Purse Palooza 2013

Announcing Purse Palooza 2013!!

Due to the out-of-the-ballpark success and fun of Purse Palooza 2012 last year, I have put together a fun event to get you sewing a purse for 2013! Here’s how it works:

1. Every weekday from September 30th – October 25th, I have 2 amazing guest bloggers scheduled to share with you a purse sewing pattern review. None of the purses reviewed last year are being reviewed again, so these will be fresh sewing pattern reviews! The review will contain detailed information about what they thought about the sewing pattern, modifications they made, what kind of interfacing they used, and more! Get inspired!

Aeroplane Bags

2. Even more exciting…THERE WILL BE A GIVEAWAY EVERY WEEKDAY DURING THE EVENT! That’s right, 20 GIVEAWAYS! This year, I have some help with the giveaways – Tiffany of This Crafty Fox will be putting together the giveaway posts, so check back here during the weekdays in October!

3. At the end of the event, you will get a chance to show me your purse in order to win some amazing prizes! Of course, international entries are welcome too!

Dot Dot Dash Bag

Pattern Review Schedule
All About Bag Interfacing

September 30 – Kim – Kim’s Krafts (Charlie’s Aunt Anglia Bag)

                       Jaye – Art Quiltmaker (Oliver+S Day in the Park Backpack)
October 1 –       Samantha – At Home with Mrs. H. (Chris. W. Sugar and Spice Bag)
                       Rachael – Imagine Gnats (Bari J. Green Living Bag)
October 2 –       Anna – Charmed Liebling (Studio Kat Tandem Tote)
                       Mary – Mary on Lake Pulaski (Primitive Pieces Ewe Old Bags)
October 3 –       Lindsay – Lindsay Sews (Diaper Bag)
                       Joanna – Tutinella (Oliver + S Messenger Bag)
October 4 –       Andrea – Mouse in my Pocket (Michelle Patterns Pleated Wristlet)
                       Elena – Hot Pink Stitches (Sewing Rabbit Tote)
                    
October 7 –       Tiffany – This Crafty Fox (Two Peas Ava Bag)
                        Lana Parks – Moments of Sanity in a Crazy World (Dog Under My Desk Two Zip Hipster)
October 8 –        Allegory – A Thousand Needles (Sew Sweetness Aeroplane Bag)
                        Gina – Gina Pina (Echino Gathered Bag)
                        Kerry - PennyDog Patchwork (Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H Satchel Bag)
October 9 –        Katy – Imagingermonkey (Made By Rae Lickety Split Bag)
                        Ali – a2w (Melly and Me Sleepover Bag)
October 10 –      AnneMarie – Gen X Quilters (Michelle Patterns Strap Clutch)
                        Kim – My Go-Go Life (Sew Sweetness Lilium Laptop Bag)
October 11 –      Angela – AngelaB (Amy Butler Sophia Bag)
                        Kerry – very kerry berry (Carolyn Friedlander/Noodlehead Social Tote)
October 14 –      Katie – Swim Bike Quilt (Style Stitches Origami Bag)
                        Amy – Diary of a Quilter (Noodlehead Divided Basket)
October 15 –      DeeAnn (Rebecca Lambert Corduroy Patchwork Bag)
                        R0ssie – Fresh Modern Quilts (Lotta Jansdotter Gardening Tote)
October 16 –      Elizabeth – Don’t Call Me Betsy (Noodlehead Super Tote)
                        Laura – Quokka Quilts (Moonshine Designs Bella Bag)
October 17 –      Cindy – Raspberry Sunshine (Anna Maria Horner Right Turn Bag)
                        Emily – EmmmyLizzzy (Pleated Beauty from Bend the Rules Sewing)
October 18 –      Jess – Elven Garden (Emmaline Necessary Clutch)
                        Brenda – Pink Castle Fabrics (Green Bee Vera Bag)
October 21 –      Katy – The Littlest Thistle (Momma Hear Me Roar Tohoku Tote)
                        Joanna – Shape Moth (Emmaline Boyd St. Bowling Bag)
October 22 –      Penny – Sew Take a Hike (Patchwork Bag by Akemi Shibata)
                        Corinna – Another Thing Off the List (Amy Butler Belle Bag)
                        Natasha – House Full of Nicholes (Dog Under My Desk Daytripper)
October 24 –      Kaye – Miss Print (Amy Butler Birdie Sling)
                        Terri – Sew Fantastic (Michelle Patterns Inset Zipper Clutch)
October 25 –      Emily – Mommy’s Naptime (Duffle Bag)
                        Julianna – Sewing Under the Rainbow (Studio Kat Gadabout Bag)
                        Technique post from Indygo Junction
Lapin Noir Bag

Contest Rules

1. Check out all the purse pattern reviews throughout the month and get inspired to sew up a purse of your own!

2. Link up your completed purse right at the bottom of this post BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 30th AND NOVEMBER 11th. Your purse must be created and photographed between those dates; purses made prior to September 30, 2013 will be disqualified. The purse may be of your own design, or made from a sewing pattern. You can link from Flickr, your blog post, or wherever else you host your photos.

3. There is no limit to how many purses you may enter, as long as they were made between September 30th and November 11th. Only one link-up per purse please.

*Note: Besides bags and purses, for this event I will also accept clutches, backpacks, wallets, etc.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to comment on this post and I will get back to you!

Greenbacks Wallet Trio
Prizes
 
This year, there will be 1st-4th prize winners chosen from all those that submit a purse during the event. There will also be a randomly-drawn winner out of everyone who enters!

1st prize – 4th prize will receive an AWESOME prize pack courtesy of Pat Bravo, genius fabric designer extraordinaire! The prize packs will each include 3 Pat Bravo sewing patterns (La Boheme Skirt, Barcelona Bag, and Capri Bag), a pack of Pat Bravo Aurifil Threads (small thread pack may vary, as there are 3 different packs), and 10 Pat Bravo fat quarters (fat quarters may vary).

In addition, the 1st prize – 4th prize winners will also receive a copy of my new book, Big-City Bags!! The book releases November 5th, and you can pre-order your book now!

Retail value of each prize pack: $127.

There will also be one randomly-drawn winner out of all purses entered, and this winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to my publisher, Martingale (as well as a copy of my book!).

Retail value of prize pack: $77.

Judging
Purse Palooza will be judged this year by my friend and mentor, Kay Whitt of Serendipity Studio. Kay writes the most stylish and fun-to-sew clothing patterns and bag patterns out there. Her patterns are always my go-to whenever I need to make a great new dress, because I can be assured of a stress-free sewing experience!
Thank you to all of the wonderful sponsors that are supporting this event!
Pat Bravo  //  Bari J.  //  Emmaline Bags  //   V. and Co.  //
Chris W. Designs  //  Betz White  //  Amy Butler  //  
Dog Under My Desk  //    By Annie’s  //  Studio Kat  //  

Grab a button!!

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38 thoughts on “Purse Palooza 2013

  1. This is perfect! I have a couple of your patterns that I haven’t found time to try out yet so this could be then push I need I get the Ghastlies Lithium bag made (as well as some others I hope :P).

  2. Yay! I was hoping this would happen this year again.. I have two vacations planned in your Sept 30-Nov 11 time frame so not sure if I’ll get a bag made for the contest. (Grrr to overseas family weddings) But for sure I’ll be following along!

  3. Yey!! I loved it last year and it came at the right moment just when I was starting to sew again. I’ll be sewing bags like a maniac! :) Thanks a lot for doing it again. You sure are a busy girl these days!!

  4. Hi!! Can we use a pattern we’ve already made purses from? I’m planning on submiting one of my own, the necessary clutch wallet (I just love it!!) and maybe one or two more… Thanks for hosting this event!!

  5. Loving purse palooza and all the reviews… wish I had a blog so I could enter in the contest. :(

    could someone explain why most blog contests are meant for other bloggers and not general readers/followers of blogs? It’s not just this one, I’ve noticed it with a lot of blogs I follow and just happen to be really bummed about having to miss out on this one so I thought I’d ask. :/

    1. thank you! I’ll see if I can figure out how to link from FB. I’m in the process of making Chris W Designs Snazzy Slouch so we’ll see if I get it done. I tend to use or give away my bags as soon as I get them made so I need a fresh one. :)

  6. Sara, Thanks for hosting and organizing Purse Palooza again this year. I want you and your contributors to know that I have already purchased one purse pattern (Necessary Clutch Wallet) and have 2 others on my list (the Social Tote and the Tandem Tote). I think it might be interesting to do a follow-up post to see what kinds of traffic this generated and which patterns were popular. Thanks, again!

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