GiveAway:Patterns, Fabric and Zippers Too!!!
Do you have favourite fabric designer? What about pattern designers?
I'm sure you do! I have a big list because I love quilting and sewing projects....And one of my favourite bag designers is Anna Graham of Noodlehead. I was first introduced to her patterns in the Bag of the Month Club and her Poolside Tote back in 2014. I love that pattern and I've made at least 8 different Poolside Totes since then, including a smaller version. (bottom right picture) Some of the pictures have links to the original blog posts including the smaller version so you can find out how I did that!! Also pay close attention Zipit Zippers are featured through out my projects!! Aren't they fun colours!!!
I think the next pattern I fell in love with was Anna's Divided Basket Pattern....I mean what's not to love about this pattern!! Again, I couldn't help myself and played with the scale of the pattern to make 3 different sizes! The original size is pictured in the middle and I made a larger and smaller version. The only thing I would change? I'd add a heavier interfacing to the large one to give it more structure. That's the smaller version with all of my sewing tools inside. (You can read about them here, in a previous post.)
If you follow me on IG you will know that I just made another set of 5 for all of my Granddaughters toys (or pumpkin seeds, as I love to call all of her things, lol. She is our Halloween baby after all)
The Road Trip Case grabbed my attention when my nephew was into making bracelets with the Rainbow Loom tool, so that was my next purchase....But, as all too often happens, that pattern stayed in my download file and didn't get made......and now I'm not so sure he's into them anymore......But happily the pattern comes with options for the pockets!!! So I decided to finally print out the pattern and make one..... (or 4😂)
The only thing I tweaked on this pattern was to incorporate the two loop options into one. Anna suggests a fabric button loop or using hair elastics. I actually have black elastic by the yard in various widths and threaded the smallest size I had into the loop between the topstitching. I have found that the elastic can shred when sewn in and fabric loops sometimes slip off the buttons, so I figured this was the best of both. The fabric should help protect the elastic and the bit of stretch added to the fabric should keep it on the button, win, win.
I made the loop to size and added the elastic. Then stitched across the end of the loop, pulled the elastic till the fabric loop had some puckering and sewed across the other end of the loop and trimmed the elastic. I think the elastic is about 2mm in thickness, but the picture below should help you with scale.
I haven't finished all 4 cases yet....but I wanted to be able to share at least one finished case in this post so I concentrated on finishing one and the other 3 will follow....This weekend, I hope!! (It probably would have been a better idea to make just one for the first time trying the pattern, and then go into full assembly line....But I was super excited to finally try this pattern!!) I think I will make a few more with the Rainbow Loom pockets if I find out my nephew still has his supplies, and I'm sure my daughter would like one to store hers as well.
I should probably add here a little review....I think you all get it, but just incase....I have found all of Anna's pattern so well written, great detail and easy to follow. Being a very visual learner I love that she includes lots of clear simple graphics.
If this hasn't been enough of a reason to check out Noodlehead Patterns Anna also has some fantastic free patterns that she has shared.....
And a few patterns that I have downloaded and are on my ohh so long list of projects I want to make....
Click on the images below to be taken to Anna's Tutorials. (images below from Noodleheads blog site)
Cargo Duffle, Trail Tote, Snappy Manicure Wallet
There is still more Noodlehead patterns on my to buy list.....How about You?
Now on to the GiveAway Fun:
When I told Anna that I was writing a post about all the fun I have had with her patterns she offered a fantastic giveaway for all of you (Anna also mentioned that her BLACK FRIDAY sale starts next week and it's her biggest sale of the year!! So if you have been wanting a pattern.....I know I'll be checking that out!!!)
Then I thought I would ask some of my lovely blog sponsors if they wanted to get in on the fun too.....I have the best blog sponsors...and they sweetened the GiveAway for all of you!!
Jennie from Zipit Zippers....great zippers, great service and a rainbow of colours...And don't forget to use the discount code UPSTAIRSHOBBYROOM to save 15% off your zipper orders!!
BeBe from Canadian National fabric.....great fabrics, great service and free shipping Canada wide on orders over $75
There will be 3 winner
Prize Package 1 (1 winner)
PDF pattern of your choice from Noodlehead
$15 Gift Certificate from Zipit Zippers
$25 Gift Certificate from Canadian National Fabrics
Prize Package 2 (2 winners will each receive)
PDF pattern of your choice from Noodlhead
$15 Gift Certificate from Zipit Zippers