reusable grocery bag

My dad wanted a larger reusable grocery bag than the ones you can buy from the store, so I made him one, piecing together old bags (peep the Trader Joe’s and Lululemon bags) and some weird polyester scrap fabric I had lying around in my room. Was a great way to use up some scraps and I think it makes for a unique aesthetic — not the prettiest, in my opinion, but my dad likes it so that’s all that really matters to me. I actually made this bag back in August but just uploaded the photos from my camera today, so I can say that this bag has gotten a lot of use over the past few months, which is fantastic. I love making useful things.

ombré heart pouches

i was inspired by a card i made two years ago featuring a line of hearts stitched to the paper and i wanted to try to create a similar look on fabric. i love the dimension on the card, as the edges of the hearts are free to pop up and add interest. though this is not quite as easy to do with fabric, i thought the hearts would still look cute lined up in ombré colors.

i used snippets of some suede upholstery samples L gave me a few years ago that i’ve been “saving.” about time i used it! i created my own heart template and got to work.

i also took some photos of the process because i like seeing the pouch come together. for stability, i added some batting and quilted the opposite side of the pouch. i debated using white as the background fabric because it soils easily, but i wanted to go for the full effect so i went with it. besides, it’s washable!

i’m super pleased with how these pouches turned out and i can’t decide which one i like better – the blue or the red. i’m also in love with the fun quilting cottons i used for the linings and just the whole pouch in general! this was a great project to get my sewing mojo back after a few weeks break, and i’m feeling more confident and ready to tackle the phillipa pants this weekend.

fabric doodles + pouches

painted some fun designs on canvas using a watered down mixture of screen printing ink. the whole process was super therapeutic – prepping and painting the fabric one day and slowly using it in the coming week.

here’s what i made using my painted fabric: