A Maker’s Tote in Progress

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week I’ve taken a quick break from my Crosses and Losses blocks to work on a handmade gift for my daughter for Christmas. A couple weeks ago, Anna of Noodlehead released her latest pattern, the Maker’s Tote. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for my kids. They love to take their markers, doodle books, and little toys with them when we go on trips. I went in search of the perfect fabric for my 9 year old daughter. She is growing up so fast and quickly rejecting anything that she thinks is “for little kids”. Sniff sniff. 🙁 When I came across Carrie Bloomston’s fabric, I knew it was perfect. I used prints from both her Paint (Brushes in Inky, Palette in Spackle, Patina in Aqua) and Story (Stars in Hot Pink) line.

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I really wanted to use the quilt-as-you-go technique for the outside. I checked in with Anna to make sure that it wouldn’t ruin something further down the pattern. She gave me the ok so I got stitching!

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I spent about 6 hours yesterday assembling. Don’t let that scare you away. I am very slow when it comes to making 3D objects. Especially my first time following a pattern.

Maker's Tote, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

When I share my finished Maker’s Tote, I will go over all my modifications (not a lot). But in case you are in the process of making one too, my favorite change was adding stitched lines to one of the inner pockets to hold their markers. Spill proof! These markers are Stabilo 68, and my small Maker’s Tote fits 16 markers. My lines are stitched 5/8″ apart.

You can find Carrie Bloomston’s fabric at my sponsors below:

Fabric Spark
Gotham Quilts
Sew Modern

Now to make a second tote for my son. This time in Star Wars prints. It looks like my days of using licensed fabric aren’t quite over yet. 😉



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    December 8, 2015

    Duh…. Does the fabric come already quilted?

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    December 8, 2015

    Very clever! And LOVE the fabric!!

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    December 8, 2015

    Screwing up my courage to try one of these soon~sometimes these patterns are like reading architectural plans! My rule of thumb is…if it doesn’t make sense the first time you read it, then it’s time to take a break! Looking forward to seeing the finished bags. Don’t fret~love of licensed fabric returns when they’re older 🙂

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    December 8, 2015

    Totally perfect, Faith! I know your kiddos will be so excited to have one of these to carry their favorite things in–this adult would be 🙂 The fabrics you chose are spot on, too!

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    December 8, 2015

    Love it! What a great idea to add the marker pockets. I love seeing how quilters modify projects for their kids!

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    Ivete @ Gotham Quilts

    December 8, 2015

    Love it! I can’t wait to make this bag for myself

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    Anja Clyke

    December 8, 2015

    Great tote! I’m sure she will love it. I like your modifications.

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    December 9, 2015

    Beautiful! Now I want one.

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    Diane B

    December 9, 2015

    Faith love the quilted outside, and your “marker” pocket inside. Thanks for sharing your Makers Tote , that pattern is in my wish list.


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