Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Solids-Only Tote Challenge Inspiration & Resources

Inspiration and resources for participants in the Solids-Only Tote Challenge.

Solid Applique Magic:
Fresh and stylish examples...

Felt Gadget Cozy PDF pattern with four applique designs
Simple and pretty designs in solid colors 
of felt.  I love that thistle!
Birds 14x14 -White Linen Pillow cover
OMG!  So cute, right?
Check out Sukan's etsy store for lots more
applique inspiration.
Sukan / Pen Pattern Pillow Cover - 12x20
Another pillow from Sukan's etsy store.
It looks a bit like hard boiled eggs to me,
but I love the yellow and grey combo.
Check out the stitching in the tree trunk 
and branches.  The tutorial shows you how 
to translate a pencil sketch into applique.

Hmmm. . .
this looks familiar!
Bric's Margherita - Yellow Patchwork Canvas and Leather Tote Bag
From Bric's Margherita collection.
I love the color combo and stitching.

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Jaisalmer Tote
This would look good in solids.

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Sweet and understated.
Ooh la la 16x16inch pillow recycled felt applique pillow - oatmeal and red
Bold text makes a statement.
Oh Fransson is an awesome
 mega-source of quilting 
and applique information.
Be sure to check it out!
FELT NECKLACE with freeform embroidery on co-ordinating wire necklace
designedbyjane etsy shop is full of 
gorgeous felt applique.  
With simple french knots and 
long stitches you can add interest and 
details to your solids.

Solid Patchwork Magic:
Are you ready to be inspired?

From The Purl Bee
tutorial included
Not done in solids, but the addition of piping
and lace trims, not to mention the doilies, 
really adds interest to a relatively simple design.
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Fossil Quinn Patchwork foldover clutch.
Patchwork stripes are very cool.

 Diane von Furstenberg 
Patchwork Haircalf Tote
Wicked chevrons, eh?
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Quilt by Denyse Schmidt
Reminds me of a Chuck Close painting.
Colorful Patchwork III  Mug rug - Mini quilt - Coaster- Candle Mat - Wall Art - patchwork art
The color pallet and the quilting make this
a real eye-catcher.  
Plain Spoken 2(a)
Rectangles can be just as cool as squares.

Balenciaga Handbag in Vintage Patchwork Lambskin
Balenciaga Handbag in 
Vintage Patchwork Lambskin
Monochromatic with zig-zag top-stitching.
Amber Gay Original
Wonky patches trimmed in black.
Linda Suzann Designs
Hand-quilted bag.
Simple and lovely.
Linda Suzann Designs
A simple square grid is "amped up" with 

strategically placed accent squares.
7 For All Mankind Edgemont Tote
7 For All Mankind Edgemont Tote
This herringbone pattern rocks!
ZANY Patchwork Quilt Bag Modern Rag squares Diaper Knitting Market XL Custom Tote 3 Interior Pockets Firm Bottom Base Baby Shower tagt team
This would look great in solids as well.
colorful horizon handbag
The colors, the shape,
the design, the cuteness....

Free Tote Patterns and Tutorials:
More patterns than you can shake a stick at!

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The Angela Shoulder bag Tutorial
Tote tutorial and reverse
applique lesson all-in-one!

SOHO Slouch Tote tutorial
Skip to my Lou has complied
10 free tote patterns.

Roomy, pleated bag
I love this free pattern from 
Warehouse Fabrics Inc.
Spring Tote Tutorial
The Library Tote tutorial
Oversized Beach Tote By maidenjane.blogspot.com
Tipnut has compiled
16 free tote patterns.
Pam, current challenge participant,
Has a great tote tutorial.

Keren has compiled her own
bag tutorial lists in
Not Your Average Totes:
Thinking outside the box...

Ethnic Applique Vegan Tote Bag
Melie Bianco
Ethnic Applique Vegan Tote Bag
drikab grass jute basic tote
Grass Jute Basic Tote
Miss Sassy, Crazy Quilted Purse, Patchwork African Prints Batik Fabric Tote Bag
Miss Sassy's Tote
Unique, eh?
Anuk Harvey Tote
Not for the faint of heart!

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Kate Spade
Tropical Jezibel Tote
Down Home tote, #P180
Down Home Tote
Pattern $7.50
Note the knots in the
handles.  Cute!
Misty-F felted handbag OOAK
lovely shape.
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Tote by Modalu
Kallisto bag in stripe canvas and Orange leather
Cool handles!


  1. Ok - I'm well and truly inspired by those pictures - some AMAZING bags there! Let me investigate this challenge!!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. WOW! You have been busy. Lots to be inspired by here.

  3. Oh wow...what a amazing creations and inspiration there.

  4. I LOVE this inspiration gallery, Rikka! I feel guilty because you've done all the work for this challenge. The "ooh la la" text pillow is the best! I also love the tree with the yellow-white blossoms pillow. The "Not your average totes" are stunning, especially the orange-and-grey one with the odd handles, the brown one with the black background with the circular hole for a handle that reaches the floor, and the frilly one next to it. I don't know what I'm going to make but I'm leaning towards something cute like the pillow with the birds - perhaps cat inspired :-) Or something "progressing quilting" inspired (http://www.sewlavie.com/2011/10/progressive-quilts.html). We'll see, I'll probably change my mind a million times.

  5. I am inspired, but, unfortunately not to make - only to buy. :)


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