|Two small Makers Totes using the new Rifle Paper Co Les Fleurs fabrics!|
A couple of months ago my friend Sara (she just started a blog, go check it out!) and I decided to make Makers Totes (pattern by Noodlehead) for ourselves and the other members of our Blue Moon Quilters group.
|Makers Tote: zipper side!|
I made mine (the patchwork one) and one for Afton back in July, but had to keep them a secret until we were able to gift them. Later I helped Sara make one for Yvonne (you'll have to see pictures of it on Sara's IG or blog!). Sara generously provided all of the brand new Rifle Paper Co fabric line Les Fleurs, which have the prettiest selvages! I included them everywhere I could on both bags!
|Makers Tote: zipper pull and borders are Rifle Paper Co selvages!|
|Makers Tote: selvage-edged pocket and FMQ goat detail.|
For the interior fabrics I used Sarah Watt's new fabric: From Porto, With Love (also provided by Sara!). All of the fabrics and colors coordinated so nicely!
|Makers Tote: slip pockets!|
|Makers Tote: pleated pockets--and selvage alert on the left!|
I free motion quilted both bags with 2 layers of batting, but ended up adding a layer of medium weight interfacing so the bag would have more shape and stability (ideally I would have used Annie's Soft and Stable, but I didn't have enough!).
|Makers Tote: Les Fleurs City Maps fabric with FMQ outlining of all the fabric details and loop filler using a matching Aurifil thread.|
|Makers Tote: FMQ vine-y swirls using a grey-variegated Aurifil thread.|
This bag has so many places to show off these pretty fabrics! I intentionally cut out my favorite parts of the fabric for most of both bags. Even the gussets:
|Makers Tote: gussets! And selvage alert on the right.|
|Makers Tote: gussets (and binding!).|
I was delighted to find that my Sew Together bag (a gift from Amanda at What the Bobbin!) fits perfectly in the bottom of the small Makers Tote.
|Makers Tote: perfect fit for the Sew Together bag (which I use for hand sewing, especially hexies!).|
Whew, keeping them a secret for almost two months was hard!