Thursday, 22 March 2012

Sewing machine giveaway

Win a Brother Innov-is 10A

We are celebrating our 2 year anniversary of The Sewing Directory this coming weekend and to thank you all for your support over the last couple of years we are giving away a sewing machine to one lucky fan.

One of our site sponsors Brother Sewing Machines have kindly given us an Innov-is 10A to giveaway.  For full details of how to enter, terms & conditions etc please click here.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Fabric Finds 4

The last round up of the new fabrics and patterns just arrived in the shops:

Fancy Moon

Kaori Floral by Alexander Henry
Fancy Moon have just had hundreds of new fabrics delivered including lots of new Japanese fabrics, new Alexander Henry such as the pictured Kaori Floral red, new Michael Miller fabrics, some great retro designs and the new Curious Nature by Parson Gray.  View all their new fabrics here.

Plus I did notice their site has had a layout change and their fabrics are now broken down into use: Dressmaking, quilting, furnishing and curtains as well as sections for sewing patterns and haberdashery.  To see please visit

Blooming Felt

If you love buttons you should pop over to Blooming Felt and check out their latest arrivals, we love their new sets of colour co-ordinated fabric covered buttons.  They've also been stocking up on jubilee related trims, buttons & ribbons plus they have some great new mini felt rolls.  Visit

Abakhan Fabrics

Are also getting ready for the jubilee and have grouped all the relevant products together in this new section of their site.   They have some funky jubilee trims and I love the Union Jack fabric pictured here available in both blue and white.

They have also added a great value new bargain bag to their site - 30 metres of dressmaking fabrics for just £14.99!! 50p a metre! wow.

Eclectic Maker

Eclectic Maker have just got Tanya Whelan Sugar Hill in stock, both the fabrics by the length and some great bundles.  They have also got some Rosalie Quinlan quilt patterns in stock: Sugar Garden Quilt and Matryoshka Quilt.


Have some lovely new organic checks and stripes fabrics in stock which would make lovely shirts or skirts, or comfy pj trousers.  They also have some new quilting bundles of American Jane's Pezzy Prints - bright colourful and bold they would jazz up any quilt.


Have some pretty new Liberty fabrics in stock, ideal for summer dresses and blouses.  The Liberty prints are currently on sale so now's the time to stock up.  They also have co-ordinating Liberty print bias binding and fabric covered buttons. 

They have also re-introduced their stash building offer where you get a free gift with all orders over £20.  If you spend over £50 you get a free haberdasery pack.

Dragonfly Fabrics

Dragonfly Fabrics have been stocking up on summery prints & fabrics for dressmaking.  I love this pretty butterfly print - Mariposa which is a light summer poplin fabric.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Sewing Directory Team Photo

Sorry for the lack of updates the last couple of weeks it has been a crazy busy few weeks.  Believe it or not The Sewing Directory team had our first ever meet up at the Craft Hobby & Stitch trade show in the NEC!  Because the business is purely online we all work from home and although I've met Beth a few times at sewing shows in the past but had only ever spoken to Juliet by phone.  So we were all very excited to finally meet up and take our first team photo.  You can find out more about us here.
Back - Beth (left) and Fiona (right) Front - Juliet

We all really enjoyed the trade show, it was great to get the chance to meet up with so many of our sponsors and customers.  Plus we got the chance to make lots of new friends too.  We found some gorgeous fabrics from a new French company who are just breaking into the UK (more to come on that soon), plus there were hundreds of stunning felt kits from several different companies which will be on the market soon.   We also had some very exciting meetings which will hopefully help us continue to grow the site further in the coming year.

We're adding some new ideas to the site stage by stage (so many ideas and so little time!), we have started by adding a new weekly sewing tips feature (the first one by Make & Do Studios can be found here).  Also we have a new monhtly series of posts about interior design and sewing things for your home starting next week written by Pippa Blackler.

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