Monday, December 9, 2013

Happy Giveaway Day!



It's time again to participate in Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day!
     Giveaway Day
I know everyone is busy this time of year between holidays and visiting all the blogs participating in this bi-annual event, so let's keep it simple.  My giveaway is a copy of Sara Lawson's wonderful book Big-City Bags.  I love making bags and couldn't wait to get this book (so much so I purchased two!).
All you need to do to participate in my giveaway is leave a comment about making bags.  Do you make your own? What is your favorite style?  What interfacing would you recommend?     Here are a few bags I have made recently.




The giveaway stays open until December 13 at 5:00 PM PST then I will pick a random number and notify the lucky winner.  International entrants are welcome.  If you are a "no reply" blogger please remember to leave your email address in your comment.  I think that's it for the technical stuff.  Have fun checking out all the other giveaway posts here and here

UPDATE:  Oh my!  I am overwhelmed by the number of comments to this post!  Normally, I am very diligent about responding to every comment.  Given the number of comments and everything else going on this time of year, I hope you understand if I do not personally respond to your comment!  Be assured I am reading each one and have really enjoyed your bag making stories!  

232 comments:

  1. I've only made one bag, but it was fun. And I'd love to try my hand at it again. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I started thinking I would like larger bags but have discovered I like a medium sized bag. I have also learned that a woven interfacing on everything is your friend :)

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  3. I've been wanting to make a bag for myself! Thanks for the chance!! whitclark24 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  4. I've only made two bags so far but I loved it!

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  5. I have made a few bags over the years. The bag I am currently trying to finish is a medium size made of "knitting print" fabrics--it will be used to tote my knitting to a knitting club. I have added a stiff stabilizer to the bag because I do want it to stand up by itself. Don't remember the name. Would love to win your giveaway.

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  6. i've made a few bags, small and simple. would love to try something bigger.

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  7. THAT owl is the cutest thing ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. I've only made one bag & that was years ago. I'd love to start making them again. Thanks.

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  9. Sara is my favorite purse designer! In fact I have a sew along starting January 1st featuring the projects in this book (I already have a copy and don't need to be entered into the drawing). Would love to have you sew along and maybe even participate in a blog hop...? Let me know if your interested. You can see more details at sewingwithsqueak.blogspot.com. Hope to hear from you soon!

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  10. I've made a few pouches and the 241 tote, I like using a heavy or super heavy interfacing (or a heavy fabric) to really give a nice feel to the bag.

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  11. I've made a few bags, and I'd like to make more. This book would really come in handy, the thing that's held me back from making more bags is I have trouble finding a pattern that's the right size. The bags I've made have come out too big or too small for an everyday purse. I still use them, but I haven't found that just-right pattern yet.

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  12. I have never made a bag (I am a guy so not huge into them) But going to my quilt guild meetings I have come to realize i need a big bag to bring my show n tell items in so looking to make a big bag for such. My daughter though loves little bags and need some patterns for such.

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  13. I went to a bag class and now I'm really interested in making them.

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  14. I have only made one bag from patchwork, please but have goals for the weekender from amy butler....some day :-)

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  15. I make bags all the time! They are my favorite thing to make! :) I recommend Decor-Bond for a sturdy tote or bag.

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  16. I love making bags. I use Pellon interfacing. (I've tried fusible fleece and had not so great luck with it.)

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  17. I have been wanting this book since I first heard about it! I love making bags! SF101 woven interfacing is a must have! I use it in most of my non-quilt projects.

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  18. I have made a few simple bags. I love using extra batting instead of interfacing, because I have a hard time getting the Pellon to stick.

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  19. I would REALLY love to have this book! I think I have gotten hooked on bag/pouch making.

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  20. I've made a bunch of totes for groceries, and a few purses. I even designed my own weekender bag, but when it comes to interfacings, zippers and fun pockets I need some advice and tips. This book could do that
    deckerston(at)aol(dot)com

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  21. I've never made a whole bag. Just some pouches. I'd love to make one.

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  22. On occasion, I have made a bag or two to store my quilts in. When I've sent them out for displays, they usually need one. However, I've never made one as beautiful as the pictures on this post and would love the book to learn how to make a cuter bag.

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  23. Would love this book, the bags look well done and don't have that 'made with loving hands' look. They're smart and have great details.

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  24. I've gone to a bag class and found some patterns online, but not sure of my techniques and never made a bag. I hesitate because I want what I make to not have that 'hand made' look. This book looks great though and the bags look well done. I would love to see how the interiors are done. I'm pretty fussy about the details.

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  25. I've made several bags including the infamous Weekender. But I'd like to do more and feel more comfortable with them. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  26. I love making bags but interfacings baffle me...

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  27. Have made just the ship shape tote and an open wide zip, both fun and useful! Have used a mix of fusibles, from light to craft to extra firm! ~ Moya Z

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  28. I love to make bags! I like to make totes and I really want to try a weekender bag. :) I usually either quilt the pieces with Warm & White batting for stability, or I use the Pellon crafty interfacing - the one that's pretty stiff. Hope that helps!

    Bess

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  29. Oh man do I want this book! I've only managed to get around to making the 241 tote. I use Pellon Craftfuse 808 for the interfacing

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  30. I wasn't much of a bag maker, but recently I made up Colette's new Cooper bag pattern and it turned out so well that I'm eager to make more!

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  31. I have made lots of bags and even pattern-tested a couple for Sarah, you can never have too many bags is my motto. Love Thermolam visible fleece for a soft and squashy bag!

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  32. I have only made a few simple bags - but would LOVE the opportunity to learn some new (and more daring!) ones! What a wonderful giveaway!

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  33. I just bought the "Cooper" bag pattern from Walden (Colette) patterns because my husband asked me to make him that. He never asked for a bag before so I had to jump at the chance. Thanks!

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  34. I've only made 1 bag, so I'd love to try more!

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  35. I have made a few tote bags but never a purse. Thanks for the chance

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  36. I love making bags. I want to try making some with proper bag hardware - links, rings and handles

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  37. Bags and purses are what I love to make. This book looks great.

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  38. I've made very few bags so far, but it was fun, a bit more tricky than a quilt, though. I'd love to make more. Thanks for the chance!

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  39. I love to make baguette style bags and my favourite stabiliser to use is pellon 70. :)

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  40. I love making bags especially Sara's. Her patterns are brilliant and you can't go wrong with one of hers - I have made The Velocity Girl bag 6 times!
    I use Inn-Control by Innovate Craft Products as I can't get Annie's Soft and Stable easily. If you follow Sara's pattern then this will give your bag a beautiful shape and feel.

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  41. I love making bags, thanks for the chance to win!

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  42. I've never made a bag before, but I really want to start! I've been looking up some patterns online and I'm a fan of Sara's work :)

    Jo -- patchaday@gmail.com

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  43. I have made two bags and they are definitely addictive. Love the feeling of my own custom creation.

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  44. I really like to make bags. I made Amy Butler's Weekender and that's been my favorite bag so far.

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  45. I love making bags. Have made the Noodlehead tote, some beach bags, and am in the process of making small bags as gifts. Love the firmness of Decor Bond

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  46. My favorite purse has been that last one you pictured. I got it from Noodlehead, called 2-4-1 reversible purse. I made variations for many family members & use it myself, but I'm ready to branch out & try something more substantial. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  47. I do make my own bags. I like them to have a roomy opening that's easy to access and a longer handle but not a giant bag.

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  48. Lovely giveaway,so generous of you.thank you for the chance to win it.Love bags,love it!!!I crochet mine,but get few handmade from fabris and they are my favs!!!!!This would be perfect for starter,if I do win it.

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  49. Thanks so much for the chance! I've only made a couple of bags, but I'm starting to get into it more. I love the chance to make a smaller project that you can finish quickly, but still get to play around with fabric!

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  50. I love making bags, I've done lots of Noodle head ones but not one of Sara's, so would love to win this!

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  51. I haven't made a bag in a long time, but my sewing skills have improved a lot since then. I should definitely give it another try!

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  52. I've only sewn one bag so far, but planning to make like thousand more :) I like spacious bags with many pockets that let me organize all my things. I don't really understand clutches, because I can't put a book into it :) And tons of other very necessary things. Thank you for the nice giveaway.

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  53. I make all my own purses and occasionally make bags as gifts. I'd love to win this!

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  54. I need to get into bags as I just love them

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  55. I've made one tote bag! Awesome giveaway, best wishes from Argentina ♥

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  56. Following via Bloglovin'
    juliaperucca(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)ar

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  57. I love making bags and would love a copy of this book!

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  58. I often make totes for birthday presents, and I like to have some pockets in each of my bags. Thanks for a great giveaway.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  59. right now I am suppose to be behind my sewing machine in order to get the 5 bags I need to get done by next week done.

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  60. I've made lots of tote bags and messenger type bags. What I would love is a pattern that I can adapt into a camera bag.

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  61. I've made some simple bags but they never come out quite as perfect as I imagine them.. I need to practice more! Thanks very much!

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  62. I've made a few bags...yours are so cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  63. So far, I've been too chicken to tackle a bag. But so many lovely ones keep popping up all over the blogosphere, that I think it's time to start. Maybe I'll win the book and then have no excuse! :) (charlottesgraceforacure {at} gmail {dot} com)

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  64. I've only made a couple of bags, but this year, I vow to make one a month! kmcassie@gmail.com

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  65. I love making bags. Mostly totes and pouches, thanks!

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  66. Love that owl bag! I have made a few bags and I'm totally addicted. I'm still learning about interfacing etc. Thanks!

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  67. It's terrible, but I've never actually made a bag yet; shame on me, I know. It is my plan to rectify this when I get back to the states though!

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  68. I love making bags and don't know this book!

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  69. I am a sewing beginner, but I am fond of making bags. I already made some, but my next will be a more complicated one. I would love to try more of the Sara Patterns!

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  70. I love to make bags!!! Right now I'm in love with faux leather! The handles look so classy in faux leather! I would loooove to win Sara's book :)

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  71. Bags are my favorite things to make! There are so many options, and my brain is always spinning with great ways to improve the bags I've made or the patterns I've yet to make. It's so much fun! I also love that it's so useful. :-)

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  72. I love making bags! (though I don't do it enough) This book looks awesome. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  73. I'd love this book. I haven't made many bags but I just made a fabric basket and I'm feeling adventurous... :) sarah schraw at gmail dot com

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  74. I love making bags! I started making bags way before quilting. One of my favorites was this travel duffle by StudioCherie. http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/accessory/travel-duffel-pattern/16825

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  75. I haven't made a lot of bags in the past, but I currently have one on my to-sew list. I actually looked at this book when I first started searching for patterns!

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  76. I have made a few bags for my daughter. Love your owl bag.

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  77. I love making all types of bags. My fave interfacing is fusible fleece. Thanks!

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  78. I made one bag for my girls for the dancing shoes. It is time they get a new one :)

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  79. Your bags are great! I love the combinations of fabric you have chosen. I enjoy making bags and just finished the Exchange Bag by Charlies Aunt. I usually use what the pattern calls for - if I can find it. But I do like my bags to be able to stand up on their own :)

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  80. I adore making bags! Right now I'm on a smaller bag kick, but have been known to make larger ones too. I use fusible fleece.

    lenelson(at)mail(dot)com

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  81. I love making bags, messenger bags for all my daughters friends birthdays, I made 241 totes for my aunts and mom one year....I had to do a double take when I saw the book authors name, mine is Sarah Lawson, never met anyone with the same name!

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  82. I have made a few purses for myself and gifts. I like bigger bag with lots of pockets!

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  83. I have actually never made a bag before, but I would absolutely love to try!

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  84. I really want that book, so I can start making my own! thanks for the chance to win! ksmith8@emich.edu

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  85. I made my self a messenger bag and I wish I had used thicker interfacing because it has gotten floppy. :(
    Barb@Witsend

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  86. I love making bags. The problem is when I make one for myself it usually ends up in the hands of family & friends. I love your owl bag - super cute.
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! ~ Carey

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  87. I recently made a tote, but that's it. It makes a difference to have rigid interfacing in the bottom! I LOVE that owl bag!
    -Julie
    Intrepidtwins at gmail

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  88. I am not a confident bag maker! I want to be and I even have 3-4 fabrics picked out for them!

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  89. I have bags on my list of things to make in 2014! Thanks!

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  90. I made my first last year at quilt retreat and used a medium weight Pellon.

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  91. I have only made one bag. I would love to get into bag making but have not had a chance yet!

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  92. I really enjoy making bags, but I haven't done a lot of them. I should start making more!

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  93. I've only made one bag so far, but I really enjoyed it, and hope to make another one soon!

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  94. I've only made one style of bags so I'm not an expert on interfacing or anything. Thanks.

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  95. I have made small bags, but for some reason I have 3 larger bags on my list to do for a long time and haven't been able to work up to them.

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  96. This book is on my wishlist :) I haven't made any bags for several years, but I'm looking to get back into it. Nice bags!

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  97. I've made a couple of bags and used a fusible interfacing. The bigger the bag, the better and I love lots of pockets.

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  98. I have made a few bags and my favorite style is always the pleated tote or its variations. Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful book! :)

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  99. I've only made a few bags, but I'm thinking about making one for my aunt.

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  100. i've only made a few bags, but i like putting in pockets/compartments!

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  101. I've made a lot of bags and created a couple of my own patterns that I'm thinking of writing up so I can sell in my etsy shop. That was actually a goal for this year but it's been pushed off until next year! :)

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  102. I made two of Sara's items this month, a bag and a wallet - other than that I've only tried Amy Butler's Weekender. Sara has a GREAT post about interfacing on her website, and although I dont obey like I should, it's very useful!

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  103. I really love to make bags, whether simple tote bags or more complex patterns with hardware, interfacing & finishing touches like piping. The bag I am most proud of is the Weekender Travel Bag (from Amy Butler's pattern) that I made for my daughter for Christmas last year. I've only used generic brand interfacing so far but would like to try Pellon & Soft & Stable to see if they give a better result. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Sara's book, I think she's the ultimate bag designer!

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  104. I haven't made a bag yet but want to really bad!
    hiccupsandsunshine(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  105. I am about to make my first bag which is Sara's Aeroplane bag.

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  106. I am actually going to venture on my first one in over 10 years, so looking forward to making a tote for hubby

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  107. I have already made a few totes, but would like to make more detailed and 'complicated' ones.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  108. I love making bags, I've lost count of how many I've made. I like to use an iron on medium to heavy weight interfacing, I love a good sturdy bag!

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  109. I have only made noodle heads 241 tote. I hope to try my hand at some other bags in the new year.

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  110. This would be my first book! I love making bags but always followed tutes online. Thanks for the chance!

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  111. I have made a few bags for myself and also some for friends but I'm far from being an expert and I still have trouble choosing the right interfacing. Would love to win this book; thank you for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  112. Got to be woven interfacing- it makes all the difference. I get a bit tired cutting out lots of pieces for bags so I have to be in the mood but the results are worth it.

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  113. I am new to sewing so I have yet to make a bag, but there really are killer patterns out thre so I can't wait to try my hand t it!
    fiveninesix@gmail.com

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  114. I've made a few bags. My favorite bag is Amy Butler's Weekender. It is a good size for me. I really liked how the Thermolam Plus turned out! I love bags with lots of pockets too.

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  115. i like making bags but i have to be in the right mood to sew them. thanks for the giveaway!

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  116. I am sooo addicted to making bags!!! I just joined the bag making club that ChrisWDesigns is a part of!

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  117. I make project bags for knitters and it's so fun! I would love to get into purses more as well. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  118. I love your bags. I have made several and I plan on another after the holidays.

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  119. I like making bags! This one is my favourite that I've done so far: http://www.craftyhour.com/2012/12/book-bag.html

    On that bag I think I used fusible fleece which made it fairly sturdy but not stiff.

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  120. I make mostly tote bags but I'd love to try a different style!

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  121. I have only made 2 bags but they were both great fun to make I enjoyed using the WAYG method and think I will use it quite often

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  122. I am fairly new to quilting and have yet to try my hand at a bag. I do have everything to make a small tote, but have not had the time to start it. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

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  123. I'm currently working on a purse that's a gift for my sister. I usually only make tote bags.

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  124. I have been collecting patterns, fabrics and interfacing to make bags (oh and a Craftsy class too!) but have yet to jump in. Hopefully next year!

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  125. I really like Noodlehead's patterns - supertote and sidekick. I use whatever interfacing she tells me to use!

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  126. Love making bags but kept it simple...need to up my skills! This book would help!

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  127. I love making bags too - pouches, zippy things and over the should bags. I haven't done any piping yet but I will soon :) Fab giveaway - I am a new GFC follower and love what I see so far!

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  128. I've only made simple totes for the libraray abnd shopping but nothing fancy..I would love to start though!

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  129. I love making bags and the book is on my Christmas wishlist!! I love making retro looking bags. Swoon patterns is my current favorite! Thank you!

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  130. I usually make tote bags, they are so fun and easy and they make GREAT gift bags. In fact often people will seem as excited to get a homemade tote as they are to get the gift inside it, lol.

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  131. i've made zipper pouches/bags but haven't ventured into anything more complex. looks like a good place to start

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  132. emmevon(at)gmail(dot)com
    I love making my own bags!!
    I'm partial to the cross body style!

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  133. I have made some simple totes and zip pouches. I want to try something more exciting but need some good patterns. This book could be just the thing, thanks for the chance to win! By the way, your bags are wonderful!

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  134. I like quilted bags, like Vera Bradley but homemade. Bright florals, lots of pockets.

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  135. I do make bags, usually for a specific use rather than everyday. I use Pellon or Vilene brand interfacing - depending on which brand is locally available for the specific purpose/product

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  136. I do make bags - but usually for a specific purpose rather than everyday. I use Pellon on Vilene brands depending on which brand has the specific product locally for the purpose

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  137. I love making bags, and Sara's are amazing! I just finished up two Necessary Clutch Wallets by Emmaline Bags. I recommend using Shape Flex 101 and fusible fleece on the exterior of bags and most often I use duck cloth for the lining. Thanks for a wonderful prize!

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  138. I have made a couple bags as gifts, but I still need to make one for myself! Looks like a great book! :)

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  139. I love making bags because they don't take the time a quilt does and I like somewhat fast gratification.

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  140. I love making bags for gifts and myself! I LOve to make all kinds of styles and use fusible interfacing and fusible fleece for some that need added strength! (dezarae_jamie@hotmail.com

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  141. I love bag making for gifts and myself. I use both fusible fleece and fusible interfacing depending on strength required for many different styles. (dezarae_jamie@hotmail.com

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  142. I have made a few bags and really enjoy the quickness of this project.. I would love to make more of them!

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  143. I love making tote bags, but I'm ready to branch out and try something new!

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  144. I really want to start making bags but I don't really know how to start! I feel like this book would really help!! :)

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  145. I would love to try making a bag. I have only sewn quilts and some pillow cases for the last 20 plus years. I NEED to try doing a purse! Thanks for the chance.

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  146. I have never tried to make a bag, but I admire them and would love to give it a try :)

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  147. I've made a few bags, nothing too complicated so far. Mostly purses.

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  148. I have only made a few bags. I started a weekender and haven't finished it but hope to some day! I also have a Craftsy class on bag making that has been pretty interesting, so I'd like to get more into it!

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  149. Several years ago I made some Amy Butler bags for Christmas gifts. I never got around to making one for me though. Typical sewer! Thanks, Kathy
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  150. I make bags and I love Pellon Shape Flex. It provides stability, but it isn't 'crusty'.

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  151. I can't wait to see this book. I really enjoy making bags (no fitting involved!). Someone recently recommended using automobile headliner fabric to give the bags body. It really works! Many thanks!
    emyerly(at)wideopenwest(dot)com

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  152. I made the bag I carry every day. It is getting worn and I really need to do some selfish sewing to replace it.

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  153. I love to make pouches- I am addicted! thanks for the chance!

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  154. I make tote bags right now and would love the opportunity to make a bag more challenging.

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  155. When I was in junior high school (just a few years ago) I made several purses. I haven't made a bag since. I see so many lovely bag patterns now and want to try again.

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  156. I rarely use a pattern but make my own pattern based on pictures of bags. I just made a diaper bag...tried to remake it and couldn't make it the exact same way!

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  157. I have yet to make a bag but I would love to try. I absolutely adore your 241 tote. Thanks for a chance!

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  158. I have never tried to make a bag but would like to. I'd probably start with a simple bag to hold a knitting project (and keep my maine coon from 'helping' as I knit. :-) )

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  159. I plan to make a bag after the first of the year. I want one with lots of pockets to help keep me organized.

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  160. I've been drooling over this book - would like to try my hand at a larger bag.

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  161. Now the wedding quilt is done I want to make some bags. Merry Christmas from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot

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  162. I've only made one bag, ever, and it was for my MIL who adores it! It has given me the desire to make more :-) as to interfacing for them, unfortunately, I don't have the experience to knowledgeably recommend anything.

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  163. I've made a couple of bags- a cross body and a tote. I need to use stiffer interfacing- I'm going to use the suggestions here.

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  164. I've knitted and crocheted bags but have never sewn any. My mistake is not sewing in a lining because they stretched out.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  165. I have only made one bag but need more ideas. Your book would be fantastic to win. Thank you for the chance.

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  166. Thanks so much for the giveaway.
    I've done some bags, not too much. I've used canvas, without interfacing. Thanks!

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  167. I love making bags! I made bags for my kids teachers for teacher appreciation week. pretty much everyone i know will eventually get a bag from me :) who doesn't need a good hand made bag?

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  168. I haven't tried sewing much more than a gift bag or a tote... that owl bag is adorable.. I need to go to Amazon and put the book on my wish list...

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  169. I want to try making some bags, but haven't yet

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  170. I've never been brave enough to make a bag. This would help!

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  171. I only made one but would love to make more
    :)
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  172. I love to make bags, though usually totes.

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  173. I LOVE to make my own bags. It depends on the bag as to what weight interfacing I will use. I tend to sew a lot of zippered bags for friends.

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  174. I love making bags. I've made clutches and hand bags, little bags and big bags. I need to make myself a new bag as mine is getting a bit worn. I struggle to know which interfacing to use to be honest.

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  175. I've only made Christmas gift bags, but I want to make more! I love bags to tote all our gear :)

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  176. I've been wanting to make a bag for myself! Thanks for the chance!!

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  177. I JUST started making wallets, so I'm going to tackle my first bag soon!

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  178. I've made bike bags -- they took way too long :-)

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  179. I love making my own bags but a good sale at the Vera Bradley outlet suckers me every time.

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  180. I have made a couple of (very simple) bags and I always drafted the pattern myself. What a flop! Well, let's just say I can't wear the bags... Thanks for the giveaway. Ana

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  181. I've never tried bag making, I really should rectify that!

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  182. My favourite bags are usually hobo style sling bags. I've made a few small bags/purses but I'm typically kind of intimidated by making things other than quilts! It just seems to complicated!

    (clumsy.chord(at)gmail.com)

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  183. You've made some great bags! I have had my eye on that book. Might have to ask Santa to bring it for me! I love making purses and I'm beginning to dabble in designing too!

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  184. I really enjoy making bags and have made a load already, several going to my main customer, who is a girl in Finland, who has about 8 or so bags by now that I all made for her. I usually use normal iron on interfacing, the thin one. We don't have pellon or stuff like that over here. Other than that I've also used fleece before to give a bag a bit more stability and sturdiness. I also really enjoy making pouches and clutch bags, but my favourite personally would be the Noodlehead Super Tote. I received one in a swap and just adore it. perfect bag for me.

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  185. I like Noodlehead's wide mouth pouch. I also just made a purse with pockets on the outside and loved that.

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  186. I have only made tote bags. I would like to try a cross body style. Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2 at yahoo dot com

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  187. I love making bags and purses. I've just made noodleheads divided bag and loved it so much I made a second. hayleymstephens at gmail dot com

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  188. I love making my own bags. I've made a few - the supertote is one of my favs. Would love to make a few more!

    tgallop@mts.net
    www.willcookforshoes.ca

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  189. I love making bags but the last one I made I used some really stiff interfacing and had a hard time sewing it together. I will not do that again

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  190. I have mad a couple of bags - handbag and tote. I need to read this book to get info in interfacing, and my next is Noodlehead's divided basket.

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  191. I have made a bag or two. I think I need to sew a few more!

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  192. I have only made two bags and a few pouches, but I am always so happy when they are finished :)

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  193. I haven't made any bags ... yet. I'm still a beginning sewer so I've just been collecting bag patterns. It won't be long though before I try one. The temptation is just too strong :) Oh, and I seem to like a variety of styles - totes, purses, etc.

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  194. I've only ever made tote style bags but would like to try other styles as well. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  195. I really want to check this book out too! I like making tote bags and pouches but I'm going to make a supertote for myself soon too.

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  196. I've only made one bag - without a pattern! I was surprised it turned out as well as it did. My sister makes many & I often get the "mistakes!"
    mandiprout80 @ gmail. com

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  197. I love making bags and mostly trying to create my own patterns! Shape flex is currently my favorite interfacing. I'm still trying to figure out the best combo for bags.

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  198. I really want to make my own bags, I haven't yet, it is one of my goals for 2014 so I'm afraid I know nothing yet about making bags. thanks for this chance

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  199. Way back in elementary school Home Ec, I made a tote bag out of an old pair of jeans. I loved it and used it for years, not sure where it disappeared to. I'd like to get into making my own bags so that I can have them just the way I want them.

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  200. I love making bags. I teach bag making at my local sewing shop. I've made 5 weekenders so far. My favorite interfacing is Shape Flex (SF-101). I would stash it by the bolt if I could afford it.

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