Here are all of the Round Three Caravan Totes for our Super Online Sewing Match II! It’s exciting to see different personalities and styles reflected in each contestant’s choice of fabrics, details and more. A bag thrown in the mix after two garment patterns was a fun surprise, and we’re interested to hear what our judges think after their weekend deliberations! We’ll announce who continues on to Round Four and the Round Four Challenge on Monday… What do you think? Which bag do you want?!

We have short excerpts from each of our challengers below. Click into each blog for detailed photos and a narrative about each challengers’ experiences sewing the Caravan Tote pattern.

Michelle from Sewnhenge

    “I was so happy to have my workhorse of a Singer 201 for all the crazy thick layers that were going on. There were parts of the bag that were almost impossible to sew through, and I’m positive that my Pfaff would have said “NO” while seizing up and breaking needles. That being said, even my Singer couldn’t handle 8 layers of leather. She said “HAHAHAHAHAHA You fool! NOPE…” I was like *panic*– How the heck am I going to get these straps on the bag? So last minute I went running around the city of Austin trying to find some gold rivets. Crazily, it seemed that silver was the only option, and that was just not going to work. Luckily I found this amazing leather place up north (I live south so it was like 40 minutes away) with ALL SORTS of animal hides, on top of any rivet you could imagine. YAY GOLD RIVETS!! And now I have a daughter who wants a rabbit pelt. But anyways…”


Shannon from Adventures of a Young Seamstress

    “This was the first challenge of the Super Online Sewing Match that I felt out of my element for, the Caravan Tote by Noodlehead. I’d never made a bag before, so this was completely new to me! My seam ripper was very well used over the course of making this bag, and you’ll see a lot of phrases along the lines of “I was planning to do this, but it didn’t work so instead I did this…”
    I also found it really difficult to make a plan for this bag, because I had never made one before. For the previous challenges, I knew exactly what I wanted to change in the patterns (the hem of the Sutton Blouse, the neckline of the Marianne dress), and from there, it was easy to come up with ideas for how to really make the patterns my own (the lace trim, the reverse applique).
    For this project, I didn’t have a lot of ideas at first! I started sketching and brainstorming, and eventually decided that I would change up the contrast pocket, use piping, and add removable straps so that the bag could be worn as a backpack or with a shoulder strap.”


Teresa Behr from Dandelion Drift

    “The bottom of my bag is linen, and the top of my bag is a cut up canvas drop cloth (leftover from a curtain project for my son’s room). I wanted to make my tote waterproof, so I looked into how to wax the fabric. I combined paraffin and beeswax to make my own wax, and set to work. I’ll do a whole other post about waxing the fabric, but it was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun!”


Tanya from Mrs. Hughes

    “As I had my pink contrast piece laid out on my sewing table, I decided that a pink zipper would also work great melding the color scheme together. The zipper you see here is actually the second one I put in, as the first one decided to opt out of this bag and broke. Of course I had four pieces of fabric sewn to it at the time, so I wasn’t too happy when I had to take the whole damn thing apart and start over. Luckily, I had another pink zipper in my stash, I just had to shorten it to the right size to make it work. And work it does.
    I put some pink piping on the back of my bag to continue my pink scheme and separate the contrast top from the main fabric. I don’t know about you, but once I start sewing piping in, I just want piping on all the things. I stopped myself from piping all the seams, but it was difficult. Less is more sometimes.”


Barbara from Zibergirl Sews

    “I spent a day just brainstorming and planning how I would incorporate the molas on the tote and pouch. I trimmed all of the bird molas the same size and then sewed larger squares of the traditional fabric right sides together or ‘RST’ as Anna says in her directions. Then I made slits in the backs so that I could turn them out. Finally, I strategically topstitched them on the “front” of my tote. I’m calling the side with the zipper the ‘back.’ I trimmed the Kitty mola so that it would fit the front of the pouch…
    …The Caravan tote and pouch were not difficult to put together, it just took time to do it right. Anna’s supply list and the step-by-step instructions with illustrations made it easy to make. It was a rewarding experience resulting in a beautiful and usable tote and pouch. It’s going to be my go-to beach bag because it’s just the perfect size.”


Leah from Sew Spoiled

    “Once I received the fabrics, I had to figure out where to place all of the Arizona prints. I had acquired five of the Arizona fabrics from the Fat Quarter Shop. (Thank you Fat Quarter Shop!) I could have picked any one of them to be the focal point of this tote and it would have looked perfect. However, after hours of deliberation, I finally decided to use them all! First, I thought about a log cabin quilted pattern but it just didn’t look right in my mind. So I looked for another idea. I stumbled across Maureen Cracknell Handmade’s site and she had a terrific tutorial on the herring bone, quilt as you go pattern. That was it!”

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