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How To Make A Simple Oversized Tote Bag

How to make a simple tote bag!

Materials needed:

1 yard of fabric. I used a rust corduroy I found at Hobby Lobby.

Sewing machine with matching thread.

Pinking shears for the edges if you don't have a serger.

How To:

Cut fabric to a large rectangle measuring 21 inches x 36 inches.

Fold rectangle in half (hamburger style) and from the fold, measure 1.5 inches up and 1.5 inches over. Make a cut along the 1.5 inches line that is parallel to the fold.

Sew from the top of the tote down to the cut you just made. Don't forget to backstitch!

Repeat on the other side.

Open the tote to flatten the slit near the fold and sew across.

At the top of the tote, fold the edge over 1/4 of an inch and then repeat this to sew along a clean edge all the way around the top of the tote.

Cut 2 straps that measure 3 inches x 22 inches. Fold this strap in thirds and then once more to create a sturdy strap. Sew along the edge and attach to your bag 4 inches from the sides. Secure it with an x sewing pattern.

Along the raw edges you can use pinking shears to make sure they don't unravel or you can run them through a serger if you have one!

I like to insert my tote organizer to make things easy to find!


Turning Our Old Shed Into A Studio Space: Before & After

I wanted to share a walkthrough of my new studio in our backyard! This used to be a dilapidated shed that was almost torn down. When we moved my studio out of our house to make room for a nursery, we started on this project right away! 

Once we got started, it was evident we had a lot more work cut out for us. We ended up keeping the concrete floors, roof and the arch window - that's it! Our friend Jon did all the work including adding electricity, insulation, all new supports and beams. It has been a special space to be able to sneak away to while Willow is napping to work on my businesses. I'm so happy to see our vision come to life!




Here's a video tour I posted on Instagram



Scripture Advent Calendar Tutorial with Free Download

I love following Advent every Christmas season through a devotion or reading plan. This year, advent seems so appropriate and needed for our hearts to calm down and anticipate the arrival of Christmas. I wanted to make calendar to hang in our hallway to remind us daily of the stories and scriptures of this season leading up to Christmas day. Bonus, my friend Hannah was on board and designed these beautiful scripture cards to fill the pockets with!

You can see the video tutorial here or keep reading for the full instructions!
Head over to Hannah's blog to download the scripture cards.  

Advent Calendar Tutorial

Materials needed: 1 yard felt, 20 inch dowel rod, rotary cutter, string, sewing machine, scripture cards

Cut large piece of felt to measure 18.5 x 28
•Cut four pieces of felt to measure 2.75 x 17.5 for the pockets
•Lay out your large piece of felt and measure six inches from the top. Pin one longer rectangle in place.
•Pin the next three pieces 2.5-3 inches down.
•On each longer rectangle, mark every 2.5 inches for the pockets
•Sew along three edges of each longer rectangle and along the vertical lines you marked.
•Fold your calendar in half and trace a plate to make a rounded arch at the bottom
•Fold the top down about 2 inches and sew along the top.
•Insert a dowel rod and tie a string to hang your calendar.
•Print our the free advent scripture cards and fill the pockets!