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Wildabon Market Tote.

Wildabon Market Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Sometimes (/most of the time) I get stuck on an idea that I can’t wait to see through. This Wildabon Market Tote is one of them.

Wildabon Market Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Wildabon has been such a fun project in every way, and I’ve been eager to appliqué it on to just about everything. Here’s my Wildabon Market Tote, aka a mashup of Anna Graham’s Market Tote (from her book, Handmade Style) and the designs from my Wildabon pattern with Leah Duncan.

Wildabon Market Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

With so many designs in the pattern, I like that you can pull one motif out and play with it on its own whether it’s in a bag like this or a pillow sham or anything smaller. Plus, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by appliqué or taking on something large, this is a great place to start. And, if you’re worrying about handwork and durability, don’t. I’ve been appliquéing on to bags for a while now, and I haven’t had any issues yet. Even if you are a new appliqué-er, quilting over your handwork–just like I did here–adds another layer insurance.

Wildabon Market Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

This was my first time sewing with leather handles, and I have to say that I’m pretty into them after this adventure. I picked these up from Noodlehead’s shop, and they couldn’t have been any easier to work with. Plus, they are so pretty! I love how they kick the project up a notch. Installation wasn’t as scary as I imagined it could be. I used (my new) teflon foot, which made it super easy, as well as polyester thread as it was recommended in the pattern. Next time, I think I’ll be ready to give rivets a try.

Wildabon Market Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

It’s always fun mixing fabrics, and you’ll notice euclid on the outside (which is great, because of its heftiness) with lots of friedlander and friedlander lawn on the inside. I can’t tell you how much fun it is to appliqué with fabrics thick and thin, plus the options for mixing prints…yes, this is how I like to do it!

Wildabon Market Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

It was fun getting that print situated on my inside pocket. I love a project where you can play around with your prints.

Wildabon Market Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

When I was positioning the appliqué motif, I also thought about where I’d put the handle, how the side piece would be cut and how it’d wear. I like that the design spills from the top and spreads itself across the side.

Wildabon Market Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

By the way, this bag can hold a lot! Here it is loaded up with my scrappy collection quilt, which–by the way–I’ve been hand quilting on and off, more off than on lately. But it’s coming together!

Wildabon Market Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

patterns : Wildabon from me and Market Tote from Handmade Style by Anna Graham

fabrics : Euclid, Friedlander and Friedlander Lawn

zipper : from Zipit

leather handles : from Noodlehead

Wildabon Market Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

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Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric.

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Remember the social tote? It’s a fun, travel-friendly project that Anna Graham of Noodlehead collaborated with me to create. Anna is so talented and did such a wonderful job with this project that I’m always happy to come back to it. Here’s a Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric that I made recently.

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

The lining is a great place to play with one of the larger prints in the collection, which I did here. I like playing with the prints and colors in a project like this that can really show them off.

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

The pincushion fits perfectly into one of the compartments, looking cute in there, or it can float away and be useful on its own too.

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

On the flip side of the pincushion, I even added a little bit of Euclid with some decorative stitching. I always like special touches like that. They don’t take much time, but they can really personalize a project.

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Happy social tote sewing!

Pattern: Social Tote

Fabrics : Friedlander and a bit of Euclid (Exterior Fabric, Lining, Trim, Pincushion accent)

Social Tote in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

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Nest Egg Tote in Friedlander Fabric.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

This Nest Egg Tote in my Friedlander Fabric was a fun one to plan and put together. The Nest Egg continues to be one of my favorite travel bags for toting around my handwork. I’m still using the original one that I made–which is still looking good–but I thought having a new one on hand would give me the option of a different look if I ever felt like it.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

In this version, I did a little bit of embellishing on the front and back panels with some big stitch quilting with pearl cotton. I like the added bit of texture and color. (Tip: if you’d like to do this, add it after you’ve added your fusible fleece, but before cutting out your exterior panel. If you’re worried about the stitching getting cut off, you can always trace the panel shape onto your piece so that you know what will be trimmed off prior.)

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

In addition to my fabrics, there is also some Robert Kaufman denim (this one) on the hinge and strap. This denim is so sturdy that I didn’t even need to interface it–a plus!

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

One thing that I like is that the design allows for another fabric to be used for the strap that wraps the bag and holds the d-rings. Here I used the plaid that is repeated on the inside, but I could totally have continued with the same denim that I used in the strap.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

The inside has plenty of space and pockets for your sewing stuff which keeps things organized. I usually tuck a writing tool, rulers, extra needles and scissors into the pockets.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

On the other side I stuff my thread, my project (not shown) and a thread catcher (also not shown). In this version I played around with a mixture of elastic bands and ribbons for tying the spools in place.

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

That’s my newest Nest Egg tote. I hope you like it!

Pattern : Nest Egg Tote (by me)

Fabrics : Friedlander, Railroad Denim Deluxe by Robert Kaufman

Hardware from Buckle Guy

Friedlander Nest Egg Tote . Carolyn Friedlander

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