Monday, June 27, 2016

Manchester Metallics Summer Bag Challenge

I was so excited to hear about the summer challenge that Robert Kaufman Fabrics was having, from Sew Mama Sew, featuring Robert Kaufman's new line Manchester Metallics. While I am not usually a metallics, glittery or shimmery type of girl, I do love a good challenge. So you can imagine how thrilled  I was to be chosen to participate!! I had such a fun time choosing which fabrics I wanted to work with. After much back and forth debating...with myself,  I finally chose the Manchester Metallics in Evening Shade and Eggshell along with a Kona Solid in Watermelon...because what is more summer than watermelon🍉😉

When my lovely bundle of fabrics arrived and were unwrapped, I was so surprised at how soft and drapey (is that even a word?) the metallics were. Truly lovely and not at all what I had expected, in the best possible way. So now my only other concern was, unravelling. Again, I was going on my old knowledge of what metallics were...while there is some for sure, I was surprised that it wasn't much different than regular quilt fabric and once I added the Pellon Shape Flex to my pieces, it wasn't an issue at all. This really is lovely fabric, I wish I had the talent to sew cloths....with the shimmer and all the texture, light weight, it would make for some pretty outfits too.....and everyone I've shown my project to, just gushes about it!!

I want to take a moment right here to say, yes I was given the fabric by Robert Kaufman for this event, but the only stipulations I had to follow were....1.) I had to only use the fabrics I was given or any Robert Kaufman solid fabrics I had in my stash(a cubby full of choices)  and 2.) I had to sew a summer bag. I was never told what to say, my words....always!  😀

So what did I choose to sew......a Poolside Tote of course.  A pattern by Anna Graham of Noodlehead.....I think this is number 6 for this bag.

I added a few extra pockets, because you can never have to many....

.....instead of one outside zippered pocket, I made 2 pockets one on each side of the bag....

and added two inside hidden zipper can't have too many pockets., remember!

 and come on, how fun is this...the lime green zippers hint of the colour to come...Lime Green Kona Solid

If that isn't enough to inspire your desire for this fabric, maybe this will help.....

I can't seem to help myself....when faced with a challenge I need to think outside of the box....I wanted to share something I printed my Poolside Tote pattern again, but this time at 50%....and this is what happened......

I had to figure out a few of the pieces that are cut and not actual  pattern pieces, but that wasn't too difficult....and the results were so worth the effort......
So now it's a set. A little bag for lotions and such....or a mother/daughter tote set....or just the cutest little purse....or you use your imagination. Whatever the answer, its adorable, sitting at 7" high by 11" wide.

That's it for me, but....
Don't forget to check out the other participant in the Manchester Metallics Challenge, and don't forget to take a moment and leave a comment on what you think! Share some encouragement, and show your enthusiasm for this new line!! Can't wait to hear your thoughts!!

Looking for more inspiration...
Check out the other bloggers participating in the Manchester Metallics Challenge....

Sandy Whitelaw of UpStairs Hobby Room (you are here)

Anne Zeitler of AnneZPlace
Natalie Strand of Vegetablog

Kathy Green of Designs by KTGreen
Sanchia Gair of Red Brolly

Sara Johansen of The Sara Project
Jenny of My Handmade Home


Devida Bushrod of The Driftwood Thimble
Michelle Morris of That Black Chic
Carrie Federer of carrie bee

Sarah Sharp of No Hats in the House
Michelle Webster of michellepatterns

Monday 4th
Marni Weaver of Haberdashery Fun

Mo Befell

And don't forget to check in with 

next week for all the highlights....


  1. Love the bag. I really need to make it. I keep telling myself I will but haven't got round to it yet. That mini version is adorable xx

  2. Beautiful bags. Love the design you chose! The mini is perfect for lotions and such.

  3. What a perfect set! I love all Anna Graham patterns. I used the new Essex metallic in a quilt and was very happy with it. I wonder how it differs from this Manchester variety.

  4. Wow, so gorgeous.The last one my best favorite.

  5. I love how these turned out! I especially love the pops of red!

  6. Beautiful bag, love the contrasting fabric - great choice! Dee x

  7. Beautiful bag, love the contrasting fabric - great choice! Dee x

  8. Love the colors that you picked! The contrast is great.

  9. I absolutely love this tote set! The colors you chose coordinate perfectly to make such a cheerful and summery combination, and the lime green pocket linings are extra fun :)
    ~Natalie from Vegetablog

  10. Your bag was the first one that I saw and I was wondering how you got that little bag, I even went back and looked at the pattern to see if I missed the little version! So glad you explained what you did to get that size. I love your set!

  11. Love your bags! I have the pattern for the Poolside tote but I haven't made it yet. Do you feel that they have enough body with this fabric, given that it is so lightweight?


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