Sometimes you see a fabric line and it’s so bright and fun, you just have to come up with something (or things!) to sew out of it . . .
This fabric is Tamara Kate’s Origami Oasis – I bought various yardages of Crossing Paths (raspberry), Floret (candy), Mountain and Valley (candy), Oasis Border (candy), Spot (tangerine), and Show Your Colors (confection).
First up: a simple tote bag with strong straps for my daughter, who hauls such a heavy load to dance class every day that she’s starting to rip out the leather straps sewn into another bag I made for her. Dimensions:
— two pieces 16″ H x 18″ W (main body of bag)
— two pieces 3″ H x 18″ W (base of bag)
— two pieces 18.5″ H x 18″ W (lining of bag)
— 7″ square piece (inside pocket)
— 4 pieces 2.5″ W x 44″ long (straps, made by sewing two pieces together, turning and then top stitching)
I used the Forty Minute Tote pattern and I like the finished dimensions – however, in hindsight, I wish that I had either used interfacing or batting and quilted the sides before constructing the bag, because ethos fabric is very lightweight and I think I would have preferred the bag to feel a little sturdier.
Next up: a whole cloth baby quilt, sewn from Oasis Border and one yard of Michael Miller’s Organic Fleece as a soft, cuddly backing. I sewed right sides together and turned, then top stitched the border (which also closed the turning hole). I machine quilted the blanket by freehand stitching around randomly selected birds, and straight-line stitching several of the trees in the pattern motif at the bottom of the quilt. Quick and easy, yet also so cuddly, bright and beautiful!Pin It