Hello shimmery goodness! Today I’m sharing a beach tote as part of the Robert Kaufman and Sew Mama Sew Manchester Metallics Summer Bag Challenge. The challenge features the new fabric line from Robert Kaufman called… Manchester Metallics.
The manchester metallics fabric is gorgeous and has just the right amount of shimmer. I love how the fabric changes in the sunlight! It adds extra dimension and interest to this simple tote – the bag shimmers from one angle and reads subtle and tonal from another angle.
I love sewing with bold colors. However, for this tote I went in a different direction with material blocking instead of my usual color blocking approach. I love the end result. The combination between the metallic cotton and yarn dyed linen gives the tote such a sophisticated feel.
For this bag I used 3 Robert Kaufman fabrics – Manchester Metallics in color Silver, an Essex Yarn Dyed Cotton/Linen blend in color Steel for the side pieces and lined the tote in Essex Linen in color Indigo.
I love sewing this tote pattern. It’s roomy and large enough to hold all your beach essentials, my friend and husband both think it would make a great baby bag. The pattern is my own and I often change the size and shape depending on the end use. This time around, I added white piping to make the outside fabrics pop.
I’m considering making this into a PDF and paper pattern. Right now I am working on a few tweaks to the pattern. Let me know if you would be interested and I can put you on my email list for when the pattern is ready.
There are a few of us on the the Manchester Metallics Summer Bag Challenge. Click on the links below to see what the rest of the group is up to:
Sandy Whitelaw of UpStairs Hobby Room
Michelle Morris of That Black Chic
Kathy Green of Designs by KTGreen
Carrie Federer of carrie bee
Anne Zeitler of AnneZPlace
Sanchia Gair of Red Brolly
Natalie Strand of Vegetablog
Devida Bushrod of The Driftwood Thimble
Sara Johansen of The Sara Project
Sarah Sharp of No Hats in the House
Michelle Webster of michellepatterns
Marni Weaver of Haberdashery Fun [ That’s me!]
Jenny of My Handmade Home
Images taken in Santa Monica, California.
Disclaimer: I received the Robert Kaufman Fabrics free in conjunction with Sew Mama Sew’s Summer Bag Challenge.. As usual with my blog and sewing projects, all opinions are my own.