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Sew Saturday is nearly here!

We are absolutely delighted to take part in this years Sew Saturday in partnership with Sew Magazine.

Sew Saturday is a celebration of independent fabric shops and haberdashers, championing your local bricks and mortar store. Sew Saturday is a way to celebrate the guidance, customer service and
fabric stroking opportunities of visiting your local fabric shop and
Sewisfaction can’t wait to be part of it!

This years Sew Saturday takes place on Saturday 21st October and we’ve got a whole host of fabulous activities, special offers and workshops happening. There will be cake and fizz all day (10am – 5.30pm), with copious amounts of sewing chat and fabric stroking opportunities, and we’ll be on hand to answer  your sewing related questions.

We’re also running some mini workshops and skills demos throughout the day. The timetable is below and those with an * require prebooking either here on the website or in-store in advance.

10.30am – 11.15am Mini Bunting £7*

Make mini vintage inspired bunting. All materials provided.

11.30am – 12.30pm Quilted Coaster £7*

A short introduction to some quilting techniques, including using a rotary cutter & mat, walking foot and adding wadding. Please note your coaster will need to be hand-stitched to finish so you may need to do that at home after the workshop. All materials provided.

12.45pm – 1.30pm Hand Sewing – Sloth Keyring £7*

Suitable for children and adults (children will need an adult to stay with them during the session and must be aged 7+) take some time out for a relaxing hand sewing session and make this super cute sloth keyring. All materials provided.

1.45pm – 2.15pm Skills Demo: Tips & Tricks for Sewing Jersey – FREE

We’ll show you some top tips for sewing jersey and knit fabrics on an ordinary sewing machine so you can get professional looking makes without an overlocker.

2.30pm – 3.15pm Elastic Wrist Pin Cushion £5*

Make a handy pin cushion to wear on your wrist. All materials provided.

3.30pm – 4pm Skills Demo: Tips & Tricks for Snaps & Fastenings – FREE

Love the look of snaps or fastenings but not sure of the best way to apply them? We’ll show you how to apply them quickly and easily using Prym Vario Pliers.

4.30pm Our raffle winners will be drawn and we’ll also announce the winners of our Dachshund sewing competition.

**Dachshund Competition**

Make a cute Dachshund pin cushion and enter it into our competition to win some exciting prizes. From Weds 10th October we’ll be selling kits in the shop containing the pattern, coloured felt for the ears and stuffing. All you need to provide is the fabric (let your imagination run wild!). The kits are £3 and if you bring your completed Dachshund into the shop by 4pm on Saturday 21st October, we’ll enter it into the competition AND you’ll get a voucher for £5 off a £30 spend (valid after 21st October).

If you want to enter but don’t need a kit, please email info@sewisfaction.co.uk with the subject Dachshund and we’ll email you a copy of the pattern.

There are 5 categories;

Most Unique Dachshund – Children’s Category

Best Stitched Dashund – Children’s Category

Most Unique Dachshund – Adult Category

Best Stitched Dachshund – Adult Category

Judges Choice Award

All Dachshunds will be reunited with their owners after the competition winners have been announced!

To book workshops please visit our booking page here.

How will you be spending Sew Saturday? We would absolutely love to see you, but if you’re too far away why not show another fabric shop some love and pop in? Let’s spread the joy of sewing and fabric!

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One Week One Pattern is back!

OWOP One Week One Pattern

I’m almost bursting with excitement as I type this, but One Week, One Pattern, also affectionately known as OWOP is back! The brainchild of Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons, who launched it in 2012, it was then run by Handmade Jane in 2014 and Hannah from Cinderellis Sews last year and this year they’ve kindly handed the baton over to me!

OWOP One Week One Pattern

It’s such a brilliant challenge, and has proved popular each time it has run, so I’m delighted we can launch it now for 2017. Previously it has run in March and September, but this year it will be running at the end of November, so you’ll all have a new season to undertake the challenge in.

For those of you who don’t know what OWOP is all about, here’s the lowdown; One Week, One Pattern is a photo challenge to try and get as many sewists as possible making the most out of their sewing patterns, by wearing garments made from ONE pattern for ONE week. This might be your favourite pattern you’ve made in lots of different fabrics, it might be one or two garments from the same pattern that you want to style in different ways, or you could be a pattern hacker who’s used the same pattern to make lots of different versions. The beauty of the challenge is that it’s totally up to you to choose which pattern and how you interpret it.

Here are some handy FAQ’s to help you decide whether to sign up (Pssst there’ll be prizes!)

When is OWOP 2017?
Saturday 25th November – Friday 1st December 2017

Who can join in?
Anyone! From complete beginners wanting to get more wear from their first makes, to more experienced sewers who love a Frankenpattern and want to get hacking or show of their me-made wardrobes.

What pattern can I use?
It’s totally up to you to choose! You can use an indie pattern, a big four pattern or even your favourite vintage pattern. It could be a pattern you’ve made lots of times, or one that’s been gathering dust and needs a little love. The only thing you have to commit to, is to make it part of your outfit for seven days!

Do I need lots of versions to take part?
You decide! If you’ve only made one skirt so far, you could take on the challenge and style it a different way each day. If you’ve got the same pattern in lots of different fabrics, you could wear a different one everyday of the week! If you’ve got a pattern you’ve hacked, you might wear all or some of the versions.

Do I need to panic sew a whole weeks wardrobe for OWOP?
No! Absolutely not! The aim of OWOP is to show of the versatility of sewing patterns, and the creativity of the sewing community. You don’t have to sew up anything new to take part if you don’t want to. As we’ve said, we’ll be uber impressed if you can style one garment in seven different ways and not spill your lunch down yourself! If you do want to add to your handmade wardrobe, then maybe OWOP can give you a reason to look at your patterns in a different light or tempt you to use that fabric you’ve been stashing.

How do I actually take part?
You sign up following the info below, then when Saturday 25th November 2017 rolls around, you take a pic of yourself in your handmade OWOP outfit each day. You can post on Instagram and use the hashtag #OWOP17 or if you’re not on Instagram, we’ve set up an OWOP17 Facebook Group which you can post into, or if your feeling particularly social you’re very welcome to post in both. The most important thing is that you sign up below first, as we’ll be cross referencing prize winners with the sign up post.

If you don’t want to post a pic of you actually wearing your outfit, that’s totally OK too. You could style it on a dummy, hanger or do a flat-lay on the floor.

I’m in! How do I sign up?
Leave a comment on this post with the following details:

Pattern company + pattern name + garment type (garment type can be hacked so just the original version is fine!) If you want to take part but don’t know what pattern you want to use, that’s fine, just put TBC.

Eg – Tilly and the Buttons, Coco, Dress

Please also say how you’ll be participating, either Instagram or Facebook and if it’s Instagram we’ll need to know your Instagram handle.

Can I post on my blog?
Yes please do! Feel free to share your thoughts, tell people you’re participating and share your outfits during OWOP 2017. If you could link back to this post so others have the full details on how to join in themselves that would be great.

So there you have it! I hope lots of you will join in with OWOP 2017, it’s such a great way to show of the creativity that the sewing community is just bursting with. There’ll be guest posts over the next few weeks to give you some inspiration and ideas, and we’re also compiling an AMAZING collection of prizes – more details to follow!

Sign up or ask any questions in the comments section below.

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#MYSEWISFACTION – Share to Win

We absolutely love seeing all your makes. Show us what you’ve made from your Sewisfaction fabric purchases by sharing your completed makes with the hashtag #mysewisfaction. Each month, we’ll choose one lucky winner from all the entries and they’ll win a £25 voucher to spend on anything in store (excluding classes).

You can share on the following social media channels: