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April 1, 2024 by
Casey Unrein

For our final project on the FreeSpirit Influencer Tour, we decided to showcase the fabric by making Tools of the Trade. The large pieces of these bags are a perfect place to use beautiful fabric like Tim Holtz’s upcoming collection, Colorblock.

These functional carriers in two sizes are designed to store, protect, and carry oversized items such as rulers, cutting mats, sketchbooks — even computers.

Their sleek design ensures sturdy stability and makes it easy to access items inside without even opening the bag. Just lift the flap and remove the items you need.

Slip and zippered pockets on the outside are perfect for items you need quickly, such as keys or phones.


Or, lay the bag down, zip open the sides, and you’ll have full visibility and access to everything inside.

A large zippered mesh pocket as well as a padded sleeve and variety of fabric and mesh dividers keep tools and supplies organized, while maintaining visibility and easy access.

When you’re ready to go, just re-zip the sides and close the flap.

Long handles allow the bag to be carried over the shoulder or even cross-body for easy hands-free carrying.


You’ll love being able to sling the bag over your shoulder, knowing that everything inside is safe and secure.

Whether you are going to a friend’s house, attending a class or retreat, or just needing to get everything off the dining room table or out of the guest room, you will LOVE these versatile organizers.

The small portfolio measures 14"H x 20"W x 1½" to 3¾"D when closed and will hold a 12" x 18" mat.

The large case measures 21"H x 26½"W x 1½" to 5½"D when closed and will hold an 18" x 24" cutting mat.




We made both sizes of the Tools of the Trade. For the main fabric on both, we used Tim Holtz’s Colorblock CANVAS with Provisions in Sepia for the lining.

For the coordinating fabrics, we used Worn Croc in Moonlit for the large and Everglades for the small. Since we were running short on CANVAS, we used leftover quilted fabric from the other projects for the Inner Dividers on each.

To coordinate with those, we use ByAnnie’s Handbag Zippers in Emerald on the small and Union Blue on the large, ByAnnie’s Lightweight Mesh in Natural for both, and ByAnnie’s Fold-over Elastic in Turquoise for the small and Navy for the large.

To learn more about Tools of the Trade and see it "in action", be sure to check out our An Introduction and A Closer Look videos for Tools of the Trade.


Please let us know which of our Colorblock projects you liked best — Double Zip Gear Bag 2.0Round Trip Duffle, or Tools of the Trade. Which ByAnnie project would you like to make with Colorblock?

We’ll choose a winner from those who post a comment here on our blog to win a bundle of fabric from FreeSpirit! You have until midnight Mountain Time on Friday, July 21, 2023 to add your comment.

We’ll pick a winner then and email you for your contact and delivery information which we’ll send to FreeSpirit Fabrics. They will then ship the fabric bundle directly to you.

Good luck!

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