Wednesday, July 18, 2012

two peas in a pod ~ pattern review ~ giveaway...




I feel so lucky to have been given the chance to review a pattern for Trish Preston of Two Peas in a Pod... she's a sweet gal with lovely looking patterns... have you ever checked them out? Quick, go have a peek at them... here.

The pattern I chose to review was the St. Mary Backpack. It looked so fun and functional for my house full of teenaged girls. The fabric I went with is Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket and it was a true winner! And check out the zipper I found...


The pattern pieces were easy to cut, with measurements clearly given, and pocket pattern pieces available. Here I am sewing merrily along... wearing a ring that obviously blends with the 'salt air' vibe!


One change I did make as I went along, was to make my straps from strips cut 5" wide, adding my interfacing, ironing down the middle and then both sides into the center before topstitching... I felt that this would give them a little more thickness and durability.


I have quite a bit of experience sewing bags, but most of those that I make do not have zippers. I found that zipper knowledge was a good thing in making this backpack so I'd recommend a little prior know-how.

Love the pockets! The outer with a magnetic snap is a great size...


...and the interior is no slouch either!



Already this backpack is being put to good use as a bring-a-magazine-or-3-or-4-to-the-beach-tote.
And yes, I do love Country Sampler!


Thank you, Trish, for the chance to make this pattern into something I know we'll use for a long time! And thank you also for offering a wonderful GIVEAWAY here on my blog!

Trish is offering a surprise two pattern combo pack to one of my readers... yay! To enter, visit her etsy shop and let me know which pattern is your favorite... maybe it'll be among her choices for you if your name is drawn!
 I'll draw the winner on Monday, July 23. Please make sure you are not a 'no-reply blogger'... I need to be able to get in touch with you if you're the lucky one!

31 comments:

Kay said...

The Hoot N Nanny tote is adorable as I love owls. Also, a girl can never have too many bags. Thank you for offering the giveaway.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

Tracy said...

The Madison Bag is pretty cute but so are several others! Nice choices!

Gill said...

I like the Hoot-n-Nanny tote and the tie tote!

Kathy MacKie said...

I really like the St Mary backpack, so useful and thanks for the giveaway.

BarbaraG said...

I like this bag a lot but I especially like the Madison bag.

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Hoot N Nanny and Hazel Hipster are my fav's . In fact they all look pretty amazing. I love the fabric you did yours in :)

B Greene said...

I like the Fit to be Tied bag, but if that one doesn't count (it is an e-class), then I would choose the Madison bag. Great patterns!

Phyllis said...

I like the Madison Bag!

kathyalden said...

Fit to be Tied is adorable!!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Even though I love the Farmhouse Funk pillow patterns I love the Patsy Ann Apron Top pattern! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Carmen @ OldHouseKitchen.com

Laurel said...

i like the ava bag, although the patsy ann apron top is awfully cute!!

Christy said...
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Christy said...

Love the Patsy Ann Apron for my little girl... and the Hazel Hipster!
christy AT coypond DOT net

Carla G said...

Oh I love that backpack!! And your fabric choice is fabulous!! :) My other favorite pattern is the Hazel Hipster! Thanks for a chance to win! :)
bcgeates at netbistro dot com

An engineer’s Sewing Life said...

Hi, Im from Sri Lanka. I visit your blog regularly to see things you make. And they are wonderful. I loved Zva Bag and Madison Bag patterns from Two Peas in a Pod.

Jill Wininger said...

I love the Ava bag. So many choices!

JaneB said...

I think I like the St. Mary's back pack and also the Hipster! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

hueisei said...

Love the Madison bag.

Mhairi said...

I love the Patsy Ann Apron Top pattern - I have been looking for a pattern like this for ages.
I also love the Pocket Full of Posies Flower Banner as the not clothes or bags pattern.
But my favourite pattern is the St Mary Backpack, especially after seeing your review.

Lorrie said...

The Hoot-N-Nanny tote is so cute, and I also like the Madison Bag. So many great patterns there.

Jo Ann said...

It would be very hard to choose. I really like them all but I think I would like to make the Hazel Hipster or the St Mary's Back pack.

Martina said...

I really like the madison bag. Thanks for the chance!

Gwen said...

I think that my favorite is the Hazel Hipster Bag-- so cute!! Thanks for the chance to win! :-)

blondie19012k said...

I love the Valentino Bag! So cute! Madison is a close second :)

Angela Coles said...

can't decide between the messenger bag and the backpack, they are both fabulous.

Jo Robertson jorobexeter(at)gmail(dot)com said...

I really like the look of the Hazel Hipster bag - they are all pretty nice though! thanks for the chance to win!

Lee said...

thanks for the review. One of my favorites is the hazel hipster bag!
thanks.

Jeanne Gwin said...

I love the Dorm Diva pillows. Thanks

nicole said...

I like the St. Mary's back pack and also the Hipster! So cute!

Terri in BC said...

Great fabric choice! I like the Hazel Hipster with its different size choices, but the St. Mary backpack is pretty cute too.

Quiltsmiles said...

Adorable! I'd love to make thisone too!
Jane

PS: Your teal zipper is perfect.