Wednesday, April 3, 2013

MicroMod Giveaway!!!!!


I'm so happy to be a part of Alexia and Rob's Sew-Along!  I adore Micromod (check out the full collection here) and I knew immediately what I wanted to make for this his/hers sew-along....Boxy Bags!!!  In preparation for this post, I asked Alexia and Rob a question, Newlywed Game style, and here are their answers:

Question: What 3 non-clothing items would your spouse pack for a trip?

Alexia says: "Rob would pack the book he's currently reading, his ipad and coffee for the trip because you can never trust that you can find good coffee when you're out of town!"

Rob says he would REALLYpack: "books, music, and sunglasses (I'm always looking for the perfect, cheap, pair), a great source of affectionate teasing from my wife!"

Rob says: "Alexia would pack lip balm, travel size toiletries - which are an essential purchase for EVERY trip, and it is a mystery to me what happens to them after the trip, and lastly, snacks for the trip."

Alexia says she would REALLY pack: "my current knitting project, snacks for the trip and my watercolors."

Each of them got one thing right so I guess this round is a tie!

I make these all the time for gifts, but finding fabric appropriate for men is always a challenge.  MicroMod is very man-friendly.....my hubby didn't even turn up his nose at this bag! 

I have two favorite tutorials for these.  One is from my sweet friend, Kaelin at The Plaid Scottie.   Her version is all neat and tidy with no exposed seams.  The down and dirty, exposed seams method can be found on www.sewingmamas.com (sorry, I cannot get the direct link to work!)

I'm super in love with metal zippers these days!  Just be warned, you can NOT sew over those metal teeth!  I hand-turned my machine when I got near the zipper so I wouldn't break a needle!

I would highly suggest adding a tab at the end of the zipper or a handle of some kind to make opening and closing these types of bags easier!

As you can see, I left my seams exposed--I zigzag stitched over them to prevent fraying.

These bags hold a ton!  I'm talking full size shampoo bottles!  I cut my fabric 14.5"x18" for both the interior and exterior piece (if using Kaelin's tutorial, just cut the large piece into two 14.5"x 9" pieces).  Since the fabric is quilting cotton and I like the bags to stand up on their own, I used ShapeFlex (Pellon SF101) on both the exterior and interior pieces.  You can also use batting or fusible fleece for a softer feel.  


Now, about that sew-along!  You can sew along by tagging your projects on Instagram with #microMod , posting on the Green Bee Patterns Facebook page, or adding to the microMod flickr group. You can keep up with the stops on the sew along by checking Aleixa's blog or on the Cloud9 Facebook page!
There will be prizes at each stop, and at the end of the month you can enter to win an amazing grand prize: A fat quarter stack of microMod by Rob Bancroft from Cloud9 fabrics, the entire Green Bee Patterns collection, a microMod sewing bag, and a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine! (Open to contiguous US residents only.)
April 2 - Alexia & Rob Green Bee
April 3 - Kelly at Kelbysews
April 5 - Amanda at the Craft Junky
April 6 - Rachael at Imagine Gnats
April 8 - Heather at alamode
April 10 - Holly at Bijou lovely
April 13 - Alexia, Michelle & Rob Green Bee  
April 17 - Faith at Fresh Lemons
April 18 - Katie at Swim Bike Quilt
April 19 - Deborah at Whipstitch
April 20 - Jacey at Jaceycraft
April 22 - Krista at Krista Withers Quilting
April 24 - Jenny at the Southern Institute
April 25 - Amy from sukie don't ya know
April 26 - Jen from Betty Crocker Ass
April 27 - Sara from Sew Sweetness
April 29 - Katy from I'm a Ginger Monkey
April 30 - Amber from One Shabby Chick
May 1 - Alexia & Rob Green Bee GRAND PRIZE




For my part, just leave a comment on this post and enter for a chance to win a FQ bundle of MicroMod and my favorite pattern of Alexia's, Lots of Dots!  Seriously, it's so cute!  You have until April 11th at 10pm Central to enter!  International entries are welcome for my giveaway!  Oh, and check out my Instagram feed (kelbysews) for a chance to win the 2 boxy bags!!!



143 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Love MicroMod and you have the perfect fabric for the boxy pouches!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

That was a cute q & a with them! I'm not sure my husband and I would get more than 1 right either.

I never knew you couldn't sew over a metal zipper. I've only bought plastic, but someone gave me a few metal. I guess I would have figured that out fast:)

Your project turned out great!

Elisabeth said...

This line is seriously tempting me. It's so beautiful.

Elisabeth.woo@ gmail

Trudie said...

What a great project. I love them.

Veronica A.M. said...

Gosh those are cute girl!! I'm a huge fan of MicroMod, but haven't had a chance to order my bundle. Fingers crossed that I'll win this one ;D. Thanks for giveaway!

Reader Owl said...

cute project, interview, fabric. Fun!

Katie B said...

Super fun, Kelly!

Beth said...

The pouches are so cute!

~Kelie~ said...

This line looks so fun! I love the pouches u made!!!
Thanks for a chance to win!!!!

Paul Massie said...

Great fabric, great project, great giveaway!! Thank you!!

LC said...

Your bags are super cute! Thanks for the giveaway.

sera fina said...

Having trouble posting so sorry if this is a repeat.
Thanks for the chance to win this bundle! Fingers crossed

Amanda Guthrie said...

I'm loving those micro mod prints and the bags look perfect!

lovespunstudio said...

Those are awesome! What a great idea for a travel bag too. :)

Heather Bassett said...

I am always looking out for good man fabrics for this household - no flowers or pink welcome.
hezbez13 at gmail dot com

Heather B said...

Love your travel bags and the interview! And of course MicroMod! I want to make my husband a quilt in case he deploys when we pcs back to Fort Hood this summer and MicroMod has a lot of great manly prints! Thanks for the chance to win!
mrs(dot)hbraun(at)gmail(dot)com

Deborah said...

I love those boxy pouches and you have chosen the perfect fabric to make them with! Thanks for great inspiration!

B Greene said...

I am adding these to my "Must Make" list this instant - great project!!! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!!

Colleen said...

Great use of fabric!

Candice @ Made With Love said...

I love the beautiful colors of MicroMod!!! Thank you for this opportunity. :)

barbara woods said...

Love that

cozyegg said...

The travel bags are fantastic!! And I am loving this fabric!

Judith said...

I'm a total fan of dots, and these are fantastic. Thanks for the chance to win some.

Heidi Staples said...

Love those box pouches! I definitely need to make some of those!!

Ella said...

I love the boxy bag pattern. The bigger size is fab!

Nancy D. said...

Thanks for a chance to win some goodies!

amye said...

The fabric is perfect for his and hers bags! Thanks for the tutorial links too :). Looking forward to this sew along!

Chiska said...

Super cute bags!

traceyjay said...

I love that pattern too.
great boxy pouches! Thanks Kelly!

Jenny said...

My husband uses a box pouch just like that for our trips, but it's getting a little (a lot) grungy. Maybe I could tackle this. This collection is supercool and I'd love to win some -- thanks!!

Fran said...

Great interview & your bags are so cute. Thanks for the chance to win some of this lovely fabric.

Gunilla said...

Love the bags! I have made smaller ones, but think I'll have to make some bigger ones as well, since these ones seemed great! Love the pattern you showed us, and the fabric!

SeeLifeMarvels said...

You're right, finding "manly" prints is hard to do. Thanks for the chance at two great prizes.

Mlle Miracle said...

I'll try this to-day!! Thanks, that's what I'm looking for my cards!

{Angela} All Patched Up said...

Love the bags and I love the micromod line! Hoping to get my hands on some!! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

mary mahoo said...

Love your boxy pouches; especially in micromod! Thanks for the chance to win.

midnight hysteria said...

love these boxy bags ... and the fabric -- rockin' ... i'm going to do this for the hubbs ... thanks for the opportunity .... darlene

Tracey said...

I keep seeing MicroMod around blogland and everytime I like it more than the last! It's time to add some to the stash. Thanks for the tip on the metal zippers, I haven't used them yet.

Gill said...

Love Micromod! and your boxy pouches are great - I love them!

Jess said...

This is such a great collection, and I love that pattern!

Flying Blind... said...

Loving the idea of a 'down & dirty' wash bag! Looks like a great hop.
(If this is for US residents only, and I win - I have friends to act as go-between!) xxx

memmens said...

Such gorgeous pouches and I couldn't spot any exposed seams! Thanks for the giveaway - love that quilt pattern too

Anna said...

the more I see this fabric line the more I like it, thanks for the give away!

ipatchandquilt said...

What a great project! I will give this a try, very soon! Thank you for the give-away!

beth lehman said...

LOVE your bags... i find myself going to the box bag for instant gratification... these prints are gorgeous! i love them.

Rachel Booth said...

Wow! LOVE it! Hadn't seen this fabric before and now I'm smitten! :)

thanks! mrsrachelsbooth{at]gmail{dot}com

Jenny said...

great box pouches Kelly! so what three things would YOU pack??
also my favoirte green bee quilt pattern!

Robin (noteverstill/noteversewing) said...

I love those boxy pouches!

Adele said...

Love these fabrics. Great job on the bags,too!

Laurie said...

Yay! I love these fabrics and can't wait to see what he designs next.

Jodie said...

I think my husband would like these too! Might have to give it a try!

Robin D. said...

I love finding new fabric lines with guy-friendly fabrics! Thanks for the chance!

Meg said...

Love those bags and the fabric! Would love to get my hands on it. Thanks for the giveaway!
megromeo@gmail.com

Allison C said...

Making a box pouch is at the top of my list! I like that you used a metal zipper...what size zipper did you use?

kris said...

cute pattern!

Debbie said...

Gimmie gimmie!! Love ya girl! :-) ~ Debbie

Liz DandeliondD said...

Wow your boxy pouches are gorgeous.
Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway xxxx

Sara (My Semi-Creative Life) said...

I love these bags, they look great!

sewVery said...

Good, masculine prints are difficult to find. Love the boxy bags you made and thanks for the opportunity to win some Micro-Mod and a pattern!

drroothairs said...

oooh - very nice. This is going straight to the top of my list of makes waiting the day when my baby allows me to put her down for more than five minutes without crying. I reckon a neat boxy pouch will be just the thing for the diaper bag.

katie@stvital said...

Love the pouches. I may have to make more.

Deb said...

I love this fabric stack - thanks for the chance! The boxy pouches are awesome...must make some soon!

aiah23 said...

What yummy fabrics! I'd love to make some boxy type storage bags for each person (store stuff w/o it cluttering up the countertop). Thanks for this post! More to make's to add to my list once my sewing machine is back from the shop!

Fawn

Tiffany said...

first- i love the pouches. seriously. and metal zippers...who knew they'd be so cool looking?
second - yay for giveaways! ;)

I am just starting to put hidden seams in my pouches, but sometimes...exposed seams is just easier.

Karen P. said...

Love the bags!! And the fabric is new to me as well. Thanks for introducing it!!

diane said...

I have been hearing nothing but good things about Micro Mod and would love to win this FQ stack

Auntie Em said...

Pouches are great!! I see them being used for quilting tools.

Debbie said...

Love MicroMod and what awesome pouches! Thanks for the chance!

Chris S said...

Your bags are so perfect, just what I have been looking for!! I LOVE this fabric!!
chrissherman1669@yahoo.com

Elsa said...

I'm here from Cloud 9's Facebook page.
Really love the bags and the fabric ~ thanks for the giveaway!

Kath H said...

Nice fabric print, alike but different. This is a good size for traveling. Thanks for the tut.

knottygnome said...

what a great line! i love your metal zippers. the look is so classy.

Lindsey said...

I love that fabric! I use Kaelin's tutorial to make boxy pouches too. :-)

petoskystone said...

Sweet bags! I'm still fighting with fusible interfacing. No matter how well I follow the directions, it won't fuse the entire piece. Am thinking that my iron just doesn't get hot enough.

Pontos da Flávia said...

Thanks for the link to the tutorial! I loved it!

Tammy said...

I love micromod too, it is one of those ranges like DS chickopee where the individual prints are easy to miss but you get something really special once the prints are put together. And I love that they are boy friendly :)

Stephanie said...

These boxes are great. I've been meaning to make some.

The Amateur Quilter (Mike Pearson) said...

I really could use a new travel pouch! Love the fabrics ... truly micro mod :) I will put it on my list to make!

barb said...

I really love micromod. You are very creative and did such a great job. babscorbitt@gmail.com

Heather A said...

Micromod. What's not to love?! I haven't even seen the Lots of Dots pattern before! Where have I been? I'm keen to try some curved piecing and this could just be my ticket!

Carla said...

Nice giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

WandaFish said...

Thanks for the lovely giveaway! Micro mod is just perfect for your gorgeous boxy pouches :)

monique said...

I love dots! Love these fabrics! Your bags look really handy. I usually stay away from zips but I might have to go out of my comfort zone and try to make one, (or two, or three..)

giddy99 said...

Love the travel bags! I want so much to learn zippers - I need to take the plunge and just do it. :)

Laura said...

I love the fabric and your pouches! So fun!

Liz said...

Oh thanks for the chance! I keep eyeing this collection. I like it more every time I see something made with it.

AnnieK said...

Must make a travel pouch for hubby's birthday this month, they're so cool!

Karamat said...

Cute bags! And love those metal zippers.

Anita said...

Love your bags! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Donna said...

These pouches look nice and roomy, and I like the metal zipper as well. I just saw some metal zippers at a thrift shop for 25 cents. Need to go back for those! Thank you for the giveaway!

natalita said...

Love the pouches and the fabrics of course!!! So fun!!! Thank you for the giveaway ;)

Karrie S said...

Thank you for the chance to win!!

ksmith8@emich.edu

Julie said...

These pouches are great. I am always scratching my head for man gifts!
Thanks for the chance.

Gabrielle Robles said...

Beautiful fabric. Love the boxy bags. Thanks for a chance to win the bundle.

Nancy said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

:)

Mel O'Drama said...

love the bags!

Lindsay Conner said...

Oh, cute! Where do you get your metal zippers? Online, or is there a good place around. Love!

April @ Sewing Novice said...

Love this fabric. I am working on a zip pouch using Tick Tock White. Love the colors!!

LethargicLass said...

I liked the fabrics before I saw your bags... and now I *love* the fabrics :)

Jacklynn said...

What a fun project - one can never have enough travel bags in a suitcase to keep stuff organized. Thanks for the give away!

Tamie said...

Love this line and your bags. I might give them a try. Thanks for the giveaway.

Christie said...

This is awesome fabric! And the pouches rock!

Mary Ann said...

Love the bags!

Kat said...

Your pouches are so cute! Perfect choice of fabrics!

nessa said...

I found your blog a few weeks ago while roaming around - you are now on my 'weekly read' list! Love the dots, haven't seen them in my LQS yet :)

Martina said...

Oh those look so great and the fabrics are lovely! Thanks for sharing and the give away!

Nadya said...

i would love to win! love the fabric and pattern!

Mom C said...

Nice bags, so useful. Thanks.

laura said...

i ADORE this line! and love the boxy bags! thanks!

SIMPLESEW said...

Love MicroMod and you have the perfect fabric for the boxy pouches!

Amanda said...

Love Micro Mod! Thanks for sharing :)

Carla G said...

What awesome boxy bags! Love the fabric! :) Thanks for a chance to win!

meg said...

Love this!

meg said...

Love this print!

Linda said...

NEAT BAGS! THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Daisy said...

Fantastic bags! I've been on a boxy bag kick lately -- now I want to make another one :)

joanne said...

Brilliant bags!
Love the Micro Mod fabric, it is so tricky to get grown-up male fabric!!

joanne said...

Brilliant bags!
Love the Micro Mod fabric, it is so tricky to get grown-up male fabric!!

sophie said...

these are such cute bags! thanks for the chance to win!

WindyLou said...

Cute bags! Windylou at gmail dot com

craftygoods said...

Hmm...I'm in need of a new travel bag (although I certainly don't need another new project!). What the heck...it's too cute!

Judith said...

Sweet Fabric! Sweet Project! Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

cakegirl said...

My husband would pack his contact case, contact solution and about a dozen books of which he would MAYBE read one! Thanks for the giveaway.

Geveretts said...

Love the fabric and your pattern. I can't wait to make one!!!

robin said...

I love this fabric!

kbzelazny said...

I love your bags-so cute! Thanks so much-

epban said...

Enjoyed your post & love your pouches!

Jo said...

Loving this fabric! Thanks for sharing the boxy bag, lovely.

MrsB said...

Love this project! I need to make one of these for my husband. He always ends up sharing my bag when we travel.

Ramona said...

Beautiful job on your boxes. This fabric looks good in anything...I just love it. Thanks for the chance to win.

Annette said...

Love these fabrics and what you did with them, thanks for the giveaway!

Heather Coan said...

Love these bags! I can't wait to make them!

oneenglishteacher said...

Those bags are so gorgeous, and fabric selection for that pattern would just be too much fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

Cindy said...

I really love the boxy pouches with that fabric line! Great job.

Stephanie said...

His & her pouches... I like them.

Lorraine said...

Thanks for the giveaway, and the pouches are fantastic.

craftytammie said...

they turned out great! thanks for the pattern links.

mjb said...

I'd love this fabric!

bee said...

i def. want to make one of these bags!!

allierae said...

those pouches look adorable in this fabric line!

Cindi Nichols said...

This is an awesome fabric line. I would love to win it.

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I've never tried a boxy pouch, thanks for the tutorial links.

Junbugg said...

Love micro mod and the great bags. Thanks for the chance to win. jbsg1998@comcast.net

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