Reversed Striped Tote Bag

I’m off to the 2015 Winter Alt Design Summit in Salt Lake City today! This will be my second Alt Summit as a blogger, and I’m really excited to go and get re-energized to take my blog to the next level. Plus I’m super pumped to meet up with the bloggers I met last year. We have been having this virtual relationship over the past year, and it’s definitely time to see each other face-to-face!

When you attend Alt, you definitely need a good bag to carry around your various accessories. Such accessories as your business cards, notebook and iPad. :) Last year I made an Vintage Blanket Tote to use at the conference, and this year I decided it was a good idea to repeat the tradition.

For the tote, I decided to use this striped twill fabric I bought at Britex Fabrics on a trip to San Fransisco over a year ago. It was about time I used this fabric…for it was collecting dust waiting for me to make up my mind on how to best use it. I found my inspiration last summer when I saw a striped tote bag at Anthropologie, and knew how I was going to craft my perfect tote bag for this years conference.

Overall the bag was pretty easy to assemble. The one exception was making sure the stripes matched up, and calculating the size appropriately to make sure that they worked with the seams. With a little patience, it all worked out and I’m super excited to sport my tote at Alt this week!

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MATERIALS

  • Exterior fabric – 1 1/2 yard
  • Interior fabric -1 1/2 yard
  • Head pins
  • Matching thread
  • Fabric scissors
  • Two leather bag straps
  • Leather hole punch tool
  • 8 – 1/4″ gold rivets (front and back pieces)
  • Rivet setting tool
  • Hammer
  • Sewing machine (not pictured)
  • Iron (not pictured)

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INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Cut your fabric into the following pieces:

  • Exterior: 18″ wide x 41.5″ tall
  • Interior: 18″ wide x 41.5″ tall

I used a 3.5″ wide striped fabric for the outside of this tote. I folded the fabric in half (to match the stripes on front and back) and then measured from the bottom to top. This way the cut allows for the top and bottom of the finished tote to be blue stripes.

For the inside I am using a ticking stripe fabric with the stripes going the opposite way.

Step 2:

For the exterior, fold the fabric so the right sides are facing each other. With the open end at the top, sew a 1/4″ seam along both the left and right sides.

Repeat this step with the interior fabric.

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Step 3:

Note: You will do Step 3 to both the exterior and interior fabrics.

Create a box bottom, pull the front and back pieces away from each other and line up the side seam with the bottom fold. The corner will be at a 90 degree angle.

Press with a hot iron.

Since the stripes on my fabric are 3.5″ wide, I marked with pins where the corner angle is 3.5″ wide.

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Sew along the pinned line.

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Trim off the excess corner, leaving about 1/4″ of fabric.

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Step 4:

Turn the exterior piece right sides facing out. Iron to smooth out the fabric.

Keep the interior piece right sides facing in.

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Step 5:

Insert the interior fabric inside the exterior fabric, lining up the side seams.

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Step 6:

To make the top hem, fold inside the exterior fabric 1/4″ and then 1″ over the interior. If there is too much interior fabric, you can trim off a little off the top. Secure the hem with pins, and iron out flat.

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Step 7:

Sew along the inside edge, around the mouth of the bag.

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Step 8:

Once your finished sewing, you can flatten the hem with your iron.

Step 9:

Take your leather straps and measure 1/2″ and 1 1/4″ from each end. Mark with a pencil and punch a hole at each end.

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Step 10:

On one side of the bag, measure in 5″ from each side and 2″ from the top, and mark with a pencil.

Step 11:

Using the leather tool, punch a hole through the bag at these marks.

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Step 12:

Insert the rivet back from the inside of the bag…through the fabric and the strap.

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Place the rivet front on top of the rivet back.

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Use your hammer and rivet tool to set the rivets.

If you haven’t used a rivet tool before, it’s pretty easy. :) Place the rivet setter against the back rivet (flat side facing up.) Then take the rivet anvil (curved side down) and place it on top of the front rivet (shown below.) Now take your hammer and hammer down on top of the anvil to push the two sides of the rivet together.

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Step 13:

Repeat step 12 to the other side of the bag to finish it off!

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As a finishing touch, I sewed on a custom “Krafty Kath” leather tag from CocosHeaven’s Etsy Shop just below the top of the bag, in between the straps.

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I love how it turned out! It’s just the right mix of bold and nautical. Now I’m ready to show off at Alt!

Come find me (and my bag) and say “hello!”

Alt Summit 2015 re-cap

It’s been a few weeks since I returned from the Alt Summit in Salt Lake City, digesting all that I’ve learned, and eager to get to work when I stepped back onto Seattle soil. My head was full of new knowledge, inspiration, and action items and I was ready to get down to business. Then I got home.

Internet was out. Had to call a guy. Then wait for the guy. Then Super Bowl chaos ensued. Cue sadness. Attempted storage unit break-in caused even more distress. Now I’m living in half condo, half storage unit while it’s getting repaired. I took to organizing and purging and I’m feeling like I’m getting my groove back. Whew.

I anticipate lots of changes to come for Krafty Kath this year, but here is just a few things from the conference that I’d like to share with you now. :)

Sponsor dinner

Each Alt attendee gets to have dinner with a sponsor the Wednesday evening before the start of the conference. I was super lucky to get my first pick of Joann’s Fabric & Crafts. It seemed to be a match made in heaven, and it was. Dinner with a bunch of crafters? Count me in!! Dinner was only a few miles from the hotel at Sea Salt Restaurant. The reps from Joann decorated our tables absolutely beautifully with succulents, DIY herb gardens, and inspirational quotes. I was lucky to have met some of most amazing and talented women that night. :)

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PNW breakfast

Last year Sparrow Soirees hosted a Pacific Northwest Breakfast to help all of us meet each other from the area, and have a chance to mingle away from the crowds. This year she was again the hostess with the mostess, and as a little thank you I gave her this Downton Abbey Mug from TooLegitTooKnit on Etsy. I saw this mug and knew I needed to have it (since our Thursday night party is Downton Abbey themed) and Jayden was so accommodating and sent it to me lickety split! She has some really cute mugs on her Etsy page. Thanks Jayden for being so awesome! :)

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Learning from the best

Alt was two whirlwind days of speakers and sessions (with a little crafting in between.) Some of my highlights were hearing from experienced bloggers and brands like Indiana Adams (Texas Style Council), and Mugs Buckley (Chairish). We did some photo styling with Candice Stringham (Handmade Mood) and mingled with expert crafters like Kersey Campbell (And We Play). We even took in more serious legal topics with lawyer Amanda Schreyer (Prince Lobel).

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Party…and then party some more

Put a bunch of creative types together (away from the kids) and you get some amazing parties. Alt takes their parties seriously. :)

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Connections

Not only did I take in a lot of information from Alt this year, I re-connected with bloggers I met last year, some I have created online friendships with, and met some new ones in the process. I am excited to continue these relationships this year. :)

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 (Photos courtsey of Alt Summit photographers Justin Hackworth and Brooke Dennis.)

 

Alt – Mine/Yours Zipper Pouch

For all of you who have experienced the Alt Design Summit, you all know that business cards are are huge part of the conference. Depending on how much you mingle, you may end up with dozens of beautifully designed cards lining your pockets each day.

Many bloggers suggest creating a “system” of collecting and handing out cards to help you stay organized (and keep your bag from being a dumping ground) during the days at the conference. Many keep a pouch or envelope with them to collect all these cards you get during the event. My solution this year was to create two pouches in one….creating the “Mine/Yours” Alt Zipper Pouch. :)

Using my Silhouette Cameo I printed out the “YOURS” and “MINE” text on black smooth heat transfer. After sewing together the zipper pouch I ironed on the lettering and removed the backing. To finish it off I added a little gold leather pull to match the gold zipper. It needed more bling. :)

One side I’ll keep MY cards….

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…and the other side I’ll keep YOUR cards.

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The divider inside helps separate the cards. :)

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This way I only have to manage one collection zone. I’m so excited to use my new pouch, and hand out my new business cards next week at the Alt Summit in Salt Lake City! See you there!

 

Alt Summit 2014 re-cap

Well it’s been almost two weeks since returning back from the Alt Summit in Salt Lake City, and the dust is starting to settle. I have done my laundry, put away my clothes, filed away my swag, and returned to my normal life changed (for the better.)

The trip was a bit of a whirlwind. It started with getting ready for the conference. Who knew that there would be so much work to be done just to ATTEND a conference. There was no presenting, no panels to be on…nothing but show up. “Showing up” means something different at Alt, and I was in for an amazing ride.

The attendees at Alt show up with their A-game. Like I mentioned in my previous post the business cards are mind blowing. I was so excited for this part of the conference…and in a quiet moment early on Wednesday I put my card up on the wall. I took at step back, smiled…and realized that I was here at Alt, as a blogger.

The next part of showing up for Alt is meeting the sponsors. I attended the Furbish Studio dinner Wednesday night at Caffe Niche. Over an amazing dinner I met some talented bloggers and business women. A few notable connections that night were:

Starting with some lovely east coast bloggers, Holly Phillips of The English Room, and Cheri Harden Leavy of The Southern Coterie. (Both by the way had the most amazing handbags throughout the conference!)

Amy Sage deMik of Commona My House. This gal was so down-to-earth and greeted this newbie with open arms.

I shared a car ride with Melissa Hope, and Audrey Wagner King of French Knot Studios. Audrey has some serious styling skillz, and had me laughing the whole week.

Another passenger was Vanessa Roth of Entre Nous. She along with Jenny Batt of Hank & Hunt were from the Northwest. Vanessa and I got to know each other well, and I know I will see these ladies again soon!

The next part of showing up at Alt is getting to take in advice, and try some hands on lessons from amazing bloggers and business women. Since I’m new in this world, most of my takeaways were around how to create my brand and knowing my style. I will take these things to heart during the next few months and work on improving my blogging presence.

Thursday night at the Cricut Explore party I met another Seattle blogger, Asia Rau Vinton of Sparrow Soirees. After working my way through the sea of green I found a seat in the corner to sit down and eat some grub. I struck up a conversation with the lovely lady sitting next to me. After a few minutes I came to realize that we have “met” two previous times! Through more conversations throughout the conference, we both came to realize that we have many things in common. Two of them being crafting and Game of Thrones. So stay tuned for some serious nerd crafts.

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We finished off the week with some serious parties hosted by some of the most talented bloggers in the biz. These are tricked out theme parties that put any of my home parties to shame.

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In the end I walked away with excitement and inspiration for what is to come with Krafty Kath. And to get there, just a few action items…no big deal. I’m ready for the future and what it holds for my little Krafty world.

 

Vintage blanket tote bag

Since this is my first Alt as a blogger, I am trying to bring outfits that represent me, and where I come from. I’m lucky that its going to be cold this week in Salt Lake City, because I have some perfect sweaters for the occasion! And since this is Alt, I wanted to MAKE something that represents the Pacific Northwest too!

My idea started last July when I bought a vintage Pendleton blanket off Etsy. This seemed like the perfect starting point for something Northwest.

Pendleton blankets are kind of a staple for the Northwest. The company is based out of Oregon, my next door neighbor. My parents had and affinity for Pendleton blankets. My first year at college my parents bought me a UW Pendleton blanket. It was (and is) perfect for picnics and football games. Years later who knew that the design firm I was working for, would have Pendleton for a client. I had a great time working on print jobs for them while learning all about blankets in the process. There is such history in the company and they go to great lengths to make a beautiful, quality product.

So with a history with these blankets, I decided to make this vintage one into a tote bag to use as my carry-all for Alt Summit.

Now since I’m not a pattern maker, nor an expert seamstress…I needed to find the perfect pattern to showcase (and work with) the blanket. I went through 2 patterns until I came across Noodle-head.com and the Super Tote Pattern. With a few modifications (to adjust for the thickness of the blanket fabric) I created the perfect bag for Alt. Even though there are some flaws, I am so happy with the outcome!

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I added a “Krafty Kath” leather label from Cocosheaven as a finishing touch! So come look for the girl with the blanket bag and come say “hi!”

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