secret tote swap round 5: received

So the good thing about a swap is you make something and you get something. I tried to be pretty specific in my requests this time so I’d get something I liked and it paid off quite well.

Here was my inspiration board. I kept it small to give a narrow idea of what I would want.


I mentioned that I’d like Echino fabric if they wanted to use it since I’ve never had any and really like their designs. I also said I liked blue, green, and geometrics. Here’s what I got from my awesome partner.


An Echino tote with yellow accent fabric and green zippers. Also candy (delicious), notecards, washi tape, bobbins, a mini charm pack, and a square of the green pearl bracelet fabric that was used for the lining.

I had been thinking this bag might be mine since my partner first posted her fabric choices. Turns out I was right! You can’t tell unless you have it in person but the patterned side panels are the same fabric as the main panel, just a different area of the pattern.

I love this tote and have been carrying it to all non-work occasions since I got it. Actually, since it was a casual Friday with no meetings yesterday, I swapped it out a day early and took it to work.

It debuted at the barbecue festival I went to last weekend. I took a crochet project with me so I brought it with me in another one of my totes from a previous round of the swap.


There’s been five rounds so far and I’ve participated in four of them. Previous rounds: round 1 made, round 1 received, round 2 made/received, round 4 made, round 4 received, round 5 made. This round is my favorite so far.

Themes for round six are being discussed now. I’m hoping for a black and white theme 🙂


gingham for a baby boy

My friend Julie had a son a little while ago. I’d been meaning to sew something for him ever since I found out he was coming, but his arrival is what it took to spur me into action.

Baby pants and bibs are simple to sew up quickly. I used Made By Rae’s newborn baby pants for like the zillionth time. I’d received a good amount of gingham and some terry cloth in the Gerchow fabric stash I got a few months back, so here’s what I made.


One large check and one small check. I made a matching bib for each pair of pants and one extra from orange gingham.


The red and orange bibs are backed with terry cloth, and the blue bib is reversible!



I used blue and gray striped YS fabric for the reverse of the blue gingham as it’s one of the few boy fabrics I have. I’ve used it before for a boy project, Anthony’s backpack.

Yay for gingham and babies and little boys!

belated birthday gifts for Natalie

I had the first part of Natalie’s birthday gift made at the beginning of May, but it took about a month to make it to the post office.


I used the dumpling pouch tutorial in the large size and some seagull yard sale fabric. I had to do some manipulating so the seagulls would be right side up on both sides of the pouch.


I love the way the seagulls are accented with white and black lines. This was my first time using this fabric. Natalie loves the beach so I figured she’d like it!

Other stash fabric/bias tape finished out the inside of the pouch. I used batting to line the whole thing for a bit of stability. I did have to buy a zipper because none of the 30+ zippers in my stash was the right color or long enough.

The other part of the gift used some stash fabric I’d received from a friend. The colors in the three pieces coordinated so I wanted to use them all together.

reversible gray toteA

The two pieces with the solid gray background were used for the body of the reversible bag. I made used the third fabric for handles and a top border for easy reversible sewing. (The handle fabric has appeared before, my friend just happened to gift me more of the same fabric!)


No flipping or turning or sewing up a hole, I just put the folded piece on top of after putting one bag body inside the other and sewed did two rows of edgestitching. It made the handles different on each side, but overall I like how it turned out.

I thought Natalie would be a fan of the colors on this summery bag. I finally got her gift in the mail this week and she got it yesterday.

And this photo showed up on my Facebook wall today 🙂 Thankfully she said it was worth the wait!


Yay for the return of summer totes! I already have three more I’m working on… and even plan to keep one for myself!