Thursday, October 3, 2013

Aragon Bag for Purse Palooza

Would you believe that I've been a sewing fool this week? I've made it my goal to finish up two quilt tops, and I also had a personal project . . . my new diaper bag!

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I'm guest blogging today over at my friend Sara's blog, with a review of the Sew Sweetness Aragon Bag. You can read all about Purse Palooza 2013 at the end of this post. If you'd like to enter your bag in the contest, you can win some fab prizes!

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A little back story on this awesome bag. Several months ago, Sara asked if I wanted to be a part of Purse Palooza. Ummm, yes! I told her I'd love to sew a diaper bag, and I asked if she knew of a good pattern I could use.

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Sara told me that she'd love to write a diaper bag pattern for me, and she said she could customize it to include some things that I liked! Is this girl generous, or what?

I accepted Sara's offer and immediately stopped what I was doing to look at every diaper bag on the Internet. Knowing very little about babies, I tried to figure out what features I'd find most helpful and necessary in a diaper bag, and then sent her a few ideas of things I liked. :)

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I'm already testing out my new diaper bag with a few things that I heard babies like (bottles, snacks, diapers).

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I love purses with lots of pockets, and The Aragon Bag has nine of them (four exterior and five interior)! Of course, my favorites are the bunchy elastic ones.

Did I mess up a couple times while sewing this bag? I sure did! But, it is an advanced bag pattern, and I'm still pretty darn proud of myself for finishing it in less than 24 hours. I used Anna Maria Horner Field Study for the exterior fabric and Amy Butler Cameo for the purse straps and interior fabric.

Aragon Bag

Ta da!
Nursery: check.  
Diaper bag: check.

Wishing you lots of luck on your to-do list this week!

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I am happy to be participating in Purse Palooza this year with a special purse sewing pattern review! Here's how the event works:

1. Every weekday from September 30th - October 25th, there are 2 amazing guest bloggers scheduled to share with you a purse sewing pattern review. None of the purses reviewed from the event last year are being reviewed again, so these will be fresh sewing pattern reviews! The review will contain detailed information about what I thought about the sewing pattern, modifications I made, what kind of interfacing I used, and more! Get inspired!

Aeroplane Bags

2. Even more exciting...THERE WILL BE A GIVEAWAY EVERY WEEKDAY DURING THE EVENT! That's right, 20 GIVEAWAYS! 

3. At the end of the event, you will get a chance to show me your purse in order to win some amazing prizes! Of course, international entries are welcome too!

Dot Dot Dash Bag

Pattern Review Schedule
All About Bag Interfacing

September 30 - Sara - Sew Sweetness (Serendipity Studio - Media Frenzy Camera Bag)
                       Kim - My Go-Go Life (Sew Sweetness Lilium Laptop Bag)
October 1 -       Samantha - At Home with Mrs. H. (Chris. W. Sugar and Spice Bag)
                       Rachael - Imagine Gnats (Bari J. Green Living Bag)
October 2 -       Anna - Charmed Liebling (Studio Kat Tandem Tote)
                       Mary - Mary on Lake Pulaski (Primitive Pieces Ewe Old Bags)
October 3 -       Lindsay - Lindsay Sews (Diaper Bag)
                       Joanna - Tutinella (Oliver + S Messenger Bag)
October 4 -       Andrea - Mouse in my Pocket (Michelle Patterns Pleated Wristlet)
                       Elena - Hot Pink Stitches (Sewing Rabbit Tote)
                       Angela - AngelaB (Amy Butler Sophia Bag)

October 7 -       Tiffany - This Crafty Fox (Two Peas Ava Bag)
                        Lana Parks - Moments of Sanity in a Crazy World (Dog Under My Desk Two Zip Hipster)
October 8 -        Allegory - A Thousand Needles (Sew Sweetness Aeroplane Bag)
                        Gina - Gina Pina (Echino Gathered Bag)
October 9 -        Katy - Imagingermonkey (Made By Rae Lickety Split Bag)
                        Ali - a2w (Melly and Me Sleepover Bag)
October 10 -      AnneMarie - Gen X Quilters (Michelle Patterns Strap Clutch)
                        Jaye - Art Quiltmaker (Oliver+S Day in the Park Backpack)
October 11 -      Kim - Kim's Krafts (Charlie's Aunt Anglia Bag)
                        Kerry - very kerry berry (Carolyn Friedlander/Noodlehead Social Tote)

October 14 -      Katie - Swim Bike Quilt (Style Stitches Origami Bag)
                        Amy - Diary of a Quilter (Noodlehead Divided Basket)
October 15 -      DeeAnn (Rebecca Lambert Corduroy Patchwork Bag)
                        R0ssie - Fresh Modern Quilts (Lotta Jansdotter Gardening Tote)
October 16 -      Elizabeth - Don't Call Me Betsy (Noodlehead Super Tote)
                        Laura - Quokka Quilts (Moonshine Designs Bella Bag)
October 17 -      Cindy - Raspberry Sunshine (AMH Right Turn Bag)
                        Emily - EmmmyLizzzy (Pleated Beauty from Bend the Rules Sewing)
October 18 -      Jess - Elven Garden (Emmaline Necessary Clutch)
                        Brenda - Pink Castle Fabrics (Green Bee Vera Bag)

October 21 -      Katy - The Littlest Thistle (Momma Hear Me Roar Tohoku Tote)
                        Joanna - Shape Moth (Emmaline Boyd St. Bowling Bag)
October 22 -      Penny - Sew Take a Hike (Patchwork Bag by Akemi Shibata)
                        Corinna - Another Thing Off the List (Amy Butler Belle Bag)
October 23 -      Teresa - Crinkle Dreams (Drop Top Messenger Bag from Stitch Magazine)
                        Natasha - House Full of Nicholes (Dog Under My Desk Daytripper)
October 24 -      Kay - Miss Print (Amy Butler Birdie Sling)
                        Terri - Sew Fantastic (Michelle Patterns Inset Zipper Clutch)
October 25 -      Emily - Mommy's Naptime (Duffle Bag)
                        Julianna - Sewing Under the Rainbow (Studio Kat Gadabout Bag)

Lapin Noir Bag

Contest Rules

1. Check out all the purse pattern reviews throughout the month and get inspired to sew up a purse of your own!

2. Link up your completed purse on the Purse Palooza 2013 page BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 30th AND NOVEMBER 11th. Your purse must be created and photographed between those dates; purses made prior to September 30, 2013 will be disqualified. The purse may be of your own design, or made from a sewing pattern. You can link from Flickr, your blog post, or wherever else you host your photos.

3. There is no limit to how many purses you may enter, as long as they were made between September 30th and November 11th. Only one link-up per purse please.

*Note: Besides bags and purses, for this event also acceptable are clutches, backpacks, wallets, etc.


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Prizes
 
This year, there will be 1st-4th prize winners chosen from all those that submit a purse during the event. There will also be a randomly-drawn winner out of everyone who enters!


1st prize - 4th prize will receive an AWESOME prize pack courtesy of Pat Bravo, genius fabric designer extraordinaire! The prize packs will each include 3 Pat Bravo sewing patterns (La Boheme Skirt, Barcelona Bag, and Capri Bag), a pack of Pat Bravo Aurifil Threads (thread pack may vary, as there are 3 different packs), and 10 Pat Bravo fat quarters (fat quarters may vary).

In addition, the 1st prize - 4th prize winners will also receive a copy of Sara Lawson's new book, Big-City Bags!! The book releases November 5th, and you can pre-order your book now!

Retail value of each prize pack: $127.



There will also be one randomly-drawn winner out of all purses entered, and this winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to my publisher, Martingale (as well as a copy of Big-City Bags!).

Retail value of prize pack: $77.

Judging

Purse Palooza will be judged this year by Kay Whitt of Serendipity Studio. Kay writes the most stylish and fun-to-sew clothing patterns and bag patterns out there.



Thank you to all of the wonderful sponsors that are supporting this event!
Pat Bravo  //  Bari J.  //  Emmaline Bags  //   V. and Co.  //
Chris W. Designs  //  Betz White  //  Amy Butler  //  
Dog Under My Desk  //    By Annie's  //  Studio Kat  //  


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4 comments:

  1. Your bag is amazing, Lindsay, and you and baby look so cute!

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  2. I don't know which is cuter--you or the bag!

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  3. Well who wouldn't love a custom bag just for them, yours looks fab :o)

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  4. Amazing job! Love the style of bag and the fabrics are amazing together. Love those scrunchy pockets. Gotta try. Gotta get me this pattern too. How cool are you for getting to customize the bag to your very own needs. Amazing! Congrats on that baby brewing too. ;)

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