tricky to get across exactly what a pouch does in a single photograph.  So when my friend Stephanie (@sewbespokeandco) emailed me this video to show the Flip Pocket Folio she'd made I thought that this might be a fun way of explaining this pouch - how it works, how the pockets 'flip', a better understanding of the size, how it closes etc..

I hope you enjoy this more dimensional look at the new pattern!

You can find a copy of the pattern here.


make and go pouch

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I recently decided to add a few new more basic pouch designs to my repertoire.  I feel like I have lots of options for more advanced pouches but sometimes I just want to sew something fast and useful using materials I have on hand.  The idea is to make things that complement and work well with the patterns I already have.  They will also be perfect for those of you who can make a basic pouch but want to work on building up your skill level.

I made up a couple of samples that I think fit this bill perfectly.  The Make And Go Pouch is a simple design which has three zippered pockets.  Two of these are clear vinyl for maximum visibility of contents.  There are also a handy pincushion and needle pages attached.  I decided to keep all pockets zippered because although slip pockets look useful on this type of pouch, in practice they don't keep contents secure when opening and closing.  Items can fly out easily and when those items are seam rippers and scissors, you don't really want that happening.

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I wanted a relaxed easy going style for this one and decided on a simple wraparound tie feature to close the pouch.  This is nice and easy to make with no additional hardware required but also works perfectly whether your pouch is empty or full.

With summer on the way, I'm hoping that this will be the perfect pouch to take with you whilst out and about.  It will also work very nicely for when you need to make a quick gift.  If you want to use it as a non sewing pouch, just leave out the pincushion and felt and you have a handy travel pouch.  Kids would also love one for pens and small toys too.

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I used up some of the new Ruby Star Society fabric lines for these samples.  For the top one (with the bird pincushion) I used a mix of Social and Spark by Melody Miller, Speckled by Rashida Coleman Hale and Add It Up by Alexia Marcelle Abegg.  I used all Anagram and Grid fabrics by Kimberly Kight for the bottom one.

I get asked a lot about where I buy my zippers.  The ones in these pouches are all from Zipit on Etsy which is where I purchase almost all of mine.  The metal ones at the top are the ones with donut shaped pulls.

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You can find the pattern for the Make And Go Pouch here.  

I hope you make one and use it all summer (and beyond).

 


sunflower tote

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I'm releasing a new sewing and embroidery pattern today called the Sunflower Tote.  This one came about as a result of two things - I wanted to start stitching some larger size projects and I seemed to always be in need another large size tote.  Why not address both these issues with one solution :)

I have plans to stitch up some more of these because this one has been in constant use already (so handy for taking packages off to the post office).  I'm also going to find it useful for my forthcoming sewing class, retreats, shopping...  I think with the colder months up ahead, these will be the perfect project to be working on.  I might even get some ready for gifts.

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The tote is really roomy and holds a ton of stuff.  I like my totes to be fairly flexible though so when it's not in use..
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It folds up neatly and compactly like this.  Perfect to take out and about in case you're in need of an extra bag.

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I used some Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Steel to make this one and stitched it up using Aurifloss by Aurifil in the following colours - 4644, 2425, 2220, 1133, 5007,  2405, 2420, 1104, 2021.

I hope you'll make one too!

Happy stitching.


3-in-1 pouch

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It's been a while but I finally have a new pattern to share with you today.  I've called this one the 3-In-1 Pouch.  It opens up nice and wide and has 3 pocket compartments to keep the contents nice and organized.  The construction involved is completely new and unique.  I have to admit it's taken me months to get it all figured out but now that I have it's all wonderfully straightforward to put together.  

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Although I've written a couple of patterns for multiple pocket pouches before, the construction of this one is entirely different to anything I've done previously.  This is much simpler to put together (no head scratching or origami involved).  It's also very sturdy and can hold a lot whilst keeping its shape (very important when you actually put it to use).  It works perfectly for organizing your sewing tools or Aurifil thread.  I have a feeling it will be just right for EPP projects too.  I made several prototypes whilst I was writing the pattern and I knew I was on to a winner when all my prototypes were in use on my sewing desk before I'd finished them entirely.  Always a good sign!

I was in a nostalgic mood when I made the sample for these pictures and used a few of my older fabric prints from my lines for Moda Fabrics - Sherbet Pips for the exterior and Posy for the lining.  I really need to dig into the stash and use my hoarded favourites more because I love how it turned out.

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You can find a copy of the new pattern here.

I hope you enjoy making this one!

 


Inside-Outside Pouch

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I'm kicking off the New Year with a brand new pattern release.  This one is called the Inside-Outside Pouch and it comes with a very roomy box-shaped interior AND two super useful vinyl exterior pockets.  This means that you can keep plenty inside the main compartment and everything you want to have handy in the outer pockets.  

It's a great way to use up some of those pretty fabrics in your stash.  Prints you want to sew into something that both shows them off and is perfect for organizing all your bits and pieces too.  I've been finding so many uses for the ones I've made so far, they are perfect for sewing, knitting, stationary, kids, travel or anything else you can think of.

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The long zipper allows the pouch to open fully wide so you can see all contents inside.  

In a bid to use up my stash, I've dug out some of my favourite fabrics and enjoyed grouping them into fun combinations.  I used prints from Menagerie by Rifle Paper Co, Mustang by Melody Miller and Zephyr by Rashida Coleman-Hale along with some basic prints.  All fabrics are by Cotton And Steel.

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I hope you have fun sewing up the pattern!

If you are a shop interested in stocking a paper version of this pattern, please get in touch.


vignette sewing projects

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So here we go with a look through some of the projects that I've been busy putting together to showcase my Vignette fabric line.  

When I first started thinking about what I could sew with these prints I couldn't help but feel that a dressmaking or haberdashery theme would be a perfect starting point to spark off my ideas.  Even though all of the prints are new and original, they seem to have a kind of vintage feel somehow.  I wanted to echo this with an overall look to the projects that was somehow timeless.

To kick start my sewing, I thought it would be fun to make up a few sewing notions or haberdashery items out of the prints which I could use as a starting point for my display at quilt market.  I began with making some bindings wrapped around card and also covered up some buttons and a tape measure (I completely winged this) and decorated some pinwheels - all of these projects were so much fun to put together.

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I continued to find creative end uses for the fabrics by making a fabric and leather belt - the buckle was re-purposed from an old belt of mine and I just used the old belt as a guide for how to put things together.  The clothes brush was again, re-purposed (I keep it mostly for de-threading my clothes after sewing).  

Of course it was also a no brainer to use up some of my own patterns to make items, like the hold it all pouch, above.

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As well as nesting boxes and foldover mini pouches..

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and a foldover sewing pouch

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And of course somewhere to stick all those pins.

(wagon wheel pincushion tutorial)

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My main aim for these projects was to find slightly less usual ways of working with the fabric and finishing up a few quick makes at the same time.  I'm hoping to get my sewing teeth stuck into some quilts and dresses in a few weeks time.

Tomorrow I'll be sharing a few more projects I've made with you!


project caddy

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I've been working on this little project for a while now - something like a year, give or take a month.  Say hello to the Project Caddy.  This is my attempt at a more substantial pouch, something that will store more than just a few basic notions.  It's perfect for either keeping all your tools/Aurifil threads and such in one place or to keep everything you need for a project in progress all together in one place.

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Quite a lot will fit inside and to make things even more useful, there's two interior pockets.  It's perfect for WIP's like applique projects, knitting or those La Passacaglia's everyone seems to be making.  It's sized to perfectly fit a couple of the small trays from my nesting boxes pattern at the base to keep everything organized and there's plenty of space for your WIP to sit on top.  

One of my pattern testers Emily made hers to use as a vanity case and used a vinyl lining which is pretty genius! you can see hers here.

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Just to give you an idea of the size, here is the project caddy next to one of my hold it all pouches and a fold over mini needlebook.  At 10" x 8" x 6" t's pretty spacious in comparison.

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As with all my patterns, I've spent a lot of time working out the least complicated way of putting it together without too much machine wrestling involved.  I hope you like it!

You can find the pattern here.


all in one box pouch

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Today I'm introducing you to my newest sewing pattern - the All In One Box Pouch.  Just as the name implies, it's a box pouch with a little more handy pocket space.  I'm someone who likes to cart my sewing stuff around alot - around the house, in the car and out and about.  I can leave the kitchen sink behind but usable notions and haberdashery are always on my person.  Just as I like it :)

So this pattern is my take on a portable sewing room in a pouch (kind of).  The idea is that you could keep your current work in progress in the roomy main part of the pouch and all your threads, needles and such (hello Aurifil) in the handy front pocket. Once unzipped, this pocket folds down to reveal a vinyl interior so you can see everything you need to have on hand at a glance.

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Here is how the pouch looks with the front pocket closed.  Everything is nicely packed away securely.  There's lots of ways you could use your fabrics to make this pouch.  The front pocket provides a good opportunity to use something you really want to showcase (hello hoarded stash).  I used my highly coveted collection of Catnap by Lizzy house for this one.

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Inside the main pouch there's plenty of room and quite by accident I discovered that the small sized tray from my nesting boxes pattern fits really well in there.  I couldn't have planned it better - you can fit two trays in the base of the pouch or you can fit four in total by stacking another two on top!  

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They are easy to get in and out as you need stuff but everything stays neatly organized.  So plenty of options depending on your needs.

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There's also a handy double pocket on the back, the idea is that you could keep your scissors and pincushion here perfectly within reach as you sew.  There's perfectly sized pincushion instructions included in the pattern.  Also pictured here are my foldover mini pouches, these are super handy and make great gifts too!

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And there we are.  So far I've made two, the second one uses my little red print from my A Walk In The Woods line.  I don't plan to stop there as I've found these to be super useful for travel too.

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I hope you enjoy the pattern!  You can find it here :) 

 


double pocket pouch

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Life has been busy with lots of non sewing, non quilty, non creative life stuff.  So I had to find an excuse to get myself into the sewing room and work on something.  I miss sewing!

So say hello to the Double Pocket Pouch  I've had this idea floating around in my head for a while - a folio style pouch that opens up to reveal zippered pockets and everything can be kept all neat and in its place. It took some time to get it to look the way I wanted, lots of trial and error involved in dreaming up new ideas!

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What I really love about it is that the inside pockets are both see through, so handy to see everything at a glance!  It's the perfect pouch for storing all manner of threads and notions (hello lovely Aurifil thread collections!)  as well as paper piecing or embroidery projects.  One of my pattern testers Sarah, has been using hers to carry her Iphone in - she assures me it's the perfect size.  Also great for travelling and holding jewelry or kids toys.

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For once, I decided to dig into my fabric stash to make these up.  Even though I design my own fabric, it doesn't stop me buying and hoarding any covet-able fabric that crosses my path.  I used fabrics from my own Posy collection for Moda as well as some Mustang by Melody Miller for Cotton and Steel and Lotus Pond by Rae Hoekstra for Cloud 9 fabrics.

And now I definitely need to find time to make some more.

The double pocket pouch pattern can be found here 

And incidentally PayHip have recently added a shopping cart feature to their site, hooray! :)