Day 1- The Convertible Reversible Bag Tour & Giveaway!

27 July

Bag Tour Graphic1

Hello and Welcome!  I am so glad you are here for the kick off of the Convertible Reversible Bag tour!

Over the next 5 days, view 14 lovely and talented ladies who made this design will share their creations and experiences with us.  I know you will enjoy visiting their blogs and looking at all their incredible work!  To add to the fun, help each day we have a new prize package to give away and you can find  a coupon codes for 25% off the pattern good through August 2nd on each blogger’s post!

I know you won’t want to miss a single day of the beautiful bags and prizes!  You can subscribe to my blog through Bloglovin’ or you  have email notifications sent to you by signing up on through the widgets at the upper right-hand side of this post.

the pattern

Here she is!  The Convertible/Reversible Bag!

Trish's galleyr collage

This unassuming little bag hides a secret… she can convert and reverse into 4 different bags in 2 completely separate colorways and styles!  The pattern includes instructions for laminated cottons as well as regular fabric.  Don’t you think it would make a great gift?  And, seek it’s perfect for travel, 4 bags in 1 means more room in your luggage for shoes!   It’s the wackiest design I’ve come up with yet and I just love it -I hope you do too!

today's prizes

Each day of the tour will offer a new opportunity for you to enter and win fun prizes! 

How to enter:  visit one (or all!) of the bloggers for that day and look for the giveaway widget.  Don’t worry if you miss a day, all the giveaways will be open on each blog through August 3rd.   The lucky winners will be announced here, the Cozy Nest Facebook page, and notified through email on August 4th.

Here’s today’s prize package!

A Sidewinder Bobbin Winder from Simplicity.  (Have one, love it!)
and 2 pdf patterns:  the adorable Coachella Shorts Pattern from Striped Swallow Designs and a Savannah Bag pattern from me!  Good luck!

day 1 giveaway

Here’s a sneak peak of Tuesday’s Giveaway!
I’ll tell you exactly what they are tomorrow!

day 2 giveaway

blog stops

To kick off our tour we have three fabulous ladies!  Please click over to each of their blogs and check out  their unique spin on the bag, and to get inspiration from all their other creations!    You can scroll down to see the line-up for the rest of the week!

Maria of  Mia’s Creations
Niki Stringer from Roonie Ranching
 Alyssa at  Keep Calm and Carrion
Our first stop is to visit Maria at Mia’s Creations.  Maria is a bag maker and quilter. She is a pattern tester for several independent bag designers and just recently tested a quilt pattern.  Maria sent me this photo of her amazing bag.  Aren’t you wondering what her other 3 bags look like?  Visit her and find out, she is a lovely person who I’ve had a great time getting to know.

maria's bag


Next, say hello to Niki Stringer of  Roonie Ranching Niki sews in Michigan when she can steal a few moments to herself from raising her two kids.  She taught herself to sew on a machine she picked up on sale to combat boredom during her third year of law school.  After about a decade of neglect, the machine was revived so Niki could tackle some great sewing tutorials she found on Pinterest, which is how she really learned how to sew.  Two machines later, she now tackles sewing projects ranging from dresses for her six-year-old-daughter to quilted table runners, but her true love is bags of all shapes and sizes.  She and her twin sister, Erin, created Roonie Ranching to document their creative ventures in an effort to avoid clogging up each other’s email inboxes with endless photos of their newest creations.  Niki is awesome and is the person who inspired me to do this blog tour – thanks, Niki!

teaser pic

And finally today, pop in on Alyssa Carrion at Keep Calm and Carrion,  a 31 year old mother of 2 who lives in Port Angeles, WA.  Alyssa used to be an Army officer, but now spends her time raising Inara (5) and Connor (2), while doing lots of sewing and pattern testing.  While most of her sewing time is spent making things for her littles, she loves the chance to sew tops and bags for herself as well.  Alyssa is a really cool person and a great sewist, I know you will have fun checking out her work!

CR Teaser Aly


the schedule

Tuesday, July 29th
Lynn Potts of  Potts Crafty
Marilyn Brandt with Shades of Bold  

 Wednesday, July 30th
Vicky Myers of  Vicky Myers Creations
Liz Schaffner from MOMENTS
Sarah Gido of Cozy Nest Design 

Thursday, July 31st 
   Amy Macdonald from Friends Stitched Together
Kathy from of Handmade Dress Haven
Judith Clauss of Judith Stitches and More 

Friday, August 1st
Jonie Brooks from Knot Sew Normal
Lorena Rey of my way of… 
Bethany Rapp over at Sweet Bee Buzzings

See you tomorrow!


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21 Responses to “Day 1- The Convertible Reversible Bag Tour & Giveaway!”

  1. Crista July 28, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    New here~ How do you enter the giveaway? I know it must be obvious, but I’m missing it. 🙂

    Haven’t had coffee yet though, so that may be it!


    • Sarah July 28, 2014 at 11:10 am #

      Yeah, I could use some coffee myself Crista! If you click over to any of the bloggers I have for today, they will have the giveaway widgets on their sites. Gook luck!

      • Crista July 28, 2014 at 2:40 pm #


  2. Carolyn July 28, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    I love your covertible/reversible bag!

    • Sarah July 28, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

      Thanks, Carolyn! It was really fun designing it!

  3. Claudia J July 28, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    Love the bag and the sidewinder is a real winner. How do I join the giveaway?

    • Sarah July 28, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

      Yeah, you know it took me a long time to break down and buy a sidewinder but I have to say I can’t live without it now. I almost don’t mind seeing an empty bobbin now! All you need to do is click on one of today’s featured bloggers and then look for the giveaway widget on their post. Good luck!

  4. Laura S. July 28, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    Sidewinder sounds handy. Bag is adorable! I’d love to make one!

    • Sarah July 28, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      Thanks, Laura – I can’t stop making them! It’s addictive and I need to move on to other projects! Every time I’m in a fabric store I find myself thinking “that would be perfect for the Convertible Bag!”

  5. Patricia A. Hawkenson July 28, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    Best of luck with your GREAT BLOG TOUR! I’ll be sure to share the fun on FB and Twitter! 🙂

    • Sarah July 28, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

      Thanks, Patricia, you are always so supportive!

  6. Carol Filbeck July 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    I was lucky enough to be a tester for Sarah Gido on this unique bag. Its an engineering marvel yet the directions make it easy to put together. Love it. Great for travel since it will go from day to night depending on the fabric you choose. This is a fun pattern to sew. It will amaze your friends and family. Sarah, this was simply genius.

    • Sarah July 29, 2014 at 3:00 am #

      More like dumb luck disguised as genius, I’d say, but thank you Carol. I am so happy I have you on my team!

  7. Niki July 28, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Hooray! I would say the first day of the blog tour is a big success. Thank you for your kind words — you’re pretty awesome yourself. I can’t say enough great things about this pattern and your pattern shop in general, which is probably pretty evident from my post. : )

    • Sarah July 29, 2014 at 3:04 am #

      Thank you, friend!

  8. Naomi July 29, 2014 at 2:32 am #

    Thanks so much for the discount on the bag pattern, I must say, I was surprised at the ‘normal’ price, pleasantly though….I’m sure there’s going to be lots of the finished bags popping up on blogs, facebook and pinterest in the coming months… pattern is all printed out….now shall I start one for me, or a few for the Present box…..hmmmmm decisions decisions lol


    • Sarah July 29, 2014 at 3:02 am #

      Oh, yeah, Naomi! I would vote a gift for you first, then one for the present box (or maybe two for you first!). Either way, I want to see pics when you’re done. Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions!

  9. Liz Schaffner July 29, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Just want to wish you Good Luck in the Blog Hop 🙂

  10. Anita July 30, 2014 at 3:43 am #

    Love the bag, very innovative well done. May I ask, is the competition open to the UK too? Have been saving some fabric for a bag project and this is ideal yayy!

    • Sarah July 30, 2014 at 7:24 am #

      Hi Anita,
      Thanks! Yes, please enter the giveaway, it’s open to everyone! Good luck!


  1. max - November 14, 2014


    thanks for information.

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