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Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric.

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Remember the social tote? It’s a fun, travel-friendly project that Anna Graham of Noodlehead collaborated with me to create. Anna is so talented and did such a wonderful job with this project that I’m always happy to come back to it. Here’s a Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric that I made recently.

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

The lining is a great place to play with one of the larger prints in the collection, which I did here. I like playing with the prints and colors in a project like this that can really show them off.

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

The pincushion fits perfectly into one of the compartments, looking cute in there, or it can float away and be useful on its own too.

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

On the flip side of the pincushion, I even added a little bit of Euclid with some decorative stitching. I always like special touches like that. They don’t take much time, but they can really personalize a project.

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Happy social tote sewing!

Pattern: Social Tote

Fabrics : Friedlander and a bit of Euclid (Exterior Fabric, Lining, Trim, Pincushion accent)

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

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Nest Egg Tote in Friedlander Fabric.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

This Nest Egg Tote in my Friedlander Fabric was a fun one to plan and put together. The Nest Egg continues to be one of my favorite travel bags for toting around my handwork. I’m still using the original one that I made–which is still looking good–but I thought having a new one on hand would give me the option of a different look if I ever felt like it.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

In this version, I did a little bit of embellishing on the front and back panels with some big stitch quilting with pearl cotton. I like the added bit of texture and color. (Tip: if you’d like to do this, add it after you’ve added your fusible fleece, but before cutting out your exterior panel. If you’re worried about the stitching getting cut off, you can always trace the panel shape onto your piece so that you know what will be trimmed off prior.)

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

In addition to my fabrics, there is also some Robert Kaufman denim (this one) on the hinge and strap. This denim is so sturdy that I didn’t even need to interface it–a plus!

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

One thing that I like is that the design allows for another fabric to be used for the strap that wraps the bag and holds the d-rings. Here I used the plaid that is repeated on the inside, but I could totally have continued with the same denim that I used in the strap.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

The inside has plenty of space and pockets for your sewing stuff which keeps things organized. I usually tuck a writing tool, rulers, extra needles and scissors into the pockets.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

On the other side I stuff my thread, my project (not shown) and a thread catcher (also not shown). In this version I played around with a mixture of elastic bands and ribbons for tying the spools in place.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

That’s my newest Nest Egg tote. I hope you like it!

Pattern : Nest Egg Tote (by me)

Fabrics : Friedlander, Railroad Denim Deluxe by Robert Kaufman

Hardware from Buckle Guy

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

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Crew Pincushion pattern.

Crew Pincushion Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

I’ll admit it, I’m a pin hoarder. As a result, it makes perfect sense that I’ve also developed an affinity and appreciation for pincushions. Just like how you’d want different pins for different projects, the perfect pincushion is also a variable need depending on the function, the pin itself, the location (traveling requires a special set of needs!) and the cuteness. (duh.) My Crew pincushion pattern is a collection of 11 different pincushion options in all shapes and sizes–quilted, not quilted–pieced, not pieced–many of which originated with favorite sizes of my own.

Crew Pincushion Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

Making pincushions is such a satisfying sew. They are massively functional, super cute, speedy, totally giftable, and perfect for showing off your favorite fabrics. This is why when planning this pattern, I wanted to include tons of sizes, tons of info on the various components and fillings and different ideas for added detailing like embroidery and cross stitch (as seen in the super big guy below).

Crew Pincushion Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

I’ve also recently become obsessed with wearing my scissors on a cord around my neck, and thought it would also be an appropriate bonus to be able to stick needles and pins in the same spot. Is anyone else tired of forgetting they stuck pins and needles in their shirt, couch or whatever is closest? Yeah…

Crew Pincushion Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

I think that these guys are fun and handy, and I hope you think so too. I’ve made tons, and I’ve given away tons…which makes me happy. I also plan to make many more. First up will be a set to use as pattern weights at my cutting table for when I’m cutting out garments. (Yes, they’ll work for that too!)

Crew Pincushion Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

Crew Pincushion Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

pattern : Crew Pincushion pattern (new to my pattern collection!)

fabric(s) : Lots of stuff from my Euclid and Carkai collections, plus a little Robert Kaufman Railroad Denim in one of the wearable versions above.

Crew Pincushion Pattern . Carolyn Friedlander

 

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