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JUNE 2023 PHOTO CONTEST

April 1, 2024 by
JUNE 2023 PHOTO CONTEST
Casey Unrein

We are so excited to announce the winners of June Photo Contest! To learn more about what it takes to win, be sure to check out our blog on the contest details.

If you’d like to submit to the next monthly photo contest, VISIT THIS PAGE to submit your photos.

Want to see the rules and submission guidelines? VISIT THIS PAGE.

If you want to see all photo submissions, visit our Customer Photo Gallery. You can also search through all of the Winning Submissions here.

Let’s see the winners!

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ByAnnie Top Voted

WINNER: Susan N

PATTERN: Bowl Me Over

THEIR STORY: “I’m excited to write about and send photos of my first ByAnnie bag made from canvas! I decided to challenge myself with canvas during the Bowl Me Over 2.0 Slow-Along on Facebook. I hope my bag and its modifications will inspire others to give sturdy canvas a try.

I used a water resistant outdoor canvas that produced a rugged bag perfect for an upcoming fishing trip - so my photos were taken on a lake in Northern Minnesota.

I made several modifications so I could avoid using binding on the exterior of the bag and reduce bulk. I didn’t want to use the canvas for the exterior’s binding and I couldn’t think of a cotton fabric as a binding that would pair well with the canvas. So I substituted a Front Pocket Tab instead of the Front Flap. The Tab fits within the center black stripe of the Body Front. I sewed a tab right sides together, turned and stitched along the edges thus eliminated a Front Flap and its bias binding.

I used a KAMsnap magnetic rivet for the Front tab closure. This rivet eliminated the need for the Front Pocket Facing. Instead of applying straight grain binding to the Front Pocket and Front/Back Facings, I cut the main fabric pieces taller than their associated lining and Soft & Stable pieces so I could fold the extra main fabric over to the wrong side and stitch down, creating faux bindings out of the canvas. Since my Front/Back Facings didn’t have bindings to cover the raw edges of the Carrying Strap Tabs I hid a portion of the Carrying Strap tabs under the Facings. Also I Installed two carrying strap tabs on each side of the bag which will allow me to attach handles (with swivel hooks on each end) to the bag at a future point.

I sewed a half-high mesh pocket for inner Pocket B and installed a double zippered pocket above inner Pocket B on the inside of the Body Back (I called it my second story pocket). The left pocket is a hinged pocket I intend to use for loose change.

I was leery of using the canvas for the carrying strap but turning the tube of canvas went easier than I thought. I turned the canvas tube using a safety pin and a piece of long string. Since the canvas already offered structure to the tube I chose a strip of Décor-Bond (I didn’t fuse the Décor-Bond) to insert through the canvas tube instead of strapping. The edge stitching of the strap secured the Décor-Bond in place. I fussy cut the carrying strap by centering a black stripe in the middle but after seaming the strap I noticed some of the gray stripes show near the seam. I liked the look and decided the seamed side of the strap would be the right side!

For a finishing touch, I created zipper pulls by modifying two fishing lures and attached them to the inner zippers. I love all my ByAnnie bags and someday they will show their wear - but I think this bag will still be looking great!"

 WHAT WE LOVED: Our team member Jacque had this to say, "Wow!! This canvas bag is quite amazing. All of the modifications turned out wonderful. What a creative change to a beautiful bag."

WHAT THEY WON: $50 coupon to use on ByAnnie.com

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Storyteller Award

WINNER: Leanne M @sumac_studios

PATTERN: Clam Up

THEIR STORY: "Clam Up bags took a journey with me to the Antarctic Peninsula! Once I knew I was going, I was on a search for the right fabric. The Clam Up template fit the ‘Southern Ocean’ area of this map fabric perfectly. The medium, small and x-small bags then traveled the 14,000 plus miles with me in January. The x-small made it onto the continent as it carried my sunblock lip balm and a mini hand sanitizer. I love this pattern, as well as soft and stable. They make great keepsake bags to take along on my travels."

WHAT THEY WON: $50 coupon to use on ByAnnie.com

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Quilt Shop Highlight

WINNER: Toll Brothers Quilt Shop

THEIR STORY: "Being the regional winning shop for British Columbia in Canada, I felt I needed to make bag for the h+h Americas conference. I chose to use the fabric because I loved the stripes and wanted to make it the focal print for this pattern. I did a small hack on the front of the bag as I didn’t want to cover up the stripes, and it worked out beautifully. I’m over the moon with how it turned out, and can you even tell that this is a Christmas fabric line?! "

WHERE IS THEIR SHOP: Shawnigan Lake, BC, Canada

WHAT THEY WON: $50 coupon to use on ByAnnie.com

WHERE YOU CAN FIND THEM ONLINE:

Instagram: @trollbrothersquiltdesigns

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trollbrothersquiltmama

Web: https://trollbrothersquiltdesigns.com/en-us

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Honorable Mention

WINNER: Carla F

PATTERN: Changing Station

THEIR STORY: "Made for dear friends who take their baby with us when we golf. This bag is fashionable enough to use even after he’s out of diapers. Perfect for on the go, on the fairway. I couldn’t find PEL, but found the vinyl laundered well and quickly cleaned."

WHAT WE LOVED: Annie had this to say, "Nice photos of the Changing Station on the golf cart. I love that the baby gets to go along!"

WHAT THEY WON: $15 coupon to use on ByAnnie.com

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Honorable Mention

WINNER: Sue G

PATTERN: Bowl Me Over

THEIR STORY: "I fell in love with Tula Pink's white peacocks in her LineWork collection and wanted to make a bag large enough to show them off. I bought the Bowl Me Over (BMO) pattern (& Soft & Stable) and was waiting to get up the nerve to cut into my precious Tula fabric. It is scary to cut into fabric you love!

Probably a year after I purchased the fabric & pattern I saw in the Facebook byAnnie Fan Club group that Randi Jones was going to do a Slow Along Class on the BMO. This would be the perfect opportunity to make this bag along with other bag makers at a slow pace. It was my first online class and it was very enjoyable and affordable.

One of the challenging parts of my bag was fussy cutting the print to show off the peacocks. It isn't perfect but I did the best I could. I've made many, many byAnnie bags but this was the largest and most involved one I've ever made. I love Annie's designs and the instructions & videos. Annie and her staff are very helpful if you have questions. I'll be making byAnnie bags for years to come!"

WHAT WE LOVED: Our team member Casey had this to say, "It's a great looking bag. I love the fabric choice!"

WHAT THEY WON: $15 coupon to use on ByAnnie.com

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Honorable Mention

WINNER: Sammye G @sammyeg56

PATTERN: Rifle Caddy

THEIR STORY: “My son target shoots competitively in Wyoming. He had sent me a picture of a Rifle Caddie and asked me if I could make him one. With my experience with making ByAnnie bags and using the great ByAnnie products, I was able to create a pattern from the picture and make the Caddie.

I used ByAnnie zippers, polypropylene strapping, and the ByAnnie Soft & Stable and made this Rifle Caddie for him to keep his gun protected from the elements as he moves from target to target. He said it is a perfect fit and he is anxious to show it off to his buddies."

WHAT WE LOVED: "I really like the basic look of this project and how it was completely unique and Sammye was able to make it by just looking at other bags. How Creative!"

WHAT THEY WON: $15 coupon to use on ByAnnie.com

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A special "thank you" to everyone who submitted to this photo contest. We had a wonderful time viewing submissions and reading your stories. We look forward to sharing as many of them as possible on our social media.

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