Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Bin Caddy (On-the-Go Bags Tour)



**This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Gill!**

It's no secret to all of you that I like to keep things organized in my sewing space. And when my friend Lindsay Conner asked if I'd be a part of the blog tour for her new book On-the-Go Bags (co-written by Janelle MacKay), I was excited to find organizational inspiration in those pages. Not only is it full of bags for every use and occasion, but there are also projects that can help you keep your sewing projects organized. After lots of indecision on what to sew, I finally adapted the Cart or Stroller Caddy pattern by Veronica Lovvorn to make the miniature Bin Caddy above. Mine isn't exactly the same as the original, but very close, and I absolutely love the way it turned out!


Veronica gives you both small and large size options for this project, but I made the pattern even smaller (mine finishes at 7.5 x 12.5") so that it could neatly drape over the side of a wire basket that sits at the right hand side of my sewing machine. This basket is where I keep new patterns and fabric that I hope to use on upcoming projects -- sort of like a window display for my newest sewing toys! -- and it makes the perfect place to hang this little organizer, keeping small tools within reach when I need them.


The original pattern adds a strip of velcro so that you can fasten this caddy to a cart or stroller handle, a wonderful addition for those versions but not necessary for mine. In fact, the linen that I used gave it enough weight that I didn't even need to use interfacing. I can't tell you how much I love it!


Be sure to check out this book trailer for On-the-Go Bags where you can get a peek at all the cute projects inside. Above is the original large caddy from the book, but there are plenty more fantastic patterns in there. You can also purchase your own copy right here


And yes, we have a giveaway! Leave a comment below before December 15th, and you'll be entered to win a copy of your own. U.S. winners will receive a hard copy; international winners outside the U.S. will get an e-book. Good luck!

84 comments:

  1. I would love this! staceysrus at hotmail dot com

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  2. I like the size of this, it looks like it would be so handy!

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  3. I really like your new organizer.

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  4. Great bin caddy, so many uses.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  5. That is an awesome and looks so practical and cute! gdavidhoffman at yahoo dot com

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  6. That is an awesome and looks so practical and cute! gdavidhoffman at yahoo dot com

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  7. See clever! Can't wait to make a caddy.

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  8. It looks so cute, Heidi! Eeek... I really love it!

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  9. What a fun idea! I love the fabrics you used too😉

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  10. This is so awesome. I'm heading over to look at the book now! Thanks for offering this great giveaway!

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  11. Organization, organization. it helps it works and I need it.. i like this for the back of a sewing chair. some people have houses that have a railing by the steps. this is where i'd put the mail for each family member.

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  12. I love the idea of a bin caddy. I'm completely unorganized so this would be great for my space.

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  13. This is such a FABULOUS idea! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  14. Thanks for the giveaway! Love this idea for a stroller!

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  15. Love the mini version of the caddy and putting it on my to-make list. Of course, the pragmatic little voice in the back of my head is saying, "Girl, stop fooling yourself! No caddy in the world will keep you organized." I'm not listening to that voice. Pragmatism isn't my thing. :D

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  16. I perused this on amazon. There are a few cool looking bags including the Handy Purse Pocket.

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  17. Very cute - would work well at a retreat or workshop!

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  18. What a good way to organise your smaller sewing bits and bobs. I could think of so many uses for pockets like that.

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  19. I love making bags and totes and this book looks like it has a variety of useful ones.

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  20. I love how you adapted my caddy design to suit your sewing needs! I'm now trying to figure out a place in my sewing space to put one like yours! Thanks again. ~Veronica

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  21. So cute! I would love this book! Thanks for the giveaway! vickise at gmail dot com

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  22. I'm all for organization also. Looks like some good ideas in this book.

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  23. I would love to own this book & make many of the projects. Thanks!

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  24. Such a cute pattern and choice of fabric.

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  25. I need to get more organized! Maybe in 2016? Thanks for the chance to win.

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  26. What a cute organizer! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  27. What a great pattern - I love the fabric
    This looks such a great book!!

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  28. What a cool idea! I need a bin to carry from the sewing area to cutting area and this little caddy would certainly help. Thanks for the fun! crazy(dot)boutquilts(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. It is so cheerful to have custom made organizers. I love the one you made. The book sounds very interesting with projects for many situations.

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  30. Hi,love yours! Thanks for sharing!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  31. Looks like a great project -- hoping to win so that I can give it a try.

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  32. You did a great job on this - gives me so many ideas!

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  33. I really like the different ways that the caddy can be used. I am feeling inspired!

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  34. I love your caddy, so useful, it's just what I need for all the little but invaluable tools .

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  35. Good use of the caddy! I would use this caddy at the grocery store for my coupons.

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  36. Oh my goodness!!! Think this is my Favorite idea so far!! Thought theCaddy would be perfect for Granbaby's stroller! lol BUT this has turned my head for sure!! Definitely need one (or more) for ME!! giggle... Thanks for chance to Win this Awesome Book!! :D

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  37. what a cute idea...I have many wire baskets I could use this on...and it is easy to customize...easy to whip up...love projects like that...

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  38. Love these projects! Anxiously awaiting the book release!

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  39. I love the bags etc in this book? It will be on my wish list this year.

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  40. I love your Bin Caddy, very cool. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day!
    dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. Love any project that can help with organizing my 'stuff' ;o) Thanks for the sweet giveaway!
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. Organization....Isn't it wonderful? Maybe if I had one of these cute On the Go Bags, I'd be more organized myself. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  43. I love organizing my sewing materials! This is perfect and love the idea of the wire basket for new projects to come!

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  44. I like the organizer for sewing material.

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  45. i love organizers and bags. you can't have to many of either and i love to try new patterns for both. my husband can't figure out why anyone needs so many bags, but i think he's finally given up on asking. would love the book for some new ideas.

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  46. Clever idea, lots of good projects in the book.

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  47. Darling bin caddy and you used my very favorite fabric ~ those Coca kitties in the flowers and the Moda dots ~ love.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win!

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  48. Love what you did with this, so cute! The book looks amazing!

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  49. The patterns in this book look fabulous ... Much more useful than a mini quilt! My kind of book.

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  50. I'd love to win. All the patterns look great. Thanks for the chance.

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  51. This book looks like is full of great and useful bags. Happy holidays.

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  52. Looks like a great book! Thank you.

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  53. I like crossbody bags -- they feel secure and I can find what I'm looking for easily.

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  54. Such a clever idea!!! Love it!! :0)

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  55. Love it! a few of these projects can be used different ways!

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  56. Very nice. I love when I have a tons of places to put things, so i can organize.

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  57. Your bin caddy looks really handy. My go-to favorite style is a cross-body bag with lots of pockets -- my hands are free and I am organized!

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  58. I'm loving the idea of a bin caddy for the projects I know I will always have as we travel as well as those in progress now! I know the book is something I'd love to have as I prepare for our planned move into a tiny house on wheels which will always be "on the go"! The projects are tailor made for me! The organizer will be just the ticket for our home's loft storage and for our vehicle as we travel and stay in our state and national parks. A smart backpack will be necessary as we hike the trails, too, and there is frequent shopping for groceries for a tiny tiny house, so totes are a necessity! My collection of practical bags will be an important part of our journey, as will my beloved sewing machine!

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  59. I would love to win a copy of this book!

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  60. I would love to win a copy of this book!

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  61. I would love to win a copy of this book!

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  62. I love that you shrank it down and adapted it for a different use.

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  63. The projects in this book are super duper. Wow for all the work that went into creating the book. Can't wait to own a copy.

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  64. Cute bin caddy. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  65. What a great project - so practical yet simple

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  66. What an Awesome looking book!! Love sewing bags and would love to win this new book!!

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  67. This is a great idea. I need help organizing my sewing tools.

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  68. i love the bin caddy - so useful and a great idea. never met a bag i didn't like.

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  69. Great bin caddy idea and lovely organizer, this book sounds like something I would love to add to my collection!

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  70. What a great idea! Love the organizer! Can't wait to get this book! :)

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  71. Love the idea of a caddy. My stuff is always strewn about. Never thought of having one for the grocery cart!

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