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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

Hello and welcome to my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway. If you’ve been here before you may know that I have a soft spot obsession  for vintage sheets, my latest project which is awaiting quilting is this:

Scrappy Trip Around the World using vintage sheets scraps

Yes it’s a Scrappy Trip Around the World in vintage sheets using fabrics from stash, in fact many were from my scraps bin.

I’ve very recently (i.e. last week) added fat quarter bundles of vintage sheets to my Etsy shop and thought it would be fun to give away some away to a lucky reader.

Pink and Blue Fat Quarter Bundle of Vintage Sheets

All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter form below, you can simply enter once by answering the question or you can choose to increase your chances by completing the other options.  The winner will receive 10 vintage sheet fat quarters in the colours of their choice (e.g. pink, blue or a mix).

Yellow and Orange Fat Quarter Bundle of Vintage Sheets

I’ll be running another round of the Vintage Sheet Fat Quarter swap in the new year for the UK and Ireland, if you’re interested please join the Flickr group.

Vintage sheet charms

Last but not least I’m offering you 20% off all items in my etsy shop this week, so if you’ve been eyeing up charm packs or the new bundles of FQ’s now is the time to buy. Use code: SMS13 when you check out.

Good luck and have fun entering the other giveaways.

I’ve closed the comments on this because people were leaving them here rather than on the rafflecopter widget.  If you want to enter please click the rafflecopter link.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Lola the Owl and a Gingercake giveaway

**before you get your hopes up I’m not giving away a baked Gingercake**

A month or so ago a lovely email popped into my inbox from Virginia of Gingercake, it was a request to take part in her Handmade Gift Series.  I was delighted and flattered as I’ve been a fan of Gingercake patterns since I came across them a few years ago.

I’ve used the Love Your Lunchbox pattern:

Love Your Lunch Box

It’s been used every school day for 2 and half years and it’s still going strong.

I’ve made 20 or so of the Mini Crayon Art Folio (found as a bonus in the Crayon Art Folio pattern):

To the rescue - crayon wallet

You may well have seen one or more of the many journal covers I’ve made using the Notebook Slip Cover pattern as a starting point:

Selvedge notebook/journal covers

So I was given the opportunity to choose another pattern to try out and chose Lola the Owl.

Now Virginia initially made this pattern up as a cushion but what I was really taken with was the pattern variation of making an owl bag.

I had a browse through my fabric stash and none of the fabrics really grabbed my attention, so I then had a think about what I had in my vintage/thrifted stash and found the perfect fabrics.

Lola the Owl bag

As expected the pattern was easy to follow (once I’d found my felt stash anyway!).  I decided to omit the closure option of velcro or a magnetic snap.

Lola the Owl bag

The one change I did make to the pattern was to make the strap adjustable with the use of buttons and buttonholes:

Lola the Owl bag

So it can grow with your child (or be borrowed by you if you fancy!).

What I really needed was a child to model the bag for me, neither of the girls could find time in their busy schedules to help out (truth be told we had just got back from the library and books were far more exciting!).  So a small boy in an owl hat was enlisted and pulled some especially cute faces:
Lola the Owl bag
Virginia has kindly given you the chance to win a copy of the pattern so you can make your very own Lola bag or pillow just in time for giving as a gift, simply enter using the Rafflecoptor form below.

AND as an added bonus you can use the code: GINGERCAKE to take 15% any orders placed in my Etsy shop through until Saturday 30 November, so you can stock up on vintage sheet fabrics to use for your holiday crafting.  Grab yourself some vintage sheet fat quarters which are new to the shop:


Or treat yourself to a charm pack of 21 different prints (42 charms total), all sourced in the UK:

Vintage Sheet Charm Squares (5")

Thanks to Virginia for inviting me to be part of this series, check out her blog for links to others taking part and for more chances to win.


Disclaimer: I was given the PDF pattern for the purposes of this series;  all views are my own.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And the winner is…

First of all thanks to everyone who stopped by for the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day, I was amazed at the number of you who would like to win one of my Texty Triple Zip pouches.

Triple zip pouches

I have been reading through comments but I’ve not been able to respond as it’s been a difficult week here with school trips, a birthday, a life changing health diagnosis for my husband and the continuation of building chaos.  I will get back to anyone who had queries or specific comments.

But without further ado the winner is:

I’ll be emailing Tammy shortly to get her mailing details and to find out if she’d like scraps in her pouch.

Sadly you can’t all be winners but you could make your own pouch using Debbie’s tutorial here.

Don’t forget there is still time to save 15% off any purchase in the shop through till tomorrow 12th May using code: SEWMAMASEW.


Giveaway Day is here again – now closed

Hello and welcome to all of you lovely people visiting for the first time as part of the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day and happy Monday to all my regular readers, especially if you’re in the UK where it’s a bank holiday.

I’m Mary, I live in the south west of England with 3 young children and a wonderful husband.

I love to sew and to support my sewing/fabric habit a year ago I opened an Etsy shop as an outlet for my excessive vintage sheet collection, thanks to all you who been helping me out by buying the kits and charm packs over the year!  As a little extra treat on top of the giveaway, use code: SEWMAMASEW to take 15% off any purchase in the shop through till next Sunday 12th May.

Last summer I started teaching some workshops which has been great fun.  One of the classes is a zip pouch workshop and earlier this year I took part in the Triple Zip Along, (yes using not one but three zips in a pouch) and made two pouches that are very similar.

Triple zip pouches

I used some text print fabrics from a charm swap and I mentioned at the time that didn’t need two pouches and at some point I would give one away.  Now seems as good a time as any to do just that.

Triple zip pouches

I’m happy to fill the pouch with scraps too if you’re a fan of scraps!

So to be in with a chance of winning it’s simple; just leave a comment below telling me what was the last thing you sewed and who it was for.

The giveaway closes on Friday May 10th at 5pm (PST) (which I believe is midnight here in the UK, funnily enough I’ll probably be asleep so any comments left after this time will be deleted!).  I will use the Random Number Generator to select the winner who will be notified by email and announced on the blog.  Please ensure that I have a way of contacting you by email.

Thanks for stopping here and good luck with this and all the other giveaways listed on the Sew Mama Sew blog!

Giveaway – Ruby Star Wrapping

You may recall back in December I made this inside out box:

Inside-Out Box - Ruby Star Wrapping

and blogged about it here, entering it into the Sew Mama Sew Ruby Star Wrapping Contest.

Well imagine my delight to discover that I won 4th place!  You can see below what Melody wrote about my entry:

Ruby Star Wrapping Contest - 4th place

Yes there was a bit of a happy dance in this house.  Recently I received a parcel from Melody with some prizes:


A copy of the book, 2 fat quarters of her gorgeous fabrics, some trim, a lovely handwritten note and a couple of her super cool stickers.  You can probably work out that I already have a copy of the book (otherwise I wouldn’t have entered the contest).

So, that means I have a spare copy and I thought I’d share my winnings and give it away to one of you along with some other bits and pieces:

Ruby Star Wrapping giveaway

1m of tape measure ribbon (2cm wide 100% cotton), 130cm of my very own handmade valentines sticky tape, 1m of mint ric rac, 1m of pink floral trim and a fat quarter of Amy Butler home decor weight fabric from her Nigella range.

It’s a great book and it’s not just for those of you who sew, there are a number of projects that are just cutting and sticking, even a recipe for cookies if you like to bake.

So how to enter, UK/Ireland entries only please – my carbon conscience tells me it’s slightly crazy to be posting the book off on a travel overseas again!

I’m using Rafflecoptor for the first time, I think it works, please shout if it doesn’t!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Spread the Love – Valentines blog hop

Emily came to play today, I cleaned the floor so she could baste a quilt, she sewed and I instructed and pressed, oh and I admired her new dress!   No photo’s were taken – we were too busy gassing!

Really I’m just popping in to let you know about this event organised by Jennifer which starts next week:


I’m sponsoring a giveaway at the end of the month, be sure to check the participating blogs:

Here’s the line-up:

Blog: Ellison Lane – Giveaway: During Quiet Time
Be there or miss out!

Birthday gifts and a giveaway winner

The end of another week and another amazing Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway day.  Thank you to all those who visited, for your lovely birthday wishes and welcome to all the new subscribers.

Before I announce the giveaway winner I thought I’d share photo’s of some of my birthday goodies:

Gorgeous brooches from my girls

My gorgeous daughters bought these for me, made by a very talented lady, Lucky Lulu.  We are lucky enough to have her living local to us and she had a stall at the Craft Jam at Exeter Castle last weekend and the girls sneaked off and spent their savings.

I had been wanting some ‘tape measure’ fabric for a while, Tobit even searched for some on his trip to San Francisco last year, the other day an email landed in my junk folder and as I was just about to delete it and something caught my eye ‘fabric on sale’.  So I headed over to the Fabric Guild and found some great fabrics for only £4.95 a yard, which in the UK is a bit of a bargain (and they had some not so nice stuff for even less).  I duly sent the link to my husband and low and behold on my birthday I received this:

Tape Measure fabric

A yard of each colour from the American Jane Recess range.  Fabric shoppers be aware the postage charge is calculated as you put stuff in the basket.  This lot was quoted at £5 to post which funnily enough Tobit thought was quite a lot.  Later in the week he discovered that they had only charged him £2.70.  I’d say they are missing a trick, I, for one am put off by expensive postage.

Oh yes and the chocolate cake was delicious and has all disappeared somewhere!

So without further ado I’ve put the numbers in and the winner of the vintage sheet charms is…

who is:

Congratulations Rachael, I’ve sent you an email and will get this off to you as soon as I have your address.

And remember if you didn’t win there is still a chance to get a 15% discount in my shop using the code SMS1212 until tomorrow 9 December 2012 at 9pm (UK time).

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day – sewing and craft supplies (now closed)

Hello and welcome to all of you lovely people visiting for the first time as part of the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day and happy Monday to all my regular readers.

I’m Mary, I live in the south west of England with 3 young children and a wonderful understanding husband who for the most part supports my sewing habit whole heartedly (even fabric shopping for me when on trips to the US), oh and today is my birthday.

Back in May I opened an Etsy shop as an outlet for my excessive vintage sheet collection, thanks to all you who been helping me out by buying the kits and charm packs!

Vintage Sheet Charm Squares (5")

Today I’m giving away 3 packs of vintage charms – 126 charms in total.  You could use them to make some baby quilts or to make one big quilt.  I’ve made a few baby size quilts and would love to make a large one using my charms so I’m hoping that giving away some packs will motivate me to get on and make one.

Chevron quilt made with vintage sheets

Vintage sheet baby quilt

The charm packs will include a selection of fabrics the same or similar to the ones here:

Vintage Sheet Charm Squares 5"

I’ll also enclose a pack of Vintage Fabric Tape, made by me using up scraps from my charm cutting.

Vintage Fabric Tape

And just as a thank you for visiting and because it’s my birthday, this week I’m offering you 15% discount in my shop using the code SMS1212 until Sunday 9 December 2012 at 9pm (UK time).

To enter please leave a comment telling me what you are most looking forward to doing this week, I’m looking forward to eating chocolate cake with sour cream that my husband and middle child baked yesterday afternoon.

For additional entries you can:
Subscribe to my blog (top right of this page)
Add my Etsy shop to your favourites
Like my Facebook page

Just leave an additional comment letting me know any of those you do and please ensure that I have a way of contacting you if you win.

Open internationally

Comments will close on Friday December  7 at 5pm PST (which is 1am here in the UK, funnily enough I’ll probably be asleep at that time so any comments left after this time will be deleted!)

The winner will be selected using Random Number Generator and will be announced by Sunday December 9.

I should also mention that I’m organising a Vintage Sheet Fat Quarter swap (predominantly for the UK and Ireland due to postage costs).

If you are interested in joining in check out the flickr group here

Lastly but not least don’t forget to head back on over to Sew Mama Sew for so many other fantastic opportunities to win.


Progress and a winner

Thanks for all your suggestions in response to my request for help yesterday.  This is where I’d got to earlier this afternoon.  I’m actually typing this one handed as I wait for glue to go tacky!


So yes I did listen to your suggestions and then added my own bit of inspiration, amazing what happens when you ask others.

And now we have a winner for the giveaway I hosted as part of the UR Priceless blog hop.

There were a 137 comments left on the post and somehow or other 6 more left on the wrong post, so being the kind person that I am I added these to the total.  Who cares I hear you cry ‘who won?’  Comment 131 was:


So Jan please send me your choice of purse and address and I’ll see if I can find some chocolate coins too!

Thanks everyone for joining in and I’ll be holding another giveaway on my birthday (3rd December) which Sew Mama Sew have declared (possibly not in my honour) to be Giveaway Day.

Come back tomorrow for my day in the Holiday Lane Pillow blog hop.


UR Priceless Blog Hop and a giveaway – now closed

Giveaway now closed

After a week of seeing what others have created in this priceless blog hop it’s my turn to share some of my handiwork.  First a big thanks to Mdm Samm for the great pattern and instructions and Katherine for organising the blog hop.

Over the last six months I’ve made a number of frame purses;

Japanese patchwork frame coin purse

Glue-in frame purses

I’ve also been teaching others how to make these in workshops at Arrietty.
All these purses have been made using the frames where the fabric is glued in rather than sewn in so I was keen to join in this blog hop and try out the sew-in frame.

I found the pattern straight forward to work with, the instructions were clear and the photographs really helpful.

The first one using Jay McCarroll fabrics turned out just fine:

Frame purse - Garden Friends

Frame purse - Garden Friends

I bought my frames from 3D Pattern Paper, the shop is based in China and I was a little bit concerned about how long delivery might take to the UK but was amazed when it took just 7 days for my parcel to arrive!  They have a wide selection of frames in store and the prices are great.

I used a iron on cotton interfacing which has no brand name but I buy it from my local fabric store and it has a great feel and is easy to work with.  It has a fleecy feel to it and so is thicker than normal iron on interfacing.

The next one I made involved upcycling some old jeans and using some scraps left over from a scrap quilt:

Denim coin purse - front

The back has a different strip of scraps:

Denim coin purse - back

I found sewing the purse into the frame wasn’t too awkward (although I did manage to break a needle), the instructions were useful for this otherwise I’m not sure where I would have started.  I used threads from my collection, most of it is from the car boot sale or the charity shop so I don’t really know what it is.  A couple of times the thread did break but I was able to fix it and not have to start again.

Red Letter Day frame purse

This purse is a bit special, made using some of my favourite fabrics, last week it was one of the winners of the ‘Your Andover’ contest.

Red Letter Day frame purse

Last but by no means least I whizzed this one up on Saturday evening, I needed a bit of sewing time after my daughters 8th birthday party.  So while my children were engrossed in watching ‘The Railway Children’ I pulled out my bag of Sew Cherry scraps left from a Siblings Together quilt:


So what to do with all these purses?  Do you fancy one?  I’m giving one away (but not the orange duck one) – if you’re lucky it might even contain some of that shiny chocolate money!

Just leave a comment below letting me know which one you would like (Jay McCarroll, upcycled denim or Sew Cherry) to be in with a chance to win.

For an extra entry you can sign up for email subscription (top right).  Leave an additional comment if you choose to do so.  Giveaway will close at 9pm (UK time) next Sunday (18th November) I’ll use random number generator to select a winner – please make sure I have a way of contacting you if you win.

If you want to purchase the pattern you can find it for sale in Mdm Samms Craftsy store.

So go on hop along and see what these other priceless people have made, you might even find another giveaway:

Read, quilt, cook, pray

The Learning Curve

Bacon Then Eggs

Nati’s Little Things

Feltfree pa Asly

El Patchwork de la Abuela

Amy’s Crafty Shenanigans

Maryjo J

s.o.t.a.k. Handmade 


Janice M

Throw a wench in the works

Everyone Deserves a Quilt

A Stitch in Time

Sew Me Something Good

And check out the Pinterest board here to see all the purses made during this blog hop.  Thanks for stopping by.