Sarah, the owner of PollyAnna Events has been growing her business and growing her staff over the years. I was delighted to fill her order once again. The Sewing Tool Belt has been a life saver for her and her staff keeping their tools organized to create just the right setting for their client's events. I never considered the tool belts as flower organizers! How fun is that?
The Event or Wedding Planner, Display Artist, Tailor, Fashion Designer, Home Interior Designer, Sewer and Quilter have been making this tool belt their own. Way back in my other life of clothing alterations and window treatments the tool belt was designed to meet my own needs. It was the first thing I looked for before starting any sewing project or when I was doing display work for shows and for a brief time fabric retail at a local store. Soon other people wanted one. And so a new sewing adventure began along with a computer adventure since 2010 when this sewing tool belt went on line. It came in many colors and prints until my inventory of other designs would soon take off and I had to make inventory manageable and somewhat profitable. So now it is only offered in black and I have a manufacturer in the USA to help with production. Many other designs have evolved into the core designs seen here in my store. However the sewing tool belt has not changed. It has stood the test of time.
How did it get this name the name Royal Fashion Runway? Within the first two years of online sales a design house in London wanted an order ASAP before the annual Paris Fashion Show. That same design house would later be designing a royal wedding dress!
"I love this product! Great quality material! I have ordered 6 for my team. We are event planners and use these all the time for our events. They are the perfect size and allow us to pack so many tools and must haves that we need on the job. I highly recommend this product! " Sarah of Pollyanna Events
"So handy for my sewing tools! Wearing an apron gets too hot sometimes, but this works great. Excellent quality. Highly recommended."
"It's very well designed and very well made! I use it as a tailor on commercial shoots and it is perfect! Leaves your hands free and everything is always with you. In fact, I think it is slightly life changing!" Deborah
"I love love love love my belt omg what a life saver!? It's so compact it's made so perfectly!!!!!!!!! I'm absolutely thrilled !!!!" Lisa
Photography by Kelly Ottesen
Setting up my own store was another learning moment. Actually it was some very long moments of figuring out the layout, payment and shipping features. It actually worked! One order was already processed! Yahoo!
Thanks to some local brick and mortar store closings I picked up some new models willing to work for cheap and who could strike the same pose over and over! www.hipnotions.com
My shop has been on auto pilot this year. Someone had to ease my husband into his retirement! So we traveled in January, February, April and May. Some in July and August. Now we are done visiting family and friends and horse shopping. Yup, I got a new horse and found my old horse a home. It is time to take the auto pilot off my shop and roll up my sleeves!
I have repeat customers who have reminded me I need to get some of my designs back on my virtual shop shelves. Designs that are not yet manufactured and I need to sew. Yes there are many designs gone missing! I have no more excuses as my broken hand is pretty much fully healed and my husband has totally embraced retirement! He completed my honey do list and now can focus on his projects!
I love hearing from old customers and new. It is great to hear how your tool belts have helped your work flow and saved time from searching for tools or devices gone missing. Here are some tool belts that have gone missing from my shop!
I had been forced to take leave of sewing for a period of time from June 2017 to about January 2018. Of course I was still able to do one handed computer work. Mobility would cause my hand to swell and elevation was its only relief along with lots of ibuprofen. Fortunately my manufacturer was already sewing some of my designs so there was something to offer in my shop. My husband and daughter got to help with the packaging and shipping.
How did a break my hand? Well there is this hobby of mine which also took hold of my dear husband, Larry, some 25 years ago. I had some horse experiences as a kid growing up on a farm but never thought I would be picking up the hobby after three children and a cat. It all started with my neighbor who had two horses and wanted someone to ride with. Fast forward to nine horses later with equipment for serious trail riding and horse camping and the time to do it. We bought what we thought would be our last two horses to camp and explore the US. We coined them our retirement horses. They would be two of the nine horses we had owned during that period of time. Most of them were rehab horses that were re- homed.
We had camped and ridden most major trail systems in a three state area including a trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota, which are really mountains not hills, with our new guys Titus and Clay. This all happened over a four year period of time. We thought we were good to go until last year at the end of a month long trip to North Dakota. We had scaled the steep, bare canyons of the Little Missouri Badlands in high winds, slippery muddy slopes, wildlife surprises and the flaming chimneys of the oil derricks. We were so happy how well the horses handled these new experiences of open prairie and canyons.
Heading home we stopped at a horse park which looked more like home with wooded hillsides and grassy trails. It seemed like my horse knew we were headed home and was getting excited. That's when the trouble started. Hind sight was I should have stepped off my horse the very moment I thought it. I hesitated and then he made the choice for me. The reins were pulled out of my hands and my left hand hit the ground before the rest of me.
I blame myself for that accident and lack of judgement. So I was willing to ride him again once I healed. So I did some prep rides before I rode out with my husband on a familiar trail and was thrown again. Thankfully nothing was re broken! Needless to say I do not understand what changed with my horse or maybe it is me. After our 5 year relationship it is just not working and so with a heavy heart we need to find him a new partner! And I too will find a new four legged partner.
Gorgeous 10 year old Gelding, Chestnut Morgan 15.2 h for SALE!
I am coming out of my virtual shop to appear December 1 & 2. This event will be held at Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, WI, and will be open to the public on Friday, Dec 1, 7-10pm, and Saturday, Dec 2, 12-5pm. There will also be live music and food/beverages available for purchase. . Vendors were selected on the quality of their work and the style the best fits the aesthetic of the event. Diftless Makers Exchange FB- https://www.facebook.com/driftlessmakerexchange/
Pearl Street Brewey Map https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pearl+St+Breweryfirstname.lastname@example.org,-91.2383373,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x87f954e8d55222cf:0xa15e0c5e5a0c22b4!8m2!3d43.834352!4d-91.236154
Hope to see you in person!
To mentor and support Veterans with behavioral health, substance use, physical and other challenges who are either involved in the criminal justice system or otherwise struggling with marriage, family, employment, housing and other issues. http://lavmp.org/
Why do I write about this valuable resource in our community? My daughter-in-law, Catherine enlisted my help in the recognition of veterans in this valuable program 14 embroidered ribbons ago. She is a Marine veteran involved with the program. Each veteran's initials, rank and graduation date were embroidered on a colored ribbon representing their military branch. These ribbons were to be presented in Veterans court upon graduation of the program. Sadly a few were black recognizing a death.
What is special about the 14th ribbon? No I did not know the veteran. Rather it was more awareness of their struggles of rehabilitation through my own little mishap of a broken hand. Not having the use of my left hand for 3 months showed me how I took my left hand/arm for granted. It was life changing and not to mention painful and then asking for help was not much easier. It will take daily discipline to do the soaks, stretches and exercises to hopefully get full mobility of my hand and arm back in the next 1-2 years. Confession time- I was not always happy to drop my regular sewing jobs to set up 2 machines to make one ribbon here or there throughout the years. Since my little accident, making this ribbon was one of my first sewing projects on the road back to recovery. Every ribbon after this one will be done joyfully, cause I can ! And to do it with gratitude for those who have a way longer road to recovery. A big thank you to all service women and men everywhere. May they know when to ask for help, stay committed to doing the work of recovery and to live with gratitude for what is now.
What tool belt would I design to aid me in my leisure time. The same activity that would land me a broken hand! My tool belt holding my cell phone, a small camera, a hand held Garmin and a knife went unharmed!
The Garmin was used to track our journey where cell coverage does not reach. This kept us from getting lost and back to camp by Happy Hour. Our tracks varied from 6 -14 miles in the Badlands of North Dakota back in June of 2017.
The tool belt, I call the “Long Rider” was designed around the previously mentioned items. Heavy Cordura water resistant Nylon was used to protect the cell phone and camera. An all way stretch fabric or lycra was used to secure the weather proof Garmin which was also attached to the belt with a carabineer. All items needed to be easily accessible by one hand, as my horse, Clay, does not always remain stopped when asked. Clearly now after the accident we have some work to do with stop and slow down!
There is a Long Rider’s Guild whose members have ridden from 1,000 -19,000 continous miles and thus the name of this tool belt. I can only aspire to thousands of continuous riding miles in my dreams as I really enjoy the comforts of a camper at night fall. My husband and I travel about with a gooseneck horse trailer with living quarters. Or one could call it a fifth wheel that carries horse and human. There are horse campgrounds all over the US both private and public lands. It is a retirement goal to boldly go where we have never been before….well just as soon as my hand heals!
Here at my house I leave last autumn flower stalk to stand rather then cutting them down. Over the winter the dead plants serve as a visual feature in my yard whether there is snow or not. And now it is time to remove the old stock to get ready for the new. We heat our house with wood. And so a light bulb came on yesterday morning as I was building the fire for the day. Yes it is still cold in Wisconsin, 36 degrees night time temps. My starter paper and cardboard supply had been exhausted. So why not use the dead stems and canes as a starter and kill two birds with one stone! Wow after some 20 years of burning wood! Designing is sort of like that, the solution is sometimes right there in front of you.
I have been using many gardening tool belt prototypes for outside work in the garden, for apple picking and pruning the raspberries and trail clean up. The use of a shop magnet was also one of those moments where the solution to a problem was right there in front of me. I do the trimming and filing of our trail horses, Titus and Clay. I wear one of those heavy leather Ferrier aprons to hold my tools and to protect my legs. On the apron is a 20lb pull magnet to hold the 18" hoof file for quick assess while holding and working on the hooves. The magnet is so handy and so I thought that would work great for my hand saw while working in the woods. Folded it fits in a pocket but unfolded not so well. The saw on the magnet works great when switching between pruners and sawing branches. The elastic lock cord is a must for me and the end of gloves gone missing!
The first gardening tool belt design was started in 100% cotton canvas. And they were very colorful. As I become a serial tool belt designer I had to streamline my inventory to maintain my sanity and time budget. Although the canvas wore well, Cordura 1000 denier nylon is like the Cadillac of nylons. The most expensive nylon but totally worth it for the body or the fabric weight, durability, color fastness and easy cleaning. I invested in a heavy duty industrial sewing machine to handle the Cordura in 2015 and the Cordura was a hit especially for heavier tools as well as mini computers!
The first prototype was made of lime green cotton canvas, with a lock cord for gloves and a 20lb pull magnet for tools. Cleaning horse trails, I use a fold up saw which hangs on the magnet in between pruning and sawing.
The Gardening Cordura Nylon HipNotions Tool Belts offer better endurance, clean-ability, colorfastness and more body than the cotton. Magnets, tool loops and velcro tape loops can be added along with embroidered names.
Other HipNotions Tool Belt Designs that could be used for Gardening
"What an awesome tool belt you've made for me!!! I used it in all the four days I worked on my last trip and there was not one moment I felt it was in my way. I had it on me all the time from preparing the beverage and food carts in the galley up to selling items in the aisle and closing the inventory towards the end. What I found most surprising was that I could even sit in my jumpseat without having to take it off (you should also use it as a selling point). Of course, as I expected, I had a lot of my colleagues asking where I got it from.
I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the tool belt you made for me. Nothing could have been better." United Airline's Flight Attendant
It was designed for flight attendants who use the iphone 6 plus with a scanner and hand hold. It was to hold a flashlight, pen and a few other personal items. The black heavy cordura nylon construction can take on the weight of all these items and is easy to clean. The compact tool belt when worn on the hip can accommodate bending, kneeling, sitting and standing in tight quarters.
Overall size this tool are- 5"W x 7"L x 1"D
zipper pocket 5"Wx 6"L, Main pocket 5"W x 6"L x 1"D
3 flat pockets in the front - sides pockets 5"L x 1"W, Center pocket 4"x4"
I am shooting off my hip with this social media stuff! All pun intended! There have been many starts and stops since 2014.