Messenter Bag TUTORIAL with guest: Kojo Designs

How much do you love this photo? The ruffles, the argyle, the skinny baby legs, the yellow. Mmmm. Yummy. I think you’re really going to like my Guest for the day……
It’s Kojo Designs! If you’re new to their blog, kojo is made up of Kirstin and Jordan, two sisters, and they have a lovely eye for design and sewing.
Need a simple and practical baby changing station? How about a totally cool repurposed door coffee table? I’ve gotta do that one of these days.
This little skirt just makes me smile. And you must check out the kojotutorial for making your own fabric labels. Very inventive. Very cute.
Today they’re Celebrating Yellow with us and they’re not the only ones with the IKEA stripes fever (maybe we should start an Ikea Stripes flickr group? eh? eh?). So let’s hear from the lovely sisters……
Kirstin and Jordan:

Hello there! We’re Kirstin and Jordan, sisters who blog at kojodesigns. We’re thrilled to be here today- we love all the wonderful sewing goodness at dana’s blog; we’re both suckers for sweet little girl dresses and think that a whole month to Celebrate the Boy is sheer genius! Also, don’t tell our husbands, but we now lighten all our cupcakes as per her recipe…I’m pretty sure they can’t tell the difference.

Right now, we can’t get enough of Celebrate Yellow, especially since it seems like our craft tables have seen every shade of this cheery color lately, from mustard to lemon. Neither of us has an Ikea nearby (tragic, right?), but the yellow striped fabric from there has been working its way into all sorts of projects lately- nursery décor, playroom fabulousness, and even a teacher tote we put together as a back to school gift for our mom.
One of our favorite parts of making from scratch is the ability to customize… Need more pockets? A different color? A larger size? You can tailor your project until it’s a perfect fit. That’s what we did with this yellow striped tote- we chose two lovely fabrics that our mom would love (the yellow stripes from Ikea, of course, and some botanical loveliness for the lining), added tons of pockets (teachers carry around loads of stuff), threw a customized messenger flap on the front, and the perfect back to school gift was born. We’d love to show you how to make one too- come on by!
You can find the complete Messenger Bag tutorial HERE on kojo designs.
Thank you Kirstin and Jordan!

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