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Warp & Weft Sewing Society: Lotta Jansdotter Challenge – Spring Market Totes {+ a giveaway **closed}

2014 April 22

I’m so excited to be part of the Warp & Weft Sewing Society’s first ever blog hop this week! We were all given a 6 fat quarter bundle of Lotta Jansdotter’s new (gorgeous!) collections Mormor and Sylvia. The challenge was to make something that celebrates Spring. You can get your hands on some of this amazing fabric by entering the giveaway at the end of this post – 12 Fat Quarters of Lotta Jansdotter goodness! **Update: The giveaway is now closed.

I had so many ideas for this challenge, most involving quilts – but, since many of the other Sewing Society members are talented quilters I supposed I should choose something else! In the end I decided a new spring tote bag was the way to go – because you can never have too many bags! The bright, springy bundle Esmari expertly mixed for me is so light and happy, that I decided to share and make 3 totes. A Mommy and Daughters trio! (This post was getting a bit long, so the Spring Market Tote tutorial is coming up tomorrow! *Update: The Spring Market Tote & Mini Tote Tutorial is here.)

I wanted to make something striped that could feature each of the prints in my fat quarter bundle and was inspired by the beachy rope handled totes I was seeing online. It was great when the prints came together into a tote that is a bit more formal – perfect for shopping! The large size makes a very roomy bag, and I tried to duplicate that by making the girls’ mini totes oversized as well. They were able to fit all of their (self chosen) shopping necessities with them. It was fun to see them excited to feel “all grown up” with their own matching totes!

I had fun trying to find rope that I liked in an appropriate thickness for the totes. With my pre-made options exhausted, I bought some braided cotton at the hardware store and made my own rope! A 4-strand round braid is actually very simple to make and I’m really happy with how it looks. The grommets are fun even though it was momentarily terrifying to cut holes for them in my perfect “finished” bag!  They turned out so well I think I’ll have to do it again!

The tote is made with a quilt-as-you-go technique so the outer comes together really quickly.  Inspired by my Noodlehead Cargo Duffle I layered quilting cotton, low loft batting and canvas. It holds it’s shape really well, and the interfaced reinforcement strip at the top of the bag folds over to easily install the lining. There is a small pleat on the ends of each oval base, making it simple to fit the outer perfectly to the circumference of the base. And I love how it gives the Spring Market Tote a little more shape.

I would like to thank Esmari especially for choosing the perfect bundle for me! The Slate Blomster is my favorite print in the Mormor collection, my oldest loves pink, and my youngest’s favorite colour is green – so the emerald was perfect for her. Win-win all around. I split up the girls’ totes to accent their favorite colours, while mine includes all of them together – lucky me!

**Update: The Giveaway is now closed. ** You can win 12 Fat Quarters from Lotta Jansdotter’s latest collections, Mormor and Sylvia! In order to enter this Giveaway please follow the Rafflecopter instructions in the widget below and leave a comment on this post. You can obtain 7 entries in total by leaving a comment on each participating blogger’s Lotta Jansdotter Challenge post.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’m second on the blog hop this week – be sure to check out the kick-off post! The quilt Esmari posted yesterday on the Warp & Weft blog is gorgeous. The fabrics look amazing on a white background with the coloured thread she chose. Carla is coming up tomorrow and her work is impeccable, I’m so excited to see what she’s going to post!

Esmari – Warp & Weft:  April 21 ** blog kick-off yesterday!
Sherri – Thread Riding Hood:  April 22
Carla – My ½ Dozen Daily:  April 23 ** tomorrow’s post!
Shannon  - The Finished Garment:  April 24
Cathy – Blueberry Patch:  April 25
Cynthia – cynthiaf:  April 26
Lysa – Lysa Flower:  April 27

Winner to be announced here on the Rafflecopter widget:  April 28th 

I hope you like the totes and come back to check out the tutorial! It’s really simple in its construction – and if you want to get some Lotta to make your own you can find it at the Warp & Weft shop - I know you need a new Spring Tote! Be sure to get all of your entries in by following the blog hop around, I’ll see you at Carla’s tomorrow!

** Please note: This is a sponsored post and the fabric was provided to me at no cost by Warp & Weft. However, as always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something to you that I do not love myself. **

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  1. Nicole Sender permalink
    April 22, 2014

    I love your colorful tote bags. Great use of the fabric.

  2. Faye permalink
    April 22, 2014

    Awesome tote bags! I especially love the grommets & braided handles.

  3. Esmari Taylor permalink
    April 22, 2014

    Oh, I love them!! The rope handles look lovely! That’s a super idea – I think I might need to ‘borrow’ it sometime… ;-)
    And your pumps are gorgeous! Will have to find out where you got those from too…

  4. Timea permalink
    April 22, 2014

    These bags are beautiful!

  5. Tambra Vandal permalink
    April 22, 2014

    What I like best about the totes is that they are a quilt as you go project, & love that it can be made in two sizes…one for mom & her daughters!

  6. April 22, 2014

    Wonderful totes I love the addition of the ropes , gives them a nautical look !
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  7. Darylene Foster permalink
    April 22, 2014

    So cute !!! I love the idea of making these for the little ones. I for sure will look for the tutorial tomorrow. I just have to make these for me and my Granddaughter :)

  8. Lesley permalink
    April 22, 2014

    Love your totes! Great idea and beautiful fabric

  9. Lynn St. Andrews permalink
    April 22, 2014

    Sherri, your totes are beautiful, I love the fabric.

  10. April 22, 2014

    oooohh!! Those are just *FABULOUS!! You & your girls are stylin’!! ;) Great job with this gorgeous bundle! xo
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  11. Julie V permalink
    April 22, 2014

    I love that they are beautiful and practical!

  12. April 22, 2014

    love how they turned out! it is so hard to cut into something you’ve worked hard on and don’t want to ruin!!! :)
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  13. Judy Johnson permalink
    April 22, 2014

    I love the shape of these bags – and the rope handles just add such a cool touch!

  14. Rose permalink
    April 22, 2014

    This is such a great idea and I love the handmade rope handles – definitely something I will try for summer trips to the pool.

  15. Reece permalink
    April 22, 2014

    I love your idea of the stripes in a way to incorporate all the beautiful fabrics. I know what you mean about being terrified about the grommets; I made a purse with curtain grommets and was so scared to cut the holes I almost didn’t finish the bag! Your totes turned out wonderfully. I can’t wait to see what Carla comes up with tomorrow.

  16. Ashley permalink
    April 22, 2014

    The fabric colours and designs are gorgeous! Love the totes!

  17. Dandi D permalink
    April 22, 2014

    I love how many beautiful fabrics you can incorporate into those totes!

  18. jonquil permalink
    April 22, 2014

    I adore a good tote! I have 2 granddaughters, so ‘matching’ totes would be awesome.

  19. April 22, 2014

    Beautiful bags, I love how springy they look. Perfect for heading to the farmers market and grabbing some fresh produce and bread. I can’t tell you how much I love the matching bags for your daughters, mine loves being ‘twins’ and since she’s only 5 I’m not sure how much longer it will last, and will take advantage of it while I can!!!!

    Look forward to the tutorial, ’cause I’m pretty sure I don’t have enough bags ahaha.

  20. Lisa Marie permalink
    April 22, 2014

    Wow, the totes look wonderful! The rope handles are a very nice touch.

  21. Louise holloway permalink
    April 22, 2014

    Love the totes, can’t wait for the tutorial

  22. April 22, 2014

    awesome job with the bags! I love that you made little mini ones for your girls :)
    Looking forward to the tutorial tomorrow so i can make one for me and my girl !!!

  23. April 22, 2014

    So much fun, and a wonderful with the rope!

  24. April 22, 2014

    Your totes are just so sweet and modelled to perfections by your daughters!
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  25. April 22, 2014

    So cute! You did a great job. Love the colours.

  26. Angela permalink
    April 22, 2014

    So excited to read the bag tutorial

  27. April 22, 2014

    The shape of this is marvelous, well done! I am definitely going to have to make one-or more!
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  28. nicola lang permalink
    April 22, 2014

    Love the mommy daughter tote idea. Too cute!

  29. Claire permalink
    April 22, 2014


  30. Kerry permalink
    April 22, 2014

    Great job on the totes, they really say “spring”!

  31. Mandy permalink
    April 22, 2014

    Love your mother and daughters matching bags. And I would LOVE to win the fabric bundle… love Lotta! :)

    • Mandy permalink
      April 22, 2014

      Love your mother and daughters matching bags – the colours are awesome and I like how you decided to make the handles. And I would LOVE to win the fabric bundle… love Lotta! :)

  32. Cathy permalink
    April 22, 2014

    What a great way to use these Lotta prints! Your totes are adorable as are your little ones. I’m so inspired, and we are only on Day 2 of this wonderful giveaway. Thank you!

  33. amanda permalink
    April 22, 2014

    LOVE this! Can’t wait to make a few of my own :)

  34. amanda permalink
    April 22, 2014

    I especially love the fabric choices and the way there are nice bold fabrics that blend well with the lighter more delicate prints.

  35. April G permalink
    April 22, 2014

    I love that the totes come in two sizes so my mini-me could have one too!

  36. Fonda permalink
    April 22, 2014

    Love the bags, luv that the 3 match and I really like the pose of the littlest one,what a cutie

  37. April 22, 2014

    Love your totes! The rope handles are so great!
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  38. Serinda permalink
    April 22, 2014

    Love the stripes. They really do show off the fabrics.

  39. April 22, 2014

    I love that everyone got their own.
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  40. Diane permalink
    April 22, 2014

    Cute bags!!!! Can’t wait to try it.

  41. Lynn permalink
    April 22, 2014

    Love the rope handles and the colours are gorgeous.

  42. Stacey permalink
    April 22, 2014

    Cute bags. I’ve always wanted to try using grommets.

  43. Alison U permalink
    April 22, 2014

    I look forward to seeing the tutorial.

  44. Cindy Dahlgren permalink
    April 23, 2014

    The totes are great! They’re all three different, yet somehow the same. It was great you made some for your daughters, they so love to be like their Mommies. Can’t wait for the tutorial.

  45. Kerri Findling permalink
    April 23, 2014

    I love the idea for the rope handles and the ‘match but not’ totes.

  46. April 23, 2014

    These are super adorable and the girls look very pleased with their grown-up totes!! I am in love with these prints! I think I’ll check out 4-strand braiding.

  47. Sdeaf Mathews permalink
    April 23, 2014

    These totes are perfection! Love that they are quilt as you go too

  48. April 23, 2014

    Super cute! The totes are gorgeous and so are your girls. :o )

  49. Terry permalink
    April 23, 2014

    What great totes….love how they look with these beautiful fabrics!

  50. Andrea permalink
    April 23, 2014

    What a cute idea to make the bags in two different sizes! My favourite is the green one with the solid in emerald. I already purchased some of the yellow and grey prints for making a tablerunner. I hope there will be some leftovers, then I’ll try one of these Totes.

  51. Jodi R permalink
    April 23, 2014

    I love this project so much. My favourite part is that you made mini oversize totes for your daughters. My little Miss 3 1/2 loves bags and would love to have a bag that matches mine.

  52. April 23, 2014

    These are great bags, love that you made your own handles and the fabric…yum!!!

  53. Tina permalink
    April 23, 2014

    This tote is so cute! Who couldn’t use a fabulous and functional bag like this?? Very nice!

  54. Emily permalink
    April 23, 2014

    Super cute! Can’t wait to make one!

  55. April 23, 2014

    I love that you can arrange the fat quarters in any combination to create your spring bags!
    Great idea!

  56. Donna permalink
    April 23, 2014

    The totes are definitely spring like with the bright colors and stripes. I like the shape of the bag and the fact that they can be made in a sizes to suit my grandson carrying his books to the library!

  57. April 23, 2014

    Your totes are amazing! I would be terrified to put grommets in my finished bag too! I love that you made your little girls totes like mommy’s but in their colors. Very cute pictures!

  58. Lynn Swanson permalink
    April 23, 2014

    Love the totes and especially the handles. Very nice

  59. Lynn Swanson permalink
    April 23, 2014

    Love the totes – love the handles….very nice

  60. April 23, 2014

    Hi Sherri,

    I would obviously use the fabric for some dresses or tops for my daughter!

  61. April 23, 2014

    Love it! I’m always looking for new bags to make, and this one is so fun, and it looks quite sturdy too!

  62. Tamara permalink
    April 23, 2014

    Love the rope handles on your bags!

  63. April 23, 2014

    The grommets! They give the tote a really professional look!

  64. April 23, 2014

    The Spring Market Totes are absolutely adorable! The fabrics are beautiful. I’m sure your girls love their new bags:)

  65. Jennifer Fynn permalink
    April 23, 2014

    Love the bags, but even more love the 3 of you out shopping together. So adorable!
    I must take my little princess out shopping and made/buy some fun bags to match.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  66. Kathleen Dalecio permalink
    April 23, 2014

    I really like the rope handles you’ve used on the totes. I’ looking forward to watching your tutorial! Think you.

  67. Niki permalink
    April 23, 2014

    Love the grommets!!!!!

  68. Dandi D permalink
    April 23, 2014

    These totes are so lovely!

  69. Margo Piikkila permalink
    April 23, 2014

    I want to run home and make a tote!

  70. April 23, 2014

    SO cute!!! I love the rope handles :)

  71. Terri in BC permalink
    April 23, 2014

    Very cute totes! Can’t wait for the tutorial!

  72. April 23, 2014

    Love the beach bag. Hope I win. Son & DIL are going to Florida in May and she would love to take one with her. Thanks

  73. June Robertson permalink
    April 23, 2014

    I think your tote bags are a fantastic way to use the fabric. They are fresh, modern and the perfect size. Thanks for sharing your great ideas :)

  74. Gina permalink
    April 23, 2014

    I love how the fabric perfectly complements the design of the bag. The rope handles are the crowning touch.

  75. Christine Sherman permalink
    April 23, 2014

    Oh my, your bags are so pretty!!!

  76. Cecilia permalink
    April 23, 2014

    What I like the most are the rope handles. They are the finishing touch. Thank you for sharing your cute bags.

  77. April 23, 2014

    I love the summery look of this bag and I think it’s the rope handle that really caps it off. I look forward to your tutorial. :)

  78. Audrey permalink
    April 23, 2014

    I love quilt as you go and the colors in your bags are fun! The rope handles are the perfect touch :)

  79. Eileen DiPietro permalink
    April 24, 2014

    Great use of the fabrics. I love everything Lotta!!

  80. April 24, 2014

    Love the patterns, prints and awesomeness of the tote!

  81. April 24, 2014

    I like the way there is pattern clash that is actually harmonious.

  82. Ashley T. permalink
    April 24, 2014

    I love the prints in the fabric. Gorgeous!

  83. April 24, 2014

    Absolutely beautiful tote bags for you and your girls-so cute to make a set for all 3 of you.

  84. Michele Timms permalink
    April 24, 2014

    Great totes for all sizes ;-) love that!!!!

  85. Mary permalink
    April 25, 2014

    How sweet are your Mother & Daughter bags! I love them, and this fabric!

  86. Gill permalink
    April 25, 2014

    I love your totes – but I’m having trouble finding large grommets!

    • April 27, 2014

      Oh dear Gill. Hmmm… There seem to be some on Amazon. I get mine at Fabricland (similar to Joann’s) and Walmart. Sometimes you can also find them at the hardware store. Hope that helps!

  87. Delaine permalink
    April 25, 2014

    I just love those bags. I am definitely going to get the instructions for them. Thanks!

  88. Allison C permalink
    April 25, 2014

    Love the rope handle detail!

  89. Marti permalink
    April 25, 2014

    I love how the bags turned out, so fun. I could see my little ladies loving them!

  90. Bekk permalink
    April 25, 2014

    These are lovely totes. I love the rope handles!

  91. April 25, 2014

    Beautiful bags! They look so roomy!
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  92. Carolyn permalink
    April 25, 2014

    Totebag is awesome and the pictures to show the steps are great.

  93. Lee permalink
    April 25, 2014

    Fabulous totes! I love the fabric and design!

  94. Chantal permalink
    April 25, 2014

    Beautiful bags. Love the rope handles. It makes it look so Marina/Yacht fashion. Love it.

  95. Arita permalink
    April 25, 2014

    The colours are gorgeous and I like how you made your own handles.

  96. Vicki H permalink
    April 25, 2014

    The girls are so cute with their bags.

  97. Emily C permalink
    April 25, 2014

    The bags are too cute. I love that your girls have a set, too. Nothing like matching mommy.

  98. Lori Morton permalink
    April 26, 2014

    LOVE the Totes!! Especially soooo cool that you made them for you & your Daughters, to match. SWEET! (you made some grrrreat Heart Memories too)

  99. April 26, 2014

    Very beautiful use of the fabrics. Thanks for the tutorial.
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  100. KAY permalink
    April 26, 2014

    I love that the tote is shown in 3 different colour ways, I always love to see ideas shown with different options.

  101. Chiska permalink
    April 26, 2014

    What a fantastic bag!

  102. Joy permalink
    April 26, 2014

    You are right. Everyone needs a new tote for spring, and how wonderful to make it a mother/daughters outing. These fabrics are perfect for your project, and I love the rope handles.

  103. Piroska permalink
    April 26, 2014

    I love the rope handles. What a cute touch! :o )

  104. sarah clemons permalink
    April 26, 2014

    Love the 3 colorways and using the grommets.

  105. Jennifer L permalink
    April 27, 2014

    The colours are so beautiful!

  106. Lori permalink
    April 27, 2014

    Tote is fabulous, great pictures of you and the girls with the tote.

  107. Jacklynn Grimm permalink
    April 27, 2014

    Love the totes, great fabric! Thanks for the chance to win!

  108. Andrea Hanson permalink
    April 27, 2014

    Love how you used all the fabrics and the selection of different sizes for little people!

  109. Barb permalink
    April 27, 2014

    Love this bag, so fun and I can tell your girls love it too. Congrats.

  110. Gaile permalink
    April 27, 2014

    I love the Lotta Jansdotter fabric, and this giveaway is such a nice idea. Your totes are so cute (love the rope handles), and I see the tutorial for them too! Thank you.

  111. Erica permalink
    April 27, 2014

    I love these bags!!

  112. April 27, 2014

    Awesome bags! I love how you solved the handles situation– that rope looks super!
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  113. Wanda permalink
    April 27, 2014

    I love this tote. Hope to make it soon.

  114. April 27, 2014

    Love the design of the bags – it’s perfect for summer!
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  115. April 27, 2014

    love the bags, but I think I would make one as a beach bag instead of a market tote.

  116. Terri C. permalink
    April 27, 2014

    Would love to win a giveaway.

  117. Terri C. permalink
    April 27, 2014

    Oops, didn’t get the question before I commented. How about EVERYTHING. The rope handle is what attracted me to the tote. Love the nautical theme.

  118. lynne permalink
    April 27, 2014

    love the totes… those rope handles! swoon!

  119. Sarah permalink
    April 27, 2014

    Beautiful bags!

  120. Lyn permalink
    April 27, 2014

    Love the totes, fabric and rope handles look great together!

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