Thursday, August 8, 2013

Back 2 School Pattern Review and Pattern Pack Giveaway!

When the lovely Chelsea from Get Your Crap Together sent out an email asking if anyone would like to test her new Back 2 School Pattern Pack, you know we said yes right away! We love Chelsea's blog, and were really excited to be a part of her 'bus tour' of features for her new pattern.

The Back 2 School Pattern Pack includes a bunch of really cute school supply patterns. There is a drawstring backpack, crayon and pencil rolls, snack pouches and a lunch bag. I chose to make the crayon roll pattern, as my family is going on a road trip soon and I knew my daughter would love this in the car!

 This turned out so super cute! It rolls up into this little bundle, then unrolls into this beauty:

I love love love this! My daughter loves it too. I chose this ridiculously cute pattern of kitties eating a picnic of milk and fish bones (really? Just the bones?) from my stash, and paired it with a vintage pink check. Instead of leaving the edges plain, I used some giant pink rick-rac trim to make a cute scalloped edge and add a little girly touch.

(P.S. How cute are these Up & Up brand crayons from Target? I'm loving the little white dots all over the crayon wrapper. I really appreciate good design, and Target never fails to deliver, even from it's "generic" brands. All right, weird tangent over!)

This pattern was really well thought out, and it was a super quick, easy sew, perfect for stash busting. I did change the pattern a bit, making it a little longer (I added 3 1/2 inches) to accommodate a few more crayons then the 12 from the pattern. I also used 1/4 inch double fold bias tape sewn together instead of a ribbon for the ties. These adjustments were really easy and I was impressed at how well all the patterns lend themselves to customization. You could be a beginning sewist and get fantastic results, but you could also be more experienced (like I like to think I am) and use these patterns as a great jumping-off point for more elaborate designs. 

And now for the giveaway! Chealsea is generously offering to give away one Back 2 School Pattern Pack to two lucky readers! Enter below for your chance to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There are tons of other amazing bloggers participating in Chelsea's 'bus tour' and you should go check them out! If you want to follow along the schedule is here:

And even if you don't win the pattern pack, you can still go to Chelsea's Etsy store and pick up one of your own. Happy sewing!



  1. Jessica, great job! I'm loving the ric-rac! And you are so right, these are great for sewing beginners and experienced ones. You can always change a pattern and make it your own!

  2. That crayon roll is so cute and the best part, functional! With two three-year olds, it sure would come in handy. Is this giveaway open to Canadians?

    I am a new follower of yours via BlogLovin and would love it if you linked up to my weekly BlogLovin Hop ( Hope you find lots of new friends and stop by every Thursday.

    Looking forward to connecting further.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  3. Omg that is so adorable I think I POL (Purred Out Loud) now I have a hankerin for milk and fish bones ;) Learning to sew is on my Mommy To Do list. I may have to take a class or something!

  4. I love the idea of a crayon roll! Seems so nice and simple! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!


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