Thursday, 27 June 2013

Shhh.. it's a SECRET!!

...I am taking part in Lia's Handmade Secret Tote Bag Swap.

My partner, who lives far far away, will be receiving this tote bag.  I cant tell you who she is and for those taking part, the guessing game continues.


My partner did not give a lot of specifics except that she liked modern, big, bold and bright colours.  We all had a chance to add a photo mosaics to the flickr group to show our preferences in bag types, colours and designs, so I tried really hard to make a bag that she would like.  


I was very lucky that my sponsor, Dot from Dot's Quilts, jumped to the opportunity when I mentioned this swap to her.  So she sent me a variation of these beautiful fabrics from Anna Maria Horner's LouLouThi collection.


The moment I saw it, I knew I had to try and incorporate all of them, without cutting it up too much and not slice away the beautiful flowers and prints.  


The body of the bag has batting between the layers, and the outside pockets are lined with a medium weight iron on interfacing for added stability. 

I've added a photo of myself with the bag over my shoulder, just to give you an idea of the size.  I added a single side strap instead of two.  The final dimensions of this bag is 14 inches wide, 16 inches high and 4 inches wide.  I really like the size of this bag, I am definitely going to make one for myself,... oh no wait, my partner already did :-)
If you'd like to see all the other completed bags, please visit the flickr group, or this link up from Lia's blog.  Thank you Julia aka Lia for hosting this swap, and Dot for the beautiful fabrics.

Happy sewing.

21 comments:

Lia*s Handmades said...

beautiful! well done! :)

Sonia said...

It's a gorgeous bag! Can't wait to see what you get - so exciting!

Kelly Young said...

that bag is fantastic, and she will be thrilled to receive it!! You should share at Needle and Thread Thursday!!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Kelly Young said...

so glad you shared at NTT! Thanks for linking up!

:) Kelly

jan said...

That bag is adorable and a great size! I am a new follower on bvloglovin
jan@http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/

Rosemary Dickinson said...

Love those fabrics! Beautiful! That bag is going to make someone very happy!

Sara said...

Looks like a nice size bag with lots of room! The colors are beautiful.

The Sassy Quilter said...

Love, love, love the fabric. Great size too. I am not really a bag maker....I have one cut out and am too scared to try to put it together:) It's a quilting bag to so I really want it done. Guess I need to take the plunge.

A Quilter's Mission - Vicki said...

Very, very nice! Good size, and the fabrics are wonderful!!

Ada Kopitopoulou said...

Love the bag, nice size. The fabrics are beautiful. I'm going to have a look at Flickr to see the other bags.

Daphne Lewis said...

A beautiful bag!! The fabrics are great!

SIMPLESEW said...

I hope this is for me.. !!

Celtic Thistle said...

Great bag, I am sure your partner will love it!

Lexilooo said...

Great looking bag!

made by ChrissieD said...

What a great bag for the swap, someone's going to be thrilled to receive it. Looking forward to seeing what you receive too :)

Maria said...

I love your bag and the fabrics are beautiful, how lucky you are to have such a nice sponsor. Your swap partner is going to be thrilled to bits with her bag. Visiting from Sew Many Ways.

Vera said...

Lovely colors!

QuiltCandy said...

What a great bag, your partner is very lucky!

Heather said...

Totes are such a useful way to show of large prints! Great make!

Thanks for stopping by Let's Get Acquainted this week!

Merran said...

I think it might be for me....(I hope so anyway!)

Georgia said...

I'm the lucky one who received this bag :) Thank you!

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