Today we are switching things up, and instead of featuring projects using our paper collections, we are sharing projects created with our fabric collections!
Fabric Tote Bag, by Christine Ousley.
Hello everyone, today I want to share a fun tote that I made to take to crops. It has all kinds of pockets and is big enough to hold scrapbook supplies and my trimmer. I used 4 or 5 different prints from the Snapshot fabric collection by Bella Blvd by Riley Blake to make it.
Really it wasn’t a hard bag to make at all. The hardest thing to do on this tote was actually not hard, but just time consuming. Each piece was cut out of fabric, interfacing, and fusible fleece. The triple layers make the tote nice and sturdy.
It’s amazing how much you can fit in there. I just love all of the pockets. Next time I will probably make the pockets have a few more divisions in them so I’ll have places for pens and make the smaller pockets on the front a little deeper as well.
You could really have some fun "blinging it up" as well with embellishments. I sewed some bright pink ric rac on the front and back pockets but I think some appliqué, monogramming or hot fix rhinestones would be fun as well. Safe to say, I’ll be stylin’ with my new Bella Blvd Snapshots tote the next time I go to a crop. How fun!
Bella Blvd Snapshots fabric by Riley Blake Designs; Pellon Interfacing; Pellon Fusible Fleece; Simplicity Pattern - SO614
Zippered Pouches, by Nichol Magouirk.
Little zippered pouches are a great way to store anything from a little on-the-go sewing kit to cosmetics or other essentials. Tuck one in a to-go bag and you’re all set!
I love to use them in my sewing room to store binding clips, safety pins for basting and other sewing tools. Sorting everything into their own bag makes it easy to grab just what I need for any given project. I also keep a small bag handy with needles, thread and small scissors for that I can grab for those evenings when I’m sitting on the couch watching TV and sewing on bindings, etc.
I grabbed a bunch of scraps of my favorite Bella Blvd floral, hearts, and polka dot fabrics that match the wonderful Military Max Plaid yardage and sewed up five of zippered bags using THIS pattern. I had previously purchased this pattern and sewn some bags so I knew I liked it however if you’re looking to try out a zippered bag I’ve found a couple tutorials online that look good. THIS one is for a large zippered bag (similar to the largest one I made) and THIS one says it’s good for beginners and doesn’t have the boxed corners on the bottom. A search on Pinterest will show you many more tutorials and patterns as well!
I really love how well this plaid fabric coordinates with some of my all-time favorite prints from past Bella Blvd collections! I made my bags more feminine but you could easily change up the top print on any of these for more masculine bags.
Each bag is lined with a coordinating Bella Blvd pattern or solid. Consider lining the bags with a laminated fabric if you’re going to be using them for cosmetics.
These little bags sew up so easy and fast and you will be addicted to sewing up bags with all your fabric scraps!
Bella Blvd Military Max fabric by Riley Blake Designs (plaid); Bella Blvd Sunny Happy Skies fabric by Riley Blake Designs (floral, polka dot, green floral); Bella Blvd Snapshots fabrics by Riley Blake Designs (hearts orange, hearts multi); Bella Blvd Puppy Park fabric by Riley Blake Designs (blue solid)
Riley Blake Designs markets our fabrics under Stephanie Hunt as the designer. When purchasing or searching the Riley Blake website it's actually easier & more efficient to find the Bella Blvd fabrics under "Stephanie Hunt" as the artist.