New & Encore Prints ~ Free Fabric Friday

on July 13 | in Contests & Giveaways, Products | by | with 125 Comments

It was a delightful blog week.  Weren’t those tutorials (1 and 2) perfect?  Thank you, Lisa! And I hope you didn’t miss Rachel’s excellent pattern review.  How are your bags coming along?  We’re receiving some fantastic contest entries and the Bag Month Flickr group wows us every day! 

The UPS guy made a number of visits to the shop and Lauren and I rejoiced at the surprises we found inside the boxes.  We received many new prints, but we also saw the return of some of our very favorites.  Take for example a large box of Heather Ross prints.  Some great West Hill, but also Gnomes from Lightning Bugs!  Oh how I missed the Gnomes! 

West Hill HorsesLightning Bugs Gnomes

Westminster also shipped us some Amy Butler designs.  We have a few coveted Lotus prints, and also a few Nigella (more on the way.)  Oh my, it is gorgeous! 

Amy Butler Temple GarlandAmy Butler Wood Fern

We received some of our very favorite encore Free Spirit prints.  We now have the peach colorway from Freshcut and a few of the very best Girlfriends designs. 

Lollipop FreshcutNuala Girlfriends

A supremely girly, extraordinarily pretty collection called Princess Butterfly arrived.  Let me tell you, my five-year-old princess could hardly contain herself!  (Apparently I’ll be making a Princess Butterfly wardrobe for her birthday;-)

Pink Roses Princess ButterflyPrincess Butterfly

Finally, have you seen our new handbag handles?  We ordered them in honor of Bag Month.  So fun!

U-shaped handlesD handles

Next week we’ll continue the Bag Month fun with another pattern review, a bag lining tutorial from Autum, a book review and a Flickr feature. 

So, on to Free Fabric Friday….We’ll give away a yard ($9.10 or less) to five people.  It has been awhile since we asked, so tell us about one of your favorite sewing resources on the web.  It could be a blog, a discussion board, a tutorial…Any comment here will put you in the pool from which we randomly select the winners on Monday.  Have a great weekend.  Get busy on those bags!

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125 Responses to New & Encore Prints ~ Free Fabric Friday

  1. Solidia says:

    I really like Superbuzzy, Purl and a whole host of others. The list is too long to mention.

  2. Eve says:

    I’m a blog reader mostly – Hilary @ Wee Wonderful’s softies inspire me like crazy.

  3. I got a great diaper kit at that was really easy to make! I also find inspiration in my friends’ blogs and Etsy.

  4. shannon says:

    I love for tutorials and great tips.

  5. Karie says:

    My favorites right now are your blog and Heather Baliley blog and Anna Maria’s blog as well, I just love looking on flicker and etsy also for inspirations. Really just about anyplace you look I see something that I would love to make.

  6. mithrilsea says:

    Flickr has been so inspiring. I’ve found so many great blogs and tutorials while looking around on flickr. I really like futuregirl’s octopus stuffie pattern.

  7. Katherine says:

    There’s so many blogs that I go to for inspiration but among my very favourites are: SouleMama, KnittingIris, HellomynameisHeather and of course Sew,Mama,Sew!
    To satisfy my fabric lust I love browsing Hancock’s of Paducah online.

  8. janice says:, I can always find something great there and have had good experiences with their tutorials!

  9. Kim says:

    I am a very new sewer (is that a word?) and I find so much inspiration from online. My biggest inspiration? SouleMama She rocks!

  10. Vickie E says:

    I love so many….fat quarter quilts, Happy Zombie, Hello my name is Heather, sis boom designs, wee wonderfuls…I’ve left out sooo many…

  11. Concha says:

    Wip up ( the more complete crafty blog and keeps up on track with all the new ideas and cool tutorials that come up. It’s great!

  12. dianne says:

    I may be the 100th person to say this, but your blog is pretty darned inspiring. I’m a newbie, so I need all the ideas I can get. Thanks!

  13. Christie says:

    At the moment I love Happy Things ( – great tutorials & ideas…

  14. Shorty says:

    I think for me right now it is Stitches and Seams blog. I am still learning how to sew clothes and this blog is wonderful for what I am needing to learn.

  15. Jessica says:

    This blog is one of my newest places to find inspiration…I really enjoyed the bag handle tutorials!

  16. Hands down, the person who got me believing I could knit AND sew and try all kinds of lovely things is Amanda Soule at She integrates a lot of sewing along with her discussion of raising a family in a creative way. It is inspiring, refreshing, and aesthetically gorgeous. I check her blog first thing every day.

  17. Karmela says:

    Although I have always sewed, I lost my way for a while, and finding Craftster got me excited about it again. I started wtih Craftster tutes, which inspired me to work out my own patterns.

  18. Kim C says:

    I have been lovin’ the Angry Chicken blog (Amy Carol) lately, especially with new book. Thanks so much for this…I can’t wait to read all these comments and find out about websites and blogs I had never heard of! And it’s always great to enter a chance to win cute fabric!
    Kim C

  19. cj says:

    I get inspiration from so many blogs……and now from your Bag Month Flickr group 🙂

    Thanks for hosting the bag contest, it’s an amazing challenge.

  20. Cici says:

    pattern review is my new old favorite. i love u-handblog – i haven’t actually followed a complete tutorial, but it’s a great quick guide for the little details. and (maybe this should be #1) all the blogs for the various inspiration.

  21. Diana says:

    when it comes right down to it i go to my teacher. my mom!! while i utero i herd the humb of the sewing machine(38 years ago0 she has taught the tons and together we teach each other!!

  22. Emily says:

    Adding my vote for

  23. Janice says:

    I have nothing new to add..same as lots of others: Here, flicker, different blogs, etc. I am partial to Sew Mama Sew, though, just because of the compilation and variety of things here.

  24. Melissa says: and Craft magazine’s blog are such great roundups of fantastic tips and tutorials. Half the tutorials I have bookmarked (and there are a lot!) came originally from one of those two sites.

  25. capello says:

    i hear the zipper tutorial over at every dang time i need to put in a zipper i pull that out. because, apparently, i have a memory of a goldfish.

  26. Josie says:

    My first resource I found on the internet was and I still go back there whenever I am looking for somthing

  27. kayla_d says:

    I have to say, the sew, mama, sew blog is becoming one of my favorites–especially for pattern reviews. Since I’d have to order any Amy Butler patterns online, it’s nice to hear a little more about them before I decide to buy.

  28. Fiona says:

    My favourite sewing resources online are too numerous to say. In general they are all the blogs I wander around from day to day, week to week. I love they way people in blogland share their talent, tips and links. These are very generous people. xx

  29. Katie says:

    I find inspiration from the blogs that I have to check daily: soulemama; stacysews; sewinginthecity; belleepoque; and sewmamasew…I just recently found this blog and I love it!

  30. liz elayne says:

    i love the inspiration blogs give me – how people are so giving with tutorials and how-to’s. people are incredible really.

  31. Samantha says:

    I love getting inspiration from Flickr and all the crafty blogs. I love the tutorials! I especially appreciate the pattern reviews and links to tutorials on the Sew Mama Sew blog. Thanks for pulling the resources together for us!

  32. Georgia says:

    Honestly, I love flickr too! I get tons of ideas from so many talented people!

  33. Kris says:

    I enjoy Randi’s blog at I Have To Say. She’s just a breath of fresh air.

  34. Beth says:

    When I’m looking for something and haven’t seen it anywhere else, I check Craftster. If not there…I use Google. Really that’s the best way to get exactly what you want. Takes a little perusing, but usually I find other cool things that way too.

  35. Sandi says:

    I love reading blogs, but I have been most inspired by Joan Hawley and the wonderful sewists on her LazyGirlDesigns Yahoo! Group. Joan is so giving of herself on her blog and on the group e-mail discussions that it is hard not to join in on the periodic challenges she suggests to the group. Joan’s stories of her sewing adventures encourage all of us to share our own stories and ask for assistance when needed. Everyone on the list is willing to lend a hand if they can and cheers enthusiastically at every finished project.

  36. Kathy says:

    My favorite web resources are the blogs I see. Like Irene at Mushroom Villagers and her CD case. It’s inspiring to see how creative so many bloggers are.

  37. So many lovely new fabrics!

    My favorite sewing resource online has to be all the different blogs that I read. There are so many great ones, that I often find I have to limit how many I add to my regular reads (it just isn’t possible to read every single one unfortunately!). Everyone has such great ideas and also helpful tips for projects that you get stuck on!

  38. anna says:

    Wow, with so many other comments, my resources have already been named. Along with this one, I like to look through flickr pools for inspiration.l

  39. Christy says:

    I read a lot of sewing/crafty blogs, many of which have already been mentioned. I also like my half of the brain (, which is great for finding the latest tutorials.

  40. Gosh, there are so many! Of course and for starters.

  41. coronita says:

    Yes, I agree with many here. Besides THIS wonderful blog, there are several great ones out there. All of my friends in flickr-land provide me with so much inspiration. I buy my fabrics either at or FabricTales in Japan.

  42. Katie B says:

    Oh, I really love reading through everyone’s favorites! I really enjoy and

  43. Kathy says:

    My favorite is the Janome 6500 yahoo group. I wish the other machine groups were as active and full of suggestions. The Jaonme group really love the machine(s) and tell you what stitches work best for what uses, help each other, post beautiful work, will refer you to great websites, etc.

  44. Meghan says:

    The Pattern Review website is a great resource. You get to see the real-world results of sewing patterns–the good, the bad, and the ugly. It can be very inspiring!

  45. Addie says:

    There are so many good blogs and other sites out there. It is hard to pick a favorite!

  46. Marie says:

    Without a doubt I would have to say that the QuiltArt group at has influenced me a lot over the last 6 years or so. The techniques discussed are varied & often are multi media & the discussions can get pretty lively. Through being on this list I have tried many more- and different – techniques than I might have considered on my own !

  47. sarah says:

    My new favorite resource (thanks to you all!) are and her blog . My favorite inspiration sites in the past have been

  48. Sharon says:

    Favorite resource … depends a lot on what I’m looking for … inspiration? instruction? tips? patterns? tutorials? Usually I visit more than one site but some favorites are patternbee, hellowmynameisheather, and allsorts.

  49. Keri says:

    Readong blogs. Everyone always has such great ideas, and resources of their own that they share, and sometimes, if you’re really REALLY lucky they have a tutorial. What did we ever DO before blogs??!!!!

  50. disassociation says: – and not just for sewing – for absolutly anything crafty on the web. its a great daily roundup.

  51. Jools says:

    It’s not any particular blog or website, but all of the ones I visit.
    Also, I’ve noticed that Sis Boom doesn’t get much of a mention on UK blogs, so I’m on a mission to change that!

  52. Jessi says:

    Ok, I’m really a fan of the duct tape dress form featured in the craftzine blog, although, I haven’t tried it yet, it is saved in my rss feeds.

  53. Jill says:

    Sooo many inspiration/help sites…

    I love Angry Chicken, Anna Maria Horner, The Purl Bee, Artsy-Crafty Babe, Hello My Name is Heather, Wee Wonderfuls, Posie Gets Cozy, and MommyCoddle.

  54. jessi says:

    I like listening to the Material Mama Podcast – read the blog at

  55. Mikki says:

    We’ve had friends in town visiting so I haven’t done much sewing, but would love to get some new fabric to inspire me to do so.. LOL

  56. melissa says:

    every single craft blog in my feedreader

  57. Thimbleanna says:

    Blogs. Just one big sewing resource.

  58. chookyblue says:

    there are so many great blogs….just looking around you see so much and get new ideas….I love the Fat Quarter Shop and Z&S Fabrics to get new materials and they cost less and are out earlier in US then in OZ…love seeing the new materials and then you know what people have got when they are talking about new ranges….

  59. Leah says:

    I love looking at blogs and getting inspired by others’ ideas. Some of my favorites are (I’ve made Olive and Archie is waiting in the wings),, and It is always amazing to see the fabric design process and what the designers make with their own fabrics.

  60. Lynne S says:

    i like the sis boom blog and heather bailey’s blog…in addition to this one of course!!!

  61. Ruth says:

    Blogs in general are my favorite resource—there are so many creative and inspiring crafters out there! Secondly, PatternReview is a great resource that I check before I sew a new garment.

  62. Mama Urchin says:

    I find Kathy at pink chalk studio ( very inspiring and she has excellent advice about sewing.

  63. Lynn says:

    My favorite sewing resource is PatternReview. And surprisingly, if you search for a pattern in flickr, you get a lot more photos of the finished product than you usually would get by searching in google.

  64. Stefanie says:

    Sally of Shim and Sons is always an inspiration to me.

  65. Mrs.Pear says:

    Sigh, I am a flake, I don’t have any good sources on the web, but am slowly starting to cultivate them by stopping in here and seeing what others recommend!

  66. Linda says:

    I love to search through blogs, there’s so many inspirational women with such wonderful ideas tips and tutorials.

  67. Lori says:

    I am still in love with PatternReview and I am discovering new blogs every day!

  68. Korie says:

    My greatest “resource” on the web would be the great sewing blogs I read religiously every day! I have many favorites, including Amy @ Angry Chicken (great tutorials & she always tells patterns & fabrics she uses – BIG help), Sally @ Shim+sons (great inspiration aesthetically & many, many ideas) & Liesl @ Disdressed (great tips about sewing, ideas for sewing & my favorite – NYC shopping ideas). I spend so much time looking at other blogs that mine doesn’t get updated enough!

  69. Nada Jones says:

    anna maria horner’s blog is pretty inspiring for me… so is cia’s palette, and of course sew mama sew

  70. Melissa says:

    Just discovered this site earlier today, and subscribed immediately.

    My best sewing inspiration/resource is my collection of crafty blog subscriptions. I find so many great projects there!

  71. Dede says:

    Purl Bee is a favorite! Love the new patterns.

  72. rohanknitter says:

    One of my very fav blogs for inspiration and tutorials is

  73. Rachel says:

    Blogs. All of them. I feel so inspired to get moving. However sometimes I’m overwhelmed. There is so much I want to make and so litle time.

  74. For me it has to be Quilter’s Cache – if ever I can’t think of a block to do for a swap or on a sampler quilt that’s where I head

  75. what a fun week of mail for you! I’m jealous! LOL

    one of my favorite sewing resources it more crafty than sewing. It’s the craftzine blog

    They just always have lots of fun projects and numerous posts per day. Always something new and fun when I check in!


  76. stacy says:

    My favorite sewing resource has to be Pattern Review – I always try to refer to it before I sew up a pattern so I know what I might expect!

  77. Emily says:

    I love the inspiration at

  78. sara says:

    Flickr pools are my favorite, I love seeing everything that people have made, and then reading their blogs, their favorites, etc. It is way too easy to waste hours and hours looking there for inspiration! I also really like the craft room pools, Some people have amazing spaces.

  79. Shelley says:

    I get so much inspiration from and cruising blogs. I am a new sewer so it can be a bit overwhelming to take it all in!

  80. Susan says:

    My current favorite pattern is this one

    I love that it’s so simple that even a novice quilter (like me!) can make quilts that look complicated.

  81. Jen says:

    I think I have to say Google. I read plenty of blogs and get inspired by the photos and tutorials I see, but when I need a resource–a particular how-to or bit of fabric–I Google.

  82. Stephanie says:

    I’ve recently discovered Purl Soho’s blog and have really enjoyed browsing around!

  83. Carrie says:

    I love whip it. I’m always finding something to make on it.

  84. Becky says:

    There are so many blogs that inspire me, but to put my finger on a few:,,, and

  85. meg says:

    My library. All the libraries in the area a linked up and I have at my fingertips all the crazy sewing and craft books from the seventies (and couple from this century too).

  86. Lori says:

    I love the flickr pool for inspiration. Craftster, too and the blogs, I spend too much time looking at blogs.

  87. irene says:

    Personally, I love the flickr pool as well. There’s so many talented people out there! Also, is another great site to get ideas.

  88. dawn says:

    I’d have to say that the Home Sewing Association ( has one of the most thorough and best organized body of information. You have to go to “enthusiasts” and then “guidelines.” There is virtually a book there to print out and refer to.

  89. Valerie says:

    Lately I am super inspired by pinklemonadeboutique — although I am also very intimidated and don’t know how in the world I will ever make a bag that looks as wonderful as any one of the many she has made!

  90. Dawn says:

    I’ve really been enjoying the Pink Chalk Studio site. I’m new to sewing and can’t wait to test the water bottle carrier tutorial. Genius!

  91. Kristine says:

    I also love just browsing the flickr pool to get some inspiration. I love looking for tutorials, too, so Google is definitely my friend as well! I also tend to email my mom or cousin (that counts as a web resource, right?) if I have questions!

  92. Jean says:

    I have to give a shout out to Heather Bailey’s blog for “re-inspiring” me to start up sewing again. And then Melissa at “tiny happy” has a shoulder bag tutorial which was the inspiration for the first (and second and third) bags I have ever made. And alright, shamelessly but in all truth Sew, Mama, Sew in all its manifestations (shop, blog and flickr group) has kept me going and completely inspired. Thank you, Kristin!

  93. Natalie says:

    I’m new to sewing, so I’m always looking for ideas/inspiration/tutorials to teach myself basic techniques. I like using the public library for general reference books etc., but I mostly spend my time online, reading this and that. I admit though that this website and whipup are my favorites!

  94. Karen says:

    I am very new to sewing, so I’ve been reading lots and lots of craft blogs and then turning to to search for the answers to many of my questions! Thanks!

  95. Celeste says:

    Definitely the blogs–too many to name! And Crafster is great; I’ve run across a lot of new ideas there.

  96. Andrea S. says:

    Should have linked to the “sewing” section – also great tutorial for pillowcases!

  97. Helen says:

    I love u-handbag (, as featured on your blog this week, for great free tutorials that have really advanced my sewing skills. Even though I haven’t followed any tutorial from start to finish, it’s a great ressource for ‘how-tos’ on things like internal pockets, piping, handles and straps.

  98. Lisa D. says:

    One of my favorite quilting websites is
    I always love to see what’s buzzin’ in the quilt world.

  99. D says:

    I really enjoy this blog. I am a new sewer and visit lots of blogs for inspiration

  100. Sara says:

    i second patternreview, but i also like a dress a day for her vintage sensibilities and good practical advice.

  101. Andrea S. says:

    My favorite site for tutorials is

    It is fabulous site that scours the web for craft ideas – where else could you find over 20 links for curtain ideas(my new project!)?

  102. Hope says:

    Craftster has so many tutorials. If I am trying to figure something out, I always go there first.

  103. katrin says:

    one of my fave sewing resources is, a german sewing board. they have discussion, help, tutorials, pattern reviews, a market place…
    i really like to check in there. not for inspiration, but when i need help that’s the place to get it.

  104. Jeannine says:

    I’m going to have to agree with what Samantha said. I adore Flickr for inspiration. I, too, play with tags and jump from pool to pool. Many times there will be a blog address or a url for a tutorial, and that creates a whole new jumping off point!

  105. Kathleen says:

    One of my fave sewing resources has to be Lots of great ideas and inspiration and tons of wonderful tutorials!!

  106. Mindy says:

    Oh it has got to be

    I have learned so much about sewing from there.

  107. Kari says:

    I always check out the fabric manufacturers for their free quilt/project patterns. All those fabulous blogs out there (including this one!) give great tutorials and ideas, too.

  108. samantha says:

    I know technically this is NOT a sewing resource, but I love to troll Flickr and play with tags to find inspiration. I’d rather not admit how many hours I have spent jumping from one photostream to another just taking in the eye candy, and then being inspired in my own work…

  109. andrea says:

    i love for ideas, tutourials and supplies. i have made a million things from these ideas, etc. and they are always very good at instruction and you don’t have to run all over the place to get what you need to make it!

  110. Krina says:

    I love all of the above sites as well but I have been very inspired by the reno-sewing on the site:

    – Krina

  111. Lucette says:

    I turn to whipup all the time to see all the wonderful things that people are creating.

  112. Jennifer says:

    Um, this is probably my favorite place – In the afternoon over coffee, just browsing through the yummy fabrics. Good stuff.

  113. Lauren says:

    I am a new quilter, and was looking for a fun gift for my one year old nephew. I heard of an “I Spy Quilt” but did not understand completely what it was. When I went to Etsy and looked at some of the ones for sale, I caught the “vision” and was inspired that I too, could make one of my own rather than buying one! Just seeing what other people make, allows me to gain the confidence that I can do the same thing!

  114. Chelsea says:

    I find I’m constantly seeing things online that I could make, but organizing design ideas in bookmarks is uninspiring. Enter: Wists:

    Now I just click, choose a picture from the page I want to add and make a permanent bookmark. I can also browse other people’s tags and a number of them are sewing ideas. So while not a specific sewing site, it lets me make that cute dress x was wearing so much easier (and keep track of Simplicity patterns)!

  115. Mary says:

    I have two favorite sewing spots on the web; Pattern Review ( for it’s great tips, advice, pattern reviews and forum, and Burda Style ( for it’s style articles, free patterns and photo galleries. Both are great places to gather inspiration or advice to solve a sewing problem.

  116. Alicia H. says:

    I like looking at Amy Karol’s blog; she’s so creative.

  117. amy says:

    I subscribe and enjoy the Purl Bee site– I had a chance to visit the store in NYC and it was great. What I enjoy most is their different crafty ideas.

  118. mj says:

    The ladies at sewing divas are great when I want to learn something new way above my skill level!

  119. beki says:

    I’d say that one of my best sewing resources is When I’m thinking about sewing a new pattern, I always check there to see if anyone has anything to say about it.

  120. Sarah says:

    I like the free patterns at Burda:,1333669-1413206,enEN.html

    But, I also like browsing blogs for ideas.

  121. Hancock’s of Paducah! Lots of fabric plus all the things I need for quilting (esp…fusible batting!)

  122. laeroport says:

    I have been completely enjoying Bitter Betty’s seam and hem finish “comic book”. Kind of cheezy, but great information about seam finishes, which seem (no pun intended) to have gone by the wayside.

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