Boxy Pouch Giveaway

(Pssst…if you’re here for the giveaway and don’t want to read through all of this, just jump to the bottom of the page. I’m not going to be offended, I promise.)

As strange as it seems, sometimes my creativity is fueled by working on items completely different than what’s for sale in the shop.  I think this is because I’m allowing my brain to not think about “work” and just sew for fun; opening up the flood gates to new ideas, new fabric combinations.  The benefit too, is that if I don’t brainstorm anything new I still end up with a great project to add to my collection!

For the longest time I’ve been intimidated by zippers and I vowed in 2014 to overcome that nervousness.  I figured one of the best ways to get past that fear was to just sit down and work on a project that made me sew a zipper in. And then do it over and over and over again until I felt completely comfortable. Last week when I stumbled onto this free boxy pouch tutorial over at Pink Stitches, I knew it was the perfect place to start working with zippers AND do some fun sewing for myself, to help get the creative juices flowing!

To make it fun, I took a handful of scraps in grey and yellow from 2013 projects and pieced them into scrappy panels for the sides, then quilted them on the diagonal for some contrast.  A white zipper and a small handle pull it all together.

After a couple of hours of sewing (it took the most time to piece the side panels together and then quilt them), and only one question to the author, I had a beautiful new scrappy pouch sitting on my sewing table!  As I finished it up I had the great idea to pass it along to someone in a giveaway.  A giveaway just for fun, no strings attached!

Which is ultimately why you’re here, so here’s what you need to know!  The mandatory entry is just that, only an entry, no strings attached.  No need to “like” any pages, no need to comment or grant access to anything.  Just click on the first entry and cross your fingers your name gets drawn.  You can receive additional entries for liking the Stitch To Stitch Facebook page, leaving a blog comment or sharing the giveaway to your Facebook friends (the easiest way to do that is through the STS Facebook page) but they’re not required.

Good luck!

 

Stitch To Stitch Boxy Pouch Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Entry open to US and Canadian residents and runs until midnight (MST) on Sunday, January 19th, 2014.  Pouch measures approximately 9x5x4″ and is fully lined.

Another New Year

Happy New Year, my friends!  A huge thank you to those that have stuck around and are still keeping on eye on this dust collector.  Blogging certainly wasn’t one of my strong suits in 2013.

Last year was a tough one for me, in many aspects.  The transition from no children to 1, many years ago, was a big hurdle but after a few months we settled in and figured it out.  The transition from 1 to 2 was easier in some ways, yet harder in others.  Once again we settled in after a few months and adjusted.  But the transition from 2 to 3?  Ha!  It was a much more difficult transition than I ever anticipated and only now — and the sweet boy is now 14 months old — do I feel like we’re settling in.

Shop wise, 2013 was a great year.  Stitch To Stitch continued to see sales increasing and Facebook/Etsy fans growing and I’m beyond grateful — as well as excited — to see this happening.  As orders started coming in more steadily I found myself sewing, sewing, sewing just to keep up.  All of this continuous sewing to fill orders meant my turnaround times got pushed out to approximately four weeks during busy times, and getting new items up for sale fell to the wayside.  Just getting orders finished and out the door became my highest (shop) priority.  On one hand, this made me disappointed in myself because I missed the creativity of designing new outfits.  I started STS years ago because I love to sew.  I vowed to do better as the baby got bigger and we settled into a more structured schedule.  Unfortunately it didn’t seem to happen as quickly as I’d hoped.

After the rush of the holidays passed, I’ve taken a few days for myself to do some selfish sewing and to let my creativity percolate:  sewing up a super cute diaper bag that I bought the fabric/pattern for almost 18 months ago; getting my sewing room organized; and most importantly taking the time to sit down and really look at where I want the shop to go this year.  I want to sew more new items and start using some of these great patterns I’ve been keeping to myself, I want to see more great fabrics showcased in the shop and most importantly I want to offer more options for the (boutique clothing-neglected) little boys we love so dearly.

It’s always tough to juggle family and business but as life continues to evolve here in the Stitch To Stitch household, I hope to find a better groove and make more time to create great new items.  Thank you for your continued support and best wishes for a great year to come!

Amanda at Stitch To Stitch