Thursday, May 12, 2011

How to create your very own sweat shop . . .

Most of you know by now just how much I love {and have used} Anna's 241 Tote Pattern. Last week I made five of these babies in three days for my girls for Mother's Day. I might just as well have been in a sweat shop in Timbuktu. I came up for air and food, but that's about it. I can't complain too much though, because these beauties were the result of that sewing frenzy...




I paired muslin with fabric from Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2 collection for all of these totes. I {obviously} love everything about this line of fabrics -- the color pallets, the traditional designs, and the beautiful life-like patterns.


23 comments:

Miss Kitty said...

Hi Suzanne! the totes are fabulous! I'm sure your girls loved them. Your photography is wonderful. I just got back from spending Mother's Day in Colorado with two of my grown children who live there...they were happy that the weather was finally spring-like.

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

Hey, Suzanne,, these are all so pretty. Im in love with the one in the middle..love the color. Im gonna have to get this pattern and try it out. Hope you had a good Mothers Day.

Chris said...

What lovely things to make for your girls. When the budget allows, I think I better get Anna's pattern!

diane said...

Fabulous bags...maybe you could answer my question I posted to my blog yesterday.
I just love giving a handmade gift, but the receiver must appreciate your time and talent. I'm sure your girls know the love that goes along with the sweatshop hard work that went into them. Love the bag design, fabrics and your craftmanship is perfection!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

I love those! I wonder if I would be able to make one. I've NEVER successfully followed a pattern before. Hmmm...

Lorrie said...

These are gorgeous. I love the fabrics you've used. I just got that pattern and definitely want to make one (or more) up.

Chris said...

These are beautiful! I had to giggle when I read your comment about being in a sweat shop. I have 4 girls and 2 DILs so when ever i sew/make something for them I'M sewing in sets of 6!! I can totally identify with only coming up for air and food...but the joy on their faces and squeels of delight sure make up for the "torture" (NOT Torturer!!:)) of all that sewing! :0) Hope you had a wonderful Mothers Day!

Chris said...

Oops, just noticed a couple of typos..oh well, you get the idea. :)

Karen said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Who wouldn't want to receive one of those? Love your fabric choices!

~Carla~ said...

Gorgeous!! I bought this pattern last time you posted about it! Love it! I have this fabric on the way & can't wait to try it on a bag!! :)

CJ said...

GORGEOUS bags! I might have to try that bag and some of those wonderful fabrics too. :)

Judy said...

You're scaring me, Suzanne! But seriously, I love that bag! So cute!

Maryam said...

So funny, your post made me laugh.
I adore the first and last ones. So so beautiful.

annemarie said...

I love all three bags - you are an amazing lady!

LuAnn said...

these are fabulous - your colors make me swoon! seems like your totes are heavier and more durable than the original ones posted.

Melody said...

I love those totes!! You do an excellent job pairing materials and patterns!

Rachel said...

So beautiful! I want one, too! You do amazing work :-)

Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

Lotus said...

What beautiful bags! You do very nice work!
Lotus

julie said...

I just love them. Your blog has inspired me to pull my sewing machine back out, after many years, and start sewing again. I can't thank you enough. I call it 'Sewing for fun' I used to sew out of necessity. It wasn't nearly as fun ;)

Stephanie said...

Lovely! I love your fabric selections - they really highlight the design of the bag. I'm SO tempted to go buy the pattern.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I'm glad your post reappeared Suzanne - I wanted to leave a comment before to tell you how pretty all three of these bags are! You sure know how to choose the right fabric.

Mia said...

I love them all, but if I had to pick a favorite ;)

Mindy said...

Oooooh, will you be making some of these for your Etsy shop? (for those of us amateur sewers) It looks like an ideal and chic tote for use as a diaper bag. Bottles/sippy cups can go in the side pockets there! Beautiful work.