Mixed Bag

I didn’t have enough fabric for a single cut bag, so piecing together rabbits on repeat and adding rivets to outter pockets (that if it could’ve, should’ve been moved a ¼” to the right), that incorporated selvage is the cutest bit ever though. ♡

(The outter canvas fabric is Wildwood Fable from Rifle Paper Co. and inside is a creamy organic cotton canvas from Cloud 9 Fabrics.)

Most bags get stuffed with my favorite junk: pens, notebooks, zip pouches and crochet. The thing is, I always obsessively sew in custom pocket arrangements specifically to hold these things ..obviously for occasional use only.

When I first taught myself to crochet, I almost exclusively made household stuff like dishcloths, washcloths, potholders and scrubbies, they were perfect for practicing stitch patterns and new techniques and even if they were wonky, they were still useful. Somewhere along the way I started seeing really cute patterns that used crochet charts and at first I was so confused by them, but after learning the symbols and constantly referring back to the reference charts on their meanings, they have become my absolute favorite way to work a crochet pattern. If possible I completely forgo the wordy written paragraph rows and rounds and head straight for the charts. The best part is charts are universal, so even if a pattern is written in a different language, if it’s also charted you will be able to make it!

(Way back when, I found this Ravelry group so helpful in understanding Japanese knitting and crochet charts.)

Soft scrubbers ♡ gosh, I missed you.. I think the last batch I made was in 2011, well I’m back at it, 4 pineapples in and feeling like I could keep going forever. Assorted cottons from stash. ♡

This cutie is charted, it’s motif 35-37 from the booklet: Highlights from Magic Scrubber Part 2 魔法のタワシ 総集編 by Boutique-sha (ブティック社)

Oh look, a tiny slightly translucent bowtied bunny made in my usual chocolate rabbit style, I keep falling back in love with all my old favorite things to make. ♡

tiny rucksack

I finally made my way through a Raspberry Rucksack, I’m making the mini & omitting the backpack straps :) I picked fabrics & notions I didn’t mind messing up on, I thought I was going to regret using that linen, because it was fraying like mad, but I absolutely love it paired up with that shell pink. 💕

The pop up pocket is both tragic and magical, a few things..

a) It’s fully lined and totally satisfying to not know what you’re doing, but just follow the directions word for word and in the end, poof, lined pocket. I didn’t appreciate that satisfaction until it was finished, during construction I was losing my mind.

b) I cannot get iron on interfacing to be my friend, always with the fricken creases and wrinkles.

c) Take it SLOW when sewing this beast down, it’s purely attached using top stitching and when you try to do it in one swooop (starting at one corner and sewing your way around), it can quickly migrate and drift out of place. The trick I learned after having to rip it off several times and start over, was to just sew down the top (visually this is the place where you’ll really noticed if it’s crooked, so take your time), then sew down the bottom, then one side, then the other, catching the rounded corners as you sew each side mushing them into place as you go.

d) Using a friXion pen to mark cut/sew lines is just too cool, a quick press with a hot iron and it disappears!

e) Not sure why I LOVE in process project shots, they just make me so happy! 💕

Honestly after the pocket, and several times telling myself to chill the f out, it was a total breeze. 💕

Warm afternoon in the studio, the mood, kiki. 💕

Oh, I added an iconic strap snap too. 💕

It’s tiny and crooked and has inside pockets for the good stuff. 💕

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Pattern: Raspberry Rucksack by Sarah Kristen (Sarah also has some great tutorials on her blog to help with the tricky bits!)

surprisingly productive

Not really, well kind of ..maybe?

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I made myself a thing! (a planner like thing!) While I never really considered myself busy enough to require any sort of organization system (besides the occasional TO DO list or grocery list and I usually just scrawled the info onto bits of paper and tucked them in pockets ..often lost and then found ..always too late) Once I found a list months later “light bulb, chow mein” hum.. these were important enough to require a write down, but REALLY, did I REALLY need to remind myself to change that bulb or what I wanted to cook for supper that night and ultimately I lost this list so what the hell did we end up eating in the dark!?!

But lets face it I am a list maker, a jotter down of ideas, a forgetter of dates and I loose stuff, so I’m kind of hoping this ends up being a thing I will use. Not to mention, I’ve always had an ridiculous obsession with paper products & stationary, pens & pencils, a complete sucker for cute & kooky office products (minus the actual office!)


I styled it after the ever popular travelers notebook system, but I wanted it to be very me, which meant cute and lots of pockets! I happen to have made all of the notebooks and folders for this, but I did want to have the option for buying premade notebooks if I didn’t feel like making my own.
(larger Moleskine cahier and junior legal pads will fit in here!)

The very first one I made will hold roughly 3 notebooks and 2 folders without any bulge out ..just barely though! I got smarter with the second one, a smidge larger all around so more goodies could be tucked inside, I used super cute Kokka lucky penguin fabric & improved vinyl sewing with business card pockets!

Oh and just because this will help motivate me .. a new pen & lead holder from Kaweco.

Ok now I’m ready to do this thing!

 …maybe?