Update: You can see all 18 of the finished totes and voter for your favorite HERE. Anyone can vote once a day until Dec. 31st.
Hello tote fans!
Keren from sew la vie and I have been very busy lately hosting The Solids-Only Tote Challenge! You should visit the challenge homepage, read about the challenge guidelines, and meet all the challenge participants. Including the hostesses, we have 19 participants!!!!! [insert girlish squeal!] Yes, 19 talented people from all over the world!!!! It's very exciting, isn't it?
Since bags are kinda my gig, I was stoked for this challenge. I made a pretty impressive [insert tooting sound of my own horn!] inspiration gallery and pinterest board from which to draw ideas. My big ideas? Wanna know 'em? Well, scroll down if you don't. [insert cheeky wink!]
First big idea: Patchwork. I've been obsessed with quilting lately. Mostly due to Keren's influence, I should add. I made quilts for my son and daughter. So, with quilting on the brain, patchwork was a gimme.
Big idea number two: Don't buy any new stuff! I have plenty of everything and don't need to go out and buy anything new. In fact, this really should have been my first big idea!
Third big idea: A cool, as in tonal temperature, pallet. This kind of goes hand-in-hand with my aforementioned quilting compunction. Now stay with me and I'll tell ya why. Gray. Yes, the color! Gray is popping up all over the world of design. [That and citrine, which I didn't realize was a color.] In the home decor realm you see it in everywhere from nurseries to dining rooms. In the quilting realm, it's shoving cream out of the running for top neutral. Here are a couple of my gray faves from my quilting pinterest board:
And there you have it. Now you've seen the before, so let's move on to the during:
|This part was pretty fun. I got out all my square buttons and studs and coordinating embroidery flosses. It took a lot of fiddling and second guessing, but eventually I narrowed it down to one color of floss and the studs.|
|And here is a nice view of the embellished front.|
|I found a scrap of vinyl to use for the bottom and some teal wooden handles.|
Phew! This is turning out to be a long-winded post. I'm going to just chill at this point and show you some pics of the finished tote. Just leave a comment if you have any questions.
|The easiest way to show the inside is to turn it inside out.|
|I used big ol' plastic buttons for feet.|
That was a lot of pictures! I hope it didn't take too long for it to load up. Thanks for sticking with me! November is the month to count your blessings and reflect on all the things you are thankful for. I am so thankful for all my readers out there. Thanks for taking the time to browse through my posts, for leaving lovely comments, and for telling others about me! You rock!
Happy crafting and big hugs from Montana,