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Wine Tote

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I have tweaked one of my old wine tote designs to make it much sturdier and prettier.  My previous wine tote had elastic loops to hold the wine bottles in the tote bag. It did not hold the wine bottles as securely as I had thought.  So I tried several ideas and came up with a design that works great !

My newest wine tote bag design
My newest wine tote bag design

I have added the faux leather bottom and reinforced the bottom of the tote bag with another layer of faux leather and sturdy interfacing on the inside.

Wine tote pieces ready to be sewn and serged
Wine tote pieces ready to be sewn and serged

Inside I added two large sleeves to hold two bottles, on each side of the tote. The sleeves are sewn into the sides of the tote with 4 rows of stitching to be super sturdy. The bottles stay upright and do not clink together when you are carrying the tote bag.


There are two inside pockets for corkscrews, lunch, cellphones etc, and one outer pockets as well. Wine-Glass-tote-by-sibstudiosewing-at-etsy-blog-2247

This wine tote bag has plenty of room for lunch, beach towels, a laptop,magazines… etc. Add a bottle of your favorite wine and this tote would make a wonderful gift for newlyweds, housewarming, hostess gift, and for your favorite wine lover.


Perfect Gift for Your Favorite Dog Lover

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I fell in love when I saw this beautiful cotton fabric. Awesome, photo realistic dogs – yorkies, golden retrievers, labs, poodles, cocker spaniels, dachshunds, german shepherds, and beagles. I couldn’t wait to get started turning this fabric into beautiful totes and wristlets.

Dog Tote

This large tote has the beautiful dogs cotton paired with black faux leather. It measures 14.5 x 16 inches with a base of 5.5 x 11.5 inches. Easy to clean black straps are sewn into the tote bag, all the way into the bottom seam. One outside pocket for holding your cell phone, keys, pens, etc.

Inside fully lined with tan kona cotton and multi color dog bones on brown cotton pockets. One zipper pocket for hiding valuables, 2 small and 2 large pockets ring the inside of the tote. Also a key fob and key ring for your keys, etc.  Strong and sturdy, this tote can handle everything you put in it.

Dogs Smartphone Wristlet
Dogs Smartphone Wristlet

Matching Dogs smartphone wristlet is perfect for your larger phones – iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note and Mega, HTC One Max, Nokia Lumia, Google Nexus.  It measures 9 x 6 inches and has a removable wristlet strap and key ring.  Inside is fully lined with tan kona cotton and 4 pockets, perfect for id, debit cards, lipsticks, etc.

Both are perfect for any dog lover :)


Bloopers: Ironing Lace

Posted in Peeking Behind the Seam

As hard as I try, there are going to be bloopers when creating. When painting, I can often just repaint and move on. When sewing, I look for my seam ripper and start taking it apart to redo.  Once in a while, there is nothing that can be done to save it ….. groan.

A too hot iron wrecks havoc on lace

I had just finished sewing this beautiful antique lace and champagne colored satin lingerie bag. I was giving it the final pressing before photographing it for my shop. Unfortunately, I forgot to turn the iron temperature down …..

melted-lace-1191The hot iron literally melted the lace on to the iron. It is not repairable on this bag.

These bloopers happen to all of us. It’s part of the process and some lessons are learned the hard way. Now I am very careful when pressing lace. – always use a cool iron when pressing lace!!  :)

Sneak Peek: New Stethoscope Bags Coming This Week

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If you are looking for new stethoscope bags – here’s a sneak peek of what will be listed this week:

Stethoscope bags getting a trim before sewing
Stethoscope bags getting a trim before sewing

These bags are large enough to fit your stethoscope – 10.5 x 6.5 x 2 inches. They are vinyl lined for easy clean up. Extra padding helps protect your stethoscope and anything else placed in the bagstethoscope-bags--blue-and-greenTwo new ones – green and light blue will be listed by this afternoon. stethoscope-bags-

These two pretty bags will be listed tomorrow. A teal blue bag will be listed the following day.  These bags can be used as cosmetic bags for your favorite health professional as well.

How Textiles Repeatedly Revolutionized Technology.

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Virginia Postrel wrote a truly fascinating history of textiles and their influence on on technology and our language.

“…Textiles are technology, more ancient than bronze and as contemporary as nanowires. We hairless apes co-evolved with our apparel. But, to reverse Arthur C Clarke’s adage, any sufficiently familiar technology is indistinguishable from nature. It seems intuitive, obvious – so woven into the fabric of our lives that we take it for granted.


We drag out heirloom metaphors – ‘on tenterhooks’, ‘tow-headed’, ‘frazzled’ – with no idea that we’re talking about fabric and fibres. We repeat threadbare clichés: ‘whole cloth’, ‘hanging by a thread’, ‘dyed in the wool’. We catch airline shuttles, weave through traffic, follow comment threads. We talk of lifespans and spin‑offs and never wonder why drawing out fibres and twirling them into thread looms so large in our language.



The story of technology is in fact the story of textiles. From the most ancient times to the present, so too is the story of economic development and global trade. The origins of chemistry lie in the colouring and finishing of cloth. The textile business funded the Italian Renaissance and the Mughal Empire; it left us double-entry bookkeeping and letters of credit, Michelangelo’s David and the Taj Mahal. As much as spices or gold, the quest for fabrics and dyestuffs drew sailors across strange seas. In ways both subtle and obvious, textiles made our world.

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Most conspicuously, the Industrial Revolution started with the spinning jenny, the water frame, and the thread-producing mills in northern England that installed them. Before railroads or automobiles or steel mills, fortunes were made in textile technology. The new mills altered where people lived and how they worked. And the inexpensive fabrics they produced changed the way ordinary people looked.  ….”

Read the rest of Virginia Postrel’s fascinating article here :