Sew Box Nov 16

I have been meaning to share this for a few weeks now. The last Sew Box arrived and it was a sad occasion picking it up for one last time.


In the box we got

  • Michael Miller Christmas fabric panel
  • Co-coordinating red fabric
  • Golden Slumber kids pajamas by Shwin Designs
  • Christmas applique patterns by Angel Lea
  • Wooden Christmas tree buttons
  • Santa bells
  • Unpicker
  • HeatNBond fusible webbing
  • Red pom pom trim

As you have guessed it was a Christmas themed box. I love Michael Miller designs and this is a lovely piece. It has gnomes on it! I won’t so much use the applique patterns although there is one of an owl that doesn’t look Christmas which I can use. I like the kids PJ pattern. Maybe I might play around with some of the knit fabric in my stash and make one or two. All the notions will go in my stash to be used up.

This was another great box from Sew Boxes and as I’ve mentioned it is very sad to see they no longer exist. I have looked around and sadly there isn’t another type club / service around in Australia offering the same value and experience that you got with Sew Boxes. There is one international company I’ve found by but the time you take into exchange rate and postage it is unaffordable to get. In the 18 months or so that I was getting Sew Boxes I have collected a vast range of patterns, fabric and notions so I’m sure you will keep hearing me mention them for a long period to come.

Farewell Sew Boxes it was enjoyable getting you every month

Sew Box October 16

The October Sew Box has been revealed and with the weather heating up this month’s theme is Divine Summer and it is something for the ladies this month.


In the box we got

  • 4m Blue Velvet Ribbon
  • 4m Lace Trim
  • 2m Rainbow Chiffon
  • Summer Blossoms hat pattern by Angel Lea Designs
  • Willow Kimono pattern by Designer Stitch
  • Cases and Clutch pattern by Studio Cherie
  • Sewing Pins
  • Machine Needles for Chiffon
  • Retractable Pocket Tape Measure

The chiffon fabric as the box name suggest is divine. It is reminds me of all the fabric painting I’m currently doing with all the mixture of colours. I’m not sure how I will use it. Maybe I will make an over dress with it. I want to make a kimono but I want to use a fabric with a bit more warmth (I’m paranoid about getting cold) All the patterns we got this month are cute. The clutch pattern looks so stylish. The notions we got this month will come in handy. I’m one who likes to keep a tape measure in every bag I have so it will get used. The pins I’ve already used multiple times. The blue ribbon I just wish to pat as it feels so nice. The lace time is gorgeous, I’m not sure how I will use it yet.

Sadly it was announced today that the November Sew Box will be the last one. Sew Boxes has decided to close down. I have been sad all day by this. Since I discovered Sew Boxes I have enjoyed getting them every month. I’ll be honest I wasn’t sure if I was going to like them but after the first one I knew they were perfect. It was like getting a present every month. I would stalk my email each month to see if the box had arrived at the local post office for me to collect. I have made so much from the patterns and fabric I have gotten from them and I still have upcoming gifts on the cards using Sew Box items or products. I know it was an extremely hard decision for the owner of Sew Box to come to the decision she has but I know it is the best thing for her. I consider how now as a friend and I wish her all the best.

Sew Box are having a sale this weekend. They are clearing previous stock so not to be a vulture but everyone does love a bargain you may find something that you can use.


Sew Box September 16

Yesterday the September Sew Box was released this time there is a whole lot of  “Splish Splash” going on.


In the box this month we got

  • Aqua Whale Splash cotton fabric
  • Aqua Spots cotton fabric
  • Whale brocade ribbon
  • Aqua bias binding
  • Set of Birch Sewing Machine Screw Drivers
  • Insulated foam
  • Cap Joining Tabs
  • Pastel whale button pack
  • White Hook and Loop (Velcro)
  • Street Kred Cap pattern by Apple + Fig
  • Just Keep Swimming pattern by The Wolf and Tree
  • Sock Whale pattern by Pumpkin Bones
  • Orinoco Designs Discount Subscriber voucher

Sadly the swimmers don’t fit me 😉 so I won’t be making them but they are adorable. To be honest I’ve never thought about making a cap before but now I have a pattern and the joining tabs in my stash if I ever want to make one, the pattern goes from kids to adult. Once again the fabrics feel so soft and lush. The Velcro will be squirreled away in my stash for future use. The insulated foam is interesting. I’ve never worked with it before so will look into ways to use it in projects. The whale pattern I’ll keep in my toy pattern stash.

Once again another lovely box. I’ll be honest this time nothing is jumping out at me to say you need to make this straight away, however that is ok as that isn’t going to happen every month. All the little elements of this month will get used at some point. I’m thinking I may read through the patterns I get from the various Sew Boxes that I know I won’t make (I generally don’t sew detailed kids clothing only basic items) but reading through the patterns I may pick up sewing tips and learn techniques that I can use in other sewing projects.


Seasons Box Spring 16

Earlier this week the Spring Seasons Box was revealed.

SB Season Spring 16

In the box we got

I really like the dress. You can make it with cotton sateen, prior to the box being released I saw pictures of the dress and anticipated what it was made of but my attempts to buy sateen online from one retailer failed each time. They couldn’t supply the quantity that I wanted. I’m going to a fabric shop in a couple of weeks and will look there. I’m not really a dress person but I do like the style of this.

Prior to reading the Seasons Emag I would’ve said a shrug isn’t for me. A shrug doesn’t look big enough to cover me. I like coverage over my entire back and lower back. One of the Seasons style contributors Brook made a long sleeve version of the shrug and it looks it goes down to her waist which makes me think I can make one to fit down to my lower back. You can also make it without the ruffle. I work in air con all day and am paranoid about getting chills in my shoulders / back but a shrug might be nice for the summer months to give me the coverage.

The tote bag actually reminds me of a bag I had years ago. It was very similar shape. I used it until the straps broke, this prior to my sewing days so I wasn’t able to fix it. I’m very tempted to make this as sometimes I need a larger handbag to what I currently have. I can adjust the length of the strap to make it a cross over the body bag rather than a shoulder bag.

The tools we got this month will come in handy. To be honest I’ve seen tracing wheels in the shops before but have no idea how to use them. I’ll have to consult my many sewing books on how and why to use them. The clips always come in handy as does the bag hardware.

I’m a little sad that my personal sewing is being put on hold until I can finish my 2016 gifts. There are so many things I want to make. I guess that is more incentive to get on with my crafting to I can make myself a shrug or a dress or the pants from the previous Seasons box or … (my personal “to sew” list is very long)


Sew Box August 16

The August Sew Box has been released and theme this month is Let’s Play

SB Aug 16

In the box we got

  • 1m Alphabet fabric
  • 50cm co-ordinating fabric
  • Black and White Button pack
  • Birch Storage container
  • Birch Magnetic Seam Gauge
  • Rainbow Felt pack
  • Magnetic Dots
  • Washcloth Puppets pattern by Precious Patterns
  • Activity Go Case pattern by Love M.E Patterns
  • Portable Playmat pattern by So Sew Katie
  • Magnetic Felt Toys pattern by Shill O’POP

Once again another great box. I really like the Activity Go Case pattern that will probably go on my gift list for Christmas. The storage container is fantastic as crafters are always looking for storage. The magnetic seam gauge will come in useful as sometimes my seams are not what they should be. The fabric is gorgeous it fun child like but not babyish so I’ll be able to use it in any child’s gift. I don’t have many black and white buttons so they will go in the button stash. The washcloth puppets are cute.

With every box I get so many more ideas to sew but that is one of the things I love about Sew Boxes each box sparks creativity. I might not make everything in the boxes but the contents of them get me thinking and planning.


Fabric Box Winter 16

Sew Boxes have added another subscription box to their range a fabric box, just like the Season box it comes out quarterly. The Winter box is the first fabric box.

FB Winter 16

In the box we have

  • 1m Teal Broadcloth
  • 1m Vera Bradley Leaves
  • 1m Vera Bradley Floral
  • 50cm Triangles in Teal
  • 50cm Michael Miller Melanie
  • 2 spools Guttermann thread

As the name suggests this box fabric based, you don’t any other sewing gadgets or patterns. The box comes in 2 size options to cater for different budgets, this is the larger box. The smaller box is exactly the same but the size of the fabric pieces are smaller and you only get 1 spool of thread. To be honest when I first heard about the box I thought I don’t need any more fabric I’m not going to like this box besides fabric choice is so subjective. After opening this box and seeing the fabric how it is really nicely put together. The fabric prints are all usable and co-ordinate with each other. Even if you were to get the small size box the size pieces that you get are very workable with. Ok so you may not get an entire garment out of one piece of fabric but you can use them in conjunction with existing fabric in your stash to create clothing or combine the pieces in the box to create a project. The fabric is quilting cotton so you could make a quilting type project with them or use them to make gifts such as zipper pouches or bags. The triangles would make wonderful bias binding in any project. With the Vera Bradley fabric my first thought was skirts. I love the teal fabric and don’t want to cut it up. I’ll be honest I don’t an immediate project in mind for these fabrics. They will go in my stash and when the perfect project comes along I’ll use them then. A girl can never have too much fabric.


Sew Box July 16

The July Sew Box has been revealed and this month the theme is Getaway.

SB Jul 16

In the box we got

  • Luggage Handle Wrap Tutorial by Sew Boxes
  • Hang About Toiletry Bag pattern by Two Pretty Poppets
  • Jet Set Document Wallet pattern by Little Moo Designs
  • Wayfarer Bag pattern by RLR Creations
  • 1 m Winter Floral Flowers fabric
  • 50cm Co-Ordinate Winter Floral fabric
  • 8 Bag tassels in black and pink
  • Clear Vinyl 30cm x 40cm
  • 4m pink cotton piping
  • Long length wonderclips
  • 6 D Rings
  • 2 Bag Clips
  • 2 Strap Adjusters/Sliders
  • Black Velcro

I wish I was travelling somewhere nice so I could make all the patterns. They are very useful items that you could make even if you weren’t travelling anywhere. The toiletry bag would make a great portable sewing kit (I’ve been using one a mobile sewing kit for years) The wonderclips, Velcro and bag findings have all already been filed away in my stash. I have never worked with vinyl but this is a nice size piece to try out and play with. I really like the fabric and I’m not normally a pink person. The 1m piece of fabric is black and white and is a floral without looking like garden. I love the piping but I have no idea as yet what I will use it on but I’m sure the perfect project will come along for me to use it on. Once again Leesa who owns Sew Boxes has come up with a fantastic theme.