Canvas pet toy bins with classic boat-tote styling

I have a love for tote bags. I’d say especially tote bags made with canvas. And I wanted to translate this affection for a utilitarian, elegantly-simple, classic staple into something for pets and the home. Being a fan of classic design, classic boat-tote styling is a big inspiration to me, and I incorporated this aesthetic into the canvas pet toy bin design. This foldover bin stores several (smaller-scaled) pet toys right on the floor, so pets can reach in and pull them out. The goal is to provide some flexible, pet-friendly organization in a simple, unobtrusive way. The contrasting base comes up from…

quick and cool grocery tote

Handmade Christmas gifts 2015

Clockwise from large picture on left: Great Big Tote, Home and Away Cable Cozy, Quick and Cool Grocery Tote, Zippy Wallet For this year’s Christmas presents, I wanted to do some sewing, something that fit each recipient’s personal style and interests. Both my parents and my husband’s parents like to travel, so for the guys I made Home and Away Cable Cozies. This pattern includes a zipper pouch, which went together fine, and strips of elastic to hold cables. That part was trickier. For the first one, I tried stitching down just the width of the elastic, which required tying…

final sewing station bin

Sewing Station Bin

As I spend more time at my sewing machine, I’m noticing lots of ways I can improve the space. The first step was a thread rack to get those guys off the table and out of the way. Next up is a bin to hold thread clippings and small tools that get used often. I sized this bin (inspired by the pattern I bought from Noodlehead) so that a large paper lunch bag would fit neatly inside, making it easy to dump out the trash. And the pockets in the front give me easy access to some things that kept getting…

divided basket with wool and canvas

Divided fabric basket for knitting supplies

I sewed this divided basket to keep in-progress knitting projects tidy and portable. It’s a natural cotton canvas body with a herringbone wool pocket and cotton liner. I’m so happy with this neutral and classic combination of colors and textures. I wish I had lined the pocket in front — the knitting needles poke through the wool pretty easily. And next time, I’ll adjust the pattern to make the lining a bit taller, while making the divider a bit shorter. For the interfacing, I used the heaviest one I could find (Pelon 71F Single-Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer) but discovered I…

hair accessories organizing basket

Divided organizing basket for hair accessories

While researching ways to store and organize my knitting supplies and in-progress projects, I came across one particular pattern many times…like, over and over. It’s a divided basket sewing pattern by Anna at Noodlehead and it appears to be taking the fabric basket world by storm. It has great proportions and a clean, crisp look to it, plus it’s so practical. I really like making things that have a useful purpose. Before I purchased the pattern from Noodlehead, I had found a few tutorials and figured out how to make the general basket with handles and a large front pocket. At…