I know that I've been a little bit quiet on the blog for awhile, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy! I'm so excited to finally reveal what I've been working on: my very first Craftsy class!
Adjustable webbing straps are a great design detail for any bag. They are practical, sturdy, and stylish, and once you get the hang of it, not difficult to make.
There are various ways to make adjustable webbing straps, and I have created an illustrated tutorial that demonstrates two of my favorite methods.
Over the past couple of weeks I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to teach a couple of bag making classes at Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver (check them out- they have an online shop if you can't make it to the store!)
I know that you haven't heard from me for awhile, but don't worry, I have been working hard behind the scenes! I wanted to share a few things with you all to keep you in the loop and let you know about a couple of changes to the Red Rabbit Mercantile shop.
If you only sew with waxed canvas occasionally, there is probably no need for any special maintenance of your equipment. However, if you get hooked to sewing with waxed canvas, the waxy finish of the fabric can begin to take its toll on your sewing machine and sewing supplies. Here are a few tips for keeping your equipment in good shape when working with waxed canvas:
Want to make our Waxed Canvas Zippered Pouch but don't have enough waxed canvas scraps? We've got you covered! We are now selling kits to make your very own fabulous Scrappy Waxed Canvas Zippered Pouch. Our kits come with a variety of colors of waxed canvas scraps, lining fabric, and a high quality 7" zipper (choose from nylon or metal). All of the scraps will be selected by us, so each scrappy pouch will be a unique creation. Don't worry- we will give you good colors that go nicely together. At just $10-$12, these are a really fun and fast little project to whip up!
Today I'm going to share a tutorial on how to make a waxed canvas zippered pouch with a boxed bottom. This pouch is a perfect companion to your bigger waxed canvas tote such as the Chamomile Tote or Bramble Bag, or could sit happily on your bathroom counter next to its boxier counterpart, the Benjamin Dopp Kit. I love it for holding all of the random stuff that accumulates in my bag- hand sanitizer, lip balm, pens, lotion, etc. I also love it because it is a great way to use up scraps. And I LOVE using up scraps. It's like free fabric!
Today we are finishing up our Chamomile Totes! Thanks for hanging in there with me- hopefully it will all be worth it in the end. All that is left to do is insert the bag base and bag feet, close up the bottom gap, and topstitch the top zipper. Ready?
Today we are putting our bags together! This part seems weird, but don’t worry, it will work! Start by unzipping your top zipper halfway.