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Boho Shoulder Bag + Giveaway

Spring is coming (no, seriously… it is!) and what better way to celebrate than stitching up a nice BIG bag made from a bright, cheery print? Designer Jen Lopez from Sew Fun has created the perfect solution with the new Boho Shoulder Bag sewing pattern. This pattern is a reversible, sling style bag with bottom pleats to make it nice and roomy. It features lots of stylish top stitching, a toggle button closure and pockets inside & out.

The thing to love most about this pattern is it takes just one yard of two different fabrics (one each for inside and out – it’s reversible)… a perfect opportunity to justify all those “I’ll just buy ONE yard!” moments at Fat Quarter Shop.

The pattern calls for the outside fabric in home dec weight or similar fabric. We stitched up samples for Quilt Market in Moda’s twills and they were the perfect weight: not too heavy or thick, easy to sew and they had a very nice texture, kind of like a light denim. How about Moda’s It’s a Hoot Twill in Fudge, Raspberry or Cherry?

If you are feeling more ambitious and you have the perfect quilting weight fabric, you can apply a light to medium weight interfacing to the exterior fabric like our friend Carrie did with this gorgeous Laura Gunn Dogwood Stripe in Olive from her Poppy line of designer fabrics. Looking for something really Spring-y? How about Tea Garden by Dena Design for Free Spirit Fabrics?

The Boho Shoulder Bag can be worn over the shoulder or across the body, messenger-bag style – perfect for keeping a busy mom’s hands free. Use it for baby’s things, yoga, market, books, knitting – just about anything!

Sew Fun is generously donating five of this new pattern to five of you lucky winners!  What can YOU do with your Boho Shoulder Bag?  Leave a comment on this post telling me what line of fabric you would make your bag out of for a chance to win.

Contest closes Wednesday, February 23rd @midnight CST.  Good luck!


  1. I would love to win this pattern. It is really great and what I have been looking for. I might use Califon or maybe the Tea Garden you are featuring. It is really beautiful, isn't it? Thanks for a chance to win!

  2. I just got some Alexander Henry Spotted Owl in gray that I think would make a fabulous Boho 🙂

    Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway!

  3. Ooo! Don't make me pick yet! Probably a Hoffman Batik. I've been drooling over a number of them. OR maybe something fun (Urban Zoologie by Ann Kelle) on one side, and a balancing solid on the other… Oh the choices! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. I know you said cheery, but the "Herb Garden Batiks Rosemary Scrolling Flourishes" would look super nice as a bag. Oh! I'm a neighbor I live in Austin. Do you have a store (maybe by a different name) in Austin, Manchaca, or Buda?

  5. Ooo, I would have to use some Espresso Swiss Chocolate or Sweetwater!
    Thanks for the chance!
    hugs, margie
    TheBumbleGirl at Rocketmail dot com

  6. I would love to make this bag out of Moda fabrics. I really love 'fadango'and 'central park' from kate spain! Those are the fabrics I would use for the bag. They give me such a sunny feeling 🙂


  7. I think I would use Dilly Dally- it would bring on spring! And would be nice and bright for my trip to Florida that's fast approaching.

  8. I am not sure of what line I would make the bag out of, but it would be a jumbo, bright floral print. Perhaps an Amy Butler or Moda fabric.

  9. I can't say I know what fabric line yet, but I'm thinking it needs to be something bright. I'm ready for something springy. LOVE the pattern, thanks for the chance to win one.

  10. I'm still so in love with the Laura Gunn Poppy and have been hoarding some fat quarters and yardage. Seeing it made up in that bag made me want to stop hoarding and start sewing! So definitely that! 😉

  11. I would love to make the bag using the "Dilly Dally" moda line. It just screams Spring and I think that we are all ready for some spring weather !! 🙂

  12. Thanks for doing a giveaway! I'm not sure what fabric I'd use for the bag, but I know I'd have fun searching for just the perfect one! Definitely something bright and springy!

  13. Well, in my fantasy world, I drive a scooter around everywhere, so a cross-body bag would be ideal! Unfortunately, the reality is that my hubs won't let me get a scooter to drive in LA traffic…but the bag COULD be reality!

  14. I love this pattern, and I think it would look great in an Amy Butler fabric, although I have recently discovered Anna Maria Horner and love her fabrics as well!

  15. This pattern is something I have been looking for…my friend would love this bag…she would love big bright colors like Amy Butler and she has been dying to have a bag with daschunds which could be her lining….very nice…

  16. I'd use It's a Hoot, but I'd have a hard time narrowing it down to which fabric from that collection! Cross body bags are my favorite! I always need room for my knitting and the random things my kids want me to hold.

  17. I'm not sure what fabric collection I would make the BoHo Shoulder Bag from. I'll just have to go fabric shopping to see what I could find. How sad!!!!! lol

  18. this is a great bag and one I would love to make for the spring and summer months. I probably would use fabric from Me & My Sister Favorites.

  19. I have just gotten some innocent crush, I think I would use that! I would use it everyday to cart the mass of things three boys neeeed me to bring (maybe even the chihuahua)

  20. That would be the perfect bag to take all of my crap to church in! I'd make it from something like LizzeB Cre8ive's fabrics, or some yummy Lecien fabrics or anything from Robyn Pandolph!

  21. Love that bag…and I would definitely make it from Dilly Dally…that fabric is just so happy. It would make the perfect bag for Spring and Summer!



  22. I would definitely want to get some of the new Sherbet Pips fabric – probably the red with the puppies – and make the bag out of that. I can't wait for that line to come out!

  23. What a cute purse. I love reversible purses. I think since it's suggested was a home dec fabric I'd probably use these two fabrics:Love Sateen Emerald Trumpet Flowers by Amy Butler and Impressions Home Dec Espresso Asian Floral by Ty Pennington.

  24. I'd have to make one for each season, at least. So, a juicy stripe for Summer with teals and citrus colors; a gorgeous large scale leaf or maybe a rich paisley for Autumn; beautiful, fresh flowers for Spring and a Tweedy home dec fabric for Winter. How about a Dr. Seuss bag too? ~~Lisa

  25. wow – hard choice! I'm loving sweetwater and central park right now and think both would work well for this! Thanks for the chance to win and have a grand day – Laurie

    llsbaskets at comcast dot net

  26. I'm too new to quilting and fabric to really know the lines of fabric.. but I do know I would want something Pink.. for when I'm feeling in that mood.. and something brown on the other side.. for when I'm feeling that side.. just choices..

  27. Phillip Jacobs collective would be perfectly stunning! And for a baby shower gift Lilly and Will would make a gorgeous diaper bag/tote!

  28. I LOVE this pattern!! I really need to make this bag or one like it. I'd use the Impressions Persimmon Asian Floral fabric for my bag. Thanks for the chance to win the pattern!

  29. I woud love to win this pattern. And since I'm a giver….I would prob make many for my sista friends……Not sure what material though…many friends are different….either wa, I know they'd like it

  30. What a sweet bag!! I love when bags go across the body…hands free is the best especially when your bag becomes the repository for everyone else's stuff (read: my children's stuff)…I think this bag would look great in some funky fabric and right now I am loving me some Innocent Crush by Anna Maria Horner 🙂

  31. Cute bag! There are so many nice fabrics out there that I'd have to make it in more than one. Absolutely love Buttercup by Fig tree so I believe I'd make the bag out
    of one of these.

  32. I love the size of this bag. It is perfect for shopping at the farmers market, and this is my perfect excuse (as if I need one) to buy the Ambrosia collection to use for this. I also love Dilly Dally. Ok who said I couldn't do more than one bag. hehe >_<

  33. What a neat bag-nice to take to quilt stores. Why couldn't you use the new plastic type fabrics like in the Simpson-Minick line of Charlevoix-it would be quick washable as well!

  34. This is a great bag for everything and anything. It is too hard to choose just one fabric for this bag. But, I would lean towards something from Me & My Sister or Amy Butler.

  35. Oh I have to choose a fabric line???? That is so hard – Sunkissed, Fandango, Wonderland (if I have any left in my stash)… I have a great home dec remnant with dragonflies all over it that I picked up to make a grocery tote out of – that would be great, too!!! Ohhh – the possibilities!

  36. I have some of Amy Butler's older line I've been saving for a "special" project! I would use it for the Boho Shoulder Bag for my college-age daughter!
    Thanks for a chance to win!
    Beth in AL
    bhambeth at gamil dot com

  37. I just saw someone with this bag on Wednesday! We went to Taco Bell for a quick bite on the way to our cleaning job and someone had it over her shoulder. My husband actually saw it and pointed it out to me! I loved it! What fabric line? Maybe something from Spring fever or tossed owls. I also thought of denim on one side as sometimes I just want a solid!

  38. I think I might choose something from Lovely and add interfacing. But there are some other fabrics I love too! This bag would be great for those large scale prints that are so fun!

  39. I am a professor and am always carrying lots of books and papers home at night. This would be nice for that. I think it would be really cute in Kate Spain's Central Park!

  40. Love this bag! Thank you for this great giveaway. I think I would make this bag using something from the Tea Garden line. This bag would be very handy for traveling.

    Have a super great day.

  41. That's the perfect bag for taking to Quilt Show Markets!! Just think of all the goodies I could stuff in there LOL! I love the It's a Hoot Raspberry Trees twill would be perfect in this bag!

  42. The only bad thing about living in CA is that we are several hours behind when it comes to these entries! Darn. I LOVE this bag. It's so cute, and so useful. I hope, hope, hope!

    Kaaren B

  43. I'm thinking I would use Freespirt's For your Home. The colors are bold and bright. It would make a great bag to take projects with you. Thanks!

  44. As a teacher, I love the style of the bag. I can use it for papers, gradebook, books and many things I carry back and forth to school. I would use a fabric in the Nature Elements Collection by Art Gallery Fabrics. Thank you for the giveaway

  45. this bag would look great with something from Free Spirit's Impressions line: Espresso Lace or Foliage wold be gorgeous

  46. For a fun spring purse I'd use Lovely by Sandy Gervais or Phoebe, which I just saw on your new fabrics link. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  47. This is the bag I've been waiting for!! Love the style – I'm a big fan of over the body bags, I need my hands free whilst I run around after my 2 year old! ;o)

    I'd probably make a couple of these – one for day to day use and another for my knitting supplies.

  48. This would be a nice casual bag when need extra room beyond what my regular purse holds. I would use a group of basic fabrics from Pat Bravo's Art Gallery Fabrics new Nature Elements Collection. Thanks FQS and Sew Fun for this lovely giveaway.

  49. This would be lovely in any of Kaffe's fabrics — his classic in Cobalt comes to mind. A Lily and Will version would be nice for my sis in law would be fab as well!

  50. I really love this bag and hope I get a chance to make it. I would use Emily Taylor's Domestic Diva Recipes for the outside and Stripes for the inside. So cool 🙂

  51. Fabulous bag!! I'd have to go to my favorite online quilt shop – FQS – and pick out some great fabric for it. Anything bright and cheery would be good for me!

  52. i would definitely practice on an old plaid home dec ive had for ages…but the read deal would be in Denyse Schmidts County Fair for sure!

  53. I ABSOUTELY love this Boho Shoulder Bag Pattern. I would definitely make it out of PURE by Sweetwater to carry this summer.

    I love bags that can be carried across the body to leave both hands free – you know…to be able to touch all those fabrics as I go to quilt shops…LOL

    And, wouldn't this bag also be fun made from Sandy Gervais's newest line, Lovely?

    Okay, so now my head is spinning with fabrics to make this wonderful bag.

  54. I'm really digging Soul Blossoms from Amy Butler — I think the fuchsia or chartreuse fabrics would make a funky, fun springtime bag!

    P.S. I just made my FIRST bag yesterday!!! My ripper got a workout, but I finished it and it's really awesome! I think I'm a bag addict… 🙂

  55. This looks like a very doable bag…maybe not too many details. I recently bought a BIG floral print from Clothworks called Piccadilly by Pamela Mostek…it needs a big bag to show off the print. Love it!

  56. I'm thinking this is a great bag for applique on the go! I would use A Morris Tapestry fabrics from Barbara Brackman because they are gorgeous!

  57. I think I would use "Feeling Groovy Pink Peace Out" on the outside, and Riley Blake "summer song" pink stripe on the inside! Then I could use it for everything!

  58. Sunkissed and Central Park are the fabrics I would choose..which ones would be the dilemma:) I need a big bag to take to quilt shows this spring!

  59. I would use the Penelope line by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Dry Goods…the only challenge being which 2 pattern I would pick…I love the line!

  60. oooo… cute! just one line of fabric?! Let's see… I have some cheeries that need a project, some dr. seuss, little birds w/ eggs- now what could be springier than new life?!

  61. I just bought a very pretty piece of Hoffman batik that would look great as a bag. Thanks for the chance to win, this would make a great bag to carry all of my quilting supplies in on the days I go to our weekly sit n sew.

  62. Uni DD would love a bag like this for her birthday present and it could be used for Uni stuff, markets, overnight stay at friend's places etc. Ive always liked the It's a hoot range but choosing one fabric is difficult though I really like the raspberry twill.

  63. i love the shape of this bag! it would be great as an alternative to my giant "mom-purse!"

    i think it would be really beautiful and springy in the sunkissed line, or a little more neutral in pure. maybe i'll make one of each – one for me and one for my sister-in-law! 🙂


  64. What a great pattern. Since my son has graduated from diapers to big boy underware, I always carry a "just in case" change of clothing. This bag would be perfect. I we make it out of the red print from the Hullabaloo by Urban Chicks, even if I had to wait until April for it to arrive.

    ginger c at gmail dot com

  65. What a neat pattern! I would like to make it with a bright colored fruity spring fabric I just picked up at the thrift store. Thanks for a chance to win!

  66. I love this bag for Saturday farmers market! It is already spring here in FL! I would use It's a Hoot line of fabric. Owls are huge this year

  67. I would make the Boho Bag out of the following fabrics: Pure canvas cocoa and Pure splash ampersand! I would make it for my daughter-in-law so that she could use the bag to hold my grandson's many toys, clothes, and food for day trips. In addition, she could use it to carry her files and her computer for her work. The darker colors would not show much, if any, soiling! I would love to win the pattern, and thank you for considering me…!

  68. I think this is such great bag pattern! I would probably use the Blue Canyon Batiks from Hoffman fabs as they go well with denim (which is my staple)
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  69. I have some French General fabric I need to use and some Lilly and Will I can make, and some…. the possibilities are endless! Thanks!

  70. Looks like a great airplane carry on bag for all the kids supplies! Right now I'm loving the central park fabric, it would look great in that!

  71. This looks like a great opportunity to pair up the two colorways of the Swiss Chocolate fabric! I have been waiting to use mine on a great project. This would be it!

  72. That is so cute! I would use the Tammis Keefe Contented Cats linen yardage to make a bag. And line it in a blue twill in the Pure line.

  73. Oh gosh, i don't know what I would make it out of but I do know what I would do with one….just keep stuffing it full of the things that I lug around with would easily fit a spare nappy and wipes, cosmetics, keys, wallet, spare food, tissues etc etc

  74. The new Joel Dewberry coming out soon would be my choice! (although tough not to go back and revisit his dogwood fabric in Pond for this as well!! Hmmm. might have to make 2!)

  75. Oh, definitely the Tea Garden – I think maybe the Blue Ming for the outside, and a coordinating blue for the inside! Lovely pattern! Hope I win!

  76. I would use Amy Butler Chocolate Disco. It be an amazing addition to the baby bedding I'm making for my sister-in-law. She picked out the fabric and could carry the bag with her and always remember the joy of a new baby!

  77. I would do it with some soul blossom fabric for sure, but actually I can't tell you which one as they are all pretty
    but excellent that they also have home dec

  78. I would make them for ALL my daughters friends that are headed off to college this fall. This is a pattern I have been searching for..I would use recylced wool fabrics and maybe even make one out of blue jeans..
    j-me.. from MI

  79. I would like to see the Boho made from Phoebe Yellow Daisies! I can see myself taking her cross body on my bike to the farmers market and then stopping by the bakery for a fresh loaf of french bread. We just got piled in snow again, so my wish is a win to help me get through until spring!!

  80. I would definitely rock it out with some Amy Butler! Her new stuff is sultry, this would make me all the envy at the grocery store right! Lol!

  81. Ooohh! This would be the perfect bag to go with my Fandango skirt I'm making!!! I love slouchy bags! I would definitally make it in the Fandango line to match my skirt!!!

  82. This looks like a great bag and I have a Niece that is having a baby shower in 2 weeks. Looks great for a new mom !!! I have a floral print that would be gorgeous 🙂