April 9, 2016

Purple and Pink V and Co Tote Bag

Hello, Friends!
So...you know me pretty well,
after reading my posts and seeing photos of my projects, right?
How many times have I used purple?
Hmmm...have I ever used purple???


Do I even OWN any purple fabric?
There's a lilac print in this divided basket...maybe that counts.

I've been stitching with this junior layer cake
in the purple colorway.

{You can find lots of other colorways, too, over at Kimberly's Fabric Stash.}
There are shades of pink on the top layer,
but a lot of the fabrics inside are purple.
They are actually very purple indeed.

When I opened it, I could feel my heart racing...
uh-oh...I think I may have a touch of purplaphobia.

I have a bundle of the Ombre Basics, also by V and Co.
When I put them together with this layer cake,
I could see that the plum and magenta ombres 
went together just perfectly.
It calmed me considerably when I saw the potential!

I cut some squares from the ombres,
and some more squares from the purple and pink prints,
and I created a wild and crazy tote bag.

I really love the way it turned out.
There's plenty of room inside, with the bag
measuring about 11" wide by 10" tall.

It's a full 6" deep.
It would make a great travel tote bag.

I love the various solid shades of ombre,
interspersed with the bright prints.

Along the bottom of the bag,
I used a strip of the darkest ombre shade.

It's very difficult to photograph,
but I made a large patchwork of prints
and solids, to add interest to the interior.
I always use a large piece of yardage for the lining
of my bags, so this was another step out of my comfort zone.

Even the handles were patched from
three different layer cake prints. I love the look!

My mother doesn't read this blog...
shhhh...this tote bag is right up her alley!
Mom looks great in purple and really loves to accessorize.
I can't wait for Mother's Day, when I give it to her!

This project has been therapeutic for me.
Maybe next time I won't go into a purple panic,
when I see 50 shades of violet!

Do you have a color phobia, too?

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  1. You stepped out of your color comfort zone in a beautiful way Amy! Your mom is going to love her Mother's Day surprise!

  2. very nice. looks like something I would want to try

  3. It's beautiful with all of the purple fabrics! I like the addition of the ombre purple squares, too. They are great blenders. She will love this!

  4. Amy I love yours projects. This is so cute!

  5. I definitely have a colour phobia...it's purple!


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