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Yoga Mat Strap Wrap Review

Yoga and pilates are popular activities among my group of friends. Many of us have our own mat that we use when we are exercising. It’s rare for these mats to come with their own carrying system, so a yoga mat strap wrap makes a great, practical gift for minimalists. The online tutorial and PDF …

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Small Backpack Review

So-Sew-Easy is another of my favorite pattern designers. While I’ve made technical packs (Alpine Rucksack, GVP Pack) and several cross body bags, the Small Backpack is my first fashion backpack. This fashion backpack is roughly 11” x 7” x 4” in size (308 cubic inches, 5 litres) and can be converted to a crossbody bag. …

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Prairie Girl Bag review

When I found the Emmaline Bags website, I was impressed with the number of unique patterns available. In addition to the PDF patterns and tutorials, this website also sells paper patterns and hardware. The difficult part was deciding which patterns to buy. One of my favorites was the Prairie Girl bag. I purchased a hardware …

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Coco Bag Review

When I found the Coco Bag tutorial by ChrisW Designs, I was excited. Here was one opportunity to learn 3 new techniques: rivets, grommets, and corded handles. I had just enough faux leather left over from sewing the Debbie Shore Faux Leather Handbag to make this project. The PDF tutorial for this free project is …

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Faux Leather Handbag Review

When I found the “Faux Leather Handbag” tutorial by Debbie Shore, I was intrigued. I hadn’t sewn faux leather and wanted to try it. Image my surprise when my I found a piece of faux leather in the remnant bin at my local fabric store. I already had a remnant of floral canvas and some …

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Sweet Bedside Caddy Review

I don’t have a beside table in my 500 square foot apartment. Maybe you don’t have a beside table either. Or maybe it’s full or just out of reach. This sewing project solves many of those problems: a bedside caddy that slips between your mattress and box-spring. I found the Sweet Beside Caddy tutorial on …

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Buttercup Bag

Buttercup Bag pattern review Periodically I browse the internet for new patterns to sew and review. The Buttercup Bag by Rae Hoekstra has been in my “to do” pile because it’s just so darn cute. When you sign up for Rae’s newsletter you’ll received a download link for this pattern: Buttercup Bag Note this pattern …

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Sunny Glasses Case

Sunny Glasses Case Review In 2015 I purchased a pair of sunglasses from a drug store. They didn’t have a case so I searched the internet for free patterns and tutorials for making my own glasses case. The tutorial that I liked the best was the “Sunny Glasses Case” by Sheri at Thread Riding Hood. …

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Sleeping Quilt

This is pattern review 4 (sleeping quilt) of my 4 part series on diy backpacking gear. You can read parts 1 (Jones Tent 2), 2 (Alpine Rucksack) and 3 (GVP pack) here. I began replacing my traditional weight backpacking gear with light and ultralight backpacking gear in 2006. I read several books on the topics …

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GVP Pack

GVP Ultralight Pack Hiking and backpacking season is here so I’ve decided to do a series of pattern reviews on do-it-yourself backpacking gear. This is post 3 of 4. You can read the other parts of the series here: Jones Tent2, Alpine Rucksack, Sleeping Quilt. A co-worker and I went backpacking in the summer of …