Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Bookbag Backpack & Pattern Giveaway

I've been dying to show you this bag. I finished testing it for Samantha from At home with Mrs H quite a few days ago and was really pleased with the outcome. Samantha has now posted about it so I can now show you mine. Thanks Samantha for letting me test this bag for you, it's a great design.
Make sure you pop over to Samantha's blog where you can see the beautiful bags made by the other testers and also check out their blogs as they will be doing a giveaway as well so you can improve your chances of winning the pattern. If you can't wait to win a copy of the pattern then you can go over to Samantha's Etsy Store and purchase the pattern.

 It took me ages to decide on which fabric to use. I was going to use an nice green floral fabric I had but in the end I decided for my usual brown upholstery fabric and thought the patchwork pocket on the front would make it look different.

I also decided to add three fabric flowers, you can find the tutorial HERE.

I love this pocket, behind it is a hidden zipper pocket.

There is also a zipper pocket on the inside of the bag but I didn't get good photos of that so I'm not showing it. I can never seem to take good pictures of the inside of my bags.

The Bookbag can be worn three different ways. As a backpack.

On your shoulder. You have the option to remove this strap if you want.

Or you can carry it in your hand. How neat is that!!!!!!!!!!!

I chose a chunky sports zip for my main closure.

Now for details of the giveaway.

Samantha is kindly offering a free pattern for the Bookbag Backpack  to one lucky winner. To enter the giveaway you don't have to follow my blog but I'd love it if you did, us bloggers love followers, all you have to do is leave me a comment and also PLEASE LEAVE YOU EMAIL WITH YOUR COMMENT. Just lately I've noticed that a lot of comments are on 'noreply' so check you are not a no reply commenter. If you win and I can't get in touch with you I'll have to choose another winner.

The giveaway starts from today and the winner will be announced on the 11th September.

Best of luck to all of you.

P.S. I sometimes have problems with a slow internet connection so if I don't get in touch with the winner on the above date I will as soon as I can.

~ Maria ~


  1. You did a great job with the bag, as usual. I love the colors you chose and the bag seems very strong. normasclay(at)yahoo(dot)com

  2. I like your sturdy bag. ;) and it's multifunctionality and the colours. Thanks for sharing. ;) (inga.jlk@gmail.com)

  3. love that pattern, thanks for the chance

  4. Great job Maria! Next time I loose my mojo I might just have to make one of these myself! LOVE Samantha's designs....

  5. Hi Maria,
    this Bookbag Backpack is geourgeous, and sooo kind of Samatha to have a free pattern of this as a giveaway!
    Good Luck to us all :O)
    Happy week to you,
    big hugs

  6. As always, you did a fabulous job Maria...I really wish I lived closed to learn all your tricks :-)

  7. Another great bag - I love it!
    Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

  8. Another beautifully made bag Maria! I like your crazy patch pocket. Maybe you could put a little flashlight inside the bag for the lining photos, lol? Haven't tried it but it might work?

  9. Love your fabric choices and so understand the dilemma of choosing the fabrics. I sometimes spend more time of that than the actual making of the item.

  10. this is a great bag.something I have been looking for. I would love to have this pattern.

  11. I have been studying bag patterns but not sure I have the skills to pull it off...a girl can DrEAm.. =)

  12. This is a wonderful bag pattern. I could see it used in many ways. I would love it for travel.It is a great size for all those things you need to travel:tickets, reading materials, IPad, maps, snack, water, phone, and on and on.

  13. I love, love this pattern! Fantastic job! I would love to win this pattern. Thanks for the opportunity. :)

    1. Oh, and my email is hiddenintheheart(at)yahoo(dot)com.

  14. Hi Maria,
    I have been waiting patiently for you to show your bag...which to all of your followers..... I am lucky enough to have actually seen it!!!! Photos although very good do not do it the justice it deserves. The work and passion you put into all of
    your projects amaze me when all i can do is just about sew on a button straight!!
    Good luck to all of your followers in the 'Giveaway" someone is going to be very happy indeed. I will be popping round soon to see what your next project is.....get the kettle on.

  15. Hi Maria a very good choice on your fabric. It is a great Book Bag, I was lucky enough to be a tester too. As always I decide to go bright, and maybe funky. I hope to have my pictures up today.

  16. Maria, another beautiful bag as usual! I am making a tote using upholstery fabric for the first time because your bags always look so sturdy when you use it. Love the patchwork front of your bag!

  17. Hi Maria....I really think you should send me this bag *winks* As usual, you did a fantastic job of it.


  18. Hi! Oh, you do some fancy sewing! I just discovered your blog and I love it!
    Thanks for this giveaway!

  19. You did such a great job on this bag- it's beautiful!

  20. Your bags are really awesome, Maria! You are so talented!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  21. That is an awesome bag. I aspire to sew with such professionalism. Looks perfect and I love your fabric and color choices.

  22. That is an awesome bag. I aspire to sew with such professionalism. Looks perfect and I love your fabric and color choices.

  23. I have been searching for a backpack pattern just like this for my granddaughter. I love this and the fabrics you chose are perfect.

  24. I love this bag and the fabric you used. Would love to make one myself.

  25. The bag is wonderful and I particularly like your special touches of the patchwork pocket and the fabric flowers. ksupper1 at verizon dot net

  26. This would be perfect for my non-purse carrying daughter! Love your fabric choices and would probably "copy" them! Thanks for the chance.

  27. Hi Mia! I am a knew follower using Bloglovin! Your bag is expertly made! Gorgeous! I looked at some of your other blog messages! I am looking forward to reading your blog! You have made a lot of different things! You are an inspiration!

  28. Wow! That is a well made bag! I love the idea of making one like that. I babysit two grandsons and need to carry bags like this!


  29. Was searching for a backpack tutorial and discovered your post... Great job!

  30. I Arrived late for the giveaway, but I'm glad to see this bag, I love it. I like the colors you've chosen, and on the other hand the design of the bag is very cute, the combination of these two factors makes it unique. Love it!
    Marisa :)

  31. This is just what my daughter (and I) need to carry pretty much all our miscellaneous stuff around! You did an amazing job with the bag, beautiful! loree(at)wiseowldesigns(dot)com


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