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DIY Canvas Tote Bag

See this DIY canvas tote bag that I sewed up in an afternoon - it even has metal rivets! The pre-drilled leather handles make it super easy and look professional. Perfect tote bag to sew for beginners.

The last bag I sewed up was a gigantic carpet bag, and I use it all the time for road trips and library hauls. I’d been thinking about finding something smaller for myself, and tried this diy canvas tote bag kit out for size. I am happy with how it turned out but decided it was the perfect gift for a friend, so I guess I’ll need to make more.

Stitchcraft Marketing arranged for Crosscut Sewing Co. to send me a tote bag kit and fabric to try out and share – but as longtime readers know I am always honest and all opinions are my own! This is made from a free pattern on their blog, that I link towards the end of this post.

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Little Photographer Camera Softie – Updated!

I’ve sewn tons of softies and handmade toys over the past few years, and the one that has been most popular has been the Little Photographer Camera! One of my earliest patterns, it is a stuffed camera toy that encourages imaginative play. There’s a little window in the back to slip real pictures; my kids love shuffling through them or suggesting new ones. Seeing other peoples’ versions pop up in different color combinations over the years has been so much fun and after receiving feedback from a few folks I decided to update the pattern.

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Hipster Teddy Bear PDF Sewing Pattern

Hipster Teddy Bear - modern teddy bear sewing PDF pattern from Swoodson Says.

I have a new pattern release, in the latest issue 15 of One Thimble, a digital sewing magazine! The Hipster Teddy Bear PDF sewing pattern is a modern teddy bear that both girls and boys will love. My daughter wanted a bear to sleep with and I didn’t love any of the patterns on the market, so I made one! Designed for confident beginners, it would be a perfect ‘first softie’ project. Appliqueing the face and turning the thinner limbs right side out can take a bit of patience, but it’s worth it!

A finished softie measures approximately 20” (50.8cm) from ear to toe – it’s a nice big bear that doesn’t use up a ton of fabric. The limbs are soft and squishy, making it perfect to drag along or hug.

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DIY Fairy Wand

Learn how to make this diy fairy wand with beautiful wool blend felt, ribbon, and a spoon (super strong, so it won't break!). It's a perfect forest fairy accessory - free fairy wand pattern in a sponsored post.

I haven’t made a DIY fairy wand in the past because my kids are rough and wild; I figured that the stick would break in a day. A sturdy wooden kitchen spoon occurred to me as a cheap substitute so I designed a felt star topper for one! Busy Little Bird sponsored this post, which means she sent me the felt supplies in addition to compensation for creating the tutorial, and I’m really excited to share it.

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