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Thursday, July 28, 2016

It's A Lollapalooza Kind Of A Week!

Today is actually the kickoff of the huge Lollapalooza concert extravaganza here in Chicago. If I'm not mistaken, I think they said that there will be over 100,000 attending the concert and tickets are completely sold out. It's kind of a Woodstock experience for those of you old enough to know what Woodstock was ;) I will not be attending. Huge outdoor concerts where anything can happen is just a little more than I can deal with. 

So what's the connection with the blog today? Well, nothing really, but it's a crazy giveaway week!!!

Quite a few have thrown their name in to win a copy of the brand new issue of Sew News magazine. I'm drawing the winning names tomorrow, so be sure to pop over to THIS post if you would like an opportunity to win 1 on the 3 magazines that I have to give away.

In the new issue of Sew News, you can also see the Swoon Patterns Stella Weekender Bag that I made for the upcoming sew along that will begin in September. 


When I initially contacted Alicia, the designer of Swoon Patterns, about her bag being considered for a sew along article, she was SOOO excited. Rather than send me just the pattern for the Stella Weekender Bag, she sent 2 others that she thought I might like. The first is the Evelyn Handbag and Market Tote.


There are 2 bag sizes included in the pattern. Here are the specifics of the pattern and the supply list.

Product Description

SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:

Handbag: 12″ wide, 10.5″ tall, 4.5″ deep
Market Tote: 15″ wide, 13.5″ tall, 5.75″ deep

MATERIALS:

  • 1 yard 44” wide quilting weight exterior fabric (1/2 yard for Handbag size)
  • 1 1/2 yards 44” wide quilting weight lining fabric (1 yard for Handbag size)
  • 1/2 yard foam interfacing (Soft & Stable, or 1 1/2 yards Pellon Flex-Foam)
    You can use Pellon Thermolam and Shape-flex SF101 in place of foam interfacing
  • 3 yards fusible woven interfacing (2 yards for Handbag size) (Pellon Shapeflex SF101)
  • 1/4 yard fusible stiff stabilizer (Pellon Peltex 71F)
  • 16” (or longer) handbag zipper (14” for Handbag size)
  • 9″ all purpose zipper (7″ for Handbag size)
  • Four 1 1/2” rectangle rings (1” for Handbag size)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Erasable marking pen
  • Fabric glue, optional (Beacon Fabri-Tac)
Now for the good news!!! Alicia would like to give away an Evelyn Bag pattern to one of you. How generous!

So just leave a message on this post and let me know that you would like to be considered. I will draw the winning name next Monday, August 1, 2016. 

I'll have my construction of the bag up on the blog next week, so you can take a look prior to making your own.  

Good Luck!



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41 comments:

  1. The Evelyn looks like such a fun bag !! Thanks for the giveaway .

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  2. Great bags! Consider my hat thrown!

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  3. Great pattern - would love to win!

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  4. Would love to win this pattern. These bags are great.

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  5. Gorgeous bag! Would love the opportunity to make this.

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  6. It's great to have a two-size option in a bag pattern. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. Yep, I'd love to have a bag like that Evelyn. Just what I've been looking for! Please throw my name in....................thanks

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  8. I love this bag, and I'd definitely make the market bag size. Thanks for the chance!

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  9. I'd love to win the Evelyn Bag pattern. That was my mother's name so makes it more appealing. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  10. Swoon bags look well designed. I'd be thrilled to make one from a FREE pattern! Thanks to you both.

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  11. Would love to win this pattern. Can't find,them around here

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway! I went to Swoon's website and did purchase the Vivian bag! Sp cute!

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  13. What a great bag! When I have designed a bag I always run the straps all the way around under the bottom of the bag. I think it supports the weight of whatever you have stuffed in better and it is better on your shoulder on carrying the weight. And you don't have to worry about the straps coming loss from the edge along the top.

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  14. The Evelyn bag looks like one that I would use very often in the larger size. It seems that I'm always running off somewhere and it would hold lots of my stuff.

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  15. Oh I'd love to win this pattern, such a great looking bag!

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  16. Love this bag! Consider my name thrown in the hat! Would love to win!

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  17. I'don't love to make an Evelyn bag for my daughter. Thanks for the give away.

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  18. I would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway

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  19. Oh I would love to win this - I've actually just bought some of that lovely viewfinder fabric too! X

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  20. I have actually been eyeing a few of her bag patterns and a chance to win one would me amazing!!!

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  21. I'd love to be considered. Rhonda. Swoon bag patterns are very impressive. This is so timely. I have the Stella Weekender bag on my table ready to cut. Would love to win the Evelyn!

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  22. That bag is perfect for my lifestyle, which is being on or in the water, lake or ocean, a good portion of my time, always needing a good looking bag for the things that need to be with me or nearby. I would love to have one of these bags.

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  23. I would love to have this pattern, count me in too and thanks for the opportunity, fun!

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  24. Love making bags. This would be a good addition. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  25. Love the bag, please consider me! Also, I enjoy your blog so much. I think your sewing is so inspirational. Keep up the great work.

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  26. Great pattern. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  27. Swoon makes great bag patterns, I love the opportunity to win one!

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  28. This bag caught my eye right away! Of course, I always go for the biggest bag. Then I can fit my knitting in there too!! What a nice giveaway!

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  29. Already have the Stella pattern. Would love to have the Evelyn to go along with it

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  30. What a great looking bag - I'd love to be considered for this giveaway! I love sewing bags and I love using the bags I've made. Really well designed bag!

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  31. This bag would be perfect for me - a small tote or large handbag! Count me in please.

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  32. You betcha, I'd love to get my name in the hat for the Evelyn Bag! I'd make mine in purple fabrics. Fingers crossed!

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  33. Those are beautiful! Would love this❣

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  34. Such a great interesting looking bag. Would love to win

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  35. Thank you for the give away. I would love to try bag making!
    Marie. My email: clrmtroche@gmail.com

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  36. I'd definitely like to be considered for this bag. It looks so nice and roomy.

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  37. Nice pattern. Would like to be considered.

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  38. Such a lovely pattern - Swoon does some very nice purses. Looking forward to the sew along, and winning would be a terrific bonus!

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