Busy Hands Craft Bag and ADORNit Giveaway!

Busy Hands Craft Bag 1

As you know, I am a mother to three children.  I know that when my kids are busy, they aren’t arguing!  One of the best ways to keep them busy when we are out and about is with a simple craft project.  I designed this bag that I called the Busy Hands Craft Bag to hold crayons or markers in the outer pockets on both sides of the bag.  Therefore, the bag could be set at the table at a restaurant and the kids could reach for the markers from two directions. The bag is tall enough and wide enough to hold mini notepads, sticker sheets or flashcards.  But the bag isn’t so big that you couldn’t still stash it in your diaper bag or handbag.

Busy Hands Craft Bag 2

My pattern has been published in the ADORNit Nested Owl Coral Pattern Book.  It’s a book full of sweet patterns inspired by the Coral Owl fabric line. Check your local quilt shop for the pattern book and fabric.

coral giveaway

Thanks to ADORNit, I have a giveaway for you today! Leave a comment below telling me whether or not you are sewing Halloween costumes this year (and if so, what!). You may leave a second comment if you follow my blog and a third if you follow my During Quiet Time Facebook page. You could win a fat quarter stack of Coral Owl fabric and a copy of the Coral Owl Pattern Book (about an $80.00 retail value). I will draw a winner on Friday, October 4th.

Good luck!



  1. Teresa Beam says:

    Unfortunately, I am not sewing a Halloween costume. I haven’t sewn in many many years as I don’t have a sewing machine. I am hoping to purchase one soon and take up sewing again. My mom sewed all of my Halloween costumes while growing up and it is something I would love to do for my children.

  2. No costumes this year for me. I get all sentimental this time of year remembering the fun times I had making them for my kids when they were little and do enjoy seeing what others are creating. Cute fabric and clever pouch.

  3. I am a follower of your blog.

  4. I don’t sew Halloween costumes for my kids or anyone. we actually don’t ‘do’ Halloween 🙂

  5. Camila Mayumi says:

    We don´t have this holiday in Brazil, so I don´t sew costumes 🙂

  6. I am sewing goodie bags for my sons and filling them with Halloween candy! They are too old to trick or treat but still look for the yummy halloween goodies! Your pouch is adorable! Thank you for a chance to enter!

  7. I follow you on fb

  8. Just when I thought I was done sewing costumes, my big kids still want costumes for Halloween parties. So I will be sewing a sailor dress!

  9. I am not sewing full costumes, but will be making some accessories for their costumes.

  10. I have made 3 darling owl costumes for my kids!! They have feathers and masks and everything and I’m glad they love to wear them!!!

  11. I follow your blog!!

  12. Jane @ Hamdiworking says:

    Not this year, but the last costumes I made for myself and Hubby were fun. We dressed as pirates, then tied CDs to our belts because we were Software Pirates. Got a lot of laughs!

  13. I will be sewing a spy costume 🙂

  14. I found some Halloween costumes on such a great sale it doesn’t make sense for me to sew them. I may try sewing up costumes when my children are a bit older though. It sounds like a lot of fun to get them involved with a project like that. Super cute owls!


  15. I follow via feedly

  16. I liked ya on FB.

  17. I’m not sewing up a costume this year – at least I think I’m not! My daughter is three, so she hasn’t quite made up her mind. Who knows, I might be sewing up a fairy tale princess dress at the last minute!

  18. Adorable! I would have made that for my children when they were younger. Perhaps my nieces will enjoy it. I am not sewing Halloween costumes this year, and I admit to missing it. My children are older now (13 and 18) and no longer dress up. I will enjoy all of the other costumes out there though!

  19. Oh my gosh, I have fabric pulled for your art tote to go but I like that this has a zipper! I’ll wait to see if I win to cut it out!! what a nice give away and the book looks so fun!

  20. My son is already grown so I am not sewing any costumes this year. Maybe someday I will have grandchildren, lol. Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. I follow you on Bloglovin’!

  22. Cricket Elieff says:

    AAHH!!! I am still focusing on pillowcases and curtains!!! I can’t imagine sewing a costume!!!!! Maybe one day!!! My sister has made some incredible costumes for my girls though.

  23. no Halloween sewing that I anticipate. my favorite costume as a kid was a plastic King Kong suit + mask, so I figure my kids can hang with just about anything…lots of hand me downs from older cousins to choose from! cute bag Amy! and oh so clever!!

  24. I follow your blog.



  27. I usually don’t sew costumes. One shuns anything that isn’t storebought junk, and the other tends to DIY his own costumes.

  28. I follow your blog

  29. I just finished sewing up my kids costumes and blogged about them today 🙂

  30. I follow your blog.

  31. I’m a FB fan.

  32. Hee Jin Ramsey says:

    ADORNit sent me! Love the bag! Perfect for my DD’s stuff and crayons for the car! Love the fabric, it’s full of cuteness! Thanks for a chance to win. I am a beginner sewer. I have only sewn a handbag organizer so far. 🙂 No Halloween costumes for me thus! Maybe in the future when my skills have grown 🙂

  33. Hee Jin Ramsey says:

    I subscribed! Can’t wait to see what you do next!

  34. Hee Jin Ramsey says:

    Liked your FB page too. Yeah for sewing!

  35. No costume sewing for me this year. DD has decided (as of today, anyway) that she is going to be a cowgirl. We already have the cowgirl clothes, so yay! 🙂 Last year, she was a Prairie Girl, and I sewed the whole outfit (bonnet, skirt, petticoat, apron).

  36. I’m a FB follower. 🙂

  37. I am a new blog subscriber now, too. 🙂

  38. I’m not sewing Halloween costumes, because we don’t celebrate it in the Netherlands. But we do celebrate other holidays and maybe next year I will sew cute costumes.

  39. I’m done with Halloween costumes and I’m happy about it. It was fun, but what a lot of work!

  40. Laura Davies says:

    Cute:) I made crayon bags like that that are more of a tote. Big enough for a coloring book, but with the strip on the front for crayons. Not sewing any Halloween costumes this year. I’d rather be quilting;) Come see my new blog, tanderwenquilts.blogspot.com

  41. I follow you on Bloglovin’

  42. Yay! I have this book and I love it! So cute and functional. I am a follower of your blog on Bloglovin. I am NOT making halloween costumes…because I can’t sew clothes worth anything! I’ll fork out the money rather than pull out my hair. LOL!

  43. Ooops – didn’t read comments. I’m leaving a 2nd comment stating I follow your blog. 😉

  44. Sue Staum says:

    No Halloween sewing for me. I have two infant grandkids and the 2year old already has a Nina Turtle costume so he is all set! I did sew costumes for my own two kids when they were young- mermaid, pirate, skeleton, witch, clown, 50s girl with poodle skirt, mad scientist… It was fun!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. Sue Staum says:

    I follow your blog and so enjoy it!

  46. Sue Staum says:

    I follow you on Facebook.

  47. We don’t do Halloween here. Unfortunately.:(

  48. I’m your follower Amy! Thanks so much for the chance!

  49. Liked your blog on Facebook

  50. Karen Ann says:

    I will not be making any Halloween costumes this year.

  51. I don’t think I am. We have no plans set and we don’t really go out.

  52. Karen Ann says:

    I follow your blog.

  53. Karen Ann says:

    I follow you on Facebook.

  54. Bonnie Pfrimmer says:

    I will not be making costumes this year as all my children are grown. Did my share when they were little. Thank you for sharing your project with us. I wish I had that when my kids were little.

  55. Bonnie Pfrimmer says:

    I follower you by e-mail.

  56. Bonnie Pfrimmer says:

    I follow you on facebook.

  57. Bonita Anderson says:

    I’m not sewing Halloween costumes… working on a skirt right now, and starting Christmas presents.

  58. I’ve made many Halloween costumes in the past for my three – now grown – children. Now I sit back and watch what my daughters come up with for their kids.

  59. I would LOVE to make someone. Halloween costume this year, but my kids are grown and we aren’t planning on attending a party. So sadly, no costume making for me, 🙁

  60. I follow your blog on Bloglovin’ and enjoy it very much!

  61. Not sewing costumes this year but I do enjoy creating Halloween decor so I’m planing some fun projects. Love your ideas. Thanks for the opportunity to win some lovely fabrics and your book.

  62. Diane Sheckells says:

    I ordered the Riley Blake super girl and boy panels for Leito and Mirabelle ..my super grand kids!

  63. Not sewing a costume this year, but I did make a fabric bucket for Trick or Treating

  64. Follow this blog by email

  65. Liked on FB as Aimee Marie

  66. I’m making super hero costumes for both my grandchildren.

  67. I follow your blog.

  68. I “like” you on Facebook.

  69. Tracey Mayo says:

    Yes, number one son is still deciding between a Minecraft themed costume or a skeleton. My daughter is thinking along the Moshi Monsters line .. might have to get a final decision soon to make a start : )

  70. As far as I know, I’m not sewing any costumes this year. However, along a similar line, sometime I need to make a bonnet for a Civil War era dress I made years ago.

  71. Michelle P says:

    I don’t celebrate halloween so I am not making any costumes.

  72. Michelle P says:

    I follow your blog.

  73. Michelle P says:

    I follow you on facebook as well. (on Flickr we are contacts as well.) :o)

  74. I no longer have to make halloween costumes. Yay! I LOVE this pattern!

  75. So cute, Amy. Congratulations on another published work. You rock!!!

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  76. Following along on Facebook, too! And…why not? 🙂

  77. I usually don’t sew costumes, We don´t have this holiday in Brazil.
    But I find it very fun Halloween.
    Thanks for gineway!

  78. Clare Humphries says:

    Hi this is the first time I’ve been to this site and I’m loving it. I have only been sewing since last September and this year I am going to attempt my first Halloween costumes for my two youngest, and if they turn out ok might let them wear them x

  79. I won’t be sewing Hallowe’en costumes – hopefully they can squeeze into outfits we already have. We don’t go trick-or-treating, but we will dress up anyway, maybe go to a party, or just have fun giving out sweets and chocolate to others.

  80. No costumes for me this year! Love the craft bag, Amy! Thanks for the giveaway.

  81. I do follow your blog! Thanks!

  82. I follow you on Facebook. Thanks!

  83. Not planning on sewing any! We have lots and lots of Halloween stuff already to dress up with. And we don’t live in USA where you guys lead the way on Halloween!

  84. Last year I made a Halloween costume for myself. I was a bag of jelly beans!
    Unfortunately no costume needed for this year.
    Thanks for doing the giveaway Amy

  85. I’m not sewing any costumes this year. My oldest is only 3 and still doesn’t have much awareness of Halloween, so I’m holding off as long as possible :). I’ve never been a huge Halloween fan.

  86. I follow your blog on bloglovin’.

  87. I am making a flamingo costume for my 10 y.o. daughter. I am so excited that she is helping and we have some much fun every year creating her halloween costume!

  88. I follow you on facebook =)

  89. I read your blog.

  90. I have to make my darling 3 year old a purple fairy costume! She is way too excited and I haven’t even started!

  91. I ‘like’ your facebook page! Thanks for the chance to win!

  92. No costume sewing for me this year.

  93. Like your FB page

  94. Follow you on Bloglovin – thanks for all he inspiration and the giveaway!

  95. I am sewing a Halloween costume for our little dog Simba (Shih Tzu) – the young twin girls across the street said they want him to be a ladybug…so I have been gathering materials. Needless to say, my husband is not thrilled… 🙂

  96. I am a longtime, very happy follower of your blog (Feedly).

  97. I “LIKE” your fabulous Facebook page.

  98. I’m not sewing any costumes this year but I have a few decorative projects to finish up quick -one being an adorable retro Halloween banner. Hope to have it complete in the week and on the blog!

  99. I have followed your blog for some time now and adore it!

  100. Also I follow you on Facebook, twitter & Instagram

  101. I’m not sewing a Halloween costume this year. My little granddaughter still fits into her turkey costume from last year. But next year I’ll be doing it for sure. I love your crayon case! I’d like to make my granddaughter one of those. Thanks for sharing!

  102. I follow your wonderful blog via Bloglovin. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  103. I like you on Facebook!

  104. Tammy Lyons says:

    I am a blog follower via Bloglovin. Thank you for the chance to enter.

  105. Tammy Lyons says:

    I am not sewing any costumes this year thank goodness. And my kids are about too big too trick or treat. I a m hopeing they want even want to go out but just stay in and help hand out the candy this year.

  106. Michele T says:

    Oh Wow!!! This is one sweet giveaway…. I love, love, love owls 😉 My daughter is in high school but there is always a Hallowe’en Dance and this year she wants to be a Mermaid, so we are going to work on a shimmery costume… it will be challenging but fun!!!

  107. Michele T says:

    I follow your blog via Bloglovin’ – thanks for another chance!!

  108. Michele T says:

    I already liked you on FB – thanks once again!!!

  109. Congrats!!! Love the project! Love the fabric too. I still don’t know if I will be sewing costumes this year. I may need to do some sewing for my girl’s Laura from Little House costume. I haven’t been by the blog in a long time! Things are looking great!!!

  110. I still follow you on facebook too-where I found out about this & decided to stop by this evening:)

  111. I am going to attempt to make a roman soldier costume! Wish me luck!!!

  112. I follow you on FB…heck I’d follow you anywhere! You’re awesome!!!!

  113. Yes, my daughter wants to be a strawberry

  114. I follow

  115. That is a lovely pattern, it would make a nice gift. And no costumes for me, everyone is too big to be interested (finally).

  116. I am not making any costumes this year. My son wants to be a lion, and that was a little out of my comfort zone (the mane!).

  117. Elizabeth Simonetta says:

    This year I will be sewing my 2 year-old daughter’s Halloween costume for the first time! The past two years her grandma has bought them, but I am taking charge this year! I have just recently started sewing for fun again and am really looking forward to this! She is OBSESSED with Mickey Mouse, so I’m going to sew a classic Minnie Mouse dress for her. It will probably be the cutest thing ever. With sparkly yellow shoes and big mouse ears! Can’t wait!

  118. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    No Halloween costumes being made here this year, unless my brother comes to me at the end and asks me to sew something up for him quick. Wouldn’t put it past him to ask as he’s done it before! 😉

  119. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I follow your facebook page!

  120. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    And I also follow your blog!

  121. Sara Nixon says:

    I am not making costumes, I don’t have kiddos but I did get Halloween collars for my dogs!

  122. Yup! I’m sewing a Jake & the Neverlanc Pirates costume for my son and a coordinating Izzy costume for my daughter!!

  123. I like DQT on Facebook!

  124. I follow DQT via Bloglovin’.

  125. Sara Nixon says:

    I am a blog follower.

  126. Well, I would LOVE to sew costumes. But with homeschooling our five I’ve not been able to do this but that is okay. Last year though I did a simple costume “Pig in a blanket” and made things for my daughter, it was really easy. This is a neat set for diining out or just to have out on the playroom table. Great idea, nice work, it’s really cute!!

  127. Lynn D in NC says:

    I’m not sewing any costumes this year, but probably will next year.

  128. Lynn D in NC says:

    I am following your blog with Feedly

  129. Lynn D in NC says:

    I am now following you on FB

  130. Sadly I don’t have any one to sew a Hallowe’en costume for. The children in my life are all grown up. But I would so love to win the fabrics, They are very lovely. I am a blog follower but am not on FB so I can’t like you there ;-(

  131. Sweet project Amy! I am not making Halloween costumes however I am knitting Halloween-ish socks.

  132. I am not making any Halloween outfits as my kids have flown the nest!

  133. I follow you using bloglovin.

  134. I’m not sewing any Halloween costumes this year. The last time I made costumes I made clown outfits.

  135. I’m a happy follower of your blog.

  136. I’m not sewing Halloween costumes this year!

  137. I’m a happy follower of your blog!

  138. Teresa Melling says:

    I’m not sewing any costumes this year. Haven’t for quite a while (all my kids are grown). But two of my three daughters got engaged last month, so maybe I will be sewing costumes for my grand children in the future!

  139. What a neat idea! I love the bag. When my kids were little that’s what we did — kept them busy at restaurants by drawing. It’d have been helpful to have one of those bags.

    I’m not sewing Halloween costumes this year as my kids are now young adults.

  140. I’m a blog follower!

  141. I’m not sewing any costumes but I am doing lots of other Halloween sewing. I’ve decided to make little fabric baskets to fill with goodies for the kids in my sons class (thankfully there are only 5) along with bat softies and whatever else I can come up with before then :). Thanks for a chance to win! With baby #2 due any day now I’m sure we could put the crayon bag pattern to good use and I’m a sucker for anything with owls!!

  142. I follow your blog through Bloglovin.

  143. Lisa Marie says:

    As far as I know I’m not sewing costumes this year. Of course, my sister has been known to call the week before and ask if I could make costumes for my niece and nephew, so you never know. I have always liked sewing costumes — lots of creativity involved and nothing has to be perfect!

  144. Lisa Marie says:

    I follow your blog by email.

  145. no costume making planned for now — but my adult daughters have moved home for a short while….who knows what may start in the next few weeks!

  146. following the blog!

  147. following on facebook too!

  148. I’m working on half of my 3 y/o’s costume. He already has a firefighter jacket and hat, so I’m sewing pants with reflective tape and will fancy up some plain galoshes.

  149. I follow via bloglovin’

  150. No costume sewing for me this year but I am sewing tutus for stuffed animals, does that count? Love that pattern will definitely look it up 🙂

  151. Sarah Boyce says:

    Just got the girl’s costume from ebay, couldn’t make it for $13 but the boy’s costume is TBD. I’d rather not make it because I have other sewing projects calling.

  152. Hi! I’m not sewing any Halloween costumes because we don’t celebrate it. But I’m excited about Fall and am planning on finished a fall quilt I started last year! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  153. Started following you on FB.

  154. I get your blog posts emailed to me. I think this is such a creative idea. I will not be sewing for Halloween this year. My three children are adults. I do stitch things however for Halloween to decorate with and give as small gifts.

  155. This will be the first year I haven’t sewn a Halloween costume – my youngest is now too old to trick or treat (sniff!). I love the portable craft bag idea – busy kids are definitely happy kids. Thanks for the chance!

  156. I follow you by email. Can’t wait to see this great project book – thanks for the chance!

  157. I like you on Facebook. Thanks for the inspiration. Enjoy Halloween!

  158. Mary Lydia says:

    Don’t have young kids to sew for so won’t be making a costume this year, however will be wearing my clown costume I made many years ago. Love to win.

  159. My girls are in their 20s and living in another city, so no Halloween costumes until at which point my husband and I have grandchildren!

  160. I follow your blog:-)

  161. I am going to sew parts of my sone’s custume this year, he want to be a pirate

  162. I follow your wonderful blog through e-mail subscription

  163. I liked you facebook page

  164. Nancy Peach says:

    Hi Amy, believe it or not…..I have to make something new to go with Taylor’s basic Anime costume. There is always something to add to it each year, I just have to wait and see what he has come up with for me to make. Taylor’s school dresses up for Halloween each year, the teachers do as well!! He has so much fun that day…he was born the first day of fall……it is his time of year!!

  165. Nancy Peach says:

    As you said, I do follow your blog and I was a lucky winner last time!!

  166. Nancy Peach says:

    And of course I follow you on Facebook, it wouldn’t be right any other way!!

  167. Dixie Eiseman says:

    No costumes this year but I fondly remember the days of Luke Skywalker, Storm Troopers and Jawas!

  168. Dixie Eiseman says:

    Liked you on Facebook!

  169. DeborahGun says:

    No Halloween costumes here! But I love your Busy Hands Craft Bag 🙂

  170. DeborahGun says:

    i follow your blog on Bloglovin!

  171. DeborahGun says:

    And I like you on FB (Deborah Gunthorpe)!

  172. I will not be making costumes this year, thanks for the giveaway. I looove that fabric with the owls on it, I collect them.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  173. I follow your blog by email!
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  174. I like your FB page too, thanks.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  175. I posted a note on your FB page. I have been looking for some Owl material and this will be perfect. I want to make a Little Lovey Blanket for grandbaby that will be due soon. Thank you for the drawing,

  176. I don’t have anyone to make a costume for right now as my other grandchildren are bigger and they want all the store bought costumes. I would love to win the owl material to make a lovey for an upcoming grandbaby. Thank you,

  177. I won’t be sewing Halloween costumes…. my kiddos are grown up now.
    I didn’t sew when they were litlle…. so maybe I’ll sew something for future grandchildren…

  178. I am a follower by email subscription!

  179. mary moon says:

    Hi Amy

    no costume this year my baby is getting older by the minute 🙁

  180. mary moon says:

    I follow your blog.

  181. Hi Ami, no costume this year… I follow your blog. Thanks for the chance!

  182. Ryane Little says:

    My mother and I are working together to make one of my children’s costumes. My four year old is going to be Glinda from The Wizard of Oz. So much poof!

  183. Brenda Melahn says:

    Made my granddaughter a Skyrim nightingale costume — pretty good if I do say so myself 🙂

  184. My own children are grown, but we have one of them who has moved back home along with his family. It appears I’ll be helping in some way to come up with ideas and ways to sew a costume for my 1 yr old Granddaughter who lives here now. There are no solid ideas yet what, but her Momma is dead set at incorporating a tutu into the costume in some way. LOL

  185. I already follow your blog via Bloglovin’ and also via email subscription.

  186. I am now also going to be following you on Facebook. I just ‘liked’ your page there as well.

  187. Julie McCluney says:

    FOR SURE! Halloween is one of my favorite times to get creative with a costume. I have a party to go to… I think something along a mean witch costume is the ticket this year.I want to make a crooked broom to accessorize! Love the adoring Adornit fabric.

  188. Nope, I am not sewing costumes for Halloween, my son is now almost 25…but I am sewing lots of Christmas Wreathe quilts. So still sewing…

  189. I love following your blog. I am not making halloween costumes because my grandchildren are now wearing the ones I made for their parents!!

  190. I found your blog from American Quilt Society. I am not sewing for Halloween. I am not a fan of the day. OOps! I’me getting on a soap box. Hope to explore more of your blog. Love the crayon bag and your wonky stars. Thanks, Ruby

  191. Christin F. says:

    This year I am just adding to my daughters dress, to make it more dramatic. I love the nested owls fabric…and got a few pieces of yardage. Thank you for the giveaway. C.F.

  192. Unfortunately my children are adults, but I do have grandsons. I haven’t been asked to sew a costume, but I think I’ll make each boy a “hero” cape.

  193. I enjoy following your blog.

  194. I loved making costumes for my kids when they were little but they are all grown up and my sewing these days is mostly quilts. I still love Halloween!

  195. I follow you. You bet I do!

  196. We don´t have this holiday in Slovakia…

  197. Well I’ve not really sewing Halloween costumes. My DD is 16. But I may be altering some costumes for her and her new BFF for a Halloween party. Homecoming is coming up and I know that I will be altering some gowns for that!

  198. I follow your blog.

  199. I follow your FB page.

  200. Although I would like to say I’m sewing Halloween costumes this year, I think I finally have to admit that I do not (yet!) have the skills to do so, and will have to purchase/rehome other costumes for my two kids. There’s always next year! Thanks for the opportunity for this giveaway!

  201. Candice C says:

    This year I’m going to attempt to transform my boys into the Ghostbusters!!! I ain’t afraid of no ghost!!!! 🙂

  202. Does hemming count? Because if it does, I’m sewing my Halloween costume this year. We’re going as engineers…different kinds.

  203. I follow you with Bloglovin’

  204. And I follow you on facebook too.

  205. Haven’t decided if I’m sewing costumes or not yet as the kids haven’t chosen what they want to be… I’ll probably at least make accessories.

  206. I follow DQT on FB.

  207. I also follow DQT on Bloglovin’!

  208. Not sewing Halloween costumes for sure….seriously, they are just too expensive to make anymore compared to buying at the dollar store….

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