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.

Spring 2013 Giveaway

To celebrate Spring and the reopening of the shop, Stitch To Stitch is having a giveaway! 

Up for grabs is this Girls Twirl Knot Dress (size 12M to 11/12) in a gorgeous fabric combination of purples, green, ivory and blue — a perfect addition to any spring wardrobe.

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This beautiful dress is made using coordinating fabrics from the Joel Dewberry Heirloom line of fabrics. The combination of colors mimics the beauty of spring blooms and is sure to guarantee twirls of joy in your little girl.

The contest will open today February 12, 2013 and run through midnight (Mountain Time) on Friday, February 15, 2013.

The contest is only open to U.S. and Canadian residents.  The winner may gift the item to someone else but may not receive monetary compensation.  No substitutions allowed.

STS Spring Dress Giveaway 2013

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Stitch To Stitch Starter Package Giveaway!

Yesterday morning a sale in the shop pushed Stitch To Stitch from 99 to 100 Etsy sales! Yay!  It’s been a slower process than I originally hoped, but one that I’ve enjoyed immensely.  To celebrate this accomplishment I’m having a fabulous giveaway!

One lucky applicant is going to win what I’ve deemed the “Stitch To Stitch Starter Package”.  This package will include a pair of pants, a top, a shirt AND a dress — giving the winner a great base to start a spring/summer wardrobe.

Item #1 — Capri Length Ruffle Leggings OR Ruffle Pants

Item #2 — Cap Sleeve Shirred Peasant Top

Item #3 — Ruffled Twirl Skirt OR Double Layer Ruffle Skirt

Item #4 — Peasant Dress OR Knot Dress


The contest will open today March 7th, 2012 and run through midnight (Mountain Time) on Sunday, March 18th, 2012.

The contest is only open to U.S. and Canadian residents who are a fan of the Stitch To Stitch Facebook page! Once you’re a fan you can enter the giveaway; if you’re not on Facebook have your husband, mother, father, sister, brother or cousin enter for you!  Only one entry per Facebook account.

The winner will be randomly chosen from the applicants and notified vial email.  At that time they can discuss what colors, sizes and fabrics they’d like the items made in.  All items are available in the full range of sizes listed in the shop; the pants and top are available in any ruffle fabric color I have on hand, the skirt and dress are available to be made in any fabric(s) on hand having a large enough quantity.  I will work closely with the winner to make this package completely tailored to their taste.

So head on over to the Stitch To Stitch Facebook Page and enter to win! 

 

AMAZING Holiday Giveaway!

Holy, wow!  I stumbled upon this absolutely incredible giveaway going on over at the blog for Laura Winslow Photography.  You have to go check this out for yourself!  I can’t even imagine what I’d do with over $10,000 worth of prizes.

Wow.  PLEASE go enter.  Even if it does decrease my odds.

Good luck!  You don’t even have to tell them that Stitch To Stitch sent you.  😉

 

We’re in a Giveaway!!

Everyone likes free stuff, right?

Come on. You can admit it.

Free stuff is even more fabulous (FOR YOU!) when it includes a Stitch To Stitch twirl skirt, right?  Right!  :)

 

I’m excited to announce that Johanna over at Mama Chocolate has asked me to participate (again) with her in A Blogtastic Extravaganza 2.0

Participants can enter to win either a fabulous Princess Package or a Natural Baby Package.

You can also click on the 100+ links attached to her post to enter their giveaways for thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.

 

SO GO ENTER!!  The contest is open now through Sunday, August 21st.  Make sure to tweet about it everyday for extra chances to win.

Good luck!

 

 

 

I’m so excited that she wanted me to participate again.  It’s nice when other people invite me to their parties.

Hawthorne Threads Giveaway

Two of my favorite things collide — Hawthorne Threads and Riley Blake!

 

 

From the Hawthorne Threads newsletter:

We’ve just received word that Riley Blakes newest collection Sugar and Spice has shipped out to us and will arrive here next week! I cannot wait for this one!

For this week’s Giveaway we are offering the chance to win a Layer Cake of 10″x10″ squares of this lovely collection.The lucky winner will be selected at random Wednesday March 16th and will be announced in our weekly newsletter. As always, International customers are welcomed to participate in the Giveaway!

 

Head over to their website to enter the giveaway and good luck!

A Plea for Help!

After the craziness of the last year (brain surgery and all), three of us started a new business in early June –Amanda, Jan and I (Viki). With her newly expanded brain, Amanda is trying her hand at being an honest to goodness seamstress and has opened a shop on this place they call Etsy.  She certainly loves what she does.  Although I’m a little biased, I think her work is fantastic.

It’s quite simple really.  There’s a division of labor amongst the three of us that rarely changes.  This division works well and when running smoothly, the three of us work together really well.

  • Amanda is the creative center: picking patterns and fabric, cutting everything out and coordinating the production/manufacturing.
  • Jan does the grunt work: serging raw fabric edges, gathering fabric for ruffles, rolled hems.
  • Viki (yours truly) does the aesthetic finishing work: top-stitching, decorative stitching and other fine techniques that are too delicate for Jan to handle.

We have a problem right now though.  Lately Jan doesn’t want to cooperate and is giving Amanda fits.

We’re supposed to be sewing this gorgeous fabric into a beautiful twirl skirt:

Instead Amanda’s fretting. Muttering about “loopers” and “tensions” (with an interjected curse word here and there).

Turning fabric over and scrutinizing stitches.  Muttering about “loopers” and “tensions” (with an interjected curse word here and there).

Twisting knobs to the left and right.  Muttering about “loopers” and “tensions” (with an interjected curse word here and there).

Feeding the same piece of beautiful, albeit scrap, fabric through the machine over and over again.  Muttering about “loopers” and “tensions” (with an interjected curse word here and there).

Did I mention the muttering?  And the cursing?  Okay, I did.  Just checking…

You can tell that Amanda is NOT happy.  And the saying is very true around here…when the boss ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!

This unforeseen and highly frustrating slowdown is forcing me to sit in the corner, neglected, and not so patiently wait for my turn to sew.

It makes me sad.  I just want to come out and play!  I’m too pretty to sit in the corner with the dog hair and forgotten dinner crumbs.  I want to sew beautiful stitches on that delicious Freebird fabric by MoMo.  I want to put the finishing touches on that adorable skirt and make Amanda proud.  In the time that we’ve worked together she’s never muttered at me, never cursed at my work nor gotten up and walked away to regain her composure.  I’m steadfast and reliable — swooping in to save the day when Jan is too sick to fulfill her responsibilities.

On a more serious note though (and the intent of this post), I think Jan is really sick.  It’s been going on for a few days now, this giving Amanda fits.  We thought she was fixed the other night but I guess that isn’t the case.  This is the second time she’s had to be taken into the doctors in the last 3 months.  I think this time she won’t come home with us; she’ll have to stay until they figure out what’s wrong and decide how to fix the problem.  With Jan gone, our creativity will halt considerably.  When creativity halts, business does the same.

Although I appreciate the extra attention that comes with her absence, I know it makes Amanda sad.  I keep thinking that maybe if we got a new partner, one who has my work ethic, we wouldn’t continue to run  into these problems.  We could serge and sew to our hearts’ content.  Making beautiful twirl skirts, peasant tops/dresses and pretty fall ruffle pants.

I guess I’m in a common place that so many people find themselves in–working alongside a coworker who calls in sick more often than acceptable, seemingly slowing the entire team down but never getting fired because when they DO work, their work is invaluable.  I long to be on a team that runs efficiently but I know that Amanda’s not in a place to replace Jan.

Out of my loyalty to her (I really do have life well here, I can’t complain at all about her expectations and treatment of me) I’m going out on a limb and trying my hand at winning her that beautiful new Husqvarna Viking s21 Serger thatwill be given away over at Sew Mama Sew’s Blog in September.   So please, readers, throw in your two cents about how much Amanda deserves a headache-free machine to work with and help me win this for her.  It would be really wonderful if she could have a beautiful new serger to work on our team.

Sincerely,

Amanda’s Husqvarna Viking Emerald 203 (aka “Viki”)

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**Disclaimer: Amanda wants family that contributed to the purchase of her Janome serger to know she truly appreciates the gift and has gotten great use out of it.  She just really wants something nicer and less temperamental to work with considering her workload now.**