Everyday essentials is an English sewing pattern for a bag, two toiletry bags and two wallets by Noodlehead, Anna Graham. It is a sewing pattern that is unlike any other: it is a beautiful magazine! But the result is very mundane and above all practical. A lovely bag and accessories that stand out because of their simplicity and yet a beautiful finish.
And as Anna says in the introduction: "I've always had a passion for making useful items", and they are!
The sewing pattern Everyday Essentials
The sewing pattern has no official name; the front page reads: Everyday Essentials, a collection of 3 modern accessories to sew and use. If you want to buy the sewing pattern, it's best to search for: Everyday Tote Bag.
The sewing pattern looks different than usual. It is not an envelope containing a description, a work description and a paper pattern, but it is a magazine consisting of 24 pages in A4 format. In the back of the magazine is a folded insert containing the sewing pattern-parts. You can cut them out directly and you don't have to copy it on a radar sheet first. The paper is nice and heavy, you can keep it well in case you use the pattern again.
The pattern for the bag is quite straight forward, the dimensions are indicated and you will have to copy it yourself on pattern paper or directly on the fabric.
Work description and instructions:
The magazine is very complete and contains remarkably good work descriptions and instructions. Everything is well explained in terms of words but especially in terms of schematic drawings. With the supplies and cutting instructions you have to pay attention because it is not indicated how often you have to cut a pattern part, but per fabric type. Fortunately, this is also indicated on the pattern parts and it is clearer here.
Also different than you may be used to are the abbreviations RST, WST; this means Right Side Together, so right sides of the fabric together, and Wrong Sides Together, so wrong sides of the fabric together. Actually quite handy!
Even an absolute beginner can handle the sewing patterns, although it might feel like a hell of a job to sew a wallet yourself or a bag with lining!
After the introduction there is a page: TO BEGIN. This is one that is wise to read, especially the tips how to work with waxed cotton or sturdy canvas fabrics.
Everyday Essentials Tote bag:
The bag is beautiful, fun to make and an absolute classic bag. Perhaps a bit boring because of the rectangular model, but you can easily give it your own personal style thanks to the choice of fabrics and possible adjustments.
It is also a nice gift to make for someone else!
Everyday Petal Pouch
The toiletry bags are available in two sizes. The large one is useful for make-up etc. and the smaller one you could also use for keys or small loose items. The work description step-by-step is is actually super convenient. Because you first put the zipper in and then sew the rest, you can make the zipper extra beautiful and ensure that it comes in really carefully.
The toiletry bags have a nice semi-circular shape and are remarkably spacious!
Everyday Essentials Wallets
The wallet is available in two versions: a larger rectangular and a smaller square one. The small square is ideal for a few cards, paper money and coins. The larger one is ideal if you want to carry more cash and many cards.
Pay close attention to your choice of fabric: gobelin or thick canvas is too difficult to fold inside out and the seams are too thick for a top stitch. With thin cotton, the wallet loses its firmness. It is best to add interfacing on a cotton fabric first or to look for a thinner canvas such as an ottoman or a decorative fabric. In any case, opt for a stiff fabric.
Everyday Essentials Summarized:
It is really a very nice sewing pattern! Not only beautifully designed, but also clear instructions, work descriptions that are exactly correct and many white lines in the layout so that you do not get confused so easily.
When you sew the bag, toiletry bag or wallet, you will also discover that it is less difficult than you initially thought. The sewing pattern is not cheap, but if you use it several times, for example to make gifts for others, you will get it out.