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 fabritopia…I am a regualar customer of hers! yeah

  2. sarah says:

    Anna Maria Horner Good Folks Fortune Sun, Cathedral Peony, and Filagree Sun for the exterior and the interior would be a pale blue to match the blue from the Fortune Sun fabric.

    Now I must go look at both shops and drool!

  3. Susan Hahaj says:

    I just discovered your site, now I need to explore it, and I found you at an opportune time, when there’s a wonderful giveaway! yeah! Suzie purrpage3[at]verizon[dot]net

  4. Jamie S. says:

    I have to say I love the bag! I do not sew purses or bags of any kind but of course admire them greatly.
    I looked at the fabrics and I had to pick something I would like for myself and consider fall coming up.
    So I chose three different fabrics used any way you’d like …
    Amy Butler Wood Fern Forest
    Amy Butler Full Moon Polka Dot Slate
    Vicki Payne For You Home Poppy Aqua

    I didn’t even think about the interior but something that pops when you open the bag. I’ve always admired that someone thought of how the inside would look as much as the outside of bags.

    Hope you like and consider.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  5. I would be tempted to start off with Pillow and Maxfield Whimsy DC4029 Curly Swirl Pink and then pick several other fabrics from that line to coordinate…so many pretty patterns!

  6. Donna S. says:

    WOW, I found two great sites by visiting Jenna Lou’s (great too). Awesome, I have to sign up for the RSS feed. Don’t want to miss out on anything! As for the fabric, that is so very hard to choose. I like
    Amy Butler’s Nigella Home but also Vicki Payne’s For You Home. Too hard to narrow it down to one, guess I will have to choose both. Now I need the pattern to go with the fabric. Awesome Giveaway, Hope I win.

  7. sallys. says:

    am new to this site, so look forward to seeing more, love the bag

  8. Trish says:

    I love the bag! I’d like to make it with Amy Butler’s Nigella Starflower Tiles Spinach, and if possible (if the pattern allows for it) line the bag with one of Amy’s quilting fabrics for a nice contrast!

  9. Becky Honey says:

    Love the bag. Not too small big enough for a mom on the go with 3 busy girls to keep up with.

  10. Cindy Keery says:

    What a fabulous pattern!! love it!

  11. Ellie says:

    I am loving Paula Prass’s Summer Soiree and thing it would look amazing on this bag. Thanks for the chance!!

  12. Karen M says:

    I am due to have my first baby in November. This bag would be a super trendy “mommy” bag! Since we aren’t finding out whether it’s a boy or girl, I would use Eva Lundgreen Euro Rainbow Zoo Fabric with Paula Prass Summer Soiree DC4154 Chevron Yellow for the interior. Thanks for the fun of looking over all the fabrics :)

  13. Vivian Oaks says:

    Flights of Fancy would be the perfect fabric for the outside of the Mabel Messenger bag. I think I’d look for something in my stash to use as the lining. LOVE the bag!! Thanks for giving us a chance to win.

  14. Nicole says:

    Nice giveaway. For me, Denyse. The outer Denyse Schmidt County Fair Home Daisy Bouquet Pear and the inner Denyse Schmidt County Fair Dottie Roseberry.

  15. Christina says:

    Oh my! What a clever lady! Love the echino fabric in the sample.

    I would love to use some Denyse Schmidt Country Fair dotten leaves porch for the outer, the porch ribbon floral for the lining and the scallop stripe porch for the lining of the pocket! It would be perfect for me and my little boys things!

    Kepping my fingers and toes crossed! :)

  16. Dorothy says:

    I love this pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. Tanya says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Paula Prass’ new Summer Soiree line. In fact, I just ordered some from Jona at Fabritopia that I can’t wait to get my hands on! I would used Nosegay in Black (gorgeous black and bright pink and green) with the Chevron stripe in black (so BOLD, but basic) with Leaf Party Animal, with Pink Houndstooth on the inside. BUT, the whole collection is so stunning, so you really couldn’t go wrong with any of it!

  18. karen says:

    oooh I would love to make that bag in Laura Gunn Lantern Bloom Fabric DC3724 Stripes Turquoise, DC3722 Vases Orange, and DC3728 Turquoise

  19. Jan Richards says:

    I would use several of the Paula Prass Soiree fabrics.
    Hard to choose just 3 for this very neat bag pattern.
    Hope I win!

  20. Mare says:

    I adore Paula Press’ Summer Soiree line. I think the houndstooth print is divine! This bag would be super cute in this line.

  21. Danna says:

    I would have to use the Lantern Bloom fabrics, by Laura Gunn. I’ve been drooling over those fabrics for weeks!


  22. oh, i love it! and i love jona! i would have to use amy butler’s Nigella line, i think…i’m loving the passion brown vine!!

  23. Prue says:

    Ohhh. Great giveaway. I love Anna Griffin Fiona Floral in Lime. Dena Fishbein Snowflower – Snow Buds Red.Jennifer Paganelli – Dance with me.. Not sure if there are the right weights but I would make it happen.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Sharon Griffith says:

    Wow I just love this bag….this is an awesome give away thank you. It is such a hard choice really but I think I like the Soiree pattern and the Poppy Aqua but some of the others are nice too……

  25. lahuitrefrite says:

    Amy Butler’s Starflower Tiles for me. I haven’t yet conquered making a bag, but I think it’s time to give it a try…Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. Diane says:

    Does pretty, pretty please work? Love your messenger bag and the beautiful fabrics you made it in. The gift certificate would be nice bonus as well. Thanks for your generousity.

  27. Lauren says:

    There are so many great fabrics but I like Anna Griffin pink fiona circles, Laura Gunn Lantern Bloom Wine, or Tanya Whelan fabric Ava Rose Ticking Stripes in fuchsia.

  28. Elyse says:

    Love this pattern, and the website! I think for this bag I would make it with one of Amy Butler’s Nigella patterns. Absolutely love her stuff! Thanks for hosting a giveaway! -Elyse

  29. Stephanie says:

    I love that pattern and really need a bag just like it! I think any fabric would look great, but I have to say that I am definitely digging those cute motos on the pattern cover.

  30. nikki says:

    I’ve really been loving brown paired w/ orange lately, so I would love to see the bag in Amy Butler tangerine polka dots & the MoMo wonderland snip snip in chai.

  31. Doris says:

    I want my Meesenger Bag to have that exact same Vespa fabric on it…but I think Jona’s Euro Critters fabric line would make a cuper cute kid friendly messenger as well. Love Jona’s shop, I’ve often shopped there…

  32. Margarite says:

    That pattern is fabulous! I think I’d use Denyse Schmidt’s County Fair Dottie Porch and Dizzy Dots Porch, in the blues/greens/grays. I LOVE Patty Young’s Andalucia Mod Blooms Earth — if only it were a heavier weight…

  33. Jen B. says:

    I would definitely use some Whimsy fabric from Pillow and Maxfield.

  34. kaylah says:

    i’d love to make that bag in Amy Butler Nigella Home Dec HDABS4 Passion Vine Brown!! it’d be soo cute!

  35. Becca says:

    That is such an adorable bag. I think I would use Denyse Schmidt’s County Fair. Either Daisy Bouquet Pear and Dottie Raspberry, or Posie Raisin and Scallop Strip Rose.

  36. Kristin says:

    I’m in love with the Lantern Bloom fabrics right now! I think I would use this: for the outside.

  37. TAya says:

    I would love some Full Bloom or Vicki Payne For Your Home. The bag pattern is fabulous.

  38. Kassia says:

    Aaaagh there are too many choices! My favorites are the Bari J Ackerman full bloom birds and trellises, Paula Prass canopy stripe, and any of the Lantern Bloom fabrics. Beautiful fabrics and such a cute bag. :)

  39. Jannette says:

    Tried to post a reply just then, but came up with an error. So I’m having another go..
    I’d go for these ones:
    Denyse Schmidt County Fair Home Dec HDDS03 Dottie Porch
    Denyse Schmidt County Fair Home Dec HDDS05 Scallop Stripe Ginger
    Amy Butler Nigella Home Dec HDABS7 Grandiflora Hunter

    Love the bag (lots and lots of room!), and am going back to look at some more of those fabrcis again.. They’re beautiful!

  40. Erica K says:

    Ooo…I just looked at the home dec weights for the first time and I’m in love with Denyse Schmidt’s County Fair line! Especially the ‘tulip medalion pear’ I need some of that!

  41. mjb says:

    I’ve been wanting paula prass’s summertime soiree in houndstooth since I saw it come out, but for this bag I think I’d use her Cufflink pink & centerpiece gray.

  42. Liz B says:

    Hmmm, I’m digging Dena Fishbein’s Snowflower, it would be neat to mix up the big and little prints in that collection. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  43. A says:

    Vicki Payne Poppy in Aqua on the outside and her Chains for the interior.
    Would be a fun project. Thanks.

  44. heather m. says:

    Denyse Schmidt County Fair for me all the way. I am just loving it and think there are several prints of hers that I think would be gorgeous for this bag!

  45. Trudie says:

    I have two options that I would love to make!! The first would be used more as a diaper bag and I love the Eva Lundgreen Euro Lime Hippo paired with the Euro Aqua Stripe fabric. (I love Hippo’s!!)

    for the second, I Love the Pillow and Maxfield Whimsy Curly Swirl Pink along with the Whimsy Dottie Grid Kiwi. Such great colors!

  46. mary in IL says:

    wow what a great bag and the zipper compartment inside…. I think i would make it out of amy butler’s nigella and some co ordianating fabrics

  47. Liz says:

    I hit “submit” too quick. I think the bag would be so cute in some of the whimsical prints like David Walker’s Robots.

  48. Rene says:

    I really like the Pop Garden fabric! I think I’d choose Pop daisy in green and use the zag stripe vertically to add some “pop”! Love these colours as we are in the grips of winter and they looks so summery!

  49. Susan says:

    Beautiful bag! I think I’d make it with one of Denyse Schmidt’s County Fair fabrics. Probably Daisy Bouquet in Pear and a coordinating fabric. Thanks for the chance.

  50. Kelly says:

    This bag is so cute!

    I think I would either do a combo of the County Fair in Daisy Bouquet-Berry and Dotted Leaves-Pear OR, and this one is really my favorite, Jennifer Paganelli Dance With Me-Libby Red (a great paisley) and one of the awesome, awesome zebra stripe prints from Summer Soiree, I’m thinking the yellow, maybe. That would be such a fun bag!