Thursday, July 23, 2015

Second Annual Summer Challenge at - Stash and Dash

free sewing tutorial

We had great fun last summer with our Summer Challenge featuring the Just Desserts Ice Cream Case, so have decided to make a summer challenge an annual event.

This year's event challenges you to make a fun little fold-over organizer which we're calling Stash and Dash. 
free sewing tutorial

This handy little wrap features three inner pockets made from mesh for easy visibility of contents. Each pocket has a zipper closure — no need to worry about things falling out! 

free sewing tutorial

A clear vinyl slip pocket on back and an expandable strap closure finish off the bag.

free sewing tutorial

Stash and Dash is perfect for use as an emergency car kit to tuck in the glove box, a first aid kit, an organizer for sewing supplies, cosmetics, or office supplies, a quiet book for kids, or a purse organizer — the possibilities are endless! How will you use Stash and Dash?

To help you make your own organizer, we're also hosting a Stash and Dash Summer Sew Along. Join us each day for the next three weeks as we work step by step through this fun project. We hope that you'll pick up some new tricks and techniques along the way. Click here for the full schedule of blog posts.

Begin by downloading the PDF pattern for Stash and DashThe pattern includes cutting directions and step by step instructions to make the project as well as labels which you can attach to all the pieces as you cut. Click here to download the pattern. Note that the pattern will be available for FREE download only until October 1, 2015, so don't delay!

Once you've made your own Stash and Dash organizer, please enter our 2nd Annual Summer Challenge*

Here's how to enter:

  • Make your own Stash and Dash organizer using fabrics of your choice. Feel free to make adaptations to the pattern to make it your own! We love to see how others interpret our patterns.
  • Take pictures of your Stash and Dash to show off your workmanship as well as how/where you are using the organizer.
  • Like us on Facebook if you haven’t done so already. You can find us at: Post your photo on our wall and tell us about it. 
  • Prefer Instagram? Share your photos of Stash and Dash with us by using the hashtags #softandstable, #stashanddash, and #patternsbyannie. You can also tag us @patternsbyannie
  • Don't use social media? Share your photo by emailing us at
  • Feel free to like and comment on your photo(s) as well as other participants' photos.
  • We'd love it if you'd share the photo and contest on your own page, too!
  • The deadline for entries is Labor Day, September 6, 2015, so get starting stitching and posting!

What's in it for you:

  • A calorie-free wrap!
  • Organization for a multitude of supplies
  • The opportunity to sew along with us and learn some new skills: quilting with ByAnnie's Soft and Stable, sewing with mesh and vinyl, adding zippers to mesh pockets, making bias binding, binding raw edges, and more!
  • A chance to win one of four $50 prizes*
*Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
  • Most Creative Use of Fabrics
  • Best Photographic Submission
  • Most Creative Use of the Organizer
  • Best Adaptation of the Pattern
Each winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from 

Entries must be submitted by Labor Day, September 6, 2015. We will announce the winners on September 15. 

*By entering you are agreeing to our Sweepstakes Rules. You can find them here.

Next Up:

ByAnnie's Summer Sew Along - Stash and Dash


  1. Thanks so much for such a great pattern! I had fun making the first and see many more in my future. Thankfully there's no shortage of zippers or Soft&Stable around here. :)

    1. You're so sweet! I'm glad you enjoy whipping them up just like we do!


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