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. I love this pattern, I would probably use one or two of Vicki Paynes beautiful fabrics, I can’t make up my mind which ones yet:>)

  2. Rosmarinus says:

    I would use the Amy Butler Nigella series with the turquoise colorways that is carried by Fabritopia. The design of Jenna Lou’s messenger tote lends itself to using bold, fun prints.

  3. Katie B says:

    Oh, such a tough choice! I think I’d have to start with the Nigella Passion Vine in Celery. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Kristin says:

    Wow! I love everything about this giveaway! I’ve been dying to do something in the new Patty Young Mezzanine fabric, so I would probably use the Gothic Wave Leaf and Gothic Flower Moss for this one!

  5. Hannah says:

    I would love to make that bag out of Tanya Whelan’s Darla line. I have been drooling over that line for a while now and think it would look beautiful with that bag.

  6. Jackie says:

    I just loooooovvvvveeee Andalucia! I would make the bag in that fabric in a heartbeat. Thanks for the opportunity.

  7. Rosemary says:

    Let’s see…it’s between Full Bloom and Paula’s new line. I think both would look lovely.

  8. Yvonne says:

    I would definitely use Denyse Schmidt’s Country Fair. They are all gorgeous fabrics but my pick for this bag would be the Ribbon Floral Berry for the outer and Dottie Roseberry for the inside.

  9. Renee E says:

    Dance with me!! I would love to try it!

  10. Nanna says:

    I think the lime green hippo fabric would be pretty. Love this bag.

  11. Erin says:

    I’d make a black and white bag out of Vicki Payne’s For Your Home using the “links” and “chains” fabrics. Love the bag!!

  12. Mearaid says:

    I think this would look fabulous in Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks.

  13. I love this pattern, I’ve been trying to figure out how to neatly add a flap like that to a bag!! I think it would look really cute in Denyse Schmidt County Fair (I am thinking Dottie Porch for part of it)

  14. Kathy says:

    I’d love the pair up the Jennifer Paganelli Flower Power with Tanya Whelan Ava Rose Ticking Stripe.

    And thanks to all who are making the giveaway possible!

  15. Gina says:

    Laura Gunn, Lantern line, Turquoise and Orange would be beautiful for this bag. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  16. maggie says:

    Great pattern! I love the Paula Prass Summer Soiree, some of the black and white prints. I need a more neutral purse. Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. Heather says:

    oooh, I just discovered the Vicki Payne dec fabric on Frabritopia! I just love it – and I think her orange swirls would make a very funky bag!

    I also just love the design of the Mabel Messenger – it is just the size I have been looking for, for a new “school” bag to return to my Kindergarten class in September (lots of room to stuff in arts and craft supplies, marked papers AND my lunch too).

  18. Loraine says:

    What a great messenger bag. Love Fabritopia as well, and I’m happy to find this blog to add to my blog roll!

  19. MegVS says:

    Oooh…I am a big fan of both Jenna and Jona! I have featured Jenna in a couple of my etsy treasuries and I have Jona’s Edith Twirl Skirt pattern (made the cutest skirt!)!

    This new pattern looks awesome! I would love to make it in Vicki Payne’s Poppy Aqua!

  20. Jeanne Crockett says:

    Vicki Payne’s “Chains” fabric would be my first choice. I’d supplement that with a couple of more colorful picks to create more of a patchwork look.

    Great looking bag.

  21. Christina says:

    I think the Amy Butler wood fern patterns (I particularly like the ivory one) would look nice.

  22. Katie says:

    I love this pattern and I would definitely make it out of Denyse Schmidt’s Country Fair – I’ve been looking for the perfect project to use these fabrics and I think this would be it!

  23. 2hippos says:

    The bag looks great. I’m thinking Dena Fishbein’s Snowflower Snow Berry Red and Red Dots would look great.

  24. Anne says:

    What an adorable bag? How I would love this! It would look amazing in Bari J. Ackerman’s Full Bloom fabrics. Love it!!!!

  25. Robin says:

    Hard choice. I love Amy Butler’s Nigella.

  26. Julie says:

    I love the Amy Butler Nigella line. I just saw it the other day in a shop. I would pick the Wood Fern pattern in Ivory to do the outside and a coordinating brown for the inside.

  27. Lee says:

    I have fallen in love with BariJ’s Full Bloom, so I would love to make Mabel up in that fabric line-especially the Bird design in all colorways! Fingers crossed!

  28. gillian says:

    I love, love, love the Moda Wonderland line by Moda and can’t get enough in my stash. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  29. Lara says:

    I am in love with Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks line! I have yet to make anything from it, so that would be a definite contender. That scooter fabric on the sample pretty much rocks my world, too….and those red hippos in the Euro Fabrics section–I might marry those little guys!!!

  30. Michele says:

    Oh boy,oh boy! I would use the zebra, floral,and stripes from Paula Prass’s Summer Soiree. I’ve been eyeing this collection for so long now!

  31. Barb says:

    What a wonderful pattern. I would love to make it with Amy Butler Nigella Home Dec HDABS4 Passion Vine Celery and some coordinating fabrics.

  32. BBoyle says:

    I love the Denyse Schmidt County Fair in the Daisy Bouquet Berry and the Tulip Medallion Berry. Both would look nice with the messenger bag. My daughter Molly starts grad school in Iowa this fall and will be teaching a class! She will need some of this goodness to carry all the papers she has to grade.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  33. I love Jenna’s patterns – have a few! I think I would use Joel Dewberry’s new fabric line, Deer Valley. Would be beautiful!

  34. Rebecca says:

    Great pattern!! I would love to make one as a carry-on bag and diaper bag. It would look great with some coordinating Country Fair prints – like Riboon Floral and Dottie. Thanks for the chance!!

  35. sharon says:

    I like Kaffe Fassett bubble flower blue with either pink or yellow print accent piece.

    I have never seen Jenna’s patterns before but, will go to look now. this pattern would make great school bags for my tween nieces

  36. Dot says:

    Love this messenger bag. In dec weight would like Vicki Payne’s poppy, stripes and spots; also love Laura Gunn’s new line so choice might be hard.

  37. Allison says:

    I would love a purse like that in the Country Fair Line from Denyse Schmit. It would be so retro that it would be cool!! Thanks for doing this for us.

  38. Lynne in NY says:

    What a great pattern – I hope I win. I will make it in Laura Gunn Lantern Bloom – the Bird cage fabric looks gorgeous and could be accented with the turquoise, wine, and citron from the same line. For more oomph and stiffness in the inside I would use Nigella’s fabric with the sateen finish – maybe Passion Vine in Celery.
    Thank you for the great giveaway.

  39. DianeY says:

    So many great choices for this bag-I think I’d use Pillow & Max Whimsy prints in the Pinks, whites and kiwis. I think they’d make a great bag!

  40. Becky says:

    I love it! How about using Vicki Payne’s Tulip Glass and Chains Ivory?

  41. Laura W. says:

    What a gorgeous bag & generous giveaway! If I made this bag, I’d use Denyse Schmidt County Fair Home Dec: Ribbon Floral Porch, Dottie Porch, and Daisy Bouquet Pear.

  42. april f says:

    I would use Patty Young’s Mezzanine!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Karen says:

    Hi – what a great giveaway.

    That pattern looks like a lot of fun to make.

    I am gaga over Paula Prass’s new line Summer Soiree, so I think I would choose the following prints from that line:

    Best Friend – Grey
    Canopy Stripe – Grey
    Mints – Grey

    That combination would make an outstanding bag!

    Thank you for the chance,

  44. Alecia says:

    Fell in love with the B. Ackerman Full Bloom fabric in pink. Pair that with some Amy Butler Full Moon Polka Dots and maybe a snippet of something else!

    Great pattern…

  45. Sarah S says:

    This is lovely! I would pair Amy Butlers Nigella in Wood Fern Eggshell with Nigella in Passion Vine Grey! I love this line of fabric but I never can afford it! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  46. Katherine says:

    I’ve been drooling over the Momo Wonderland collection for some time now and keep almost adding it to my cart at Fabritopia, but I’d probably make this bag in the Vicki Payne Poppy Aqua.

  47. michelle in fl says:

    thanks for this chance; I love love love fabritopia. I would probably have to head right for the Amy Butler Nigella happiness, especially with it at only $9 a yard. yum!

  48. Melissa says:

    Love this!!! Great idea, collaboration is awesome! I would go green, green, green with Amy Butler Nigella Home Dec HDABS4 Passion Vine Celery! Super fun ladies!

  49. Carol says:

    Love the messenger bag! I’d use Vicki Payne’s Branches Black for the bag and line it with the Gold Spots. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  50. Sherri says:

    What a great pattern…and I’d use combinations of reds and aquas from Mezzanine, Whimsy, and Summer Soiree—love all those new lines and don’t have any yet!