What’s free and handy?

Interested?  I finally finished the free tutorial for this baby! The Insulated Market Bag.








I last wrote about this project here. That bag has been really handy at the supermarket. I live about 20-30 minutes from the store and need to keep things cold while coming home. This little beauty does the job well.

I promised a tutorial for the bag back in February of 2017. It’s taken a year, but here it is.

Sooooooo many pictures. That shiny aluminum really reflects! I tried to get a photo of the taping of the inner Reflectix® lining, but nooooooooo! Just a bright blob. It reminded me of the old-fashioned flash bulbs that blinded you for a few minutes.

So here it is. Belated Merry Christmas or Early Easter or Happy Birthday or even Jovial Stitching!

Insulated Market Bag Tutorial–New

Insulated Bag Pattern

If the above pattern link doesn’t work, try here.  Alternate Pattern Download

If you find mistakes or anything is unclear, please let me know.

It’s been a long, long time

I’m sorry it’s been so long between posts. I feel like all I’ve done is try to fix a website that wasn’t really broken on my end. It was down for 5 weeks while I called and called tech support to no avail. I tried everything I could think of to fix it. Something went wrong on their end and they did not admit it. Please, never use Bluehost. Their tech support is horrid. With the help of a really nice fellow named Kumar at WP Fix It, we migrated the website to a new host that is already SO much better. SSL was installed almost instantly. I found Kumar here.  After an hour or so (maybe more) on GoToMeeting, Kumar and I are now Facebook friends.  {{{{Hi, Kumar}}}} He does the greatest sculptures from Shilpkar clay. Cute!

Now, I have some time to be creative again and to post some photos that I’ve been wanting to post since before Thanksgiving. We have snow on the ground now and the temperature was 8°F last night. It’s supposed to be warming to 12°F tonight.  That’s a far cry from some of the photos, and the warm(?) 50s that we’re supposed to have this weekend. 

With that said, here they are. Enjoy. 

Sew much trouble I’m in with grommets and snaps.

Here are the latest fabric creations. I made these all this week. 

This purse is made from the Glenwillow Saddle Bag pattern. I like the look of the purse, but I found the instructions a bit confusing. I guess I need more pictures of the steps. Word problems in math never made much sense to me. I could usually interpret them in more than one way.  I think the same thing is going on here. It’s a nice pattern, it’s just not quite written for me.

One more Necessary Clutch Wallet. I love these. They’re like peanuts. You can’t stop at one. 



Lots of color play going on in the wallet. The pictures are a little “off” color actually. It actually goes together much better than it looks.

There were also 5 all cotton microwave hot-bowl-holders finished, but I sold 2 and left the third at Locally Grown Gallery. Do you like the purple? Purple is not my favorite color, but I do love maroon.  A lot. 

The gray thingy with the yellow and orange dots is a stretchy knit headband. It’s at Appalachian Arts Craft Center and is only $8. 

This is the inside of the Glenwillow Saddle Bag. Lots of pockets.




This is the back with the front flap open. One big slip pocket and one zipper pocket. 

There is the same type of slip pocket on the front, but the zipper pocket is on the inside of it and doesn’t show.  


The inside of the simple bi-fold wallet. There are several card slots in it, but they don’t show up very well with this fabric.

One little owl is upside down.

I’m working on new things. I almost finished a beautiful bucket bag which needs 12 fairly large grommets. I had 10. And the replacements don’t ship for a couple of weeks. Argh! I am not patient.

Love this plaid lining. The colors are great.





Repurposed belt used for strap.
See the missing grommets on the right?








And that reminds me. I ordered some snaps that will.  not.  work.  They have cool tools with them that work great. They really get those snaps in there where they’re supposed to be, but the snaps won’t snap together. Have you ever tried to get a well-smashed-in snap OUT of a finished object without destroying said finished object? This is when I’m really glad I have a husband who likes to cut and smash things to get them apart for me. My hands aren’t strong enough anymore. Then I get the job of somehow creatively covering up the holes. In the latest one, I used an Owl Tree label, Velcro, and a button. Sssshhhhhh…don’t tell anyone. I’m sure the buyer will be none the wiser. I can’t tell. And it’s only a $4.00 card holder.