Maker's Tote Take Two : Star Wars Edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I can't wait to see their reactions - one more week!