Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sewing: Totes Magotes

As promised, there was actual sewing going on at my place last week. I started this project Monday and completed Thursday night. Five (count 'em) bags done and ready for gifting (well, all but one of them).

Jill and I visited some fun Dallas cousins this past weekend, and we wanted to give them a little thank you gift for having us. Jill bought some LUSH products (man, I love that place!), and she asked me to sew each of them a tote bag.

Completed Totes

I wasn't sure I could get them done in time, but I managed to make the three bags we needed, plus one for Jill and I. It was exactly the request I needed to get back in the sewing groove.

Gift Tote
Deer Valley by Joel Dewberry

I used less than a half yard for each tote bag. A good chunk of my stash is fat quarters, so for each bag, I pressed two fat quarters, and used essentially all of the fabric.

GIft tote
Amy Butler Midwest Modern

Each bag is reversible, but I chose the side that looked the best for gifting.

Gift Tote
Valori Wells and fabric from Joann's

I'm planning to make several more for gifts, including one for part of a giveaway here in the next few weeks (hint!).

Jill's Tote
Jill's bag - Amy Butler Midwest Modern

Here's the bag I couldn't part with:

Summery. girly. awesome.

I just love the Erin McMorris fabric, and in combination with some of my favorite Amy Butler prints, it's awesome. I justified keeping my favorite by also realizing that since this was the first one I made, it had the most mistakes. That works, right?


  1. Very cute. I started sewing after a long break recently and it is amazing how it all just kicks in and gets you back in the groove.

  2. I want the pink one. Looks like you saved big time with being able to make your own bags!!!

  3. very cool! i love all your fabric choices and i very much admire your ability to sew the same thing so many times without losing your mind. :-)

  4. How cute! I've been having a sewing urge myself, lately.

  5. yay sister! i like the new layout, too!:) love you!

  6. Ooh, then maybe you wouldn't mind a new sewing request? I'm trying to find 24" throw pillows to coordinate with a bright blue rug we just bought for our living room.

    I'd be happy to pay for the fabric if would make us one or two pillow covers. It's so hard to find pillows with the right color scheme and then most of them are smaller, like 18". If you could recommend some fabric sites maybe I could find what I'm looking for.

    The totes look beautiful and your title cracked me up!

  7. Great bags! I absolutely LOVE that Valori Wells fabric.

  8. oh my goodness! these totes are so darn cute! nicely done!


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