31 : : Boxy Tote Pattern & a Giveaway!

Posted on July 31st, by Amy in bag, give away. 159 comments

I can’t believe I’ve finally pulled this pattern together! I am so excited to tell you that it is in my shop right now for sale! And, I went to get interfacing at my LQS earlier – they want to sell it too! And maybe make a class out of it! I wasn’t even trying to market it there yet, I had the kids with me, and thought I would come back when I had my act together :)

The giveaway – I will giveaway two copies on Monday, August 3rd. Leave a comment, and let me know what fabrics you would like to make it up with. Also, I would love to have your help spreading the word, so grab my picture and post on your blog. Let me know you posted in another comment for an extra chance.

Thanks for your help and have a great weekend!


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159 thoughts on “31 : : Boxy Tote Pattern & a Giveaway!

  1. I have some great prints from Patty young just waiting for me to make them into something. This would be perfect. How exciting that your Quilt shop wants to carry it!

  2. What a beautiful bag! I think it would look gorgeous in some Heather Baily Pop Garden or MoMo's Wonderland. I would love a chance to win the pattern. You are so creative. Thanks.

  3. I would love to make this in an array of bright orange prints. Super summery! Or maybe in navy blue for winter?? LOVE IT!

  4. What a lovely bag – it obviously has great structure, which is what I LOVE! I would use my hand dyed fabrics – cause I use them in everything!

  5. I think it would be cute in a medley of holiday prints, say, Halloween or Christmas. But those modern graphic prints you chose look fabulous!

    So great that your LQS wants to retail the pattern. It could be the start of a new career.

  6. Adorable bag! Congrats on getting it out there. I would love to make this in either Good Folks or Flower Power fabrics.

  7. I'd love to win a copy of the pattern. I would make your bag out of gold/blue/brown scraps that I bought recently (I wish I knew the name of the line!) They look vaguely oriental. Sadly, although I claim to have a blog I haven't actually done anyhting with it yet, so I can't enter that way.,
    Good luck! (and I'd love to see your pattern in my local quilt shop http://www.quiltersdream.ca but I have no idea how you'd go about doing that.

  8. Congrats! Nice to be able to make money doing something you love. I"m not quite up on fabric lines but I do like the small prints of Japenese fabrics I see online. There was another fab I saw with the cutest owls on it…course I can't remember where I saw it or the name of the line :(

    I am still planning on making the quiltalong with you…just haven't had a chance to get upstairs…now that the garden and bushes are starting to produce, I may not be able to for a while or only get bits and snatches of time here and there.

  9. As an Aussie I have not really come across Amy Butler fabrics before in my local craft and fabric stores, but since discovering it through blogland I think I would order some to try out on this bag!

  10. I've got some Andalucia by Patty Young that would look so cute in this bag. Love it!!!! Congrats on the pattern.

  11. Oh, my, would I love a pattern for this bag!! I would stitch it in either Amy Butler, or since Fall is coming, maybe some earthy prints?

    thanks for sharing!

  12. Love the purse, but not sure what fabrics I would use. Would love playing around with different ones. Just tweeted about the give a way. :)

  13. Thank you for the chance to win! I would use some Japanese prints I got in my local shop, or some vintage sheets I have.

  14. I would love to make this bag with Michael Miller's new Jewel Tones line. It's so bold, but dark (which is good for someone like me who gets bags dirty really fast!) Thanks!!

  15. Great pattern, I think this would look great w/ some Heather Ross Mendocino!!

    Lisa M


  16. What a great pattern! I'd definitely use some silk kimono fabrics, I'm still repurposing… I'll be putting a link to your blog from mine as well. Great job on the pattern, congratulations!

  17. I love your bag. I'd make mine black and white, or red, or wonderland or amy butler…..I'm not too picky………just love it.

  18. Congratulations on being published! I'd love to see the bag made up in Jo Morton fabrics. . . but, I love all things Jo, so I'm biased! I don't have a blog, so I only get one chance to win! Best of luck with the new part of your sewing life!

  19. Wow Amy, really cute bag! I love Amy Butler's fabrics so I think I would go with one of her collections. Thanks for the giveaway :-)

  20. This is just so great! I would love to actually buy the pattern if I don't win…totally rocks!!!
    I think I would ask my mom to send me some random fabric to make it out of…and just do it – no questions asked…always a fun project that way!!!

  21. This is a great pattern and it looks like there is enough stabilizer to make it stand alone :) Very substantial. I would make this with either batiks or a combination of black and white prints (with maybe a shock of yellow).

    aloren at msn dot com

  22. congrats!!! opportunity hits when it wants and you need to go for it! i'm super proud of you and i hope i win!! i'll be at work at my LQS all day tomorrow but i'll set good old blogger to post about you tomorrow!! so um yeah pick me.. k?

  23. The bag is so cute Amy. I have some Amy Butler fat quarters that I think would look great for your bag!!

  24. I love the bag. I have some material that I received as a customer appreciation gift I would like to use in it. I have never made a bag and have been saving it for that purpose. Thanks for a chance to win!

  25. What a nice bag pattern that you have created- it is a lovely design.
    Someone will be a lucky winner, Thanks for hosting such a nice giveaway.

  26. That is such a cute bag. I have some Amy butler prints that I purchased last year that would be perfect for that bag. Thanks for the chance to win.

  27. Good for you!! The bag is so cute. I think I would make it out of some orange and pink Amy Butler. So original, I know.

  28. too cute! i have leftover Rebel Rose fabric by Henry Glass i think would be adorable in this. thanx for the chance

  29. Hi Amy,
    congrats to the new design! The bag is gorgeous!
    I just recently discovered the joy of bagmaking ~ I always thought I couldn't master it…but now I'm addicted…
    Although I would love to see it in some 'Deer Valley', 'Hopscotch', 'Mezzazine', or any Amy Butler fabric, I think I'd choose a variety of Fig Tree fabrics ~ not only because I love them, but because I already have it at home ;o).
    Good luck with your Etsy sales & of course thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  30. NICE bag! It looks like a very useful size!

    I have some skull fabric with scissors on a pale green that I would use to make the bag. Throw in several of my favorite scraps too!

  31. This would be great in all kinds of fabric. I have a bunch, mostly orange & teal prints that I got from fabric.com earlier this year & would probably use some of those.

  32. The bag is absolutely yummy, I would love to make it in purple and orange – I'm inspired by flowers in those colours at the moment, it's really zingy. Well done on your success with "not marketing" the bag!!

  33. I would love to make this bag in Moma Wonderland. Im so over the moon with that fabric right now!
    Thanks for the chance.
    Krousegirl2 At aol dot com

  34. What a cute tote. I just found some sample collections at a thrift shop, perfect for this kind of project or a small quilt.

  35. Amy, Congrats are definitely in order for you!!! That is fabulous that you have the pattern done and your LQS is willing to sell it for you. I wish you the best of luck! If I win it, I think I would make it up in black and whites or batiks.

  36. I think this would look great in any fabrics, but I'd like to try it in Wildwood by E McMorris. Thanks for the chance!
    blrohloff at aol dot com

  37. Love the bag Amy, it's cool! I love those Amy Butler fabrics tto, Yhough I'm more inclineded towards Turquoise, Chocolte and Lime :-) I'll post on my blog and be right back to let you know when I'm done!

  38. I will definitely need to try this bag at some point- too cute. I think I would have to use Pop Garden. I've had some sitting around just waiting for the perfect project…

  39. I would use my Amy Butler Midwest Modern 2 collection or maybe my Kaffee Fasset fat quarter collection or…..so many decisions!!!!

  40. Oh I would love to win this pattern so I will wait till after monday to order it, JUST IN CASE!!!
    I would like to make it in black and white.

  41. I've got you on my side bar to help spread the word. I've got an Portabella Market that I've been wanting to use. A few FQ's and also a jelly roll. Would that work?

  42. great bag. i love the fabrics

    i love amy butlers new fabrics

    i'm doing a giveaway at my blog too, check it out!!

  43. Since special fabrics for quilting and craft are not available in Sri Lanka I would appreciate any fabric in shades of pink, lemon and light green!


  44. I'd have to go with brown, turquoise and a shot of red. It's absolutely wonderful.

    I'm grabbing and posting right now for another chance!!

    ps: I've just become a follower too

  45. Hmmm… I think since fall is quickly approaching (I know – I shouldn't have said that), I think some chocolates and oranges would go well…

  46. What an adorable bag! I love the lines of it. In case I win …I'd like to sew one up using some very whimsical fabrics. It's a great pattern!

  47. The bag is soooooooo cute, please count me in your give away!. I love the brown shades, and I bet the bag would look just wonderful with that colours.

  48. I would make it in Sandi Henderson's Farmer's Market fabric that I just bought. Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations on your pattern.

  49. I think it would be great in Neptune by Tula Pink. Or maybe a billiant Kaffe Fasset ((spelling?)) floral. Oooh..or a mix of batiks. I am full of ideas it seems.

    Congrats on the "accidental" marketing.

  50. Hmmm… I think I would use either neptune or wonderland by momo.

    Congrats on the pattern & thanks for the giveaway!

  51. What an adorable bag! I would love to use some retro "hippie" batiks I just inherited from my aunt to make this bag. So chic!! Thanks for your generosity and inspiration! :)

  52. What a lovely bag, I would use Samoan Fabrics and if you read that I am from American Samoa, don't let that bother you, we have US shipping rates….

  53. This is such a cute bag. Congratulations on having your LQS carry the pattern. I am not picky, and love all colors. Winona

  54. first ofall good luck with your shop! and it looks like a great bag! so good luck!!!
    i realy dont know what fabrici would use. i like the combenation offabric that you picked out!
    and i blogged about your giveaway
    thanks and good luck again!

  55. fantastic Amy! I'd make this bag in black and white prints, with the lining in a solid bold colour. congratulations on this!

  56. Cangrats on a new pattern and a great bag!
    I would either make it in black and white with a little hint of red, or in linen with fabrics that match the linen colour.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. What a nice bag! I have some Amy Butler fabrics in pink, orange and yellow waiting for this pattern;-) Lise -in Norway

  58. Congratulations, beautiful bag.. Your fabric selection is just perfect. If you're looking for a change how about some black & white fabrics or Brown and teals.

  59. I love those colors. I have some great batiks that I just purchased that would look beautiful with that bag.

  60. Your bag looks so perfect, Amy. I've been buying lots of batiks lately and would definitely make it with a group of matching batiks that I have.

  61. Wow! Being a bag lady, grin, I have to say that your's is awesome, love the shape, the colors, and the fact that I might have a chance to win a pattern, grin.

  62. my mom and I bought some fabric a few years ago for a purse that never happened – this would be a great use for that! it's super cute! thanks!

  63. I just returned from our family holiday in Transylvania, Romania after a 11 hour car trip to this great give away – I knew I had to turn on my laptop, which I didnot have with me on the holiday! :-)
    I would make the bag from something aqua/blue, maybe with a bit of brown.

  64. Great looking purse/tote! You know, I think I'd use some of my black and white fabrics–I just love the graphic look of blacks and whites! I'd perhaps throw in a strip or two of the turquoise/teal fabrics similar to what you used for a little punch. And you know what else I think I might try? I think I'd try to use some of that new Texture Magic on a couple strips–the stuff that Kim at Bitty Bits and Pieces has mentioned on her blog.

  65. Amy what a fun giveaway. If I won, I'd just love to be surprised. You are such a sweetheart. I'll spread the word tomorrow on my blog :)

  66. Love your pattern & love to make bags. I would start with Black & White geometric prints with a red thrown in for good measure. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your pattern.

  67. That pattern is so cute. I would make it in some of the yellow/green fabrics from the Wildwood line, mixed with some linen.

  68. Yeah! I absolutely love this purse! Oh my. What fabrics to choose??? Right now I would have to choose Lantern Bloom by Laura Gunn. I am using it for the zig zag quilt along and the quilt will go to my sister. The colors are amazingly interesting and perfect for fall.

    Thanks Amy!

  69. Oh, what a great bag, I also love the shape and structure of it, it's sweet! Nice job, Amy. I don't know how you do so much in a day.

    I just ordered a bunch of Mendocino fabrics so I would probably, maybe, cut into that. Or maybe Neptune using scrappy strips. Or maybe just a mix of brights from the stash. Who knows? lol

  70. Nice bag, I have never tried anything but quilting, this might be the opportunity for me as I would not know where to look and how to start. Thanks for the giveaway.

  71. Hello Amy, would love to be in the draw……it would be beautiful in any of the indigo Japanese Fabrics…..I will post on my sidebar…Warm Regards Lyn

  72. Beautiful bag!! Since my favorite fabric generally has stars in it, I think I would try something with stars and snowman for a nice winter tote!

  73. Congrats on your pattern. I would love it to make up in this upholstery weight linen like chocolate brown with big florals fabric that I have had for ever waiting for the right project.

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