DIY Retro Overnight Bag

Hi everyone! This month I decided to dedicate a free weekend to creating this super cute retro overnight bag. As I was searching Etsy for the perfect sewing pattern I came across Swoon Patterns, and I’m so glad I did! Swoon Patterns are awesome. They offer digital downloads of their 45+ handbag patterns, which are easy to print and assemble. The instructions, compared to standard pattern instructions, are very clearly written and include detailed illustrations, which made constructing this bag an absolute delight. But my favorite part of Swoon Patterns is their awesome community of sewers on their dedicated Facebook page. Here you can get inspired by photos of finished bags by other users, get any questions you have answered, and take comfort in the fact that you are not the only person spending your entire paycheck at Joann (haha). This was my first time working with piping and foam interfacing, and I must say, I think these details really take the bag to the next level, adding both polish and stability. At 17″ wide, it’s a great size for day trips, a carry-on, gym bags, etc. Interested in making your own? You can download the pattern here. Happy sewing!

 

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Sew Fun Tote Bags

Hi everyone and happy December! I’ve just about wrapped up all of my holiday shopping and thought I would share two of my favorite gifts to give this year. Perhaps selfishly, (I have been dying to dust off my sewing machine and get back in the sewing swing), I decided to make some fun and floral tote bags for a few of my family members. The bags were super easy to make, relatively inexpensive, and I loved roaming the aisles of Jo-Ann searching for the perfect fabric pairings based on my recipients’ individual personalities. And while I thoroughly enjoyed the few hours I got to spend working on them, the recipients equally loved the homemade aspect and special touch. Happy Holidays!