All Arts Challenge

All Arts Challenge: Accessories

Sewing Accessories was a not necessarily a new craft for me… after all, I did make that chocolate chip cookie pillow in the fifth grade… In the Montgomery County Fair, “Accessories” is the category for items that are sewn, but not clothing. So things like tote bags and pillow cases go here. As with all of my challenge pieces, I really wanted to make something I would use, so what could be better than an adorable little totebag. And champion Pinterest Pinner that I am, I had just the one in mind!



The craft: Like Quilting, I relied heavily on Kat and the team at Capital Quilts, where I rented a machine and bought and cut all my fabrics. 

My fabric choices
My fabric choices

My piece: This particular totebag was wonderfully simple. I think it took me all of two hours. I actually started it at Capital Quilts after I finished the machine binding on my quilt, because I knew I could hand bind the rest of it later. So I cut all the pieces, sewed them together, and walked out with only a little finishing work to do. 

sewing the lining to the outside
sewing the lining to the outside

Going forward: I’m not sure I like this as much as quilting. It was all of the work with none of the fun of actually swirling the quilting stitches over the fabric. Maybe a quilted tote bag would hold my attention. But as it is, sewing is just not really my thing. And that’s ok. I have enough hobbies. I’m glad I tried this. Maybe I can use it to carry around my chocolate chip cookie pillow…

adding handles
adding handles

Tools:  Everything I needed for this project was purchased at Capital Quilts. I don’t really know enough about the varying tools and products to recommend them to you – consider finding a local quilting store near you and getting a wonderful person to help you with your first piece. 

Viola! Adorable <3
Viola! Adorable <3

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