Oct 19, 2014/Julie

Cotton + Steel Reversible Box Tote

Reversible Box Tote{Reversible Box Tote : free pattern by Very Shannon}

I’ve been talking about how much I love this Reversible Box Tote pattern on Facebook, in the shop, and via our email newsletter for weeks but I haven’t shown it to you! Well, until now. Obviously.

I’ve actually made two of them. So far. Each with different fabrics. All from Cotton + Steel. Both to gift to two lovely ladies. But. . . I only took photos of one before passing them along. So, you’ll just have to take my word for it that the other one was also very cute and very functional.

The pattern instructs you to use any quilting weight cotton fabric and stabilize with interfacing. Which I’m sure would turn out terrific. I, however, am addicted to quilting bag exteriors ever since I made my Cargo Duffle which means that I disregarded “the rules” and took the suggestion at the beginning of the pattern to quilt (instead of use interfacing) for the sake of bag stability. And to feed my addiction. I layered cotton canvas atop a very thin batting and quilted straight lines with my walking presser foot before assembling. It took a bit more time but I really do love the finished result.

I also decided that I didn’t need my bag to be reversible. Nor did I need a pocket for the exterior of my bag. Neither are significant changes to the bag — I just ignored a few things but mostly followed the instructions. Follow? I hope so.

Reversible Box Tote

You could use this sweet little tote for lots of things. But, as a knitter, I say it’s perfect for knitterly things. The start of my cabled boot liners got to hang out in there for the photo.

Will you give the Reversible Box Tote pattern a try? We’ve got some reeeeally neat fabrics here at Home Made from which you can choose!


Cotton + Steel fabrics, batting, thread, sewing machine needles, pins, other sewing stuff AND lots of knitterly things are sold at Home Made! Support your local, independent shops and stop by to get your supplies — we sure do appreciate your business as it’s what allows us to keep doing what we do.


Oct 18, 2014/Julie

Cotton + Steel Super Tote

Super Tote{Super Tote : sewing pattern by Noodlehead sold at Home Made}

Everyone tells me that when you have a baby, the days are long but the weeks are short. Which feels very true. So, it either took me a few long days or a short week to sneak in time to make this Super Tote using our new Cotton + Steel fabrics. Either way, I’m enjoying the accomplishment of having made this super cute and functional bag! On a somewhat related note, Brian’s morning glories sure are hanging in beautifully, aren’t they? 

The Super Tote just one of a handful of Noodlehead sewing patterns we carry in the shop. Another is the 241 Tote. And, you might also remember that Anna designed the Cargo Duffle, too. For my first Super Tote (yes, there will be more), I chose Alexia Abegg’s cotton canvas from her Hatbox collection and Robert Kaufman’s Essex for the exterior. And, my lining and accent fabrics are from Sarah Watt’s August collection.

Sometimes I think the hardest part of getting started on a project is selecting your fabric and cutting out your fabric pieces. Once I accomplished those two tasks, it was pretty smooth sewing. I’ve since learned that when fabric selection starts to stress me out, I need to remind myself that, if I start treating the fabric and process as too precious, all I’m doing is procrastinating and not having fun sewing. I’m very good at procrastinating. Because having fabric that’s too pretty or being afraid to start something because I’m unsure of how it will turn out aren’t doing anything for me except preventing me from making a bag that I’ve wanted to make for a while now. I gotta just cut that fabric and get ‘er going!

Super Tote

And, most of the time, it all works out just fine. All that stressin’ for no good reason.

That said, the two things I’ll do differently for my next tote are: 1) follow the instructions that opt for a magnetic snap closure for that front pocket and 2) try interfacing instead of canvas to stiffen the bag exterior (both are offered as options in the pattern).

Hold up, there’s one more thing I’ll do differently — not wait so long to make this bag! Especially since this tote needs to live in the shop as a sample and I could really use a new tote for every day. Plus, if I’m really on the ball (and committed to NOT procrastinating), I could start some holiday gift-making. . .

Will you stitch up a Super Tote?


Noodlehead sewing patterns, Cotton + Steel fabrics, and loads of other sewing goodness is sold at Home Made. Support your local, independent shops and stop on by to grab your supplies! We truly appreciate your business — it’s what allows us to keep doing what we do.

Oct 16, 2014/Julie

Learn to Quilt!

Divided by 3 Table Runner Detail

If learning to quilt is on your “list,” then now is the time! We’re offering a new project for our beginner quilting class — the Divided by 3 Table Runner. Sure, we love a nice big handmade quilt to snuggle up with but the reality of larger projects is that they require much more time to pass between meetings (and a lot more homework on your part), sometimes making it tricky to show you all the basics to get you on your quilting way. And, who doesn’t love a table runner to jazz things up a bit in that dining room?

Our next Learn to Quilt Class is being offered on the two upcoming Saturdays of November 1 from 10AM – 1PM and November 15 from 10AM – 12PM. By tackling this manageable table runner project, we’ll show you how to cut your fabric and assemble your patchwork pieces, add sashing and borders, create your quilt sandwich, quilt your project with simple straight stitching and a walking presser foot, AND create and attach your binding. All in the knick of time so you have a pretty new table runner for your holiday table!

This way, we’re literally taking you through just about every step of your quilt project so you’ll have the hands-on experience of what to do when you decide it’s time to tackle that larger quilt. This is truly an introduction to quilting. While you should have some familiarity with operating a sewing machine, no quilting experience is expected of you.

Divided by 3 Table Runner

For my shop sample, I chose our sweet holiday fabrics but something more Fall-ish would be lovely for your Thanksgiving table. Sure would!

Visit our classes page here for the full scoop. Then, call 609.536.2940 or stop in to register!


Holiday and other fabulous designer fabrics are available in 1/2 yard increments and in fat quarter bundles at our brick and mortar shop. Don’t live nearby? Just call 609.536.2940 and we’ll put together a mail order for you.

Oct 14, 2014/Julie

Pumpkins + Cousins

I bet you woke up today and thought to yourself, “Where the in the world can I find the supplies and pattern to knit a super cute pumpkin hat?” Well then, this post is for YOU! ;)

One fun benefit of Ezra having two older cousins is that he gets their hand-me-downs. So, in addition to loads of clothes and other baby supplies, we are enjoying the comeback of this pumpkin hat that I originally knit for Finn! I used the lovely Spud & Chloe Sweater, a super wash worsted yarn made of organic cotton and wool. Perfect for kids . . . → Read More

Oct 9, 2014/Julie

New Knitting Classes : Savannah Boot Liners + Parquet

{Savannah Boot Liners : knitting pattern + photograph by Pam Powers}

Hopefully, this chilly air is inspiring you to pick those knitting needles up! It certainly has that effect on me — these days, my morning routine often involves sipping coffee as I knit a few rows with the news on in the background. I love starting my day with knitting. (:

Being able to wear your new knitwear right away also helps in the inspiration department. So, since it’s now boot and scarf season, I will confess that the two knitting classes I’m offering in November are inspired . . . → Read More

Oct 8, 2014/Julie

Craft Night at Tuckahoe Brewery






On Thursday, November 6 from 6-8 PM we’re hanging out at Tuckahoe Brewing Company, drinking some locally crafted beer, and making cross stitch pendants. How fun is that?! You should totally grab a few pals and join us!

At this event, we’ll be enjoying a tour of the brewery as well as a beer tasting and a pint of our choice while we make a unique cross stitch pendant necklace. You can read the full scoop on our classes page here.

Cost is $45 and it includes the . . . → Read More

Oct 7, 2014/Julie

Keep It Snuggly

I asked my favorite unpaid employee (aka my mother) to stitch up a shop sample that would show off our new super snuggly Organic Cotton Sherpa and fun alphabet fabric. Mom quilted the layers together with a simple running stitch and some Valdani pearl cotton thread. I just love how it turned out!

She adjusted this tutorial to use one yard of each fabric so it would be a bit smaller for a baby. Though, now that this sample is all finished, I can’t wait to make the larger size for myself to snuggle up with on the couch at night. . . . → Read More

Sep 28, 2014/Julie

Say Hello to Cotton and Steel Fabrics

{Select prints from Melody Miller’s Mustang collection, Alexia Marcelle Abegg’s Hatbox collection, and Kimberly Kight’s Homebody collection for Cotton + Steel}

Get ready. A beautiful new stash of fabrics arrived to the shop this week, from the debut collections of Cotton + Steel!

Cotton + Steel, a new division of RJR Fabrics, is a collaboration between some of my favorite designers — Melody Miller, Alexia Marcelle Abegg, Sarah Watts, Rashida Coleman-Hale, and Kimberly Kight. These clever ladies are offering a fresh approach to fabric design by not only showcasing their incredible talent but also creating collections that really mix . . . → Read More

Sep 23, 2014/Julie

Ezra’s Beatrix Sweater + What Else to Knit with Acadia

Ohmahgoodness. Those squeezeable cheeks!

Here’s my little one modeling his Beatrix sweater for you to see. Looking quite handsome, I’ll say. Beatrix is probably my favorite baby sweater that I’ve knit for Ezra, though there’s sure to be more. Especially grandpa-style sweaters.

Beatrix is also knit with one of my favorite yarns — The Fibre Company’s Acadia. Merino, baby alpaca and silk make for a pretty darn dreamy combination for this dk yarn. Right now, I have my sights set on knitting this sweater for myself with Acadia. What do you think? 

Since you know how much I . . . → Read More

Sep 18, 2014/Julie

Who Doesn’t Love a Handmade Hat?!

{Simple Hat : photo and pattern by Knitbot, available for purchase at Home Made}

It’s been my experience that everyone loves a handmade hat. Okay, if you’re not a hat-wearing type that statement might not apply to you. But, still, there’s probably at least one point in your life when you’re like, man, it’s wicked cold out there and I could really use a warm hat and I don’t even care if I have hat hair for the rest of the day. When that happens, wouldn’t it be extra nice to have a stylish, handmade hat at your disposal?

Hats . . . → Read More

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