Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Birthday Bag

I bought two charm packs of Lily Ashbury's new line called Tradewinds for a quilt.  The minute my daughter saw them she begged for me to repurpose them into tote bags.  The bright colors and bold patterns in this line are just like at first sight that demands instant use!

The color scheme is a departure from my norm, but these brights are so much fun to work with.  I used a simple market tote pattern; very basic with straight line quilting, a boxed bottom, quilted handles, and a small pocket in the lining.

We found the bling at Joann's - two for one, no less - so I'm obligated to make the second tote.  :-)

This one was for my daughter to give to a friend on her 19th birthday.  The report was that she liked it a lot.  It makes me so happy when my kids and their friends appreciate the homemade stuff.  Now I have to make the second tote for my daughter.  Hers will have a paler color for the lining. I  have it all layed out on my sewing table....just need to get to work.

Then I also need to go buy two more charm packs so I can have them on hand for their originally intended purpose!  :-)


  1. Hi Brooke! This is adorable!! And the flower and "bling" puts it over the top cute! Lucky daughter and friend!

  2. What a cute, fun tote! Just perfect for a 19 year old, fun loving gal! Thanks for sharing...

  3. What pretty prints they are and the embellishment just finishes it off lovely.I sat last night cutting fabric for 2 bags I'm going to make.

    Peg xx