**before you get your hopes up I’m not giving away a baked Gingercake**
A month or so ago a lovely email popped into my inbox from Virginia of Gingercake, it was a request to take part in her Handmade Gift Series. I was delighted and flattered as I’ve been a fan of Gingercake patterns since I came across them a few years ago.
I’ve used the Love Your Lunchbox pattern:
It’s been used every school day for 2 and half years and it’s still going strong.
I’ve made 20 or so of the Mini Crayon Art Folio (found as a bonus in the Crayon Art Folio pattern):
You may well have seen one or more of the many journal covers I’ve made using the Notebook Slip Cover pattern as a starting point:
So I was given the opportunity to choose another pattern to try out and chose Lola the Owl.
Now Virginia initially made this pattern up as a cushion but what I was really taken with was the pattern variation of making an owl bag.
I had a browse through my fabric stash and none of the fabrics really grabbed my attention, so I then had a think about what I had in my vintage/thrifted stash and found the perfect fabrics.
As expected the pattern was easy to follow (once I’d found my felt stash anyway!). I decided to omit the closure option of velcro or a magnetic snap.
The one change I did make to the pattern was to make the strap adjustable with the use of buttons and buttonholes:
So it can grow with your child (or be borrowed by you if you fancy!).
What I really needed was a child to model the bag for me, neither of the girls could find time in their busy schedules to help out (truth be told we had just got back from the library and books were far more exciting!). So a small boy in an owl hat was enlisted and pulled some especially cute faces:
Virginia has kindly given you the chance to win a copy of the pattern so you can make your very own Lola bag or pillow just in time for giving as a gift, simply enter using the Rafflecoptor form below.
AND as an added bonus you can use the code: GINGERCAKE to take 15% any orders placed in my Etsy shop through until Saturday 30 November, so you can stock up on vintage sheet fabrics to use for your holiday crafting. Grab yourself some vintage sheet fat quarters which are new to the shop:
Or treat yourself to a charm pack of 21 different prints (42 charms total), all sourced in the UK:
Thanks to Virginia for inviting me to be part of this series, check out her blog for links to others taking part and for more chances to win.
Disclaimer: I was given the PDF pattern for the purposes of this series; all views are my own.