Holiday Gift Sewing with Gingercake (and a giveaway!)

November 25, 2013

***This giveaway is now closed!  Thanks so much!***


I'm so thrilled to be a part of such a fun sewing series!  I have been friends with Virginia of Gingercake Patterns for several years now and have always LOVED sewing her patterns!  So, when she asked me to participate in this fun event it was a very easy YES!


At first I thought I would choose my old stand by, the crayon art folio!  I have probably made close to 100 of them and can make them in my sleep.  They always make a fabulous gift and are easily adaptable.  But then I remembered a pattern that I had bought from Virginia's shop a good 3 or 4 years ago and have never made.  How can that be???  Well, I have to admit that I found it slightly intimidating with all of the stiff interfacing.  I have made lots of bags and they aren't hard at all and I know Virginia's patterns and none of them are tricky or difficult, she gives great instructions.  So I said to myself, stop being such a weenie!  So, I tackled the art caddy tote!


First, I have to admit that I cheated a little.  I did not use the stiff interfacing that is recommended in the pattern.  I omitted it for the simple reason that I have little girls that like to make messes and I knew that the tote would need to be washed at some point.  I also lengthened the straps a little so that I could carry it on my shoulder because, lets be honest, moms are the pack mules of every family.  Otherwise, I followed the directions.  Let me tell you that this tote is AWESOME!!!


The tote is sturdy and goes together relatively quickly.  The instructions and pictures were clear and perfectly explained.  The pockets are very well thought out and sized just right for all of the goodies any little artist could possibly need.  There is no need for the pattern to intimidate anyone!!!


I put SO many supplies in our tote for the pictures and it wasn't anywhere near full.  Even without the stiff interfacing the bag stood up nicely and held it's shape (there is a layer of cotton batting in there so that obviously helps).

I think this would not only make a great kid gift but would be fabulous for art teachers!  Can you imagine how great this would look in some of the new Anna Maria Horner fabric or some awesome Melody Miller?  The art teacher at your school would love you forever!


The amazing Virginia has offered a copy of the art student tote pattern to one of my fabulous readers!!  Woo hoo!  If you would like a chance to have this pattern please leave me a comment on this post telling me who you would make the tote for and which fabrics you would use.  I will choose a winner with the random number generator next monday (Dec. 2nd).

***This giveaway is now closed!  Thanks so much!***

Don't forget to visit Gingercake to see all of the awesome creations from the Holiday Gift Sewing Series!

Fabrics used for my tote are from Briar Rose by Heather Ross and are available in my shop.



31 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness that is perfect - I would make it for my niece who sraws, paints, sticks and creates every minute of the day!! I would make one for me too!!! Fabric - mirror ball dots for sure!!

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  2. How sweet! I can guarantee mine would not have that same sweet factor. :-( I would make this for one of my three boys, and I'd use some of stashed Echino cars. thanks!

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  3. The bag is so cute, especially in Heather's fabric! I would make a bag for my 6 year old grand daughter :) she has been taking an art class and wanted art supplies for Christmas! I don't know what fabric I would use, but definitely fabric from my stash!

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  4. Fabulous!
    I'd make one for my daughter in penguin fabric! She's penguin mad!!

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  5. This is amazing - love your fabric choices.

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  6. I have a granddaughter the perfect age for this - and piles of fabric bits saved for just such a project!

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  7. I've been looking for a pattern like this. I would love to make this for my daughter's "niece". I would use bright colors along with Crayola prints. She is a precious 4 yr. old who loves everything that I make her!

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  8. I would love to sew this bag for my two grandchildren--girls. They are always painting. Perhaps I would choose fabrics with animals.In bright coulours.

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  9. I would have to make two of these, one in Savannah Bop for my Grandson and one in my precious Flurry for my Granddaughter, she loves the patterns and I have to get it out for her to see whenever she is here.

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  10. Your bag turned out beautifully! I would make this bag for our local DCS to give to a child in foster care. This bag could hold lots of things and be nice and sturdy for the children to keep with them too. Thanks for the chance! (as far as fabrics....bright, fun kids prints like Ann Kelle are some of my favorites!)

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  11. I would sew this for my daughter, who loves to do art. She's a bit past the crayon stage, but those pockets would be great for paint tubes and coloured pencils and small canvases in the middle. For fabric I would choose something bright and artsy!
    Jenn @ JennsCraftyWorld

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  12. I found some really cute ninja fabric that I know my son would love and this would be the perfect way to keep his art supplies away from his nosy little brother:)

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  13. This is so cute! My boys need one of these in narwhal fabric, for their art supplies. And maybe one in some fetid study prints for my sil who's an art therapist.

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  14. I would probably make this for my nephews. I don't know what fabric - some from my stash.

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  15. This is great! Can think of all sorts of uses for this!

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  16. My daughter , so she could carry every thing to work, thanks

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  17. Wow, your tote looks great! I would definitely make this for my daughter! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  18. Ok so your bag looks amazing!!! Also, I have been wanting this pattern for EVER. I would be so happy if I won this. Thanks for the chance!

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  19. I would make this tote for my daughter, I think I'd use some Erin McMorris "Wildwood" that is on my shelf.

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  20. I think I would make it for my husband who is an artist and he could use it to store his oft-used supplies in our family room where he paints and creates when we watch TV. I'd find some manly fabrics, tweedy or denims and or fine corduroy.

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  21. If I won this pattern i think i would have the perfect excuse to order some of the World of Smiles fabric by Alexander Henry to make a tote for my girls. It is basketball season and they will be sitting through plenty of tournaments and games. Thanks Amy!!! You did a great job on your tote. I think I would need to make another for my sister who is a scrap booker/card maker with some Dowry too :)

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  22. I make this for my grand daughter, use fabric from the Riley Blake lines.

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  23. I looked at the fabrics in your shop :) This tote would be so sweet in Lets Pretend by Sarah Jane! Yours is fabulous in the Briar Rose! thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  24. I would make it for myself as a sewing caddy. I love Pam Kitty Morning fabrics!!
    Pat
    azzuri9@aol.com

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  25. My daughter would love it for all of her toys and books when we travel!
    mommy.2kidsnc(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. This tote is just what we need to take along with us everywhere! This is the perfect bag to keep with you full of to do stuff every time you leave the house! Thanks for the chance!
    *Jessica
    juceyj03@gmail.com
    FINGERS CROSSED :-)

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  27. Me!! I would make this for me! It's so handy! So useful! All my sewing stuff to go! This pattern seems awesomely intuitive with the pockets in includes and what size they are. I love well-constructed bags!! Thanks for the giveaway ♥

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  28. Hi. Found your site today on Pinterest and decided to follow on Blog Lovin', see there was a giveaway so checking it out. I have two daughters that would love this bag. What fabric would I use....? I would probably bring them to the fabric shop with me and see what they pointed out. They go with me a lot and do this so it would still be a surprise.

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  29. i honestly think with your adjustments, this would be a great teachers gift!
    Id probably use some dark fabrics for when it gets crayon and marker marks all over! maybe AMH's Dowry print in navy blue? its my favorite. thanks for a chance!

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  30. This would be a wonderful teacher gift....I'm a teacher and would love it!! I would selfishly make this tote for myself (and for my class to use). There would be so many uses for it in the classroom.

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  31. My daughter would go crazy for this! She is five and all about art right now! I would definitely make her one and let her pick the fabrics. :)

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