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

67 thoughts on “Oakshott Tote for Sew Mama Sew

  1. Stunning work!!!! I love the detail of your bag. I still can’t get over how gorgeous this fabric is. I’m so inspired by all the Challengers’ totes!

  2. Your tote is terrific. The Shot Cotton looks really wonderful to sew with. Your pictures are great and I think you should consider being a hand model!

    1. Thanks Linda! You are always everyone’s biggest cheerleader. It is one of the perks of being your friend;) I do love my hands/nails. I even like my feet too.

  3. While the fabrics and the ways in which you used them are beautiful, I am especially crazy about the bag shape. Well done you! Absolutely gorgeous.

    1. Oh Pam! You are so sweet! I do have a big crush on my tote currently. I like the shape too. Contemplating making more with different fabrics.

  4. I love everything about this bag Anjeanette!!! Your design is just perfect and such a great shape/style to the bag, very well done!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet words, Amanda. It was a lot of fun to play with Oakshotts for the first time.

  5. You are such a sweetheart! And *SO* talented! I love both sides but REALLY love those white stripes mixed in with the oakshotts… Now I want to do that with something 🙂

    1. Sarah, I think you are amazingly talented. I read your blog way more than I comment. I adore all the depth you put into your makes. I actually was inspired to do the triangles with inset pieces by something I saw at Mid Atlantic MOD. I have to use that idea for a whole quilt. I adore it!

  6. Anjeanette! I’ve clearly been away too long – this is gorgeous! The quilting really makes it and all your little finishing details add so much polish, that false bottom, especially.

    Great work!

    1. Thanks Carly,
      I’ve not been a great blogger or blog reader for a while either. Eeek. Instagram is calling my name more often;) Thanks for your kind words, friend!

  7. The post on Sew Mama Sew brought me to your site and I am so glad it did!! This is a fantastic bag…love love love!!! That dark thread quilting is irresistible!!! Love the colors you chose and everything.

  8. I love the colours! Mind you purple and gray are my favourite colour combo. Nicely done!

    1. Thanks! I’ve never been into purple, but it is really growing on me after this tote;)

  9. Oh my, what genius use of these amazing fabrics. Can’t wait to get my mitts on some of it!!

    1. You really must try it! It is gorgeous. I wish I had a million dollars. I would make a whole quilt with it;)

  10. Beautiful design and the fabric is so rich and gorgeous – perfect combination!!

  11. Anjeanette,

    You are so talented! I love this little tote. So fun! Love the colors you chose!

    1. Tamara! You are so sweet my dear friend. I am lucky to get to play with pretty things;)

  12. I can tell you put a lot of thought and care into designing this tote. The fabrics compliment it very well. Nice.

  13. Your bag is beautiful and made even lovelier by the Oakshott. Love the look and can’t wait to get some Oakshott to play with!

  14. What a beautiful bag! The attention to detail, the piecing, and the stitching all add up to a work of art. I’m sure with the Oakshott it’s even more special when you see it live and not in pictures.

  15. Wow – love how you made your hexagons but the black straight line stitching … that just ROCKS!

  16. Your attention to detail is absolutely stunning – from the stitching to the fabrics – this bag takes my breath away

  17. I LOVE the combination of the shot cottons with linen. I also like how your bag has a different design on each side–I adore those hexagons, too 🙂

  18. I always carry my tote with the pockets facing the inside, that way nothing will fall out 😉 Beautiful bag, I had to pin for inspiration.

  19. I think the way you used the direction of the triangles to increase the shimmer of the Oakshott fabric was ingenious. Thanks for sharing.

  20. I love the design you used for your tote. Thanks for the lesson on the warp and weft of the fabric.

  21. Love your bag! The colors are great. I usually carry my bag with the pocket towards me too.

  22. Wow, ok this is my favorite bag I’ve seen in a very very long time. Also I love your writing style!

  23. Your design shows the fabric beautifully! The bag is gorgeous & I agree the fabric would make a stunning quilt.

  24. I like the cool colors, and the triangles remind me of mountains (my favorite place).

  25. What a striking tote! I love all the design choices you made – using the triangles with strips of white, rotating the grain lines, using the dark thread . . . . I learned a lot about the thought that goes into the design process as I read your post. Thank you!

  26. I usually take inspiration from other projects to change and make my own, but in this case… i want to make this bag with those fabrics! Love love love it!

  27. I love all the detail in your bag! It turned out beautifully. It looks like it is very comfortable to carry too. Great job!

  28. You KNOW I am on a triangle and hexagon kick of late – why do you torture me with all this delicious gorgeousness???!!!! It is MARVELOUS!!!

  29. I just love your tote. I think it looks more like an awesome everyday purse that I wish was mine. Love the shape and the col0rs are my favorite. Great job!i agree with you about top stitching too!

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