{Sew Caroline} Weekend Style

 I am so excited to share some of my favorite makes from Caroline’s new Weekend Style book.  There is a little bit of everything you need for a comfortable and stylish weekend.  It includes 15 beginner friendly patterns, a CD including all of the printable PDF’s, and easy to follow instructions complete with illustration.  

I love having the patterns on a CD for safe keeping.  I used to keep all of my patterns on an external hard drive until it crashed and I lost everything.  I am still trying to hunt down some of my old patterns but I can’t even remember what I had to begin with…

  I have been searching for a large beach bag that could carry all of our towels, sunscreen, snacks, etc but so far came up short. The pool tote looked like it would be large enough and so I decided to make it.  As luck would have it, we have had severe storms for the past 2 weeks and haven’t made it to the beach to try it out yet, but I did get a break in the weather just enough to snap a few shots of the bag by the pool.

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Caroline graciously sent me this fun Angular Strings canvas print from her Chalk and Paint fabric line for the main bag and I had just enough of the Evenly Smudged Fun for the lining. 

The pattern calls for a utility mesh to be used for the inside pocket however I wasn’t able to find any at my local Joann’s so I opted to use the main bag fabric instead.  I like how it brought everything together. 

Sew Caroline Weekend Style Blog Tour by Sunflower Seams    I used a clear flat velcro in place of the metal snap for the bag closure.  I usually end up carrying one (or both kiddos) plus all your stuff from the beach to the car so I need easy access when opening the bag to find my keys.  I also added 3 inches to the straps in order to better carry it over my shoulder.

The front of the bag has a clear plastic pocket, perfect for holding your phone, keys…anything you don’t want getting wet.  I did have to modify the pocket.  The pattern doesn’t give a zipper size so I ended up buying one that was a few inches too small.

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As I was starting to plan my projects for the tour, my favorite pair of flip flops broke.  I wore them all of the time (as you can see from the perfectly worn toe marks).  I originally hadn’t planned on making these flip flops for the tour but it seems as though the stars aligned and I all of a sudden needed a new pair of flip flops.

To be honest with you, I’ve seen similar shoes around and wasn’t too sure how I felt about the style but I figured they would be good to slip on for the beach and could easily be washed.  Turns out these are super comfortable and easy to slide on and off.

This pattern goes together so quickly.  I found some scraps I had left over from when I made a Tank Dress using Triangle Brush.  With only 2 seams to sew on each shoe I was walking in them just as fast as the glue could dry.  

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I preordered this book before it even released so I have an extra copy I want to giveaway to you…Here’s how you enter, it’s easy!  Just leave me a comment below and I will choose one lucky winner on June 26th.  Good luck!!

Be sure you stop by SewCaroline to see a list of the other amazingly talented bloggers on the tour!!

You can purchase a copy of Weekend Style here!

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  1. Sherri | 20th Jun 17

    That bag is awesome! Good idea with the extended straps. And I’d probably be the same about the flip flops. Not sure, but then glad I did it.

  2. Baxley | 20th Jun 17

    Love the bag! Perfect for beach days and good thinking about adding inches to the straps! I, too, end up carries both babes, floats, toys, totes, umbrella…EVERYTHING!

  3. Eleri | 20th Jun 17

    I love your tote!!!!

    • sunflowerseams | 20th Jun 17

      Thanks my friend! 😉

  4. Karen Christensen | 20th Jun 17

    Never thought about making my own flip flops but I’m thinking my granddaughters would love them. Good job on the bag.

  5. Alicia Ramos | 20th Jun 17

    Love the bag!! I think i’m going to grab this one!

  6. Gina | 20th Jun 17

    I also added inches to my straps, I felt like they wouldn’t be long enough the way the pattern was written and I’m so happy I did! Your bag is lovely!

    • sunflowerseams | 20th Jun 17

      Thanks Gina!!

  7. Kristina | 20th Jun 17

    Really cute! I’ve been looking at bag patterns lately–good to know about this one!

  8. Jordan Slice-Metcalfe | 20th Jun 17

    Love your bag! It looks perfect for the beach 🙂

  9. Charlene G | 23rd Jun 17

    Love this bag! Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Mary G | 23rd Jun 17

    Love the bag! I have been wanting to get back into sewing lately and I think Caroline’s patterns would be the perfect projects.

  11. Brenda Zapotosky | 23rd Jun 17

    Super cute! I was surprised when you said the straps were lengthened… I think I’d need them even longer! Good call!

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