Sewing: Pattern review {trail tote by noodlehead}

Trail tote by Noodlehead

I’m a huge fan of Anna Graham of Noodlehead fame and the more I sew her patterns the more I appreciate how amazing she is at putting bags and other items together. (She has a new book out too that I just got my hands on and I can’t wait to start some projects in there!) I pinned this free tote pattern a while back and after being gifted with a huge bag of awesome fabric I grabbed some and finally got started on it.

Trail tote by Noodlehead

The pattern says it is for experienced intermediate and that’s probably true. There were a few ordinary bag making tasks included, but there were a few things that were new to me – the zipper pocket for one! I have to admit that I was a little frustrated by some of the photos for the directions. I guess I’m just used to seeing right side v. wrong side of fabrics with a shaded and unshaded area. This one wasn’t like that so I had to think hard on a few steps to make sure I was placing pieces in the right spots. The written directions do compensate for some of the illustrations.Trail tote by Noodlehead

I realized sewing this that it’s been a super long time since I’ve done anything with piping and boy do I need to work on those skills. I used commercial piping I had left in my stash (the pattern shows how to make your own) and it took me at least 3 tries to get it close enough to the edge.

Trail tote by Noodlehead

But despite all the small hiccups I totally love this bag. I made the smaller version and it’s a perfect size for me.

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tree skirt collection 2014

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I’ve wanted to try my hand and designing and making Christmas tree skirts for the past couple of years. This year, I was determined to make it happen. The stocking collection last year honestly had some pretty dismal sales. It did lousy on etsy, lousy in the local boutique and lousy at the markets. I’m still trying to figure that one out, but I’m crossing my fingers the tree skirts hit the big time…well sort of.

All of these skirts measure roughly 48 inches in diameter and are made from red felt. They have a velcro closure down the back/middle. Due to the mix of materials, they cannot be machine washed.

Here’s the details on each one.

The Poinsettia
2014 holiday tree skirt poinsettia version. Hand beaded.

This one is a mix of red, maroon and white felt flowers. The flowers are all machine stitched down and then it is hand beaded for that extra accent.

2014 holiday tree skirt poinsettia version. Hand beaded.

Scandinavian-Mod Ornaments

Harking back to my Norwegian roots I came up with this one based on a vintage skirt that I saw posted on flickr that was merely printed on cotton.

Vintage ornaments skirt

This one has a fun white pom pom trim around the scalloped edge and then felt ornaments are strung with colored ric rac all around the skirt. This skirt is machine sewn all the way around.

Snowflakes

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The last skirt has a beautiful satin snowflake trim along the edge that is machine sewn for durability and then snowflakes and vintage buttons are hand stitched all around the middle for that extra pop.

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I love the simplicity of this skirt and I really think the vintage buttons were the best finishing touch.

You can find all of these skirts in my etsy shop (along with the said stockings and other holiday goodies) now until the end of November. I have limited spots available and the skirts are made to order with about a 2 week turn around.

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