A spicy tote and TWO MORE DAYS!

With all the hype about Sale-a-bration, the Summer Mini catalogue was sort of in danger of being thought of as rather the red-headed step-child (absolutely no offense intended to red-headed step-children), but with so many lovely things contained within its 23 pages, it's entirely unfair not to shine a bit of light on it, my particular favourite item being the Spice Cake Designer Fabric.

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Here is a little (fully reversible) tote bag that I made up using a tutorial that I found {HERE}.  The original pattern for a full sized tote was a bit too large for the fat quarter sized pieces of fabric that make up the pack of Spice Cake, so I shrunk the pattern by half, which makes it just big enough for a wallet, phone, sunglasses and keys.

I know this first hand, as I was so excited when I finished it (which took a couple of hours one evening in front of the sewing machine and TV simultaneously) that I loaded it up the very next day and took it along when I dropped my girls to school :-)

Here's a peek at the fully lined inside...

spice-cake-tote-insideAnd a closer look at the medallion-style embellishment...

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I glued a pin onto the back of the embellishment, so that it can be removed and re-pinned in case I want to turn the bag inside out and use the other pattern, or even take it off entirely and pin it to a scarf or jacket :-)

The plaid pattern in the very back is actually a pair of cotton shorts that I found in an op-shop for a couple of dollars and pounced on because the colours were exactly right to co-ordinate with the fabric.  Win!

The only other non Stampin' Up! product is the circle of felt with notches cut out of it that you can see peeking out from under the jumbo Pear Pizzazz Designer Button.  If Stampin' Up! had felt in colours that matched the colour collections, I'd be all over it in a second, but until they do (perhaps we can all work on them together ;-)) I will have to source it elsewhere...

I'm SO very excited that Stampin' Up! is now carrying Designer Fabrics (just WAIT until you see the one coming in the Autumn/Winter Mini *drool*) - it allows me to combine my love of all things Stampin' Up! with my old and re-emerging love of sewing.

Can't be unhappy with that ;-)

Have you experienced the Stampin' Up! fabrics first hand yet?  Tell me what you've made, I'd love to know!

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