The HOM Contests- The End of an Era


way back in April of 2008 we began a monthly tradition that has continued to this day… our Handbag of the Month Contest. We’ve included the pictures of each bag candidate along with a short writeup in our Newsletter as well as a monthly Blog feature, and individual posts on Instagram and Pinterest. But sadly, that tradition is ending with the March 2018 contest.

So why you might ask are we stopping?

Well… the short answer is that for the last year or so we’ve been having difficulty fielding a full field of candidates almost every month . Way back when we started these contests, we had no problem fielding 10-12 bags per month, but now it seems I’m struggling to get 7-8 entries and that includes the fact that many of the entries are “discovered” at the various shows we vend at. When someone drops into our booth to show me a bag they’ve made, I generally take pictures and use those as the entry photographs. If I didn’t do this myself, we would’ve had SO many fewer entries and that makes me sad.

I’ve done a lot of thinking as to why this might be so and even though there’s probably many possible reasons the plain and simple truth is I’ve grown tired of having to work so hard to get a full compliment of entries every month.

And then a weird thing happened!

I launched the private StudioKat Designs Group page a couple of months ago and whammo! For some reason it seemed that folks feel totally comfortable posting pictures of the bags they made in this new format. Maybe it’s because they feel like its a “no-judgement” zone since our group is comprised of all like-minded sewists??? … or maybe its because they feel more comfortable in the non-competitive atmosphere of our group? … but whatever the reason one thing became immediately apparent…. the bags being posted on our Group page are nothing but …

“Kick-Butt Gorgeous”!!!!

So… after a few weeks of observing this phenomenon I reluctantly came to the realization that it was time to change our formula! I haven’t decided for sure what exactly what I’m going to be doing, but it may be just as simple as sharing these beautiful bag pictures on other social media platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest.

So stay tuned next month when we officially unveil our new format but in the meantime, if you haven’t already voted in this, our very last “Handbag of the Month” contest, click HERE!


And now…. it’s YOUR turn!

I’d love to know what YOUR thoughts are about us discontinuing our “Handbag of the Month” contest and starting a new format. And remember, we love reading your comments and answering your questions too, so please feel free to leave either or both in the space provided below.


And guess what? We have a brand new private FaceBook Group page  just for StudioKat Designs customers?  It’s the perfect place for you to post pictures, comments or questions about our patterns! How cool is that, right? And don’t forget to check out the best sewing pins with me on Pinterest, get your daily sewing fix and behind the scenes scoops on Instagram, and be the 1st to know about new patterns, discount codes and sample sales by signing up for “Kat Bytes”, our monthly newsletter.



12 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. Rebecca A Barnett

    I like that idea. When I go to a website I’m usually looking for something in particular and having a group format all purse lovers don’t have to go through everything else to get to what interests them.
    LOVE IT!

  2. Lynn Jarzombeck

    I agree with you – Do not work so hard. I appreciate all the knowledge you share. The Handbag of the Month never grabbed me. Love Pinterest!

  3. I understand completely about ending the contest. What did I like about it? I liked looking at the percentages and how my choice compared. It’s not the same as the number of “likes”. But it’s been 10 years and I completely understand why you are stopping it.

  4. If you are not happy with something it is time to change. It sounds like you have a solution you can build on. You are growing something new and this is exciting. Thank you for changing, not ending. I am looking forward to what come next!

  5. Shannon Maciejewski

    I enjoyed the contest, but it get why you’re ending it. In really love the group format though, and seeing what everyone else does with your patterns! It’s great to see how so many people are inspired differently from the same pattern, and the group being less competitive is great for that. I’m a competitive person, but a lot of people aren’t, and we are our own worst critics. We see the most miniscule flaws in our work, even though nobody else does. Its easier to show off when there isnt a risk of “being picked last”.

    Anyway, I’ll miss the contest, but I’m sure the new thing will be just as fun!

    • I’ll miss the contest in some ways too, but its time for a change and like you, I LOVE the Group page on FaceBook! It’s SO much more interactive! 🙂

  6. I believe you’re right… Handbag of the Month has come to a close. Your new Facebook page, which I’ve just asked to join, sounds lovely!

    Thanks for all you do for us!

  7. Thank you for all of the beautiful handbags you’ve shown us over the years. I’m glad you’re not leaving us. I too want to be a part of your new format and looking forward to all of the neat ideas you have coming.

  8. That was a lot of work for you and times change. I have mae a lot of your purses but I have never submitted on an I’m sure there are a lot like me. So a facebook and group age is a good thing You go girl