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!



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    December 18, 2015

    stop it!!!! so amazing. I seriously want to stop everything and make each of my girls one, right now. Love the little pouches too, they’re perfect!!!

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    December 18, 2015

    You really did a great job on these. So cute!

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    December 18, 2015

    Wow! I love it and I know they will too! Merry Christmas Faith!

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    December 18, 2015

    i love it your alterations are perfect

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    December 18, 2015

    Faith, I adore these! I particularly love the peek-a-boo orange Star Wars print as the zipper pocket lining 🙂 Question: Do you use a different sized needle when sewing with/through vinyl?

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      December 18, 2015

      Thanks Brittany! Nope, same needle I always use and no problems. 🙂

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    December 18, 2015

    SO much fun, Faith! And it’s truly a sign of the power of the Force
    that your fabric seems to jump right through the vinyl 🙂 Thanks for all the terrific posts in 2015. Merry Christmas to you and your family–time to breathe!

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    Little Black Cat Quilting

    December 18, 2015

    I love these, this pattern is cuter every time I see it! And I love the Star Wars fabric! 🙂

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    December 18, 2015

    GREAT JOB!!!! I also have to say that you do a GREAT JOB making themed type fabric look really good !!!!!!!!!!
    Have a GREAT Holiday!!!!!

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    Anja Clyke

    December 18, 2015

    Your tote is awesome!! The prints are fabulous. Your son is smart — I love orange too!!

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    December 19, 2015

    Love these! What fabric did you use for the pouch? The fabric with swatches on it. I need some 🙂

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    December 20, 2015

    You did a fabulous job on these totes, they both look wonderful. I’m sure your children will totally love them (well, I hope they do anyway!).

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    December 20, 2015

    Love them both Faith – your kids are going to be thrilled. I hope you have a beautiful Christmas.

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    Melody A.

    December 20, 2015

    Terrific bag and so much a boy! I am sure he will love it!! thank you for sharing information about making it to fit coloring books etc.
    Merry Christmas and thank you for writing all the great posts!

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    December 21, 2015

    These are amazing, the kids will love them! Great work, love your crosshatch quilting.

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    December 21, 2015

    These are amazing. What lucky kids. If only every child received all that love and care wrapped in a gift so obviously made from the heart. That would change the world wouldn’t it. Have a great holiday.

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    December 22, 2015

    This turned out super cool! I think I might have to make one 😀 I have the Makers Tote pattern, but haven’t gotten around to making one yet. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    December 30, 2015

    So cute! You have inspired me to give this pattern a try. Would you mind sharing what zippers you used? Thanks!

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      December 31, 2015

      Hi Teri – thank you! I used the zippers listed in the pattern by Noodlehead, and I bought them from ZipperStop on Etsy.

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    Jo Underwood

    January 15, 2016

    Love love love both bags although Star Wars is totally amazing. What size did you make the small zipper cases? Really fancy having a go myself 🙂

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      January 18, 2016

      Thank you! They are 10″ x 6-1/2″. We just used them on a trip to the Art Institute – they were great!

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        Jo Underwood

        January 24, 2016

        Great, thanks!

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    January 17, 2017

    I made the large size as a baby bag and put a Long strap (attached one on front and one on back so it twists the bag a bit) on it so it would hang over the pram handle but it looks odd. I want to make another as a handbag but the smaller size I think moving he zipper up half an inch is a great idea I’ll see how i go. But any ideas on how to attach a cross body strap is appreciated. I love the peekaboo pencil case too I’ll have to make that for receipts. I look after elderly in their home so my handbag is a work bag too.

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      January 19, 2017

      Oh gosh, I’m not sure! Have you looked at Anna’s site for other bags with a cross body strap? Maybe transfer that part of the pattern to this bag?


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