Thursday, June 13, 2019

Gone Camping for Riley Blake - Scout Bag

Summer is almost upon us which means it's hot as heck in Southern California, kids are out of school, and summer vacations begin. Before I had my twin toddlers, my husband and I would go camping in the summer. They're still to young to camp, but my cute niece, who is turning 12, is camping all summer with her sister and dad as a fun adventure! Gone Camping by Echo Park Paper Co. for Riley Blake Designs is perfect for a handmade adventure! It has cute nostalgic ads, plaids, fish prints, and just the right amount of accents to make a cute bag!


Gone Camping by Echo Park  Paper Co. for Riley Blake

I decided to make her a Scout Bag, so she can hold all her important things such as a book, water bottle, bug spray and sunscreen, phone of course (for pics right?), and I also made a coordinating pouch for a first aid kit, and for whatever else a tween wants to take with them camping!

Here's what I made:

Scout Bag






I added a front zippered pocket so she can hold a small notebook and pen to maybe sketch or write about her fun adventures!


Front Zipper Pocket


Inside of bag

You can even fit a Traveler's Notebook if you want!



Here is the coordinating first aid pouch I made:

Handmade pouch

The fish print is my fav!

Back of the pouch

I hope you enjoyed my Scout Pouch. I have yet to make a pattern, so I appreciate your patience as it is my big summer project to come out with my first series of patterns.

Gone Camping fabric is out now, so check out your local fabric store or online to purchase!

See you on the next project!


Thanks,

Karen

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Edie Jane for Riley Blake - Analog Carry Pouch

Hello friends! My life has been a bit chaotic for the past month. My twins third birthday pretty much consumed my life for the most part - sewing party favors, making the decorations, organizing, you know supermom stuff. With all these activities, I've been yearning to dabble in another medium (mixed with sewing of course), journaling and playing with paper goodies. I've been obsessed with looking at EDC (every day carry) items on Instagram and wanted to create something for myself to hold all of my current journal and paper goodies. 

I created an Analog Carry Pouch, that can also be used as a purse. Edie Jane by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs was a perfect fabric for this project. It has the perfect mix of pretty florals, geometrics, and my favorite - lovely script, perfect for journaling.


Edie Jane by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs


It has a lot of pockets, slots for pens, outside pocket, and clear pocket so you can see all your goodies. You can also use this pouch for other things too. It fits perfectly into your own bag or you can carry it as a pouch or messenger style purse (I put the option of 2 brass holders for a purse/pouch strap).

Here is the pouch:


Analog Carry Pouch - Front

Back of pouch

Clear pocket

Front pockets

Handmade details

Inside of pouch

Inside of pouch - perfect size for a Traveller's Journal

Carry style

Carry style  - Please excuse my pajamas hehe



I hope you enjoyed my Analog Carry Pouch. Edie Jane is now available, so check your local fabric stores or online to see if they carry it. Happy Sewing and Journaling friends!

Karen

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Kindred Spirits for Riley Blake - Modern Carpet Bag

My all time favorite book is Anne of Green Gables. Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the series. I've read the books and watched the eighties version a million times. I'm sure if you are a die-hard fan, you also have 10 copies of the same book. There are so many cute interpretations of Anne and Jill Howarth (of ZippyBoro) designed for Riley Blake Designs is stunning! It's rightfully named Kindred Spirits and it's just ahhh, nostalgic, cute, adorable, pretty, and I adore it. 






I know I had to make something spectacular...and tada..it's another bag! But not just any bag, it's Anne's Carpet Bag she lugged with her on her way to Green Gables (or my interpretation of it). I modernized it a bit, making it modular, detachable, cute, and functional. 

I'm so blessed I get to go to Vermont next month on a sewing retreat (closest I'll ever travel to Prince Edward Island but that is on my bucket list!) to meet new friends and see finally see them in person (love Instagram buddies)! This bag is coming with me friends!!! See you in June!

Here is what I made:



















I was a bit ambitious with this bag. I wanted it to be more modern than a carpet bag hehe, so I made it modular and detachable. 


















The bag inside detaches by adding snap buttons, which actually double as purse feet to protect the bottom of the bag!




Here is the inside of the bag detached. It's a nice size which you can carry as a purse.









The last and neatest thing I think, is the main outer bag becomes a hangable toiletry/ditty bag. Great to have handy when you travel!







I hope you enjoyed my Modern Carpet Bag! I can't wait to use this when I go to Vermont next month so I can meet my sewing friends!




Kindred Spirits is starting to hit stores, so check your local fabric/quilt store or online!

Thanks!

Karen

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Riley Blake Linen Basics

Hello! Spring is zooming by, the superbloom is fading, and I just got my summer seeds. We are currently in the process of turning our dirt dust bowl of a backyard into our dream garden oasis. Me and my husband have different design aesthetics (he's modern, I'm vintage, girly, pretty), so he designed a planter box area for my garden. Our last house I went crazy and it turned into a secret garden (but oh how I loved it)! With all that in mind, I needed a garden journal (at least I think I do hehe), to organize my design, what I want to plant, my seeds, and inspiration! Linen happens to be one of my favorite type of fabric to sew with and Riley Blake Designs has a beautiful collection of pretty linens in basic color ways. 


Riley Blake Linen


For my garden journal I wanted the linen to be the base and added vintage embellishments, and delicate hand quilting. I know I wanted a pocket of some sort for my seeds that I want to plant, so I created a row of seed pockets in the back. Basically, there is pockets galore in this journal!


Here is what I made:



Garden Journal



Vintage embellishments and hand quilting


Here is the inside of the journal:







I machine quilted the inside and added a clear zippered pocket.


Here is the back of the journal. I really wanted a row of pockets for my seeds and such.





Seed pockets

Here is the outside back pocket. Another way to hold seeds or journal bits.






I hope you enjoyed my garden journal. Riley Blake Linen is lovely to work with, soft, yet sturdy, it's a great basic to add to your stash! RBD Linen is available now in an array of pretty colors, so check your local quilt shops or online.





Thanks,

Karen