Thursday, September 15, 2016

Les Fleurs Maker's Totes

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!  


  1. AMAZING. I love how you used the selvages (the zipper pull?!?). What level difficulty is the bag? I'd love to try that one sometime. Love the map fabric!

  2. It's perfect! Everybody reading the blog is going to be saying, "Now, how do I join that quilt group of yours?" You'll have to mention our annual dues of ONE BILLION DOLLARS. And remind Sara that we don't accept children. No exchanges or refunds.

  3. LOL I am dying after reading Afton's comment above! For real, though, you made these in July and kept them a secret that long? What? That is soooo hard. I really love the details you added in - the selvages are awesome. :)

  4. These bags are SO. FRIGGIN'. ADORABLE! And I love how you incorporated the selvages. Like Afton said - I want to be a part of this group!

  5. These are great. I cannot choose a favourite.
    I have some of that beautiful map fabric on its way. When, Mr Postman, will you be at my door?

  6. These are just gorgeous. This pattern scares me, but I know that I need to just dive in!

  7. To quote DJ Tanner, "Oh my lanta!" I LOVE the map fabric and haven't bought any b/c I couldn't think of what to use it for...but on a bag! YES! I must have some now. Thank you for the beautiful inspiration!!!

  8. Ladies, I've been following the blogs of the Blue Moon Quilters since Yvonne surfaced on a new bloggers post. Your collective work keeps this craft fresh and vibrant for me. I just love your quilts, your process, and your play, and your sharing. So glad you have a tight group of quilty peeps. I would be lost without mine. Now to go follow Sara...

  9. fun, fun fabrics and cute bags. great job on making each bag so unique with the fussy cutting

  10. Looks great! I love mine made with soft and stable, but it's nice to see people use other stiffeners, so thanks for the tip.

  11. These look so neat and professional. I loved all the close-ups you shared.

  12. These are beautiful. I have fabrics chosen to make one, but I'm too chicken to start.

  13. There are just plain amazing! The fabrics, the quilting, the details..awesome! Thanks for joining the linky party

  14. They're both gorgeous! I'm not usually one for selvages, but those are too cute not to use, and they're the perfect detail for pocket edging. Keeping quilty secrets really is hard!

  15. I love the way you made the handle so it has a rolled section in the middle. How did you do that?

    1. I added an extra layer of interfacing to the handles, then folded the center of the handles in half (lengthwise) and sewed them together for about 4-5 inches, backstitching at the ends.

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