Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day

This is veeeerrrrry last minute, but I decided to join in the fun at Sew, Mama, Sew’s Giveaway Day.

Welcome, Giveaway Day Guests! I’m Jodi and this is Sew Fearless! I am a sewing addicted mom of 5 with a special passion for tackling the projects that intimidate me, then sharing all the tips and tricks I learned with my readers. Click on the “Project Galleries” menu above to see examples of these projects.) I also have a number of fiercely practical sewing patterns out including the “Pajama Eater” pillow (feed it your pajamas in the morning, wear them again the next night!).

Sourcing Bag Hardware

Ready for a giveaway? I found an 8 inch and 14 inch internal tubular purse frame in my stash. My Mommy Poppins bag pattern is designed for a 12 inch purse frame, however, it includes instructions on how to resize the bag to fit any size frame. For example, I used an 8 inch purse frame to make the “Mini Poppins” bag, and one of my pattern testers used a 16 inch frame to make her Mega Poppins.

Mini Poppins Bag

For this Giveaway Day, I am giving away a Bag Hardware set  – your choice of one purse frame (either 8 inch or 14 inch, your choice), 4 D-rings, two trigger clasps, and Mommy Poppins Bag Pattern (PDF). (Open to USA residents, 18 years and up,  only.)

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  1. says

    Sewing a full, tailored men’s suit and altering wedding gowns are projects that scare me the most. Super high pressure jobs there! And zippers. I’ve sewn a bazillion zippers and they still frustrate me. I get over the frustration faster than I did many moons ago, but they never please the perfectionist in me. Choose your battles, right? 😉

  2. Phoebe T. says

    Making my own patterns and knowing how much extra to add for seam allowances scares me the most at this moment.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Amy B. says

    I’ve tackled pretty much every sewing project from quilts to self designed formal gowns, so there isn’t a lot left I haven’t done. However, I’m still very much a novice at pattern drafting. It makes me very nervous and I go through a lot of muslins before I get my pattern finalized. It’s annoying.

    Bags are easy though. :) They always seem to come together just fine. I’d love to play with your Mommy Poppins bag pattern. I haven’t done purse frames yet. It sounds fun.

  4. Sarah B. says

    Binding a quilt. I’ve finished a quilt top and back and can’t bring myself to bind it to finally finish it off… I’m too overwhelmed.

  5. says

    I don’t think I have met a sewing technique that I have ever been afraid of. There are many that I would prefer not to do, but I am pretty brave when it comes to sewing and drafting, etc. I have been coveting this bag pattern ever since you put it out and I really hope I can win it this time!! Fingers crossed in Alabama :-)

  6. says

    I’m currently nervous about tailoring, especially in garments where fit is paramount. I know I’ll get there eventually though! I’ve overcome enough difficult things that even the truly hard things aren’t as scary. =)
    I was totally planning on giving something away too! And then, life. Hopefully next time. =)

  7. says

    Sewing clothing without a pattern or making clothing pattern I see as very challenging. I do love to sew bags. They don’t have fit issues. Great giveaway! I’ll be crossing my fingers for this one.

  8. says

    I think I’m most afraid of men’s tailoring. Expensive fabrics, and I feel like they’re supposed to fit just so (even though in reality, it’s not like my husband’s clothes fit that well). I love the mommy poppins bag!

  9. Pre says

    I have not tried shirring yet. It does not scare me, but does look challenging. Perhaps when I have just the right project I’ll dive in.

  10. says

    Fitting adult garments scares me. I don’t do too many things for me because of it. I do mostly kid’s sewing. Someday when the kids are older I will focus on some fun stuff for me!

  11. Angela Bullard says

    There’s not really anything I’m scared of but there are definitely things I need to work on (freemotion quilting and curves)!

  12. Linda A. says

    Project that scares me: tailoring clothes to fit me. It’s easier hitting someone else.

    Love the Poppins Bag!
    It’s Supercalafrajalistic-ex… (You know the rest. 😉

  13. cons says

    These Mary Poppins Bags sound awesome. I’d love the 14 inch frame for a bigger bag. All I need next is my umbrella! Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. --anu says

    Sewing tailored things for myself. I can do kids clothes and simple things and even quilts. But the work associated with sewing for myself (muslins and sba and all the fitting that is so hard to do by myself) makes me shy away.

  15. Patti says

    Making a frame change purse. I tried and tried and threw it all away! Waste of good fabric, guess I need to take a class and learn hands on.

  16. Jackie says

    Working with dressy materials, like satin and silk. Would love to get to the point where I could make my daughters’ formal dresses. Thankfully I have at least 7 years before they would need a formal. Must start practicing… :-/

  17. Rita aka crescendogal says

    I am 46 & have been sewing since age 7…..about the only thing that intimidates me is shirring/smocking. I am a total bag lady and would love to win this….this pattern has been on my wishlist since it came out! :0)

  18. Melissa V. says

    Anything other than baby/toddler girl dresses! I’ve started with them and they are fairly simple, but boy’s clothes, adult clothing, and accessories are new to me!

  19. Lisa T says

    The scariest projects for me, making clothes that are not baby sized. It is terribly intimidating to cut into all that fabric!

  20. Heather says

    I’ve still never done a button hole… My goal is to conquer the buttonhole before New Years so that resolution can actually get done this year LOL

  21. says

    I have always been afraid of making bags that require hardware. No kidding. All those little metal piece a mabobs confuse the daylights out of me. And I have never tried because of that. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

  22. says

    Anything I haven’t tried yet! LOL! Right now it’s button holes. I need to sit down and figure out how to do it on my machine. Right now, Velcro is my go-to.

  23. Jeana says

    Your bag is SO cute! I am intimidated by button holes – never done them! also zippers – had some practice, but need more!

  24. Stephanie Rose says

    I am scared to make my own bias tape! I’ve seen such cute, cute things made with homemade bias tape that matches the fabric, and I would love to try it. But I am very intimidated by it.

    Thanks so much for the great giveaway! I would love, love, love to get my hands on this! :-)

  25. Abbey says

    I’m about to sew the waistband on my first pair of (not-based-on-a-commercial-pattern) pants, so right now that’s what scares me the most!

  26. Danielle says

    There are a lot of projects that intimidate me from the beginning, but usually once I get started, I find a comfort zone in taking on the challenge & reworking the project until I get it right, even if it doesn’t follow the same steps to get there as most!

  27. Jenny says

    FMQ scares me the most, for sure. That bag is so cute I can’t stand it. It does not hurt that you’ve used the few DS fabrics that I haven’t managed to get my hands on, and I’m crying about it. Maybe you can just send me the bag if I win? 😉 Seriously, I’d love to have this pattern and hardware. Supercalifragilistic Christmas to you!

  28. AmyLou says

    Right now is sewing a dress for me in a woven fabric instead of jersey or ITY knit. So afraid I’m going to mess up, and it won’t fit, and I won’t be able to salvage it.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  29. malora says

    I am afraid of lining woven garments. I am having terrible luck trying to figure it out and most big 4 patterns don’t come with lining instructions. It’s hard!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  30. says

    Nothing particularly scares me, per se, but there are tasks that I don’t look forward to. Like I hate sewing zippers. I do get kind of uneasy whenever I have to sew buttonholes on thick fabric because my machine likes to screw those up.

  31. Emma says

    Sewing patterns in general. Well, parts of them. Right now I’m at a stalemate with this costume because I’m not sure I’m interpreting the collar instructions properly! Wish me luck.

  32. Heather says

    Curves in quilts. I can do them all day long in bags but not in quilts. I think it’s going to be a goal for next year to get better at them.

  33. Rebecca R says

    Chopping already made clothes and making something else with them. Like people do with their baby clothes. Scares me to death!!

  34. Yvonne says

    I find matching fabric to pattern the most difficult part of the sewing process. i have lots of patterns (thanks for the offer here) and a stack of fabric, but …………….. which to do first! I’ve already purchased the Mommy bag and now see there are two frame sizes. How could you? haha I’ll want to make them both. I’ve checked out the frames but will wait until after the Christmas in case I get one from Santa

  35. says

    I guess it is clothing. I’ve started several things, get frustrated with the fitting, feel the fabric has been wasted (even the muslins)…and put it away. haha

  36. deborah clark says

    I’m very new to sewing so a lot of it can be scary. I’m especially overwhelmed at the thought of bring a quilt together to the finish. Making blocks is one thing, but then layers and the actual quilting stitches, and to see some of the stuff out there…amazing stuff going on in the sewing world! It’s enough to make one’s head spin, but I love it and can’t wait to dive in.

  37. says

    Strange but using the rotary cutter is still intimidating for me. I asked Santa for a better system (Trucut) and hope that helps my cutting for piecing.

  38. Stephanie says

    I am not a big fan of curves. They make me nervous. I did just finish a curved quilt and it like to killed me lol!

  39. says

    Apparently making a large bag with lots of zippers, pockets and hardware scares me, because I’ve had three bags on my “must make” list for more than a year, and they still aren’t done. I really hope to conquer that fear soon!

  40. Stephanie says

    The think I am most afraid of is making clothes. I’ve successfully made a couple simple dresses but they really intimidate me! LOL

  41. Debra Neiman says

    Sewing mens clothes is totally scary to me. I am happy to follow you on FB. Merry Christmas from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  42. Barbara Bradford says

    My biggest fear in my entire life is still zippers. I can sew them a thousand times in my head the night before, but when it come down to the sitting at the sewing machine and actually sewing one in.. I freeze… Not a clue why

  43. Jessica says

    OMG the work curves freaks me out to no end:-)
    I am big baby and I don’t like to fail at anything so I won’t even give them a try!
    I’m hoping 2014 is my big girl year!!
    Thanks for the chance, Jessica

  44. says

    When I hand bind a quilt I am afraid that it will unravel later in it’s life. It is a silly fear cause hand stitching is super strong. I also fear hexagons but I really want to use them!

  45. Jansie says

    Quilt binding. I have many unfinished quilt tops because I just cannot seem to get this skill down. :( Still working on it though!!

  46. says

    Do you have pictures of what the mini version looks like? The one with the 8 inch frame? I’d love to see how that sews up. If you know of someone who has sewn it and posted a version online the link to it would be cool even! Thanks! Love the purse.

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