Summer Breeze Tote

I told my sister, Adri, that I would make her a tote for Mother’s Day if she chose the fabric.
She chose the Moda Summer Breeze charm pack with beautiful blues and yellows.
summer breeze
The fabric was delivered too late for Mother’s Day, so I am just now working on it.
Adri liked a medium-sized tote I had made a few weeks ago.
I found some cute buttons that I thought I would add to the sash.
One of them says, “Happy Camper”…perfect for my sister!
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Adri wanted a yellow lining and bottom piece.


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That’s it for today…
I’ll finish tomorrow.


Joyful Song

I love birds.
Anything with birds.
I am also very fond of paisley and polka-dots.

Joann’s Fabric has a variety of beautiful, bird print fabric that
I have been wanting to purchase. I was just waiting for the perfect

I found this excellent blog, Sewn Up, and I chose the charm pack tote bag.
There are so many good tutorials on this blog.
The directions and photos are very clear and helpful.

I had ordered the Moda Polka-dot and Paisley charm pack.
Then, I purchased three coordinating fabrics from Joann’s to use for the lining,
the bottom portion of the bag, and the sash and handles.

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The tutorial suggests stipple quilting, which is something I have never done. That’s next on my list of things to learn. I just stitched 1/4 inch lines.
Instead of a bow, I attached the sash and added a bird button that I have had in my button box for some time.
This pattern suggested a “how- to -make a pocket” tutorial that is excellent.

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Charming Charm Pack Tote

The remaining pieces of fusible foam were just waiting to be used,
so I pulled out my stash to see what I could do.
I had polka dot strips left over from the jelly roll tote,
and I had floral print fabric that I had used for lining.
I picked up a 20 count charm pack and thought about making a small tote.
If I could make one with strips, it shouldn’t be that difficult to make one with squares.
My sister had asked me to make a small tote for her friend,
so I thought I would try to do something with the charm pack and my stash.

IMG_6818I arranged the squares and stitched 5 rows of 4.
I placed the top row on the fusible foam and stitched 1/4″ from the top.
Then I ironed on the first row.
I continued adding each row to the fusible foam in this same manner.





I stitched diagonally in each square in order to give more body and texture to the tote bag.
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I folded the piece in half in order to find the center, and then I stitched along the center.
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I added pockets to the lining.

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I used two 2.5″ strips to make each handle.
I like the handle technique that I learned from the  Craftsy Gemini Improv tutorial, Part 2.
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This took a total of 2 hours to make, only because I stopped to eat apple pie and ice cream!