Oakshott Lipari Patchwork Tote Challenge ~ Michelle from Falafel and the Bee

on May 5 | in Products, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 80 Comments

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We selected six challengers to show us what they could do with the latest Oakshott cotton Lipari collection! Oakshott cottons have a beautiful weave with different warp and weft thread colors, giving the fabric a rich depth of color. The fabric is available at local regional quilt shops, directly from the manufacturer in the UK, or online from Contemporary Cloth in the US.

Our Oakshott Lipari Patchwork Tote Challengers have all sewn beautiful bags!:

Find more on social media via #oakshottliparitote, and take a look at the totes we’ve shared from Megan, Teresa and Erin.

Today’s tote from Falafel and the Bee is Michelle’s own design, with pockets, piping and a circle too. (See the link for the circle and more!)

Michelle writes, “This fabric is beyond dreamy. I may have stroked it a bit before deciding what to sew. Gah. It is THAT pretty.” Find more at Falafel and the Bee!

You can sew with new Oakshott fabric too. Comment in any of the Oakshott Lipari Patchwork Tote Challenge posts for a chance to win a fat eighth pack of Oakshott Lipari!

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80 Responses to Oakshott Lipari Patchwork Tote Challenge ~ Michelle from Falafel and the Bee

  1. wendy says:

    Mmmm, stripes! Awesome!

  2. barbara corbitt says:

    the tote is amazing! i love the way you made the outside pocket. very very handy. can you imagine this fabric in a quilt!! babscorbitt@gmail.com

  3. Twinchaos says:

    These are lovely fabrics.

  4. Heather Esakov says:

    This tote is awesome ! Is there a pattern for it?

  5. Mary Jane says:

    Beautiful fabrics and great design!

  6. Sara says:

    The fabric looks kind of shiny in this one. So pretty!

  7. melissa says:

    I really like the sheen these fabrics have.

  8. Catherine Dorsey says:

    Beautiful fabrics, the bag made from them is so classy

  9. anne says:

    The fabric is beautiful.

  10. Susan says:

    Another beautiful bag. Wish I were talented enough to come up with something like this.

  11. Jen says:

    Love the pocket! very clever!

  12. Hayley says:

    Cute bag. I love the detail of that pocket. Very clever

  13. Linda L. says:

    Gorgeous use of the fabric and I love the pocket!

  14. Elizabeth says:

    I really like the combo of the interesting pyramid design, combined with the usefulness of pockets! You did a fantastic job with this color scheme as well. I’m sure wherever you go with it, there are lots of jealous ladies out there wanting that bag!

  15. Kathryn says:

    I think this one is my favourite – but not by much!

  16. Ramona says:

    I love the fabrics in the totes. This one has such a unique design.

  17. marilyn says:

    love the fabric!

  18. Viv S says:

    The Oakshot fabric is just stunning . It has such an amazing shimmer to it. Makes Michelle’s funky bag really sing! Thanks for the opportunity to win some.

  19. Sharon Eshlaman says:

    What rich looking fabrics! I’d love to win and make a bag. Thanks for a chance to do so.

  20. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Oh these fabrics are gorgeous! Would love to add some to my stash! Love the pocket on this bag, too!

  21. Linda Fleming says:

    Your bag is just wonderful. I love the piping and the circle on the back too.
    Your fantastic photograph shows off the depth of colors in the fabric.

  22. cindy oneal says:

    Love the subdued rainbow striped bag. Would love to play with some Oakshott.

  23. Sarah says:

    These fabric colors are so beautiful it has me longing for fall even after this very long winter! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Mary D says:

    Nice tote with extra space to hold things. Love the sheen in the fabric. It adds a little something extra.

  25. Melissa P says:


  26. great giveaway , thanks

  27. Tabitha Keener says:

    Nice fabric! I’d love to make one of these bags!

  28. Niki says:

    Love that outer pocket — the piping makes it dynamite!!!!

  29. Kelly Wilson says:

    The piping and the pockets are great. I really like the various projects I’ve seen using Oakshott fabrics. Notwendy gmail

  30. Melva says:

    Love the bag

  31. Barb Colvin says:

    I love the colors of Lipari! They have a certain sophistication 🙂 MIchelle’s tote is awesome.

  32. Buffy the dog says:


  33. Amy Lehman says:

    Pretty fabric!!

  34. Beth says:

    Love that front pocket! Beautiful!

  35. Joan H. says:

    Lovely fabrics. Cute bag.

  36. Carmen N says:

    I love the angled pockets on this one.

  37. Danette says:

    Love that tote! Beautiful fabric!

  38. Pattij says:

    Love those pockets! Would love to win this fabric!

  39. Love the shiny fabrics.

  40. Anita says:

    I would love to own some Oakshott fabrics. I received a few small scraps in a giveaway bundle once from the U.K. and they are lovely. I put some of those little scraps into a quilt of valour recently. 🙂 Someday soon I hope to order some.

  41. Taysha R says:

    great giveaway!

  42. Sue says:

    LOVE these fabrics, and love the creative results of so many diverse bag designs!

  43. Erika says:

    The fabric looks dreamy!

  44. Catriona says:

    Love this bag, especially that piping!

  45. Judith says:

    Everything about this is perfect!

  46. Those pockets are genius!

  47. Cynthia says:

    Those fabric look great used in that bag. Thanks for sharing.

  48. Lesley says:

    Beautiful and creative!

  49. Katie says:

    Fun bag, I really like the pocket 🙂

  50. katka says:

    oh, wow. this tote sure looks great. beyond my capabilities, but worth the effort to practice, practice, practice. the wonderful fabric really gets a prime performance.

  51. Linda Lanier says:

    Love all the bags. Absolutely adore the fabric, the sheen, the colors, oh my!

  52. Jeannette In St. Louis says:

    I’m going to have to go see if my LQS is carrying this fabric! It’s got my name written all over it.

  53. Megan says:

    Pockets on a tote? Genius!

  54. Desiree says:

    I LOVE these fabrics and would love to win some to try out!

  55. Marti says:

    Love, love, love the triangle pocket! What an amazing bag and the lay the colors are laid out make even the ‘back’ as beautiful as the ‘front’.

  56. Jennifer B says:

    Just love this fabric!

  57. Lauren Suarez says:

    I love the oakshott cottons!! I don’t own any yet but I have been dreaming of what I would make with them!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  58. angelina says:


  59. ME Pendleton says:

    This fabric looks so much like a silk – my head is spinning with all the fun ways to use it 🙂

  60. tanya says:

    Too many cute totes! This fabric is so versatile.

  61. Renee says:

    This bag is gorgeous! I love those pockets!

  62. auschick says:

    such gorgeous fabric! Not sure what I would do with it, but it would have to be very special!

  63. lesley says:

    this is just adorable….oh, the color schemes you could do!

  64. Susan says:

    Love that bag. Thought the piping was cute but love it more knowing there’s a pocket! Very original!

  65. Taryn B says:

    Beautiful! I love the piping.

  66. Karen says:

    Wow, I love the pocket on the front! Looks like a great way to utilize a fabric that might not be “substantial” enough to do the body of a bag.

  67. Anya says:

    Looks great! Thanks for the chance!

  68. Gina says:

    The totes are all lovely and have been fun to look at and read about.

  69. Deborah says:

    I love the design of this bag – with the pockets and circle detail on the back.

  70. Sue says:

    I think this tote is beautiful, very creative, and wonderfully sewn. Great job!

  71. Becky J says:

    I love those pockets!! They look great!

  72. hafza says:

    Love the big pocket at the outside:) thanks for the giveaway!

  73. wendy says:

    yet another fabulous bag. these fabrics are perfect for elegant bags

  74. Think this is my favourite Lipari tote so far. Need to get some of this fabric!

  75. Cindy Dahlgren says:

    Loving this one too. I don’t think anything made with these fabrics can be not cute.

  76. Rebmara says:

    I love the deep rich colors, it makes beautiful totes!

  77. Heidi [Frog Creek] says:

    Ooooo, this tote is preeeetttaaaay 😉

  78. Serena says:

    Ooh, just gorgeous! Love the green piping next to the other green.

  79. Lauren says:

    This is by far, my favorite!

  80. Kendra Watson says:

    These fabrics are so beautiful. Lovely to see how the challenge participants interpreted the task and their gorgeous creations

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