The Ship Shape Tote

Ship Shape Tote 1

Yep, another bag! (And I’m working on a third one right now too, so I hope you like totes.) Last month at the Sewing Summit I was super lucky to have the chance to take Alexia Abegg of Green Bee Design’s class. Alexia is not only talented but also a very, very nice person and I was thrilled to be able to spend a couple hours with her, working on her Ship Shape Tote pattern.

Ship Shape Tote Pieces

We all cut our fabrics at home and I decided to use 12 different prints, rather than 2 like in the example. Each side of my tote has the same set of fabrics, but in a different order. The fabric is a mix of Anna Maria Horner’s fabrics (Field Study, Good Folks, Innocent Crush), Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee, Bari J’s Splendor 1920, Art Gallery Fabrics Indie and Cloud9’s Nature Walk. For the lining I chose Alexander Henry’s Heath in chocolate and added a bit of Cloud9’s Cut Out and Keep because I didn’t have enough of the crosshatch. The straps are a solid chocolate brown.

Ship Shape Tote 2

This was the first time I’ve sewn with such heavy weight interfacing. I really love the sturdy shape it gives the bag. (Mine’s a little wrinkled right now from being shoved under an airline seat.)

Ship Shape Tote 3

The shape of the tote is great too. The slight angled look is really cool and the flat bottom really lets you put a lot in the bag. I really pushed it to it’s limits when I loaded it up as my carry on on the way home from Salt Lake City.

Ship Shape Tote Bottom

I’m already thinking this will be a great pool bag for the summer. I think it will fit all our beach towels, sunscreen, pool toys and snacks and it won’t tip over and let everything spill out.

Ship Shape Tote 4

For my USA friends, I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow! I have so much to be thankful for and I can’t wait to celebrate with family. xox

A Quilt as You Go Tote

I realized I haven’t blogged yet about the tote bag I made last month for the Sewing Summit! At the very last minute, as I was running around stressed out, trying to get everything done for my class, packed, kids ready for me to leave town…I decided I just needed to make a handmade bag for my trip. I didn’t have time to make a Weekender like everyone else, but I knew I could make a Jane Market Bag. I’ve had this pattern for awhile and the totes are so easy to put together. They hold a lot of stuff and make great teacher gifts. *hint* *hint*

QAYG

I decided to make a quilt as you go (QAYG) version. This technique is fairly new to me. Recently some of us made quilt blocks for a special quilt for Penny with QAYG and I fell in love right away. It takes awhile, but wow is it worth it! You can find a tutorial for QAYG in the form of a quilt along here.

Panels

I made a couple changes to the bag (both intentional and not). First, the bag is about 1″ smaller all the way around. That was the unintentional change. I should have started my QAYG with a larger piece of batting. Opps! That’s ok though, the bag still works great.

The second change was I left off the outside pockets. Because I was QAYGing, I didn’t want those to take away from the look of the sides. I also left out the option for a flat bottom (made with interfacing or cardboard). I like my tote bags all floppy like.

Tote

I highly recommend this bag pattern. It’s very easy, even for beginners and the bag comes together very quickly. And you never can have too many bags!

Welcome daMommie Cases!

Happy Friday! Today I’m very pleased to introduce you to my newest sponsor, daMommie Cases. When I started emailing with shop owner Tonya, I got really excited. It turns out we have a few things in common. Tonya’s husband’s aunt taught her to sew 18 yrs ago when she was on bed rest with her daughter. (My mom taught me to quilt when I was on bed rest with my son). Tonya is an I.T. Specialist by day and the only female on her team at work so sewing is her way of relaxing. (I worked in I.T. before staying home with my kids and was also one of the only women in the bunch throughout college and my teams professionally). See, I think we must be kindred spirits.

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I think these would make awesome Christmas gifts! I love the modern, sleek designs and Tonya’s fabric combinations as well.

How cool is this – Cordurory!

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Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang ~ The Fresh AG Tote

Fresh AG Tote ~ Pattern for the Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang

Today I’m so excited to be able to share my first project as part of the Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang, the Fresh AG Tote!

I designed this tote with summer in mind, perfect for taking to the park or the pool. It’s a simple pattern for beginner bag makers as well. You can find the pattern over on the Art Gallery Fabrics blog and also the PDF download on their pattern summary page (if you don’t see it there right away, it will be there soon – just go to the blog post).

Now for the giveaway! Want to win all the Art Gallery prints I used on my bag (minus the solids)?

My rules:
• Leave a comment on this post

Art Gallery’s rules:
• Subscribe to the Art Gallery Fabrics blog
• Follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Pinterest
• Like Art Gallery on Facebook (optional)

I will pick a winner Friday evening, July 27th.

And don’t forget to add photos of your finished project to the Fat Quarter Gang Flickr group. Happy sewing everyone!

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Closing comments to pick a winner!
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The lucky winner is #124: Martha said “Love your tote:) awesome!”

Congratulations Martha! I will be emailing you for your address. Thanks for commenting everyone!