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Announcing the Winners of the Handbag Contest! By DianeSev on 2/28/13 4:04 PM

“My, what a lovely handbag you’re wearing!”

“Thanks, I made it.”

The 62 contestants in the Handbag Contest must have this conversation all the time!  We’re in awe of their ability to sew and review a handbag in just a month for this contest.

They could use commercial patterns or self-drafted patterns for their entries and needed to include a lining, a closure of some sort and interfacing to comply with the rules, which also allowed purchased handles and straps.  Our favorite everyday accessory, the grocery bag, was not allowed for this contest.

When you look at the gallery, you’ll see a wonderful array of bags.  However did you decide on which ones to vote for?

Let’s meet the winners.

First Prize (by Member Vote):  SewButterflySew for Chris W Designs: Evelyn Evelyn

First Prize (by Member Vote):  SewButterflySew for Chris W Designs: Evelyn Evelyn

SewButterflySew accepted a big challenge when she decided to sew this PDF pattern.  It has so many pockets!  That’s great for the end user but more work for the sewist.  But she had a lot of guidance, because the pattern comes with 38 pages of instructions complete with 67 step-by-step color photos.  She sewed the bag using a thin faux suede. 

She found the instructions easy to follow but made some changes to the original design.  She reduced the straps to 1" wide so that she could use 1" metal rings she had in her stash.  More stash items were nylon webbing for straps that she covered in the same faux suede fabric and interfacing that she added as an extra to the bottom of the bag.

Because she had made the bag twice before, she made some other minor adjustments based on how she found she actually used the bag (like replacing the zippered pocket with a patch pocket).

She loves what she calls “the rather timeless look of the bag” and will definitely sew it again. She’s already planning on making another for herself for summer in “some sort of fun, bright fabric,” as well as one for her mom (possibly for Mother’s Day.  Don’t tell!).  

She has links to more pictures of the handbag in her review.

Congratulations, SewButterflySew!


Second Prize (by Member Vote): TammyAnn for Indygo Junction: IJ711 The Carpetbag

Second Prize (by Member Vote): TammyAnn for Indygo Junction: IJ711 The Carpetbag

Congratulations, TammyAnn!

And congratulations to all our contestants!

We thank PR member Aroura for managing this contest.


Congratulate the winners and chat with other members about the Handbag Contest.

Look at all the Handbag Contest entries.

Never entered a PatternReview contest before? It's easy! Our contest tutorial will show you how to enter.

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3 Comments      Login to Add a Comment    
Ashford said... (3/4/13 0:01 AM) Reply
SewButterflySew, your handbag is posh enough for a Ralph Lauren runway show. TammyAnn, the symmetry and artistry in your handbag is gorgeous enough for the most upscale boutique. Congratulations on your winning entries. It had to be a tough decision. All of the entries were well made and creative. I would feel proud to carry any of them.
fourkid said... (3/3/13 8:49 AM) Reply
Congratulations! There were a plethora (I love that word!) of great entries this year. And I love that we can have 5 votes so I don't have to agonize over just one. Even with 5 it is hard - but I feel like I am being more fair to all participants. And yes, Aurora is a great contest manager!
MrsCharisma said... (3/1/13 11:57 AM) Reply
I love the winning bag! I would totally buy that in the store :)

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