Caravan Tote in Cotton and Steel and Chambray


Hello Finch people! This is Tara typing at you today, though you can usually (read: sporadically) find me at my own blog Girl Like The Sea. I guess the sea comes and goes too, so there.

I wanted to show you something I sewed up for Finch, of course using some of the amazing and high quality fabrics to be found in the shop.

The Caravan Tote! – Pattern by Noodlehead


Have you ever sewn one of Anna’s Noodlehead patterns? This is my second, and I think they’re super well made. She always has flawless directions, professional finishes, and functional style. Of course, you can only go so far with a good pattern. You need great fabrics to make any pattern sing, right?

For the Main fabric, I used Andover chambray – so nice! I’m a chambray lover. Can’t deny it.

The outer contrast – Spirit Animal - one of the great options from Cotton & Steel. I love the way their cottons feel. A lot more supple than your average quilting cotton.

Inside for a contrast – Mesa Cotton and Steel - another one of the beautiful Cotton and Steel quilting cottons.

There’s also some red cotton and steel that I – ahem – couldn’t locate in the Finch listings online.



This bag is sort of an ode to the knitters out there. It’s designed so that you can add details to help you stash your knitting projects on the go. A zip compartment that has slots for needles. And a button pouch in the front for other notions/your little tiny wine bottle. Heh. Just kidding.

IMGP7493A pocket in the main section is for balls of yarn, and an option is included to add grommets to run your yarn through. Pretty cool right? And of course I have some of my beautiful yarns from Finch stashed in here, because those piles of squishy wool always tempt me when I go into the shop.

There was seriously nowhere for miiiiiiles around here to buy high quality yarn until Nicole started stocking it. Now I don’t have to wait until I go on vacation to find Tosh! The green Malabrigo on the left has already been made into a hat.


My 4 year old daughter couldn’t resist jumping into my photos, but she does give some context for size ^_^

It’s a pretty large and sturdy bag. Partly due to the incredible amount of interfacing involved! Haha. I used some of the woven fabric interfacing from Finch to interface the whole thing and it turned out really nice. I love real woven interfacing.



My daughter’s doll, Jack, had to take a ride in the tote of course. It was the perfect size for a doll fort!


Do you have any favorite bag patterns? I thought this one was a good challenge without being completely crazy overwhelming. There are a lot of pieces that I had to keep organized, but the instructions kept me going without trouble and the end product was enough to impress my husband. Enough said.

Quick recap:


Caravan Tote from Noodlehead (plus an extra zip pouch pattern comes with it!)


Spirit Animal Cotton and Steel

Mesa Cotton and Steel
Andover chambray

(red zipper from Finch as well)

Thanks for stopping by, and happy sewing! And if you’re local, maybe I’ll run into you next time I’m in the shop ^_^


Girl Like The Sea


Spring Bernina Sale Starts Tomorrow!

Bernina Spring Sale

  • $500 off BERNINA 500 Series

  • $700 off 7 Series

  • $800 off 8 Series

Already have a BERNINA? Pick up the BERNINA Quilter Accessory kit at 25% off!

Come to Finch for more info!



Kids Spring Classes and Summer Camps, plus Machine Sale Extended!

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All this snow and blustery weather has made it a bit difficult to get out and safely buy the machine of your dreams (for the price of your dreams too!!), so we are extending the classroom sale through this weekend, ending on March 8th.  Seize the day, and get yourself a beautiful Bernina…  ask about 0% financing…  We’ll tell you all about it! Give us a call to find out our specific prices and schedule a time to come in and sew a little! 703.777.8000.

Spring Classes Start this Week!

Only a couple of seat are left! See below:

Kids Design and Sew Class for ages 7-11.  Kids get to do a little designing and a lot of sewing in this 6-week course…  We’ll be making skirts this time! Only 1 seat available.

Youth Design and Sew Class is for ages 11-14. Students will do more designing in this class, and lots of sewing during our 6-week course… This edition will focus on style and apparel! Only 2 seats available

Sleepover Party is happening on March 27th.  Get your spring break kicked off with a late night crafty party with friends.  We will be making some felt goodies that are very spring inspired, and the girls will go home with a bundle of goodies.  Dinner, snacks, and breakfast is included!  6 seats (cots) available!

Poof Camp!  For boys and girls 7-12 years old, this year’s Spring Break Camp will be the ever-popular poof camp.  Spend three days of creative fun at Finch making a pad-worthy poof.  We’re only offering one session of this class, so get your seat before we sell out!

Knit Animals Class : ages 7 and up. Learn to make a variety of stuffed animals in this fun and easy knitting camp.  Beginners welcome! 5 seats still open- Sundays, April 19, 26 and May 3.

Fresh Summer Camps!

See what we’re up to this summer:

Triangularity Sewing Camp: for ages 7-11.  All things Triangles and Pyramids is the theme for this camp!  We’re going to make a large Triangle poof with a hidden tunnel worthy of any Egyptian Princess’ treasures. We’ll also make a triangle zip pouch and may even get to a triangle garland.  June 17-19, sold out! July 27-29, 5 seats open. August 3-5, 5 seats open.

Knit Animals Summer Camp : ages 7 and up. Learn to make a variety of stuffed animals in this fun and easy knitting camp.  Beginners welcome! Aug 18-20th, 5 seats still open!

Quilting and Design 101, 102 Camp:  Quilting 101 kids, ages 7-11, will learn the basics of piecing, quilting, basting, and binding.  Kids will proudly take a finished quilt home. July 13-16th, 5 seats open. Quilting 102, for ages 11-16, will involve and introduction to improvisational piecing, a review of basting and quilting, and an introduction to full binding. This is a great skills class and will be a blast to complete! Students who took 101 will really enjoy this next step! July 9, 23, Aug 6, 6 seats open.  July 21-24th, 6 seats open.

Machine Embroidered Plushies Camp: Ages 6-11. This camp is going to be a blast…  we’re going to play with the embroidery machines making our very own funny plushy dolls.  We’ll learn machine basics and go home with a few really fun dolls while we’re at it.  June 22-24.

Design and Knit Camp: With a week or two in between each meeting, students will have time to create something they really want to make during this summer-long camp.  Students will meet 4 times, and will have plenty of input in developing the project they really want to make.  July 16, 23, Aug 6, 20th, 6 seats open.

Back to School Outfit Camp: Ages 8-12.  Kids will learn to sew a garment or two as well as accessories for their first day of school outfit.  This has been our most popular class each year, and we’re excited to see what the girls make again! New Projects for those who will be joining us again.  Aug 17-20th.

Stretchy Knit Camp: Ages 7-12. Knit all the stretchy things!!  For this camp, we’re using one of the most popular yarns among our kid customers- elastic yarn!  We’ll be making all kinds of stretchy accessories in this fun class.  July 28-30.

It’s an honor to teach your kids, and we hope they’ll join us this summer!  It’s going to be a great time!
the Finch

Classroom Machine Sale!!

Classroom Machines
On sale thru Feb 28th!

All our classroom machines are on sale now through Feb 28th! Some of these machines are only 2 weeks out of the box and all of them are less than 4 months old! This sale is an unbelievable opportunity- one you just can’t miss! Inlcuded in the sale are the following models:
one 215
one 330
one 350 PE
one 580 E
six 560’s

We stocked up on machines for our recent retreat, so we’re lucky to able to sell some of our machines at a classroom price even though they’re only a couple of weeks old!

We can’t share the price right here, but we’ll be happy to tell you all the details in person or in the shop! Stop by or give us a call anytime…   703.777.8000

FREE Open Sew Hours

Our open sew hours are free thru the 28th!  Bring a project with you, and get to know which machine is a good fit for you.  Ask questions, and get help understanding the machines.  Our knowledgeable staff will be very happy to help you!

My Wanderer Bohemian Tee

I am a West Coast girl, and many of my trips as a kid involved desert landscapes and rocky terrain. So April Rhodes’ new line, Wanderer, called to me on a really personal level.  The print I picked for my Bohemian Briar Tee is one of my favorites (though I don’t know if can really narrow it down… I love them all!!).  Called Temple of Allanque, its small horses, sunbursts, and feathers remind me of the carved fetish necklaces and bracelets I have collected since I was a child.



I cut out the long sleeved, cropped version of the Briar tee and then added a panel of organic ticking to the bottom.  I thought the neck band would be really fun with an exposed raw edge.

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Which led to the sleeves…. They are cute and flirty with ties and side vents.  I left part of the bottom of each sleeve unsewn, attached the ticking ties, and then finished the edges of the opening with top stitching.

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I can’t believe it, but this is the first shirt I’ve sewn with an Art Gallery knit…  I made a few maxi skirts with April’s previous line (Arizona), but no shirts. This is by far the coziest shirt I’ve ever owned.  The stretch is just perfect, and the recovery is really really good.  The soft finish of the fabric, as with all Art Gallery fabrics, is to die for.  I’ll be making a few more of these, no question.

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unnamed (5)Wanderer is a great fabric line, with so so much versatility.  Bags, pillows, clothes…  it’s going to be great on all the things!  So go pre-order some!  The line will be shipping out from Finch on Feb. 20th!

You’ll get to see lots more Wanderer Fabric goodness in the coming days…  follow the blog tour below!

Monday Feb. 16 – Holly Hughes –
Tuesday Feb. 17 – Shannon Cook –
Wednesday Feb. 18 – Becca Bryan –
Thursday Feb. 19 – Rochelle New –
Friday Feb. 20 – Kate –
Saturday Feb. 21 – Amber –
Sunday Feb. 22 – Caroline Hulse –
Monday Feb. 23 – John Adams –
Tuesday Feb. 24 – Maureen Cracknell – maureencracknellhandmade
Wednesday Feb. 25 – Delia –
Thursday Feb. 26 – Kelly –
Friday Feb. 27 – Christopher Thompson –
Saturday Feb. 28 – Jen –

April will also be sharing photos of all the projects on Instagram, with a BIG GIVEAWAY!! 20 HALF YARD CUTS OF WANDERER! Thats 10 yards!!

To win :: follow April (@aprilarhodes) on IG and repost any of the Wanderer Tour photos with #wanderertourgiveaway and she’ll randomly choose a winner from the hashtags pool on March 1st!


the Finch (Nicole)

Oscar Night at Finch!

Come spend a night with the stars at Finch! We will have a 70″ flat screen complete with lighting and stage worthy curtains for this event. We’ll provide hors d’oevres, adult drinks and a crafting station for you to partake in. Bring your handwork, knitting, crocheting, or just your sweet self, and enjoy the Oscars with Finch friends!!

You can register right here.
See you on the red carpet!!
xoxo, the Finch

Bernina Game Changer Event – up to 20% off Machines!


This is your moment!!! On Jan 29th-Feb 2nd, we’ll be offering a Super Bowl Savings Event on our Bernina Machines! You’re welcome to drop in anytime this week to try out our demo machines, and we’ll be here all weekend to help you with your Bernina purchase….  Get 0% financing for 4 whole years!!

Let me break it down for you….

Get the 530 for just $68 per month

Get the 550 for just $87 per month

Get the 560 for just $68 per month

Get the 580 E for just $135 per month


And the 700 and 800 series will be an additional 10% off the already marked down Finch Everyday Price all weekend!

Get the 750 QE for just $104 per month

and the queen of the half time show herself, the 880 for $218 per month!2015_game_changer_newsletter_insert_hi_res