Sewing Workshop #3: Reversible Tote Bag

Join me this Saturday, Oct 10, 2014, at The Uptown Studio, to make a simple reversible cotton tote bag, with the option to extend the straps to a cross body version.  You’ll leave with your finished bag, a pattern to create more at home, as well as refined skills in stitching straight seams, french seams, topstitching and pressing.

Read the details and pay tuition here.

Children with sewing machine experience are welcome, but students aged 13 or under must have an adult present to assist them.

I made this sample tote using an Alexander Henry fabric.  I can’t wait to see the fabrics my students will select.  See you soon!

tote bag

Last weekend to shop at The Pop-Up Emporium

Have you visited The Pop-Up Emporium yet? This cute little pop-up shop is happening at 1119 S. St Mary’s St in San Antonio, Texas, and it’s a great place to pick up some local art, antiques, and unique furniture pieces.  Best of all, 10% of all proceeds benefit benefit Contemporary Art Month!

The Pop-Up Emporium is in it’s final days, though.  Be sure to stop by before it closes this Sunday, March 10, 2013.

I have all of my ready made items displayed there, and I just dropped of two new Essentials bags (pictured below), and a handful of flannel cloth diapers/burp rags.  I have to give a huge thank you to my friend Greg Mannino, for letting me know about this wonderful event.  It’s wonderful to have had so many people view my work!

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Visit the Southtown area this weekend, enjoy Luminaria on Saturday night, and check out this great pop up shop.

Holiday Crafting Challenge-Are you in?

I’m coordinating a fun, end of year crafting challenge for some friends, and I thought I would share it here in case anyone would like to play along!  At the end, you will have (at least) 7 handmade items that would be perfect holiday gifts for family and friends! I say at least 7, because some of these projects are so cute you’ll want to make more than one!

Here’s the deal: Every two weeks, I will post a challenge that is a general theme, with links to tutorials to get you started.  You’ll have 2 weeks to work on it, and then we will share photos! At the same time, I will announce the next theme.  I’d love to have you play along! So, here it is:

Holiday Crafting Challenge #1: Braided Gifts!

Share your photos starting September 29, 2012!

Option One: Make It and Love It has this amazingly cute tutorial teaching you how to turn old t-shirts into braided headbands.  I love the upcycling aspect! It’s a really versatile technique. You could easily glue the strips of t-shirts together to make them longer, and apply this same concept to make a bracelet, or straps to a bag, or a belt . Use a buckle, or make it extra long so it can wrap around and tie. Check it out here.

Option Two: Sew, Mama, Sew takes it up a notch by using leather and rope to make this classic nautical belt! Check out this great tutorial here. Think of all the different color combinations you could do this in; I’m thinking of trying it with wide strips of old t-shirts and  leather and seeing how that works out.  I’d love to see what you come up with!

I’ll post the next challenge on Sunday, Sept 30. In the meantime, I need to get to work on my own submission.  I look forward to you sharing yours! Post pictures in the comments below, or on the Free Rose Studio Facebook page. Happy crafting!

Fun Fall Birds for your iPad

I just completed 2 iPad cases in this cute bird print, with a crisp, contrasting chevron for the flap.  I love the way they turned out, and couldn’t wait to share it here! 

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These adorable pouch style cases are ready to ship and available in my Free Rose Studio Etsy shop.  Order early and give handmade this holiday season! Each pouch style case features 2 high quality printed cottons, a hidden water repellent cotton duck lining, and a soft minky lining to prevent scratches. Contrasting binding finishes the edge of the flap, and a professionally set resin snap secures your tablet inside. 

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I will also be listing identical cases for the Kindle! They are also ready to ship and ready for gift giving.

And, if the birds aren’t your style, choose from the combos below and I’ll whip up something custom made for you, and for whatever device you have (iPad, Kindle, Nook, iPhone, other tablet). Embroidery is also available for a nominal fee, should you want to further personalize your case! 

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Echino Birds totes are back!

Last summer I purchased a lovely Echino linen fabric in a birds print, and made a bag and a handful of wallets.  The fabric was from Japan, and I fell in love with the feel and look of this print.  Then I found out it was sold out everywhere online!  I was so sad to not have a chance to make any more nice things with it.

Fast forward to last month, when my husband, Marc, and I took the bambino on a quick trip up to Austin.  We ended up by a small, independent fabric store I had not visited in some time.  I started to get very excited when we parked, as there was a sign advertising they were now carrying the Echino line. I don’t think you can imagine my joy when I found they still had not one, but two of the birds color ways!!

I bought what I could, brought it home, and got to cutting.  I started with the biggest projects first.  Today I am so happy to unveil the first three bags made from this small stash of sold-out fabric.  They are each made from my “Essentials” pattern, and feature all the inside pockets and divider that help keep your belongings organized and easy to find.  You can find them all in my Etsy shop.

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“The Essentials” pattern is a multi-purpose bag I designed that is just the right size to hold it all without being bulky.  It works great as an oversized purse, diaper bag, carryon and even as a school bag (will hold most average laptops).  It’s layered canvas construction and cotton straps will carry your items with ease and provide many years of use.

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Each bag features a different lining color scheme, as well as contrasting trims; truly making each bag one of a kind.  Please see the listings for detailed photos.

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Features:
-14″ Tall, 10″ Wide, 5″ Deep
-Interior Divider features two flat 6.5″ tall pockets.
-4 Large pleated pockets, 2 on each side of the divider; each measuring 10″ high and 7.5″ wide when fully expanded.
-Durable, double stitched seams and reinforced stress points.
-Contrasting trim on inside pockets. Interior is made of sturdy duck canvas.
-Outer features a beautiful, Japanese linen fabric featuring birds and vines. Polka dots line the sides of the bag. Linen fabric is backed with duck canvas for strength.
-100% Cotton Straps.

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Thank you for visiting Free Rose Studio! Please come back again, and browse the wares on Etsy!

-Susie

The year is flying by!

Wow, 2012 has just been growing and growing for me here at Free Rose Studio. I’ve been so busy working with clients and sewing, that time got away from me and I’m finally doing my “Welcome, 2012!” post!

2011 was a wonderful year that allowed me to grow in many different ways.  It also marked many milestones for my business: first a website, a PO address, new logos, and finally become an actual corporation!  I’m so happy to be at this point with our business that we were able to accomplish those things.

As the year began, I did some thinking about what 2012 should hold.  I decided my goal was to get handmade into more people’s hands.  I want people to have the option of buying handmade, buying local, giving gifts that were created by someone you can actually interact with.  My goal for this year is to focus on my ready-made stock.  Each month I will add ready-to-ship items to the Etsy store, so that Free Rose Studio can be your source not only for custom designs, but for beautiful, carefully handmade items you can order on a whim and have in your possession within the week

"Essentials" canvas diaper bag, 6 inner pockets, divider, 2 outer pockets

Free Form Van Halen Frankenstein canvas tote bag

I have been enjoying this new challenge, balancing it with custom orders has been interesting, but ready-made offers me a chance to use fabrics I love and techniques I feel like doing that day so I think it’s win-win for everyone.

So far, ready made items in my shop include an Essentials Diaper bag, a smaller tote, and new flannel burpcloths (that double as cloth diapers) and wash cloths.  I am excited to announce that I also have 3 NEW, ready to ship Echino birds bags that will be making an appearance very soon. This fabric had been sold out, but I found a source with just a few pieces left, I can’t wait to share them with you.

Please peruse the etsy shop: Free Rose Studio, and take a moment to like my Facebook page to stay up to date on new designs, offerings, and specials.

Pocket Prefold Burp Rag Cloth Diaper