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Two Campfire Messenger Bags

Campfire Messenger Bag Pattern by Anna Graham, Noodlehead

Campfire Messenger Bag Pattern by Anna Graham, Noodlehead

I promised to talk about these two Campfire Messenger Bags in my pattern post. I couldn’t resist showing them off in their full glory. Sorry if that sounds cheesy, but it was really fun to finally make these with the alternate closure options.

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Campfire Messenger Bag Pattern by Anna Graham, Noodlehead

I had fun pulling fabrics for both of these. It’s always a fun challenge to try to come up with different combinations that work together. I love the bits of hardware and leather and think it makes for a really professional and  put-together bag. I’ve gotten a few questions about what might fit inside this bag, the finished dimensions are 9½” W, 11½” H, 2½” deep at base. I know at least one of my testers said an ipad fit great. A notebook fits pretty well too, especially if you opt not to do the recessed zipper at the top opening. Of course all this gets my brain stirring and thinking of doing a larger messenger bag, so we’ll see where that goes.

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Campfire Messenger Bag Pattern by Anna Graham, Noodlehead

This summer has been interesting one for sewing. A lot of the time I find myself both tired of sewing and crazy energized to start new things, it’s a strange combination. I’m hoping the tired of sewing part passes soon and meanwhile I’m very much enjoying spending time with my family. My husband finished his first half-ironman this past weekend and I’m so proud of him.

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Campfire Messenger Bag Pattern by Anna Graham, Noodlehead

Oh, and if you haven’t heard, the Bag of the Month Club prizes have been drawn. This Campfire Messenger Bag was my design for the March pattern. Here are the winners from the March pattern:

Bag of the Month Club Campfire Messenger Bag Winners

 

1st: KHMC 2nd: Crystal Chadwick 3rd: Donna

Be sure to stop by here to check out the full list of winners! So glad everyone had a great time participating, I was always blown away by the group’s enthusiasm! Check out the flickr group for proof!


Pattern: Campfire Messenger Bag
Fabrics: Ikat from Stonemountain Fabrics, stripe from Fancy Tiger Crafts,
Nani Iro canvas from Miss Matatabi, reverse side of denim, shot cotton



Campfire Messenger Bag Pattern by Anna Graham, Noodlehead

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Rain Walk Kids Clothes

Geranium Dress featuring Rain Walk

I couldn’t resist sewing a 0-3 month size Geranium Dress using Rain Walk. Made by Rae’s Geranium dress pattern is one of those instant classics that looks beautiful in any fabric. I forgot how tiny the dress is! I had made one for my niece before she was born, and it didn’t look super small then. I can hardly imagine my girls being that small, but it’s true! You just forget how quickly they grow.

Geranium Dress and Parsley Pants featuring Rain Walk

As for the boy side of things, I knew the blue Swell print would make an awesome pair of little boys pants. The canvas was perfect for these pants, they’d stand up to a bit more wear and tear than quilting cotton which is always nice considering – pants, you know, they get abused. Again, pulling from my favorite Rae patterns, these Parsley Pants with the cute knee patches and patch pockets kill me every time.

Parsley Pants and Flashback Tee using Rain Walk

My girls both wanted these pants, of course. And I would have made them bigger, but this 3T was just too cute not to sew up. To make things complete I had to make a matching Flashback Tee with coordinating pocket. I love those little green leaves.

Flashback Tee featuring Rain Walk

Rain Walk Kids Clothes, featuring Parsley Pants and Flashback Tee

So I went all “Rae” with Rain Walk. There you have it. Thanks Rae for making such awesome patterns! And excuse me while I print off the Parsley Pants in my girls’ sizes. Parsley shorts anyone? I hope they’ll love them!

Parsley Pants featuring Rain Walk


Patterns: Geranium Dress, Parsley Pants, Flashback Skinny Tee
Fabric: Rain Walk in Tumble (gold), Swell (blue), tiny pocket is Swish (green)


Geranium Dress featuring Rain Walk

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Rain Walk Zip Top Totes

Zip Top Tote, pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham

These two Zip Top Totes were the first bags I made using my fabric, Rain Walk. I knew way before I even got my fabric that I would be making two of these totes. They simply had to be together! Rain Walk includes 6 canvas prints which makes me sooo happy! I recommend using canvas for almost all bag patterns, it’s my opinion, but I feel that it’s so much more durable than quilting cotton. Of course there are always exceptions. I’m just happy to be able to offer a few canvas prints that I hope you’ll love.

Zip Top Tote, pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham

Zip Top Tote, pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham

The Zip Top Tote is a pattern from my book. It features leather handles, a zippered top to keep all your belongings secure, a zippered interior pocket and 2 hidden exterior pockets. This tote is actually one of the first projects I made when designing for my book. It felt like the perfect starting point – a bag!

Zip Top Tote, pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham

I’m excited to use one of these bags for myself, it’s always hard for me to ‘claim’ bags for me. Most of the time I wait quite a while to make sure I wouldn’t rather give it to a friend or family member. Obviously, I can make myself something when I feel the need, so it’s usually easier for me to give it as a gift or save it as a sample.

Zip Top Tote, pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham


Pattern: Zip Top Tote (from my book Handmade Style)
Fabrics: Rain Walk in Ripple (green and gray),
linings are Rain Walk in Sprinkle (green) and Drift (blue)
Zippers: Coats & Clark


Zip Top Tote, pattern from Handmade Style by Anna Graham

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