Sprouts Ava Pattern Review & Giveaway

twitter, facebook, rss
Facebook Twitter Email

I had the privilege of sewing up one of Trish Preston’s patterns this month.  When I received the pattern in the mail to review I was ecstatic.  I may have an obsession with handbags.  Today I’m sharing with you the Ava Pattern.

Image Source – Two Peas in a Pod Designs on etsy – click image to purchase

Things I loved:

  • A simple pattern to cut out (~1 hour)
  • Easy to Understand Instructions.  (I suggest reading them all of the way through twice rather than once.)

Things I changed/added:

  • The ruffle across the front.
  • embellishments on straps.

Things you may learn:

  • Magnetic Snap Closures (super simple, but I’d never done one before!)
  • Trimming/Sewing with interfacing
  • Pockets

Next Time I May Change:

  • Now’s the time to admit I fused the interfacing to the outside instead of the inside.  I had to add a piece of interfacing to the lining (see above) to give it more structure for the snap.
  • Put the snap a bit lower since it was difficult sewing across to top-stitch.


  • I loved this pattern.  From start to finish 2.5 hours (relaxed) and adding special stitching on the handles and ruffles across the front.  It is now one of my new go-to patterns for a fun, simple project to be able to finish in a naptime or two.  Couldn’t you see it in a nautical design!  Don’t be surprised if you see a striped purse with an anchor soon.

(This pattern was given to me to review.  These opinions and words mine.)   

Trish is offering to give away patterns, a 2 pack surprise combo to one of you!  She even has an e-course for those of you that are just stepping into the world of sewing.

Just leave 1 comment below to enter.

Giveaway ends July 26th at midnight EST.

Must be 18 years or older.

I will notify you by email if you’ve won.  If no email response within a week, a new winner will be chosen.  

We’d love for you to share this, but it is not necessary to win.


twitter, facebook, rss
Facebook Twitter Email


  1. Would love to win this pattern! I need a new, fun purse, and this looks adorable! Fingers crossed!

  2. This bag is super-cute! I would love to win! Thanks for hosting…

  3. Lovely bag! I did a review for Trish yesterday, for the St Marys Backpack, but this bag was a close second when I was choosing which to review. I wonder if I’m allowed to enter your giveaway…? I guess I’ll find out! Thanks!

  4. I must win this giveaway.. that pattern is adorable and I already know fabric i would use!

  5. What a fun giveaway. It might give me the incentive to pull out that sewing machine. I do love a cute handbag!

  6. Oooo, super cute! I bet my daughter would like trying this!

  7. These are so adorable! Such a great giveaway.

  8. How fun, & I LOVE the idea of nautical! I’m so into stripes right now(& forever)…

  9. I’m thinking some Heather Bailey or Amy Butler fabric on this one!

  10. one can never have too many purses!!!!

  11. I know some girls who would love to sew those!

  12. We teach women in our Rwandan village to sew. It provides them with a sustainable income. This would be a fantastic bag for them to sell at the market!

  13. That purse is really cute. I have a bit of a purse sewing phobia, but this one might help cure that.

  14. Always an excellent fun thing to sew- If I win I’m sending my vote to Jeana!

  15. How fun! I am just starting to get back into sewing so this is perfect:)

  16. Alia Joy says:

    This is so cute! I’d love to win this pattern. I am a purse junky also.

  17. I LOVE to sew – if you can’t tell that by my website name 🙂 This pattern looks like a great one to own. And i’ve never done the snap thing either but it’s on my to-do-in-the-near-future list!!

  18. i love that purse — AND the fabric. so so darling!

  19. I’d LOVE to win. Yay!

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Would love to win her patterns…simply adore her blog! Wonderful giveaway! Thanks!!!

  21. They look beautiful.

  22. I love the colours you have used to make this bag. The ruffles are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the pattern.

  23. Amy Bickford says:

    Ooo, I’ve just started making bags, this one looks lovely, I’d love to give it a go 🙂

  24. Rebecca Pettis says:

    So adorable. A new technique for me to learn.

  25. I’ve been on a bag kick lately, and this looks like a fun one to try! Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  26. Hueisei says:

    I love the bag. Very cute!

  27. What a great bag! and the fabric looks fabulous! Thanks for a chance to win some patterns! 🙂

  28. I’d love to win this pattern! Your purse is so cute!

    legato1958 at aol dot com

  29. Angie H. says:

    I love her patterns….I’d love to make the Hipster.

Speak Your Mind