Day 9 Giveaway: Win “Bags in Bloom”

Bags make great sewing projects because they can be as simple or complicated as you want. It’s also fun to make something wearable that doesn’t need to be fitted and altered. In fact, we love sewing bags so much here at Sew News, that we released an entire book devoted to them! There are so many types of bags to sew, all useful in their own right: satchels, clutches, grocery bags, totes, backpacks…the list goes on and on. So, to celebrate bag-making, we’re giving away Bags in Bloom: Create 20 Unique Flower Purses with Simple Embroidered Stitches and Easy-to-Sew Patterns by Susan Cariello (Watson-Guptill Publications) for Day 9 of our 12 Days of Giveaways. To enter for a chance to win this book, answer this question in the Comments section below: What is your favorite type of bag to sew? Leave your comment by tomorrow when we’ll announce the winner! Good luck!

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92 Responses to Day 9 Giveaway: Win “Bags in Bloom”

  1. Mandy Burgess says:

    I LOVE to sew Tote-type Market/Beach bags for all my friends and family….and am ALWAYS searching for new and exciting patterns and fabrics that fits each person’s individual personality.

  2. Dawn says:

    Most of the bags I make are pretty, elegant, yet functional evening purses. It’s nice to use some of the very expensive fabrics I love, without buying meters and meters… or to spend an hour hand beading, instead of 10 hours… After purses – I make a lot of totes and duffles to carry and store random ‘stuff’.

  3. RachelL says:

    I haven’t made it past zippered pouches. But I would sure love to try.

  4. Valerie Nicholson says:

    I like to sew little coin purses. They are versatile and easy to chuck your license, lipstick, money and keys into. I also make clutches; which are great as make-up bags or little bags to keep your purse organized.

  5. Diana L says:

    I’ve lately made the Professional Tote, as diaper bags, for gifts. My daughter-in-law loves hers and asked me to make one for her best friend. I did, sent it to her for the baby shower…and the Post Office lost it!! SO, making another one to send. I also like making grocery bags out of fiberglass screen. They are strong, easy to clean, roll up small to keep in your purse, and you can see through them to see what’s in them. They make great gifts too!

  6. Andrea says:

    What type of bag isn’t my favorite type of bag is really the question. I love them all! I love sewing them for the reasons you mentioned – no fitting or altering! I love totes, clutches, shoulder bag and even diaper bags. Make them from cotton fabric, leather, quilted or home dec material. Great gifts and just basically fun to make.

  7. Ann says:

    Can you ever have enough bags! There are the bags to carry supplies to sew and craft with, then there are the recycle bags that have character, and then the perfect bag for that special outfit. You can make them with fabric scraps or some awesome prints.

  8. Sara says:

    My most recent bag was from an old suit and I used the pattern from the April/May 2010 issue. I’ve had many compliments on the bag.

  9. Dawna says:

    I have yet to sew a bag but I think this book would inspire me to sew one. I would probably lean toward a tote to carry various things.

  10. Linda says:

    I tend to make the huge bags and totes. Since I am a grandma that watches the grandbabies, I am always toting around diapers, wipes, food and toys in addition to all the regular stuff a lady needs. Sometimes when I am shopping I will delve into my bag and pull out a toy or something for a mischievious tyke that a mom needs help with. :)

  11. Cheri Dodson says:

    My favorite bag is a pattern from McCalls. I personalize the sides of the large tote bag for whomever I am making it with machine embroidery before putting it together, and coordinate the lining with the embroidery. Each bag is truly one-of-a-kind.

  12. Susan Brooks says:

    My favorite bag right now is from Lazy Girl, Chelsea. It is a back pack type bag. I make all my bags and haven’t bought a bag in 10 years.

  13. Caroline says:

    I have yet to sew a bag! I wanna wanna wanna!! Too apprehensive to start. And then there’s what pattern to choose?
    Mind you, I have made diaper bags using Tunisian crochet, with a side pocket to hold a baby bottle… :)

  14. Candy Fisher says:

    I have had a lot of fun making fabric gift bags. They can be re-used as lunch bags or given with another gift to someone else.
    They have evolved over time with different kinds of handles and pockets. I found a souce to use recycled plastic sheets to put in the bottom for stablity. I have embroidered on them too.

  15. Kate says:

    I have JUST started sewing bags – and could use any help/patterns I could get! I made three bags for nieces – my favorite was an over the shoulder tote – and semi-designed a doll duffel bag for my daughter. I’m hooked!!

  16. Jamie says:

    My favorite bag to sew is one I made up from a purse I saw a friend carrying one day. She couldn’t remember where or when she got it. Any way my kids call it the sak- because when it is unfolded it looks like a old time flour sack. Basically it folds in half and looks like a cute night purse, but you can unfold it if you need room for more stuff. Super simple to make and so versital.

  17. Sandy says:

    I love to sew totes. You can use any kind of material for them. I make them for grown ups and for kids.

  18. Lori Robinson says:

    My favorite thing to sew is bags and purses. They are perfect gifts for wedding, birthday, new baby, and “just because” gifts. Totes, purses, clutches, knitting bags, etc. One can never have too many bags. Now, off to sew a patchwork purse for my aunt for Christmas.

  19. DebbieW999 says:

    I’ve made several totes which turned out great and I’ve made a Vera Bradley-type bag with double-side quilted material. Since the selection of double-side quilted material is limited, I’m ready to learn how to quilt my own material to use for my bags. Each one will be an original!!

  20. Janice says:

    I make handbags for gifts,clutches, shoulder bags, totes, and use McCalls patterns, and some patterns from Sew News. I use faux leather, upholstery material, cotton duck, old jeans, and lined silk fabric for evening bags, adding beading and monograms. Such fun!

  21. Norine says:

    I have made grocery bags and school bags. Right now I am looking for a bag to keep all my coupons in for shopping. Maybe this book will help me.

  22. Ruth Lunde says:

    I love to sew bag to use for shopping. I use scraps and what ever I can and embroider on some of them

  23. Beverly Garrett says:

    I love to sew just about any kind of bag. I love the challenge of sewing.
    It is like therapy to me. I have made a lot on the past. Bags for groceries, for dance teams, etc. I just love sewing!

  24. Jeny says:

    I haven’t made too many, but I’d like to make a shoulder bag soon!

  25. Theresa says:

    I like to make small bags that are kind of unusual and I can use “inside” other bags. For example a small bag for coins, a small waterproof bag I can carry my cell in when I am riding my bike etc. They are quick to make and very useful.

  26. TZel says:

    Messenger bags for my daughter! Thank you!

  27. Deb says:

    Totes are great to sew!

  28. Lorie says:

    I enjoy making tote bags. They make useful and practical gifts for family and friends. The choices are endless with all of the great fabrics out there!

  29. Alma M says:

    I love making bags of all sizes! Totes, backpacks, small & large purses. I am always looking for new ideas

  30. Lynn Marie says:

    I’m making bags of different sizes for holiday gifts this year. I could use some new ideas for next year’s gifts though. This book sounds like it could help me with the problem. lol

  31. Pat H. says:

    My favorite to make was a true purse complete with loads of pockets and a built-in wallet for credit cards and cash. Took me three weeks of being very careful but I truly enjoyed it.

  32. Joan Oegema says:

    I love to sew purses (big and small), coin purses, wallets, grocery bags, tote bags and snap bags! I’ve never been able to find a purse I love but I’ve used several different purse patterns that fit me to a T! I would love to sew a back pack in the near future

  33. lois johnsen says:

    I love to work on bags that are challenging, with lots of pockets and intricate details :)

  34. Sheila B says:

    I like to make all kinds of bags but especially one I can machine embroider on. I can easily customize it to the person I am giving it to or once in a while for myself.

  35. Linda says:

    I love to make bags and have made several different kinds. I like to make some out of wool in several different styles. Haven’t met a bag I didn’t like!! I have a red felted wool bag trimmed in white fur that everyone adores! I make them for my daughters and daughter-in-law and sister. My friend would like to try some leather flowers to put on bags. I recycle wool from suit jackets and they look like briefcases. Always looking for new patterns!

  36. Janna says:

    Totes- with lots of customized pockets for projects, library, shopping, etc.

  37. Liza A. says:

    I’m in bag making business. Hand made. Online. I love to sew difficult design and add as much of stitches details on every creation. So, people might copycat it but will not achive the same design. I’m hoping to sew totes with zipper closure because I’m still searching which type of zipper style should I use.

  38. Cindy Farmer says:

    I love to sew Christmas bagz with white fur around the opening. I use the Christmas fashion girls from Evy Hawkins embroidery designs on the front pockets. I alway put lots of pockets inside!

  39. Nita Carr says:

    I love to sew custom bags, totes, diaper bags, any type of purse. I have lots of fabric ( self confessed fabriholic), people pick out their fabric outside, lining, a style they want, and customize every part of the bag. I love it because there are alot of creative women out there who can design what they want in a purse but just can’t sew it–that is where I help. I love having every kind of purse making book there is to see other designs that I can mix with my designs.

  40. C. Schnuelle says:

    I have just finished 3 monogrammed tote style bags. I had so much fun, can’t wait to do more.

  41. S Kralik says:

    I have crocheted a few bags, but would love to start making some sewn ones! I would love to win this bag~~

  42. Connie says:

    The bags I make are often tote bags or fold up grocery bags to store in your purse for when you forget to bring your bags from the car!! I’m also making a number of makeup/lingerie cases….from a rectangle…it’s all in how you fold and sew. What makes all my bags outstanding is the fabric choice and the embellishments I add. I’m having a ball…need to finish the makeup bags for all the ladies in my family for Christmas!! That is tonights project!!

  43. TheresaL says:

    I like sewing all kinds. In fact, I think it is an addiction.

  44. JanW says:

    I love making bags of all types. So nice to make a purse to match/compliment an outfit. Also like being able to customize the pockets, etc. Good way to use some of my embroidery designs also.

  45. Sharon says:

    I’ve never branched out too far from basic totes, but I sure would like to. This book would be so nice to own!

  46. Jenny says:

    I am sewing lunch bags and beach bags. I bought my daugher a sewing machine and plan to get her sewing bags as soon as possible…thinking she could make some extra money while at college.

  47. Jody says:

    I like sewing beach bags. I can personalize them not only with a name, but with an emboidery applique that is special for each person. I have not tried sewing any other type bags, but since they are so popular and there are so many pattern options available, I might add making a few to my 2011 resolutions……it looks like fun!

  48. Jan says:

    i have a bag addiction…so this book would be great for my addiction and my Fabric Stash! problem lies in deciding which to do first. I LOVE IT!

  49. Sharon says:

    I make my reusable grocery bags and line them so I can keep them clean…..also uses up some of my fabric stash…..

  50. Maria Kievit says:

    Totebags are my favorite to sew. I add pockets galore, some with zippers, some with flaps over top, and on both in and outside. Make it from a sturdy canvas material, and it’s one heavy duty tote. I have learned however not to make them too long in the body, as then they drag over the floor when people are carrying them by the handles.

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