Manchester Metallics Tote with Sew Mama Sew

Have you seen the Manchester Metallic by Robert Kaufman yet? They are DREAMY. While at Quilt Market, I took a peak at these beauties, and walked away with some sample. So, when Sew Mama Sew asked me to be apart of the Manchester Metallic Summer Bag Challenge, is was a perfect fit.

I chose two of the fabrics from the collection: Midnight & Rafia.

They are a lightweight, woven fabric with metallic threads woven throughout.

For my bag, I decided to make a simple summer tote. I’m always looking for an easy bag to throw snacks, and a few essentials when heading to the pool or park with my littles. I followed the Railroad Tote Tutorial by Purl Soho. I’m a sucker for a good tote.

Because this fabric is so lightweight, I used a heavy fusible interfacing and ironed it on to the backside of the back. To hide the interfacing I made a lining to insert into my tote. I also skipped the first step of finishing the top edge of the tote, I finished it at the end with a lining. I also left 1/2″ seam allowance from the cotton webbing (I picked mine up at Joann’s) and the top raw edge of my tote, in order to have enough room to sew the lining on.

I used this lining tutorial as a guide. I basically cut out two bag fronts and backs. I sewed the lining together just the same as the bag front & back pieces, but I left a 3″ hole in the bottom. Pinned the lining to the bag RST, with the lining on the outside of the bag. Sew the two top pieces together around the top of the bag at 1/2″. Pull the pieces right sides out, pushing the lining into the bag, and iron the lining down around the top edge. Sew the opening at the bottom of the lining closed, and top stitch around the top of your tote. All done!

See how pretty it is in the sun!?


Now, go sew yourself a pretty tote for all your summer adventures!

Follow along with the challenge for more Manchester Metallic inspiration:

Mo Bedell
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
Jenny of My Handmade Home

Citronille Challenge: Susanne





I am so excited to have been chosen to participate in the Citronille Challenge sponsored by Sew Mama Sew + Fiddlehead Artisan Supply!

Fiddlehead Artisan Supply sells these beautiful french patterns, designed by Astrid de Larocque- Latour. You can find patterns for babies, boys, girls and women. The patterns are simple enough, and very charming. Most of these patterns found on Fiddlehead Artisan Supply’s website (and in store) have been translated from French to English by Fiddlehead themselves. This particular pattern (Susanne) was translated by Astrid. I did have to read over the directions a few times to understand what the correct steps were, some were a little backward, but I figured it out very easily. The fabric I used for this dress is Clothesline Floral in Periwinkle by Cotton + Steel.


Abby of Fiddlehead explains how they came across these beautiful patterns:

“My story around how I am carrying these patterns is that I saw these patterns quite a few years ago, and really loved their style. What sweet children’s patterns! And while I like a slimmer look than many of the adult patterns, there were some that I really wanted to make – but, they were all in French…. I read around on some blogs and found that many people were purchasing the patterns in French from Citronille, and then either just trying to put them together based on the pattern pieces and the diagrams in the pattern, or trying to use Google Translator. So, I decided to try out carrying the few that she had translated into English herself, and when we got a positive response on them, we started making the translations so that we could offer a lot more of her styles.
When we were translating, we made an effort to only translate and not to add to the directions. (they aren’t our patterns, so we can’t really rewrite them!) The way I see her work, is that she loves to design, and comes up with lots of super sweet designs. (she has over 200 pattern designs at this point, many in multiple sizes!)”.
I am so happy with this adorable dress, and my two year old loved modeling it for me (which is a good sign). It looks like a very comfortable dress for a toddler to wear. How cute will this be in the fall with tights and a sweater!? And good news- this dress comes in women’s sizing as well! 😉
Her faces kill me ^^
I was picked to participate in this challenge with eleven other bloggers. Take a look at what they made to be inspired by other Citronille patterns because…. Yes, there’s a giveaway going on at Sew Mama Sew!
You can find my fellow blogger friends and their Citronille challenge projects here, now through Sept. 25th:
Michelle Morris of That Black Chic
Sherri Sylvester of thread riding hood
Tenille Brien of Tenille’s Thread
Maris Olsen of Sew Maris
Ari Green of Max California
Marisa of thirtynine
Sara Johansen of the Sara project
Natalie Strand of Vegetablog
Diane Reafsnyder of Gator Bunny
Jessica Wright of Willow & Stitch
Sara Homer of Now Try This
Kelly Donovan of Craftree
Thank you Sew Mama Sew + Fiddlehead Artisan Supply for giving me this opportunity! I see more Citronille patterns in my future!