It’s time for the Manchester Metallics Summer Bag Challenge! We asked 14 challengers to use Manchester Metallic fabric from Robert Kaufmann Fabrics to make a new summer bag. The fabric has a soft hand, a nice drape and it works well for everything from bags to clothing and quilts. We’ll share all of the gorgeous bags this week! You can find more online #manchestermetallicschallenge, and you’ll want to hop over to everyone’s site for more photos (plus some tutorials too!).

Thank you to all of our talented challengers who took the time to show how lovely this new fabric looks in a great bag:

First up we have Anne Zeitler of AnneZPlace, Natalie Strand of Vegetablog and Sandy Whitelaw of UpStairs Hobby Room

Anne Zeitler from AnneZPlace designed a wine tote for her brother to use for wine tastings. She adapted the design for a summery tote for park days, and added a zipped pocket and a bow too. She writes, “When the fabrics came in the mail I wanted to hug them… They were that pretty.”

Natalie Strand of Vegetablog modified the “Hey Mercedes” bag from Windy-City Bags by Sara Lawson for her new summer bag. (She’s ready to ditch the diaper bag and move on to something new!) Natalie writes, “It was an absolute delight to work with the Manchester Metallics. They are simply beautiful (the shine is so hard to capture in photos… The fabric is even more stunning in person!). The metallic fabrics have a lovely drape and smooth texture (which makes me curious to try them for dressmaking…) and yet they are stable enough to make a structured bag.”

Sandy Whitelaw of UpStairs Hobby Room chose a favorite pattern, the Poolside Tote from Anna Graham of Noodlehead. Sandy actually made two totes– one in the normal size and one at 50%, just for fun! Sandy writes, “I was so surprised at how soft and ‘drapey’ the metallics were. Truly lovely and not at all what I had expected, in the best possible way.”

Find more from Anne, Natalie and Sandy by clicking through to each of their sites. Each sewist has more details and lots of photos, plus it’s easy to get lost in each blog exploring all of the wonderful sewing. Enjoy!