Bags, Wallets, and Zips, pattern, tutorial

snappy manicure wallet – free pattern

A new free pattern, the Snappy Manicure Wallet!  I joined with Robert Kaufman fabrics again to produce a new free pattern for you! These showcase Ann Kelle‘s cute and fun prints! [This n That and Remix] It’s a little wallet specially designed for nail polish and a few manicure essentials. And it’s a snap to make!

I had a blast making a ton of these. One even made it’s way as a birthday party gift already. I think these would be perfect to pass along to your best friend or even your mom for Mother’s Day! They’d make awesome bridesmaids gifts, too. Can’t wait to make a few more!  Wouldn’t it be fun to make the exterior patchwork? so fun!

Visit Robert Kaufman to download the full pattern.


Bags, Wallets, and Zips, tutorial

Cargo Duffle Pattern for Robert Kaufman

I am bursting at the seams happy about this new duffle pattern: the Cargo Duffle!  The lovely folks at Robert Kaufman asked me to come up with a pattern that they could post on their website.  You know what that means, right?  It’s for YOU and it’s FREE!  I can see this pattern working with so many fabrics and it’s just the perfect size (if you ask me) for an overnight bag or carry on.

And those cute front pockets?!  Aren’t they awesome?!  I want to squish them.  So are you ready to make a Cargo Duffle?  It’s available now!  There is a downloadable PDF on the Robert Kaufman website and you can get busy and make your own!  Just in time for all the Holiday fun, too!


This duffle was made with the awesome new line by Carolyn Friedlander called Botanics.  I feel genuinely giddy over how awesome they are and couldn’t be happier with being able to sew with them.  Carolyn has this beautiful way with design and color, to me it’s pure heaven (on fabric that is).

I have a few more to show you, so stay tuned! Hurrah!

PS. in the pattern I call for a 26″ coverall zipper, they’re lovely because they zip from both ends.  I found the Coats & Clark ones at my local Hancock Fabrics.  I also use a YKK brand, Coverall 26″ Zipper.  The snaps are available in my shop,  size 24.  Oh, and I would be thrilled to see any you make!  You can add them to the Noodlehead flickr group or the Robert Kaufman flickr group or both!


Bags, Wallets, and Zips

fabric berry basket: DIY tutorial

I am in love with so many design blogs. I spotted Fellow Fellow making some paper versions of the classic strawberry basket, and I immediately wanted to make some. However, I’m a little lacking in the awesome paper department. But I do know where I’ve got a great selection of fabric! So I thought I’d share a tutorial for making a fabric berry basket. Now before you get all “You can’t put berries in there! Are you crazy?!” on me, just step back and think of all the storage possibilities!!! And don’t stop at my few size suggestions, play and make your own…lots!


  • 2 fat quarters (18″x 22″ pieces) or scraps
  • one yard 1/2″ double fold bias tape (can be bias cut or straight on grain)- handmade or storebought
  • *1/2 yard double sided fusible heavyweight interfacing (Pellon 72F is my top choice and works great)
  • Large & Small Basket Pattern Piece [PDF Download] 

*if you don’t have any Pellon on hand try out another heavy weight fusible or use a combination of interfacings you prefer!

{1/4″ seam allowance used throughout}

From fabric:

  • Cut two pieces, one from exterior fabric, one from lining.

From double sided fusible interfacing: Sizes noted on pattern sheet.

Place lining and exterior right sides facing. Sew pieces together along these lines:

Fuse on interfacing to center part only, fusing to only the exterior fabric.

Clip into inside corners corners.

Turn right side out.  Press!  Slip each of the remaining interfacing pieces into the 4 exterior sides. Press from both sides.  Topstitch along these lines:

Apply bias tape to top edges leaving a slight gap between each side section, if you want to be very precise you can do some measuring (a 1/2″ space between exterior sides looks nice), otherwise just eyeball it!

  • Open up raw edges of binding tape
  • Align with top raw edge of binding on the exterior of the basket. Fold edge of binding tape in by 1/2″.
  • Sew along first fold line.  Overlapping at the beginning/end.
  • Flip binding tape up and over to conceal top raw edge of the basket.  Topstitch binding in place.
I do recommend the larger size for someone who hasn’t had a great deal of experience applying binding.

That’s all, now make more.  Repeat until your entire house is filled then proceed to give as gifts.  If you make any fabric Berry Baskets, I’d love it if you would show them off in the flickr group!