Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Edge Tote - Pattern by "The Iron & Needle"

Hello fellow sewing enthusiasts! :) Today I am beginning a new series on my blog called "Spotlight on Canadian Pattern Designers." I know of a few pattern designers that I would like to highlight so that will start me off but if you are a Canadian pattern designer, or you know of one I should highlight, please leave me a comment or send me an email. (Email button in Mason jars on the sidebar.)




For today's WIP Wednesday project I am working on some bags using a pattern designed by Brianna of The Iron & Needle. The pattern is called "Edge Tote Pattern" and you can find it in her Etsy Shop. Brianna is from Ontario, Canada. In addition to quilting and sewing she enjoys kayaking, reading and photography.
I sewed this Edge Tote last night from start to finish so it can be done in one evening. I think it took me about two hours to make it. This one is going out in the mail tomorrow to my August Secret Pal in the year-round "Secret Pals" swap on Instagram.

There are a few other special people in my life who I think should have one of these fabulous bags as well. Today I am working on one with toile. Such a timeless classic fabric.

The red is quilting cotton weight and the yellow is home decor weight. I like to make bags with home decor weight so I don't have to interface it. The pattern does give instructions for interfacing your quilting cottons so you can sew it with whatever fabrics you like.
I love the diagonal cut on the pocket. I used some twill tape for trim on the outer pocket and a little piece of zakka tap in the side seam with sewing tools on it.

I used home decor weight fabrics for the outside of the bag and pocket. The ticking stripes are off cuts from some IKEA curtains I had in my old house. The fabulous pocket fabric was a gift from one of the ladies in my #CanunckBdayClub. The twill was also a swap gift. The lining is quilting weight cotton.

I lined the pocket and the bag interior with the same fabric but I might change it up on the next bag and use two different fabric choices.


I also recently bought some gorgeous Kona fabrics from one of my favorite online Canadian fabric shops Mad About Patchwork and I am using these to make a baby quilt using Brianna's amazing Tilted Quilt Pattern. This pattern has 10 variations and you can learn more about it in this blog post. Brianna made a fantastic "Lone Wolf" quilt which is one of the pattern variations and there are photos of it in her pattern introduction post.

This is the Kona Bright Collection. I cannot tell you how much I love this! It was painful to take the band off the jelly roll but it is off and these will make a gorgeous baby quilt! Some of them are also in a very cool quilt I've been testing the pattern for that I should be able to show you next week (maybe even Sunday!)

I hope you have enjoyed learning about a Canadian pattern designer who has brought some great ideas to life. Thank you for stopping by to see my WIPs this week. I am linking up with the linkys "Let's Bee Social" and "WIP Wednesday". Buttons for those are in the button bar so you can visit and see what everyone else it working on.

5 comments:

  1. I love Brianna's work and that tote looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I love that tote! Such a useful pattern.

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  3. What an adorable bag. You picked the cutest fabrics Anita!

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  4. Fun to look at and fun to use., thanks for sharing!

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  5. Wow, Anita! You are so kind. I'm behind on my blog reading and it made my day to read this. Your bag looks great! That twill tape trim is awesome. I like to use home decor weight on bags too, they hold up so well. I can't wait to see your Tilted Baby quilt! I love those bright Kona colours. Thanks again :)

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