Monday, April 22, 2013

Navy and Gold Handmade Bag + Bag Patterns Giveaway

Navy blue and gold handmade bag.
I finished making my navy and gold bag last weekend. Not as timely as I was originally planning, but I took it with me to the conference closing day, so that's good enough.  I didn't follow a pattern for this bag - I kind of made it up as I went a long. As a result it's got flaws character, but overall, I'm pleased with the result.  I basically pieced the fabric rectangles into 2 15" 18" sides and then quilted them using a layer of Pellon's Peltex Ultra Firm that I got at JoAnn's and a layer of cotton/poly batting. From there I used a basic tote concept to square the bottoms with gussets and add the straps.
Windham farbrics recently sent me a sample pack of the canvas prints from Lotta Jansdotters' newest collection called Glimma. I used some of the same pieces in the bag exterior. I asked them if I could use the gorgeous gold stripe canvas for my bag and they kindly sent me some yardage. I love the way the canvas gives extra body and durability to the lining and the bag straps. The pocket fabric is some of Lori Holt's Aunt Millie's Closet yardage that I'd bought a while back. You can find the Glimma collection here, here, and here.
Other prints include Indie Chic by Riley Blake, Pearl Bracelts by Lizzy House for Andover, and some Dear Stella Zig Zag.  
I'm so in love with the navy and gold color scheme that is popular right now. I've always been a fan of navy blue - maybe becuase I was raised on navy blue - so I love seeing it make a comeback.
Seeing as I'm NOT a great resource for bag-making (maybe some day!) let me point you in the direction of someone who is. Have you met Sara Lawson? I took a class from her last fall at the Sewing Summit  about making bags. (Don't you love that patchwork bag she made?) She gave us samples of all kind of Pellon products (interfacing, etc.) and explained how she uses them. I took notes right on the samples. It was SO helpful!
Sew Sweetness
Sara has a great blog called Sew Sweetness full of helpful bag-making wisdom and tutorials including this VERY helpful explanation of handmade bag interfacing options.
She also has some fantastic bag patterns in her shop and she has generously offered to giveaway 3 patterns to 3 lucky winners! If you would like to win a collection of Sara's patterns, just leave a comment on this post. If you want, pop over to Sara's shop and come back and tell me which bag is your favorite. I warn you, it will be hard to choose! Giveaway open until Thursday, April 25 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Winners: Heidi [Grizz-n-Dove]April 22, 2013 at 2:41 PM
I love the camera bag!!

They are all great bags...I think my first favorite would be the Locked and Loaded. Thank you for the chance to win a pattern.

Love the Aeroplane Bags. These would make great birthday gifts for older girls.

221 comments:

«Oldest   ‹Older   201 – 221 of 221
Cecilia said...

I love her Aeroplane Bag! Your color choice is gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway.

Three Little Peeps said...

I love Sara's bags! I just made her Petrillo bag last night. So awesome!!! I'd love to make more of her patterns.

Three Little Peeps said...

I love Sara's bags! I just made her Petrillo bag last night. So awesome!!! I'd love to make more of her patterns.

Unknown said...

Hard to choose, indeed! I think I like Paparazzi and the Velocity Girl bags, however. Love the navy and yellow material you found, too, on the featured bag. Thanks for the chance to win!

Rachel S said...

I love Sara's work! She is very talented and I love the bags she makes.

schnitzelbank said...

Love soda pop bag!

Claire said...

Gosh, it is hard to choose but I do like Soda Pop. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sharon said...

Sarah's bags are so great! I want to try a bag, so thanks for the giveaway.

Diane said...

Love your bag! Navy is just wonderful and works with so many colors. I too was raised on navy, however, a parochial school uniform isn't exactly a fond memory :) Thanks for putting my name in the hat!
Diane
sigrendm@gmail.com

Alexis said...

This is a great giveaway! I'm in desperate need of a new bag but just can't bring myself to spend all the $ on a bag I just don't love. It's really hard to choose a favorite, but I think I'd have to go with Soda Pop or Locked and Loaded. Thanks for the chance to win.

Marty said...

Always looking for new bag ideas! Thanks for sharing.

Laura S. said...

I love all the bags and love that you show so many bags that others have made. The worse part of making a new bag for me, is choosing the fabric. Thanks for some great ideas and your wonderful patterns!

Renee Castro said...

I love the bag and the material :) Thanks for the giveaway!!!

Cathie J said...

Ooooh, I love the Sunrise Clutch and the Paparazzi bag!

cat said...

Well the the velocity girl bag is my fav, but I would love any of the patterns. thanks for the great giveaway.

cat said...

Well the the velocity girl bag is my fav, but I would love any of the patterns. thanks for the great giveaway.

Lisa E said...

I really love the aeroplane bag. Your bag is gorgeous. Love the hint about using canvas.

Claire Jain said...

Yes! I loved Sara's class at Sewing Summit. The sample of interfacings that she gave us is the greatest thing ever. I reference it all the time, even when I went interfacing shopping at Hancock Fabrics this week ;-) I love your tote! It reminds me that I need to finish my Ship Shape tote from Alexia's Sewing Summit class!

waycatholic.com said...

I'm a bag pattern (and making) addict. And no, I do NOT want to break this addiction! Fingers crossed!

lisa0116 said...

I like the Locked and Loaded purse the best!

Lindy said...

I don't make bags but if I did this would be the one. Your own pattern is wonderful it makes for a wonderful bag. I am not one to do jump in with both feet to do something like that. It looks just lovely.

«Oldest ‹Older   201 – 221 of 221   Newer› Newest»