European patchwork tote

On a recent trip to Michael Levine in downtown L.A., this fabulous, bright, patchwork print fabric caught my eye. I splurged on a yard of this European import. I usually chose fabric with the intention of altering it in some way – bleaching or dyeing, but this unique fabric needed to be left alone.

I decided a fun, practical tote would be a good thing to make with some of the fabric.

It is fully lined with a fun flower print. There are two interior pockets and painted wooden beads for accents on the handles.

This tote is available for purchase on Etsy.


Pick-a-Project, learn to sew

I love that there seems to be a renewed interested in the home arts these days. It makes me nostalgic for my teaching days at Inglewood High in the early 90’s when I taught girls (and some boys!) to sew.

So this summer I decided to teach sewing in some mini summer camps. Here are the two projects participants can choose to make:

This project is the flirty, flaired skirt.


This project is the pint-sized, shoulder bag.


I am looking forward to sharing my student’s projects with you at the end of the summer!

If you live in the Riverside area, and are interested in a sewing camp, click here for a flyer: summersewingcamps