Thursday, June 4, 2020
Posted by Melissa Corry at 9:48 AM
Saturday, December 26, 2015
So, for sweet nephew #1 who is just getting into little league, I used an All Star Charm Pack by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake Designs. So cute!!! I lined it with some extra backing I had from The Boat House line and the numbers are a perfect match ;)
And for sweet nephew #2 who loves all things sports especially baseball and football, I used a Charm Pack of Varsity by Sweetwater for Moda. I lined it with a great print from the Best Day Ever line by April Rosenthal that looks just like little baseballs and made the handles from Chic Neutrals line by Amy Ellis. They all go so perfectly together.
And for my sweet niece #1 who just loves a rainbow of colors, I choose a Tula Pink's True Colors for Free Spirit Fabrics Charm Pack. For the lining I used a great Rainbow print from Dear Stella that was the perfect compliment. I just love all of those happy colors ;)
And finally, for my very special Sister-In-Law, who I am slowly sucking into the fabulous world of quilting, I decided on the ever so cute Charm Pack of Paper Bandana by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Cotton + Steel Fabrics and then complimented it with the gorgeous Arrow Print also by Cotton + Steel. I love how all of their prints coordinate ;)
And those were the 4 new Charming Totes from this Christmas ;) I just love making these bags!!! I did a take on a tutorial here where you can make the tote reversible, and here is the original tutorial I used from Crazy Mom Quilts ;) I just do the corners of the bag differently, as shown in the first tutorial ;)
And then I had one last special little tote to whip up. This one was a little more patchwork and I am so excited with how it turned out ;) My sweet nephew just loves Minecraft so I made him a patchwork tote of what I now know is a creeper. I loved playing with all of the different shades of green.
And on the reverse side is the Blue Sword. There is just nothing quite as fun as simple patchwork. So, so, so much fun!!!
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Friday, December 8, 2017
Posted by Melissa Corry at 8:34 AM
Monday, October 8, 2018
The first tote I decided on a Flower Mill Charm Pack by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics. I love these happy prints and beautiful colors and I opted for a little more free motion quilting on the totes this time around and did a lovely loose feather. I love the little extra it adds to the tote ;) I also decided to fold the lining over just slightly on the top to add a little "faux binding" on the top of the bag. I like it, but it did make the handles a bit shorter as they had to be stitched down as well. So if I did that again, I would add an inch to the handles ;)
For the second tote for auction, I used an Into the Garden Pack by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake Designs. I have been saving this one for a bit, and it was just perfect for this little tote. And I added some more flower whimsy with a feathered swirl free motion quilting design. Both totes were a big hit at the auction and I have already seen them being toted along with the ladies who won them. Which, of course, just makes me smile ;)
And while I was in the tote making assembly line process, I decided that I needed a new tote for Church as well. And I was so excited to find that Deanna Rutter's Heart and Soul Charm Pack for Riley Blake Designs had a text print that listed the Young Women values. Since I work with the Young Women each week, it couldn't have been more perfect!!!
And this tote got a little extra love, since I was so needing these little extra features in my old tote. Padded Handles, Pockets, and most importantly, key rings!!!! No more digging around in the bottom of my bag to find where my keys have gone ;) So loving it!!!
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Posted by Melissa Corry at 8:32 AM
Monday, October 17, 2016
First up, was the Desert Bloom tote. The fabrics are by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda and they are just perfect for this cool fall weather that we are getting. I finished up with this tote and almost wanted to go rake up some leaves to jump in. But I resisted and finished up the second tote instead ;)
I was lucky enough to have a bit of Desert Bloom yardage on hand that was left from some secret sewing, so I lined it in the happy yellow and then added some navy handles. I just love how the yellow makes me smile, it is like a pocket of sunshine hidden in your tote ;)
And the second tote is the Manderley Tote. The Fabrics are by Franny and Jane, and this was a special little tote for me because Jane gave me this Charm Pack at Spring Market to make something beautiful with, I think this tote totally fit in that request :) So pretty!!!
I didn't have any Manderley Yardage though and didn't want to wait for some to ship, so I used some fun prints that went along with the beautiful charm squares for the handles and lining. I love this gorgeous grey flower from Riley Blake that I had in my stash and it made the perfect lining and then added a pop of color with this gumdrop print from Dear Stella. So fun!!
And while I was putting pictures on Instagram and Facebook of the process I got several questions on which pattern I was using. The short answer is I used the Charming Handbag Tutorial by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts. She made it up for the Moda Bake Shop several years ago ;)
However, I do a few adjustments when I make mine - I don't cut the charms down to 4 1/2" square, I just leave them at the 5" square that they come as. I have since made a full step by step tutorial on how to make these totes here, with Amanda's permission, that includes my alterations. Just for your reference ;)
So because of that, when it is time to cut the lining, I cut mine at 18 1/2" x 18 1/2" square. I also like to do my gusset corners a little differently then Amanda does. I showed in this bag tutorial (a reversible take on this patchwork one ) how I like to do my gussets, which is what makes the bag square on the bottom ;)
Linking up to Quilt Story ;)
Posted by Melissa Corry at 8:53 AM
Monday, July 20, 2015
And then for sweet little Emma, we used Vintage Market by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Designs and it is lined it with the awesome navy stripe from the same line.
And since we were making these assembly line fashion, I decided it was high time I made my boys their own Piano Tote Bags, as their sister got hers last December. And you just can't go wrong with Zen Chic for boys!!! I love her awesome lines. The first bag is for Spencer, 12, and he choose Figures and it is lined with a print from Sphere, all by Zen Chic.
And for Kristian, my fisty 8 year old, he absolutely loved Comma by Zen Chic. And I lined this one with a print from my stash that I can't remember who did it and the selvage was gone. So sorry about that.
And those are the bags we made. I had so much fun sewing these up with my mom!!!! The basic tutorial I used is here and I just changed a few of the steps that are reflected in my Reversiable Bag tutorial here. (I just used regular batting though, these aren't reversible. ) And yes, my two youngest daughters have already requested theirs and are picking out charm packs. Looks like I will be making more totes this Christmas as well ;) I think I need to buy some more Charm Packs ;)
It was so much fun to get to sew with my Mom!!! I will share more of what we worked on soon ;)
Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
Linking up to Quilt Story ;)
Posted by Melissa Corry at 10:33 AM
Friday, December 10, 2021
Charming Tote's just make the cutest Christmas Presents!!! So excited to get these 2 totes in the mail for two very special people :) I just love whipping up these totes, and have totally lost track of how many I have made to this point. If you haven't made one yet, you can pop over here for the free step by step tutorial to whip one up yourself ;) All you need is a Charm Pack and 2/3 Yard of a coordinating print. But seriously, grab a few charms, because you can't make just one ;)
And since these are for "super special people", I made them Deluxe :) I added in some pockets in the lining, a small key chain holder, and put a strip of batting in the handles for extra comfort. It only takes a second to add in these little features and I know they will be so super helpful to them both :)
Now to get these in the mail :) Homemade Merry Christmas is always so fun!!!
So do you have someone special you want to make a Charming Tote for?? Pop over here for the free step by step tutorial
I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting (and Merry and Charming) Weekend!!!
Posted by Melissa Corry at 8:58 AM