Just for You! My Selfish Sewing Venna Bag and a Book Giveaway!

February 18, 2015

VennaTote-by-Gingercake

 

CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF THE BOOK! ¬†Read through and leave a comment at the end for your chance to win ūüôā

Sweet! ¬†Today I am the “Sewlebrity Sewist” for Caroline and Sarah’s fantastic new book, Just for YOU: Selfish Sewing Projects from Your Favorite Sew Can She Bloggers. ¬†This book is full of special and creative projects by some wonderful designers that are part of the Sew Can She Community. ¬†Check it out!

Just for YOU book title

 

I chose to make the¬†lovely Venna Tote by Sarah Markos. ¬†I love making bags since I always learn something new and it feels really great to make something for myself. ¬† This bag was well designed and has plenty of room. ¬†The fun box pleats and the belt make it extra special without having the pattern become too complicated. ¬† ¬†I really liked being able to spend just a few hours on this bag but to come out with something really pretty and useful. ¬†Below is Sarah and Caroline’s version…

Venna Tote

 

I admit that I made 2 versions of this bag and the first one was a flop. ¬†I used a big bold Ikea print that I have had for a few years and it ended up looking clownish. ¬†Sometimes trying to make a statement turns out not so good…¬† but then I started again and¬†used my favorite painters canvas and some bright Cotton and Steel prints and it came together so much better. ¬†I have been really into tassels lately too, so I had to add my favoite tassels and beads to give my bag a little extra kick.

VennaToteOpen-by-Gingercake

 

I also made a tie instead of the rosette which was an easy adjustment.  I like the tie a lot (and I have never been able to make a good rosettes!  This would have been a good opportunity to get better but opportunity knocked and I chose not to listen-ha!)

VennaToteTassel-by-Gingercake

 

It is -2 degrees here today and this bag makes me so happy thinking of warmer weather! ¬†I can’t wait to use it wearing short sleeves and a long skirt. ¬†It gives me hope! ¬†Doesn’t it remind you of warm days too? ¬†I feel so jealous of the book photos in that beautiful weather! ¬†This book has fabulous photography, by the way, all done by Caroline and Sarah themselves!

Just For YOU photosNow are you ready for your chance to win a copy of the book? ¬†Tell me what was the last selfish sewing project YOU made for yourself. ¬† Was it a bag? ¬†Perhaps a¬†dress? ¬†An apron? ¬†Guess what? ¬†All those projects are in this book!! ¬†I can’t wait to try out more! ¬†Be sure to¬†visit the Amazon page to see a longer preview…

So, leave a comment here on my blog about your most recent selfish project and I will announce the winner on Monday, February 23rd.  U.S. residents will receive a hard copy of the book and all others will get the ebook (which is what I have and it is fantastic too!)  Giveaway is now closed.  #48, Lynn won.  Congratulations Lynn!  Thanks so much to Caroline and Sarah for including me in their Sewalong.  It was such a pleasure to sew this lovely and clever bag!

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