I signed up for the I Yarn, You Stitch swap on Instagram as a crochet/knitter. The premise of the swap is to partner a crochet/knitter with someone that sews (and doesn't do yarn) so they can have something handmade with yarn, and possibly visa versa.
Last weekend I got together with a couple of friends and we each sewed up one of Anna'sCargo Duffles.
The fabrics I used are Robert Kaufman essex linen for the handle, RK kona in peridot for the pockets, a happysewlucky text print from spoonflower for the handles, and from Mama Said Sew, the green Kei geo stripe and the gray fabric is Garden by Ellen Baker. (Also, did you know Mama offers free US shipping on all orders over $50?!!).
If you're at all interested in making a duffle, you're in luck! There's a sew-along going on and Anna has recently revised the pattern to give more details. And what? The pattern is a free download? Um yep!
It's rare that I make something that I love soooo much that I'm afraid to use it and soil it, but I'm having that problem with this bag. I just need to get over it already!
Do you all remember when I made this undie and t-shirt block?
Well today, I'm revisiting the process of making the undies and sharing the template and tutorial so you can make a pair or two or three of your own. (for those of you who adore the t-shirt, keep your eyes peeled for the pattern in my upcoming book with Interweave later this fall/winter!)
The undies pattern is a mix of a template and improv-ish sewing, and you can whip up a pair in about 10 minutes.
1. Trace your undie template onto your main undie fabric and cut out using a rotary cutter.
2. Lay your main undie fabric right side up on the accent fabric and and use your rotary cutter to cut a piece of accent fabric that fits perfectly in each leg hole. Make sure you give yourself an extra 1/2'' or more to work with at the beginning and end.
3. Cut a 3/4'' strip of accent fabric and sew it to the top edge of the undies.
4. Sew the accent fabric onto each leg hole then press. I use my 1/4'' foot as a guide when doing this. As you can see from the photos, I don't pin, but scissor the fabric together as I sew. If you're more comfortable using pins, go for it!
5. Trim each leghole accent fabric to 3/8''. I use my hemguide to help mark the fabric then trim with a rotary cutter.
6. Lay your undies right side up on top of your background fabric and repeat step 2 for each leghole and sew each piece in place.
7. Square up your block so it is 2 3/4''X 4 5/8''.
8. Add 1'' strips of background fabric to each side then to the top and bottom of the block.
I knew I would love Lori Holt's book Quilty Fun from the moment I started seeing her sneak peeks on Instagram. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's the Fat Quarter Shops debut into publishing with their publishing company, "It's Sew Emma"! Super exciting!
I decided to participate by making a couple of the tulip blocks.
It took me a few minutes to switch my brain over from paper piecing to the rotary cutter directions/pattern, but once I made the switch, the blocks went pretty fast. I love that they are simple and very effective! Here are the cutting instructions for two of the tulip blocks, but keep in mind you'll need a copy of the book as well for the sewing instructions and dimensions.