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. Ann says:

    thanks for having this contest! I would use Momo Wonderland Tweedle Dee pistachio, & line it with Freshcut by Heather Bailey, Lollipop Garden Jade.

  2. Lisa in TX says:

    I love this! J + J = one great collaberation. I might use some Anna Maria’s home dec fabric on this – or just see what Jona would recommend!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    What a fantastic bag! I’ve thought that Amy Butler’s passion vine in river would make a lovely bag for a long time now.

  4. Andrea T. :) says:

    Oh, oh, oh … what a fun giveaway.

    I’d pick Vicki Payne’s “Poppy in Aqua” for the exterior and then line it with Paula Prass’ “Party Animal in Pink.” How cute would that be?!?!

    Happy Day!

  5. Jen S. says:

    I am obsessed with Jenna Lou’s bag designs! What a great giveaway!

  6. stacey says:

    i like amy butler nigella wood fern… either in eggshell or ivory! :)

  7. byron says:

    Laura Gunn Lantern Bloom in Ivory, perhaps green. Love the bag and love the site!

  8. Susan C says:

    I’m having a tough time deciding between Laura Gun Lantern Bloom in Orange or Turquoise! I love them both!

  9. Anne says:

    I love Anna Maria Horners zinna fabric – would look so nice on this wonderful pattern.

  10. Caroline says:

    Fun contest! Love Jona and love Jenna Lou!!!

  11. Caroline says:

    I have some AB Nigella that I have been waiting to use, this would be perfect!

  12. merrybabies says:

    I love the vicki payne poppies on ivory! I’ve got a couch that needs a new cover…!

  13. Somer says:

    I think I would like to use the Vicki Payne Poppy with the Jennifer Panganelli Polly Strip in persimmon. Or Amy Butler Wood Fern in Eggshell with Denise Schmidt Dizzy Dots in berry. Oh I better stop looking, too much fun.

  14. Hilary says:

    I would probably use Amy Butler’s Nigella.
    Such a cute bag!

  15. Paula says:

    Too many to choose from! But I do love the Pillow and Maxfield Large Whimsy Doozie Candy, with the coordinating Curly Swirl Pink for the lining and tab, and probably the underside of the strap. Gorgeous!

  16. Jackie H says:

    I love stripes so I think the Eva Lundgreen Euro stripe fabric is aqua and orange will be so neat! :)

  17. sarah says:

    I’d love to work with Amy Butler Nigella in Passion Vine Grey. I’ve eyed that since it’s release!

  18. Missdv says:

    The Vicki Payne range
    Chains, Branches and Links
    (I like the black and white) with maybe a piece of Swirls in Orange somewhere.

    Nice comp and great store.

  19. Pamela says:

    What a cute bag! I think Pillow and Maxfield Whimsy Simply Striped Blue, Curly Swirl Blue, Dottie Grid Kiwi and Crisscross Blue would make a stunning bag. :)

  20. Diane says:

    What a neat bag and great giveaway! I’ve been ‘reading’ Jona for a long time, would probably choose the Jennifer Paginelli fabrics, BUT there are so many awesome lines out there right now…thank you.

  21. Alissa says:

    So hard to choose just two fabrics! I think I would have to go with Anna Maria Horner Good Folks Filigree Dusk on the inside with Amy Butler Nigella Home Dec Grandiflora Maroon on the outside. Only for my first bag, of course – I’m sure I couldn’t make just one!

  22. Melanie says:

    So many great fabrics to choose from! I kinda liked the Vicky Payne range, thought they’d be fun to play with for a bag.

  23. Julianna says:

    So nice to discover you via Jonna. I love the bag and ADORE the scooter fabric.

  24. karen says:

    I love Jona’s blog, and I will be visiting Jenna’s soon! I have my fingers crossed!

  25. Debbie says:

    Oh! Oh! Oh! I’ve been lusting after that bag…(in my heart!)…and I love, love Vickie Payne’s Poppy in Aqua! Adorable. Such a cool give-away!

  26. Jaime Young says:

    Oh my heavens! I love the County Fair line and I would choose any of those fabrics particularly the bouquet in pear to make the bag :) Thanks for the opportunity!

  27. Sandra Hake says:

    I really love the Lantern Bloom collection from my St. Louis ‘neighbor’ Laura Gunn. I also really like the County Fair line and think it would look wonderful.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Katie says:

    Wow! I think Vicki Payne’s HDVP17 Links Black would look really cool on the bag paired with a really bright polka dot or stripe.

  29. Catherine says:

    AB Passion Vine in Grey, for the main fabric. Thanks for the info about Jenna and Jona.

  30. Susan C says:

    I really love Amy Butler’s Nigella Passion Vine Brown. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  31. Rachel says:

    Love that bag pattern! I’d definitely make it with the Momo Tea Time Pistachio. Thanks!

  32. Autumn says:

    Denyse Schmidt’s County Fair is my favorite, but there were so many fabrics that caught my eye, overall. I loved all the birds that are featured in prints. They are wonderful.

  33. Christin B says:

    WOW! What a great giveaway!!!

    This pattern is so great! I’d probably make it with some Heather Ross fabric I have stashed away ;) This would be a great bag for school.

  34. Jennifer S. says:

    What a great giveaway! I am a big fan of Wonderland by Momo and think Tea Time in Pistachio would look great (paired with a sturdier interior fabric, of course). I actually have already bought the Mabel pattern but would never turn down a JennaLou pattern ;) . Big fan of both Jona & Jenna; count me in!

  35. Toni says:

    I am still in awe for the Amy Butler Nigella line and would start with the vine in the river colorway – can’t help it! This is the first bag I’ve been really jazzed about and I think it’s the great structure – I like the stiffness. Fun giveaway and fun to read everyone’s ideas! :-)

  36. Maria says:

    I think I’d use Summer Soiree. I’m sure if I dug through Fabritopia for a while, I’d find about 10 combos I liked. I drool over her fabric on a regular basis!

  37. Jules O says:

    Really liking the Vicky Payne Tulip Gold for the exterior & Vicky Payne Chains Ivory for the interior..these would look great on this bag!

  38. Angie H. says:

    Wow! What a cute puse. I would use Summer Soiree Nosegay in Black lining it with Summer Soiree Mints Grey. Just lovely. Thanks for letting me entr.

  39. Eliane says:

    I love the Sweet by Urban Chiks – 16 Bouquet Bubble Gum. It is a lovely fabric.
    Thanks a lot!

  40. Crystal says:

    I love the Amy Butler Nigella Fabrics – especially the Wood Fern Forest and the Passion Vine Grey. I would then probably add some type of matching either subdued or solid fabric to go with those two. Thanks for offering the contest.

  41. Leanne says:

    Thank you so much for this opportunity! I would use Heather Bailey fabrics because I have been eyeing them up for a loooong time but have not sewn with them yet. Perhaps the Pop Garden Pop Daisy Red and Ziz Zag Stripes…or the Sway Teal and Bijoux Tiled Primrose… Or the Anna Marie Horner Good Folks Festival Tangerine and Filigree Sun…or… There are so many awesome fabrics on the site!!

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  42. Corey says:

    Awesome Giveaway! I am really lovin’ me some Whimsy right now so, I would maybe use a combo of those fabrics–Mezzanine is also awesome as well–maybe I’d go that route…

  43. Elizabeth says:

    I think Amy Butler’s Nigella fern series would be lovely on this bag!

  44. Sue Goodin says:

    Lantern Bloom Birdcage is the fabric I would pick for my messenger bag, not sure what else I would put with it.

  45. Rebecca says:

    I’d go with Bari J’s Full Bloom line – perhaps a combination of fabrics – but Bird Light Pink would definitely have to be one of them!!! Thanks for this giveaway!

  46. Terri says:

    Oh, my word – if I won this I’d have no idea what to pick! Fabritopia has some wonderful lines – I absolutely adore the Amy Butler fabrics, and Laura Gunn’s lantern bloom, maybe with a coordinating stripe for the interior -or maybe the stripe on the outside and the bloom for the interior? I love a bag with an interesting interior! Thank you for hosting this!

  47. Lauren says:

    So many great fabrics!

    I would have to choose Amy Butler Nigella Home Decor, Primrose Nickel as the exterior. I would use a matching yellow for the interior.

  48. Aimee says:

    I am in love w/ Paula Prass Summer Soiree…but I also love the County Fair Patchwork, too. Let’s just make loads of them and then decide which is cutest, k? ;)

  49. Mindy Jo says:

    After looking at the bag and going through the fabrics I feel if I were to sew this up (which I SO WOULD – it’s an adorable bag!) I’d do the following…

    The body I would piece vertically with the main fabric being Pillow and Maxfield Whimsy in Pretty Petals Blue. I would do an off-center stripe using the Large Whimsy Doozie Nite to break up the pattern a bit. I’d fussy cut it so the pattern could be seen.

    I’d also do the strap in the same fabric for practical reasons – white fabric seems to get dirty when used as a strap. (Yeah, I’m a mom!)

    For the closure I’d break the blue up by using the Tonal Doozie Leaf from this collection.

    And for the interior of the bag, I’d have to go with a solid – probably a light lime green color. I don’t care for bags with dark interiors, as it’s sometimes hard to see things.

    Oh, and just for fun, I’d use one of the patterned fabrics to line the zippered pocket. Little surprises like that just seem to make for a fun purse!

    Thanks so much for this contest. This was so much fun!


  50. Lisa G. says:

    This is a lovely bag and such a generous giveaway. I would make this up in Bari J’s Full Bloom…love that fabric. I am certain I would have to make a few more bags because they’re so beautiful and I couldn’t make just one. Please consider me for your giveaway. –Lisa