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The Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

The Sewing Weekender takes place this weekend! The final decorations are currently being hung in the venue, balloons inflated, and attendees will be arriving (or breakfasting for those who arrived yesterday) soon.

When they arrive at the venue, attendees will find the following goodie bags awaiting them, thanks to our lovely sponsors. Sewing Weekender totes (designed by Kate & Rachel) containing:

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Sewing patterns courtesy of Crafty Sew & So, Simplicity, & Simply Sewing.

TSewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Additional sewing patterns have also been dotted around the goodie bags, including patterns from Colette in 30 goodie bags.

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Stof and Stil have sent every attendee one metre of fabric, a bag, catalogue and postcards:

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Attendees have plenty to read on the journey home, with magazines from Love Sewing (featuring the lovely Karen Ball, who is one of our speakers) and Sew Today:

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Discount codes have been provided courtesy of CocoWawa CraftsPink Coat Club, Weaver Dee, & Sew Essential:

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Sew Me Sunshine have created sew-in tags for attendees to add to their Weekender projects (plus provided a discount code):

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Prym have provided attendees with handy thread cutters:

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Pavilion have provided a shibori project from their recent release about Indigo dyeing:

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Phew, time to put on my frock and get ready for arrival time!

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

Sewing Weekender 2018 Goodie Bags

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The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

The Sewing Weekender takes place this weekend! Kate, Rachel & I, thought it would be fun to do a little reveal of the goodie bags that will be waiting for attendees on Saturday morning.

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

Fabric goodie bags, plus branded tape measures (I find these perfect for keeping in my handbag & knitting bag) have been provided by Remnant Kings.

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

Attendees will find their goodie bag stuffed to bursting with the following:

Sewing badges and a 15% discount voucher from Girl Charlee, who have also contributed a big fabric bundle which will be won by one lucky attendee.

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

Pavilion Books have provided attendees with a printed copy of the Freehand Batwing Top tutorial from Chinelo Bally’s book Freehand Fashion (subscribe to the Pavilion Craft newsletter to receive 20% off all Pavilion craft books).

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

The Village Haberdashery have sent a spotty £5 gift card for every attendee. Perhaps to be put towards some Les Fleurs…

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

Creative Industry have supplied a gorgeous Maker’s Workbook for every attendee. The perfect place for documenting a growing list of sewing project plans!

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

Abakhan have provided a supply of threads, measuring tapes and lots and lots of lovely buttons.

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

Love Sewing have provided each attendee with the latest issue of Love Sewing Magazine, hot off the press. Plus (editor) Amy will be joining us at the weekend.

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

Lucy from Sew Essential will be joining us this weekend and has provided a 20% discount voucher.

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

The Draper’s Daughter postcard and a postcard for Thread festival where Karen will be exhibiting in September.

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

Grace from Beyond Measure will be attending the Sewing Weekender, and has supplied beautiful British tweed fabric bundles, and leather key-rings.

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

Janome are providing the sewing machines for the Weekender, and have also supplied tape measures and swatch cards.

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

Guthrie & Ghani have sent postcards with a discount code.

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

Minerva Crafts have sent each attendee a felt bundle. I fancy some bunting in these prints.

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

Adam Ross Fabrics have very generously supplied each attendee with a gift box containing a selection of sewing supplies which should come in handy during the weekend, and beyond.

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

Tilly and the Buttons have provided each attendee with a very cute notepad, perfect for jotting down notes when Tilly joins us on Sunday to talk pattern design.

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

And finally, Fabric HQ have provided each attendee with a roll of polka dot fabric, which may have a little something hidden inside.

The Sewing Weekender Goodie Bags

Phew! That should keep everyone busy on Saturday morning. Huge thanks to all of our sponsors for filling the goodie bags to the brim. I’ll be playing tetris on Friday, getting all of these supplies into my car and off to Cambridge!


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SewBrum Goodie Bags

SewBrum Goodie Bags

Today is the day of the SewBrum meet-up! I thought it would be fun to do a little reveal of the goodie bags waiting for attendees at Guthrie & Ghani this afternoon.

SewBrum Goodie Bags

Lauren at Guthrie & Ghani is providing fabric bags courtesy of Liberty, goodies from Prym and a discount code for the store. The sweets were added by me;)

SewBrum Goodie Bags

Inside the goodie bags attendees will also find:

A discount code for Pavilion Books whose recent sewing publications include the five lovely books pictured below which Pavilion have contributed to the raffle.

Pavilion Books for the SewBrum Raffle

Postcards of projects from PomPom Quarterly who have also contributed a back-issue to the raffle.

PomPom Magazine Postcards

A 15% discount voucher for Girl Charlee who have also contributed a big fabric bundle to the raffle.

Girl Charlee SewBrum Raffle Prize

A very cute mini discount voucher for 10% off DK yarn from Brityarn who have also contributed a canvas bag to the raffle.

Brit Yarn Canvas Bags

Rachel and Kate at The Foldline have contributed amazing goodie bags containing sweets, buttons and vintage 1950s zips! (Have you seen that it’s now possible to create pattern wishlists and libraries on The Foldline? So good!)

The Foldline Goodie Bags for SewBrum

The Foldline Goodie Bags for SewBrum

And finally, Nominette have provided a discount code to create your own custom sew-in labels. They also allowed me to order SewBrum labels to include in the goodie bags. The labels contain the wording ‘A SewBrum Meet-Up Make’ as I thought it would be fun for attendees to sew these onto projects they make using fabric or patterns purchased or swapped at SewBrum. I’ve kept a few to sew into my own SewBrum makes.

nominette Labels for SewBrum

You may have seen Nominette labels reviewed elsewhere. I had seen Katie, Winnie, and Melissa’s reviews previously, but whereas they reviewed the logo labels these are the ‘Clothing Label 25mm’ option. The logo label option requires you to upload an image (and as such does allow more customisation) but if you don’t have an image you’d like to use this option is more straightforward as well as cheaper (£37 for 100, with discounts applied for larger orders).

nominette Labels for SewBrum

To create the labels you simply type the text you would like included into a box on the website and select a font (from 5 available). Washing icons can also be added – I left them off since I don’t know what attendees will choose to attach these to! The website is interactive, displaying your choices on an example label as you select text and colours. There are two options for label type, either centre fold (like these) or end fold, and a wide range of colour choices (15 background colours, 17 text colours). I selected a dark blue background with white text and the contract means that the text is nice and clear. I hope attendees will enjoy sewing them into a SewBrum project.

nominette Labels for SewBrum

P.S just a caveat for attendees that as a free event it’s very difficult to predict actual attendee numbers and goodie bags are limited – sorry if you don’t get one or if some of the items have run out!

P.P.S There have been some late additions to the raffle, including an Adjustoform Supafit Standard Dress Form courtesy of Sew Essential. The full prize list is here.