Once again I teamed up with Sewmamasew.com for the Manchester Metallics Summer Bag Challenge. This a new Robert Kaufman collection. It's super glittery, and comes in a variety of hues. The fabrics that I chose for my Poolside Tote bag were as follows:
- Exterior fabric - EVENING from Manchester Metallic Collection
- Exterior fabric Denim weave- DARK WASH from Indigo Denim
- Exterior fabric Denim weave- LIGHT WASH from Indigo Denim
- Exterior fabric Denim weave- BLEACH WASH from Indigo Denim
- Lining- RED by Bouffants and Broken Hearts
- Accent fabric (Handles,) EARTH from Metro Living
Although the Manchester Metallics is a fabulous collection it would not be my first choice for making a tote bag. [You absolutely could apply a thick backing to make it sturdy for a tote] But I'd be all over this fabric for quilting or making a garment but it does not have the necessary weight on it's own for a tote.
I was excited for this challenge because this was my first tote. I choose the Poolside Tote by Noodlehead patterns. This is a nice big tote that can handle a load of stuff. I wanted to add a little something , something to the tote to put my stamp on it.
Last year I competed in a little sewing competition which I won...[pats own back]... I used trash-bags to create a dress for the unconventional challenge. We were not allowed to use fabric in this challenge. Now the trick was for me to create fabric textures with the trash bags. When I was done weaving it really looked like leather and I was ecstatic over the transformation done by weaving. [You can see that full story HERE] So I decided I would weave raw edge denim fabrics together to make a large piece of fabric for my main pattern piece. Let me show you how I did that first.
My denim pieces