Bag Pattern Ellens Esplanade, Review and Giveaway

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Today I am super excited to share with you my version of Ellens Esplanade, I have sewn up the bag for my sister-in-law as a Christmas gift. I am taking part of one fun large blog tour with LOTS of prizes, but more about that later.

This is the first time I have made a Chris W bag, as a major player in the PDF bag world I am delighted to make one of her designs. Her wide range of PDF bags mean there is one that will suit you. You may remember I bought the fabric when I visited the Great British Sewing Bee Live exhibition.

I don’t know about you but when I make a bag I find the cutting out and ironing of interfacing a little daunting/boring… it takes a while. Accurate cutting is important for the finished result but I would rather be sewing any day!

My initial strap was a little too wide for my bag fittings, with the prospect of making a new fractionally thinner strap (accurate cutting this time!) I was delighted to see this jazzy strap tutorial.

What do you think?

My sister in law is returning to work following a career break to have children, this is going to be her work bag. For her cycling to work, the recessed zipper will be very helpful, nothing is going to fall out! I am pleased with the pop of pink, I hope she likes it.

I enjoyed sewing up the bag with the detailed instructions, I have to confess I avoided the suggestion of cap rivets. Plus I have started on handmade Christmas gifts, woohoo!! I am so pleased with the bag I am tempted to make myself one:)

So onto the prizes, and discounts running for the duration of the tour. There are two giveaways happening, one enormous one for the tour (a big thanks to our sponsors) plus just for this blog Chris is kindly giving away two copies of Ellens Esplanade bag.

Tour Discounts

  • ChrisW Designs is taking 20% off all patterns until end of day (Australian Central Standard Time) November 21. Code GlobalBlogTour17 (applied automatically with this link. Buy without fear: If you purchase during the tour and then win a pattern, your purchase price will be refunded.
  • Handbag Hardware Australia (aff link) is offering a 10% discount for the duration of the tour. Use code: CWD10. (Excludes interfacing and Emmaline Bling.)
  • Bobbin Girl has a 10% discount using code BLOGTOUR17. (Not to be combined with any other discount or rewards points.)
  • Gold Star Tool is taking 15% off for our tour readers. Use code chriswdesigns.
  • Zipit (aff link) is also offering a 10% discount on shop items. Use code ChrisWDesigns.



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Tour Schedule

(Australia Central Standard Time)

Sunday, November 12

Monday, November 13

Tuesday, November 14

Wednesday, November 15

Thursday, November 16

Friday, November 17

Saturday, November 18

Tuesday, November 21

  • Giveaway winners announced on all the blogs:

ChrisW Blog, Glitter in my Coffee, Michelle’s Creations, Flying by the Seam of my Pants, Serial Bagmakers, Tiger in a Tornado, Vanaehsa, Judith Stitches and More, Doctora Botones, Sewsewilse, Suck It Up Buttercup, Vicky Myers Creations, Marvelous Auntie M, inspinration, Fée bricolo, Trisha’s Craft Corner

If you have made it this far, congratulations!! I have two copies of Ellens Esplanade bag pattern to giveaway. To enter simply pin one of my tutorials and comment on this page to let me know which tutorial you have pinned:) A winner will be picked at random on November the 21st. Good luck.

The winners picked out of a bowl by my son for Ellens Esplanade are Sharon A and Hjordis, thank you all for the pins.




PS I was kindly given the bag pattern for the tour


  1. November 14, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    I will try to rememer to pop back for the blog hop later. I am in the middle of doing a papercraft blog post right now but will try to remember. If your sister in law doesn’t like it I put my hands up to have it lol! It’s gorgeous and I bet she will love it as much as I do. Awesome sewing Vicky, your sister in law should be very grateful Karen

    • Vicky
      November 14, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      Thanks Karen, I’m pleased with the result. Hope your papercraft post flows:)

  2. November 14, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    Your fabric choice is beautiful. Did any of it get “borrowed” from your family?

    • Vicky
      November 14, 2017 / 8:30 pm

      Ha ha, not this time!! I treated myself to new fabric:)

  3. November 14, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    Love your fabric. I’d have a hard time parting with it if it came from TGBSB. Yup, I’d want to keep it for myself. Love your bags and those straps! Aren’t they so much more fun this way?

    • Vicky
      November 15, 2017 / 10:22 pm

      I don’t think I will make a plain strap ever again!

  4. Karen Christensen
    November 15, 2017 / 1:16 am

    A beautiful bag for a Christmas present. I’m sure she will love it. I pinned the strap tutorial on my pinterest board, what a great idea.

    • Vicky
      November 16, 2017 / 7:23 am

      Thank you Karen.

  5. Carol Spring
    November 15, 2017 / 4:24 am

    You have lots of tutorials to choose from. I picked the How to make a lined Box Bag.

    • Vicky
      November 16, 2017 / 7:33 am

      Thank you Carol.

  6. Rho
    November 15, 2017 / 4:28 am

    I pinned the DIY Denim Box Bag – Box Bag Tutorial. Hope I can win the Ellens Esplanade bag pattern

    • Vicky
      November 15, 2017 / 10:23 pm

      Good luck – I will be placing all names in a bag and asking one of my children to pull two names out.

  7. Christy
    November 15, 2017 / 4:44 am

    I pinned the Large Zippered Tote and I definitely need to try both these patterns!

    • Vicky
      November 16, 2017 / 7:31 am

      Thank you Christy.

  8. Pamela Blackman
    November 15, 2017 / 11:06 am

    The Large Zippered Tote Bag. I will be pinning a lot more as there are some wonderful ideas but chose this one for now because it will be good for our bag making group

    • Vicky
      November 16, 2017 / 7:32 am

      How lovely to belong to a bag making group, sounds fun.

  9. Terry L
    November 15, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    I need new chair cushions and your tutorial on crotchet chair cushions is perfect timing

    • Vicky
      November 15, 2017 / 10:19 pm

      Enjoy your crocheting, I’m finding crochet a good stress release (in the process of moving house!)

  10. PNelson
    November 15, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Beautiful Ellen’s Espenade. Your first ChrisW bag? You have been missing out on a lot of gorgeousness.

    • Vicky
      November 15, 2017 / 5:38 pm

      I agree, I have!!! No more:)

  11. Hjordis
    November 15, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    DID denim box bag is pinned to my board…

    • Vicky
      November 16, 2017 / 7:31 am

      Thank you – I appreciate all pins:)

  12. Amy
    November 15, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    So many great options! I pinned the Drawstring Car Play Mat since I have a little boy 🙂

    • Vicky
      November 16, 2017 / 7:24 am

      It takes a while to make but I do love the drawstring bag, I have mine saved up for my nephew:)

    • Vicky
      November 15, 2017 / 10:20 pm

      Thanks for pinning a tutorial:)
      Its due to go live Saturday am Australian time, so that’s tea time Friday in the Uk

  13. Sonya
    November 15, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    I pinned the DIY bunk bed storage/ organizer. I think it will be great for the girls bed, I just might have to make more than one.

    • Vicky
      November 15, 2017 / 5:39 pm

      Glad you like it – whenever I try and make some for my Etsy shop the kids try and pinch them!

  14. November 15, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    Your bag looks great! I love the strap and fabric you chose. I pinned your tshirt refashion tutorial.

    • Vicky
      November 16, 2017 / 7:25 am

      Thank you Reece 🙂

  15. Chris Bevan
    November 15, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    Hi, I’ve pinned your beach bag tutorial but I think I might be heading back to pin a few more

    • Vicky
      November 16, 2017 / 7:28 am

      All pinning gratefully appreciated:)

  16. Katherine Maldonado
    November 16, 2017 / 1:06 am

    Thanks for blogging. I have wanted this pattern and now I have to get it.
    I pinned Large Zippered Tote from Sept 8th. I have alway wanted to try stitching bottom into is side seam.

    • Vicky
      November 16, 2017 / 7:19 am

      Good luck with the giveaway:)

  17. November 16, 2017 / 4:46 am

    Love, love, love your bag and the pieced strap is awesome. I definitely have to try that sometimes. I’m sure your sister is going to love carrying this beauty.

    • Vicky
      November 16, 2017 / 7:30 am

      Thank you Lisa:)

  18. Laura
    November 16, 2017 / 6:08 am

    What a lovely blog, enjoyed this very much. Your fabric choices made this bag very beautiful and that pink zipper wow, POPS!
    Thank you!

    • Vicky
      November 16, 2017 / 7:29 am

      Thank you Laura, I am delighted I went with the pink.

  19. Holly Dapore
    November 16, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    I like this bag and your color choices. I pinned your tute Large Zippered Tote Bag to my Pinterest board called “Bags”. My username on Pinterest is Hollyannd. Hope I win!

    PS…I posted this comment on the incorrect post to the Tote Tutorial also. Sooo…u might see it twice.

  20. Loretta Aymond
    November 17, 2017 / 7:22 am

    Love your bag! I pinned your How to make a large denim tote bag. A lot of amazing ideas!

  21. November 17, 2017 / 8:16 am

    Your bag looks beautiful. This bag has a zipper which ia always a bonus.

  22. Kelly Riley
    November 17, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Your Ellens Esplanade looks wonderful. Will have to look around your blog some more.

  23. November 18, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    I’m sure she will love it! It’s beautiful!

  24. November 19, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    Love your site, so many great ideas! Just started my own bag business and appreciate reading your tips and tricks. I’ve pinned the Jazzy Strap tutorial and plan to use it for an upcoming project. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  25. Sharon Maddox
    November 20, 2017 / 12:32 am

    I pinned the Ellens Esplanade Bag . I love it .

  26. Marianne Squire Maszer
    November 20, 2017 / 1:24 am

    It was hard to pick a favorite tutorial, so many great ideas. I loved The Upcycled Denim Tablet Case.
    Thanks for the chance to win the stylish Ellen’s Esplanade bag. Good luck to. All!

  27. Vivian Oaks
    November 20, 2017 / 2:48 am

    Hi!! I pinned the 20 Great patterns and Printables for a DIY Christmas. Right after leaving this post I’m heading back to see what other great goodies you have! Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

  28. November 28, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    Cutting and interfacing are my least favorite part too. Your bag looks beautiful though!

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