Here’s a fun way to use up orphan blocks or scraps – turn them into an Every Adventure Tote! I love doing this as a way of using up scraps of fabric. This is also a great way to use the end of a fabric you love and can’t bear to part with, even though it isn’t enough to use in a full quilt. Continue reading “Every Adventure Tote Hack | Orphan Blocks and Panels”
If you’re ever at my house for dinner and request a recipe, be prepared for me to photocopy the recipe, make many crossings out and revisions, and then hand it over to you looking like a completely different recipe. What does this have to do with today’s post, you might ask? Well, for years, I’ve used a very lovely bag tutorial that has served me well. And just like my recipes, I started to tweak it slightly, here and there, every time I made one. Different fabric weights, different handles, different construction, different measurements… you get the idea. And slowly, it turned into its own thing. And it deserved its own tutorial, not a bunch of chicken scratches over a recipe, so to speak.
Here I am today, bringing you that tutorial. And I encourage you to also make it your own. Add pockets! Change the handle placement! Add a snap closure! You get the idea. Make it, hack it, tweak it, and enjoy it! And most of all, bring it along on every adventure!
I don’t know about you, but at Christmastime, my tree doesn’t look anything like those in the magazines. Sure, there’s gifts under the tree, but I try to keep them in neat-ish piles, because if I don’t, I inevitably forget to bring a gift somewhere. So this year, I hauled out my reusable tote bags and stuffed them with the gifts meant for each party and occasion we were going to. “This bag is for Christmas Eve at my parents, and this one is for Christmas Day at my in-laws. This one needs to go to my friend when we see her on her birthday, and this one…” Well, you get the idea. And although this made me more organized, the bags weren’t really festive, which bummed me out.
I recently shared on Instagram a fabric tote bag I made for my mom. I used up some of my precious, precious Cotton + Steel canvas fabric and I absolutely love how it turned out. I think a few of you did too, since I’ve gotten quite a few requests for my methods and the pattern I used! These tote bags are great to use for groceries, library books, quilt guild meetings, and more. The possibilities are endless, and once you see how easy they are to make, you won’t be able to stop at one. Want to make your own? Here we go! Continue reading “Modern Reusable Tote Bags”