Monday, April 30, 2012

Box Bag Bonanza (and a Giveaway!)

In a couple weeks, my mom and I will be traveling to Germany to visit my aunt. I've been meaning to make my mom a cover for her Nook, to keep it protected during our travels, and last week I finally got around to it.  I made it in the same way I made my iPad cover, only to the dimensions of the Nook.



Recognize these fabrics?  I went fabric-diving in the big plastic tub where I keep all my leftover bits.  The outer fabric is from my recent blue Ginger, and the lining is from one of last summer's Sorbetti.  (Sorry - I just can't bring myself to write "sorbettos.")

I got inspired by all the pieces of fabric I found in my box, so on Friday, I decided to make some more Box Bags.  These are better than my first one, because I actually went out and got the heavy interfacing I was supposed to use, and also I made the handles narrower, which I like better.

From my very first Ginger skirt!

lined with plain green quilting cotton.

From my bias-cut Ginger skirt

lined with fabric from my Violet blouse!

And finally, another one in the sushi print, this time with a red zipper:



lined with black and white gingham.

And guess what?  I made the sushi one for you!  Well, for one of you!  If you'd like a chance to win this bag, leave a comment on this post by midnight US CDST on Friday, May 4. On Saturday, I'll use random.org to choose the winner and post it.  No restrictions - I'll send this anywhere in the world!


28 comments:

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  2. Cool! more box bags! They look neat!
    Thanks for linking to my tutorial again! I just wanted to say they were fab - but don't include me in the draw - it hardly seems fair!!!

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    1. I guess you can tell I really love making these! Thanks again for sharing your sewing expertise with us!

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  3. Me! Oh, me!!! I love these bags and you always pick the best fabric designs.

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    1. Ooo sushi bag! I would love to win!

      And thanks for all your sewing posts--you inspired me to pull out my machine and make a needle roll over the weekend!

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  4. How adorable! I'd love it to transport toiletries for overnight trips.

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  5. These bags are lovely! And now I know how to get rid of my massive pile of remnants. (You don't have to include me in the drawing--I just wanted to pop in and say hi.)

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    1. Absolutely - this is my new favorite way to deal with the leftovers!

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  6. So, I love Sushi and I love that Sushi bag. I think it is fate. All the bags are fantastic! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

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  7. I love both fabric and pattern, it would make a wonderful knitting bag :)
    whatever happens, I'll check this pattern, you're right it must be great to use leftovers

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  8. It's the perfect size back for carrying my small cross-stitch projects! Love it and please count me in for the giveaway
    shel704 at aol dot com

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  9. Talented and Sweet, a great combination. Thanks Gail!

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  10. Love the sushi fabric :) Makes me wanna say WASABI :)

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  11. Love it! These are all so cute, actually!

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  12. I want to make these! My daughter andi were thinking about making our own gift bags (sewn) for the holidays. Maybe we can make some of these too!

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    1. This pattern is so ingenious and intriguing - I highly recommend it!

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  13. Oh my goooooosh, sushi bag, sushi bag! Haha, I'm crossing my fingers that I win. I could use it for my knitting stuff, which is languishing in a plastic bag- YUCK :P

    You have been so busy, making all these super cute bags! Man, you're fast! I love all of them :)

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  14. I LOVE your box bags, and I hope I win! Where are you going in Germany?

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    1. We're going to a teeny tiny town just across the border from Salzburg :-)

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  15. Please pick me ;) how inspiring I need to sew more !

    Ljbcondon @yahoo dot com

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  16. So generous of you, because your bags are adorable! I was a bit embarrassed to enter the give away, because if I win you'd have to ship it to the far end of Europe, but the sushi bag is so cute :)

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    1. I'm happy to ship anywhere :-)

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  17. Oh they're lovely Gail, I really like all the fabrics and linings you've chosen. Fantastic giveaway, thank you! x

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  18. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Totally fabulous ! Please count me in :-)) Loving the gingham lining. xx

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  19. So cute! I saved the post from when you made the first batch but still haven't gotten around to trying it. Thanks for sharing!

    And I've been loving the Miette knit-along too. I'm not much of a knitter, but I would love to try a sweater sometime. When I do, you better believe I'll be referencing your posts! Thanks so much for taking the time.

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  20. These are sooo cute! Are you really sure you want to give it away??? I can give it a good home! :D

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  21. Am I this far behind on reading my google reader?????
    I'd love to be the lucky gal who comes away with this box bag as I love this style bag. AND, who wouldn't want a Gail Special.
    You know how I love you and your blog. Good luck with this giveaway. Each and every one a real winner.
    Now must go back to comment on your most recent blouse.
    hugs

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