A Slap in the Face – A Challenge

Takes off a dueling glove and slaps you in the face with it…

*smack smack*

I guess I should tell you about this challenge before I start slapping you around.

*smack smack smack*

Sorry, I can’t help myself! Virtual dueling gloves!

Anyway, my friend Eve and I are very competitive. We once tried to out-Catholic each other and I’m not even Catholic! (She totally won – not only is she actually Catholic, she’s been to the Vatican…I seriously thought that my set of rosary beads from Ireland were pretty Catholic but you really can’t out-Catholic Vatican City). We’d been talking about making our own project bags and pinning various tote/cosmetic/drawstring bags on our Pinterest boards for a while now, but not actually doing anything about it. So while sitting around procrastinating one day I came up with the Put it in the Bag Sewing Challenge and put it to Eve:

  • Challenge Dates: September 1 – 30, 2012
  • This will be a three bag challenge.
  • This is a sewing challenge. The body of the bags have to be sewn – not knitted or crocheted.
  • Categories:
    • Tote Bag – This bag should be able to hold at least three skeins of Red Heart Super Saver yarn easily and have at least one handle (the handles can be handmade or store bought). Having a closure is optional for this bag.
    • Drawstring – This bag should have a drawstring closure and be able to hold at least one ball of sock yarn and a set of 6 inch dpns easily.
    • Zippered – This bag should have a zipper as its main closure. It can be any size – coin purse to beach tote.
  • At least one bag has to be fully lined.
  • This is a three bag challenge. Any one bag can overlap any of the three categories but it can only count for one category. For example, a bag can be a tote bag and have a zipper closure but it can only fulfill one challenge category – tote or zippered – but not both.

I knew Eve wouldn’t be able to resist a good challenge and she couldn’t. She swore at me, accepted the challenge and then virtually slapped me in the face with her dueling glove.

Do you sew? Do you want to join us? You should! J Eve and I would love to have you!

Please drop me a line letting me know you want to play along!


What is that you say? Will there be prizes? Hells yeah! The best prize of all: Bragging Rights. An opportunity to respond with “Oh, I made this!” and a coy smile when someone tells you how cute your bag is! Or, if you’re like me, you can say “BOOOOYAHHHH!  In yo’ face!  I maaaaade this! WHAT UP NOW?!” while doing the running man and holding the bag inches from their face.



26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pandorra7
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 14:22:03

    Slapping you right back into the face with my dueling glove. Which happens to be much nicer than yours!

    And my tote-bag will hold 4 skeins of Caron simply soft because my yarn is better than yours and my bag is bigger than yours!

    BOOOOOOOOOOOYAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! (My Boyah has more o’s and a’s and h’s than yours!

    And my lined bag will be lined in pure gold, because.. OK getting carried away. Never mind!


  2. craftgirl78
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 15:35:04

    Oooooh I *do* like a good challenge – and this is right up my street. I therefore slap you in the face with my own virtual duelling glove and accept your challenge to make three bags during the month of September 2012.
    Oh, BTW, I take it the “three bag” part of the challenge means one bag for each category?
    Can’t wait to get started!


  3. hopeinspired
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 18:10:33

    GREAT idea! I do not sew, there fore am forfeiting this duel; but I am quite excited to watch for your progress 😀


  4. Jen
    Aug 09, 2012 @ 07:32:04

    Love this! Wish I could sew…my machine and I really don’t get along. I look forward to seeing how the challenge goes!


  5. Catna
    Aug 09, 2012 @ 20:35:54

    hmm, I am not that great at putting in zippers and I had Never made a tote or bag before finishing my first one today, but …
    YER On! Girlies!! What the What, What, I can Float like a Butterfly and Sting like a Bee, oh wait this is a Sewing Challenge not a Boxing match,.
    I’m old and I’m crafty. *quickly sits at Old JitterFoot, (my machine) sews a pair of Gloves and Whaps assembled company, Throws down the hand Embroidered Gauntlets.

    Somebody is going to have to remind me though, come September. Did I mention age here? Old, forgetful, Yeah,


  6. Suzy
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 09:37:19

    This sounds like oodles of fun, but alas, I have no inkling to sew lately…. And I’m askeert of zippers.


  7. Donna
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 18:16:45

    I think I want to be in. The tote is already in my queue. I can always use another drawstring project bag, and I’ve got the perfect leftovers for that cute little wristlet.


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  9. Ptinutz
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 18:19:56

    I am tempted, I have the material for the zippered bag, I have finally a sewing machine… but september is so busy with holiday but I will be crazy and the challenge… so what can I say

    *smack, smack*

    but gentle 🙂


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