Thursday, September 1, 2016

Bag It Kickoff!!

Today is the day!   

It is the official kick-off for my Elm Street Quilts Bag It event!!

I've been working for months creating all new tutorials for all types of bags to help inspire your holiday handmade.  

That said, to participate in Elm Street Quilts Bag It you just have to make and share a bag - ANY bag from any tutorial, any pattern.  It is that simple.

Grab a button from the sidebar and tell a friend - let's have a fun time!

This post is filled with information including sneak peaks of the new bag tutorials. 

There are going to be several ways to earn entries for a chance for a prize from our sponsors.

Regardless of how you earn your entries, all the entries will be pooled together and be eligible for one of the great prizes from our sponsors.

There will be eighteen (18) participant winners!!  These prizes are awesome and will be shared in the sponsor introduction posts which start September 12.

Here are the three (3) ways you can earn entries:

Show some sponsor love!  - Starting September 12, there will be options to earn entries by virtually visiting each of the sponsors.  We'll share a bit about the sponsors across several posts so you have plenty of time to visit each one.  All those entries go into the overall entry Bag It virtual hat!

Make a bag (or 2 or 3 or more!) - Any bag - yes ANY bag - you make during the Bag It event earns you entries into the participant giveaway.  There will be plenty of tutorials from Elm Street Quilts to inspire and I'd be thrilled if you made one of those bags. That said, Bag It is all about making gifts for the holidays so any bag you make and share during the season of Bag It earns an entry.  Photos of bags can also be emailed to be entered.  All those entries from bags you make go into the overall Bag It virtual hat.   (Read more about entering your bag(s).)

Share your own bag tutorial from your blog and join the bag tutorial linky.   Sharing a bag tutorial - or doing a new blog post that references an existing tutorial and the Bag It event - will also earn an entry into the overall Bag It virtual hat!   I'll be featuring some of bloggers from this pool of tutorials during the Bag It event.

Sponsor introduction posts (earn giveaway entries!)

These sponsors are just awesome!   

American Made Brand    
(Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram)

(Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram)

Bagmaker Supply   

By Annie   
(Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram)

Fat Quarter Shop 

Green Fairy Quilts  

Island Batik   

Warm Company   
(Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram)

Zip It   

  • Introducing Bagmaker Supply & Elm Street Quilts (available September 12)
  • Introducing Fat Quarter Shop & by Annie (available September 13)
  • Introducing Aurifil & Green Fairy Quilts   (available September 14)
  • Introducing Island Batik and ZipIt   (available September 15)
  • Introducing American Made Brand and the Warm Company   (available September 16)

Introducing new bag tutorials   

Top row : Purse Pack, Lunch Sack, Sew // Binding Kit, Backpack
Center Row: Game Piece Bag, Market Basket, Yoga Bag
Bottom row: Messenger Bag, Sew Travel Kit, Pencil Roll, Credit Card Bag

  • Purse Pack (available September 19)
  • Lunch Sack (available September 26)
  • Sew Travel Bag (available October 3)
  • Game Piece Bag (available October 10)
  • Credit Card Carrier (available October 17)
  • Yoga Bag (available October 24)
  • Pencil Roll (available October 31)
  • Sew Binding Kit (available November 7)
  • Backpack (available November 14)
  • Messenger Bag (available November 21)
  • Market Basket (available November 28)

Revisit existing tutorials

 Supporting tutorials  & information

  • Supply list and sources (available September 5)
  • Boxing corners (available September 6)
  • Magnetic snap installation (available September 8)
  • Grommet installation (available September 9)

See overall schedule and links to all tutorials on the Bag It event page  
Make sure you visit the sponsor posts and earn entries into the giveaway.

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. I'm ready to sew. When does it start with bag directions?
    Thanks for doing this. Great for National Sewing Month.

  2. I had fun with this last year and made several Christmas gifts. Looking forward to joining in again this year.

  3. Will try to play along, you have picked some useful shapes and styles Patty :)

  4. Patty ..thanks for encouring us out here in blog reader land. I made many gifts via Bag It last season and can't wait for this years fun. Glad it's a longer 'season'


  5. This is awesome, excited to join in. I think I will finally make a sew together bag, I've had the pattern for so long. Just need to order a bunch of zippers.

  6. Patty, so I'll have to wait until November 28 for the Market Bag Pattern? Just checking. Thanks.

  7. Oh, I sooooo want to join in!
    The bag I'm using at the moment (made about ten years ago) really needs replacing. I bought new fabric in the Summer but haven't got round to starting yet!
    Now I just need some wintery days so I have a good excuse to stay indoors and sew!
    Barbara x


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