Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Nappy Bag & Pattern Giveaway

I tested this Nappy bag about a month ago and now the pattern has been released I can show you mine.

This is Samantha's from At home with Mrs H and she's keeping it becasue she's expecting a baby in a few weeks time. Isn't it just gorgeous.



When I first saw the bag for testing I was going to pass on it as I'm way past the age of having kids, my customers are the same and I'm not likely to be made a gran for years to come yet but as I looked at it I thought this would make a great overnight bag and as I was going to visit my daughter it would be ready just in time.

As I'm not using it as a nappy bag I made some modifications to mine to suit me.
Here's mine. Not as pretty as Samantha's but does the job perfectly.

Hubby gave me a pair of his jeans that I don't think he'd ever worn because they were too small so used those to make the outside pockets, front and back.
I actually made a mistake when sewing this part becasue I took the pocket off the jeans and sewed it onto the bag pocket only to find that the strap had to be sewn on which would have covered the opening of the pocket so I had to unpick it, sew the straps on, then put the pocket back on.


 As I didn't do the elasticated side pockets like on Samantha's bag this front pocket is ideal for my cell phone.


And behind the slip pocket on the front is a hidden zipper pocket.


The other side of the bag also has a large slip pocket.


I used a small flap to keep it closed rather than a large one.


This photo doesn't show the inside very well but there's a zipper pocket on one side along with four slip pockets, two on each side. Again this was a modification, Samantha's bag has elasticated pockets inside as do most nappy bags which are useful for carrying nappies and bottles.


The bag also has an adjustable strap that can be taken off if you don't want to use it. The main straps are fairly long and the bag can be carried comfortably on the shoulder.


 When I finished my bag I still thought it would be a bit small but I stuffed it with things I needed and was surprised at how much it held.


Samantha's Nappy Bag pattern is now on sale on her etsy store HERE and if you use the code ATHOMEWITHMRSH10 you can get a 10% discount on any purchase from her store, patterns and hardware.
GIVEAWAY

If you think you can wait a while before you get your hands on the pattern then maybe you'd like to try and win it. Samantha has very kindly offered a free Nappy Bag Pattern for this giveaway to one winner.
I'm not going to make it hard for you to enter, all you have to do is leave me a comment below and PLEASE LEAVE YOUR EMAIL WITH YOUR COMMENT so I can get in touch with you if you win. Many people use google+ which means you are probably on no reply, if that's the case I can't get back to you. If you don't get a reply to your comment then you're one of those people. The winner will be picked on Wednesday August 27th 2014 which is also my wedding anniversary.

If you'd like to increase your chance of winning then pop over to Liz's Blog where you can see her version of the Nappy Bag and also enter the giveaway there.


Before I go just thought I'd show you what a messy sewer I am LOLL and this is tidy, you should see it now.


Best of luck to all of you and happy sewing.

~ Maria ~

51 comments:

  1. Love the way you worked it out with the jeans! Thanks for the chance to win the pattern.

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  2. This is such a great pattern but like you I don't need a nappy bag but it's a great weekend bag!
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Samantha's pattern!

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  3. This bag looks not too hard to construct so would love to give it a try. Thank you for chance to win the pattern.

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  4. I would love to win and make this bag for my daughter who has 1 1/2 year old twin daughters and a 4 year old son. syn20000@gmail.com

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  5. Love the look of this bag, have a niece who is due in January would make a great gift. stitch.n.time@hotmail.com

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  6. Love it, Maria! I am looking for a nappy bag to make. Love how you upcycled your husband's pants. By the way, Happy Anniversary. My 25th anniversary is the day before yours!

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  7. I would love to win this -- you can never have too many shoes, or too many bag patterns. I would not use it as a diaper bag, but can see making good use for weekends, classes and seminars, and so many other things!
    Sylvia K.

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  8. You have done an amazing job. I love the zipper behind the pocket as you would never know it was there plus you have the second pocket in front feature. Very nice. killarigsp@gmail.com

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  9. Great looking bag! Shirley jbandshirley@gulftel.com

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  10. I loe this bag and would make adjustments to it as you did. donna@winddancerchimes.com

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  11. A beautiful pattern and i love your version!

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  12. Lovely bag! Seems like a very nice patter. teresa.linscott@yahoo.com

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  13. Great results Maria! I love how you repurposed the pants' pocket. This looks like a great pattern.

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  14. Love your version of the bag and Liz's is great too. I think my sewing room is messier than yours, lol!! My 34th anniversary was the 17th (Last Sunday) which is 10 days before yours and I found out Marilyn also has her anniversary this month too, Small world!

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  15. What a great idea to use the pants! Love it!

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  16. Just a lovely re-purposed project! Great job and great idea.

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  17. Beautiful bag, I think I would use it as a weekender. Happytop928@gmail.com

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  18. Poor Hubby, another pair of jeans find their way to your evil clutches and a pair of scissors haha Great job, and puleeeeez your messy room still probably looks pristine compared to my tornado of a room lol

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  19. Hope hubby doesn't miss them .. love the bag.

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  20. That's an awesome bag! I would love to win it. Quiltzr4me@yahoo.com

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  21. Hi Maria,
    this Bag is georgeous! Yourl love to win this pattern! You have my email adress already ;O)
    Sorry, for nor writing a lot at hte moment, busy week!
    Hope you are well!
    Hugs
    Claudia

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  22. Great upcycling! I love your version of the nappy come overnight bag! With twin toddler girls I also love how big this bag is and lots of pockets too. Fingers and toes tightly crossed hoping that I am lucky enough to win a copy of this gorgeous pattern, as I think I most definitely NEED it, and I have been put on a fabric/pattern buying ban at the moment, too many bills to pay grrr!
    jadedroses@hotmail.com.au

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  23. I do like how you repurposed those jeans, I will have to give that a try myself!

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  24. I like the way you've put the pocket over the strap, it makes it look very arty and sophisticated

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  25. I love the alterations you made to the bag. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  26. I love the way you modified the bag, great ideas!

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  27. Very nice overnight bag! I like the openness of the inside of this bag a lot. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Holly
    Sunnysky223 at embarqmail dot com

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  28. What a great bag...loved your use of the denim...in fact I have a torn dark green denim shirt shirt that would work great! E-mail Addy is claussj231@gmail.com

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  29. Loved both versions but the denim one was fabulous especially that it wasn't blue denim!!! Hope I win! email is: robin.chad@outlook.com
    thank you for the giveaway.

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  30. Maria that bag is stunning !!!! I love it, I love the fabric and jeans combo, I prefer this colours and no to much flowers and butterflies, I'm not too girly LOLLL

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  31. I especially love your version, it's awesome! Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  32. I love that you recycled a pair of hubby's pants. I think this would make a great "carry on" bag for trips.
    whtsands4@aol.com

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  33. A non-nappy Nappy bag is perfect! I have a ton of jeans waiting to be cut and you've posted quite the inspiration to start.Thanks! notwendy at gmail com

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  34. Happy Almost your Anniversary! :) Hope you guy's have an Awesome day!

    You did a very creative job on your Bag!! Loooove the jeans pocket idea!! Waaaaay cool Bag!

    bearpaws9(at)copper(dot)net

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  35. Wow....if you consider that "messy", I wonder how you would describe what mine looks like at times! :)

    Have a Happy Anniversary!

    Krista
    mcconkey (at) iserv (dot) net

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  36. Love this bag! How clever that you used the jeans!!! scontravo@comcast.net

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  37. Getting ready to start a bag for my niece next month. this would be a prefect pattern. s_lmorris@hotmail.com

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  38. Would love to win this, definitely make a bag for myself though! Charelise123@gmail.com

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  39. Lovely job Maria! Love how you made it for your needs. Congrats on your upcoming anniversary

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  40. I absolutely love what you did with the pattern. It's much more sophisticated and perfect to use as a weekend bag. Thanks for sharing the possibilities of the pattern since sometimes I just can't visualize what it could be. imquilternity (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  41. Great idea to use denim! That's not untidy! You haven't seen my sewing room!

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  42. This is a great bag. It would make a wonderful baby shower gift.

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  43. Oh my Gosh!! You are a professional bag maker Maria!! What awesome bags you have. I think I may be inspired to make a more complicated bag. I especially love how you improvised using pants!! Genius! I love your sewing room too, so bright!
    Thanks for testing my pattern. Soon enough we'll all be able to blab about it. ; )

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  44. Upcycling is so good. Love the bag.

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  45. I like making bags especially upcycling material. This looks like a great pattern. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    nridder@hurontel.on.ca

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  46. The pattern looks interesting - I love your modifications! thehoney713 at yahoo dot com. LOL - I can never follow a pattern exactly the way it's written either ;-)

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  47. Cute bag. I don't plan on any granbabies anytime soon either. But it doesn't mean I cant admire.
    Love how you altered your pattern.

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~Maria~