Sizzlin’ Summer Tote Giveaway!

I’ve been a long time fan of Joan Hawley’s Lazy Girl Patterns. I have probably made at least 20 purses and totes using Joan’s designs. Her patterns are easy to read and simple to construct….especially with her “no fear” zipper technique! (If you are afraid of zippers, the Lazy Girl Patterns are for you!) One of my favorite Lazy Girl Patterns is the Summer Tote (A13840).

The Summer Tote stands 11″ tall by 15″ wide across the zipper top. It is perfect for the beach, shopping or even a diaper bag. I have made two of these bags for young mothers who wanted a diaper bag…that didn’t look like a diaper bag. My daughter used the same Summer Tote as a diaper bag for all THREE of my grandsons. I’d show you a picture, but after six years of constant abuse, it finally disintegrated!

The Summer Tote is constructed by fusing two layers of fabric together to create the ‘walls’ of the bag. Steam-A-Seam 2 (86948) is used to fuse two layers of quilter’s cottons to create a canvas-like fabric.

With 6 outside pockets and 4 lined inside pockets, there’s a place for everything! The front exterior pocket panel is divided into pockets to keep your keys and other items you need to keep at your fingertips. The taller back pocket is perfect for a coloring book or magazine. The back pocket panel has two smaller pockets for a cell phone…or pacifier! Bag-E-Bottom size D (85916) adds a sturdy bottom to your Summer Tote. You can click on over to Joan’s blog to see even more pictures of her Summer Tote construction. And you might notice, she sends her readers to us for the wide Steam-A- Seam 2!  Thanks, Joan.
To keep your summer sizzling…Cathy M and Cathy Y have put their heads together and picked out some fun beachy fabrics for a Summer Tote giveaway! The winner will receive the pattern, Sun Surf Sand fabrics from Wilmington, Steam-A-Seam 2, zipper and pull. Just leave a comment on this post by Sunday July 31, 2011, 10 pm Eastern time. The winner will be announced on our Facebook page on Monday morning.

Post by Cheryl

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65 thoughts on “Sizzlin’ Summer Tote Giveaway!

  1. Joan posted about your give-away. I love her bags. I've made a number of them for my daughter's friends and also made one into a diaper bag for my first grandson. I'd love to make a perky summery one for myself! Thanks for doing a give-away!

  2. Wow how great would it be to win this give away, I love the pattern and the fabrics you chose are fantastic, I have the perfect person to make this bag for…. me I need a new retreat bag for my quilting retreat so please pick meGinny LaMere, Poway CA

  3. I also love Lazy Girls Designs! But I really love your web site and newsletters! I know where to get all of my Jenny Haskins stuff-you! Thanks for being there and continue the good work!

  4. Hi! I've just found you, thanks to Joan Hawley! I would so love to win this – I have the pattern, but have never made it. What fun fabrics you have picked out! Going now to become a fan on facebook!!!

  5. I love Lazy Girl Patterns. They come together so easily. I love your store and website. It is so great to have a place to buy everything in one place when I am making a project. I love your kits and fabric packs! Keep up the good work!

  6. Love the blog, newsletters and website. Look forward to all the ideas, tips and inspiration! The Lazy Girl bag is so pretty & practical. I really enjoy making bags! Thanks for the great giveaway….

  7. I would love to win this pattern and make my first Lazy Girl bag. And I absolutely love the summery beachy fabric! This bag would be perfect for my trip to Florida! Thanks for a chance to win!

  8. I just recently found the free 1 hr tote pattern on the Lazy Girl site and love it — I've made 3 already — so I'd love to try this great summer tote. If I don't win I will surely buy the pattern. Just what every twins mom like myself needs! The no fear zipper technique sounds great, too, as I've never done a zipper before. Hope I win! 🙂

  9. Wonderful pattern! Love the beachy fabrics….oh how I wish I could take a vacation there! Thanks for the chance to win!Jacque in SCquiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. I am allergic to zippers- no, really:) I would love to learn how to overcome them; I began sewing about 15-16 years ago and will alter a pattern to include buttons and avoid zippers- not even kidding here!!!Thanks for offering the chance to win this great package of gifts:)

  11. I saw Joan Hawley demonstrate making her bags on a PBS quilting show. Her designs and techniques look so easy. I'd love to win the prize and try one for myself.

  12. I just finished making the Lazy Girl Margo bag and love it! I have 2 more cut out ready to make. This would be a nice pattern to win, it has a zipper, so many totes are open. A zippered option would be wonderful. Thanks for posting.

  13. I've enjoyed your web site for quite a few years and reading your blog. Thank you for showing Joan Hawley's Summer Tote. How cute for our daughter in FL who frequents the beach.

  14. Oh I'm crossing my fingers for this. I am sewing a cross stitch pattern and I am going to put it on a tote bag…but I don't have a pattern!!! This would be perfect. I've liked the FB page and following here as well.

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