Hey y’all – today I get to review a book that a friend of mine wrote and another friend contributed to – how fun! On the Go Bags—15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers by Lindsay Conner and Janelle MacKay (Stash Books, available this month at CTPub.com and January 7th on Amazon (affiliate link)). Plus, I’ve got a giveaway at the end of this post with a chance to win a copy, so keep reading.
I got to meet Lindsay at this year’s Baby Lock Common Threads event, and she is such a sweetheart. When she emailed to ask if she could send me a copy of her book for review I was more than happy to say yes. While spending time with her back in June we realized we have another friend in common – Blank Slate Sewing Team member Veronica (who I met a a few years ago) and Lindsay are real life sewing buds that hang out on a regular basis! I have to say I’m a little jealous of that; I always wish I had more sewing friends nearby. Or like a sewing retirement community – wouldn’t that be nice?
And speaking of Veronica, it turns out she contributed to this book!
Veronica designed that super handy shopping cart tote. Wish I had that when my phone fell from its precarious balance on the cart handle and I cracked my phone screen!
A lot of the projects in On the Go Bags are like this one – unconventional, which I like. There’s even one that’s actually an infinity scarf. I don’t know about you, but sometimes as a mom I’ve felt like a pack horse carrying everyone’s stuff, and I look enviously at the Coach, who has blissfully empty hands. Sigh.
Oh, and the men aren’t left out of this book – there’s the “Man Clutch” specifically done in “manly” fabrics, and several other projects in the book would work well for men or even teen boys – like the one shoulder sling featured on the cover.
On the Go Bags—15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers is available this month at CTPub.com and January 7th on Amazon (affiliate link)! Add it to your holiday wishlist now, and comment below for your chance to win a copy!
Tuesday, Dec 1: Shannon Fabrics / Sew Sweetness
Wednesday, Dec 2: Clover & Violet / Ann Kelle
Thursday, Dec 3: Radiant Home Studio / Melly Sews
Friday, Dec 4: Sew Caroline / Mia’s Creations
Saturday, Dec 5: ikat bag / imagine gnats
Monday, Dec 7: sewVery / The Girl Inspired
Tuesday, Dec 8: Stash Books / Fabric Mutt
Wednesday, Dec 9: Pellon
Thursday, Dec 10: Simple Simon and Co / Mrs. H
Friday, Dec 11: Emmaline Bags / Lindsay Sews
Monday, Dec 13: Sew, Mama, Sew
Would you like to win a copy of On the Go Bags? Leave a comment on this post telling us what style of bag is most useful in your everyday life and why. Giveaway ends 12/15 at midnight EST, and we’ll choose one random winner. U.S. winner will receive a hard copy, and winner outside the U.S. will receive an e-Book. Giveaway is now closed, congratulations to Karen!