I’m lagging behind posting my RP Brand Ambassador makes so you might get a few coming up in quick succession.
The Family Passport Wallet (**affiliate link) is a really quick sew, once all the pieces are cut out and interfaced that is. The instructions are clear and actually it’s a fun project. It’s a decent size, 4.5 in x 11 in ( 11.43 cm x 27.94 cm) completed, and can hold up to four passports and has a pocket for boarding passes. Suggested fabric is cotton, something quite durable, especially if you are a seasoned traveler.
I will mention though that you need to stitch down the centre of one of the pocket pairs, not both, otherwise you will end up with small pockets on the left and right instead of having a larger pocket on one side. This is in the instructions but possibly may be misinterpreted.
I used some fun stash fabric. The outside is prints charming # 4 confetti in pink (100% cotton) and the inside is red prints charming #12 (100% cotton), and I’m sure one of my daughters will claim this if they see it. The suggested closure is a magnet however I only had snaps on hand and they worked equally as effective as I’m sure velcro would too.
The awesome thing about The Family Passport Wallet is that it is a freebie, and worthwhile downloading. It’s great if you are genuinely traveling but also for holding notebooks, coloring stuff and also if you are creative enough you can hack it into a purse. Also think about all the gifts you can make from this pattern.
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The Adventure Bag **has just been released by Mamma Can Do It and for being part of their Facebook Group you can get it for free with a code (check out the pinned post) otherwise it’s currently on sale.
I got to test* this tote bag which comes in medium or large and best of all it’s reversible. There is also the option of colour-blocking and since everything is a rectangular shape, you don’t have to print the pattern as a cut chart is provided. This is a beginner friendly bag, really quick to sew, and instructions are accompanied with great photographs and descriptions. Although a medium weight woven in recommended, a lighter fabric can be used but is probably best interfaced.
I used Montreaux Printed Drill Black Stripe (100% cotton) and Hot pink drill (100% cotton) for the exterior, with white broadcloth (100% cotton) for the interior. I chose not to make mine reversible. I have just started working again since having my baby and made this as my lunch bag. The medium is perfect to fit a lunchbox, fruit, notebook and the all important coffee mug.
The large bag is great as a beach bag or overnight bag whilst the medium size bag would make a great library bag or gift bag, just fill it with goodies for the recipient.
*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.
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A couple of months back the call went out by Rebecca Page, formerly known as Mummykins and Me by Rebecca Page, for Brand Ambassadors. I quickly applied since I have mentioned previously that I enjoy pattern testing and also to know you have a monthly project is great motivation.
Each month we have a selection of 4-5 projects to chose from. These are completed patterns ranging from kids to women’s wear, costumes,accessories, toys etc.
Unfortunately things didn’t start too well for me as the first project I was very late with as the due date was right when we had our family holiday. Fast forward to Augusts’ project. I chose the Back to School Drawstring backpack (**aff link) for a different type of project. The special launch price is only $3.50, and the regular price $5 after the sale finishes (sale prices expire 11.59pm GMT Saturday 26th August 2017) and as a bonus if you buy the backpack, you get the pencil case pattern for FREE!
Both patterns are designed for woven fabric and are trim-free, A4 or US letter size, layered PDF patterns. There is also an AO format (pattern pieces only. The backpack comes in Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large sizes. Both items are a great way to use up fabric scraps and are quick and easy to sew up.
My 4 year old picked these fabrics out, probably not my choice, nonetheless I used some pink Indonesia Batik tie-dye (100% cotton) and pink broadcloth (100% cotton). I used eyelets for the backpack and a vintage pale pink zip for the pencil case, both from my stash.
These are indeed fast patterns to sew up. Just taking a look at the tester photos will show how versatile they both are. The backpack can be used for school, shopping, swimming and a trick-or-treat bag for halloween. Likewise the pencil case is great as stationary storage or even crochet or sewing storage.
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