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!!


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


  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*

  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!

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

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

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

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  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.

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

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

  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.

  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!!


    Literally Inspired

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

    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

  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. :)

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

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

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

  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.

  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! :)
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

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

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