First off, I've finally gotten around to sewing myself a tote bag from an old ACU blouse. I'm a proud Army spouse and I'm excited to have a little practical memento of that fact.
You can find the tutorial I used for the body and handles here and it comes from Mama's Pocketbook. I made the bag slightly wider than this tutorial suggests (my initial pattern pieces measured around 18" x 12") and instead of following her pattern for pockets, I used pockets that I had seam ripped from the ACU blouse. I applied interfacing to the ACU material of the bag and the heavy weight canvas of the handles. If you want a very structured tote, I would use a heavier interfacing or add some felt between your layers as this bag doesn't hold a sturdy shape. It's perfect for my craft supplies, but would need a heavier interfacing as a purse, in my opinion.
Next up, I made a case for my knitting needles which were previously clattering around in a large mason jar.
I followed this tutorial from guthrie & ghani. It was absolutely perfect and yielded a wonderful bag. The only change I would make is to cut slightly longer ties (maybe an inch or two). I used two heavy weight canvas fabrics and I am very pleased with the results.
In a similar vein, I whipped up a makeup brush case using this tutorial from Anngela's Pretty Little Things. It was easy, straightforward, and hold all my little brushes without an issue.
Slightly trickier than a pattern with straight lines, I think I managed it well enough. For my next attempt I'll cut my pattern pieces out of paper first since my guesstimation technique failed me slightly (the inner circle was about a half inch too large). Either way, I love the bag and it's completely functional and will keep my necklaces from getting too tangled during my move.
Lastly, I whipped up some sewing accessories. The sewing book was kind of a winged project. It's simply a booklet of felt held together with a running stitch and embellished in a fun way. The drawstring pouch was made using this tutorial from Martha Stewart.
I hope you like my little projects and have fun exploring some of the tutorials I linked up. Happy crafting!