The Handbag Category featured so many really lovely, well-made bags. There was stiff competition and our judges had to make some tough choices. The winning handbags just happen to feature some of our favorite fabric collections! We have more category announcements to come, so enjoy the handbags then check back soon!

Grand Prize Winner
Dotty Bag by Randi, i have to say…
Our judges loved the bright, cheerful fabrics paired with classic lines in Randi’s bag. Randi writes:
This handbag is made with Katie Jump Robe fabric using my own pattern. This would be perfect for a shopping trip or just a fun day out. There is a large pocket inside with a smaller side pocket that would hold a water bottle or a baby bottle, so it could be used as a diaper bag as well. I used a tutorial found in a Martha Stewart magazine to make the bias tape that I used around the curved top edges. This bag is on it’s way to a craft show this weekend where, hopefully, it will find a wonderful, new home!
  • From the judges: Our judges loved the deliberate design in Randi’s bag and the clean look. Liesl echoed the other judges with her comment of, “Great work!”
  • Randi wins: A $50 Gift Certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!
    To see where how the Dotty Bag did at the craft show (or did it even make it there?) do some investigatory work on Randi’s blog i have to say…


    Second Place Winner:
    Le Petite Purse by Amy
    Amy took the In Town Bag to new heights! She writes:
    This Le Petite Purse was created for a friend who told me what colors she wanted. I just love the way it turned out. I used all Sis Boom fabrics. Some from the Girlfriends line and some from the Mod Girls line. The front is decoupaged with a ruffle strip going down it. I also added this cute little Italian button to close it with. The sides are done in the pink paisley, the back and bottom are done in the brown floral and the straps are done in the brown and cream scroll. I chose these fabrics because they are my favorite and they all go well together. I used Amy Butler’s In Town Bag pattern.
    • From the judges: The pairing of these bright, cheerful fabrics in patchwork with the classic lines of this bag really worked for our judges. Linda wrote, “Amy has taken the patchwork bag to a whole new level with her creative combinations and piecing.”
    • Amy wins: A Fabric Pack of 10 half yards from the infinitely inspiring Alexander Henry fabric collection.


    Third Place Winner:
    Mod Girls Bag by Laurie, The Wooden Spool
    Laurie’s bag has pizazz! She writes:
    I made my own simple pattern up! Don’t get me wrong, I love to follow a good pattern, but most times I love to create as I go. I made this bag up with a friend in mind. It is for her birthday! I was smitten by all of Jennifer Paganelli’s beautiful Mod Girl’s prints, so I bought a little of all of them. For this bag, I used seven different fabrics from the Mod Girl’s line. Inside are two of the fabrics. There is a small pouch for a cell phone/keys, and on the opposite side of the bag’s interior is a slot for a pen/pencil and lip balm. It is a good overall bag for a mommy on the go! Toss your keys in, phone, lip gloss, a diaper for your baby, sippy cup, and you’re off and running. This bag is summery, lightweight cotton, and most important, stylish! You will be sure to get lots of compliments on your new birthday bag, Leah! Happy Birthday! A special gift from the heart. The final touch is the darling vintage style button peeking out of the loop! How cute is that!!! I added the rick rack and ribbon for some extra pizazz.
    Not for the faint of heart.
    • From the judges: This bag’s extra detailing stood out for our judges. Jennifer writes, “I would pay lots of money for this bag! The scale, the palette, the arrangement of fabric… It all works, it all goes. But the truth lies in the details: the grosgrain ribbon, the button, the zebra handles all add to its charged personality!”
    • Laurie wins: An Amy Butler sewing pattern courtesy of Amy Butler Design.
      For more of Laurie’s creativity visit her blog The Wooden Spool.

    More fabulous bags to come!