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