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!

 Enter to win Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes!

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

  1. I like a good tote bag. I always need knitting project,a book, a handful of pens and a notebook. And then you have to have all the usual things too…

  2. Erin Cumming says:

    I like the look of a hobo and the ease of a cross body bag.

  3. I love a larger handbag with a thick strap and pockets and compartments for every day use i prefer a smaller fancy one for church. Thank you for letting me enter.

  4. Jennie says:

    Since Im a mum “on the go” and selfemployed (just on the spot to become a fashiondesigner) for most I like bigger handbags that fits all my books, pleasure ones and studybooks, kidsstuff, make up, snacks, phone and diffrent types of handicraft ( knitting, embroidery) and sketchpad, pens and rubber ( you never know when inspiration hits you) and my camera.
    Bags is actully one of the pieces I´ll start to sell (as soon my company are approved and clear) and this book sounds like a perfect match with were I am in life <3 I love bags :)

  5. Lois says:

    I ‘try’ to keep the purse on the small side. We don’t really need half that stuff we like to carry around… anyway ! Thanks for the opportunity !

  6. Kathleen Beltran says:

    I tend to go with a medium size bag. I love the fabric bags. I worked at an amusement park where you dressed old country. We could not carry new leather or chic style purses. Therefore I got used to carrying a cloth bag. It’s very hard to go back to a leather purse, they seem too heavy.

  7. Laura Whisnant says:

    I love any large bag which has lots of pockets-inside and out. I have made many bags, but would love a book with new ideas/patterns.

  8. kelly says:

    Bring on the “back breaker”, lol. Actually, a big I’m bowling bag shaped back breaker is my love.

  9. Diane says:

    I have made the large Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag for my daughter and nieces. Loved the way this bag went together and the easy of making a bag. That was several years ago. Receiving this book will be great inspiration to create more bags.

  10. Janice Meleo says:

    I love to sew bags, and prefer a large roomy, tote, to hold all my stuff!

  11. Kati Mills says:

    I adore handbags, purses, totes, you name it! My favorite type has to have enough pockets for me to find things easily, long enough straps to carry over the shoulder, small enough to fit under my arm, but big enough to hold all my stuff, and certainly something unique decorations wise that will make it stand out and declare ‘it is MY bag’ :)

  12. maureen says:

    I love a large bag with lots of pockets to place things that I need . I love a brightly colored bag. I love a fabric bag because they are washable

  13. Judi Duncan says:

    CArry a large bag to hold my stuff plus hubby’s stuff…it gets pretty heavy 2 phones, 2 wallets, 2 checkbooks 2 sunglasses etc….

  14. Sarah Matthews says:

    I prefer a mid sized bag/purse with lots of dividers and pockets.

  15. Virginia Darwin says:

    I use larger bags since my bag is usually a catch all from whatever the kids don’t want to hold on to!

  16. Janet Kerr says:


    My favourite type of bag depends on the purpose. For everyday, I like to a medium size bag. I live to sew all kinds of bags and have made small, medium and large bags. I am always on the lookout for a great bag pattern!

  17. Cc Swenson says:

    I like a bag with a long handle, inside and outside pockets, some open, some with snaps or Velcro and loops to clip keys & wallets to.

    I also like themed bags for different holidays, seasons, etc….

  18. Tiffany Pellizzari says:

    I love a small essential size bag with a solid shape.

  19. Barbara Owens says:

    I use small bags that hold only a few items.

  20. Marlene Stockard says:

    I prefer a medium size bag with lots of pockets and a shoulder strap.

  21. BIRDER1948@AOL.COM says:

    I am a beginner sewer. I would love to sew handbags!

  22. diane brown says:

    I love a big bag ty…..

  23. Debbie Wagner says:

    I am looking for the perfect bag…decided the perfect bag depends on what you are doing that day. Some days it is very small and other days it is very large with many little pockets and bags to carry other things. Haven’t made one to carry the kitchen sink YET! Haven’t found a pattern yet that I didn’t make adjustments to meet my needs.

  24. anna brown says:

    I like both it really depends on my mood.If i’m shopping all day a big tote works best but just to church i like small…..

  25. Definitiely big bags with lots of pockets!

  26. Cindy Grossholz says:

    I like purses that I can put on my shoulder. And it needs to hold all that I need.

  27. Christine Rush says:

    Bags of all sizes is my “BAG”, If I don’t have a bag with me I feel undressed. For security lately, especially shopping, I choose the cross body bag. I’ve also been known to keep a large quilted bag in the trunk of my car with everything in it, & take a smaller bag from it when I go visiting. Thank you for this opportunity.

  28. Karen Tremonti says:

    My favorite bag style is hobo although I also love tote style!

  29. Elaine C. says:

    I had a friend who carried the same purse for 15 years. I could never do that! I love to have a purse for every mood! And I am a very moody person! Thanks for the chance to win one of yours.

  30. Karen says:

    I love big bags for daytime, you never know what you’ll need and big bags can carry it all! I love small bags for evenings out when you just need the basics and must be able to hold my iPhone!

  31. Renée says:

    I got into making bags so that I could make one that was just the right size to carry what I needed… no bigger. I would love some inspiration to re-ignite my true sewing passion: bags! This book would surely do the trick!

  32. nicole Wall says:

    I like them all. Big bags or small! Different uses for different places!

  33. Debra Kay Neiman says:

    Since I had damage to my rotary cuff I carry as small a purse as possible. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  34. Elaine C says:

    I love all types of bags. Sometimes the bigger the better, sometimes the smaller the better! As long as it has pockets, pockets,pockets! Thanks.

  35. Audrey says:

    I love a bag, medium sized, with some pockets!

  36. terry says:

    Love sew news blog

  37. Joan Merrill says:

    I like my purse not too small, but not too big either ~ big enough to hold all my essentials, but not so big that it weighs a ton! :)

  38. MARY MOUGEOT says:

    Simple bags, pretty colors, etc…

  39. I love bags…my friends call me The Bag Lady as I love to make many of my own bags. That way I can have the right size pocket or a zipper on the top or the color I want. I am beginning to like cross body bags.

  40. Leanne Lindsay says:

    I love a cross body purse that is roomy enough for a mom’s essentials and the strap is long enough for me 6’1″ :)

  41. Kim Sheldon says:

    I tend to gravitate towards large totes. Which is odd considering I am only 4′ 11″!

  42. Monica Bauschards says:

    What a lovely book to own and to sew the bags and totes would love it

  43. Cherry Parker says:

    I am new to sewing and subscribe to Sew News magazine, and watch Sew It All on pbs channel 11, Chicago. Like Ellen March first tried, I too am trying to sew a tote bag without a pattern! Sewing Stylish Handbags and Totes would surely come in handy! I hope I win a copy.

  44. Denise Stahl says:

    I love hobo and tote style bags. Small evening bags are only good if my DH’s pockets are available :-)

  45. Karen Colopy says:

    This book really intrigues me. I love bags.

  46. Candice says:

    I love handbags so much that I started making them a few years ago! My favorite style is anything with a shoulder strap. It makes life easier because I’m a new mom and always need both arms to hold the baby. My favorite styles are hobo bags, totes, and convertibles, as long as they have that long shoulder strap.

  47. kellene k says:

    I’m definitely a big bag kind of lady. With the more pockets, dividers, etc the better!

  48. Jeannie says:

    I love all bags, the bigger the better as well as the smaller the better. Big bags hold medium and small bags. they can be swapped out daily-or more often then that.
    yes, I am a bag lady and they are all fabulous.

  49. Bunny Ryan says:

    Whatever I carry has to have pockets, pockets and more pockets! Organization for glasses, keys, pens, lip gloss and phone. I hate digging in the bottom trying to find something! So the size would be medium to large.

  50. Esther Hopland says:

    I like a big tote because I often carry a lot of stuff just in case I need them.