Echino Tote Bag

Here is a simple tote bag I made this week, using a stunning “Echino” line of fabric designed by Etsuko Furuya. 

I love this large-scale faux patchwork print. It’s very colorful and the mix of different patterns could have looked busy, but it . . . → Read More: Echino Tote Bag

Polar Bear Tote Bags

I love the new polar bear fabric by Mico Ogura. The bears in pants and scarves are super adorable, and the print comes in beautiful shades of blue, pink, and yellow. Aren’t they great? These are insulated snack sleeves, by the way.

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Everyday Tote Bag

I have been wanting a new tote bag for a while. You’d think I have plenty of bags to choose from by now – but I didn’t. I have several bucket nappy bags, a backpack convertible bag, a beach tote bag… and they are all wonderful for family outings. But they are all . . . → Read More: Everyday Tote Bag

Birthday tote bag

It’s my mother’s birthday today. Happy birthday, Midori! Here’s a special tote bag I made for her.

Don’t you just love the hint of sheepish playfulness, in the otherwise classic monotone scheme? My mother bought the sheep fabric herself when she was visiting Japan. She actually gave it . . . → Read More: Birthday tote bag

French pastry bag no. 2

This week. I had another chance to make a tote bag with the beautiful “French pastry recipe” fabric and leather handles. This one was for a special client, who has now become a crafty friend. She requested that the bag be about 2″ shorter than my . . . → Read More: French pastry bag no. 2

Thoughts on custom orders – a tote-style diaper bag

I love custom orders. Well, I should say that I love the right kind of custom orders. The right kind of custom order is when a customer wants a product that I also want to develop. In other words, a custom order becomes a funded research and development project. This kind of custom order motivates . . . → Read More: Thoughts on custom orders – a tote-style diaper bag

Tutorial: drawstring tote bag

 

We made drawstring tote bags this week at our fourth zakka sewing class.  What is a drawstring tote bag?  Well, as the name would imply, it is a tote bag with a drawstring closure.  A picture below will say it all.  These hybrid bags appear in many Japanese craft books as children’s . . . → Read More: Tutorial: drawstring tote bag