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How to sew the ultimate commuter bag by Sewspire

How to sew the ultimate commuter tote bag by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to make The Ultimate Commuter Tote Bag.

For this project you will need 3 yards of material to include 2 yards of 44″ cotton fabric and 1 yard of 54″ twill / duck or canvas material. Plus a 9″ x 14″ piece of stiff interfacing, a 24″ x 36″ piece of quilt batting, 2 snap sets and a 14″ zipper.

Big Duck Canvas is my favorite source for the latter! Please support the production of future tutorials and use my affiliate link to order:

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To begin, precut the following pattern pieces:

Cotton, cut 3, 18″ x 30″ interior panels

Twill, cut 1, 24″ x 36″ exterior panel

Twill, cut 2, 24″ by 10″ exterior pocket

Cotton, cut 2, 24″ x 10″ exterior pocket lining

Cotton, cut 2, 6″ x 16″, zipper gusset

Cotton, cut 2, 6″ x 18″ short handles (increase length to 24″ or 30″ if you desire a longer drop).

Cotton, cut 1, 6″ x 32″ shoulder strap (increase length to 38″ or 44″ if you desire a longer strap).

Your finished bag will measure approximately 9″ wide, 12″ tall and 14″ across the base and offer you 6 exterior pockets, 3 interior compartments, double handles and a shoulder strap.

I hope you enjoy this project and will share photos of your finished bags with our creative community on Facebook and Instagram using #sewspire and @sewspire.

I will be back soon with another inspired sewing project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

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How to sew a Market Tote with button tab closure

How to sew a Market Tote Bag with button tab closure by Sewspire.com

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

I am here today to show you how to sew my version of The Market Tote. For this project you will need approximately 3 yards of fabric, a 1.5″ swivel key fob and an oversized fabric covered button kit, plus 3/4 yard of quilt batting.

To begin, precut the following fabric panels:

For the body, cut four 18″ x 15″ panels and two like size pieces of batting.

For the exterior pockets, cut two 18″ x 12″ panels.

For the handles, cut two 6″ x 24″ panels and two 3″ x 20″ strips of batting.

For the interior pockets, cut two 9″ x 18″ panels.

For the key fob, cut one 6″ x 9″ panel.

For the button, cut one 3″ x 3″ panel.

For the button tab closure, cut one 12″ x 3″ panel.

I hope you enjoy the project and will share photos of your finished Market Tote with me on Facebook and Instagram using #sewspire.

I will be back soon with another inspired sewing project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you.

XO,
Andrea

How to sew a tri-fold iPad organizer

How to sew a tri-fold iPad Tablet organizer with pen and notepad pockets

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew a tri-fold cover that is designed to hold an iPad or similar sized tablet, pen and notepad. You could easily convert this design into a planner cover or padfolio organizer by duplicating the left or right side panels.

For this project you will need to precut:

(8) 11″ x 10″ fabric panels
(3) 7.25″ x 9.5″ pieces of Pellon Peltex 72F Double Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer
(4) 4.5″ one inch wide pieces of elastic
(1) 4.5″ piece of sew in hook and loop tape

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and will share photos of your finished projects with me using #sewspire and @sewspire on Instagram and Facebook.

If you haven’t had a chance yet; be sure to check out the new studio:

I will be back soon with another studio update and inspired project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,
Andrea

How to sew a six pocket tote bag

How to sew a 6 Pocket Tote Bag

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew this fabulous 6 Pocket Tote Bag. For this project you will need approximately 1 yard of solid twill / cotton / duck fabric and 1 yard of printed linen / cotton blend or twill fabric.

To begin, precut the following pattern pieces:

Cut 4 18″ x 18″ body panels (two printed, two solid)

Cut 4 18″ x 9″ pocket panels (two printed, two solid)

Cut 2 5″ x 60″ straps (both printed)

The pockets are positioned 5″ from the base of the exterior body panels and the straps are positioned 5″ from the sides of the exterior body panels. The corners are stitched 6″ across.

I hope you enjoy the project and will share photos of your finished tote bags with me on Instagram and Facebook using #sewspire and @sewspire.

I will be back soon with another inspired sewing project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

P.S. I am sharing a BIG announcement in this week’s studio vlog:

How to sew a divided organizer caddy by Sewspire

How to sew a three way divided organizer caddy + fabric giveaway and studio update

How to sew a divided organizer caddy by Sewspire
How to sew a divided organizer caddy by Sewspire
How to sew a divided organizer caddy by Sewspire
How to sew a divided organizer caddy by Sewspire

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew this fabulous three way divided organizer caddy. For this project you will need to precut the following pieces of twill / canvas / cotton fabric:

Interior Pockets 7.5″ x 7.5″ (cut 6)

Exterior Front / Back / Base 9″ x 6″ (cut 3)

Exterior Sides 6″ x 6″ (cut 2)

Exterior Side Pockets 6″ x 8″ (cut 2)

Exterior Front / Back Pockets 9″ x 8″ (cut 2)

Handles 3″ x 7.5″ (cut 2)

I hope you enjoy the project and will share photos of your finished cubbies with me on Instagram and Facebook using #sewspire and @sewspire.

I will be back soon with another inspired sewing project. Until then, please know the creative genius in me will be celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

Sewspire Happy Mail Fabric Giveaway!
Sewspire Happy Mail Fabric Giveaway!

P.S. In this week’s studio update I am giving away a flat rate envelope of top quality quilting remnants. More details in this video:

 

 

Bag Making PDF Pattern Bundle

The beginning, middle and end of three special projects.

As you know I have been nurturing this idea of a whole cloth quilt for several weeks now. On Wednesday I took the leap and ordered four beautiful prints from the exclusive Hawthorne Threads Nectar Collection in the Lyrical Palette.

Whole cloth quilting concept
Whole cloth quilting concept
Hawthorne Nectar Fabric Collection
Hawthorne Nectar Fabric Collection

Interestingly enough the fabric was printed in the same order as it landed in my cart and as you can see the material was also printed in a continuous cut. The top edge of the material was pretty flush with the pattern and the bottom edge had approximately 8″ of the white border. To true this up I cut a 4″ strip off the bottom and stitched that across the top. The whole cloth measures approximately 81″ x 58″. In preparation to machine quilt it I have cut a like size piece of quilt batting. I will keep you posted on my progress and be sure to share lots of photos of the process and the finished quilt on the Sewspire Facebook and Instagram pages.

As promised, here is a sneak peek of the diaper bag which I told you about last week. It’s coming along nicely and will be complete soon. I just have to add the zip top closure.

Watermelon Wishes Diaper Bag
Watermelon Wishes Diaper Bag

If you enjoy bag making and would like to create something similar then you’ll want to take advantage of this week’s special offer. I’ve pulled 5 of my best selling PDF patterns out of the Watermelon Wishes vault and re-released them in a PDF bundle which you can purchase for $5.99 this week only. Sold individually the patterns retailed for more than $45. I hope you will take advantage of this crazy low price before the offer sells out or ends. You’ll find the bundle for sale in my Watermelon Wishes Etsy shop.

I will be back next week with more sewing inspiration…but, before I say goodbye, I want to congratulate Susan Kohler, the winner of last week’s fabric giveaway. Congratulations Susan! Please contact me via email with your shipping address and I will ship your material this week.

Celebrating the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

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How to make a wristlet key fob

How to sew a wristlet key fob ring

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

How to make a wristlet key fob
How to make a wristlet key fob

Today I am here with our final sewing tutorial for 2017 in which I will show you how to make a wristlet key fob.

When I owned my brick and mortar boutique this style of key fob was one of my very best sellers. Everyone loves these and therefore they are the ultimate gift!

To make one fob you will need a piece of quilt weight cotton fabric that measures 4″ x 12″ and a like size piece of iron on Pellon interfacing. Plus, the key fob hardware set which you can find for sale at Joanne.com

I hope you enjoy the project and all of your handmade holiday gifts are well received! I will be back next week with a round up video to closeout our year as well as to provide more details about my vision for the channel in 2018.

Until then, please know the creative genius in me, celebrates the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

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How to sew a library tote bag

How to sew a library tote in a jiffy

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to stitch up a library tote bag using a pre designed pattern panel from my friends over at Hawthorne Threads.

How to sew a library tote bag
How to sew a library tote bag
How to sew a library tote bag
How to sew a library tote bag
How to sew a library tote bag
How to sew a library tote bag

For this project you are going to need 1 Pre Designed Panel and 4 pieces of light weight Pellon Iron On Interfacing which measure:

(2) 14″ x 16″

(2) 2.5″ x 24″

You can choose from 4 Tote Bag Designs by clicking here. If you complete your bag before December 18, 2017 you can enter the Hawthorne Thread sponsored Instagram contest to win a $50 gift card. Simply share a picture of your finished tote and tag it #HTSEWANDTELL and #SEWSPIRE

I hope you enjoy the project! I will be back next week with our final sewing tutorial for 2017. Until then, please know the creative genius in me celebrates the creative genius in you!

XO,

Andrea

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How to make the World's Best Smelling Sachet

How to make the world’s best smelling sachet

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire! 

Today I am here to show you how to stitch up the world’s best smelling sachet. For this project you will need two cuts of cotton fabric which measure 5″ x 16″ and 6″ x 20″, a wide mouth 16oz. mason jar and a bag of Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak.

I hope you enjoy the project! I will be back next week with another tiny handmade gift idea. Until then, please know the creative genius in me, celebrates the creative genius in you!

Blissfully yours,

Andrea

P.S. if you place a sachet on top of your air vent or in the floor board of your car near a vent…the heat from the vent will activate the salts and your space / car will smell amazing!

How to sew a divided eye glass case

How to sew a divided eye glass case

 

Hey y’all and welcome to Sewspire!

Today I am here to show you how to sew a divided case that is sized to hold two pairs of reading glasses perfectly.

For this project you will begin with two 12″ squares of cotton fabric folded in half. Print out the following template and position along the folded edge of your fabric and then trim along the scalloped edges.

Click HERE to download the eye glass case pattern template PDF

You will also need a like size piece of Pellon iron on interfacing and two more pieces of quilt weight cotton that measure 6.5″ x 5″ with one like size piece of quilt batting.

I hope you enjoy the project! I will be off next week for Thanksgiving; but, shall return the following week to continue our on going small gift series through the end of 2017.

Until then, please know the creative genius in me celebrates the creative genius in you!

All my best,

Andrea