The great thing about Riley Blake Design basics is that they coordinate with just about any of their fabric collections.  So even if you are only looking for a couple of interesting prints that are full of energy, it is easy to balance them out with a few timeless basics in fresh colors.  This bundle takes a super tangerine and calms it with a pretty light gray.  The result is a color palette with a lot of energy that is not overpowering.  Check out Sew Simple Fabrics to see more of this well coordinated bundle.

Ashbury Heights and Basics Bundle

 

Here’s what’s in this week’s bundle:

Large Tone on Tone Chevron in Orange – RBD Designers
Ashbury Heights Main in Gray – Doohikey Designs
Ashbury Heights Floral in Gray – Doohikey Designs
Lare Tone on Tone Chevron in Gray – RBD Designers
Small 1/8″ Gingham in Orange – RBD Designers

 

Mix It Up Monday aims to help you coordinate fabrics from multiple collections to take the guess work out of your fabric selections.  I hope this week’s bundle inspires your next project!

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Fabric Spark – Notting Hill by Joel Dewberry at $3.50 CAD for 1/2 yard ($3.16 USD for 1/2 yard).  Beautiful selection of Joel Dewberry’s prints from the Notting Hill collection in Tangerine and Magenta. More Free Spirit and Westminster fabrics at great prices.  Click on the sale tab to see lots of great deals.

Pink Castle Fabrics – This weekend we have 25% off Japanese fabrics with code JAPAN25

Fat Quarter Shop – 50% off Bouquet by Annette Tatum w/code BOUQUETSALE50 at checkout, ends Sunday 3/16/14! 20% off Grunge Basics all month long! 20% off ALL Quick Points Rulers all month long

FabricwormThis week we’re throwing a huge Inventory Reduction Sale, but you’ve got to hurry because the sale ends Saturday 3/15 @ 8am PST. If you miss the sale, don’t worry!  You can use coupon code “linus5” for $5 off your order of $50 everyday at Fabricworm.com

Marie Madeline Studio - Hi everyone!  This warming weather is making us all excited for spring… and getting us excited to start some summer sewing projects!!  We wanted to help inspire you too.  This week (March 14th – March 21st) you’ll find EVERY THING on our site 30% off!  Happy shopping! xo Kristie, Apphia, Achaia, Abigail, and Abiah

Sew Simple Fabric – All Riley Blake Basics are just $5.50/yard.  There are still a number of half yards for only $2 and fat quarters for only $1!

Canton Village Quilt Works – 15% OFF SITE WIDE SALE for National Quilting Day on March 15, No Special Codes Needed!! Absolutely EVERYTHING is on SALE… even Clearance! All prices will be marked down! Ends at the end of the day on March 16!

Check out the sale sections of your favorite shops for deep discounts on great fabric prints!

Canton Village Quilt Works – clearance section starting around $5/yard & up! Lots of Batiks for around $7!

Chit Chat Fabrics – sales section, right now, all reduced to $7/yard!

Crafter’s Vision – save an addition 15% on sale section & free shipping over $30!

Cuts of Cotton – find your favorite basics on sale, ranging $3.50-4.50 per half yard!

Fashionable Fabrics – lots of tempting fabrics in their sale section, ranging from about $4-$8/yard!

Fresh Squeezed Fabrics – sale section! All $6.50/yard!

Fabric Shoppe – sale/clearance section, diverse sale section for every need, lots of laminates!

Fabric Spot – sale section, with average $1-2 discount per yard!

Fabricworm – great weekly sales and sale section ranging from 10% – 60% off!

Fat Quarter Shop – lots of sales and weekly specials on bundles, notions, yardage beginning at $5.25/yard, kits, and much more!

Gorgeous Fabrics- take a look at the sale section! Lots of apparel fabrics!

Hawthorne Threads – huge sale section, starting at $4.99/yard!

Heart to Heart Fabrics – Spend $30.00 to qualify for FREE SHIPPING.(US/Canada only)

Lemon Tree Fabrics – check out the great sale section, starting at $4.99/yard!

Marie Madeline Studio$6/yard section!

Mimi’s – Great finds in the clearance section, most $6.99 and under!

Owl & Drum – sale section! Most full yard clearance is marked at $7.99/yard!

Pink Castle Fabrics – sale section starting at $6/yard!

Pink Chalk Fabrics – sale section!

Sew Modern – epic sale section!

Skye Reve Fabrics – sale section!

Spiceberry Cottage – sale section with tons of selection!

Sprightly Fabrics – clearance section, most $6.99/yard and under!

The Intrepid Thread20-30-50% off sale sections!

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Just a few collections arriving at online fabric shops!

 

Atomic Tabbys by Michael Miller Atomic Tabbys by Michael Miller

Spotted at:

The Intrepid Thread

Bella Fabrics

 

Color Me Happy by V & Co Color Me Happy by V & Co

Spotted at:

Fat Quarter Shop

Pink Castle Fabrics – coming soon!

 

Drift by Angela Walters Drift by Angela Walters

Spotted at:

Fabricworm

Chit Chat Fabrics

Owl & Drum

Hawthorne Threads

Bekko Textiles

 

Nautical by Makower UK Nautical by Makower UK

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Sew Modern

Hawthorne Threads

 

Under the Stars by Timeless Treasures Under the Stars by Timeless Treasures

Spotted at:

Fabricworm

Hawthorne Threads

Pink Chalk Fabrics

Spiceberry Fabrics

 

The Littles by Michael Miller

The Littles by Michael Miller

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Lemon Tree Fabrics

Chit Chat Fabrics

Bobbie Lou Fabric

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It’s almost a compulsion.  Whenever I have a project or fabric that I want to use, I make a tote.  I love totes.  I love that I can make them quickly and easily and with so many stocked up, I have a tote that matches every outfit.  I’m not a huge fan of heavy leather purses, especially in the summer, so I love just a light and easy tote.

And they make great, simple gift bags!

I decided it was time to use my Hapi fabric to make a happy tote.  There’s a million tutorials on how to make them, so I’m just going to give you the down and dirty as to how I make mine.

I like to choose 3 fabric prints, one for the outside, one for the inside, and another for the handles.  Making them this way means that I can turn them inside out if I wish, as well!

I chose to use the sunflowers in leaf for the main outside fabric, the oasis in ocean for the inside, and the filigree in bamboo as the handles.  I really do love these colors!

hapi tote

 

hapi tote handles

I cut 2 square from the bag fabric, each measuring 14″.  Then I cut the straps 22″ x 6″.  I always hate when the straps end up too skinny so I try to be generous if I can.  Then, leaving about a 4 inch gap at the bottom of the inside fabric, I pinned and sewed around the sides and bottom with a 1/2″ seam.

hapi bag pinned

 

hapi tote gap on bottom

I went to the iron with my handles, folded them in half with the wrong sides together and ironed.  Then opened them up and brought the edges to the middle and ironed again, which gives 4 sections that I closed all together and ironed one last time.

hapi tote handles

Then I sewed a 1/8″ to 1/4″ top stitch down the long sides.  I tend to sew across the short side only because I don’t have to stop the machine, but I don’t think this is necessary.

hapi sewn handle

The handles were then pinned to the right side of the outer shell, about 2.5″ from the edge.  I actually wanted the middle of each handle to line up at the 3″ mark.

hapi pinned handles

I tucked the outer shell (keep the handles down and out of the way) turned right side out into the inner shell turned wrong side out.

hapi tote assembly

Then I pinned the tops together, making sure to line up the seams at the edges.  Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, I stitched around the top of the bag.  Watch out for those pins, there should be a lot of them at this point!

hapi tote pinned

Now remember that opening I left at the bottom?  That’s where I reach in and grab a hold of the handles and turn it right side out.

hapi tote opening

hapi tote turning

 

hapi tote turned

I ironed the opening in the lining closed and then used a zigzag stitch across the whole bottom.  I’ve never done this before, so if you think it’s going to fall apart, please tell me now, before I’m in the middle of the store with make up and feminine products rolling across the floor!

hapi tote opening stitch

Push the lining inside the tote and iron the top edge (no photo).  I then top stitched at 1/2″ and again at 1/4″.

hapi tote top stitch

And here’s the finished product!  My Hapi lightweight, reversible tote.

Sunflowers print outside.

hapi tote reversible

Or Oasis print outside, if my mood strikes.

hapi tote reversible

And big enough to fit a couple of good sized books or all my typical purse junk on the run!

 

hapi reversible tote

 

hapi tote reversible

 

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Sugar Hill by Tanya Whelan may go back a bit, but because she designs with her classic Grand Revival style, her floral prints will never go out of style!

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These prints remind me of beautiful vintage sheets billowing in the wind.

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The lattice geometric and large polka dots give the classic, cottage style a modern twist.

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I find that I can’t help but feel happy whenever I see any of Tanya Whelan’s collections.  From the little blossoms, to the large roses, and even the happy little bluebirds, they just make me smile!

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I’m just not sure what I would do with a collection like this.  Maybe a beautiful spring Easter dress for my neice?  What do you think?

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Sugar HIll by Tanya Whelan

 

If you win this fat quarter bundle of Tanya Whelan fabric, what will you make from it?  Leave a comment below and let us know!

Enter by Tuesday March 18th, 11:59 EST
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The winner of last week’s Avignon Bundle by Emily Taylor is:

Mary on Lake Pulaski says:We were lucky enough to spend a few weeks in Florida and a few days on the beach were warm!

All of your comments were very warming.  We had great weather for several days (see the power of positive thinking!) But Mary, next time you go leave a little space ’cause I’m coming with you!

Congratulations Mary!  Send me a message at christie.fabricshopper [at] gmail [dot] com and let me know where to send your fabric.  Thanks to all who participated!

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