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Noodlehead   divided basket frenzy sewing

Noodlehead   divided basket frenzy sewing

I recently made a trip up to visit the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild to teach a Divided Basket Workshop. It was such a blast! I was really happy to be able to hang out with a couple good friends before the class, so that made it extra special. I loved teaching this class, and the guild members were all super awesome. They picked such great fabric combinations and were so productive! They totally inspired me.

Noodlehead   divided basket frenzy sewing

I came away with a couple of baskets to finish up after using the parts for step-outs. I liked having two baskets almost finished when I came home and then just took a small bit of time to get them done!Noodlehead   divided basket frenzy sewing

It’s funny but I only had one, yep just one!, divided basket in my house to bring as an example. I think I’ve sewn at least a dozen? Most were given as gifts and a few have been made for quilt market samples. And I’m totally not sure of where these two baskets might end up. I’ve been toying with the idea of selling some samples (just a few things here and there) I make simply because my closets are getting full! I do try to give away most of what I make to friends and family, but sometimes I just don’t have an occassion or person in mind. I do have to keep a few for samples, but other than that I’d like to spread the love.

Noodlehead   divided basket frenzy sewing

Just one more note about these baskets. A few people have asked about different interfacings for this pattern and I wanted to try things out before I could recommend certain interfacings. Soft & Stable is what I used on these particular baskets for just the exterior pieces (not including the pocket). I think it’s a super alternative for those who are using quilting cottons for those main exterior pieces. The Soft & Stable really will hold up to a lot of wear and tear. If the basket you’re making is going to be for a child or used for heavy items, I’d say Soft & Stable is a great choice! I did also use SF101 on those pieces as well, fused that on, then basted on the Soft & Stable. And definitely feel free to ask me questions, I’m hoping to add Soft & Stable to the list of interfacing choices for this pattern.

Noodlehead   divided basket frenzy sewing

After assembling the exterior, run a line of basting stitches 1/2” from the top raw edge all the way around. This will serve as a guide for pressing that edge under. It’s a little more tricky with the thickness of the Soft & Stable, but for me the basting stitches really helped. I also ended up basting the top edges together before doing the topstitching. Keeps everything neatly in place!

Pattern: Divided Basket
Fabric: Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel, Robert Kaufman Yarn Dyed Essex Linen and Chambray Dots, yellow print was purchased in a destash sale, I believe it’s Shinzi Katoh?

Noodlehead   divided basket frenzy sewing

 

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Poolside Tote – Gone Lakeside

Noodlehead   Poolside Tote   Gone Lakeside sewing

I’m re-naming this version of the Poolside Tote because it went Lakeside on it’s photo shoot (to Lake Neshonoc that is). I love how the colors look this time of year and by the lake on a cloudy fall day, you can’t get much better. This Poolside was made using Vanessa‘s new collection for Moda FabricsColor Theory. It’s super fresh and graphic and colorful, and of course plays so well with all her other collections.

Noodlehead   Poolside Tote   Gone Lakeside sewing

Noodlehead   Poolside Tote   Gone Lakeside sewing

I love making this big tote! And every time I make it, I fall in love again. I like using the quilting to stiffen things up. It makes for a really rugged tote!

Noodlehead   Poolside Tote   Gone Lakeside sewing

Whatcha been making this fall? Up to your neck in Halloween costume sewing? I’m supposed to make Natalie a candy corn costume and Emily wants to be Olaf. It’ll be a good test at how creative I can get, I’m gonna need it!

Noodlehead   Poolside Tote   Gone Lakeside sewing

Noodlehead   Poolside Tote   Gone Lakeside sewing

Pattern: Poolside Tote
Fabric: Color Theory by V and Co for Moda

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Noodlehead   Poolside Tote   Gone Lakeside sewing

 

 

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Trail Tote featuring Doe by Carolyn Friedlander

Noodlehead   Trail Tote featuring Doe by Carolyn Friedlander tutorial sewing tutorials bags wallets zips

Noodlehead   Trail Tote featuring Doe by Carolyn Friedlander tutorial sewing tutorials bags wallets zips

Happy fall! I paired up with Robert Kaufman again for another free pattern – the Trail Tote! Just like the Cargo Duffle and Manicure wallet, you can jump on over to the Robert Kaufman website and download the pattern for free! I’m honored that this project features Carolyn‘s newest collection – Doe! (it’ll be debuting at Quilt Market this week)

Noodlehead   Trail Tote featuring Doe by Carolyn Friedlander tutorial sewing tutorials bags wallets zips

Noodlehead   Trail Tote featuring Doe by Carolyn Friedlander tutorial sewing tutorials bags wallets zips

Noodlehead   Trail Tote featuring Doe by Carolyn Friedlander tutorial sewing tutorials bags wallets zips

Noodlehead   Trail Tote featuring Doe by Carolyn Friedlander tutorial sewing tutorials bags wallets zips

I was especially happy designing this tote. I had the sketch just waiting to come to life. I love that part of sewing. And this tote is such a great sew! Sorry if that sounds weird, but I’m already cutting out more for me. I’m making myself an exact copy of the large tote. It’s kind of how I work actually, I design a lot to try to figure out a bag that I would love. That sounds pretty self righteous, but I design to help solve my own issues that I encounter.

Noodlehead   Trail Tote featuring Doe by Carolyn Friedlander tutorial sewing tutorials bags wallets zips

Doe is such an amazing collection, and even though I haven’t seen all the prints in person, the colors and designs just make my heart swell. I feel like I say that with each of Carolyn‘s new fabrics, but it’s true. Can’t help it!

Noodlehead   Trail Tote featuring Doe by Carolyn Friedlander tutorial sewing tutorials bags wallets zips

Noodlehead   Trail Tote featuring Doe by Carolyn Friedlander tutorial sewing tutorials bags wallets zips

Noodlehead   Trail Tote featuring Doe by Carolyn Friedlander tutorial sewing tutorials bags wallets zips

Anyway, I  hope you give the tote a try. I had fun doing the illustrations and writing things up, of course making the bags and the photo shoot were the cherry on top!

Pattern: Trail Tote (designed by me for Robert Kaufman)
Fabric: Doe by Carolyn Friedlander
Hardware: BeingBags on Etsy
Zippers: Zipit on Etsy

Noodlehead   Trail Tote featuring Doe by Carolyn Friedlander tutorial sewing tutorials bags wallets zips

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