Fold-over satchel, take two

While I loved the fabric and the style, I wasn’t completely happy with the way my tie-dyed, fold-over satchel lay on the hip when worn across the shoulder. I decided to refine the bag by adding a layer of batting, some interfacing at the opening and a snap closure. I used some fabric that I purchased at JoAnn’s with the intention of altering it in some way.


I over-dyed the fabric with Coral Pink dye from Dharma Trading Co., making a pattern using  rubberbands and marbles. The result was a bright fun fabric.


I trimmed the opening of the bag with a multi-colored hand-dyed fabric from my stash. It is fully lined with a polkadot print and has two interior pockets.


The handles are made from the unaltered fabric.


This bag is can be purchased on Etsy.


DIY prom dress for Hanna, part two

Here it is! It turned out beautifully and fits perfectly. And most importantly, Hanna loves it!


It is fully lined. And even has hidden pockets.


What a fun project this was! Thank you to Michael Levine for carrying such great fabric!

This post was shared at Sew Country Chick.

DIY prom dress for Hanna, part one

Of course I have volunteered to make a prom dress for Hanna. The event is on April 20th – plenty of time! Two days ago we went into downtown L.A. to our favorite fabric store, Michael Levine and picked out three fabrics, one for the bodice and bow, one for the skirt and  one for the lining. Cost totaled $85.00.



The pattern she has chosen is Simplicity 2444. I am making the view on the left using different fabric for the bodice and skirt.



Stay tune for the results, as we are going to give the word “homemade” a positive connotation!

Favorite zippered cosmetic bag


I’ve been making and selling these little cosmetic bag to my friends for years. Everyone loves them, including myself. I take one with me everytime I travel and also use one to store my small knitting gadgets.


Today, for the first time ever, I loaded some to sell via the web at

The bags have four layers – 100% cotton exterior, batting layer, cotton print lining, and a clear plastic layer. Also, they are machine washable! (Air dry)






The dimensions are: height 4″, width 7″ and depth 2″.