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Cooper Sewing Contest: The Winners!


A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Cooper Sewalong and Contest! We had so many incredible entries, believe me when I say that the voting was extremely tight.

Congratulations to our winners:

1. Favorite Satchel: Alison’s City Cooper
2. Favorite Messenger: Alix’s Charly Harper Cooper:
3. Favorite Customization: polkadotelefant’s dog-friendly Cooper
4. Favorite Fabric Combination: Elizabeth’s woodsy backpack
5. Favorite Backpack: Megan’s striped backpack

I’ve sent each of you a message via Flickr, so if you haven’t seen it, just use our contact form to get in touch.

Be sure to check out all the Coopers in the contest if you haven’t seen them. And thank you to everyone who voted. This was a really fun one.

The Cooper Sewalong

  1. The Speedy Cooper Sewalong & Contest (20 Comments)
  2. Bag making supplies and resources (46 Comments)
  3. How To Install Magnetic Snaps (5 Comments)
  4. Cooper versions 1 & 2: Assembling the body
  5. Cooper version 3: Assembling the front
  6. How To Create Adjustable Straps
  7. Cooper Version 2: Backpack Straps (5 Comments)
  8. How To Install Jiffy Rivets (2 Comments)
  9. Cooper Version 3: Attaching Satchel Handles
  10. Video: How to square the bottom of your bag (4 Comments)
  11. Finishing the body and flap
  12. Cooper Version 1: Messenger Strap
  13. Lining your Cooper bag (5 Comments)
  14. The Cooper Sewing Contest: Vote For Your Favorites! (30 Comments)
  15. Cooper Sewing Contest: The Winners! (3 Comments)

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Ute / polkadotelefant

I am so happy! What a wonderful christmas gift! I cannot believe this! A HUGE THANK YOU to all who voted for me! Congratulations to the other winners! Thank you for such a wonderful contest , I had so much fun! Merry Christmas to all of you!

Wow! I am so amazed and pleased! Thanks to everyone who voted. I know it was nearly impossible to pick when I voted. Congrats to all the winners. And great job to everyone who entered! All the bags were so nice!

Merry Christmas!