I’m really digging upcycle sewing tutorials. Off the bolt fabric yardage is expensive and it’s fun to scrounge yards of interesting and unique fabrics from thrift store skirts and pants. I feel less inhibited in my sewing when I’m tearing apart an old skirt instead of cutting into $28/yard specialty fabric ordered from China.
The Osoberry Bag tutorial from WhipUp.net fits the bill for a low stress, one day project that is fun to sew and produces a totally functional object, too. Mix and match khakis, denim jeans, suede skirts, home dec fabrics, linen. There are no closures or hardware needed for this bag, so it’s a nice beginner sewing project, great for tweens and teens. As a fabulous added bonus, Whip Up provides a printable pdf of the tutorial for sewing table access as you create your first bag and then file it away with your patterns to use again. Love!