Friday, December 4, 2015

On The Go Bags Blog Tour: Van Organizer

When I started bag testing years ago I never imagined it would involve keeping secrets but that's what we have to do. We have to keep everything hush hush until patterns are released and then we can show ours on social media. Usually these secrets have to be kept for a week or two but this time round I had to keep quiet for a year. Yes that's right it's about a year.

So after such a long wait I'm happy to present the On the Go Bags Blog Tour.

My small part was testing the Van Organizer for Sarah at Radiant Home Studio.
Lovely pattern, well written and illustrated with photos to help you if you need it.

I made the Van Organizer for my daughter. As she doesn't have a car or a van she's using it to keep her sewing things in her room. Just goes to show this organizer can be used for absolutely everything.

This is Sarah's van organizer. Loads of pockets on the outside and a removable divider on the inside.




I have my copy of the On The Go Bags book and it has some beautiful and useful designs by some very well known designers. You don't want to miss out on this one. Get your copy HERE

Make sure you check out all the other blogs on the tour at the bottom of this post.

Here's mine.

This fabric must be around thirty years old. It's from a pair of curtains I used to have. Talk about hoarding LOLL. This is the side view. I didn't have mesh so made my pockets with fabric.


On this side I used a wide elastic.


The inside has a removable divider held in place by velcro.





Yet more pockets which keeps things organized. One year on and my daughter is still making use of hers for her sewing things. I could do with a few of these myself.



On the Go Bags (Dec. 2015, Stash Books)

 Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for On the Go Bags—15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers by Lindsay Conner and Janelle MacKay (Stash Books). The book is available this month at CTPub.com and January 7th on Amazon! Add it to your holiday wishlist now, and comment below for your chance to win a copy!




On the Go Bags Blog Tour


Tuesday, Dec 1: Shannon Fabrics / Sew Sweetness 
 Wednesday, Dec 2: Clover & Violet / Ann Kelle  
Thursday, Dec 3: Radiant Home Studio / Melly Sews 
Friday, Dec 4: Sew Caroline / Mia's Creations 
Saturday, Dec 5: ikat bag / imagine gnats 
Monday, Dec 7: sewVery / The Girl Inspired 
  Tuesday, Dec 8: Stash Books / Fabric Mutt 
Wednesday, Dec 9: Pellon  
Thursday, Dec 10: Simple Simon and Co / Mrs. H 
Friday, Dec 11: Emmaline Bags / Lindsay Sews 
Monday, Dec 13: Sew, Mama, Sew

 Giveaway!
Would you like to win a copy of On the Go Bags? Leave a comment on this post telling us what style of bag is most useful in your everyday life and why. Giveaway ends 12/15 at midnight EST, and we'll choose one random winner. U.S. winner will receive a hard copy, and winner outside the U.S. will receive an e-Book.

~ Maria ~ 

52 comments:

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  2. (OOPs, I forgot to answer the question in my first comment, lol) WOW I'd have ants in my pants if I had to keep a secret like this for a year, lol. That looks like a huge bag - big enough for a baby - or tons of storage :D I'll watch for you to get some pictures up :) It's been overcast and grey here for days - photographs just aren't happening! Other than my regular purses, the "bags" I get the most use out of, daily, are small organizer types that I carry in my purse. A flex frame eyeglass holder keeps my glasses safe, a simple velcro'd wallet with slots keeps my aquafit stuff handy, and a little snap purse keeps my cellphone and bus tickets organized :D The things I seem to use the most, are very simple :)

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  3. My fave bag is a cross body bag, not too big, not too small. used to carry a big bag but my shoulder didn't like it. Cross body leaves hands free for checking out the latest additions at my local quilt shop.

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  4. I hope you post your photos soon so I can see what you made Maria. I love all kinds of bags, each for different uses, such as a tote bag to carry things like groceries or sewing supplies, handbags for every day items while i am out and about, etc.

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  5. Can't wait to see, Maria. That's a long time to wait to share! I like a smaller crossbody bag that gives me room to take my essentials but not so big that I have to carry things for my hubby! Hands-free.

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  6. I like using a medium-large tote that I can just toss things in as I go and then clear out at the end of the day. BUT I did use my new crossbody over the weekend (I tend to shy away because they're not always bosom-friendly, haha) and loved it. I felt like I could do cartwheels while shopping without worrying about dropping anything, haha. So that might be my new favorite.

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  7. I like the over the shoulder bag shown on the book cover. It would be handy for out and about shopping, on vacation or visiting friends.

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  8. I like the crossover bags, but after following this blog each day I am changing their is so much out there and ideas, thanks for the book.

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  9. I love a big shoulder bag to carry my planner and laptop or tablet. Looks like a great book!

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  10. Sorry you couldn't upload your photos... let me know when they are posted and I'd love to pin them!

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    1. Oh man, it looks awesome! Who new that fabric so old could look so new again! So glad to have you as part of the tester team!

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  11. I'm looking forward to seeing your organiser. My favourite type of bags are small crossbody style. I don't carry much, I like to be light on feet.

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  12. Love me a good tote, but I really need to make an organizer for my care :)

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  13. Love the van organizer! I carry a large shoulder tote for all my necessities!

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  14. I usually carry a small shoulder bag since I don't carry very much stuff. Great way to use the van organizer. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  15. I love my crossbody bags. I like having my hands free.

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  16. Pockets, zippers and a cross body strap. My perfect bag!

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  17. Cross body bags are what I mostly use. I like lots of pockets because I don't like digging through a black hole. Would love a copy of you book. I love making all kinds of bags.

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  18. Love shoulder bags for every day! Specially when having Grankiddo's along...or my Sweet Hubby that always finds things to add to my purse! lol Thanks for chance to win this Awesome book!! I want to make the Minivan Tote...such versatility!!!

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  19. Great organizer. I see it working for many different things. I use a crossbody medium bag with zipper or flap closure.

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  20. I like the van organizer and really need one or two.

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  21. I need a large purse most in my life.

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  23. I use my messenger bag the most because it carries everything I need throughout the day. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  24. I love the organizer you made! I'd love to make a few for myself. Definely one for my car. I have my grandson a few times during the week and somehow my car ends up with tons of his things left inside. What a super project bag for those all day classes as well.

    Awesome giveaway!

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  25. I would love this book and also want to make the van organizer but my living room :) It's nice to see it in other fabrics, as I was also thinking of doing it in the fabric I used to make my curtains. In everyday life I like a shoulder strap medium sized handbag with at least one zipper pocket.

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  26. I love tote bags - with plenty of pockets!!

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  27. I love this, Maria - great fabric, and the size is wonderful!! I generally make handbags and small pouches - I like switching my handbags often, so this really suits me!! BUT! I would like one of these for my car - fingers crossed!!

    Liz
    boltonia55@yahoo.com

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  28. I would love for my everyday bag to be a large mesh beach tote, but alas! it has to be a cross-body bag with long handles to reach over my sweaters, parka and hood. :(

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  29. I use a lot of totes because it seems that I am always schlepping something!

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  30. My most useful daily bag would be a zippered tote bag I made to hold my electronics. Helps me not to forget my camera! Thanks!

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  31. My most useful daily bag is one that is a cross body bag because it leaves my hands free.

    Holly

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  32. Organizing bags. I so need to get organized. :)

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  33. I like cross body bags because they keep my things nearby and I can easily find what I need.

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  34. I'd love to make the backpack as then my hands are kept free or for when I'm out on my bike.

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  35. Right now I'm enjoying having a backpack that holds my laptop.

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  36. I've got my eye on the one shoulder backpack on the cover of On the Go. I love things that don't slide all over, keep my hands free and aren't too big. Looks like a great book :)

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  37. My go-to style are cross-body bags with lots of pockets. Keeps my hands free and my stuff organized!! Enjoyed your blog!

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  38. Newest fav: a divided basket to hold my fabric stas, but which will do so much more soon!I. know the book is something I'd love to have as I prepare for our planned move into a tiny house on wheels which will always be "on the go"! The projects are tailor made for me! The organizer will be just the ticket for our home's loft storage and for our vehicle as we travel and stay in our state and national parks. A smart backpack will be necessary as we hike the trails, too, and there is frequent shopping for groceries for a tiny tiny house, so totes are a necessity! And who among us doesn't love a new purse!My collection of practical bags will be an important part of our journey, as will my beloved sewing machine!

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  39. Right now the back pack style bag is most useful because it helps me minimize back and neck stress which means fewer migraines for me!

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  40. Most useful is a tote bag that closes at the top. I use one for work every day and I like it to be sturdy as well as beautiful.

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  41. I like lots of useful bags. If I'm going shopping, I like a bag that closes on the top and has interior and exterior pockets. For a "purse" I prefer something small and cross body with pockets. I certainly am enjoying all of these "new to me" bloggers.

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  42. I love tote bags – plenty of room for my daily stuff, a knitting project or book and lots of pockets

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  43. I love bags with lots of room! This organizer is the very best!!!

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  44. Today I need big bags, so I habe everything near by for my little one.

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  45. Bags with lots of pockets, since I'm in the diaper bag stage of my life.

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  46. A cross body bag with multiple pockets is my go to everytime I leave home. :) That way I have 2 hands free to shop or deal with my kids.

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~Maria~