Putting a bag through its paces & a chance to win

Today, being a sunny and windy day I decided to wash-test one of my popular linen/cotton messenger bags. I haven't done that for a while and I think it's good practice to see how products will stand up to normal use.

First I put it into a laundry net just to keep the strap from tangling around too much.

A cold wash is recommended for linen/cotton blend so I went ahead and washed it on the hot cycle since I am sure a lot of people regularly wash with hot water. (I rarely do from an environmental standpoint)

I used ordinary washing powder, Ariel, and chose the standard cycle.

My machine uses "beat and wash" technology which is an environmental choice since it uses very little water. Instead of filling the drum with water it flops the washing over on top of itself to "beat" it clean with the minimum amount of water possible. Everything comes out very crinkled. This bag was no exception.

I hung it outside, partly in the shade, and went off to get lunch. I left it outside for about twenty or thirty minutes since I did not want it to get too dry. I had already decided I would iron it "damp".

I set my iron to the highest temperature then ironed it directly on the print. The fabric was still damp so a bit loose. I ironed it from the center out. I could have spent longer really pressing the creases out but I think it looks almost as good as new just how it is.

Verdict: Mee a Bee bags are machine washable and easy-care. If you think you'll be washing it frequently I still recommend a cold handwash to minimize wrinkling and wear.

So this bag is not "new" anymore. It is up for grabs in a giveaway.

To have a chance at winning simply do one of the following:

1. Follow this blog or subscribe to the RSS feed, then add a comment below telling me your favorite or least household chore.


2. Become a fan of Mee a Bee on Facebook, then add a comment below telling me about your favorite or least favorite household chore.


3. Subscribe to the Mee a Bee newsletter, then add a comment below telling me about your favorite or least favorite household chore. Tell a friend to subscribe for an extra entry, thanks!


4. Follow Mee a Bee on Twitter, then add a comment below telling me about your favorite or least favorite household chore. Tweet the giveaway for an extra entry, thanks!


5. Visit Mee a Bee and add my store to your favorites or give an individual product a heart. Then add a comment below telling me about your favorite or least favorite household chore.

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If you are already doing all these things, or lots of them or just one of them, that's wonderful and I really appreciate it. Write your comment below and you'll be entered to win.

You can read more about this bag in the Mee a Bee store. It is exquisite.

I will draw the winner on the 30th or thereabouts. I'll ship anywhere in the world. Thanks for visiting.

More cute messenger bags for kids in the Mee a Bee store on Etsy.


  1. Hi Jacqui,
    I LOVE your stuff and was just looking at purchasing this bag the other day (but got sidetracked and forgot what i was doing - lol) so i am glad it prompted me to enter.... I have subscribed to your RSS feed and my least favourite chore is definitely mopping the floor (hence it rarely gets done!) our floorboards have a black/walnut stain so are very dark (japanese theme in house) and so they show up EVERYTHING.... arghhhhh - with a 30kg Border Collie who likes to hang out inside, it is the bain of my life at the moment. Thanks for the opp. to enter your comp.

  2. Hi!
    I LOVE your stuff! Especially the messenger bags and notebook cozies. :D
    I'm following you on your blog and on facebook.
    I have to say my least favorite chore is vacumming! I have two kids(5 yr. old and 18 mth. old) and it never fails that whenever I vacuum, in less than 10 minutes theres toys, crumbs (from I don't know where..?!) all over the floor! So I'm vacumming almost 2 or 3 times a day! :P Thanks for this opportunity for a great giveaway... your stuff is co cute! :D

  3. Hi Jacqui,
    I have been following ou on twitter and your blog, i love linen and this bag is gorgeous. i have 3 girls (mmmm..could be fights if i win it)
    my most hated chore is ironing. i am a 9pm sunday night uniform ironer as i can't put it off any longer than that!lol.
    fingers crossed,

  4. Hi Jacqui. What a gorgeous bag - I'd love to win it. Thanks for washing it for me... he he he.
    I just became a fan on your Facebook page. Thanks, Christine xo

  5. Hi Jacqui,
    the bag is gorgeous!
    I'm already following your blog which I love reading.
    My least favouite job is definitely folding clothes!! with 2 children who love to jump all over them when I'm doing it, it makes it impossible to do.

  6. Hi Jacqui,
    I would LOVE to win your lovely bag all clean!:)
    I have started following your blog a couple days ago and love reading your posts!Your shop was a favourite of mine a while ago now!
    I quite like ironing the problem is that I can not get enough courage to start, when I see the pile growing!!!:)

  7. I'm following you too...
    Love the crazy, opposite washing instruction test you performed.

    My worse chore in the world is washing the shower tiles. I hate it to the point of leaving it so long that I make extra work for myself.

  8. Thanks for all of these lovely comments. I really wish I could send each and every one of you a lovely little linen messenger bag!

    Kelly, I just read the post over again and realised I do sound crazy!! I basically did everything the standard washing instructions would advise against!! You have me giggling in my seat here!

  9. Hi Jacqui!
    I just found your blog, and I've become a fan on your Facebook page. Your stuff is amazingly sweet!

    My hated chore is laundry. I love it when it's done, but getting there is a battle for me. Oh, and I also hate dusting.

  10. Hi Jacqui!

    That's a very interesting giveaway! I'm already following you on Twitter.

    I like this bag and the boyish bag you tweeted about today!

  11. Seriously Jacqui,
    How can people pick a fave household chore with so many great ones to chose from.
    Ironing of course would be a front runner, but maybe to cliche?
    There nothing like ploughing through Sunday dishes for 6 people, especially if the sink is all gunk up and you have to actually put your hand and remove.
    Obviously sweeping and hoovering are so 'yesterday' aren't they?
    There is the general losing battle of 'tidying', 'getting organised' another top dog, but all in all I think , the chore ( if you can call it that) that brings me the most JOY, hymn singing JOY, would be cleaning the toilet with 3 blind males in the house. ;)

  12. Hi there,

    I loved reading your washing experience, put a smile on my face.
    I'm following you on twitter and your blog.

    I think I hate ironing most, as it gives me a sore back!!!
    And just getting the ironing board out and the HUGE pile of stuff that cries out to be ironed - just thinking about it...
    So I usually watch the telly (desperate housewives is a favourite - though not even Bree seems to do the ironing, hm...)

    Anyway, I love the messenger bag and am off to have a look at your shop

    Have a good Monday

  13. Hi Jacqui,

    You know I love your work! I detest ironing. Which is rather unfortunate because I have to do quiet a bit of it!!
    Hope all well with you.


  14. I've enjoyed your blog so much and already subscribe to your newsletter and to your blog via Google Reader and just now added your etsy shop to my favourites. I especially appreciate that you have lots of boy focused items since I have three nephews and love to get new ideas for them.

  15. Superb bag Jacqui!
    My favorite task would be feeding the cat. Pedro loves his dinner and trots around in circles while I fill his bowl. We go through the same ritual everyday...
    Michelle. x

  16. hello! I've just signed up to follow your blog. I just stumbled across your gorgeous bags tonight - just lovely!
    thanks for the opportunity to win :)

  17. Hello,
    I love your blog! Will be definitely following here and on Facebook.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter :)

  18. I absolutely love your stuff,and some day I hope to be as creative in making things as you. I suppose I have to say my least favorite thing is doing the dishes, and my favorite thing is probably sweeping, mostly because it drives me crazy if there is stuff on the floor. :D

  19. Hi! I just found your blog through sweepstakesgirl's twitter. Your items are lovely! I'm now following you on twitter.

  20. I was just looking at your shop and I love your stuff! It's all adorable!

    I'm now following your blog :)

    My least favorite chore is doing dishes. I really can't stand it!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  21. hello! I am a new follower. It would be awsome to win this bag, May being my birthday month and all... My least favorite household chore is... vaccuuming! (is that eve how it's spelt?)

  22. And the winner is: #4 Little Diva!! Congrats Christine!!


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  23. Wahoo!
    I LOVE the new boy's messanger bag with cars.
    I am now a fan on facebook!


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