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Sew Brum Meet-Up: Raffle Prizes

During the SewBrum sewist meet-up taking place on Saturday 04th October we’ll be holding a raffle to raise money for Parkinson’s UK. The raffle will take place in the afternoon at Guthrie and Ghani in Moseley. Lots of lovely companies have generously donated prizes and I thought it was about time I showed them all off.

#SewBrum Raffle Prize

OK, so Singer have donated a sewing machine! This is the Singer Talent, model 3321.

#SewBrum Raffle Prize

Simplicity have donated three patterns (1755, 1696, 1873) and their Simply the Best Sewing Book. I’ve seen great versions of all three of these patterns online, including Amy’s version of 1755.

#SewBrum Raffle Prize

Quadrille have donated both Great British Sewing Bee books.

#SewBrum Raffle Prize

Have you been reading Love Sewing magazine? They have donated a subscription to the magazine which features lots of dressmaking patterns.

The magazine also features a certain meet-up in their current September issue!

#SewBrum Meet-Up in Love Sewing Magazine


Gather have donated a paper copy of their hot-off-the-press pattern the Buchanan dressing gown. I’m looking forward to seeing this pattern made up and I’m totally crazy about the artwork. (Image courtesy of Gather).

#SewBrum Raffle Prize

SewOverIt have donated two paper patterns, the Betty Dress and Ultimate Trousers. I’ve seen loads of great Ultimate Trousers popping up on blogs lately.


Hannah from Sinbad & Sailor has donated a Hepworth Dress PDF pattern. Have you seen Winnie’s lovely versions of the Hepworth? (Image courtesy of Sinbad & Sailor).


Craftsy have donated enrolment on a class of the winner’s choice. There are plenty of sewing classes to choose from – have you been reading Tasha’s recent reviews of a number of Craftsy classes?

#SewBrum Raffle Prize

Abby from Blue Ginger Doll has donated a paper copy of the glamorous Ava Jacket pattern. Andrea made a very cute red version when the pattern was released.

#SewBrum Raffle Prize
#SewBrum Raffle Prize
#SewBrum Raffle Prize

Clover have donated three sets of sewing supplies. Each set includes: Magnetic Pin Caddy, Seam Ripper, Wonder Clips, Flower Head Pins, Bobbin Tower, Thread Tower.

I really love the magnetic pin caddies, especially in pink. Maybe I’d leave less pins lying around for Phil to sit/step on with one of these!

#SewBrum Raffle Prize

Tuttle have donated two Japanese sewing books (in English) by Sato Watanabe. Basic Black which features a wide variety of patterns and Stylish Skirts which features a multitude of skirt patterns.


Lauren Dahl  has donated a course enrolment to Pattern Workshop. I’m a Pattern Workshop student and highly recommend it if you have any interest in designing sewing patterns.

#SewBrum Raffle Prize

Prym have donated a sewing box and whole host of sewing accessories to fill it with.


Pauline Alice has donated three sewing patterns of the winner’s choice. Perhaps a chance to try the new Turia Dungarees pattern? Pauline recently posted a round-up of some of the Turia’s that have shown up online so far.


Charlie from This Blog is Not For You has recently launched her pattern company Audrey & Me Patterns, and has donated a set of her first PDF patterns under the label, the Hepburn Dress and Skirt. Charlie has made some lovely versions of her patterns & I also love Daniela’s version of the Hepburn dress.

Chambray Fabric & Maya Sewing Pattern

Marilla Walker has donated a copy of her brand spanking new Maya dress and top pattern. In fact this pattern is so new it’s not yet released:) Marilla has printed a copy of the PDF pattern for the winner & also provided some Merchant & Mills chambray to make a Maya with.

Tickets for the raffle will be sold on the day at the SewBrum meet-up. To join us for the meet-up sign-up here.

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A weekend all sewn up

Phew, I finally finished some items to sell at the charity craft fair we’re organising. I need to make a lot more to help fill the stall but at least it’s a start.

I ran out of toy stuffing after filling my doll’s head, but luckily my Nan had a bag so I was able to get her finished. She ended up looking a bit bossy!

Handmade Fabric Doll

Handmade Fabric Doll

Handmade Fabric Doll

Peg-bag (in use!) based on a Cath Kidson pattern.

Handmade peg bag

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Works in progress for a charity craft fair

I’ve been neglecting the blog a bit lately, but I haven’t neglected crafting. I’ve been busy making items for the charity craft, cake and plant fair that me and my colleagues are organising to raise funds for two cancer charities. I’ve also set up a second (temporary) blog for the craft fair to showcase the lovely donations we receive or make. You can find it here: uobcraftfair.wordpress.com

As well as ourselves and our colleagues making items to sell we’ll also be holding a raffle, and have been lucky enough to have some lovely items donated already and hopefully will have more to come. Some fabulous companies and independents including Lou Rota, From the Wilde, Famille Summerbelle, Teapigs, Emma Bridgewater, Fred Aldous and Cox & Cox have already been fabulous enough to donate.

I haven’t actually completed an item for the sale yet (oops) but I have started quite a few, including the two textile works in progress pictured below. Unfortunately these are currently on hold until I purchase the required craft supplies to complete them – so that’s a job for this weekend!

Felt Elephant Brooches - in progress!

Felt elephant brooches (work in progress)

Fabric Doll - in progress!

Fabric doll (work in progress)