My Favorite Things List for today comes from none other than (my favorite place and yours):

Confession: I think I’m turning into a Pinterest-a-holic. (Should I be concerned about this? ) I mean, when you really think about it, Pinterest is good therapy for my organizational issues, . . . and,well . .  other stuff, right? That doesn’t sound like denial does it? :).

Over the last few weeks I’ve run across some of the best (free) sewing tutorials on the Net. (Seriously. Take a peek here) Today I’ve corralled some of my favorite practical DIY bags for your viewing pleasure:

Re-Usable Snack Bag: Machine Washable and Stands Upright || Mauby's

First up is this cute little reusable snack bag. If you’re tired of buying all those Ziploc bags and then throwing them in the recycle bin after just one use (you do recycle, right?), then you’ll love this simple DIY project.  It’s easy to make, stands up on it’s own AND it’s machine washable. Awesome, right? I’d sew my kids’ names on them, throw some snacks in and call it a day. You can find instructions here at Mauby’s.

Backpack Tutorial || by Hart & Sew

How cute is this backpack? I know that school has started for most, but who wouldn’t love to get an extra backpack, especially one that looks as lovely as this one? Stacy at Hart and Sew shows you how to make this nifty little bag. (Great pictures and easy to follow instructions.)

Bento Lunch Box {tutorial}

I’m really lovin’ this next one. Now, you can’t tell me that this isn’t adorable (Well, you could, but you wouldn’t do that :-)) It’s the Bento Lunchbox. I would definitely make this one for myself. You can find the instructions for this stylish lunch carrier at Larkcrafts.com here. While you’ll have to do a bit of measuring and cutting yourself, it only uses one template that you can find here

zipper pouch

Let me start off by saying I love this site (Craft Passion). I don’t know how she (Joanne) does it all. She is truly a Crafter Extraordinaire. I really love this little zipper card pouch for carrying extra cards. I’d use mine for all of my extra cards like my frequent buyer, library, and membership cards that I don’t use all the time, but that I like to keep close by just in case. She gives a great tutorial on her site on how to make one of these little pouches for yourself.

These are just a few of my favorite pins. For more of DIY bag pins, take a look here. For all of my Pinteres boards, join me here.

That’s all for now! Thanks for stopping by.

(Keep doin’ what you love!)

Shannon

 

 

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I spent about 3 or 4 years collecting vintage patterns. I especially love the tailored looks of the 40s for little boys and the cinched waists and full skirts for little girls in the 50s. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a big pattern person, but that didn’t keep me from buying a bunch of vintage ones for inspiration. Over the last year or so, I’ve been reducing my  pattern stash by selling them on Ebay and/or giving them away. Imagine my surprise when I opened up a vintage pattern this morning, and this very old Sears,  Roebuck and Co. catalog page fell out. I love these little suits for boys! And can you believe $3.89 for the jacket, pant, “artificial” leather belt (Ha!Ha!), and cotton shirt? Crazy, right?

I remembered my dad talking about the Sears and Roebuck catalogs from his childhood, so I called him to see if he could date this one. Without seeing it, he guessed that it was from around the 40s based on the prices (and illustrations), but who knows? I’m just loving the piece of history that fell into my lap today.

Keep doin’ what you love!

-Shannon

 

A few things that caught my eye this week:

1. Art In the Hall by Random Thoughts of a Supermom

2. Brown Knit Dress by Mayoral

3. Red Couture Cut Wool Jacket byBaby Dior

4.  Khaki Shorts by Rose Dubois

5. Paper Quilling by Yulia Brodskaya

6. Organic cotton Hoodie and pants  by Go Gently Baby

7. Red Dot High Neck Bowtie top by TheMeasure

8. Bowtie Dress + Accessories by MAKIÉ

9. Afric Dress by Caramel Baby & Child

 

Keep doin’ what you love!

Shannon