So here it is, the bag I made for the tote swap. I had one word to go off of for the description: purple. I hope this suits!I used the pleated purse tutorial from Modest Maven. I knew I wasn’t game for the complicated piecing and quilting that the other participants were skilled at, so I wanted a pattern with some design elements that would show up well with simple fabrics. (Other patterns I found in my search were the pleated tote tutorial and the roll-up tote.)
I used two layers of off-white broadcloth for the lining since it was a very thin fabric and divided the pocket on the inside.
(This is my third magnetic snap and I love them! I can’t believe it took me so long to try them out.)
Since the largest piece of purple fabric in my stash was the solid color I used for the body of the bag, I wanted to add a smaller fun piece to my package.
The rosy wedge bag tutorial is simple, but the fabric and shape add some personality.
I used interfacing and batting instead of using fusible fleece and quilted the batting to hold it all together. It made it a bit more difficult to get the ends right, but I do like the look of the quilting on the pouch.
I went all purple on everything since that was the only word I got describing my partner’s preferences.
I liked both bags, but they looked a bit plain so a friend suggested adding an embellishment to the purse. I got out my crochet hooks and made a pink swirl flower from this tutorial. It gave the bag some needed excitement.
I also made a bow and added it to the pouch. Too cute!
Then I played with Photoshop and made this for the swap’s Flickr page.
I have really gotten into posting my projects in blogger groups on Flickr in the last month and it’s been a lot of fun. The ladies in this swap were so encouraging and left lots of nice comments, so that was a great part of the swap experience.
(My username is photosarahcrafts if you want to check me out!)
I rounded it out with a scrapbook paper card (in purple of course!) and sent it on its way.
I had a partner in the U.S.A. this time which was nice to keep shipping costs low. Hopefully it has arrived and I’ll hear from her soon!