Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Kicking Off the Season



My friend Becky once said that she feels like she's not a "real" mom unless she makes her children's Halloween costumes. I feel the same way about Christmas presents. If you are so inclined, you should check out the tutorials under Sew, Mama, Sew's Homemade Holidays label. (However, if you are on my giftee list, you should not check out the tutorials). And if you are a regular reader or here from Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway Day, I'll cut to the chase.

I love these bags, created from an online tutorial. They are a beautiful alternative to plastic grocery sacks and even store-brand poly sacks, and hold about 3 times as much as well. I keep a stack in my car and one folded up in my purse. I'm giving away a set of two coordinating cotton bags:



To be entered to win these, simply leave a comment here. Be sure to include your e-mail address so that I can contact you. I'll choose a winner randomly, and I'll ship to Canada and within the U.S.  I'll leave comments open for this contest until December 6th. 

140 comments:

Cheryl said...

Oooh -- love the bags! Was just going to look, but since I see butterflies on one, I have to leave a comment! (caheinz, you should be able to contact me if necessary!)

RiverBend Farm said...

What a clever idea..I've never seen those. Thanks so much for being part of the giveaway!

Sunnyliszy said...

Those bogs could really come in handy!

Sally said...

These bags are really pretty! I need to get in the habit of carrying a similar one in my purse. Often, anymore, I just refuse a bag if I only have one or two items. It would be so much nicer to have one of these to throw my things in!

Dee said...

What awesomely green bags! I use fabric/recyclable bags or no bags wherever I go!

mayhem5@softhome.net is where you can reach me if I win! Which would be awesome!

Merry Christmas!

stephjacobson said...

I'm a huge fan of fabric bags. (I'm giving some away on my blog, too.) It would be nice to also have a few made by somebody else, though!

Kris said...

I made some of these as gifts last year, and I kept one. They work great, but I always seem to need another...

Lora said...

so cute!! love the fabric...
check out my blog too - i am also having a giveaway!
lora
eagerhands@gmail.com

Allison said...

I've used this tutorial, too! Your fabric choices are great. These bags would be a great gift for my mom and mother-in-law.

two hippos said...

Love the bags!

MoniCue said...

Beautiful fabrics! Missing Chicago!

Deranged Squirrel said...

Lovely bags! Keeping one in your purse is a good idea. I keep mine in my trunk and often have to go back to the car from the grocery store because I have forgotten them!

katt said...

Very nice bags! I'm getting better at bringing my own when we shop -- these would be much classier than the ones I'm using now!

Bea said...

Pretty! I love fabric shopping bags. Thanks for such a great giveaway!

Jerri said...

Love those bags! Cute fabrics too! Great way to contribute to the Green!

Hammond Bride said...

So beautiful and practical! Thanks for the giveaway!
-Allison
hammondbride at gmail dot com

Beth said...

I love these bags!

CraftyJodie said...

Great bags, I use these for my shopping all the time... no matter what looks I get!

Heather said...

These are so cute! I definately could use a bag like that!

Bunny said...

Love them! They are a nice alternative to the store-bought fabric bags, too. Most of them are made in China or some other foreign country.

rosemeg said...

Pretty. I've been meaning to make some of these for ages. Thanks for the giveaway AND the inspiration.

cathy said...

I love the butterfly fabric!

Helena said...

Love those bags, I keep telling myself I need to make some with as much food we buy.

andrea creates said...

great bags,especially like the green one
-you can contact me on my blog if i win ;)

CupCakeCutie said...

love the bags. I've been looking for something just like that!

Kama said...

I just made a surprise Christmas quilt for my mom out of the butterfly fabric! I love it!!!

The Sewing Dork said...

I made some of these for friends this year, but of course neglected to make myself some... if I win I'll be thrilled!
cynsaw2@hotmail.com (Canada)

Brittany said...

I would feel so pretty shopping with these! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Candice@Made With Love said...

I LOVE the bags, and would be so excited to win. Thank you for this opportunity!

supermedic said...

thanks for the giveaway.

Jingle said...

These are great! And...one of mine just got torn up by the dog, so I need some new ones!

KatyK said...

Yes, much better than the ones I keep in the car

Thanks for the opportunity in this giveaway

Vikki said...

Those look great! If I won these I would put the ugly bags in my husbands car and keep these pretty ones in my car!

Grace said...

Love the butterfly ....

ClaraE said...

You made some beautiful bags. I would love to win them. Thanks for the opportunity.

Olivia said...

Very cute idea. I love those fabrics!
Thanks for the chance to win them!
hamlin_r@yahoo.com

Her Royal Highness said...

love them

Katie said...

Lovely fabric choices I like the butterflies a lot and aqua is one of my favorite colors. email in profile

Libby said...

I love the shape on these - I may have to give the tutorial a shot. What lovely bags !

sweet limes said...

I read sew mama sew, but I must have missed that tutorial. Can you share a link to it so I can try it out if I don't win?

Sarah Seitz said...

Great idea! I love the teal fabric.

carolyn said...

What beautiful bags!

Melissa said...

I would like to use those instead of the ugly Walmart bags I've been using! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

Eema-le said...

I love cloth shopping bags. Thanks for the giveaway.

Max. H said...

Love these bags! They'd be so helpful now that they've created a new law where they no longer give bags when you purchase groceries, clothes...or anything really!

mc.crafty.bunny at gmail dot com

Jessica Martin said...

i would love them! i have one but it's not enough for a shopping trip...i need more!! ha.

muschj99 at yahoo dot com

sb said...

What a great idea for a giveaway. I'd love to have some reusable bags (good for the environment and my wallet - a lot of the stores are giving cents discounts on my purchase if I bring my own bag and those extra pennies add up!).

KimberlyFDR said...

Very nice!

AlwaysInspired said...

Beautiful bags!

Jen said...

love the damask print!

You can contact me at www.crackpotshop.com
Thanks for your generosity!

Michele P. said...

these are very pretty! I love having reusable bags on hand for the farmers market and local roadside stands in the summer!

micaela6955 at msn dot com

Jamie said...

especially love the damask one-- thanks for the generous giveaway!

Angie said...

What a nice giveaway!

Sara said...

Oh, yeah... love those bags...

I would love to win them...


nhsarab at yahoo dot com

Camille said...

Fantastic bags. Thanks for sharing! bootsothemoon@gmail.com

socmama said...

I love bags--and these are lovely. Thanks!

Meg said...

these. fabrics. are. LOVELY!

Jessica said...

Those are such pretty bags. Thanks for a chance to win.
curry(dot)jessica(at)gmail(dot)com

Desiree said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. -dez

simply.simon.sisters[at]gmail[dot]com

RyanSarahN said...

I love those bags! Thanks for this giveaway.

Mindee said...

Very cute bags! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

(mindeehall@yahoo.com)

Allison said...

Yay, I love reusable shopping bags.

LLMum said...

great bags. i'll be checking out the tutorial - particularly if i don't win the two you are giving away.

Always Sewing said...

Very cute bags! Thanks for a great giveaway.

Erin said...

These are lovely - yay for eco-friendly bags! Thanks for participating.

Llamabean said...

I love the bags, that is a great idea. Thanks for being part of the giveaway

Mama Lusco said...

Wonderful prizes! THanks for linking the tutorial. Thanks for the giveaway. alusco(at)centurytel(dot)net

leigh7911 said...

Oh so pretty! I keep meaning to make some of these but just haven't ever gotten a round to it.

Amanda said...

What a great idea. These are lovely!

simplehappyhome said...

Great bags. We've made the switch to cloth bags and really like them, but we only have the yucky ones from the grocery stores - i.e., non-washable! Ewww...
Yours are lovely!

Lisa said...

I love the bags! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Sunnymommie said...

love reuse bags!! I want give butterfly bag for my mom! and blue bag for me :)

if i dont win of it then i will sewing bag !

thank you!!!!

Leslie said...

this is a great giveaway...please count me in
lezlie21(at)aol(dot)com

affectioknit said...

Awesome giveaway!

Megan Presley said...

Lovely bags! sales4mp@gmail.com

Shanda said...

The butterfly one is very cute. I love reusable shopping bags, so versatile.
thirtyacrewoods(at)gmail(dot)com)

Morgan said...

Those bags are beautiful! Thanks for offering them up. :)

Jessica Jo said...

Hello!

Tim, Allyson, Emahry, and Jonathan said...

so cool!
a_heart4home(at)yahoo(dot)com

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Great bags! I love your blog. Thanks for the chance!

bethany said...

Cute bags...thanks for the cute work!!

The Cahoons! said...

Great idea, I love how cute and more durable then the ones at the stores. Love the fabric!
Ashley.kindrick at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

Very cute bags! :)

Candace said...

how cute! i really love the blue one. :)
SparklePowerCandace@gmail.com

Jessica said...

These are adorable! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

Ginny said...

Adorable bags!

Danielle said...

Very nice bags! I have those frumpy looking ones...sigh...maybe I'll try to make some if I don't win!

Lindsey G said...

Lovely bags and beautiful fabrics! Thanks!
grl_4_God(at)hotmail(dot)com

cindy said...

Lovely! I have my fingers crossed!! :D
barrigacindy@yahoo.com

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

What darling little bags. I really like that they'll fold up so well. Thank you for the chance to win them.

simplymodernmom.com said...

cute bags. happy giveaway day! here's mine http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2009/12/the-gift-box-a-giveaway/

Leigh said...

Such pretty bags!!!

Crissy said...

Love the bags! please take a peek at my blog and giveaway http://crissybell.blogspot.com

Barbara said...

Very cute bags! I have been meaning to find a tutorial and trying to make some myself.

abarb1000 at yahoo dot com

Madeleine said...

I love bags! :)

Thanks for the giveaway! Happy holidays!

misszucchini at yahoo dot ca

Megan said...

Lovely fabric choices! Those bags are wonderful all over - good job.

Andrea, the collector said...

I really love that damask fabric. Cool bags!

carriegirl said...

Cute bags! I've been wanting to make some of these. Thank you for the giveaway!

The Mangerchine's said...

I love these fabrics!

shannon.mangerchine(at)gmail(dot)com

Holly said...

Love these!

Kerry said...

I'd like to enter the giveaway, please! :)

sarah in the woods said...

Lovely! Thanks for the opportunity.

FlowerMomma said...

love em!

Greta said...

These are lovely. How handy to keep one in your purse I'll have to give that a try.

Susan said...

Yes please I'm loving these. Thanks ! I'm digging your blog too can't wait to read more in the future.

susansisney@hotmail.com

Rachel said...

Love these! Much better than plastic.

Trudy Callan said...

Thank you for this wonderful giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

I am a homeschooling mom of 16 years. I have five children from ages 21 months to 21 years.

I am also having a giveaway; so be sure and stop by my blogs. I have two, one for sewing and one for art. www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com and www.artisticcreationswithtrudy.blogspot.com

My 9 year old daughter is also having a giveaway on her sewing blog. Hers is www.sewingsister.blogspot.com

Trudy
trudy dot callan at gmail dot com

Sara Suzanne Sews said...

Those bags are great - love the fabric and the idea!

SaraSuzanneSews[at]gmail[dot]com

ircabbit said...

These are really pretty and I always need a few more bags. :) I love the butterfly fabric that you used.

Maevy said...

I sure could use more fabric bags, and yours are really cute.

Grace Wong said...

I'd love to win!
shou.milk@gmail.com

Breanna S. said...

I love shopping bags that are reusable. Thanks for the chance to win.

thelittlegreenhouse said...

Very nice! I'd love to win these bags! Thanks for the chance to win!

luke and pamela said...

oh i love these! i actually have the same blue fabric - i framed some and made a mobile with it for my son's room. love it. thanks!

Mrs. Fix said...

Fabulous giveaway!
rachelfix(at)gmail(dot)com

Sewclever82 said...

Cute Bags! Those would come in very handy! I am actually right outside Chicago!

Myrnie said...

Lovely! I found a piece of that butterfly print a year or two back- absolutely love it :)

JD said...

I like the fabric chouces!

StephanieS said...

I love those bags. I hope to win. Thanks for giving them away!

Wendy D. P. said...

These are so adorable! We use reusable bags all the time!

lalepop said...

Beautiful bags! Thanks for the chance to enter!

momma rae said...

very fun!! i want to gift my mom some reusable bags so she will start using some, but i know they have to be fun...yours would work great! thanks for the opportunity! ;)

Genevieve P said...

One can never have too many bags! And yours are lovely! Thanks for the giveaway.

Laurie said...

I keep intending on making these and haven't. I love the colors you used.

Duff said...

Love all your links to places in this wondrous city!

Can you believe we've got snow already? Ooohhh....I'm ready.

Pick me for the smashing bag!

Brooke said...

Bags are so nice! Love the fabric. and great giveaway!

Laura Webb said...

Lovely! Thank you!

laurakwebb@gmail.com

Jennifer said...

Can never have enough bags! Especially when they're this cute!

jmoore3333(at)gmail(dot)com

Denise said...

Thanks for a great giveaway! I've been looking (well, thinking about looking) for a tute or pattern to make some of my own and now I don't have to look any farther YEA! Thanks Again and Merry CHRISTmas:)

Lynn Osborne said...

I'm always wanting to add to my supply of these bags. Thanks for the chance to win! lynnosborne[at]verizon[dot]net

♥Lola said...

Very cute!

http://thelifeofthegirlnextdoor.blogspot.com/

QuiltyGoodness said...

Cute bags! Nice to see a fellow Chicagoan.

Jenny said...

I made myself one of those bags from some fabric I had left from a sheet that I just loved. The bag finally wore out because I used it as my diaper bag. I stuck the bag away though because I love the fabric. I love both those bags, but especially the butterflies--so pretty!
Thanks for the giveaway!
~Jenny~

Tiff said...

Great giveaway!

free indeed said...

I've seen so many people using their own bags at the grocery now. Would love to do my part, so enter me! freeindeed at myfairpoint dot net

irene said...

These are great- have not seen this style before. Much prettier that the stores bags. Thanks so much for letting me play and Happy Holidays to you!

Kelly said...

Your bags look lovely! They sure would come in handy.
okoraf at netscape dot net

Misty.Creek said...

Beautiful bags! I would look so chic and unique carrying them around the grocery store.

acmcs said...

great bags! Thanks for the giveaway op!

toilandtrouble [at] spambog [dot] com

Cal said...

Love these, the fabric choice is excellent, love the butterflies!