Bali Beach Bag and Holiday!

Description: Beach bag featuring a fold over zipper opening and has a handy front pocket, a large back pocket, shoulder length straps, and a large divided inner pocket.
Material: Denim and Tropical Cotton Sateen
Pattern: The Senna Tote Bag

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I recently went to Bali and the whole idea was to get some surf lessons, while having a tropical beach holiday of course! Unfortunately the week before we went there was an offshore cyclone and the waves ended up being 14ft! Way too big to learn in. However, I still made myself a brand new tote bag to take with me to the beach and poolside.

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I adore this pattern and have already created it twice now! There are so many fabric variations to create this bag, creating a unique look for each one.

Click on the pictures below to click through to the page blog posts.

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One of the main things that I love about this bag is how much you can fit inside it. I could probably fit a change of clothes, two towels, plus all of my accessories. It’s the perfect travel beach bag and because it’s made with lightweight fabric it was very easy to fold up and pack in my suitcase.

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As you can see I used my NV180 Sewing and Embroidery machine to add a Beach Please Urban Threads embroidery design to the pocket.

Then to finish it off, I added some snap buttons to the inside and external pockets. These snap machines are amazing, if you’re considering one for use with your sewing projects I highly recommend.

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Bali was such an incredible getaway and the perfect escape during winter. Not too far away, amazing beaches, affordable and great food.

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I got myself a brand new mirror-less camera but as you can see it was just way too easy to take beautiful photos.

One of the funniest parts of the holiday was having two surfers Googling fabric stores to take me to in between the surf breaks. They picked Alto Moda in Kuta. It was even funnier when they helped me scour five levels of the store to find my favourite fabric types (cotton, suiting fabric and a thick knit), since it was mostly Balinese style chiffon.

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I was able to get 10 meters of high quality fabric for less than $70. Definitely worth the trip!! Even better because I could stash it all in the surfboard bags on the way home (hehe).

Now we’re just looking forward to the next holiday… sailing the Whitsundays!!

Box Zipper Bag Make-up Bags

Description: Easy Zipper Box Bag Tutorial is the perfect size travel, accessory or make-up bag.
Material: Cotton Blends
Pattern: Easy Zipper Box Bag Tutorial

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These bags would have to be my favourite travel, accessory or make-up bags due to the size and shape of them. They fit so much inside without being too large or bulky.

You can also make them with any type of material. I find they best work with 1 layer of interfacing attached to the lining. For a waterproof makeup or travel bag you could also use a plastic lining.

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They feature two tabs on either side of the zipper if you want to put an attachment ring to them.

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For only a few dollars each bag, these are the perfect gift or accessory for your travel needs! Plus, the pattern is free and take very little time and effort to make.

Happy Sewing! Erin

Hibiscus Pencil Case

I thought I would start the year off by making something really quick and easy to compliment my Christmas presents. I have been learning to surf so I got a small pack of surf accessories to go with my brand new board. So I decided to make a summer themed pencil case to fit all of my accessories. These pencil cases are perfect for so many occasions, especially for kids going back to school.

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I found the pattern from the Craftsy Boxie Pouch but instead of doing the boxed edges I just sewed it straight to make a standard pencil case.

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I ended up using my 100% cottom hibiscus fabric that I got from Hawaii, as well as my pink flamingo and cactus print from Spotlight.

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There are so many awesome designs like this on Crafty that you can actually download for free. Here are some of my favourite designs.

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No Gut Boxie Pouch

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Double Zip – Gemini Pouch

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Camilla Case for small things

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Marina Pouch

Hopefully this gives you a few ideas for your first quick sewing project of the year!

Happy sewing! Erin xx

Crazy Little Projects – Laptop Bag

Pattern: Crazy Little Projects Laptop Bag
Description: Created a laptop bag to suit my larger Apple Mac laptop.
Fabric Used: Combed cotton Spoonflower fabric Summer Sky Blue Floral Trellis by Willow Lane Textiles.

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I absolutely love Spoonflower fabric and have saved many of their beautiful designs onto my Pinterest Fabric board. You can also see my latest favourites on the Spoonflower website. These fabrics are perfect for smaller home, decor and accessory projects like this one. Plus, they are so simple to create.

I ended up adding a thicker wadding, which fit in between the internal and external fabrics and made it look a little skewed but overall the bag was great! I’ve also added an extra zip pocket at the front to secure items such as USB’s, my mouse and pens, etc. The larger pocket at the back works wonderful for paper, folders or notepads.

I didn’t added the strap at the time because the laptop bag fit inside my main handbag. Although having used it for a while it certainly made the entire bag quite heavy, so if I made it again I would certainly include this strap. I think it would look amazing with leather material but overall I really loved this project. You can customise it to suit your own laptop size and pocket requirements.

Happy Sewing!

Erin

Craftsy Senna Tote Beach Bag

After I made my first beach Senna Tote (Senna Tote Bag) I was thrilled and wanted to make it again in this awesome fabric I got from Spoonflower. I always wash my fabric first and noticed that it did fade a tiny bit but it still looks effective.

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I ended up using snaps on every pocket this time, including the ones inside the bag. After using this bag quite a lot at the beach I realised I needed a smaller bag to hold all of my sunscreen, phone, wallet, etc as sand gets inside. Therefore, my next project will be the Craftsy No Guts Boxie Pouch in the same material.

This pattern is great and perfect to use for the beach or as an overnight bag. It’s really simple to make and only takes a couple of hours. Plus, you’ll want to test it out and when beaches looks this incredible how can you not spend your weekends there!

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Gold Coast Beach – Bring on Australia Day!

Charity Sewing – Laundry Bag

This post is dedicated to Aussie Heroes – A blog encouraging people to make quilts and laundry bags for Aussie service men and women currently serving overseas, and to express our gratitude for their service.

The project is to sew a laundry bag themed for service men, since that’s what they are currently needing. So, I had a look on Pinterest (as you do) and came up with this design below. It’s almost designed to look like a punching bag!

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I used my ScanNCut machine to cut out the words LAUNDRY and then used the Iron on Flex Transfer to simply iron this onto the laundry bag.

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If you’re interested in creating one of these Laundry bags you can go to Aussie Heroes and they give you all the information in donating. This project was created at a time where they needed lots of bags but the majority of the laundry bags are made to match requests submitted by the sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen who will receive them.

So it’s best to understand the list of requirements before starting or simply contact them before you start your bag.

Happy sewing!