Enter to win Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes!

stylishhandbagslarge Enter to win Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes!Don’t hear much complaining on a Friday, especially when we’ve got Free Stuff Friday!

In the April/May issue of Sew News the Off the Shelf column featured Choly Knight’s Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes.  Knight’s book is packed with ideas for making your own stylish handbag or tote plus you will get expert guidance on picking fabrics, hardware and detailed how tos and instruction. This book is filled with over 50 bags to make plus full size patterns are included. It’s great for the sewing newbie as well as sewists that are more advanced and need a little inspiration.

And, really can we every have too many sewing books? I think not.

Plus, get a look at the bag that Choly made that is featured in the book on page 136.  It’s roomy, trendy and great for a laptop, tablet of school books. Please check out Choly’s blog Sew Desu Ne for more fun projects, tutorials and more or visit her Facebook page at Shori Ameshiko.

photo 26 Enter to win Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes!For the question that you will need to answer in order to be entered to win Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes and a bag made by Choly Knight herself, what is your favorite type of bag or purse. Do you need a huge back breaker tote bag or are you more inclined towards small purses that hold just a few essentials.

Let me know in the comments section below. One winner will be picked and announced on the next Free Stuff Friday.

Plus, the winner from the Meet the Designer is… Sandy R who loves her fabric store The French Seam with over 1000 bolts of beautiful fashion fabrics and modern quilting cottons this sounds absolutely amazing.  If you are ever in the Indianapolis area be sure to check it out!

Hmm, I feel the strong need to go to Indianapolis. Sandy, I will be in touch with you to tell you how to claim your prize. Happy fabric shopping at The French Seam!

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215 Responses to Enter to win Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes!

  1. Janice Shiffra says:

    I usually opt for a small tote bag so that I have more room to cart my “stuff.” And many times I am headed to a sewing or quilting venue.

  2. Sue says:

    I love a purse that’s medium-sized, that has lots of slots and nooks and crannies to stuff things, as I’m a pack rat by nature. :)

  3. marianne myrick says:

    I have to carry a purse large enough to hold anything I might need.

  4. Lisa Casler says:

    I like over the shoulder bo-ho bags. Handmade of course, with hand embroidery and interesting fabrics :-)

  5. kelli porter says:

    I actually Carry a small on for running around and a big one for all the kids stuff.

  6. Karen McPoyle says:

    My favorite type of tote or purse is full of color and lots of pockets or divided interior. It must be able to hold my Kindle, wallet, and other sundries. Best if it has a firm bottom so it ‘stands’ up, and bonus points if it can hold a snack or two!

  7. Kimberley Cook says:

    I like to carry a purse that is organized w/lots of pockets so that I don’t need to carry a separate wallet and big enough to get a few other essentials in like my day planner, sunglasses (magnetic style), pill box, cell phone, and keys in.

  8. Monica Lowe says:

    I prefer small bags, myself. Just needs to be large enough to cary a small pouch for money, cards, ID etc, and my phone, keys, and whatever crochet project I’m working on (I tend to use sock yarn, small skeins.)

  9. I like one big enough to carry something to do if waiting.. a book or crochet little project or coupons to cut out. Love smaller ones for church!

  10. Lois says:

    I love the messenger bags. So easy to carry and they hold so much!

  11. adele Hansen says:

    I like small bags ,crossover bags.I am disabled and have a large service dog.so for me crossover bags work really well.

  12. Sonia Klein says:

    I prefer a larger bag. There always seems to be something else I need to take along with me.

  13. Shelby Gordon says:

    I love the tall shopper. It’s large enough to hold everything and can have lots of pocket for essentials. Plus, they’re usually long enough to really showcase great fabric.

  14. Cecile says:

    I like “nested” purses. One needs to be large enough to hold my water bottle, sunglasses, shawl, and reading material (like my copy of Sew News) as well as my smaller purse (with a long strap to be worn cross body) that holds smaller items. I can take the smaller one with me when I go into a store and leave the larger one in the car.

  15. Barbara Galvin says:

    I ride the bus to work and need a large tote. If I stop at the store on the way home, I usually have plenty of room for my purchases. Weekends often find me carrying something much smaller.

  16. Ethel Hildreth says:

    I like a purse that is able to carried when it is not full, but also be able to handle a paperback or small puzzle book. It should also have handles that are long enough to be carried on my shoulder.

  17. I love all shapes and sizes of purses. I’m a purse fanatic, I never have enough to make. :)

  18. Zaida says:

    I like a bag with mostly the necessities in it, but carry a separate craft bag with me much of the time that is left in the vehicle when shopping, etc.

  19. I just saw this book and my magazine and put it on my *must have* list…

  20. I have to have a big bag with lots and lots and lots of pockets!! I have 3 going on 4 kids so we need “kid gear” at all times!! Love this, thank you!

  21. I need a bag that allows me to find everything I need without taking everything out. I also need to have a zipper closure, just in case it gets tipped over. And I need to have flat straps for comfort on my shoulders.

  22. Marlene Hein says:

    my favourite type of bag/purse is a bag/purse that converts to a backpack.i know i carry too much stuff, however i have tried to carry less-just hasn’t worked for me yet. there’s always hope for me. lol

  23. Rosemary S says:

    I like a bag large enough to carry my 8″ tablet and things like my wallet and such. You know, big but not too big.

  24. Kristine Pelkey says:

    My favorite purse is a messenger with a strap long enough for it hang at my hip. I also like to have a smaller bag within for essentials. I can grab it if I am on my bicycle or somewhere a purse is inconvenient.

  25. The older I get, the less I feel like I need to carry. So my carry around
    Purse is a small one. Just the necessities! But I love shoulder strap purses.
    Thanks for all you do!

  26. Mini says:

    I like cross body bags. It’s easy to walk around with minimum stuff.

  27. Lisa Shaw says:

    I must say I am attracted to bags/totes of all shapes and sizes – as long as they are functional! If I’m going with a smaller purse – I like crossbody styles so my hands are free. I do think my next project will be some sort of tech bag that’s not overwhelming with pockets, zippers and hardware. Will definitely be checking out the books, blogs and websites you have posted! Great ideas :-)

  28. kim boyenger says:

    I love a purse large enough to put my ipad in also

  29. Lisa W says:

    Carpet Bags!!! I love large sturdy bags that will go anywhere, and will store my knitting, flea market finds or travel as a overnighter…:) …and hides a smaller bag for the girl on the go!

  30. Ann Kvittum says:

    I like bucket bags. Big enough to hold what you need but not too much. Pockets on the inside but no divider.

  31. Jane Meneilly says:

    I like a bag that has enough room for the basics but HAS to have a pocket on the outside for my keys :)

  32. mary jo schuette says:

    I love crossbody purses. They’re hands free and don’t hurt my shoulders,

  33. Alison says:

    I carry a fairly large purse so I have everything I might need. I’m not a little person, so a little bag would not look right anyway.

  34. Lynda Anderson says:

    I LOVE huge bags and I LOVE sewing bags. I consider myself a bag lady! I can rarely find one I like retail, so I’m always sewing bags. What fun I’d have with this book (and the accompanying gift). Happy Friday!

  35. Linda Ford says:

    I love an over the shoulder bag to carry all my stuff and keeping my hands free!

  36. Deborah Cramer says:

    I need a large tote.

  37. June says:

    I like bags that are big enough to hold all the essentials.

  38. Jenn Reed says:

    I love her Styled Shoulder Bag design, and I like all purses and I love making them too. I would have to say I like to carry medium size to large, but its because I have toddlers lol. :-)

  39. Barbara Shifman says:

    I used to carry a large ‘pocketbook’ that I stored my whole life in. I have now graduated to a small one, just larger than a wallet and carry a ‘tote’ with the various other things that I need on a daily basis. I can leave the tote in my car and just carry my small bag with me so I don’t have to lug a humungous bag around all the time.

  40. Karen says:

    I LOVE purses!!!! I make them and have over 30 purses currently.

  41. Bia says:

    Smaller messenger-type bags – something with a long strap!

  42. Lois Williams says:

    I like a small purse with a shoulder staprap. It just has to hold my cell and phone wallet. I hate digging in a large bag for something.
    Lois

  43. Tanya jankosky says:

    A hipster with several pockets!

  44. I don’t have a favourite! I have two separate sections in my wardrobe: one for Winter and one for Summer and mix/ match according to how I’m feeling and what I’m wearing. I’ve started making bags for friends to turn them all as bonkers as me and so a pattern book would be awesome!!! Thanks for the opportunity. x

  45. I love them all! I have no favorites. Lol

  46. Therese says:

    I need a medium size tote, and a small purse. I love leather and leather accents, too.

  47. carla finley says:

    I make all my bags. Medium size shoulder bags.

  48. Beth Strawn says:

    I am guilty of carrying everything with me. I always have a large bag.

  49. Patricia Blute-Salkind says:

    I like large satchels. Gotta keep everything handy

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