Friday, 27 November 2015

Anya Shoulder Bag Pattern: Tester Makes and Giveaway!!!


(pale green spotty by Elisabeth)

Thanks so much to everyone who has greeted the Anya shoulder bag pattern warmly so far, by leaving a lovely comment on my previous post which announced its release or by buying a copy! Here's a butchers at some of the fabulous versions that were made by the pattern testers. (Plus, stick around for a giveaway...)

(vintage haberdashery print by Jane)

Of course I owe ENORMOUS thanks to all the Anya testers:
Claire SElisabethJaneNicolaSarah, Louise, Claire CorryCassandra, Emily V, Abi, Ana RitaAlyssa WAmy, and Martha. THANK YOU, ladies!!! Your feedback was invaluable and it helped me improve to the instructions by approximately 1000%.

(teal with contrast floral yoke and button tab by Nicola)

Thankfully, all the feedback I received agreed that the pattern itself didn't require any changes. Therefore, the versions in these pictures were made with the same pattern that you'll receive if you buy, or win, the Anya shoulder bag pattern. Which leads me to...

(bold stripes by Sarah


To help spread the word of its existence, I'm going to give away ten review copies of this pattern. To be eligible to enter, you must have a blog and/or Instagram account, but it doesn't matter how many readers or followers you have. You must also promise to make the bag and then blog about it with an honest review, or share your bag on Instagram with a couple of sentences about it (plus use the hashtag #SoZoAnyaBag) within four months. Deal?

(yellow with black floral motif by Claire S)

How to enter:

If you would like to receive a free copy of this pattern and are willing to make, review and share your creation, then please leave a comment in the comments section of this post. Please include what type of fabric you think you'd like to make it in (coz I'm nosy) and if I can't access your email address within two clicks of my mouse, then make sure that it is included in the post as well. Email addresses will only be used to contact you if you win. The deadline is midnight GMT on 4th December 2015. Winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator, and contacted within a couple of days. If you have already bought the pattern (or are intending to do so), you are totally able to enter as well. If you win, then I will refund your payment so you'll still be getting the pattern for free.

Good luck!  

(green corduroy by Louise)

(denim with red piping by Claire Corry)

(damask upholstery by Cassandra)

(floral by Alyssa W)


Knitwitsowls said...

I'd love to be considered! I have some curtain fabrics that are taking up room so I think I'd use those!

claire ross said...

I would love to have a go. I don't have a blog but am happy to share on my Instagram. I have some tartan wool fabric and also have a sort of tapestry like fabric which might be pretty cool. Would probably need to measure the pattern pieces against my fabric to see what would work best! Love all the tester versions.
Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

Lilihmartin said...

I'd love a pattern. I'm going to make it out of leather! I've been waiting for the perfect purse pattern (not too big, not too small). I have two types of black leather, both buttery soft. One is perforated and I'll use that with some contrasting color behind it.... Thanks for considering!

Niqueknacks said...

I would make it in a home dec fabric. I'm on instagram. Thanks for the opportunity

Elisabeth said...

I'd love to make one! It's just the kind of hand bag shape I was trying to make a couple of years ago, but never happened. I'm not sure about the fabric, but maybe some big floral stuff.
I blog and instagram.
elisabeths (at) lyse (dot) net

vintagerockchick said...

Hi Zoe, I'd love to make a bag and promise to get my a*** into gear and blog about it (I've been a lax blogger recently). If fortunate enough to be chosen, I think I'd make it in a faded denim, incorporating a detail or two from recycled jeans. And if I'm not fortunate, well I'll buy the pattern and do it anyway!
By the way - I'm reading "To Die For" by Lucy Siegle - so shocking that I may never buy ready made ever again.

Mother of Reinvention said...

I would also love to make this but have not idea when I will see my sewing machine again due to moving so (sadly) please don't include me. I do love this bag though. It looks great and is a very pretty and versatile pattern. Love all the tester versions. Xx

Unknown said...

I'd definitely love to participate! I have some folklore design patterned denim from Ikea that would look cute! I have lots of fat quarters I could use for the lining too! My email is susanna dot mazur at gmail dot com

chrichri said...

Such a cute bag shape! I think if I were to win, I would make the make in either denim or corduroy:-) chrichrimano (at) yahoo (dot) com

Sheona - SewSheSho said...

The tester versions look great Zoe, what a lovely pattern. I would love to win and would happily put on my blog/Instagram. I would make it either out of a black flock upholstery fabric, a storm cloud quilting cotton on maybe some pleather, all of which I have in my stash! sheonamahon (at) gmail (dot) com

Baye said...

Flannel--yup. I want to make this bag with a flannel fabric I bought a few weeks ago. I had no idea what I'd use it for; I just loved it. Now I see a bag in it's future. Can't decide which of the tester bags I like best--each is beautiful in its own way.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to be considered as a pattern tester for the Anya bag. I blog at and I have a bit of penchant for textured fabrics - I'd like to make the Anya up in a tactile fabric, like jaquard, or something quilted. I love this metallic, quilted vinyl kimmyrocketdesigns [at]

Indianna said...

I'd love to make and review the Anya bag. I'd like to recycle a pair of work trousers that are a grey suit fabric with blue stripes. I love the trousers and can't throw them away so this would be a good use for them.

Unknown said...

Ooh, I love the haberdashery fabric version!! I'd love to make one in cordouroy or maybe velvet. I'd be happy to share on Instagram 😊

Anonymous said...

Ohh, a bag pattern, count me in. But not sure what I'd make it in, maybe corduroy, or some sort of pin stripe suiting fabric I've got, or possibly the denim with red velvet blood splatter pattern on it. Too many choices! (exeterrosemaryrb at the usual address)

Miffy (@sewsarahsews) said...

Love the tester versions, especially the bold striped one... I would make mine out of leather... and most probably replace the button in the tab with a magnetic closure

Anonymous said...

Its a lovely pattern and was a complete pleasure to make, Im now making my second version! - thanks for the opportunity to test the pattern Zoe!

Almost a Hippy said...

Some of these versions are gorgeous! I have some Cath Kidston fabric that friends of mine bought me that would make a lovely summer bag. Congrats on getting the pattern out and all the positive feedback.

jessica said...

Those are all super lovely, Zoe :-). It's funny, I've been hanging on to old bags for years now, and I think your new pattern might be just the thing! I'd probably make it in some peacock feather upholstery fabric that I have - it's a bunch of taupes and ivories and camels, and then I can match my new chairs, LOL. Very Art Deco-y. I think you have my email address, but at any rate it's snowmanscraps // using the free google email server.

Unknown said...

Please include me in the draw for the pattern. No idea what I'd make it from though.I'll get my thinking cap on. Email: perryfamily75(at)gmail(dot)com

Catherine said...

Please include me in the draw - I would probably make it with some furnishing fabric or twill .. I have just been given some fabric that my neighbour starting making into curtains and cushion and then decided not to .... so I might use that fabric up!
ckirby (@) clkdesigns (dot) co (dot) uk


Megan said...

I'd love to make up this cute bag! I wanted to sign up before, but I'm on Christmas deadlines and has Halloween deadlines before, lol. I have a black and white wide stripe canvas fabric from Ikea that I think would be fantastic in this shape (I'm completely in love with that green and white stripe tester version!). Thanks so much for the giveaway! I blog at and my email is showandtellmeg(at)

Rachel said...

Ooo I'm thinking one in denim, one in leather and one in cotton ticking (for starters). Love the pattern and it would make great presents. Who doesn't love a new bag! Please enter me - rachelbethell (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk

Alison said...

I'd love to be included in the test sewing giveaway for the Anya bag... I have several different pieces of vintage barkcloth that would be really fun to turn into bags, and I'd love to write about it for my blog. If I am fortunate enough to win, this might end up as some holiday gifts... my blog is at and my email is acorncottageartisanry(at)gmail(dot)com

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