Winter Warmers

It seems I got the theme pretty spot on this month with the weather we have been having lately.

A lot of the UK has been either enjoying snow or braving icy cold wind and rain over the last week (unfortunately I fall into the latter category). So, hoping the postman was able to deliver your box safely, you may have cracked straight on with sewing yourself something super cosy or, you might have just grabbed the main fabric and wrapped yourself up in it as a blanket!

Either way, I hope it has warmed you up a little. Judging by the comments on my Facebook page it has been an extremely popular box. So keep reading to see why!

Luxury Box

Oh be still my beating heart, I am totally in love with the Desert Sky Triangle Stag cotton spandex knit from Girl Charlee's Bolt collection and I have to give a big shout out to Mark who delivered the fabric to me personally in order to make sure I had it in time to get in the post for you last week.

This fabric, as with all Girl Charlee fabric, is such a lovely quality and I made sure to order a couple of extra metres for myself to make something comfy, cosy and bump friendly for the rest of December! I might even have enough to make a matching mini something for next year...

The pattern that went into the boxes this month is the perfect match for this fabric, a super comfy Agnes top from Tilly and the Buttons. Bonus is that this pattern doesn't use too much fabric so there'll be plenty left over to play with, you could even try this Agnes dress hack to mix it up a little.

I was so excited to collaborate with Rumeet from The Lovely Little Details this month who made these gorgeous calligraphed "Happiness is a Full Bobbin" prints just for you! I love the way the gold foil shimmers and I have mine proudly displayed in my sewing corner. Rumeet creates some gorgeous wedding stationary, I highly recommend checking out her Instagram feed, even if just for the pretties! These prints were also included in the Classic boxes.

When sewing with knit fabric it's very important to make sure you are using the correct needle in your machine, which is why I included a set of ballpoint needles with the Luxury boxes. I like to change my needles every couple of projects to keep things working as smoothly as possible so having extras is always handy.

Classic and Mini Boxes

Yep, this one as well, totally in love with this fabric too. The Classic boxes had 2.5 meters and the Mini boxes had 1 meter of this oh so soft and stroke-able brushed cotton tartan fabric. Seriously yummy! You can choose whether you want to use the brushed side as the wrong side so that it's against your skin or as the right side so that you can stroke yourself... you might want to consider where you are planning to wear it if you want to do that though!!

Obviously this fabric screams winter pyjamas, and is definitely what I'm planning to make, but what about a button up shirt or shirt dress? Pencil skirts, full circle skirts, kilt-style skirts. There are so many options with this fabric. Make sure you check back here next week to see my pattern suggestions for both fabrics, and the week after see what Harriet has made with the brushed cotton (which she has already done and written the post about by the way, she was that excited by the fabric!).

The fat quarters this month are a little bit different, but I love them! They are a cream base with a big, bold, gold print in spots, stars and stripes. The gold does make them a little bit stiff so I do recommend pre-washing them to soften them up a little bit and make sure to iron on the reverse to avoid getting a messy iron.

Having included ballpoint needles in the Luxury boxes, I added a set of universal size 70/10 needles in the Classic and Mini boxes. Again it's a great idea to replace your sewing machine needles regularly to keep your machine working well and your sewing beautifully smooth.

As always every box also includes are 100m reel of matching Gutermann thread and this month I popped in two meters of a fun ric rac trim in white or yellow to add a fun detail to your projects.

When it came to thinking of an extra little goodie in a box themed Winter Warmer it really couldn't be anything other than some hot chocolate! Just imagine, a cold winter evening curled up on the sofa in your cosy new me made garment cradling a hot chocolate in your favourite mug watching a feel good seasonal film.... perfect!

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