Pattern Review: Poolside Tote in Cotton and Steel S.S. Bluebird Linen

Cotton and Steel S.S. Bluebird Poolside Tote Pattern Review

The first time I saw the Anchor linen from Cotton and Steel’s S.S. Bluebird line, I knew it was destined to become a Noodlehead Poolside Tote! To round out the project, I chose Cotton and Steel Sparkle canvas for the accent straps/handles, Checkers 1/2″ gingham in Sky, and Cotton Supreme Solids in Carolina for the facing. 

Cotton and Steel S.S. Bluebird Poolside Tote Pattern Review

The Poolside Tote is big– I was able to fit my giant oversized beach towel, cross stitch supplies box, camera, sunscreen, and a sweatshirt all comfortably and probaby would have been able to squeeze in a few books or a bottle of wine if I wanted to.

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How to Cross Stitch on Aida Cloth

Cross Stitch Banner at PCF

Today, we’re going to learn how to cross stitch on Aida cloth. Aida cloth is the easiest fabric to use for cross stitching, as the wide warp and weft fibers make a very obvious grid of holes for stitching. Yesterday, we talked about supplies for cross stitch, including how to count and measure your Aida cloth for sizing (check it out here.) 

Before you begin 

If your Aida cloth is wrinkled or creased, iron it before you start.

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Cross Stitch Supplies to Get Started

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Cross stitch is one of those hobbies that’s never really gone out of style, but it’s popularity is definitely on the rise– and for good reason! Cross stitch is easy to do in front of Netflix or riding in the car, and the tidy little “x’s” making pretty (or nerdy, or sarcastic) artwork has a quaint, nostalgic appeal.

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Liberty of London Tana Lawn Popover Dress

Liberty of London Popover Sundress! Oliver+S pattern review at Pink Castle Fabrics.

Everyone loves free patterns, and Oliver + S’s Popover Sundress for little girls is a fast and easy summer make! Using Liberty of London Tana Lawn makes the dress particularly light and cool, and always looks pretty and classic. The whole pattern is only 3 pieces and the front and back are identical (perfect for twisting around in case of any popsicle mishaps.) There’s no zippers or buttons or snaps, just sweet (and easy!) shoulder ties that double as armhole binding.

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