Monday, June 10, 2013

Desk Tote.

I recently did a sewing swap to make a material desk tote and as my partner in Australia had now received it I am free to show. Mandy loves and I do mean loves the colour blue so nothing else would do. I delved deep into my material stash and found strips of material 3" wide with assorted flower and patchwork designs which I sewed together in order to cut out the shapes I needed for the box. 
I then delved into my felt stash and found some dark blue/light blue which I had left over from making an embroidered fish box for another blogging friend (Sherry) a while back.  You can see the lining and box sides here with the start of some appliqu├ęd flowers being added before the bottom was stitched in place. 


The completed box. I forgot about felt having a tendency to stretch so I added embroidery thread ties to the sides to pull back into a box  shape.   



A close up showing the finished flowers.
MIL used to work in a shirt making factoring so I inherited a very large box of buttons I assorted sizes so I used some on the flower centres .

I also used up some seeds beads too.

Entering into the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations#45:Stitching real or faux.
Handmade Harbour#120: handmade Mondays.
Simon Says: The button challenge.
Crafts and Me #136: Something old(materials,buttons,beads).
4 Crafty Chicks#145: Flowers.
Charisma # 22: Tons of layers.
Hiding in my Craft Room#101: Super scraps.
Challenges 4 Everybody#22: Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop#76: .Use up your snippets.











39 comments:

  1. Lovely lickle box there Mrs A. Love all the little embellies, and I do so love the buttonhole stitching!
    Hugs
    xx

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  2. This is so sweet Valery Anne ! You are so clever ! Love the flowers ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

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  3. Mrs. A...your little cloth box is so cute! I love the design and the sweet little flowers on each panel. Using a button for the center of the flowers turned out really cute. Thanks for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  4. Beautiful desk tote...love the flowers!

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  5. What a lovely little box! Great detailing.

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  6. Whaoooo this is AWESOME!!! I love the quilting and that it is a tote box. Not to mention the fabric is awesome and so is the colors. Awesome flowers!!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful inspiration with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

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  7. What an awesome gift!! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week for our "Flowers" challenge :D

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  8. Gorgeous box. I love the applique flowers.
    Ali x

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  9. Such a gorgeous box. Love the fabric you have used - very pretty. Hope you have a good week.

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  10. What a great creation, love it.

    Kath x

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  11. WoW! Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz.
    Joanne x

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  12. You've created a lovely box, I'm sure your swap partner loves it. Your appliques are beautifully executed too, especially the neat blanket stitch around each one.
    I hope you have a lovely week.

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  13. Yes, really pretty and really useful. Love your neat blanket stitched blooms.

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  14. This sweet little box has so many elements to like.Your pretty fabric, your embroidery, your buttons! Made into a beautiful box, and your friend will love it! Rec'vd my Britannia dies today. Can't wait to try 'em out. TFS the place to check on them. Hugs

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  15. The box turned out lovely. I like your idea of embellishing the flowers with embroidery. Very nice!

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  16. Lovely fabric box Mrs A, you are so clever! :) Cathy x

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  17. So cute! Love the flowers, and I love blue too. TFS

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  18. Multi~talented you are! Fantastic desk tote! Love the colors and the fabby flowers!!
    Hugs
    Ellen

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  19. Thanks for playing our flower challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks, very pretty!

    Leanne DT 4 CC!

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  20. Oh I so love the snippets of another sort post! This is just so sweet. Loving the seed beads and the embroidery...knowing that the buttons came from the shirt factory was cool!

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  21. Oh this is so pretty, love all those shades of blue and the flowers and buttons are gorgeous
    Lindsay xx

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  22. How sweet is this little box. Love the colors and the design. Thank you for joining us at Artistic this week. Abbie (Owner) xx

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  23. What a sweet little box, colors and flowers.

    Regards diane

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  24. You're just as handy with a needle as you are with stamps and ink! This is just darling and I too love the blues!

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  25. Hi Mrs A.

    Oh you had me chuckling .. you see had this mental picture of you diving into all these boxes then realised you were writing "delving into boxes not DIVING!", which filled me with great relief!!

    no swimming in boxes for you! :D
    Imagine Miss trying us to do laps in them :D

    Nonsense aside, I love the blue basket and am sure the recipient did also!! well done, Shaz in Oz.x

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  26. What a sweet little box! An amazing way to use up those snippets of fabric!

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  27. fabulous! did you HAND STITCH the flower and leaf pieces? they look amazing with the edging and the inside details. thanks so much for sharing with the Charisma Galz - hope you'll join us for this week's new challenge!

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  28. Mrs. A. What a great share. You are quite the multi-talented young lady. I always admire those who sew. I am not one of them. I'm sure your friend not only loves the box, but will find a zillion uses for it. Pretty, pretty, pretty!

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  29. Very chic and love the blues too, cleverly made and gorgeous. When I read about your dad, mine is the same, a real gentleman and all the nurses just love him...he never complains and is adjusting to new life well. He is actually now trying to drink by himself and ate a banana by himself...so that's a huge achievement...love annie xxx

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  30. Fabulous craft box beautifully decorated .
    Cheers Shirley-Anne

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  31. How cute is this?? I'm so jealous of people who have sewing skills... it's on my "to-learn" list! Thanks so much for playing along at Hiding In My Craft Room!

    lovies, =o) kel
    HIMCR DT
    http://scrap-photograffs.com

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  32. I just love seeing all your sewing projects Mrs A..( you are so talented)....and your fabric box is so sweet :)

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  33. Gorgeous project, love the colours. Thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations this week, Judith xx

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  34. What a darling box you have sewn, just lovely..
    Thanks for joining us at Challenges 4 Everybody.. Good luck!!
    Sandy :) DT

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  35. Muuuuuuuuuuuuumy! Does your line cover PE Bags? Brilliant desk tote, I really like the materials you chose. X

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