Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Eclectic Elements Blog Hop - and a giveaway

Hello Friends and welcome to my stop on the Eclectic Elements Blog Hop.

Please forgive me if this post is a little disjointed.  I have been down with the flu since the weekend, and I'm not quite firing on all cylinders.

Anyhoo....When Nicki asked me if I would participate in this blog hop, I was pretty happy because I had a whole bunch of Eclectic Elements that I wasn't quite sure what I was going to use them for.

One of the things I like about this line is the masculine feel of the prints.  And since Valentine's Day is coming up, and I usually make something for my husband, I decided to make him a manly looking zip pouch.  Of course, not just any zip pouch would do for my hubby, so I went with the Bionic Gear Bag by the Ripstitcher.

Bionic Gear Bag for Hubby


I used this nice typeset print for the exterior.  Very manly, don't you think?

Bionic Gear Bag for hubby (interior)


And since hubby travels a lot for work, this fun postcard mash up print for the interior.

Don't let this pictures fool you.  This bag is BIG.  There is a lot of space between the zips.  I figure he can use this bag as his toiletry bag for his travels, or even put all his laptop cables and plug chargers for all his devices in it.

Now for the giveaway part.

I made a 2nd Bionic Gear Bag to giveaway.

Bionic Gear Bag 2 WIP

You might notice that the top zipper has not been installed yet.  It is true.  I haven't worked on this bag in over a week, well before I got sick.  I even had my 8 year old help me stage these photos so the bags wouldn't get my cooties on them.

Bionic Gear Bag (interior)

Never fear though, as soon as I feel better, I will get that last step done, zip it up and mail it off to the winner.

Bionic Gear Bag 2 WIP


For the 2nd bag, I went with the measuring tape exterior, thinking a crafter may win.  It is big enough to fit all you rotary cutters, scissors, even large spools of threads in it, etc.  Perfect for hauling all your sewing stuff to a retreat.

If you want to make your own Bionic Gear Bag, the pattern is available on Craftsy .  (Please note, this link is an affiliate link, if you purchase a CLASS after clicking this link, I may be compensated.) I will warn you though, this pattern is for a determined soul.  I'm not sure I would have gotten through it, were it not for the great video tutorials at Michele's blog, Birdcage and Thread.

To enter, please leave me ONE comment telling me what you would put in this Bionic Gear Bag, and please make sure your email address is also in the comment.  You can put it in the format of yourname(at)domain(dot)com if you are worried about spammers.  I will randomly choose a winner next Tuesday and announce it on the blog on Wednesday.

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Alida!  I will mail you your new Bionic Gear bag shortly.

Also, please visit the other participants of the Blog Hop to see what lovely creations they have made.



Now, if you will excuse me, I have a date with my couch and some hot tea.

Thanks for reading,


Jen

56 comments:

  1. Oh wow Jen these are fabulous - I bet your hubby will love his and how kind of you to make one for a giveaway too - I know I would definitely use it for sewing stuff as it is just perfect! thank you so much for joining in the hop and I hope you are feeling better soon x

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  2. What fabulous bags, the binding is so neat and I love all the zippered compartments, well done! I hope you feel better soon xxx

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  3. Two fabulous bags!!
    If I was lucky enough to win I'd keep my hexies and sewing things in it!
    gillwatson at mailbox dot co dot uk

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  4. what great bags -- is this similar to the sew together bag or is it much larger? feel better friend

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  5. Your hubby is going to love this! I would use mine for sewing things for sure! Cecesews(at)gmail(dot)com. Feel better soon!

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  6. awesome bags, I would use it to stash sewing tools. Thanks

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  7. my rotary cutters to keep away from little fingers

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  8. I would definitely use the bag for quilting gear. I bought the pattern and it scares me to death, so if I win one I can conquer that fear by making a bag for someone else.

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  9. Great bags! I would love to win and I would use it to carry my current handwork project. Thank you for sharing and I hope you feel better soon. ceciliayoung at gmx.com

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  10. There would be room for a lot of sewing and quilting gear in this one! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. you were sick and you did this bag? not even if i were feeling 100% i'd never be able to accomplish this. i would love to win this bag and show it off at the senior center where i volunteer. it certainly looks large enough for all the thread, needles, scissors, a ruler and even my handy dandy seam ripper. sure seems versatile for anything including, using it as a carry on if i were to go on a trip; or maybe i could give it to my daughter for the baby! wait a minute on second thought, let's not get carried away. i just love it. i'd love to be the first of my group to have such a beautiful and useful bag.thank you for the opportunity. hope your up and feeling better soon.

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  12. It is for the determined soul, but you made two!! Kudos to you for that. I have purchased the pattern already myself, but am feeling a bit overwhelmed at all the pages and pages of instructions. I am planning to use mine for my travelling sewing kit for retreats and classes. Hope you are feeling better soon.

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  13. Hope you feel better soon. Love the print on your husband's bag - it's so 3D. I would put all of my hand sewing things in the bag so they would stop falling out all over the basket I take to my kids' sporting events. colleen at fancyfootfarm dot com

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  14. These are pretty awesome! I would love to put sewing supplies in them to take to class. Right now I have my stuff all mixed up in one pouch.

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  15. For those of us who are a little obsessive compulsive and have a spot for everything....this would be a dream bag for traveling, working, and sewing. I do clinical research and have a lot of documents, medication, medical supplies, laptop, that I have to carry with me. Everything in it's spot would be fantastic! I'm very impressed you accomplished so much while not feeling well.

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  16. I would use this bag to hold my embroidery essentials.

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  17. Love love love the fabrics you have used on both bags! I sew at a friends house once a week and would love to make up a sewing kit that I can leave in my machine bag that has everything I need in it instead of running around Monday morning trying to workout what I have forgotten :) Hope those cooties go away real soon! soozemoroney(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Way cool bag design. Such detail. Love all the pockets in this design. Perfect for a crafter. Total #CreativeGoodness.

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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  19. This is such a great line, & your bags look pro! Hope you are feeling on the mend after a good night's rest. Thank you Jen for such a generous giveaway- you are amazing! I am like minded & vision it filled with sewing supplies for roadtrips, it even looks large enough for rations as well ;-)

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  20. Fantastic bags. I would use mine for hand sewing supplies. Thanks so much.

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  21. Wonderful bag! I think I would use it to carry around my embroidery projects! Thanks for the chance!!

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  22. Oh dear, I hope you feel better soon. That is one neato fabric line. Very masculine. If I was lucky enough to win, I would give it to my Dad for Father's Day. He would store woodworking supplies in it, or use it as a new travel toiletry kit as his 40 year old one recently bit the dust. Now go and enjoy your tea and rest! craftytokyomama (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  23. Oh I'm lucky 24! Oh Jen, I hope you are feeling better. Had to giggle over your cootie remark, glad to hear you're not that sick that you lost your since of humor. Anyways, If I was the lucky winner, I'd use this for my hexie project. I still need to order some papers so will be starting that project sometime this year.

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  24. I love storing my quilting gear in bags--thread and needles, rotary cutters, templates, scissors, you name it. If I were the lucky winner I would put it to good use. Please take good care of yourself--I'll bet you wore yourself out making these lovelies. wordygirl (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  25. I have had my eye on that pattern for awhile. The bag looks so fun and functional. The fabric on the second bag is quite neat, love the interior. I would use it to take fun projects with me and wait for kiddos at school.

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  26. Oooh, I haven't seen a big one like that (as the actress said to the bishop!). That's fab! It would make a perfect Hexie kit: Sections for templates, fabric, completed Hexies, threads and scissors ... Hope you feelbetter soon xxxxx

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  27. This bag would be a wonderful travel bag to corral sewing notions and tools for going to classes. I've decided I need 2 of most items -- 1 to keep at home and 1 to take to class -- so I can know I have the right things handy when and where I need them. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  28. If I won I would use it in my "sewing to go" bag. This year I am trying to take projects with me to waiting events (dr. offices, speech appointments, tutor...) It's working better for me than taking quilting magazines and starting more projects. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  29. Last week I had to pack a toiletry bag for my husband. The bag we were using wasn't 'manly' enough and he didn't need my feminine things in there anyway. So now he has his own toiletry bag, I need my own too...but wait, the bionic bag would be my new sewing kit bag and my old one would be my new toiletry bag. New all around! yessewingisfun@yahoo(dot)com

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  30. I would use it for small travel projects, or hand sewing. Love the man version too!
    elkerwidow@yahoo.com

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  31. I hope you are feeling better! These bags are wonderful... I think I would use one to hold my pens and other writing supplies (sticky notes, notepads, etc.). So cute!

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  32. Hope you get to feeling better. Love the satchel.

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  33. First of all…feel better real soon!! Love the bags (especially since I'm a huge TH fan)!! I'd use it to hold lots of my TH supplies so I can find them easily. Thanks for the sweet giveaway :)
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. I would use it to organize my very large assortment of knitting notions and projects for travel!

    t_ktl at yahoo dot com

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  35. I love your bag it just brilliant, I do hope you feel better soon.

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  36. lovely bag...I'd use it for cross-stitching supplies

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  37. I would use it to hold my EPP supplies...easy to carry to doctor appointments, etc., wherever I will have to wait for a while. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  38. Wow it seems like there is lots of space.... and lots of zippers. I travel twice a week so any bag that can help keep my many items organized is a welcomed treasure for me.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  39. Ooooh what Awesome gear bags!!! Definitely would be used for MY sewing gear! LOL Thank you for chance to win one!!! Looove them!

    bearpaws9(at)copper(dot)net

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  40. What great bags. It's good to find nice fabrics to sew things up for men isn't it? I would use the bag for my sewing stuff. I'd probably change it round for either embroidery or machine sewing.

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  41. I would use this for a project bag. I am always carrying around an embroidery project or supplies to make christmas ornaments. This looks great for keeping everything in one portable place. Scissors, thread, fabric, instructions, etc.

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  42. Hope u feel better. Couch and tea sounds good anytime. What a great bag! Looks like it could hold anything. Love the tape measure outside.
    giquilt(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I love this bag - looks like a sew together bag on steroids. I would use this at work, as my current sew together bag is too small for my stethoscope (I'm a nurse), pens, pencils, markers, surgical scissors and a pupil flashlight. Thanks for the chance to win! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  44. I'd make this my travel-to-class bag. I'd put thread, bobbins, needles, scissors, markers, and other good stuff.

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  45. Looks good. I would use it for my sewing supplies when I travel - right now I use plastic bags that always end up with holes in them.
    rachael.0601(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. I love this bag! I would put all of my epp stuff in it for when I have to go out for a long while, it would be awesome for this! I hope you feel better, I've been sick since Christmas and I can't seem to kick it. Hang in there and if I win, don't worry about your cooties, I think mine are from another dimension!! Lol! Thanks so much!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  47. I would put my buttons, charms and little fabric flowers in this cute bag!
    Susie

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  48. Love all the compartments for a traveling hand sewing project. Thanks!

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  49. This would be a great take-along bag for my latest hand quilting project. It might help to keep me organized.

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  50. I hope that you are feeling better! How generous of you to share one of your creations! I treasure hand-made things, and this bag is especially fantastic! I l love the fabric, the design, and all the uses! I would use this for toting sewing projects on the go. Thanks again!

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  51. This looks like a great bag to keep printed pdf patterns in - it could be used for so many things. Very useful.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  52. Your craft bag is fabulous, I see so many uses for it. Since I love doing all sorts of crafts a large bag is necessary. But my addiction of late is quilting, hand made hexagons by the 1000's to make join together & many UFOs . Thank you for a chance to win. Happy Quilting :)

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  53. Hi!!!! Great bag for your hubby!!!! If I won I would probably use it for sewing supplies and the kitchen sink!!!! Ha!!!! My bags usually wind up with a little bit of everything in them!!!! Thanks for the fun give away!!!!

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  54. WOW, that bag looks awesome! I would put sewing notions like needles, thread, cutters, etc. to take to Sit-n-sew and retreats! :)

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  55. Wow. Nice bag. I would put sewing goodies inside. plboner(at)yahoo(dot)com

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