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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Back To School 2016 Blog Hop for Benartex


Welcome to Day 1 of the Benartex Back To School Blog Hop 2016.

Disclosure/Disclaimer: 
Simply Chic Fabric for the pencil case and satchel along with the FQ bundle giveaway is supplied by Benartex for the purposes of the blog hop and at no cost to mbCD, all other materials are my own.  In all other respects, this post is for informational purposes only and no payment or commission is received on click-throughs to links shared.

If you haven't visited Benartex's Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog yet today then let me introduce you to the Simply Chic fabric collection by Anna Stuart for Benartex.

Anna Stuart's Simply Chic Fabric Collection for Benartex

The Simply Chic collection of 23 fabrics includes roses, floral stripes, plaids and mini prints
in sky blue, white, butter yellow, pink and red and is 100% cotton.

Back To School Pencil Case @madebyChrissieD.com

I've made two projects using six of the Simply Chic fabrics in the red/white/blue colour ways - a pencil case and a satchel.

BACK TO SCHOOL PENCIL CASE
The Back To School Pencil Case is wide enough to hold a 12" ruler and a notepad up to 5-5/8" wide alongside just about anything else you might need on your first day Back To School.  It also has a separate zippered front pocket to hold your spare change and even your phone! 

Back To School Pencil Case @madebyChrissieD.com

More Pics & Get The Tute
 Take a look at more photos of the pencil case here on my blog then click over to the Benartex Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog where my detailed photo tute will guide you through making up the pencil case.  

Helpful Tips For Making The Pencil Case
Over on the Benartex Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog I mention there are a couple of techniques I've written to help you fit and turn the pencil case lining, click the images below to access the two tutes :D

How To Make A Bag/Basket Lining Fit Better @madebyChrissieD.com How To Make Seam Openings Turn Inwards Easily @madebyChrissieD.com

BACK TO SCHOOL SATCHEL
My second project is the Simply Chic Satchel, find out more about the satchel here on my blog.

Simply Chic Satchel @madebyChrissieD.com

And now for a giveaway - everyone loves a giveaway right?!

7 Chances To Win a Simply Chic FQ Bundle!
(open to US residents only, apols to everyone else) 

Here're 7 chances to win a Simply Chic Fat Quarter bundle - you need to leave a separate comment here on my blog for each chance to win:

1:  Leave a comment below telling me your favourite school memory.
2: Follow the made by ChrissieD blog via email or blog reader then leave a comment below letting me know where you're following via.  Existing followers can join in too :D



3: Follow made by ChrissieD on Facebook and leave a comment back here letting me know.
4: Follow made by ChrissieD on Instagram and leave a comment back here letting me know.
5: Subscribe to the twice monthly made by ChrissieD newsletter and leave a comment back here letting me know.
6: Head over to Sew in Love with Fabric, sign up to follow their blog by email or blog reader then leave a comment back here letting me know that you did so.
7:  Follow Benartex on Facebook and leave a comment back here letting me know.

NOTE: Please be sure I can access your email.  
If you're a WordPress, Google+, no-reply or anonymous commenter, or maybe you're just not sure, please add your email address to each comment.  If I can't find you I'll immediately draw another winner.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and closes on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 at 10.00 am (EST).  A winner will be chosen from the comments using a random number generator, contacted via email and shared at the bottom of this post and on the Benartex Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog.  Giveaway bundles will be mailed directly from Benartex to the winner.

Best of luck!

AND THE WINNER IS!!!



The winner of the Simply Chic FQ bundle is Apple Blossom who shared with us her favourite school memory is the girl scouts.  I was a Brownie and a Girl Guide growing up in England and it was one of the best things about my school days too, so I can totally relate :D.



Many congratulations Apple Blossom,  I've sent you an email asking for your snail mail address so be sure to check your junk folder if it isn't in your inbox.  You'll have to let us know what you make with your new fabrics too :D


Benartex Back To School Blog Hop schedule - 24-26 August 2016:
Wednesday: Chris from made by ChrissieD featuring Simply Chic
Friday: Wendy from Ivory Spring featuring Lemon Squeezy

And finally a recap:
1)  head over to the Benartex's Sew in Love with Fabric blog today to see my Back to School Pencil Case tute; and
2) see more Back To School Pencil Case pics here;
3) find out more about my Simply Chic Satchel here;
4) enter the Simply Chic FQ bundle giveaway detailed earlier in this post; and
5) pop back to Benartex's blog each day, through to Friday, 26 August 2016 to check out that day's new tute and for a fresh chance daily to win a different fabric bundle at each blog on the schedule.

Back To School Pencil Case @madebyChrissieD.com


Clicking on an image will take you to a new page of crafty goodness :)

Disclosure/Disclaimer:  
Simply Chic Fabric for the pencil case and satchel along with the FQ bundle giveaway is supplied by Benartex for the purposes of the blog hop and at no cost to mbCD, all other materials are my own.  In all other respects, this post is for informational purposes only and no payment or commission is received on click-throughs to links shared.

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233 comments:

  1. Simply Chic bundle is lovely! My favorite school memory is being in 1st grade and I thought Miss Doser, my teacher, was a magician! I came home to Mom one day and told her that Miss Doser made me into a reader! I was in awe of Miss Doser's powers, obviously!

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  6. I follow Benartex on facebook...sheesh, I sound like a stalker!

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  8. School is a dim memory for me! Too many years have gone by.

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  9. School is in my very distant past, however I do recall graduation very fondly!!

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  13. School was so long ago that I don't remember too much of it! I remember being on the playground at recess, and walking to school with snow all around.

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  18. I think my favorite school memory would have to be one of my first lunch box and backpack. I can see them clearly ... purple backpack with a little panda and rainbow on it and a red lunchbox with a dog and his house on the front. :) I loved those things.

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  19. My favorite memories involved helping the Nuns clean the classroom and supplies at the end of the school year,before summer vacation started.

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  20. My favorite memory was playing out on the playground - loved the monkey bars!

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  25. My favourite memories were the year end play day in elementary school... We were in teams with students for every grade on one team and we had fun competitions to gain points. Don't ever remember winning but it was a blast!!

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  26. Favourite school memory is being chosen to go to a week long trip to Quebec. PS I am Canadian but live across the river from Detroit where my daughter lives so if I were to win the fabric can be shipped to her.

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  29. I have many memories from elementary school! I'll pick my favorite as being the time my first grade teacher's husband brought flowers for all the students in my class for May day!

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  32. My favorite memory is actually from my mom assuring me that the teacher gift of homemade cookies I always gave at Christmas was much more appreciated by the teacher than a purchased gift!
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  34. I already receive your newsletter. Thanks for the detailed tutorial. This zippy can be used for more than a pencil case!
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  35. Favorite school memory is playing volleyball. It was so much fun and a team sport. Love this fabric collection. Thanks.

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  36. I don't remember much from my school years. Thanks for the lovely giveaway

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  39. My favorite school memory is being chosen to care for the teachers's hallway windows filled with red geraniums! Tp this day, I always have geraniums in my flower pots on my patio. You never know what will impress a child for a lifetime!
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  43. Such cute projects...thanks for sharing. I remember and loved being in the annual school play, especially the year it was a Hawaiian play!

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  51. Beautiful projects and fabrics.Great tutorial!

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  52. I do follow your blog by GFC.Thanks for the tutorial.

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  54. School memory......Not getting away with anything because my mom was PTA President.

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  55. When I was in elementary school I had a hard time learning the multiplication tables. A friend hid in a portable closet and used to tell me the answers. Unfortunately as a kid I did not know this would be a problem for me later in life since I actually have a math learning disability

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  59. My favorite memory is swinging on the play ground with my girl friends! Thanks for sharing!msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  63. I liked the extracurricular activities after school; glee club, French club, and other meetings. In grammar school I loved the games at recess.

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  69. My favorite school memory is winning the German speech competition in high school. I know, I'm such a geek. LOL
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  70. I follow by email the Sew in Love blog. My tablet is not letting me sign up for your newsletter. My best school memory was my parents letting go to the state championships for basketball and watching my school win.

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  71. My favorite memory is the fun my 4 brothers and I had walking to and from elementary school together - lots of fun and games!!

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  76. School memory, We never got to take a bag lunch unless we had a field trip. There were four of us and every morning dad would set out four quarters on the table for our lunches. There aren't any 25 cent lunches anymore.

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  81. My favorite school memories were all the new school supplies, I loved the smell of the notebooks. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  86. Math class was always my favorite when I was in school.

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  88. I read your tutorial on the Sew in Love with Fabric sight and was truly impressed! You did a fantastic job on this tutorial in making sure that each and every step is understood. Thank you so much for taking the time necessary to make such a knowledgeable process easy to understand for those of us who have never done this before!

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  92. In all honesty, I can not give you an answer about my favorite memory in school. I was in a horrible car wreck at the age of 15 and permanent brain damage was done to the memory section of my brain wiping out all memories from the past. Plus, creating huge problems from that day to this day and for the remainder of my life. I am so thrilled to have been led to quilting; it has helped me in so many ways! Thank you for sharing and for the chance at this gorgeous fabric collection! Have a fantastic creative day!

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  96. Favorite school memory...hard to pick just one! It would have to be at Valentine's day in 4th or 5th grade, can't remember which one. We had to make our own Valentine box and I remember making mine to look like a swan, using hearts for the wings, feathers and head. I had a lot of fun cutting out all the different hearts and working with my mom to get it "just right." No one else had anything like mine, that's for sure!
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  101. Fave memory was art classes.

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  102. I remember helping my 5th grade teacher get new decorations in the room. jarvenpa1ne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  103. I can hardly remember school it was so long ago but I loved science and went on to spend a lifetime in cancer research. I do remember diagramming sentences.

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  107. What lovely fabric! And such a thorough tutorial--thank you. One of my favorite school memories is of our 4th grade teacher, Miss Firpo, who threw her whole heart into teaching her class, including reading the story "Pickle Chiffon Pie" and then creating that improbable creation. She was a marvel.

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  114. I loved my 3rd grade teacher mister Roman.

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  118. My favorite school memory is May day celebration when I was 5 years old. My mom made us these red, white and blue flag skirts with a whole lot of crinoline in it. I love them.

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  121. My favorite memory is Graduation, LOL

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  125. I still remember my first grade teacher. I remember she was very old. My favorite memory of first grade was walking to school in the wintertime and sliding on the ice.

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  126. We had just moved to a new place and I started fourth grade at a new school with only a few months left in the school year. I met one of my best friends and 47 years later we are still BFF's!!

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  133. I always loved school. I wanted to go before I was old enough. I remember my mother telling me I could go to school when I was 5. I was SO disappointed when I woke up on my 5th birthday (in March) and found out that I had to wait until the next September to begin!

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  136. my favorite school memory would be girl scouts

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  137. Ok i have thought about it for days i have no afavorite school memory, i did not like school. I like to learn things on my own at my own pace i guess. I think i would be a much better student and more willing student today than i was when i was in school.
    I did like recess when there were swingsets to play on....lol :)
    The fabric is so beautiful!!!!!!!
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  139. I am following you on facebook i am autumn sky on facebook
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  140. I am following you on instagram my instragram name is chickadeeflyfree or chick a dee i'm not really sure which it is lol, new to instragram.
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  141. I am following you on instagram my instragram name is chickadeeflyfree or chick a dee i'm not really sure which it is lol, new to instragram.
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  143. I suscribed and followed sew in love with fabric
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  144. I followed bernatex on facebook...i am autumn sky on facebook.
    Thanks for all the chances to win! :) have a great weekend!
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  145. I follow benartex on Facebook and their blog through Blogspot, I follow you on Facebook, blog and instagram, and my favorite memory of school was winning national merit scholar. Having a 'just a girl' win was unexpected in my tiny backwards town

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  146. I follow benartex on Facebook and their blog through Blogspot, I follow you on Facebook, blog and instagram, and my favorite memory of school was winning national merit scholar. Having a 'just a girl' win was unexpected in my tiny backwards town

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  147. I follow benartex on Facebook and their blog through Blogspot, I follow you on Facebook, blog and instagram, and my favorite memory of school was winning national merit scholar. Having a 'just a girl' win was unexpected in my tiny backwards town

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  148. Wow...have thought so long & hard..cant remember much about school...tho in hug school I met a super girl, and we became like sisters!! She is still a Treasured Friend to this day! (almost 50 years later)

    Thank you for tutorial & chance to win your Give-a-way!! :D

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  149. I follow you thru Email, Bloglovin & Pinterest too :)

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  150. I get your Newsletter too :)

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  151. I follow Sew in Love With Fabric thru Email & Bloglovin :)

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  152. My favorite school memory would be Journalism class. We wrote the school newspaper, and edited the yearbook. It was so much fun! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  153. Great job. The collection is so pretty. I follow Benartex by email.

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  155. My favorite memory of school were the smells, crayons, new shoes, new clothes!

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  156. I follow your by your email. I live in the Chicago area.

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  157. I follow ChrissyD....I lived in a small, rural town and was in Home Ec for four years. I loved it and it obviously stuck. 50 years later I'm still sewing and cooking away.

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  158. Hi Chrissy,
    I follow you by email, but bloglovin may be easier. My favorite school memory is sitting in my seat in 3rd grade looking out the window, seeing the snow falling and hearing the heat coming out of the radiators.

    Love the new fabric line you showed.

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  159. Following your blog via e-mail! Love these fabrics and the projects you have made with them!

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  160. Graduation is my favorite memory! I was ready to move on!

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