Lola the Owl and a Gingercake giveaway

24 Nov

**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:

Love Your Lunch Box

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):

To the rescue - crayon wallet

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:

Selvedge notebook/journal covers

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.

Lola the Owl bag

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.

Lola the Owl bag

The one change I did make to the pattern was to make the strap adjustable with the use of buttons and buttonholes:

Lola the Owl bag

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:
Lola the Owl bag
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:

Vintage Sheet Charm Squares (5")

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.

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28 Replies to “Lola the Owl and a Gingercake giveaway

  1. I am currently making some tissue covers, as an extra gift all the ‘ladies’! I am also making knitting needle holders too. I would to receive anything that was handmade. So much more special. Sue x

  2. Oooops sorry, did that before reading the widget thing…lots of zip pouches of course! And one of those lovely infinity scarves would be lovely…, anyone anyone?

  3. I am hoping to make a couple of book pouches for kids, and a cushion cover for a friend… and if time some Christmas cushion covers for me – I have no handmade Christmas decorations so far!

  4. I’m sooo in love with Lola the Owl bag! I’d love to try it! BTW, your fabric choices were meant for this pattern;)

  5. I’ve been making tea towels and toothbrush/paste travel rolls. I have also made 2 dozen Christmas ornaments!!! Great giveaway – love those faces you ‘model’ has pulled!!!

  6. I’ve been making scarfs this year. Flannel to keep all my lovely friends nice and warm 🙂 I love your owl bag. So cute. The strap is brilliant!

  7. I’m making some small table toppers & some tree ornaments. Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. I’m making a couple of quilts and a couple bags, maybe some wallets too, we’ll see! I really love this bag and would love to make it for me!

  9. The bag and model are super sweet! I am making a lap quilt and holiday stockings for my family this year!

  10. I have made two quilts for gifts, just a cushion to make for my MIL now 🙂 I LOVE those straps so much- is that ribbon or just seriously good fabric choice and cutting?

  11. i’m making little throws formseveral people. the littles will be getting doll clohtes, throes, outfits, dress up things, and little fabric games like DIY matchin games, loveys, etc.

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