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washi tunic

Yep, had to do it.  After my first Washi dress I couldn’t fight the urge to make another one.

This time I had to go with a tunic.  And this lovely linen print, Essex Print La Femme Tonal Black by Robert Kaufman that I got over at Pink Chalk Fabrics.

I wore it to work today, pink cords and all.  It’s super comfy.  I watched Rae’s amazing videos (seriously, she’s crazy talented) and did a partial lining.  It’s so fun and I think it’s easier than the facings and more comfy too perhaps.

I did lengthen the tunic and did a narrow rolled hem on the bottom.

Oh and my necklace is so rad, I bought it on etsy from Alina & T!  I call it my Katniss Everdeen necklace.

Have a great weekend!

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travel handmade: toothbrush & toothpaste case DIY tutorial


Hi there!  Today I’m joining in the fun for Sewing Summit’s Travel Handmade series.  I’m really excited about getting to travel on my own, it’s been a while!  I hate to admit it, but usually for day trips and over-nighters I put my things in a plastic shopping bag.  So sad.  This little toothbrush/toothpaste case will be perfect though.  No more messy, wet or slimy tooth brushing equipment floating around my bag anymore!  It’s quick, easy, and cute!

Materials needed:

  • bathroom hand towel, new or up-cycled (it would be so cute with a vintage printed towel!) you’ll have enough for at least 2 cases or more!
  • 1/2″ double fold bias tape, store bought or handmade (I made mine by cutting bias strips 2.25″ wide), a yard will be more than plenty
  • small scrap of fabric for button reinforcement
  • button
  • small length of ribbon
  • walking foot is recommended!

Cut the pieces, you’ll need one case back and one pocket front as indicated:
Round the top two corners of the case back.
Make bias tape (unless using store bought).

Apply bias tape to top edge of front pocket. Open up bias tape.  Align raw edge of bias tape to raw edge of the front pocket.  Pin in place.  Sew along the first fold.  Flip bias tape around the back of the pocket covering the raw edge.  Stitch in place close to the inside fold.  Trim edges as necessary.

Lay front pocket on top of back case piece.  Sew a dividing line down the front (through both layers) if you wish to make a divided pocket (great for stashing a flossing stick or your toothbrush.  Place the length of ribbon at the top of the flap, sew in place.

Open up bias tape. Fold short edge of bias tape to the wrong side.  Pin in place.  Sew along the first fold around entire case, overlapping when the bias tape ends meet up.

Fold bias tape over, wrapping the raw edge, mitering the corners.  Stitch close to the inside fold of the bias tape around case.

Take a small scrap of fabric and tuck it behind where you’ll be sewing the button.  Hand sew button in place.  And that’s it!  To close the case, simply fold over the flap and wind the ribbon around the button.

Travel happy!

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Sidekick Tote Pattern

I love this bag, I’ve been using mine for well over a month and the exterior pocket is just perfect.  I don’t think I’ll ever carry another bag that doesn’t have an exterior pocket, you just NEED one.  It’s a perfect spot to stash your phone, keys, and even a pair of sunglasses.  Make it patchwork or use a single print, it’s beautiful either way.  Best of all, the recessed zipper keeps everything safely inside.  Wear it over your shoulder or cross-body style, the adjustable strap lets you choose.  Great for those busy days of errand running or kid chasing!
[left: small bag size, right: large bag size]
[Pocket option A]
The Sidekick Tote features:
  • 2 bag sizes
  • recessed zipper
  • 2 exterior pocket styles
  • adjustable strap (perfect for cross-body wearing)
In this pattern you’ll find:
  • step-by-step instructions with full color photos
  • 2 size options
  • recessed zipper instructions
  • instructions for 2 different exterior pocket styles
Materials Needed:
  • 3/4 yard exterior (includes strap)
  • 3/4 yard lining (1/2 yard if using an additional accent fabric)
  • 1 1/2 yards fusible interfacing – Pellon SF101
  • 12” zipper
  • 1.5” adjustable strap hardware (optional)
  • 1 yard 1/2” double fold bias tape – store bought or handmade using 2” strips of fabric cut on bias for pocket option B
  • thread
  • Hook & Loop Tape (Velcro) 3/4” wide by 1.25” long
  • water soluble pen
  • walking foot is helpful
  • size 16 needle (most helpful for topstitching)

Approx. Finished Bag Dimensions:
Small: 12” tall by 12.5” wide
Large: 15” tall by 14” wide

Click here for more information and to Purchase
Thank you to Umbrella Prints for sending me their Elephants Love Water fabric to play with! Available for purchase at their shop – Umbrella Prints.

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happy friday!

Just thought it had been a while since I’d shared YOUR projects on the ‘ol blog.  You’ve been sewing like crazy and coming up with amazing projects, definitely more Open Wide pouches than I can count.  Thanks for sharing your creations in the flickr group.  If you have some pictures you haven’t shared, join the noodlehead flickr group and upload away!

ps I’m making last minute corrections to the newest pattern, I was hoping to have it ready today, but looks like it’ll be ready for the beginning of next week, sorry to keep you hanging! I just want to make sure everything is just right.  ♥

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