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Tote - A Sneak Peek! NAME My Next Pattern and WIN the Pattern + Hardware Kit!

It's THAT time again.....Time I need YOUR help to choose a name for my next pattern....a large tote bag which is easy and quick to make AND loaded with features too! 

This spacious tote features 5 exterior slip pockets, 1 exterior twist lock pocket, a recessed zipper closure, an interior zipper pocket, two slip pockets and a pen pocket. Of course the addition of a twist lock, rivets (optional), bag feet, rings and cute hooks on the straps makes this tote look so professional too!

Approx. size: 41cm W X 31cm H X 11.5cm D. (16" W X 12" H x 4½" D.)

Next Pattern to be released - a new Tote bag by ChrisW Designs

NO...that isn't binding on the pockets and the top edge of the bag...there is a MUCH easier way to get that look! LOL

New Tote bag Pattern by ChrisW Designs

I am offering the soon to be newly released pattern.... PLUS a hardware kit, both FREE of charge to whomever suggests the name I choose for the bag! (Yes I will post it to you anywhere in the world!)

Hardware for the New Tote Pattern!

To enter simply leave your name (Or names!) suggestion in the comment section below! PLEASE leave your name ....PLUS....and this is REALLY important...a method of contacting you should you win!....HINT: I am leaning towards a name other than a persons name and not one describing the fabric! ;)

Competition closes Saturday 31st may 2014! .............and I can't WAIT to see what you come up with! ;)

Pattern Testing?

Are you a newbie bag maker? I am looking for a couple of testers relatively NEW to making bags BUT with some sewing experience under your belt to test this tote pattern. i.e you should be familiar with common sewing terms and how to use your sewing machine BUT must have only made one or two bags prior! If so, please email me (Please do not comment below!) 

Testing involves me emailing you the PDF pattern for FREE and then you will have one to two weeks to complete the bag using your own supplies. You do need to be nit picky about my instructions...telling me what you don't understand and let me know any typos you may find etc. Be HONEST....BUT telling me what a great pattern I have made is not helpful! LOLL

I need constructive criticism PLUS when you are finished, please send me a couple of quality photos and supply me with any feedback you may have! Note that other than the FREE pattern and my many thanks and gratitute, there is no formal payment as such. EEEK...I am not that RICH...I wish I was! LOLLL The bag of course, remains YOUR property and you will also receive a copy of the corrected and released pattern which you can use over and over again!

Anyone with more experience interested in testing is also most welcome to email me to be added to my 'backup' tester list! I like to have at least a dozen sewists testing each pattern BUT sometimes due to other commitments etc, my regular testers are not able to participate so it is nice to have extra's I can call on too....PLUS I like to choose at least ONE person new to testing my patterns each time I have a new pattern! :)

Thanks everyone! :)


P.S. Please forgive me for not personally replying/commenting on all the comments and name suggestions for this post....if I did, I would be here all day instead of working on finishing up the pattern! LOLL....BUT rest assurred I READ and appreciate every single one of them! :) Thank you!