open wide zippered pouch

IMG_3289 open wide zippered pouch

I'm baaack!

Life has been busy around here. I've been finishing up work, focusing on the fabric shop, doing lot's of blogging for Urban Moms and then of course the usual family stuff with L'il E and the Hubs. Now that I'm off work and on mat leave again (it feels like I was just on mat leave!) I'm hoping I'll have more time for y'all, at least until #2 arrives in just less than 5 weeks!

One thing I haven't been neglecting is sewing. I've got so many gorge fabrics just staring me in the face that I'm always looking for little projects to work on and test them out. Recently I made a few of these open wide zippered pouches using the tutorial on Anna's blog, Noodlehead. What I like the most about these pouches is they open up SO wide. No time wasted digging around looking for that tiny eye liner pencil. The medium one (photo above) measures in at 12" wide and 7" tall and it's perfect as a travel cosmetic bag because you can cram everything in there.

For the exterior I used Anna Maria Horner's Sundials in Amethyst and for the interior I used Designer Solids in Chartreuse. I also made a smaller size for my Mom using Anna Maria Horner's Mind's Eye in Jazz  for the exterior and Carly Griffith's Matryoshka Dots in Purple for the interior. All fabric is available in the shop!

Why not give this tutorial a try.

Happy sewing.

green with envy fabric sale

Green with Envy

The fabric shop has been open for a week and it's St. Pat's Day on Saturday so I thought I would celebrate with a sale!

Enter Green with Envy as the discout code when you're checking out and you will receive 10% off your order between now and Saturday March 17th.

Tell your friends and happy shopping!


March 11, 2013 — AlannaB

fridays off fabric shop now open

Fridays Off Fabric Shop logo


I am so excited to finally tell you what I've been busy with for the last several months!

Today I'm launching my very own online fabric shop - aptly named fridays off! The idea came to me early in the new year and I immediately sprang into action meeting with fabric distributors and immersing myself into the world of 100% cotton fabrics.

My shop is being hosted over at, an amazing ecommerce platform and proudly Canadian (woot!).

I'm so stoked about this venture and I can hardly wait for it to take off. Some may think it's bad timing given the Hubs and I have another baby on the way, but I couldn't think of a better time to get this started.

I am so thankful to my pal Matt for creating my awesome logo and helping me doctor some photos. I also love my fabric "dealer" Erika she really helped me brainstorm some fantastic ideas and made me feel like I could do this, when I started to get cold feet.

With this venture kicking off within hours, sadly my domain will be moved to my shop so if you've got this in your readers or bookmarked or whatever please change it to I will continue to blog but the focus will likely change slightly.

I hope you stick with me as I forage down this entrepreneurial path. I'm going to need all the encouragement I can get. Also, if you're into fabric check my stuff out. There will be much more coming and I promis you will love it all. In addition to fabric I will be selling patterns and making up kits - bundling curated fabrics with specific sewing cards - for those that need that extra bit of inspiration.

Check back often and wish me luck!!