I want to show you a reveal today, and I'm having a giveaway, so keep on reading for that opportunity.
Remember around Halloween, I mentioned that I was really on the ball and had finished a Christmas present? I showed you this sneak peek:
Today, I would like to reveal what I made. I have given the Christmas gift, so it's okay to show it now!
It is this cute little Stash and Dash bag I made from an Amy Butler pattern. This is the largest bag in the pattern set, and I did it with a little handle. (I actually ended up giving this to a friend for her birthday.)
It has a zipper at the top and is lined. I liked how these three fabrics coordinated.
I ended up making a set of three for my mom for Christmas. This is one of each size. I left the handle off the large one this time, because I thought my mom would like it better that way. I thought this would make a nice travel set for her, since she and my dad travel a lot. One could be for makeup, one could be for other toiletries, and one might be for all her charging cables, etc. I like how I fussy cut that big orange flower so it was centered on the front of each bag. Mom said she really liked them and that they looked like such professionally-made bags.
All in all, this pattern was really terrific and had easy-to-follow instructions that produced a very professional looking product when finished. I am not very good at putting zippers in at all, and I was able to put in every one of these zippers without much trouble.
As you may have noticed, each bag has a pleated bottom. The pleats were really easy to put in, and the pattern gives very clear instructions for how to measure those, baste them down, and then sew it together.
I will admit there were a few places where what I read didn't make complete sense. But if I just followed along and did exactly as the pattern said, it started to make sense and was pretty easy. So, if you use this pattern, just don't try to overanalyze things. Follow the instructions, and you'll be fine.
I did find that the more times I made it, the more sense things made. I think each time I made a bag, I went, "Oh! Now I understand what they mean!" or "Oh! Now I understand why they do it that way!" at one step or another. But still, even if I didn't follow the instructions to the letter (because I didn't exactly know what they meant), the bags each worked out great. So, you might want to allow yourself the opportunity to make a few to really get the hang of it.
The pattern says you can make this out of decorator weight fabric or you can make it out of regular cotton and use interfacing (this is what I did). I think it would work great either way. If you use decorator fabric, you don't need the interfacing, because the fabric is already so much stiffer than cotton.
The pattern calls for a medium weight sew-in interfacing if you make it out of cotton. That's what I used. You have to manually baste the interfacing to all the outer pieces before sewing anything together. I think you could probably use a medium weight iron-on interfacing and save yourself a step. The bags would work up even faster then.
The pattern includes all the instructions and the pattern pieces for all three of the bags. You don't have to enlarge any pattern pieces, which is nice. You just cut out the pattern pieces and go.
I suppose it took me about an hour or so to make a single bag. I am guessing here, because I tended to make multiple ones at a time. So, it is a little hard to say. But when I made the first one, it probably took me an hour or two. Not exactly sure...can't remember.
These were lots of fun to make, and I highly recommend making them and the pattern.
You can buy Amy Butler patterns at just about any craft shop or quilting store. You can't buy them directly from her website, however. Here's a link to Amazon, where you can buy them on-line (as one example). You can get them lots of other places, too.
OKAY, NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:
As I was straighening up in my sewing room today, I found that I had two sets of patterns. What do you know? I liked this pattern so much, I accidentally bought it twice! Sheesh. How many times have I done that now? Do you ever do that??!!
In an effort to continue decluttering my craft room and to "walk the walk" on random acts of kindness, I am going to give away my uncut pattern for these bags. From the back of the pattern, I see I paid $12.95 for the pattern. But it will be free to you!
To enter do the following. For each of these, you get a separate entry into the drawing. I'm keeping it simple.
- Just leave a comment here telling me you'd like to be entered in the drawing for the pattern.
- Blog about my giveaway and link back to me. Then, come back here and make another comment, giving me the the URL of that specific blog post.
So, you can get TWO entries if you do both of these things. Make sure to leave TWO separate comments. I'll assign each of you a number, according to the order in which you left your comment. I'll use the random number generator to pick a number and then see who has that number. I'll post the winner on my blog, and I'll e-mail the winner, too. You'll have a week to get back to me to claim your prize. I'll ship anywhere, so those of you outside the U. S., feel free to enter.
Please make sure you provide me with your e-mail address when you post your comment so that I can get in touch with you if you win. If you don't leave me your e-mail address, I won't have a way to get hold of you and will have to draw someone else. Okay?
You're on your honor on your blog post. I'm not going to check each and every one of these. But if you are picked for the entry of the blog post, I'll click on your URL to see if you did post it. Let's play fair, okay? So, make sure you provide that URL, too.
I'll close comments on Sunday, January 16th at 5:00 pm and do the drawing Sunday night. I'll announce the winner on Monday, January 17th.
So, let's have at it, shall we? Good luck to all of you! If you win and you end up making some of these, send me some photos of what you make, will you? I'll post them here and link back to your blog!
Oh, and by the way, remember that cute Give Thanks project I'm working on, which is a free BOM pattern from Jenny at Elefanz? (Click here to go to my post about that.) She and her gang are doing some relief efforts for the poor folks in Australia. They are trying to help provide women who've lost everything with a new embroidery kit. I think I'm going to try to make something to send over. Won't you consider doing the same? She is also having a quilt auction to raise money and accepting donations to help with postage. Lots of ways to help. I did my student teaching outside of Melbourne, Australia (Bayswater North to be exact) a LONG time ago. So, I feel a special affinity to these folks. Here's a special opportunity for you to engage in a random act of kindness and to BE PRESENT!
Here is the URL where you can learn more about it:
Until next time,
P.S. As I'm writing this, Sweet Pea's goldfish is going nuts. He's in a playful mood today! He's actually making noise in his little bowl by coming up to the top so quickly and hitting the rocks at the bottom when he swims back down. Sort of bizarre! Should I be worried?! haha!