Thursday, November 29, 2012

Balancing Elephants Pattern + Giveaway.

At the Australian Quilt market I had two new patterns so showcase.  Today I would like to tell you a about the 'Balancing Elephants' bag pattern which includes three variations on a messenger style bag.  

 

For this bag I wanted something that was the perfect size for Chloe to tote her drink and a small lunch box in for nursery and it took a little bit of playing around to get the perfect size but all the trials (and there were quite a few) were totally worth it!


Inspired by the lyrics to the popular children’s song ‘Elephants Balancing’ this child’s stylish messenger bag is suitable for both girls and boys. 

 

The pattern includes three possible looks, making it a handy and versatile pattern. If you are looking for a quick project to sew for a child’s gift, this bag is for you!


The bag measures 10 1/2" (26.5cm) wide x 8" (20cm) tall, plus handles and will even fit an IPAD.  If you wanted to use this for an adult you could easily lengthen the strap to suit. 


Cover photos are something I really struggle with and many times I finish a 'photo shoot' and review the photos only to find not one suitable photo for a cover.  This photo shoot actually turned out OK (I was surprised!) I actually had photos to choose from - quite a novelty for me!

 

I wanted to have a photo of Chloe wearing 'Balancing Elephants' to show the scale of the bag and also a photo or two showing each individual style.  After the photos were taken I put them together for the final cover image and emailed family and friends to find out their favourite and we decided on the photo below.  


This bag is really such a fun sew and with Christmas right around the corner you could make them as gifts for family and friends.


Fabrics: 
Bag Option 1 - Pieces of hope by RBD (2012 collection) for Riley Blake Designs.
Denim from FD Textiles.
Bag Option 2 - Bohemian Festival by Lila Tuller (2012 collection) for Riley Blake Designs.
Bag Option 3 - Delighted by the Quilted Fish (2011 collection) for Riley Blake Designs.


Now who would like to win a copy of the 'Balancing Elephants' messenger bag pattern?!  Leave a comment on this post to be in the draw to win your very own copy of 'Balancing Elephants'.  The giveaway is open to everyone and the winner will be drawn in a weeks time.  Just be sure to leave your email so I have a way of contacting you!


If you would like to purchase a Clares Place pattern contact your local quilt store and ask them to get one (or more) in for you.  If you are interested in stocking Clares Place patterns in your store please contact my distributor Creative Abundance

Website: www.creativeabundance.com.au
Email: nel@creativeabundance.com.au



24 comments:

Lisa Prebble said...

Love your latest pattern Clare...think I have two little grand-daughters I will be able to make this for very soon :)

Tanya said...

Love the pattern & love that it has different options so I can make one for each of my kids and they'll be the same (but different).

Thanks for the giveaway :-)

AJ said...

Cute bag! Thanks for the giveaway. My nieces would love me to make them one!

Suzanne Walters said...

What a sweet pattern, I'm sure my girls would love one each. My eldest adores elephants :)

Gill said...

What a great bag!! My daughter would love one!
Thank you

Rachael Prebble said...

Aww what a cute pattern, baby would love one in a few years for nursery too!

Dahra said...

This is such a cute pattern.

Kris said...

Oh what a gorgeous bag. the elephants are just so cute. Would love to make this bag. Thanks.

Jo said...

That is such a gorgeous bag my little girl would be over the moon with one. I would love to win a copy :) Thanks

Karen said...

I love this bag!!! I'd love to win one!

Christine said...

What an adorable bag. I sing that song with my kinders. We act it out and it is one of their favourites. Thanks for the chance to win.

barb's creations said...

That is such a cute bag,perfect size for a child and as you said lengthen the strap and it would be perfect for moi :) Barb.

Tracey said...

Wow Clare, love your pattern, very cute and my daughter just spied it while I was reading your blog and she loves it too! Thanks for the opportunity of winning.

shez said...

such a gorgeous pattern Clare,can see my grandies using these,thankyou for hosting such a wonderful giveaway.xx

lushbub said...

That's such a great kids bag!! So hard to find "little" bags!! My eldest is starting kindy next year so this pattern would be perfect. Lovely pattern.

Olivia

Amy said...

I love the bag! and beautiful model. thank you for a chance to win.

arlette said...

Love the bag, it's so cute, I'd love to be entered in the drawing, thank youuuuuuuu for the chance ;)

Sandi said...

What a great bag....love the elephants..

Roseanne said...

WOW what a great bag it would be so good for my granddaughter as she has just started a play group.

hueisei said...

Cute bag. :D I love to win :D Thanks

Anonymous said...

Love the bag, brings back memories of that song from kindy! I think Option 2 is my favourite, love the stitching! Kim henderkim@hotmail.com

Karen said...

Absolutely beautiful, now its got me humming the tune!!

Binks said...

That is just way too stinking cute. I'm definitely going to decorate a bag for myself before anyone else.

Jen B said...

That's such a cute bag!

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