Noodlehead Envelope Clutch with Umbrella Prints Fabric

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as combining a great pattern with some treasured fabric.  I’m heading to LA to visit some girlfriends this weekend and in anticipation, I wanted to make up something as a gift.  Anna of Noodle-head re-engineered her Envelope Clutch recently and I couldn’t resist trying it out with some treasured Umbrella Prints fabrics.  Pattern is here: Envelope Clutch PDF Pattern – Noodlehead.


The only modifications I made were including heavy duty Pellon interfacing with the fusible fleece on all outer parts, ditching the side D-ring in lieu of a leather tab and using some more repurposed leather for the trim, handle and inner card pocket.  (Side note:  Can you believe I now have 3 stuffed garbage bags full of leather and suede that friends have given me?!)  I was able to sew through all of these layers because of my industrial Juki.  Even with that, working my way through two layers of fleece, heavy interfacing, fabric and leather was a chore.




While in LA, I’m hoping to visit a girlfriend from high school.  While I went to undergrad and medical school, she moved to LA to be a dancer and had quite a run dancing in the Academy Awards, on tour with singers and on TV.  In my mind, she is most famous for her part in George Michael’s video “Faith”.  Anyone else remember those amazing legs?  Yep, that’s my friend Lori.


Can’t wait for some girl time.



A Tale of Three Bags

Can you hear that? My quilts and clothing projects are calling me.  Before I could delve into them however, I needed to finish up the last of the Noodlehead Cargo Duffles I have been sewing for Sophie’s Sew-a-long

C’est la vie: { CARGO DUFFLE SEW ALONG: PART I: choosing fabrics / choisir les tissus }.

I blogged about my first bag here:

A Tote for my Cargo | Entropy Always Wins.


Today, I finished the last two bags which I am planning to give to my nieces as birthday presents. They are both in their teens and tend to go on alot of sleepovers. The bags are the perfect size for some PJs and an extra change of clothes. Although I stuck to most of my original fabric choices, I changed up the bottom fabrics a bit to make them more teen worthy. For the first of the two, I used some Botanics prints and treasured pear print scraps.



For the second bag, I used some Charley Harper fabrics (love this line) and some Lotta grey for the bottom and handle. I must be a sloppy sewer because all of my bags were calling for lining and once again I used this tutorial:

catnap cargo duffle (with mini tutorial on how to add a lining) | skirt as top.



Loved making these bags and excited to get them off to my nieces. Now on to some other projects . . .