Monthly Archives: April 2014

Oakshott Tote for Sew Mama Sew

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I have been seeing amazing things made out of Oakshott from people like Sarah Elizabeth of {No} Hats in the house blog and Lily of Lily’s Quilts. They usually write about things like how luxurious it is to sew with and also how photographs don’t do it justice. I was totally lucky to get to play with some Oakshotts from Sew Mama Sew. What a delight. They sent me a Lipari Fat 8th Pack to make into a tote.

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After playing with the Oakshott fabric I will agree that it is so nice to work with and it is difficult to photograph it to show off just how dynamic it really is.

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What is Oakshott? It is shot cotton. The warp and weft of the fabric are made of different colored threads. The results are dynamic color play in the light, a sort of iridescent fabric.  It is soft and just luscious. Now, I see that Oakshott is also making a Colourshott which have  slightly different colors on the reverse side. I die!

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Anyway, I was trying to take a picture to capture the magic of the Oakshott. When the light hits it, dimension is created and it gives movement to the fabric.

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I think, the above picture shows it the best. But you really need to get some and play with it yourself to understand just how yummy these are.


I paired the Oakshott with some linen. I think they are a perfect match. I tried to come up with a way to show off the movement of the fabric. I figured if I cut triangles and put them together into hexagons, with the grain turning one direction with each triangle it would show it off the best. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen these yummies in my stream. 

Oakshott tote aOakshott tote c      Oakshott tote b

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After I pieced all the triangles together, I thought dark 12 weight thread would look lovely too.

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At first, I wasn’t sure if I loved it or not. I quickly realized I adore the dark straight line quilting!

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I made one panel for the front pocket. The pocket is the whole width of the tote and I stitched a line down the center to make two large pockets.

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I drafted the pattern myself based on dimensions I like for handles and the size of the pouch.

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Topstitching goes a long way here, and I think always finishes off everything nicely.



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I added some strips of Oakshott in the linen for a little detail on the handle of the front side.

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The inside is completely lined and I put in a false bottom. The false bottom was made from 2 layers of Peltex covered with fabric and then hand stitched into place. I have to have a fully lined tote. It just feels complete. Since it was meant to be a tote, I thought the two large pockets on the front were enough, so the lining doesn’t have any more pockets. The entire thing is lined with more interfacing from Pellon. I used a combination of fusible fleece and Shape Flex to give it some structure but still allow a little scrunching. The fabrics give me a feel of nature and I want it to become soft and scrunched over time.

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I adore how this side came out.


After I made the side with the pocket and the hexagons, I wanted to play a little more on the other side. I took the rest of the Oakshott and spliced different widths of linen between at random cuts. I then cut out the same triangles as I did on the front. This time, I stitched them together randomly and changing the direction of the grain of the fabric.


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I wanted some of the same dark straight line quilting for this side. But I traced shapes randomly.


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I really was dreaming about this side as a large quilt and not just a tote. I may have rubbed my face in it a little. It is so soft. And I super puffy heart adore how this side came out. Imagine a whole quilt in Oakshott with the spliced triangles and some linens thrown in for texture! I die!

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To tie the front and back together, I slipped a strip of linen into the Oakshott handles on the back side. Oh, who am I kidding? This is really the front side.

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It is ok to carry a tote with the pocket facing yourself, right?

Check out  these other participants and see how they  used their yummy Oakshott fabric to make totes for Sew Mama Sew.

Teresa of Dandelion Drift

Jennifer of Sewplicity

Megan of Monkey Beans

Erin of Seamstress Erin

Michelle of Falafel and the Bee

The colors of Oakshott I used for this tote are all from the Lipari pack.

Pollara LIPA 01

Canneto LIPA 07

Lipari LIPA 08

Stromboli LIPA 12

Basiluzzo LIPA 15

Gallina LIPA 18