Sunday, June 24, 2012

Anthro Inspired Tote

I'm trying to teach myself how to mix prints together. I see pictures on the web where it's been done and it always looks so good. I tend to stick with the safe pairings, like a print with a solid. This is my first sort of over the top mix of prints. What do you think?
I'm not sure I have a "natural eye" for it, but I'm convinced I can learn how to do it. I think this first attempt isn't too bad. I was inspired by the Yunga tote at Anthropologie. Isn't it pretty?
Here's a few more shots of my version.  

I was first going to pad it well to use as a lap top bag, but during the course of making it, I decided I'd rather use it as a flea market bag. Do you ever change your mind half way through a project, or it that just me? 

It's really big and will be a great bag for carrying my purchases around. I put wall to wall open pockets on the inside to give me a place to toss my keys, camera, phone, know, the usual "purse" stuff. And best of all, it's mostly all made from reclaimed or recycled fabric. The lining is a table cloth I picked up at the thrift store. The interior pockets are fabric dinner napkins. The daffodil print is remnants of the fabric I used for my kitchen curtains and bar stool recovers. I think the only piece of fabric that was purchased new was the animal print that I bought from the clearance area at JoAnns. Even the leather straps that I riveted on for handles came from the thrift store, (and by "I riveted" I mean Mr. ShowMe-while I watched), and the rings that the handles hang from are reclaimed drapery rings.

Do you mix patterns in your projects? If you have any tips or want to share your own projects I'd love to hear about them.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

I Won Amy Butler Fabric!

I've told you how I never win drawings. I know it's too early to think my luck is changing, but first it was the Cardinal baseball tickets that I won at work in April, and now I've won a fabulous fabric giveaway from Flamingo Toes!

Do you know Beverly's blog? Surely you do! If not, you need to rush there as soon as you're done here. She has great tutorials, a weekly link party, and tons of fun feature posts. She even has a Flickr group for you to post pictures of things you make from her tutorials. 

And this isn't just fat quarters. I won 2 yards of each of the six pieces of Amy Butler fabric! 12 yards of Amy Butler fabric! I know!!!

So now.. what to do with it? I've been perusing the web and have so many ideas. The nice thing about having 12 yards is that I don't have to pick just one project. Here are a few that have caught my eye. What do you think?

I just adore this Zip Organizer from the Zakka Style book. This fun mermaid version was made by Sara at Sew Sweetness. I think I might add a wrist strap if I make it. I love the mermaids, but I think the Amy Butler fabric would look great too.

I like this Butterick tote pattern. It would be a great flea market bag for the weekend.

I keep thinking I need to make a cover for my sewing machine. I like this one with the pocket on the front. I found it at Sew 4 Home.
I found this cute skirt at Pinterest. It's a McCall's pattern. Wouldn't it be darling with the Amy Butler fabric?
I like this notebook cover that I found at The Cottage Home. She has a great tutorial for it. I love all the slotted pockets on the one side. This would a be a great project to mix some of the prints together.  

Here's another Pinterest find. It's a repin from someone else's board. The link seem dead, but I think I could wing this easily enough without having a pattern. Wouldn't the Amy Butler fabric be cute where this floral print is against a coordinating solid?


One of the ladies in the purse sewing group I belong to posted this cute tote bag tutorial. Isn't it darling? It's from All People Quilt, and while I don't quilt I really like this bag. I think the fabric I won would be great for this. Maybe use two that coordinate, just using a band of the second fabric around the bottom where they pieced a strip in their version. I really like the grommets and little bows on the sides.
Here's a couple more apparel patterns I found at the Simplicity site. Wouldn't that fabric make up the cutest summer tops with these patterns?

 So to say I'm inspired by the fabric prize would be an understatement. I just have to decide what to make first. What would be your first project?
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