Mix Tape Bag – Mouthy Stitches 2

So I can finally reveal the tote bag I’ve made for round 2 of the Mouthy Stitches swap. I had to keep it a big secret because if I’d revealed more than a tiny bit of it, my partner (lovely Sarah at Narcoleptic in a Cupboard) would have easily guessed who it was for – I pretty much made what she asked for!

As usual with Mouthy Stitches swaps, we all put together an inspiration mosaic for our partners, including all our favourite quilting/tote wonderfulness. Sarah had this wonderful Button Play mini quilt by Julianna of Sewing Under the Rainbow in her mosaic, and included a note saying that it would make her ideal tote.

It seemed such a shame to make anything different – so it was time for ‘Ali at Very Berry’ to become ‘Ali the Bag Fairy’ (hmm, not so flattering!) and grant Sarah’s wish… Here’s what I came up with:

Mix tape bag

and here’s the inside (the bag is reversible), complete with slip pocket and concealed zip pocket:

Mouthy stitches tote (inside)

I can’t tell you how tricky it has been to keep this a secret… I enjoyed making it so much – I had a great time finding lots of fun selvedges and texty fabrics to make the Mix Tape ‘labels’, and when I had a sudden inspiration to make a rainbow of tapes, it all seemed to come together.

I can’t tell you all the fabric choices because it would take forever, but lots of people have asked about the gorgeous lining fabric – it’s called Insect, and it’s part of the Autumn 2012 collection from Echino – now available at the always-brilliant Eternal Maker.

And the best thing, as ever with Mouthy Stitches, is that it has been a brilliant swap…full of inspiration and fun. Huge thanks to the Swap Mamas for organising it, especially as I know some of them have been having exceptionally tough times recently.

Looking forward to the next round already. :-)


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46 responses to “Mix Tape Bag – Mouthy Stitches 2

  1. Deborah

    This is amazing. I would love to be able to make bags like that! Love the fabric choice.

  2. M

    The bag is stunning! Loving the beautiful colour combination and all the fabric choices:D

  3. Beautiful, Ali! Even with the little peeks I knew it would be gorgeous and I was right.

  4. Wow, very funky and retro. I love it. So clever.

  5. This is beautiful! I definitely want to have a go at this!

  6. This is absolutely incredible — love it!!

  7. Sarah Norman

    Wow! That is absolutely brilliant!

  8. Anonymous

    Clever, clever bag design. It is fab.

  9. maddy61

    What a fantastic bag and clever you! I just love it!

  10. What a fantastic bag! The design and the fabrics are such a happy marriage!

  11. I AM lucky :-) I absolutely love it though, and I cant stop looking at it today at all! All your hard work is VERY much appreciated, I couldnt be happier with it!! Thank you x

  12. Deborah Garretty

    Really fantastic bag Ali, your swap partner will be absolutely thrilled. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Wow! I mean seriously wow. I’m filled with bag envy. Fabric, colour, construction, all fabulous. Is there anything you can’t do?

  14. OMG! I want I want I want! Sarah is one lucky lady!

  15. That is stunning!!! and I love the spot you used to frame them!!

  16. OMG! Sarah is the luckiest girl alive. What a brilliant job you did! Thank you so much for being in the swap, making that bag and having fun doing it.

  17. That is wonderful, I love it! So many gorgeous fabrics in there, great job!

  18. This is wonderfully made, what a great design

  19. I love it, especially the fussy cut spindle hole thingumies!

  20. lksbrennan@gmail.com

    Oh my gosh that is fabulous!! Would you or sarah mind if I made one for myself?! Child of the 80s that I am! I love the fabrics you picked out, such a wonderful design :)

  21. Catherine

    What a fabulous tote, both inside and out! Love it

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