Tote Bag Project | Pattern Modifications

One of the reasons to sew is to create an item that is exactly what it is you want or need. Even with the large selection of available patterns, you may find yourself not finding one that is quite perfect for what you want to make. No problem…just find one that is close and modify it!

On the pink and blue tote bag project, I sewed exactly to the pattern. But on the larger black and yellow one, I made a few modifications to tweak it to meet my needs exactly. I wanted to maximize the space to use it as a carry-on for an international trip, and add a few features.

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Tote Bag Project | Making Color Choices

While many of Craft Critique’s readers are familiar with my papercrafting work from Scrapbook Update, you may not know that I also have been sewing since I was in elementary school. Sewing runs strong through my family. I was taught to sew by my mother, and for a long time my paternal grandmother and aunt owned a quilt shop together in my hometown. I grew up wearing handmade garments and surrounded by fabric and sewing machines.

This week, I’ll be sharing a series of articles detailing my latest sewing projects, a pair of tote bags:

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Review | Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips

Clover Jumbo Wonder ClipsThe Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips have proven to be the essential tool for many of my crafting needs. These nifty little clips can be used for so many different crafting, sewing, knitting, and jewelry making activities. I am over the moon with them! When I first was sent the package by our editor Nancy, I thought at first “what the heck do I use these for?” Needless to say, once I started playing with them, I realized their potential! Continue Reading →


CHA Mega Show 2015 | Fabric Elements by Fabric Editions

CHA Show Hot Product for 2015  | Fabric Editions Launches Fabric Elements with Mixed Media Artist, Rebekah MeierAt the CHA Mega Show 2015 Hot Products event, Fabric Editions launched Fabric Elements mixed media and fiber art kits with mixed media artist Rebekah Meier. (Fabric Elements was later announced as the winner of the Fabric & Needlecrafts category of the 2015 CHA Hot Products awards.)

Meier is well-known for her ability to create beautiful mixed media collages and fiber art pieces. Continue Reading →


CHA Mega Show 2015 | Folk It! Folk Art Beginner Painting Kit [video]

Folk It!  Folk Art Beginner Painting Kit. This year at the CHA Mega Show 2015 Hot Products event, the Folk It! Company was displaying their new Folk It! painting kits.

Folk It! believes that almost everyone has artistic abilities. So they have come up with a way to teach crafters some basic folk art painting skills through five different design kits that they have available. Continue Reading →