Beautiful home decor-weight fabric I found while browsing at Modern Domestic – it’s from Skinny laMinx, a fabric designer based in South Africa. Her nature-inspired fabrics are amazing, and you can buy them on Etsy 🙂 The print that I used for the table runner and the tote bag is Pincushion, in colors Humbug and Khaki. I bought 1/4 meter of each (they’re pretty spendy, but the quality is really first-rate), even though I had no idea what I was going to do with them. After letting them sit on my sewing table for a few weeks, I decided on simple projects, to highlight the fabrics themselves.
First, I sewed a very simple table runner (backing it in a heavier weight neutral) and paired it with these cafe bowls from Heath Ceramics in San Francisco. I then used all of the remaining yardage to make a tote bag, based on the Forty-Minute Tote pattern from Purl Bee. I altered the dimensions a little and made the straps a little longer, so that it’s the perfect size and fit to load up all of my goodies at the Portland Farmer’s Market every Saturday.
Next, I used a fat quarter meter of Solid Orla Fog to make two boxy pouches, using this tutorial. It’s really well-done — especially in getting the details of sewing in zippers just right – and not at all complicated, but one word of advice: DON’T follow the tutorial when it comes to boxing the corners! The tutorial’s approach is very difficult – a much easier way to box corners is demonstrated on many of the Purl Bee’s tote bag project demonstrations, including the Forty-Minute Tote. I boxed each corner by sewing my line at the point where the corner is three inches wide. Then, to sew in the handle, I ripped out a few stitches in the middle of two of the exterior boxed corners, inserted each end of the handle, and sewed the corner back up.
I used decor bond interfacing, along with the canvas weight fabric and cotton batting, so the pouches are very sturdy and hold their shape well. I quilted the fabric, interfacing, and batting together before I started sewing – I experimented with quilting one horizontally and one vertically, just to see how it would change their appearance. They are really cute – not that big, but the perfect size for make-up or sewing notions or tons of other things.Pin It