secret tote swap round 5: made

For round five of the Secret Tote Bag Swap hosted by Lia’s Handmades, the theme was the 241 Tote by Noodlehead. I was quite excited about this theme and decided to order some fabric online instead of just heading to my local Hancock Fabrics. (I’d like to go to a local quilt shop, but their hours aren’t often day job friendly.)

I like the availability of options at Hawthorne Threads but couldn’t decide, so I created a collage of fabric options and got some feedback.

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The first options (my favorite) were popular, but I thought my partner might prefer #4 which was also getting some good responses. I couldn’t commit to two as I just didn’t like it even though some others did. Was I overthinking my fabric selections? Perhaps. As the mailing deadline got closer, I realized I better go ahead and order something.

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So I went with the Joel Dewberry and paired it with some white twill and a unused belt from the boyfriend as a strap. I had a metal and navy zipper that  went right along with it and even though I was nervous about making a zipper pocket like this, it went together easily.

And I did buy some of the fabrics in option one for me. 🙂 Couldn’t resist!

For my extras I made a zipper pouch with some leftover charm squares. I reorganized lately and found a bunch of things I forgot I had.

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And made a key fob too. I ordered some more hardware after running through the first 10 pieces pretty quickly.

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And then threw in some buttons and cupcake ribbon to round out the package.

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So all in all here’s what I sent.

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My partner said was happy with the package and it looks like I picked the right fabrics for her. Success!

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