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Another TinkerTote, this one’s for me.

I can’t tell you how much I loved this class my Tara Rebman- Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags. I have made sooo many. They never fail to get commented on. And they play on my love of making use of scraps!


I love Echnio fabrics and I had a vision of making my self a bag using scraps of their prints.  So off I went to Etsy to find a scrap bundle.  I found Mountain of the Dragon and after some chats about ‘Will you pretty please ship to Canada?’ we sorted out a way to get me some pretties.  Basically I said ‘I’m willing to spend $X, send what you can for that amount’.  It’s so hard lately with the terrible exchange rate to get things shipped from the US . . .


These scraps were perfect! So I set to sewing up my own tote, finally.


I used some thrifted purple denim at the bottom instead of the usual blue and chose to make use of my pre-made bias tape I purchased from my favourite pattern making gal Michelle Patterns.  Sadly I was missing about 4-5 inches of tape to finish it off! Of course I hadn’t measured twice before I started so I had all the tape sewn on the bag and then was missing this one piece.  Luckily thanks to a sad face shout out on Instagram Michelle let me know what the fabric was.


Did, yet another, quick Etsy search and found this shop to order exactly what I needed, and of course a few things more . . . because FABRIC!





I went with no pockets.

After the great inner debate I had I decided to go with no pockets at all.

I just thought it showed off the awesomeness of the fabric’s print better without pockets taking away from it. Plus I’m ridiculously indecisive and the votes seemed pretty split.

It was received well as my first day of school outfit.

Pocket dilemma!

I’m making another skirt like this one, this time with fun Echino fabric. It’s a really nice weight and I’m excited to get it finished. Thanks to Tabatha finding a pocket template that works, from a totally different pattern, I can make it super functional for work by having some handy pockets. I don’t think I mentioned it in my last post but she made some really nice versions of these skirts. But I’m having pocket indecisiveness. Opinions are welcome.

Grey/gray (never know which it is).


Or none?

Oh my!

Did I really just miss almost a whole week of blogging?! Where does time go!?
Guess I’ve been fooling myself saying “Once school’s out I’ll have so much time to do things”. Summer vacation isn’t as productive when you have a 3 year old and 5 year old to entertain and play with.

I did manage to do some creating last week. I’m getting ready for the Broken Arts Fest I’ll be at on Saturday.

Here’s the one with that vintage fabric I thrifted a while back, love the little handkerchiefs.

This bunny fabric is fun. I’ve had scraps of it in packs I’ve ordered here and there and I finally just went ahead and ordered a half yard.

I’d better get catching up on my Create Along post, and writing about the Hamilton EtsyCA meet up, and sharing some random stuff . .

A new home for my sunglasses.

I love randomly making stuff. I was in my work space looking at a coin purse frame and had this little brainwave.

I really need to learn to draw these patterns out in a way to share/sell them.

I actually cut into a fat quarter Echino fabric I’ve had lying around forever.

My sunglasses fit in perfectly. I took it into work and some of the ladies I work with have sunglasses that are thicker when they’re all folded up, which was sad, but it works for me!

I even managed some fancy print placement.

I’ve got some others in the works, just have to get sewing those frames on.

I made a purse!

I know, you’re shocked right?

When I went to the Creativ Festival I hit upon 2 super exciting booths in the last aisle (apparently where I should have gone first). The combined powers of those booths have spawned this amazing purse. Oh and me staying up until 1:30 possessed with finishing it. That’s misleading, it’s a really quick bag to make, I just wandered down to my craft space really late.

Both of these booths were so crowded I had to fight my way to get to the things I wanted. At the Kallista Quilts booth I was amazed to see some Echino fabric. I have never seen any in person so it was great to get to pick from some pre-cut pieces and buy some right off the bolt. Kallista Quilts are also on Etsy if you care to see their selection. They have great quality Japanese linens.

A few booths away I found Quilt A Bag. These ladies also carry some lovely Japanese fabrics, some of the more cutesy stuff I like. They also carry all sorts of fun things to make bags and purses and totes and change purses . . . all of which are my weakness. I’ve got a little rule in place to curb my addiction, I’m not allowed to buy myself another bag/tote/purse/etc but I sure am allowed to have a new one if I work my butt of making it!!

I bought a kit for the vest bag but then went ahead and made it using a $5 piece of the Echino I got, it was just enough, a random fat quarter and I used the piece they included in the kit to line the bottom. I also got fancy and added an interior pocket and a magnetic snap.

I was really intrigued by the webbing used for straps. It was super easy to make the bag, there’s no turning because the webbing hides all the raw edges. Just fold it over and sew it on!

I’m so happy with how it turned out. Now to tackle the key ring coin purse.