Saturday, September 12, 2015

Stand Up & Tote Notice Bag Pattern Giveaway.

It's been ages since I had a giveaway on my blog so here is a chance to win a copy of this wonderful pattern by Lisa from two pretty poppets but before I tell you about the giveaway let me show you the bag.

When I offered to test this one I thought it would just be an ordinary tote made up in patchwork which really appealed to me but was I wrong. This is no ordinary tote. The pattern has three sizes to choose from and I chose the largest one, what I didn't realize is just how LARGE it really is. Now you all know they say size isn't important but they're lying size is important LOLLLLL well at least in a bag.

Here's my Stand Up & Tote Notice Bag.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • SMALL: Width at base - 8" (20cm), Depth - 5" (13cm), Height to handles - 12" (30cm), Strap drop - 11" (28cm)
  • MEDIUM: Width at base - 10"(25cm), Depth - 6"(15cm), Height to handles - 15" (38cm), Strap drop - 111/2" (29cm)
  • LARGE: Width at base - 12" (30cm), Depth - 7" (18cm), Height to handles - 18"(46cm), Strap drop - 12" (30cm)
Mine is the largest one and no kidding it's enormous. This pattern is suitable for an advanced beginner. No hardware to fiddle with or zippers to add if you're not too experienced on adding zippers just a magnetic button as the main closure. After making it I did find that this size is perfect as an overnight bag so I will be making more and possibly insert a zipper to use it as an overnight bag but I really do love the simplicity of this tote.

When I first saw a photo of it for testing I thought it was a plain patchwork tote but it isn't. The front and back has two large slip pockets perfect for keeping keys and cell phone handy without having to search through your bag for them. 



 From this view you can see the two outer pockets better and the main magnetic closure.


See how much room there is in side and also four slip pockets to help keep your contents organized. There is so much room this bag will cope with all your needs whatever you need it for.
The pattern contains over 70 full colour photographs and 11 pages of clear, detailed instructions which flow really nicely and is very easy to follow.


The pattern requires you to use Soft & Stable but I can't get it where I am so chose to use fleece. Remember this bag needs to stand up so I fused a medium interfacing to my fabric then fused a fairly firm fleece, I didn't have fusible fleece so fused it on with wonder under then I fused yet another piece of interfacing but this time a light one. The result was perfect but as there were so many layers I was worried about them coming apart with time so solved that problem by quilting all the pieces in a kind of QAYG method.




The only pieces I didn't quilt were the outer pockets.




To give you an idea of the size her it is next to my heavy duty industrial sewing machine.


And there she is. I know you want one too so before you go running off to buy the pattern lets have a giveaway.

All you have to do is leave me a comment here on this post. Tell me anything you like but I'd love to hear which size you'd make. That's it. The giveaway will run until Sunday 20th September 2015.
Please Please Please leave your email with your comment so I can bet back to you if you win. A lot of people are on 'no reply' and aren't aware of it so if you don't leave your email and you are picked I may not be able to get in touch with you and will have to choose someone else. 
I reply to all comments left via email so if you don't get a reply from me then you know I can't get in touch with you.

If you can't wait a week to see if you are the lucky winner then go over to Craftsy or Etsy or Lisa's site two pretty poppets where you can buy a copy of the pattern. 

Thanks for stopping by and best of luck to you all.

~ Maria ~ 

70 comments:

  1. Hi Maria. Lovely bag you've made there (I'm a bit jealous of your machine as well!) The quilting is lovely. I'd probably go for a medium sized bag I think. Although I change my mind so often who knows?!!

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  2. I would make the largest size, I love a big bag, as I always carry so much with me. Really like the look of this bag, and all the pockets and quilting!

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  3. My wife has asked me to post this because her name won't come up! She's looking forward to trying this pattern. her cocern was the interfacing and thickness of it all, but you have set her fears to rest with this post. Thank you, ladies!

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  4. You do incredible work Maria. I love the colors you used. The bag looks great, I would probably make the medium size. I really like the outside pockets. They are almost invisible. Jewelbaxter@gmail.com

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  5. What a clever bag! I would make the large and use it as a knitting/spinning bag.

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  6. Gorgeous work! I think the medium would be the perfect size for hauling farmer's market purchases!

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  7. Beautiful fabrics and bag! I'd start right in the middle with a medium and branch out from there.

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  8. Beautiful fabrics and bag! I'd start right in the middle with a medium and branch out from there.

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  9. Love this tote! I would probably make the medium to use as a work tote. Very pretty!

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  10. Love that bag. I would make the largest size, too. Your choice of fabrics is pretty, too!!

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  11. Gorgeous as always, Maria..The bag is so attractive.I would probably make a medium sized one.

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  12. I love this bag. I would probably start out with a medium and large for myself, then move on to smaller ones for my granddaughters.

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  13. I have been waiting for this pattern! I would definitely need all 3 sizes! I never seem to have the right size for the occassion, lol.

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  14. I have been waiting for this pattern! I would definitely need all 3 sizes! I never seem to have the right size for the occassion, lol.

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  15. I would love to win this pattern. I would probably go with the large. I would use it to hold my crochet patterns and yarn I take with me. Or, maybe the medium for a travel bag for the grandsons. Can't decide just know I would love to have it. Thanks windybreez66@gmail.com

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  16. Love the look of this bag. I would probably start with the mid size, but think the small would make great bags for granddaughters. I will be patient, but only til 9/20. lol Thank you sharing and for the opportunity of a win.

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  17. Oooh! I love big bags so the large would be the one that I choose. Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

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  18. Oh my, pick one? I think the medium would be my go to bag. I'm pretty sure after my sisters see mine they will need me to make them one as well. Beautiful pattern. Would be nice to win. thank you!!!

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  19. I think I would like the medium bag. I sure do like all the pockets!

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  20. I'm not positive which size I would make since the large is so large. I really like it, though, as an overnight type of bag and I really need one. My other thought is to go with the medium and use it more as a tote. I would probably get more use out of it that way. Still, I think probably I would go with the large so I would have a nice carryall instead of plastic grocery sacks, haha. Magistra13atyahoodotcom
    Beth

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  22. I love this bag and all the space inside. I can see a use for all three sizes!
    pixelily@gmail.com

    Lorie

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  23. What a great large tote bag! Very interesting shape too. I love how yours came out and she is huge! I would make the large one too so I could carry all my stuff when I go to quilt and knitting groups.

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  24. I would love to make the medium size and use it as a prize in a dog rescue group. aclairedale@yahoo.com

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  25. You always inspire me with your creations! I would definitely make the large and use it as a diaper bag! sonjasews@gmail.com

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  26. I would probably start with the medium one to see how it works out and then try the other two. I like your idea of quilting it because I am retired to Mexico so it would be one less item \i would have to order from the States. thelady@hotmail.com

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  27. Your bag came out very cute! Thanks for the giveaway, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  28. What a great bag - I'd make the large size first!

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  29. Looks like a great bag. I think I'd like the medium size thanks.
    ascummings@bigpond.com

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  30. What a beautiful bag. I think the large would hold everything!

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  31. Definitely would make the large! Love that it's a stand up tote!

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  33. Forgot to include my e-mail just in case! Your bag is lovely, and I love your quilting. I would definitely start with the large one. lrvolkman@yahoo.com

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  34. Ooh! What a lovely tote! I'm a big fan of bags & almost always go for a bigger bag for travel on my int'l trips so big it is. Thank you.
    Dhaj090@gmail.com

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  35. I would definitely make the mid size first, then the smaller one.

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  36. I would definitely make the medium and probably the large as well, but I would want to add a zipper closure. Thanks for having the giveaway!! dixiekayatgmaildotcom

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  37. Beautiful! In any size... cathyjanehale@yahoo.com

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  38. Hi Maria,
    what a lovely bag and Giveaway! I would love to do the medium size, looks really great!
    Happy sewing week to you,
    hugs, Claudia

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  39. Lovely job! I think I would like to make theme firm one.... To start! Thanks for thinking of us fir the giveaway! Happy sewing :-)
    Janine

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  40. Beautiful Bag & great review! I want to make sll the sizes! What a great bag & Giveaway! Thank you ♡

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  41. your bag, with all its variations, turned out gorgeous! I'd probably make all three if I win!

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  42. I **love** this pattern!! It's beautiful and your review was fantastic!! I'd probably make all sizes to use depending on where I'm headed!

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  43. What a beautiful bag!! I think that |I would start out with the large one - I love big bags to carry lots of stuff! And then I would make the medium and small ones so that I have a coordinating set :)

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  44. I have a thing for unusual pockets so I'd have all kinds of fun with this pattern--all 3 sizes of it.

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  45. I have a thing for unusual pockets so I'd have all kinds of fun with this pattern--all 3 sizes of it.

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  46. I love small bags, but this would be nice in both small and medium sizes.

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  47. This bag is gorgeous. I just love making bags. And I love pockets! :)

    determineddebby at gmail dot com

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  48. I like the large size. I could use it for my EPP supplies! Gorgeous!
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  49. Beautiful bag!! I would probably make the smallest one first and then make the other two.
    JECR0704@CHARTER.NET

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  50. I'd use the large size for sure (with 4 small kids they've always got 'stuff' I've got to take with)
    Kmcard@gmail dot Com

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  51. This looks fab. I think I would make either the small or medium size. I have never made a patchwork tote.
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  52. Would love to own this! The mediumsize would be perfect for me! Thanks! jfshaw5775@gmail.com

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  53. I simply love the bag but would prefer a small or medium size ....and like the others I would give my eye teeth for a sewing machine like yours...I know you enjoy it...cdye53@yahoo.com

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  54. Your quilting is fabulous! I love it and would make the large bag for my best friend!

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  55. You've sold me on the Large size! I am a substitute teacher and this bag would accompany me on the job. It would carry all I need to make my day successful, including a few books, games, a notebook and my lunch! It really is a gorgeous bag!

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  56. I think I would make a large for my daughter and a medium for myself. Looks so roomy.

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  57. I would make the small size. I always have trouble getting those magnetic snaps in. Yours looks so nice.

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  58. I would make a medium purse. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. I love this bag and would make the largest size. I like to carry a lot of things in my bags. tammyjreed77@hotmail.com

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  60. I love this bag and would make the largest size. I like to carry a lot of things in my bags. tammyjreed77@hotmail.com

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  61. Hmmmm...try this again (first post didn't take?).....I LOVE the Stand Up & Tote Notice bag!! Large size for me....I carry way too much junk! LOL!!! I love your quilting! Even if I don't win, I will have to buy it. :)
    faeriesong13@yahoo.com

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  62. What an AWESOME Tote!!!! LOOOOVE IT! Would make the Large one first...what a grrrrreat Project Bag! But definitely would make a Medium for Everyday tote! Thank you soooo much for chance to win your Give-a-way! :)

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  63. Great review, Maria, I love the QAYG idea! I would make the large one and make a few edits to the inside pockets... I have an idea in mind! I have been searching high-and-low for a good tote pattern to make a shopping bag for a friend of mine as a gift, who lives all the way in NZ! (I'm in Canada!). This tote looks like it would travel well across the world. ;) I will be participating in the Two Pretty Poppets competition. Sew excited!!
    My email address is elias.amanda@gmail.com :)

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  64. This is lovely. I do have a question. I searched "liner" and did not find a pattern within your website. The grocery bag, both paper and plastic, is no longer a free option in my city. Therefore, we stuff the car with bags and walk into the store...with the bags in the trunk. It's all a learning curve with hassle at the front end. However, I do feel queezy about repeatedly putting items in my bag, albeit some are plastic material and others single canvas with no pockets, if the bag is not washable. So, back to my question - do you have a liner option. The dimension would have to be reduced by an inch or inch and a half to accommodate both fabrics and padding, once inside. I think it would be so convenient to have a non-padded bag with padded options for frozen goods. Ice cream bars and similar single serve confections soften quite rapidly when it is 104-110f outside. I've carried on a bit - nevertheless, this pattern is beautifully designed.
    thank you

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  66. I would like to make a tote bag for my DIL that she can use when she is volunteering at my granddaughter's school. I have been going through my stash looking for just the right combination of fabrics to make a medium-sized QAYG tote bag like this!
    My email is countrygirl.rmac@gmail.com

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  67. The large is probably just the right size for hauling my music to rehearsals. Those pockets on the inside would be super handy for pencils. Plus, there would be a bit of space for a light cardigan. Just the thing for the commute on the Harbour. My email is natotoe@yahoo dot com dot au. Thanks.

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  68. I love this! Especially the 10 inch medium size. Thanks for sharing!

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Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Your comments mean so much to me and inspire me to create.
~Maria~