Have you heard of Oakshott Cotton? I hadn’t until the ladies at Sew Mama Sew sent me a fat eighth bundle of the newest color line, Lipari. These fabrics are beautiful. They have a sort of iridescent shine to them, catching the light and showing off their colors.
I knew I needed to make a tote out of this fabric, but after that I was stumped. Recently, I’ve loved seeing all of the beautiful quilts Carolyn Friedlander has been making. I love her style so naturally, I wanted to copy her. Did you see her clammy cargo duffle bag? Or her clam shell tote? Well these landed me on my path to making my tote!
Recently we took a little family trip, which involved a long drive. I brought along my freezer paper clam shells and hand pieced these Oakshott fabrics together. I’m 100% new to hand piecing, and definitely have to say that my second side came together much quicker, and much neater than my first side. But I’m hooked now. It was so soothing to sew these together (and it definitely made the drive go by much faster). I followed Penny‘s instructions for these little clam shells and it worked perfectly.
For the tote, I started with the city tote pattern from Michelle Patterns (it’s no longer available). I modified the pattern a lot to fit my wants. I wanted to external pockets on both sides, leather on the top of the bag, and handles that were sewn into the leather top. I love how it all came together!
The six Oakshott Lipari fabrics I used were Marina, Volcano Bleu, Scari, Pirrerra, Salina, and Pollara. I love how these six paired together to look like water. Have I ever told you guys I am a water nut. I love to swim (grew up swimming competitively for 10 years) and would always choose to vacation near the water!
Take a look at the other ladies who were lucky enough to play around with this fabric!
Anjeanette of Anjeanette Klinder
Jennifer of Sewplicity
Megan of Monkey Beans
Erin of Seamstress Erin
Michelle of Falafel and the Bee