5 Days of GIVEAWAY:: DAY 2 - Plus a SALE!

9/29/2014 10:57:00 PM


Welcome to Day 2 of 5 Days of Giveaway!!

In case you haven't been following along, this week I am giving prizes all week long. Why?
In celebration of reaching 5000 followers on Facebook, 1,000,000 page views on my blog, and 1200+ members in the Emmaline Sewing Patterns Group this month, so this week I am holding 

5 DAYS OF GIVEAWAY  
And offering a 15% off sale!!

As well as $15.00 store credit from my shop at Emmaline Bags, today I have dug into my stash and pulled out a brand new fat jelly roll of Barcelona by Zen Chic for Moda as well the modern and chic London Tube quilt pattern by Zen Chic. Oh heck, and a spool of orange Aurifil thread.  I hope you like them! 




Also, use the discount code: 5000FANS
 at emmalinebags.com from now until October 3rd get a 15% discount when you buy 2 or more items!!

Tuesday Sept 30, 2014 - Giveaway!! 



Enter in the Rafflecopter widget below, all prizes will be drawn randomly 
by Rafflecopter on Saturday October 4th at noon (MST).  
Prizes will be mailed out to the winners after they have 
replied and confirmed their mailing addresses.

You can still enter in the previous contests from this week!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Janelle

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179 comments

  1. I love to make bags out of all sorts of fabrics, no real preference :)

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  2. I usually go for design of the pattern rather than material (as long as the material is the right weight etc) x

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  3. Wow, love the prizes. I make all kinds of bags, primarily from quilting fabrics. But over the years I have used a wide range of fabrics.

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  4. Congrats on reaching 5000 followers on Facebook, 1,000,000 page views on my blog, and 1200+ members in the Emmaline Sewing Patterns Group.

    I hope your are proud of your dreams and they continue for a long time to come x x

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  5. I love how much you care about your customers and their needs, it's so refreshing in this day and age xx

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  6. Congratulations Janelle! Thanks for the giveaways - you rock! (wasn't sure if it posted so if it is here 2x, please delete)

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  7. I test bag patterns for two designers. I enjoy this very much and I learn so much with each new project.

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  8. I haven't really used decor fabric but I have wanted to try it for ages.

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  9. I'd love to sew more with quilting cotton :)

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  10. I love sewing bags and NCWs with quilting cotton - such a wide variety of colours and patterns!

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  11. I love the Emmaline bag and NCW! And the top quality hardware that I've purchased from you!

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  12. Thanks for a great giveaway....I love your patterns. I like to sew bags out of quilters cotton.
    thim3@Hotmail.com

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  13. Loving your prize pickings Janelle! Thank you! xx

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  14. I sew bags out of quilters cottons. :)

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  15. I like cotton. Easier on my machine and me.

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  16. I think it depends on the size of the bag and how much I love the fabric :) Smaller bags work better with quilter's cotton but I like how decor weight has the added thickness for larger bags.

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  17. I prefer décor or other heavier weight fabrics for the exteriors of bags and purses and quilting cotton for the linings :)

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  18. 5000 followers! You deserve it, and more! :)

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  19. I like décor fabric due to the weight of it. I will use quilting fabric if I like the pattern on the fabric.

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  21. It depends on the bag probably! I love to use quilting fabrics and add interfacing if necessary.

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  22. I mostly use quilting fabrics. Love me some zen chic :-)

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  23. I would rather sew bags with quilters cotton because there are so many designs to choose from.

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  24. I like the decor fabric for its weight but the quilters cotton for the choice of designs.

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  25. Quiter's cotton because it is plentiful!

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  26. I enjoy using quilter's cotton best for making bags.

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  27. I have always used cotton though decor fabric sounds interesting and it's always on sale

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  28. I look at design first. There are so many choices for interfacing now that I can choose to change the weight later.

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  29. I'm an equal opportunity sewist. I love all fabric. :)

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  30. I've only used cotton but plan to branch out to other fabrics

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  31. Quilters cotton has to be my favourite especially for making NCW's.

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  32. I'm new to bag making (just finished my first) and used quilter's cotton, but I'm looking forward to trying other types of fabrics.

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  33. I have seen purses I like in both. I guess it depends on the stabilizer and look you are going for. I personally don't like too slouchy purses. I like them to have structure, so with the right interfacing, both would work.

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  34. No preference, I like the looks of all of your projects. Thanks!

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  35. Janelle so glad to see that your business is growing. Love your patterns and hardware. Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize.

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  36. Orange is my favorite color, how did you know that? So I'm in for the thread, and a sale of course...thank you Janelle for your generosity.
    Diane
    bluestarof2@yahoo.com

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  37. Deco fabric - I like working with more substance. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. I would rather sew bags. I have made quite a few lately.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  39. I've only made bags with quilting cotton, and they definitely needed more support than what I gave them... perhaps trying to use decor weight fabric is the answer. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  40. I love the weight of decor fabrics, but quilting cotton offers more design choices! I use both! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

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  41. I make most of my bags with quilter's cotton. They hold up just fine. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. I usually use a combo of quilting cotton and a twill as I like the extra durability. Vinyl and home decor are fun too ;-)

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  43. I love the home dec fabric from Ikea. It is bright and funky and the price is great!
    I also use a lot of quilting cottons, so I can get exactly the colour I am looking for.

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  44. ❤️❤️❤️your patterns!

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  45. I use quilting cotton mostly because I love the variety. I'm branching out into leather! I bought half of a cow hide but I'm afraid to cut it! LOL It's sitting in my sewing room as "inspiration" or a constant reminder of my cowardice!

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  46. I like the decorator fabric because of the weight, but quilters cotton can be interfaced to make a lovely bag. I have used both with great results.

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  47. Decor weight, unless I find a cotton pattern/ color I can't live without.

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  48. I usually use quilters cotton, but also love the heavier weight of home dec, pleather and other fun textures. I just change my interfacing accordingly....

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  49. I like to use decorating fabrics because their weight

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  50. I like to use both, there are so many options using both.

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  51. I like both and many of my bags have a combination

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  52. I have been enjoying making bags out of different fabrics. I love decor fabrics for the weight and cottons for the variety of designs and colours.

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  53. I like using printed or solid canvas and also quilting cotton for bags.

    Congratulations, Janelle, on some winning designs and a growing and thriving business!

    Krista

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  54. That's a tough question Janelle. I have so much quilters cotton being a quilter, so i tend to use that the most, however I have used and do see some lovely home decor fabrics out there, so I guess it really depends on the color and print of the fabric and the bag in question as to what fabric I would choose to use.

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  55. I like to sew them with quilter's cotton, since there are so many awesome patterns and colors! The home deco stuff is nice for stiffness, but with interfacing and soft and stable (or headliner foam), it doesn't make that much of a difference when I use the cotton.

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  56. I use both - depends on the style of the bag!

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  57. I use both, depends on what it's being used for.

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  58. I'm more visual than kinesthetic.....l'm happy with either quilting weight fabric or home dec - I go by the pattern. This can be a problem if I fall in love with a viole - too thin.

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  59. I prefer decor fabric in a bag, but will use either.

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  60. I use a variety of quilting cottons, burlap, home dec, faux suede, etc. Why limit yourself to just one type - mix it even in a bag! Love all the possibilities.

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  61. I prefer decor fabrics but use both!

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  62. I think I would prefer decor fabric!

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  63. I use everything, but gravitate to the heavier upholstery fabrics.

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  64. I love to use both quilters cotton and decorator fabrics, I have used tea towels cannas duck laminated crocheted some with plastic grocery bags no rules here.

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  65. Love all fabric and can find uses for anything

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  66. I love to use both cotton and decorator fabrics. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  67. I prefer home decor fabrics or twill but since quilting cottons have so many prints I use them too.

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  68. I don't know if my first comment went through? But I like using whatever fabric really. Depends on what kind of look I am going for and what is available in either decor or cotton. ��

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  69. I prefer sewing with cottons; I prefer the wauy home decor fabric looks. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  70. I like using both, but tend to use more quilting cotton. It's funny, most of my home dec weight fabric is from clearance table cloths I've picked up at Target!

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  71. I like to work with both. I just depends on the pattern and the look I am going for.

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  74. It really depends on the bag and its intended purpose. I like home dec fabrics for sturdy, hardworking bags, quilters cotton (with their gorgeous patterns) for lighter duty bags, and even dressy apparel fabrics (sequined, lace, etc.) for special occasion bags.

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  75. I often use quilting fabric because I have a good stash, but some furnishing fabric makes gorgeous bags. I have some large sample books I'm going to use in the future.

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  76. I will use what-ever strikes my fancy! I have a wonderful collection of vintage fabric that I sometimes dip into....and if a fabric is not heavy enough for a bag, I will back it with interfacing and an extra strong lining. Creativity and getting outside of the box is my goal ~

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  77. I prefer the decor fabric- it needs to hold up to the way I throw my bag around!
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  78. I generally prefer quilting cottons, but I will use home decor if I like the print!

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  79. I love making bags of all sizes and types. I nearly always use quilter's cotton but have made a few with duck cloth. I want to try laminated cotton next.

    What a fun week of giveaways!

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  80. I like using quilting cottons the most.

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  81. i just use quilting cotton , haven't tried the other yet, thanks

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  84. I have only ever used quilting cotton but hope to someday try other fabrics as well!

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  85. I would use quilting cotton, it's easier to sew and to my machine :)

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  86. I make purses and bags as gifts for my circle of close friends. I use whatever fabric they love best but they all love Zen Chic's modern graphics!

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  87. I love both depending on the design of the bag ...sometimes one looks better than another on the style of bag you're trying to make

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  88. I'm a newbie so I'll be starting out with the lightweight stuff, but I do hope to work my way up to the heavier weight fabrics. Some bags just need a more substantial cloth.

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  89. I like them all, seem to be using a lot of batiks now.

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  90. It all depends on the type of bag and what it will be used for. Sometimes I use quilter's cotton and other times I use decor fabric or denim.

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  91. I usually use quilter's cotton because of the large variety of prints and colors. But, I must add, the home dec fabric holds up so much better!

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  92. I like to use all types of fabric depending on the design and use of the bag. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  93. I usually use quilter's cotton for my bags. But, I will use anything and everything if need be. It all depends on the look of the bag.

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  94. It's hard to go past the variety available in quilting cottons.

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  95. So far I've only used quilters cotton for bags

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  96. Need new fabric! Time for a fall version of the Butterfly Sling Bag!!!!

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  97. I like to use quilters' cottons, and do quilting to enhance the bags' design.

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  98. I use both but I prefer decor weight. Most of my bags have denim in them somewhere.

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  99. I love your patterns! Congratulations on reaching this milestone.

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  100. I generally sew bags with quilter's cotton, but I do love the more structured feel I get withe using duck or canvas or decor fabrics.

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  101. Up to now, I always made bags with home dec fabric, but now I am quilting, so I want to try with quilting cotton.

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  102. For me, it depends on the type bag - totes do well in heavier fabric, smaller purses in quilting cottons. There are beautiful fabrics in both weights - so much temptation!
    Janelle, congratulations on doing so well with your business; you have great products and amazing customer service.

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  103. I like them both, but lately have been into Linens! Very nice bags!

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  104. I use both. Heavier weights for totes and the lighter quilting cottons for softer sling bags and market bags. Thanks!

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  105. It depends on the pattern and the look I am going for. I recently sewed two messenger bags which were totally different from each other. The first one - a VW camper van bag was quilting cotton weight and the second was from a wool suit. Both were for a 17 yr old and a 18 yr old - so slouchy and recycled and quirky.
    Thanks for the fab giveaway.

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  106. I use quilters cotton for casual bags. I've used velvets, satins and other dressy materials for evening type bags and demins and canvas type material for the 'need to carry everything with me' bags.
    thelady at hotmail.com

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  107. I have used both quilters cotton and home Dec fabric. It depends on the pattern. Thanks

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  108. I love my quilting cotton! It makes me happy! :)

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  109. I prefer working with quilters cotton.

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  110. Have only made twoTotes with Decor fabrics.....preferred using the Quilting Cotton for most patterns I have made. Thanks :)

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  111. Yes quilting cottons and yes to home dec and to leather. The problem I have with home dec is there are many with cute patterns but I'd I just want a plain navy, brown, black or grey for the bottom there are hardly any choices or they're are so incredibly thick I can't sew them on my machine. And leather isn't washable but if its paired with quilting cotton, the cotton needs to be washed occasionally.

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  112. Yes! :) I mostly use Home Dec fabric because that's what I have. I use to live near a store that had INCREDIBLE prices on Home Dec Fabric. I sure miss that store. However, I love many of the designs of quilters cotton.

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  113. I use quilting cotton from LQS stores. Would love to try dec fabric, but have been chicken, so far.

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  114. Mix of both. Love the variety of quilting cotton, but prefer the weight of home dec.

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  115. I will use anything. Lightweights, decor fabrics, quilted, vinyl. Basically anything within my reach.

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  116. I will use anything - denim, linen, quilt cottons, home dec. it all boils down to either what is in my stash or what catches my eye at the time.

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  117. I like to use both quilting cotton and home dec.

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  118. I usually sew with quilters cotton because it is easiest to find, but like the structure of decorators fabric.

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  119. I am a novice bag maker and I have use both types of fabrics, but I need to learn more about the correct stabilizers to be successful

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  120. I love quilting cotton, but I'm getting braver and the heavier fabrics are beautiful! Your patterns have helped my sewing skills grow so much!

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  121. Decorator fabrics put up with more abuse but you can't pass up the selection in quilters cottons so for me it can depend on the bag

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  122. I love a simple clean bag design so I tend to use home decor fabric much more often. However I am often so inspired by the great designs people come up with using quilting cotton. I just get so overwhelmed with the fabric choices at the store!

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  123. Thanks so much for this chance! I am loving the look of that jelly roll!

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  124. I just choose what's pretty and hope it works!

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  125. I have used quilters cotton on most handbags, but I have tried satins and silks, velvets, decor fabrics, and denim. I have even made a messenger bag from an outdoor banner and a seat belt. I think the fabric depends on the type of bag being constructed.

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  126. I will give most fabrics a try - especially if I think the design will suit what I am making

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  127. I would sew them with quilters cotton or canvas. sarah@forrussia.org

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  128. I used to use mostly quilt fabrics but amusing more decor fabric due to the increased strength and needing less interfacing. There aren't as many cute prints in decor fabric but there are still plenty of cute ones to keep me inspired. I also like linen, heavy silks and refashioning fabrics.

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  129. Hi, I have just completed your Emmaline bag using a decor fabric, I love the extra stability it gives the bag, but for your ncw I will stick with quilting fabric.

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  130. I usually like to use a heavier weigh fabric so décor fabric! thanks!

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  131. I mostly have quilting cotton on hand so that's what I sew with.

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  132. I sew with alsorts. Quilters cotton, satin, decor weight. It depends on the size and purpose of the bag/purse. I love all fabrics so can't discriminate :)

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  133. I generally use quilters cotton a that's what I have most of, but I do like the weight of home dec fabric for bags

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  134. I prefer quilter's cotton - that's what I usually have on hand, and it's what I'm used to working with.

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  135. It really depends on the bag. Generally quilters cotton but some styles work better with a heavier weight fabric.

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  136. I love quilter's cotton, because it is easier to work with and there is such a variety of patterns and colours.

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  137. I dont have much Desire to sew bags, I say I am, I buy the stuff, I have sewn a couple cute ones for swaps and a AG contest and they arnt half bad... But I prefer not too.. its to stressful .. I did see where you make the bag out of Quilters Cotton and buy the handles, I should try that. maybe I would, but I carry the same purse for years. I like a nice leather designer bag for personal use with a long shoulder strap.

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  138. The Barcelona fabric would be great because I'm Spanish LOLL

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  139. I have only made a couple of bags and I used quilting cotton.

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  140. Love all your pretty fabrics! I am a bag nut too ;)

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  141. Can't wait to see if I win some goodies :) - thanks for the chance

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  142. I prefer to use quilter's cotton, I can always find something I like. I can't find good décor fabrics where I live. Thanks for the chance to win! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  143. Totally depends on the bag I think. Bigger bags made to haul a lot of stuff (I have 2 kids!) either need some strong interfacing or a heavier fabric in my opinion, but I love the enormous variety of quilters cottons out there! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero (dot)com

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  144. I am happy to use either one. I usually base my choice on what type of bag it is and what it will be used for. And sometimes on what beautiful fabric I stumble across.

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  145. I make simple tote bags for charity, with duck cloth or some type of heavy fabric.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  146. I have used both. It really depends on the pattern.

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  147. I tend to use home dec because I like a sturdy bag, but I'll use anything that I love.

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  148. I use both, depending on the look I'm going for.

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  149. I would rather use quilters fabric, less hassle. The thinner fabric is easier to work with.

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  150. For me it depends on the type of bag I am making - I like quilters cotton for some types and heavier fabrics for bags that need to be stronger.
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  151. Thus far I have used quilting cottons because there is such a broad range of possibilities. But I am not opposed to using the other fabrics if I find something I like.

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  152. i have made bags with cotton, canvas and linen cotton blends. I really like using the blends the most.

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  153. Quite honestly, I have no idea which I prefer because I haven't yet made a bag. I'm new to sewing and have read countless DIY/instructional clips online, as well as read tons of books from my local library. I wish I knew someone nearby to actually watch, but until then, it doesn't look half bad. I'm seriously thinking of trying my hand at one of your simpler projects. Thank you for sharing all this wonderful information and "how-to's" for folks like me. :-)

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    1. Congratulations ! I usually make my bags with quilters cotton and have used canvas a few times. Thanks for the chance.
      ncjeepster@aol.com

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  154. I usually use quilter's cotton when I make bags.

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  155. It really depends on the bag - I like to make totes out of decor fabric for better wear but small zip bags that don't need a lot of body from quilter's cotton. I've also reused (upcycled?) clothing. I'm a bit omnivorous when it comes to fabric. Thanks for the opportunity! notwendy gmail

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  156. Quilters cotton is my favorite!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  157. I like home dec because less interfacing is needed :)

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  158. I use both, but like home dec fabric slightly better. It really depends on the bag.

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  159. I have used both fabrics with great success, but I prefer décor fabric because of the body it provides to the bag. Would love to win!

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  160. I'm a sucker for gorgeous fabric of any kind and a great pattern I can embellish or not.

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  161. I'm more familiar with cotton fabrics, so I would prefer to use that. :)

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