Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

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I first had the idea to do two matching bags on my first try at a Swoon Ethel. My grandmother’s name is Ethel and this pattern looked like a sweet, simple bag. I’m not a very strict person with myself as I sew. I fit the pieces where they would fit and ran with it. What that means is that these bags are identical on the outside, but not so much on the inside.

The first set of yellow and gray color scheme just flowed together. A sweet, simple bag indeed. I pictured them as a Mother Daughter set or BFF bags or even Sisters. Someone you wanted to stay connected with by using a bag every day that reminded you of them.

Each bag has a slip pocket on the outside and a small zippered pocket on the inside. One has another slip pocket on the inside with velcro and the other has a seam dividing its second slip pocket into two.

These are for sale at my Etsy Shop BeccaBug Designs.

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Personal Progress Folder Tutorial

This is a great project for teaching sewing to the Young Women. The young ladies in my Ward had so much fun choosing fabric and sewing their own folder! It’s a lot of straight lines and a very simple, fun project!

Personal Progress Folder Cover

You will need 2 remnants of fabric and some ribbon for this project. I prefer fun cotton print fabric and 1/2″ or 3/4″ grosgrain ribbon.

Cut two rectangles of fabric about 19″x 13″. This allows for a pen pocket.

Placing fabric right sides together, sew a 1/4″ seam on 3 sides, leaving one short side open. Some girls sewed this side partially shut, also, leaving room to turn it inside out.


Turn the fabric right side out and give it a good press along those seams. If you left the whole side open, tuck the edges in and press them, too.

I love to embroider the girls’ names on their folders. Now is a good time to do that. You could also use fabric markers, etc. to personalize it.


Next, you need to prepare to sew the pockets in for the books. Lay your folder with the outside fabric down.

Place your books on the fabric. Make sure the books are very close to the top edge of the fabric… if it is too low, you will have floppy fabric at the top. I recommend putting the Personal Progress book in the middle. It’s spiral binding makes it the thickest.

I like to put the pen pocket on the left side as shown. It helps make the front wider when it is all tied up and helps have enough room for the decorations on the front.

Fold the bottom fabric up snugly against the bottom of the books. Pin at the top and bottom of the pocket to give yourself a straight line to sew. Slide the books back and forth and make sure the move in and out easily. Take your time now, so you don’t have to unpick seams later!


You will sew 5 short straight seams. This is when I sew the end closed… I just extend that last seam to go from the top to the bottom. I highly recommend giving each seam a good amount of back-stiching at the top of each pocket. This seam gets a lot of wear and tear. Three times is plenty.personal-progress-folder04

I like to fold up the folder with the books in it to get the ribbon just right. I wrap them in the ribbon and tie it. I usually tie the bow to the left of the front, on the edge of where it opens. You could center the bow. If possible, I like to tie the ribbon around without cutting it from the spool and play with it for a minute to get it just the way I like it. I cut it while it is tied in a bow around the books. I then pin the ribbon to two of the seams and sew it right along those seams lines as shown below. (Please ignore the ugly ribbon… I was drawing with my finger! 😉 )personal-progress-folder05

You’re done! Now you have a cute, personal folder to tuck in with your scriptures or book bag. The girls in my Ward had so much fun and a real sense of accomplishment in sewing their own folders. Please feel free to contact me with questions and I would love to hear about how this project goes for you! Good luck!!

Personal Progress Folder Cover

If you would rather just purchase one, you can purchase the personal progress folder here

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New Wheelchair Bag Designs!

Wheelchair Bag - Pink Plaid with Flower Accents

Pink Plaid with Flower Accents

Hand crafted with coordinating fabrics, and fully lined, they are all one of a kind. Becuase the have adjustable straps, they work well for wheelchairs with either bicycle-type push handles or can be used on stroller style handles as well. The bag can also be easily removed for machine washing. They have a total of 4 pockets, 2 half-width pockets in the front, then two full width pockets. Works great for keeping homework, books, oxygen tanks, fidgets, or crafting supplies, or whatever you need handy.

Buy this Necessity Bag now!

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Love Your Imperfections (Printable Bookmarks)

Imperfections are a part of life. Far too many people focus on all their imperfections instead of realizing that your imperfections are what make you uniquely you. As we struggle to overcome our imperfections, it’s important to remember to love our imperfections. They give us goals.

Download Imperfections Bookmarks (PDF Printable)

or Purchase the 8×10 poster

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Mother’s Day Bag Toppers (Printables)

I had so much fun designing (and using) the thank you lunch bag toppers, I decided to create these for Mother’s day. Great for school class projects or church class Mother’s Day gifts. Link at bottom for PDF download, print at 100%.

Lunch Bag

Mother’s Day Bag Topper – PDF Download

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