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Hillside Tote – Around the Bend

I always appreciate a fun and quick project – so in steps the mini Hillside Tote! I love this pattern for its simplicity. It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase Around the Bend – in this Hillside Tote!

Around the Bend - Hillside Tote

Always a favorite

My favorite part is that you can feature a favorite print on the exterior pockets and then add a fun splash on the inside, too! It doesn’t take long to sew up or cut, but is just enough to keep your hands busy for a while before moving on to the next step. If you’ve made a hand full of zippered pouches, the Hillside would be a great project to up your skill level!

Around the Bend - Hillside Tote

The Hillside Tote pattern comes in two sizes (you know I can’t resist at least of couple of size options!). This is the mini size, fitting all your basics and few little extras.

Around the Bend - Hillside Tote

To speed things up even more, I did a quick non-adjustable leather strap. I like doing my straps this way – just as my own preference. I know what strap length I like, so it’s quick and easy to make one and not have to worry too much about more hardware or steps. That’s one reason I love sewing so much – that you can make it however you want!!! Yay for that!

Front Exterior (full-width pocket with metal snap)
Front Exterior (full-width pocket with snap)
Around the Bend - Hillside Tote
Back Exterior (sewn divided pocket)

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Around the Bend - Hillside Tote

Just for fun, here are a few more Hillside totes I’ve made in the past:

Looks like I need to make a few more just for fun!

Also, a huge thank you to my daughter for her modeling!!!

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Spotted Yarrow Pouch & Geometric Yarrow Wristlet

Hope the last days of August are treating you well! My kids are back in school already – I have two High Schoolers this year. Wow! Our summer was packed with activities. I spent as much time as I could this summer just being with them and it was great. They’re both on the tennis team, so that started a few weeks ago for us. All that to say — I have yet to share a couple of Yarrow cuties with you here. A spotted Yarrow Pouch and a geometric Yarrow Wristlet!

Spotted Yarrow Pouch & Geometric Yarrow Wristlet
Spotted Yarrow Pouch & Geometric Yarrow Wristlet

I made the Yarrow Wristlet during the sew-along and the pouch must have been around that time as well. I really like how they both turned out and it was fun pulling my favorite smaller scraps of fabric.

The Yarrow wristlet is sewn using some older Ellen Luckett Baker fabric from one of her Kokka fabric collections (Framework collection and the print is called Steps). It’s lined with a subtle stripe fabric that I picked up at my local quilt shop. And of course I couldn’t pass up a chance to feature the beautiful leather (front pocket and wrist strap and zipper pull).

The Yarrow pouch is made with a scrap from a good friend. I had kept it for several years just waiting for the perfect project to use it on, and this was it. Thanks Dd! I lined it with another fabric that was giving to me from another friend (thanks Jordan!!!) and it couldn’t be cuter! I loved sewing this up.

Spotted Yarrow Pouch & Geometric Yarrow Wristlet

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I’m very excited for this fall and doing some more sewing! Hopefully I’ll be able to sneak in some fun projects and videos before I start to do more sample sewing for my NEXT fabric collection. I just got the strike offs, so even though Around the Bend is new in shops now (yay!), there’s always something new coming down the line. So there you go, a little fun news, if you’ve read this far!

Lastly, if you would let me know if you’re interested in a sew-along for this fall? I’m thinking maybe doing something with the Making Backpack or even the Buckthorn Backpack/Tote, or let me know. Sounds kind of fun and I’ve been itching to do some videos.

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Farrow Dress – Around the Bend

A dress! You know it wouldn’t be complete without showing you what you can make for garments! This is the Farrow Dress featuring Around the Bend! If you’re looking for a beautiful a-line dress with a fun construction — this is the dress!

Farrow Dress - Around the Bend

Jen (from Grainline Studio) is one of my go-to pattern sources for garments. When she published the pattern I knew I was going to love the Farrow Dress pattern. I hadn’t made one until now though! I do remember being able to see some in person when I taught a workshop at Sewtopia a few years ago, and well, it took me that long to get around to making one! The pattern is very beginner friendly and after cutting only takes a few hours to sew up – maybe even less.

Farrow Dress - Around the Bend

I love the way the pockets are cleverly built in. It makes for some fun shaped pieces and is fun to sew together. This is the sleeveless view, but it also has a long sleeve option, too.

Farrow Dress - Around the Bend

I couldn’t be happier with this dress and would definitely like to sew it up again! If you’re looking for a summer dress you might want to add this to your list. Oh! And because the base cloth is a cotton/linen blend it just keeps getting softer the more you wash it!

Here are a few more garments I’ve sewn in the past using my fabric collections:

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*Around the Bend is in shops now! Yay! Be sure to check with your favorite shop! Or try an online search for “Anna Graham Around the Bend” or “Around the Bend Robert Kaufman” check out the #AroundtheBend fabric hashtag on Instagram.