On the blog today, we have our last project with National Parks by Anderson Design Group for Riley Blake Designs. We can't tell you how much fun we've had with this line!

Doesn't this collection make you want to pack up and go out on an adventure? We especially love the nostalgic feel and vintage inspired poster art. We decided it was the perfect line to release our new pattern: Aunt Henri's Saddle Bag. Inspired by a favorite purse of ours from the 70's, this saddle bag is simple to sew and super easy to customize.

When it comes to bag making, pairing quilting cotton with colored vinyl is an Aunt Henri staple. Vinyl makes the bag more durable and balances out the multiple prints we use. Plus--it just looks sharp, doesn't it?

We used three prints in this bag: mini posters, signs and patches.

If you've never done an inset zipper pocket, here's your chance to learn how!

For the lining, we used Riley Blake Shades in the color Sand.

Here's a different look with a vinyl flap instead of a print and with a metal lock clasp.

You can find Aunt Henri's Saddle Bag Pattern in our shop HERE.

Doesn't this make a perfect traveling trio?

Check out more projects made with this collection!

National Parks Passport Wallet Pattern

National Parks Vinyl Organizer Tutorial

National Parks Bucket Hat Pattern

We hope you've enjoyed our National Parks series and are feeling inspired. Now get to sewing! We'd LOVE to see what you make! Tag us @AuntHenri on Instagram and we'll share your work.

Happy Sewing,


It seems we've had an explosion of color at Aunt Henri lately. As beautiful as it's been, we've found a much needed oasis of serenity in this tranquil collection from the ever lovely Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs™.

Aptly titled Serenity, this fabric from Riley Blake Designs is a fantastic addition to any home with a modern neutral color scheme.

We chose to work with a 10" Stacker this time and made a set of Dresden Plate chargers for an elegant place setting.

We wanted a softer curve to the edge of our plate so we drafted our own template which you can download here:

Template Download

The template will make a 15" Dresden which is the perfect size to act as a charger beneath your best china.

A 10" Stacker will make 14 blocks, which makes for great gift potential. Here's the layout we used:

Since these weren't going to be everyday place mats we opted to line them with linen and skip the batting and quilting.

Our centers were secured with an ivory thread but then embellished with a couple rows of black decorative stitching.

Doesn't it look a bit like a doily?

As for our napkins, Gerri has a gorgeous fabric Cream Serenity Border Print that has a vintage lace design! It reminds us of bridal lace or table cloth lace and we can think of so many uses for it, starting with a table cloth border!

It made such an elegant napkin we didn't even bother with the napkin folding book this time.

We sure hope Serenity inspires you to make something--especially since those holidays are right around the corner!

Happy Sewing.

- AH

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If you have a bucket list, I sure hope you have several of our National Parks on it! Whether you've already made travel plans or you're still working on your list, here's a fun project that might get you in the mood.

Made with the nostalgic collection National Parks by The Anderson Group brought to us by Riley Blake Designs, this fun bucket hat will certainly get you ready for a park visit. Whether for gals, guys or little ones, bucket hats are a fun project!

A quick internet search will bring up several bucket hat how-to's. We chose this free pattern: https://www.turnerpublishing.com/files/uploads/BasicBucketHat-2.pdf​

We tweaked the pattern a bit and made it reversible. The best place to do this in this type of hat is the side seam of the band. Though it seems like sewing two hats , sandwiching them together and sewing at the edge of the brim is a good idea, it really isn't.

Making the brim section first and doing your multiple rows of top-stitching (the iconic look of most bucket hats) before sewing to the band, is much better.

We used the Sea Green National Parks Patches print for the outside and the Sand Map print for the reverse. Because two fabrics are just never enough, we added a snazzy hat band of the Black Sign print.

You'll need cuts larger than a fat quarter due to the circumference of the hat brim. Buy at least half yard cuts and you'll have nice scraps for another project!

Next up: we'll have the pattern to make a great saddle bag!

Feeling adventurous yet?

Happy Sewing,


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