Giveaway: Jenna + Jona


Mabel Messenger by Jenna Lou Designs

Jenna Lou Designs has a popular line of original, downloadable .pdf sewing patterns, the newest of which is the Mabel Messenger. Jenna’s blog, Jenna Lou Loves You, is a new love of mine. The patterns are available through her website and Etsy alongside her collection of finished goods. Jenna says she loves color and that her work is inspired by the unique vintage and new fabrics with which she works.


Jona is proprietress of the Arizona-based Fabritopia. Since she opened her shop just over a year ago, she’s become an integral part of the online sewing and crafting community. She shares her business, family, and crafting life through her blog Stop Staring, Start Sewing! and coordinated the “Fabric 2.Faux” gathering at the Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh.

Jona, meet Jenna. Jenna, meet Jona. Everyone, meet Jona and Jenna!

I’ve paired these two up for a giveaway to see us all through the weekend. Jenna is giving away three copies of her Mabel Messenger pattern, and Jona is offering a $25 Fabritopia gift certificate. So the grand prize will be the gift certificate + pattern, and two runners-up will receive a pattern.

To play, visit Fabritopia, have a look around, and think about which fabric(s) will make the perfect Mabel Messenger. Come on back here and leave a comment with your selection. (If you win the grand prize, you can use it to buy whatever you wish from the shop, of course.)


Mabel Messenger by Jenna Lou Designs – interior view

A note about the Mabel Messenger: The pattern calls for a heavier home dec weight fabric for either the interior or exterior, ideally both, in addition to heavyweight interfacing. Jenna says quilting weight for both will work, but the bag will be slightly less sturdy overall. Denyse Schmidt’s County Fair, Amy Butler’s Nigella, and Vicki Payne’s For Your Home would all fit the bill.

Good luck, everyone! The contest is open worldwide. I will close it down on Wednesday, July 15, around 8am Central U.S. time and announce the winners here and on Twitter shortly thereafter. Thank you so much, Jenna and Jona!

The winners! picked numbers 33, 81, and 91. So the grand prize goes to Jennifer Ladd and the runners up are Barb and Laura W.. Thank you so much for the entries, everyone — your virtual designs were quite inspired!


  1. sandy says:

    WOW love that pattern. I like the fabrics used in the sample alot. But I also like Vicki Payne For You Home Fabric 54″ HDVP17 Links Black fabric.

    Thanks for the opportunity and throw me into the pot.

  2. Linda says:

    I would make one in the Vicki Payne Poppy Aqua.
    Happy Chicks can never have enough purses or flowers..

  3. ~Michelle~ says:

    That pattern looks awesome! I’m equally torn at the moment between Bari J’s Full Bloom and Paula Prass’s Summer Soiree – lusting after both those lines. :) Great giveaway – thank you.

  4. Katherine L. says:

    I have had my eye on that pattern! I would love to make it in the Denyse Schmidt Country Fair Ribbon fabric in blue. And use some of the other contrasting fabric for the inside.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  5. Rebecca says:

    How lovely! I would definitely use Moda Wonderland in Tea Time Pistachio.

  6. Liz says:

    I think the patchwork from MoMo’s Wonderland would be perfect. I’d be in heaven!

  7. becca says:

    i would wait for the whimsy line to come in and use that!!! great giveaway!!

  8. erica says:

    that bag is adorable.

  9. Jennifer says:

    Oooh I love this bag! I would think that Denyse Schmidt’s County Fair in Dottie Roseberry would be perfect. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Angela says:

    I would love it in the new Summer Soiree- leaf houndstooth, black party animal, and the cufflink in turquoise.

  11. jackie says:

    so stinkin cute! i would use the county fair fabric or the new paula prass houndstooth fabric in pink mixed with something else from the same line.

  12. Harley says:

    I love this pattern! Hmm, fabric choices.. it’s so hard to just pick a few. I would probably go all Heather Bailey and choose Pop Garden Paisley Lime, Bijoux Tiled Primrose Canary Gold, and Zag Stripe Gold.

  13. Mary L says:

    I would use Amy Butler’s Wood Fern in Khaki color from her Nigella line. thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Rekh says:

    I have been waiting for the perfect project for Anna Marie Horner’s Good Folks fabric for a while so I’d probably use a combination of those. Great pattern!

  15. Dani M says:

    Love it! And I’m all over the Amy Butler Nigella Home Dec Starflower Tiles Spinach. :D

  16. Stefanie says:

    I am OBSESSED with Summer Soiree by Paula Prass. So anything from her new line I think would make a great bag!

  17. Meghan says:

    I would totally use the Laura Gunn fabrics to make it!

  18. Beth says:

    Wow! LOVE the bag pattern, I would use some Heather Bailey fabrics.

  19. Mary P says:

    I love those red hippos from Eva Lundgreen!

  20. Sequana says:

    Oh my….I’ve been lusting after Paula Prass’s Summer Soiree ever since I saw it. So many ways to use that with this pattern.

  21. Adva Price says:

    I love the European fabrics and the Robots. Awesome pattern!

  22. Jeannine says:

    The blue Garden Party print from Momo’s Wonderland line would make a gread Mabel Messenger.

  23. jenny says:

    I like the idea of a big print like Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks Festival Zinnia fabric on a bag like that.

  24. Kim says:

    Laura Gunn Lantern Bloom, all the way. Any of it, I love the whole line! Then my bag will look like it stepped out of a painting – lovely!

  25. Nova says:

    Hmm…maybe Garden Party Glass (Wonderland) with Snip Snip Chai and Euro Dots and Berries (Silke Leffler) or Spots-Gumdrop (Sweet by Urban Chiks).

  26. Christine H. says:

    Oooh, I love picking out fabric for imaginary projects. :D I think I would go with several fabrics from the Wonderland by MoMo line: Snip Snip Chair, Garden Party Glass & one of the peppers for the lining. Love.

  27. SarahB says:

    What a great bag! I rarely browse the home dec fabrics, but I really like the Denyse Schmidt County Fair Home Dec Posie fabrics, both the Raisin and Slate!

  28. Ooh, I love Patty Young Mezzanine DC4130 Gothic Flower Pink, Bari J Ackerman Full Bloom Fabric 30194-3 Bird Cream, and Denyse Schmidt County Fair Home Dec HDDS03 Dottie Roseberry.

  29. Megan says:

    I think I’d use the For Your Home Chains Ivory for the outside and line it with Lantern Bloom Orange.

  30. Chrisandra Davis says:

    OMG the Douglas Day Be a Man line is great! The bag would be awesome in Douglas Day Be A Man Fabric BA05 Rebel Patches Red.

  31. Maria says:

    Ooh, I just got some of Denyse Schmidt’s Home Deco fabric and would love to make the bag with that! I’m a red color fan so I’d definitely make a red colorway combo bag!

  32. Becky Baucum says:

    I would love to use the Lantern Bloom fabrics – I love how “painterly” they are and am buying the whole set!

  33. My sister would love this bag! And her birthday is coming up! She likes lighter colors, so I would make the bag with Denyse Schmidt Daisy Bouquet Pear on the outside, and Dottie Porch on the inside.

  34. Erin Compton says:

    What a cute bag! I think if I were to make it I’d use Vicki Payne For You Home Fabric Poppy in Aqua. I have a thing for poppies, and the color aqua. ;-)

  35. I really like this bag and I think it would be very pretty made out of the Tanya Whelan barefoot roses fabrics

  36. Kathleen says:

    I made myself a purse out of the same Echino fabric in the picture, but with red scooters! Anyway, I’d probably make the messenger bag out of Denyse Schmidt’s Dottie fabric. I also think the Anna Maria Horner Festival would look great, but I believe that is quilting weight.

  37. Leigh says:

    I recently saw a bag made with “Pop Garden Zag Stripe Gold” and I think it would look fantastic on this bag!!!

  38. Marissa says:

    I think this is a great give away! Thanks for puttinging it together. I really love Patty Youngs new fabric line, I might just have to have a less sturdy bag because I love it so much.

  39. Large Whimsy in blue. Dang, another fabric shop I didn’t even know about…

  40. simone says:

    Love Jona (and fabritopia) and would love to meet Jenna! And would of course love the fabritopia gift card and the pattern. Thanks for the great giveaway….so which fabrics would i use…Jennifer Paganelli’s new blue and black damask from her Pretty please line…then something from Paula Prass’ summer soire line top conpliment it nicely.

  41. Carrie says:

    I think I would have to use a combo from Denyse Schmidt’s County Fair line. Perfect.

  42. Bridget says:

    That is a very cool bag! I would make it using Vicki Payne For You Home Fabric 54″ HDVP16 Branches Black

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. ChristinaW says:

    I think I’d do something bright from the Paula Prass collection – maybe canopy stripe aqua and the mints pink dots…
    great, great bag! thank you!
    christinaleigh1 at gmail dot com

  44. Anna says:

    It’s not an obvious choice for a grown up-bag, but I’d love to see it done using some of Davis Walker’s Oh Boy!-fabrics. Maybe just one or two and combine them with something more “plain”.

  45. kylie says:

    It would definatly have to be from Laura Gunns fabric line.

  46. celia says:

    This is what I love for the bag that’s is amazingly pretty and I just love Jenna Lou pattern!

    Item# jennifer-paganelli-pretty-please-fabric-jp12-ann-flower-mural-bl12

  47. Indie House says:

    I like Vicki Payne’s Poppy Aqua and Pop Garden Zag Stripe Gold- obviously I’m a big fan of color :)

    Great giveaway!

  48. Pamela S says:

    I would choose Full Bloom – I’m a big fan of Bari’s and the fabrics have a romantic watercolor look about them I love! Thanks for your great giveaway – count me in!

  49. Leigh says:

    Oh – that would look so cool in Vicki Payne’s Poppy Ivory or Denyse Schmidt’s Dottie Porch!

  50. Jamie says:

    I just love the Lantern Bloom line from Laura Gunn, this bag might just be the perfect place to use a few of her designs! Thanks for the giveaway!