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Missibaba and The Sea Point Library


I love books and I must admit to being a bit of a library nerd. All those perfectly lined up spines embracing so much delicious knowledge and inspiration…who’s with me? So clearly, the launch of Missibaba‘s latest collection of leather lusciousness, entitled The Reference Section of The Sea Point Library, had my nerdy heart racing.


This year the brilliant ladies behind Missibaba took a travel hiatus. Instead of globe-trotting for inspiration, they turned local and ensconced themselves for a week long odyssey into the reference section of the Sea Point Library in Cape Town. Art, design and gardening books got Chloe and Lizel’s creative juices flowing and the result is a collection rich in character and narrative.


The collection has three new patterns created with appliqué and cut-out techniques in multiple colour options. The Quilt, inspired by a photo of an Amish quilt; The Tropicana, the result of a watermelon print paper cutting session; and my favourite, The Pineapple Scallop, another off-cut paper cut creation. Truly delicious!

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The base colour palette is fairly neutral – a buttery soft tan and navy charcoal form the core of the collection – with accents of sunflower yellow and gold for pop. Perfect for autumn! Summer junkies can still get their colour fix with the addition of juicy brights and bolds.


Four new bold patterns were also created for the collection, also referenced from design and architectural sources. I think Missibaba is just brilliant. Their collection launch the other night was a fabulous evening and I couldn’t resist a certain Cleopatra belt that called my name very loudly. Happy me!


5 DIY tote bags you’ll totally want

Where would we be without tote bags, the universal carry all? Easy on the eye, practical and long-suffering, the tote lives up to its name. It totes without complaint. I love my totes, especially as we go into the warmer summer months when I grab a tote instead of a handbag. It just seems more carefree and casual, perfectly suited to beach days, market days, park days, book days, and any other days in between.

I’ve rounded up 5 of my favourite DIY tote bags. Just click on the links to see the full DIY tutorials.

1. This clever camera embroidery tote bag is just gorgeous. It does require a sewing machine and a little time, but I think it’s totally worth it:



2. I love this farmers market tote –  practical, personal and not too tough to make:



3. I reckon this toilet roll tube tote (not sure that is an appropriate name for it, but hey) is the cleverest and easiest way to print a really cool pattern with minimal materials. I’m definitely going to give it a try!



4. A beautiful and stylish leather bag tote is a step up from the usual fabric tote bag and I think it’s just gorgeous! I love the simplicity and I’m quite keen to use a piece of leather I have in the cupboard to make this one day:



5. And the last one is not really a tote but it was too cute not to include. The tassel basket would be great for the beach or market with its flamboyant colourful tassels that catch the breeze like like flags.


So that’s a little round-up of 5 great DIY tote bags to get you in the mood for summer. See you soon!