Created by: Nikki Johnson of fabric.com
Here at fabric.com, we have been absolutely in love with Rifle Paper Company’s fabric collection for Cotton + Steel. As is the standard for both of these amazing companies, their fabrics are quality and their designs are fabulous and modern.
We used our favorite Rifle canvas print and one of our sewing patterns to create an adorable, super functional, and SUPER cute little caddy for sewing supplies, knitting supplies or just to hang around looking pretty!
The By Annie’s (as in Annie’s Soft and Stable) Catch All Caddy pattern pattern is amazing. Bags can be tricky, and this pattern is laid out really nicely.
There are cutting layouts, labels for your pieces that you can cut out, and VERY detailed instructions. Even a confident beginner can tackle this pattern with how each part of the bag is laid out in a step by step manner. I can say wholeheartedly and without reservation that the By Annie’s line of patterns are thorough and informative- I highly recommend giving them a go.
Here’s what you’ll need for the project:
- By Annie Catch All Caddy Organizer pattern
- 1 yd main fabric (we used this floral canvas)
- 1 yd lining fabric (we chose a Kona Cotton in navy)
- 1 yd contrasting fabric (I only used two fabrics, so you’ll need a bit more of the main and lining if you’re going that route)
- Coordinating Thread (this Aurifil is my favorite)
- Soft & Stable
- 1 yd Mid-weight fusible interfacing
- 1 ½ yards 1 1/2” strapping
- 6”x12 ½” piece of cardboard of foam core
- Wonder Clips
If you’re doing the pattern as written, you will also need one 9" zipper and four 1 1/2 “ rectangle rings.
Let's Make It!
You might have noticed that my bag looks a bit different. Here’s what I did to change things up and make the project a little faster and little more to my style:
Probably the biggest time saving step was not quilting my main fabric to my lining fabric with the soft and stable in between. I just cut the pieces out that were too be quilted in the dimensions used after quilting instead of before. I basted these pieces together instead, with a scant ¼” seam.
Instead of making the handles from scratch and using hardware, I covered the top of the cotton webbing with bias tape and simply top stitched them down, sewing them to the front and back sides of the caddy before putting on the inside and outside pockets so the seams would be hidden.
You can see the crease down the middle where I folded to get an even strip. Use the tutorial in the instructions for how to make double fold bias tape.
I like the look and you don’t have to get hardware or do any extra sewing! I cut my handles at 20” each.
I also omitted the side pockets, and I used a different method of binding the unfinished edges.
I sewed the binding to one side by machine, and brought it around to the front to hand stitch with an invisible ladder stitch.
I’m pretty happy with the final product!
It's good for knitting supplies, too.
Alternate fabric choices
This is such a versatile pattern, you can use all of your favorite prints for a bag you’ll truly love. Here are some more combinations you might like:
For the yarn enthusiast:
For the Teacher:
For the Art Student:
For the Sewist on the run: