Are you ready for some fun? A challenge I shall lay out before you? Well here goes, something very exciting is afoot and it’s officially started as of today! In the midst of The Great British Sewing Bee this is your chance to get creative & channel your sewing inspiration!
Offset Warehouse has just launched the Big Spring Contest, and guess what…? I’m one of the blogger judges!
As one of the judges, I’ve been asked to come up with a theme and judge all the entrants for that theme. I get to pick one lucky winner who will have three weeks to make their design and get the chance to win a whole goodie-bag of prizes!
My theme is clearly Spring related, like we look for the first signs of Spring, my take on it is “First Frock of Spring“. Design me the frock you want to show that the dark days of Winter are over & Spring is here! You need to pick which fabric you’d use from the array at Offset Warehouse, but I’m happy that you show me any added details/ embellishment in your design too. At this stage this is about the design. No sewing yet. The winner I pick will then get sent the fabric to make up their design.
All you have to do is send in your design or pattern along with the Offset Warehouse fabric you’d make it with to me by Sunday 16th March. You can submit it by emailing me at
Send me an image file(s) (jpg) – it could be a drawing of your design that you’ve photographed or if you’re more technical & want to do something whizzy with photoshop then that’s good for me too. Or a link to the pattern you’re using, anything to illustrate your design. Just remember to include a link to which fabric you’d use.
To get started, have a browse on Offset Warehouse’s site and see what fabric inspires you! Or have a browse of the other themes. I’m sure you can enter as many as you wan, but only one entry per category. Here are all the bloggers participating and the themes you can choose from:
Visit Ali here
And then there is
Visit Zoe here
And Kerry here
And they made me an image too – do you mind it I share that (even though you know what my theme is already! It’s so cool!!)
As well as the lucky finalist getting sent the fabric from Offset Warehouse to make their design up in ….if you win these are in the prize pot of goodness…, but I get the feeling there will be more, judging by the website …
These bambu Adjust-A-Bowls are the ultimate ‘hold everything’ bowl and Green Tulip are generously giving one of each – a hemp organic denim one and a cork one. Fold ‘em down, or pop ‘em up, use them to store your sewing bits and bobs, pop it in the kitchen for fruit, vegetables or bread, or why not in the bathroom for bottles? Hemp has eight times the tensile strength and four times the durability of other natural fibers, and is mildew resistant and anti-microbial. Cork is renewable and biodegradable, and cork forests are essential to preventing soil erosion, maintaining water resources and storing CO2.
This gorgeous leather trim buckle basket is handmade in Morocco with palm leaves. It is lightweight, strong and free standing, great for shopping, the beach, picnics, gym, nappy bag and much more! The leather handles are incredibly soft and long enough to go over your shoulder and tuck under your arm. With the added bonus of a leather strap and buckle to keep everything safe – it’ll be your new best friend!
DIY Couture: Create Your Own Fashion Collection, by Rosie Martin
The DIY Couture collection is 10 stylish, easy to make pieces of clothing that can be endlessly reinvented in different fabrics, textures and colours. Anyone who enjoys sewing and creating something unique will love using this book to make their own couture wardrobe. With no complex sewing patterns, even beginners at sewing can make their own beautiful clothes.
Make It Your Own, by Anna Alicia
Anna Alicia, the designer-maker behind eco-ethical homeware and jewellery label A Alicia, brings you 25 beautifully designed projects to help transform your home into a wonderful living space that truly reflects your personal style. The gorgeous photography throughout shows how the projects can work with your existing décor to transform your space. Anna also gives tips on using eco-ethical and vintage materials, a subject close to her heart. Whatever kind of space you live in, this book is about creating beautiful handmade objects that will make it really feel like your home.
So you’ll notice a theme here in the prizes & it relates to Offset Warehouse’s principles- it’s about making it easier & more accessible to make purchasing & living decisions that are environmentally sound. Whilst we all sew for different reasons, some of us see sewing as a way to avoid buying into the Primark revolution of disposable fashion. Offset warehouse stocks fabrics (& paints & haberdashery) that have either been diverted from going to landfill or have been produced ethically in the first place with respect for the labour, working conditions and raw materials that have gone into the process. Every fabric you buy has its history shared with you, which as well as being kind of nice in a getting to know you kind of way, it really makes you think about the other fabric you purchase. Well it does me anyway.
So! For more details, like deadlines and all the prizes, check out Offset Warehouse’s site.
At a suitable stage I shall share via Pinterest & on my blog. I have to say, I cannot wait to see what you creative geniuses come up with!