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. mommymae says:

    i think the summer soiree nosegay black & party animal yellow would be delicious!

  2. Shelly says:

    Love the bag! I think I would choose something by Vicki Payne or Denyse Schmidt.

  3. Marian says:

    Count me in! Very exciting, and I am a sucker for all amy butler designs. But I like the “Be A MAN” line is very funny, and my son loves bags for his drawing things. :) Oh! I hope I win!

  4. Judea says:

    Who can choose just one? I picked something I like from each collection. I would just be tickled to death to win!!!! I especially have something forming in my mind though wtih the Vicki Payne Chain in ivory and black. I can picture that with some popping contrast color. How super cute. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. kristi says:

    I cannot help but love County Fair (forever a fave), and all things Joel Dewberry.

  6. G says:

    I would love to use Anna Maria Horner’s good folks on this one!

  7. Silke says:

    My favorite must be:
    Douglas Day Be A Man Fabric BA05 Rebel Patches Red !!!!
    This fabric makes me smile…I havn`t seen anything like it before. Love it to bits!!! :O)

  8. Marnie Peck says:

    Oh, so many beautiful fabrics to choose from and so many favorite designers!! My pick would be Paula Prass’s new line!!! I would pick Zebra stripe in pink for the handle and inside the zipped pocket, Chevron yellow on one of the outside panels, Nosegay black for the middle main panel, mints polka dot in pink for the third panel and cufflink in black for the inside lining. That would be my dream bag!
    Marnie Peck

  9. janet says:

    i would make the bag with “David Walker Robots fabric DW20 Painted Rockets Gold” and then give it to my sister, so she can tote all her son’s things in it! thanks for the giveaway!

  10. elena says:

    Hi all!!!
    I love your pattern plese count me in!!!!! :D
    Lot of beautiful fabrics on fabritopia. I’m in love with Good folks by Ana Maria Horner, so If I won I will choose this collection.
    Thanks for this great giveaway,

    Elena .

  11. Hanna says:

    I would have to say a black/white/grey theme with a touch of color from Denyse Schmidt County Fair Home Dec HDDS09 Dotted Leaves Porch and other fabric in that line. Very nice looking bag!