Solids-only Tote Challenge - Final Result!

Finally I finished the tote for the Solids-only Tote Challenge...just a few days before the deadline..Yeah!

Here is the detail about this challenge:

PROJECT: Tote bag
THE KICKER: You must use solid colors only, no prints!
TECHNIQUES: Use at least one of the following: Applique, Reverse Applique, or Patchwork.
VOTING: A Polldaddy poll will be set up to determine the winner.
PRIZES: Winner(s) will receive bragging rights and a snazzy button!

START: November 1st, 2011
LAST DAY FOR SUBMISSION: November 30th, 2011
VOTING: December 1-31, 2011
(I copied the information about this challenge from Rikka @ Ricochet and Away's page ^-^)

I have to thank Rikka and Keren for hosting this wonderful challenge and also to my fellow solids-only tote challenge participants for the inspiration and encouragement.

I sewed the Hawaiian applique girl on to the denim used as the tote body.

Then, on the other side, I was inspired by Pam @ Threading My Way who showed a great applique tutorial on her blog.

This is the first time I tried machine applique and I'm glad I did...I got to try different stitches that are available on my sewing machine and I like the result I got.
I went with curvy flowers so they would fit with the Hawaiian girl design.

O.K. here is the picture of what I call "Hawaiian Chic Drawstring Tote".

And this is how it looks on the other side.

Actually, when I first planned to make this tote..I thought of a more box-like/rectangular shape. But I'm glad I changed to this drawstring style instead..it gives the casual look which fits with the applique designs. For the drawstring part, I used cloth webbing that is normally used for the tote handles and cover the ends with denims.

This is the first time I used only solid fabrics and I am quite proud that I used everything I already have on hand to make this tote (Yes, even the handle..I bought it ages ago and did not think it would become so handy ^-^)

What do you think of the tote? I would love to hear your comment or suggestion.
and Thank you very much for stopping by my blog. :)

This post is linked up with:
"Ta-da Tuesday Link Party" @ Mommy by day Crafter by night

"Think Pink Sundays No. 38" @ Flamingo Toes
"Delicately Constructed Fridays" @ Delicate Construction
"Manic Monday Link Party" @ Sew Happy Geek
"Fabric Tuesday" @ Quilt Story
"Link Party No. 76" @ Tea Rose Home


  1. It looks fabulous, Tanya!!! I love the shape of the flowers and the Hawaiian girl is just beautiful!!! The shape of the tote works well. A great tote!!! I bet you get lots of comments on the Hawaiian girl.

  2. Turned out so great, Tanya! The design is very innovative--brilliant idea with the drawstring! I really like the style of the bamboo handle as well. I hadn't seen one quite like that before.

  3. This looks great! Although I have sewn a few bags...they still remain one of my least favorite. Kudos to you! Thanks for stopping by Hating Martha!

  4. Tanya it turned out just Fantastic! I knew it would ^.^ The shape fits it just perfect and great job on the machine applique too. Kim

  5. I've always loved this, Tanya! Thanks for linking up...

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