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Rebecca Page Beach Bag

The beach is my happy place. Well, the beach or a fabric store. But, the beach!! Virginia and I try to go somewhere beachy at least once per year. We don’t care if it is summer beach, winter beach, or somewhere in between. As long as we can walk along the shore and let the sound of waves wash away our stress. We are hella lucky to have some of our favorite humans living near Jacksonville, FL, quite literally 20 minutes from a beach. A gorgeous beach. One of our favorite beaches. So we get the advantage of visiting friends, and having sand and ocean nearby! Win-win!!

But we also love the pool. Since we’re too far from the beach for it to be a weekend, or daily, activity, our best alternative is the local pool. Again, we’re lucky to have a wonderful city pool. Reasonable price, not too crowded (even pre-covid), comfortable, and lovely. Eight minutes down the road means we can go almost daily, unless the weather doesn’t cooperate! That’s a life choice I am not mad at.

I tell you all of these because we ALWAYS end up carrying 2-3 bags each. Every. Damn. Time. It is exhausting. Making sure we’ve loaded each of them into the car. Then carried them to the pool or chosen spot in the sand. It is the only part of spending time near the water that sucks. Well, and having to leave. But now. This beach bag exists! This beach bag that can hold literally everything we need for an afternoon at the pool.

Right now, this bag has six beach towels, a 1 liter water bottle, two bags of snacks, a book, wallet, keys, sunscreen, two beers, three empty inside pockets, AND room for more. What else do I need at the pool? No really, tell me! I’ll pack it and take it with me.

While I KNOW Virginia is going to make me carry everything from now on, I’ll make her carry the fancy fold-up chairs (which are the one thing that doesn’t actually fit), and she can open doors and whatnot. And drive. Don’t tell her I said that. 😀

So, maybe you’re not as extra as I am. Maybe you only want to bring a towel or two, a book, and some water. I have good news. This pattern comes with a more reasonable size option. It’ll still hold all your needs. And be adorable. And so damn useful. I need to make one in that size just to have. For other uses. For when I go to the pool alone! That’s it. Now I have a reason to make it.

Either option will let you add inside pockets. 7 or 14 on the large, 4 or 8 for the small. I only put pockets on one side of this one because I ran out of the adorable flamingo fabric. But they are the perfect size for really holding everything. Stuff doesn’t tip out! And I’m pretty sure I could get a wine bottle in those pockets…

So what I’m saying here is…this pattern makes me happy. I can’t wait for some time by the water. (Goodness, any water.) And I hope y’all love it too!

Stephanie xx

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The Weekend T-Shirt Blanket

You might have noticed I’ve slowed down a bit on the blogging. While I’m setting up Sly Fox Fabrics, I’ve been a bit busy and not sewing as much. But I have fit a few things in! If you’d like to follow that journey, check out my summary blog over on the Sly Fox Blog. Plus, I made a dress out of one of the new fabrics that I’m completely obsessed with! I used the Summer Haze in Navy on the 5 Out of 4 Patterns Lucy and just love the combo!! On top of that, I also filmed a new class for this month’s Sewing Summit, which is all about upcycling!!! So if you like salvaging, upcycling, and generally limiting some of environmental impact, be sure to check out the entire week of classes!

When Virginia and I were chatting about this Summit and what I might want to contribute, the one thing that jumped into focus was the BOXES of t-shirts we have stored. T-shirts from trips, from school, from activities. Just memories like crazy. I’ve been meaning to make some t-shirt quilts for a while, but the process is just so time consuming and I am severely lacking in time. Instead, I decided to tackle a much quicker project while using not only Virginia’s stored t-shirts, but also some scraps of her favorite fabrics! (Also entertainingly, she totally matched the blanket while we were working on it! I think she is in a color rut.)

This project was so, so fast. Even with filming, it only took a couple hours. Most time was spent on cutting out those squares. This makes it PERFECT for beginners. All straight seams. Simple techniques. And, thought slightly longer than a couple hours, it is definitely doable in a weekend. So there is low risk of starting, getting distracted, and walking away to let it gather dust in a corner. (Anyone else do this sometimes? No? Just me?)

Check out my class on the Sewing Summit for how to make this fun, cozy blanket. Plus, I couldn’t resist a few bonus options! Pillow covers are one of my favorite things because they’re quick, fun, and hella easy. Also, the envelope style cover makes it so easy to wash and change out the covers regularly! Making these out of knit fabrics made them even faster! Which was great! And, to add a little flair, I also show how to make these adorable knit tassels. This are great for pillows, keychains, cat toys, or even a festive string of garland!

Be sure to sign up for the FREE WEEK of classes starting 24 August 2020. And if you like the classes, or just want to be able to watch them after the week is up, you can grab an All Access Pass and watch them at your leisure. Plus keep an eye out here as I have more free time to keep rambling on while sharing my projects!

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Reluctantly Crafting with My Sisters

Hi everyone!  It has been awhile since I have done a takeover of Stephanie’s blog but life got a little crazy in there. I graduated from my bachelors degree and I have the summer off (not counting two jobs) and thought with the sewing summit coming up, what a perfect time to do a takeover. 

So somehow I got roped into not one, but two videos for the sewing summit. One with each of my sisters. Don’t get me wrong, I love my sisters, but crafting is more their thing than mine. I don’t really have a hobby even. So, I got to hop into a hobby of each of theirs. One sewing and one using epoxy. Both were interesting projects and I got to create some pretty cool things (keeping it clean for the summit here).

With Stephanie I did a tutorial with how to sew the Roxy Wristlet and show it from a beginner’s point of view. Mostly you get to see how dummy proof it is. I even managed to actually make a purse. Wristlet…whatever. Thankfully she walked me through it and I wasn’t required to learn how to read a pattern. I only needed to learn one thing at a time. After all, I just finished school I have earned a break here.

I’m sure Stephanie got irritated with my lack of desire to even choose fabric for the project. Thankfully she picked out some great liners and saved the day. Now she just had to get me to commit to the filming. I, of course,  was available whenever she needed me (how does one type with sarcasm?).  Anywhos… 

I admit the end project coming together was really cool. You do a fliparoo and there is a Wristlet. Pretty snazzy. 

Now, I also got to do a video with out other sister, Vicki!  She, like Stephanie, does a bunch of different crafts. (Pretty sure they got all the crafty genes between the two of them).  Vicki and I did a really cool epoxy video. Definitely check out her blog and see what we did. It was really cool. I got to make my own tumbler!!!  And guess what?!  I used the same fabric as my Roxy. If you didn’t already figure it out, I do love bacon. 

It was a lot of fun to do a video with each of my sisters. Especially since Vicki lives like 1000 miles away. Thank goodness for graduation celebrations (or what consists of one during this thing called a pandemic) that bring family for a visit. 

Hope you guys enjoy BOTH of my Sewing Summit videos. They were a lot of fun to make. And since I am a super duper novice for both videos you know you can make both yourselves, easy peasy.

Virginia

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The Ultimate Table Accessories Tutorial

Stepping out of my usual sharing, I’m back to expand on my Personalized Towels post from a few months back! We have towels, napkins, napkin rings, and a table runner (plus a how-to on a table cloth!). As my closet is getting more and more full, I am thrilled to add sewing for my home instead of my closet!

This set was so damn fun to sew up! And I got to film the whole thing for the Sewing Summit!!! It is a week of free classes from tons of different speakers sharing how to make up different fabric crafts! All the projects are from free patterns, so you can participate completely free! If you want to access the classes after they expire, you can grab an all access pass.

Let’s dive into these fun projects!! Check out the towels I talked about over here, and just how personalizable they are! Then we can start off with the napkins! I learned so may things about napkins. There are different sizes for different occasions. Tea (12 x 12), lunch (14 x 14), dinner (18-20″ square), and formal (22-26″ square). So really, if you have fabric you love, whatever the size, you can probably make a napkin or four. Just add 2 inches to the size you want, press each edge in a scant half inch, twice, and topstitch. Check out the sewing summit for my tips and preferences on beautiful corners!

Now, we need napkin rings to go with them. Not because napkin rings are really a necessity, but more because there are always scraps leftover and they are really fun! The next paragraph is the quick instructions on sewing them up. Skip this if you aren’t sewing, already watched the video, or just don’t care about how to sew these cuties up.

Grab the pattern above and cut out two each of the backer, the loop, and one center, then one 4.5 inch strip of FOE for each napkin ring. Everything has a half inch seam allowance already included. Interface the backer and loop pieces. Sew the backer pieces together, right sides facing. Leave that gap for turning. Repeat for the loop pieces. Fold the center in half, right sides together, and stitch. turn everything right sides out and press the hell out of it. Topstitch around the backer and loop, closing the gaps. Line up both short edges of the loop with the center of the backer. Use a zig-zag stitch to stitch the loop to the backer. You might need to stitch halfway through, then turn and start again from the other side. This is now ready to be the bow! Align the short, raw edges of the center and stitch with 1/4 inch seam allowance. You can serge or overlock stitch the raw edges if you’d like. Slide the FOE inside to loop of the center piece, overlap the ends by 1/2 inch and zig-zag that elastic into a loop! Slide the center over the bow. Tweak to your heart’s content and you are done!!

Now let’s get into this table runner (or cloth, even though I didn’t sew one up!) First, you want to measure the top of your table. If you’re going to a full table cloth, you want to add 24 inches to each of those measurements. If you’re going for a runner, you want the 24 inches on the length and about 1/3 of the width. There is definite wiggle room there because, surprise, when you sew, you get to make shit exactly what you want!!! I decided I wanted to color block my table runner. If you want exactly mine, here are the cutting dimensions for the pieces: one blue and one green of each of the following, 19×2, 31×3, 43×6, and two stripes each of, 7×3, 7×7, 32×17. My table is 72×41. I used french seams to sew this beauty together and could not be happier with the end result!! My sister has already asked for one for each holiday, with coordinating napkins! And we have a running list of snarky phrases to personalize some towels!

I really hope these table accessories spark some creativity for you! These are fantastic beginner projects, and wonderful kickstarters for anyone lacking some sew-jo. Or if you just have a full closet and want to keep sewing your ass off. Be sure to check out the Sewing Summit! And since I’m completely crazy, also check out the other class(es) I participated in!!

Stephanie xx

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RP Classic Belts

Well, here is one more thing I won’t have to buy at the store. Win! Virginia wears a belt almost every day. At least every day that she works. And she HATES them! They are bulky and the buckles sometimes rub on her belly when she is bending over and doing physical work. But, without them, she is constantly pulling her pants up. PLUS, she is starting to wear a lot of dresses and the best accessory to change up how they look, and dress them up, is to add a belt.

The new Rebecca Page Classic Belt is intended to sit at the waist. BUT, it does tell you to measure where you want to wear it to maximize functionality. So that’s convenient. There are two width options in this pattern and both are wonderful! The Standard width just fits in her belt loops, so it is perfect for every day use, and adds a dramatic flair to dresses!

The Narrow width is a fantastic way to add some sass, pizzazz, flair, whatever you like to call it, by adding a pop of color or pattern without being too dramatic (unless you used sequin fabric, or something, that would be dramatic and amazing).

Since I didn’t tack down the belt loops, I was also able to put the black loop at center back (or you can take them off entirely) where it looks like part of the dress and adds a little something extra to the look! Love the versatility.

I chose to make Virginia the size in between her waist and high hip measurement (where she wears her pants) so it would be as versatile as possible. I might add some extra grommets as well (but I need to order more) to make sure if she fluctuates in size at all, or I want to borrow one, they will still work!

All six of these belts were made with scraps I had on hand. Thankfully, the pattern recommends using the height of fabric, rather than width, so those long skinny bits I have leftover from projects were perfect!! I only ended up piecing the black belt because I had a small cut of that left. I used a classic binding technique on that to reduce bulk. Overlapped the square ends at a 90 degree angle, and sewed the diagonal. It really created a seamless look and was quick and easy!

So check out the new Classic Belt, and the Reversible Wrap Around Belt that I haven’t had a chance to sew up, while you’re at it! If you love both, you can find the bundle here.

Stephanie xx