Piano Bag Duet

Hello friends! I’m afraid this post might be a bit of a rambling mess….because it feels good to be back!—Back in school, back to our routine, back to blogging, back to sewing. All that good stuff. Of course I LOVE to travel (and you can follow along with our adventures on Instagram) But once the car, house, and laundry are clean I’m ready to dive back into the sewing business.  And first up is this cute little piano bag I made for Clara.
YES. Clara. Wasn’t she just born?

I made it with the canvas print from the Fiesta Fun Fabric collection.
And I love it!
Clara loves it too.

It’s hard to know when to start a child on piano or music lessons. And I am definitely not an expert on that. My mom taught us to play piano when we were kids and I really enjoyed it, but I’m very rusty. And in all honesty, I don’t have the patience to teach my kids. I mean, as wonderful as it is to teach many things to my kids….THANK GOODNESS for other teachers and other perspectives and other people that my kids will respond to better than me (which is why Lucy took sewing lessons this summer. Haah. But that’s a whole other post. Ya see, I told you this would be rambling).

So. A few years ago the older kids started lessons with an awesome teacher in our town. And her recommendation was that if Clara could read, and was excited to learn, then she was probably ready. She started last week with her first lesson. And so far she’s practiced Mary had a Little Lamb 50 times.
I think she’s ready.

When we talked about her taking piano lessons, the first thing she said was, Well we need to find a cute piano bag! 
So I sifted through the many bags in my closet, and we looked for something while we were out school shopping. And then I had that DUH moment I always get (like making skirts for a birthday party again and again)….when you realize that you’ve wasted way more time looking for something, rather than just making it.

So I pulled out this canvas from Fiesta Fun, which is a great weight for a tote bag.
And I made a little bag in about 30 minutes!

If you’ve never made a bag before, follow along with my easy tutorial here and video here (just hit the play button below):

Here are the specs for this PIANO BAG:

• Cut two pieces 14 x 18 inches (W x L) – press the top hem under 1/2 inch, then press under another 1 inch.
• Cut two handles 2 x 27 inches – press the outside edges under 1/2 inch lengthwise, then fold in half and press to make a sandwich. Top stitch down both sides.
• Box out the bottom 1.5 inches (follow along in the video above, or this tutorial here).

My favorite little trick on these boxed out totes (especially when there will be books inside) is to give some added support on the bottom (I talk about this at the end of the video also).
• Cut two pieces of cardboard to fit the dimensions of your boxed out area. Hot glue those two pieces together (two layers of cardboard makes it stronger). Then hot glue a piece of fabric around the cardboard—doesn’t have to look pretty underneath. Then stick the board in the bottom of the bag! I like to leave mine “floating” in there so I can take it out if I need to wash the bag. But you can certainly glue it to the inside if you’d rather it was permanent.

And you’re done!
The thing I really love about this fabric print is that it can be directional or “tossed”.  The inspiration for the print is from beautiful Mexican embroidery I grew up with in California and still love today. So you can use the fabric with the symmetrical design as the focal point. Or use the other part of the print to give it a random/non-directional look.

And of course I couldn’t share about Clara’s bag without showing the bag I made for Owen a few years ago when he started taking lessons.  I added a zipper pocket to it, which was sort of like making a zipper pouch with one “normal” side and one really huge side.

And if there’s one thing you should know about Owen, it’s that he LOVES orange.

I’m dying looking at these two pictures side by side. I used the same fabric to make his KID Shorts years ago, and then this piano bag soon after (both made of a bottom weight canvas from Jo-Ann).  I mean, even the blue books match!

And look at these little guys!
How does life move so quickly??

Here’s a photo from last year when we had a caricature drawn of them at Universal Orlando. The kids have been asking me to hang it on the wall—which I finally did this week! I’m trying to get back into the home decorating bug and really hang up artwork and photos that make our house feel like a home. Baby steps to the back-to-school-and-work routine.

Happy routine-ing to you too!
If you’d like to make other bags, check out these fun tutorials here on my site:

Basic Pocket Tote
Reversible Tote
Oilcloth bag
Quote Totes (vinyl totes)
Corduroy the Bear Bag
Placemat Bag
Napkin Tote (with pocket tiers)
Neon Painted bags
School Bags – Transportation tote

Last Day for Pattern Sale!

THANK YOU for your enthusiastic response to the new Summer Day Top pattern! I’ve already started to see some versions popping up, and oh my gosh, they just make me want to run to my studio and sew. And then run to my favorite taco shop with friends. That’s always a good idea.

(cute gingham top by Lauren @needleandpage)

Don’t forget that the Summer Day Top is only $9, for one more day! (end of day on July 17). Then it goes back to regular price.
So grab your copy HERE.

Keep tagging your photos with #summerdaytop and @made_everyday when you post on Instagram.
Have a summery summer day!

NEW Pattern – Summer Day Top

Summer… Summer… Summer!
New Pattern. YES. New Pattern!
For you! (OK, for me too.)
I’m not sure which I should cheer about first…but they’re all equally exciting.

I’m releasing a new pattern today!
(And for the next five days, it’s 25% off — only $9!)

I love summer.
I love summer clothes.
I love making this Top.
I hope you love making it too!


This is a loose-fitted top, in 2 basic styles, with 3 sleeve options, and a pocket…with an adult size range from 0-20 (32″-52″ bust).
You can purchase it HERE.

It was important to us to consider all body sizes and shapes when drafting this pattern. We’re happy with the range offered! (Thanks to the 30 pattern testers who tried it out for us, and fell in love with the pattern too.)
The Summer Day Top is size 0 to 20, which covers a bust range of 32-52 inches (81-132 cm) You can see all the sizing info in the pattern listing photos here. The pattern also includes detailed instructions for adding a bust adjustment to your pattern if needed, along with other ideas for adjusting the pattern. We hope you enjoy it!

Of course I can never decide which version is my favorite—peplum or A-line?
I guess that’s why I’ve made them all….and my friends have too.
This is Susan (who works with me and helped put this pattern together!). Isn’t she adorable?? She’s wearing the peplum with cap sleeves, and ah-mazing space buns. Ahhh. I recently learned that term and it’s so perfect!

And here’s my darling cousin Kam in the peplum with short sleeves. She just makes me smile. And I want to jump into this photo.

Then I made a tunic length peplum for myself (using my Day Trip rayon by Art Gallery Fabrics) and it’s my favorite. Okay. I said I wasn’t going to play favorites. But I think I need five more of these. It’s casual or dressy. And so breezy. I love it.

Another thing I love is the different looks you can get with different fabrics.

• BOXY: For a fun structured top, use a crisp lightweight woven, such as chambray, quilting cotton, lawn, voile, or double gauze.
• FLOWY:  For a breezy chic look, use a lightweight woven with good drape, such as rayon challis, crepe, charmeuse, or silky polyester.
• RELAXED:  For a great slouchy t-shirt, use a knit, such a jersey, double-brushed poly, french terry, or sweater knit.

With every version from my testers and friends, I fall in love all over again. But now comes the BEST PART. I can’t wait to see what you make!

• This is a PDF pattern.
• The pattern offers info in both Imperial and metric systems.
• The pages are beautifully illustrated, with detailed instructions so you feel like we’re sitting there next to you, sewing along.
• A Large Format/Copy Shop file is included, if you’d like to print the pattern pieces in large format!

Okay. Ready to sew??

Grab the pattern HERE.

Sale price of $9 till end of day 7/17 (that’s 25% off the regular price!)
Tag your photos with #SummerDayTop and tag me too! @made_everyday

And for an extra dose of Summer, check out the Summer Day Top Headquarters Page.
That’s where you’ll find extra resources and more inspirational pics. You may even see your pic there!
Okay. Enough talk.
Let’s sew.