I don't know about your children, but mine LOVE to go for overnight visit at Grandma and Grandpa's. They love taking their little bag and heading out the door. On the drive over my son will tell me how he will go inside and I will stay in the car and go home. It is funny to hear him talk about all the fun he will have without his parents around. My baby girl just loves to play with her Grandparents. She is always happy to visit. That is how the "To Grandma's House Bag" was born.
First off, doesn't this book just look amazing! Those cute little models on the front. SO CUTE!! I promise, it is totally worth it. One reason I was excited to get this book is it is all about ribbon crafting. But now I am so excited because it has TONS of information on ribbons in general. The entire first part of the book is understanding different ribbons and what they are best used for. Which, I will admit, I had no idea about. It was pretty amazing. I mean I have made some bows before like the Mini Korker Bow or even the Perfect Hairbow. But they are nothing compared to these amazing bows. I was like a little girl in a candy store!
Then she has several pages like the photo above. Just adorable bows and flowers. I really just loved looking at all the pictures. Each of the bows includes a page number so you can go right to the tutorial. Aren't they beautiful! The hardest part was trying to decide which ones to make. (Let's be honest, I am so going to be making them all. But I had to choose a few to start.)
For each ribbon, Deanna has what supplies are needed and cutting instructions. She also has several steps on how to create the bow along with colored sketches on how to do some steps. Most bows require a bit of hand-stitching and then maybe some hot gluing.
This is the first bow I made . Love the look! I am even going to try this bow in a smaller size for my tiny toddler.
Next I made the Spiky Bow. I really loved the look of this one. Lots of colored ribbon all bound together. I can totally see tons of these in our future. Also they are really fast.
Finally, I made this flower bow. I think this is my favorite. Several colors and sizes of flowers. Looks way harder than it actually was. Took me no time and it is so pretty. My little girl loves it too!
Overall, I was totally impressed by all the choices for bows. Some really simple and others a little more complex, but all totally doable and cute.
You might think the book stops there. NOPE! There is more. It also includes tutorials on doing bows for packages and gifts. There are also a couple jewelry projects like the one below and at the end of the book she also includes several project ideas using ribbon. Like a wreath or decorating flip flops (which I am so going to do).
Isn't it gorgeous!! I am pretty sure this is now my go to gift for everyone!
Overall, I am totally happy with this book. It is a great read and has some really great projects. You really need to go check it out yourself. I mean it. 50 Ribbon, Rosettes, and Bows to Make is worth the buy. It would be a great gift for the holidays too!!
Now, if that isn't enough, we are giving away TWO copies of Deanna's new book!!! Yes, I said 2!!! This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada.
Meet Evelyn. Isn't she beautiful?! This great bag pattern is designed by Chris W. Designsand is part of the new Pattern Parcel #7.
Now I will admit, I wasn't really wanting to make a bag. I know, I signed up. I was super excited the and then I got in a rut. But once I started cutting out the pattern for this bag, I was getting excited. It was a lot easier than I thought.
There were so many bags to choose from in this bundle and I really had a hard time choosing. I decided on the Evelyn because it was a little smaller then some of the others and I really wanted to use this black and white damask fabric. In the end, I was really happy about my choice.
Plus, there are some really cool details. For instance, these gathered side pockets. Perfect for sunglasses or cell phones. Super easy access. And they really look nice with the color blocking.
Or this awesome exterior zipper pouch! I love me some zipper pouches. This one is nice a large and can fit quite a bit in it. Plus, it is on the outside so you can put items you grab most often in it.
The interior of the bag has a lot of pockets and a zipper pocket as well. There is also a key fob on the front of the bag and the bag has a magnetic closure. Which is the first time I have ever done a magnetic closure. Honestly, one of the easiest things I have ever done. Pretty sure I should add them to all my bags now.
Overall, I love this pattern. Just make sure you take your time and cut out all your pieces and label them. The pattern even includes little printable labels to pin to your pieces. Totally used those! So helpful, especially when you are cutting lots of rectangular pieces.
Really, you should take a moment and go check out Pattern Parcel #7. Some awesome bags would make some awesome gifts!
P.S. Yes, that is snow in my front yard in November. We got about 7" in a 24 hour period. It is SO cold.
Interested in purchasing Pattern Parcel #7? Check out all the details below:
Parcel #7 includes:
Barcelona Bag and Wallet by Pat Bravo
Butterfly Sling Purse by Emmaline Patterns
Evelyn Hangbag by ChrisW Designs
Midtown Messenger Bag by Betz White
Betty Bowler by Swoon Sewing Patterns
BONUS PATTERN: Daphne Bag by Clover and Violet
Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #7 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That's just over $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the brand new Daphne Bag pattern from Clover & Violet. The Daphne is a slouchy satchel that can be worn cross body or as a shoulder bag. The zip top keeps your gear secure and the internal pockets keep your accessories where you need them. This is a brand new, never been seen before pattern and is an exclusive opportunity for Parcel #7 customers!
How Pattern Parcel Works:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Its our goal to raise over $20,000 for Donors Choose this year.
I love making handmade gifts. Whether for my family, friends or teachers in our lives. It is always nice to know you made something special for someone and they appreciated it. This year for our Handmade Gift Giving Guide, we have some really fantastic projects. But don't forget to check out some of our previous years Handmade Gift Guides too: 2012 2013 2013 KIDS
Also, remember to download the Holiday Gift Giving List. This is a great tool so you don't forget a gift or maybe forget that you already got a gift! It is free and perfect for organizing during the holidays. While you are at it, check out our Organize ME!! For the Holidays Series.
Now the list!!!!
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