Hey there, friends! It’s been a minute since I’ve posted — we’ve got some pretty heavy projects going on at work that have been sapping my energy. But I had to get on and tell you all about the super-fun project I just finished. It’s exactly the kind of thing I needed to get my sewjo running: a project I know I’m comfortable with, but that teaches me a few new skills at the same time. Oh, and that’s super quick and could be a holiday present! Perfection. Let’s talk about Klum House’s newest pattern: the Woodland Dopp Kit!
Klum House provided me with a kit in exchange for a review. The thoughts and experiences are my own. Thanks for patronizing the businesses that keep the lights on here at Maddie Made This!
Woodland Dopp Kit
About the Kit
I love making dopp kits. I’ve made a few as presents, and a few that I use constantly on business trips. They’re great for keeping all my cords together, or tossing an embroidery project into. When Klum House reached out to see if I wanted to try a kit for their new dopp kit pattern, I was like “duh!” right off the bat. Then I saw the pattern and all the amazing fabric and hardware options and I was basically stalking the mail carrier waiting for it to come! It comes with ev-er-y-thing you need: fabric, zipper, hardware, and even a cute Klum House tag!
For my dopp kit, I selected a gorgeous olive green waxed canvas, brown leather, and brass hardware. Yes, that’s right — I said waxed canvas. I had never used waxed canvas before, but I’ve been wanting to try it forever! Unsurprisingly, I was a bit nervous about it. I had visions of it gumming up my machine or being a dust magnet (a serious issue for me, since my already-dusty vintage apartment building is under construction, aka double dust whammy). The Woodland Dopp Kit was a perfect way for me to try waxed canvas without committing to a big ol’ project using it and realizing it’s not for me.
Sewing with Waxed Canvas
Here’s the surprise, though. I LOVE waxed canvas. Okay, that’s not a huge surprise, I guess. It was so interesting to work with: a little tacky to the touch (tacky like sticky, not tacky like a bad 1980s living room), and it definitely shows its use history quickly. You’ll probably want to be intentional about your stitching here. I don’t mind a few remnants of needle punctures where I’ve ripped seams, but you may. But that’s kind of the beauty of waxed canvas, isn’t it? I can’t wait to bang this bag around a bit so it looks super cool and worn.
I was interested to see how my machine would deal with the waxed canvas. After the whole project was done, I didn’t find any waxy residue on my machine or on the needle. With a longer project where you’re handling the fabric more, that could change with the heat of your hands. Since this is a quickie, though, no issues there! I also was afraid it would catch on the feed dogs, and planned to use tissue paper beneath the fabric if that happened. Again, my fears did not come to pass, and after working with the fabric, I think the tissue paper would have been a bad idea. It’d probably be a real pain to pick off the fabric when you’re done.
Sewing the Woodland Dopp Kit
The whole project took me less than one viewing of “The Princess Switch” on Netflix. The fabric comes precut if you buy the kit, so I got to skip that step! It came together so quickly that I was done in time to devote my full attention to the baking competition climax of the movie. Very important stuff.
The one modification I made was to use French seams for my corners. I do this on all my dopp kits because I like the structure it gives the bag. Since the canvas/waxed canvas combo of lining and outer fabric is pretty study, though, I don’t think it was necessary.
I love the addition of the leather tab and handle to the dopp kit. It makes it feel so professional and very masculine. Also, I just really love putting in grommets for some reason? Which is funny because they made me really nervous when I made my first pair of jeans! I used a very small and sharp Philips-head screwdriver to make the holes, and my trusty hammer to pound them in. I’m not sure that’s what my dad envisioned me using the toolbox he bought me for, but it’s probably the number one thing I do with it, haha
Initially I thought I might give the Woodland Dopp Kit to my brother for Christmas. He’s almost 17 and therefore much cooler than I ever was or ever will be, he tells me. Buuuuuuuuut… after finishing this there’s no way he can pry this out of my hands. Sorry Patrick! You’re getting a tee shirt instead. He doesn’t read my blog, so I can say that without fear. Also, he wants the tee shirt, I promise.
The Woodland Dopp Kit was a perfect project to pull me out of a sewing funk. It had enough new aspects to not feel like a rote project, but not enough to where I could feel validated in “taking a break” that would turn into never finishing it. It was also super quick, so I basically started and then immediately felt accomplished when it was finished! The kit is a great choice for people looking to reignite their sewjo, or just for folks who have put off their holiday making (ahem).
I miss the sewing Instagram community, and I’m doing my best to re-prioritize and spend more time with y’all. The happiness and support you lend me is so important! I’m hoping to have more updates on #SewMyStyle2019 soon, and to be interacting with you guys more regularly as well. Thanks for being patient with me during a rough time!