Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Solids Only Tote Challenge



I stayed up wayyyyyy too late last night, but I had to! I couldn’t stop sewing!!!



A couple weeks ago I signed up for the solids only tote challenge hosted by Ricochet and Away.








There is an amazing group of crafters with some incredible ideas participating.





I honestly didn’t think that I’d get my challenge entry done this early in the month. I thought I’d be pushing it to the last minute! But I had an idea for a reverse applique chevron pattern and I wanted to take a shot at it. Plus I needed a break from the mass producing I’ve been doing in order to get enough stuff made for a local market I’m participating in this weekend.



I started by checking out the Challenge pinterest board where everyone has been pinning ideas, inspiration and some of the results. Then I remembered that a while ago I had pinned a bunch of tote patter tutorials to one of my craft boards.



I decided to go with Prudent Baby’s Bias Tape Bag. It came with a free pattern, tons of pictures and looked simple enough for someone with limited sewing experience. Plus its so darn cute and Reversible!!



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I didn’t take any pictures in the process of making my tote. Opps! If I go ahead and make a second one for the challenge I’ll be sure to take more :)



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The first side is solid black with a bird in reverse applique and the wing appliqued.



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The chevrons are color blocked patch work. First time I’ve cut and sewn angles for this effect. So much more complicated than regular squares!



I simply adore this bag! I was going to use it for a Christmas present, but this little bit of loveliness is staying right here in Texas :)



I'm linked up here

23 comments:

  1. SO CUTE! I have an affinity for birds anyway, and I just LOVE that you made it a chevron pattern on the other side, that's such a great idea!

    I have got to get moving on mine. It's started, at least. :) If only there were 36 hours in the day. *sigh*

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  2. This is so cute!! I love both of them. I thought about participating in this challenge but I just haven't had time!! Good job!

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  3. You did a great job! Love the colors you chose and I have a thing for birds so that's always a plus! : )

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  4. What a great bag! I LOVE the chevrons! And the color choices are beautiful. Well done!! :-)

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  5. Beautiful bag - those chevrons look amazing! Great job!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  6. You've made a fabulous, little bag. I love the colours. What a great idea to make the two sides so different. You can choose which side you'll 'wear' depending on your clothes and mood for the day.

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  7. Very cool, Miss Jennifer! Love it! Don't forget your other co-host, Keren from sew la vie. ;-)

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  8. It looks splendid! You did an excellent job on it, great colors and design.

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  9. This tote is very pretty...what a great idea!
    You did an excellent job. :)

    I just started on mine. I'd better hurry up.

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  10. Are you sure you have limited sewing experience? Your bag is amazing. I love the chevron side. Great job! Thanks for linking up at my party!!


    Ginger

    Literally Inspired

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    I'd love it if you visited and considered a follow back:)

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  12. This is a great tote! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!


    Melanie
    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  13. This is such a great bag! I love that the pattern was free! Bonus!! Thank you so much for linking up to the Handmade Gift Directory. :)

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  14. Wow! Great design and use of color :)

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  15. Very nice job on the bag, love the chevrons and reverse applique.

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  16. Oh I friggin love it!! Birds and chevron are two of my favorite things! I love that the purse is reversible!! Looks awesome!

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  17. I love it! You did a great job on the chevron stripes! I am your newest sewing follower! stop by and say "hi" sometime!

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  19. I love this bag! You did a fabulous job! I would love if you would share with Blog Stalking Thursday Link Party. http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-stalking-thursday-16.html

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  20. I love the tote! Great job!!
    Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week! I will feature you at the next party! :)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

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  21. You did a fantastic job Jennifer, I love everything about your bag!

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