Maker’s Tote Take Two : Star Wars Edition

Maker's Tote Take Two : Star Wars Edition : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I promise that it is a complete (happy) accident that I am sharing a Star Wars project with you on Star Wars day. Hopefully you all didn’t think you would escape the frenzy of the latest Star Wars movie coming out today by visiting a quilting blog. 😉 What can I say? I have a 6 year old boy who loves all things Star Wars. Did I also mention his favorite color is orange? Those two facts make me certain he is going to love his Maker’s Tote on Christmas morning.

Maker's Tote Take Two : Star Wars Edition : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This is the second Maker’s Tote (pattern by Noodlehead) that I’ve made, and it went much faster this time around. I made them back-to-back so I wouldn’t forget the pattern. On this tote, I made the same minor adjustments/personalizations to the pattern – you can find the details listed in this post. I did have an “opps” this time though. I accidentally put the zipper pocket on the outside 1″ too low. That’s what comes from thinking you have the whole thing memorized and moving too fast! Probably not a huge deal though, I am certain my son won’t notice.

Maker's Tote Take Two : Star Wars Edition : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For my fabric selections, I used a variety of Star Wars prints.

Outer Fabric : Star Wars Comic Strip by Camelot Fabrics
Inner Lining : Essex linen yard dyed in Black by Robert Kaufman
Pockets and Outer Sides : Star Wars, The Force Awakens, Logo in Orange by Camelot Fabrics
Binding : Star Wars, The Force Awakens, Logo in Stone by Camelot Fabrics

Maker's Tote Take Two : Star Wars Edition : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The outer print is…well…pretty loud. I joked that I felt like Chewie was yelling at me the entire time I was sewing this tote. Sometimes you just have to sew for the recipient though, am I right?

Maker's Tote Take Two : Star Wars Edition : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I attempted to calm down the “excitement” of the fabric by throwing in the Essex linen. I think that does help. Just like with my daughter’s tote, I made the small size and feel like it holds enough for kids – markers, coloring books, headphones, some games and toy figures. I mentioned last week that on this tote, I was planning on raising the inner zipper closure about 1/4″ so that it would better accommodate an 8-1/2″ x 10″ coloring book. I did that and it works great. If I were to make a third, I might get even more greedy and raise it another 1/4″. :)

Maker's Tote Take Two : Star Wars Edition : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Darth Approves

As a last minute idea, I also decided to make my kids little vinyl fronted zipper pouches to coordinate with their Maker’s Totes. I sort of just made this up as I went, clearly feeling confident after making a few Noodlehead bags lately!

Maker's Tote Take Two : Star Wars Edition : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Chewie still yelling at me

I used 16 gauge vinyl on the front. The fabric you are seeing is actually through the front of the pouch. It’s a bit easier to see on my daughter’s finished pouch, with the markers zipped inside.

Maker's Tote Take Two : Star Wars Edition : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think they turned out pretty cute, and will be great additions to their Maker’s Totes. It’s something they can put a few markers inside and bring into restaurants (or any other “boring” location) when we go out.

Maker's Tote Take Two : Star Wars Edition : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I can’t wait to see their reactions – one more week!

Stitching Here and There

Crosses and Losses quilt blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Only 10 days until Christmas, and I have only spent a bit of time here and there at the sewing machine. I did knock out a few more Crosses and Losses blocks. This has been a fun project on the last few rainy (but warm!) days. They certainly are bright!

Crosses and Losses quilt blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also have been working on Christmas gifts. Last week I shared my daughter’s Maker’s Tote with you (thank you all for your nice comments!!). This week I plan on taking pictures of my son’s tote. He’s a huge Star Wars fan, so the fabric choice was a no brainer.

Crosses and Losses quilt blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Can I just say how much I love these Clover Wonder Clips for bag making? They hold thick layers together so easily. I first started out pinning all these crazy pieces together and after much frustration – and bleeding – I switched to the Wonder Clips. It made for a much more pleasant experience.

I’m planning on trying to make a couple zip pouches today to coordinate with these totes.

Are you making something handmade for the holidays? I’d love to hear what you have planned!

Maker’s Tote ~ A Finish

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

My first Maker’s Tote (pattern purchased from Noodlehead) is officially finished. I think my daughter is going to love it! Anna’s pattern comes with directions in two sizes, a small and a large. This is the small, but as you can see, it still fits a lot of stuff! I loaded it with things my daughter likes to take on trips – headphones, markers, a book, a sketchpad, a stuffed animal…no problem fitting it all and zipping it up. I also can just squeeze in an 8-1/2″ x 10″ coloring book. On my son’s tote, I’m raising the zipper 1/4″ to make it a bit easier to fit.

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

This was a fun pattern to make. I can always count on Anna to challenge me, in a good way. With this bag, I successfully completed two new-to-me zipper installations.

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

The first was this zipper in the middle of the outer panel. I was so nervous to cut into my fabric, as I had just spent a really long time getting it ready with all the quilting. But it worked!

The second was the top zipper, installed with zipper tape. It was much easier than I anticipated! One of the reasons I decided to do quilt-as-you-go on the outer fabric was I wanted to camouflage the two horizontal zipper tape stitching lines that appear on the outside of the tote. I think it worked – you can hardly notice them.

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

I left off the outer snap pocket on my Maker’s Totes. My kids seem genuinely confused by why they would need snap pockets on their Cargo Duffles. So I decided not to bother this time, even though I think they are adorable.

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

I mentioned a few details in my progress post earlier this week, but in case you missed that, here is a summary of the fabrics and minor changes I made to the pattern.

Fabrics
Outer : Carrie BloomstonPaint fabric line – Brushes in Inky
Lining : Carrie BloomstonStory fabric line – Stars in Hot Pink
Pockets : Carrie BloomstonPaint fabric line – Palette in Spackle
Trim : Carrie BloomstonPaint fabric line – Patina in Aqua

Modifications
1. Quilt as You Go for the outer panels. I quilted directly onto the interfacing specified in the pattern.
2. Added stitched lines 5/8″ apart on the inner flat pocket to create a marker holder.
3. Left off the outer snap pocket.
4. Finished the handles by stitching straight lines 1/4″ apart and leaving them flat.

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

This first tote probably took me about 8 hours total for cutting, quilting and assembling. This was my first time reading the pattern, so that always takes time. The quilt-as-you-go step that I added was a significant chunk of time, as was the stitched lines for the marker holder. The binding took an hour or so to stitch on as well.

I’ve made a second tote already for my son (will share next week), and it probably took 5 hours total So I’m getting faster! I definitely recommend the Maker’s Tote pattern if you have a few bags under your belt and are looking for a great handmade gift – for a friend or yourself!

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:

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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. 😉