Nummi Tote & Plant Pots
It’s so good to be back here on The Fabric Guys blog today to share my latest makes with you. For my latest project I decided to do something a little different to normal. I put a pause on garment sewing and decided to sew up a bag and some plant pots. When I saw this monochrome tapestry fabric on The Fabric Guys website I was immediately drawn to it. I really love a geometric, bold black and white print and I just knew that I wanted to make it into a tote bag. I don’t do a lot of bag sewing but I’ve made the odd one before and given them away as gifts. I really wanted a tote to call my own and decided to have a go at the Nummi tote which is the first project in the Named “Breaking the Pattern” book.
It’s a really straightforward pattern to sew and uses less than a metre of fabric so it’s a great one for scrap busting! It’s a good size, you could easily fit a laptop or folder inside, and it will be great for popping to the shops. The bag is fully lined and I chose a simple black lining for mine. I also chose to add a patch pocket on the interior so that I would have somewhere to put my phone and keys without them getting buried at the bottom. There are some nice finishes to this project. The seams at the bottom of the inside of the bag are bound with bias binding and the French seams on the sides of the bag are exposed on the exterior which gives it an interesting look. I’m really happy with my bag, it didn’t take me very long to sew and I will definitely be making another.
Once I’d finished cutting out my bag I found that I had a few small pieces of the tapestry fabric left. Over the last year I’ve really gotten into owning and caring for house plants so I decided to sew up some fabric plant pots for my ever growing collection. I found an online tutorial for some fabric bags, there are plenty around, and found some plain black cotton in my stash for the lining. I had to cut one out on the crossgrain as I didn’t have enough fabric left but I quite like that they are different and it meant that there was minimal fabric waste. Hoorah! Again, these were really quick and easy to sew up and I think the tapestry fabric is just perfect for this project. I haven’t made many homewares so it’s nice to have a bit of my sewing out on display, especially as we’ve been spending so much time at home due to the COVID-19 situation.
Have you sewn any bags or homewares before? I’ve found it to be a refreshing palette cleanser and a change from my regular sewing. I hope you are all keeping safe and finding some solitude in your sewing during these strange times.
Until next time sewists!