Monthly Sewing Box: December issue.

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Who doesn’t festive crafting crafting? Christmas is my favourite time of the year to try new things. At the beginning of the month I received the middle value Sew Hayley Jane’s December subscription box.*

sub1I couldn’t been happier with the contents; 2.5 metres of red polkadot dressmaking fabric, 4 Christmas fat quarters and a selection of haberdashery items and sewing gifts aka Christmas ribbons, thread, a card and even Christmas tea. Unfortunately as I mentioned on my previous post I lost a lot of my blog content pictures. Yes, including me opening the subscription box, showing the box contents and a half of the tutorial for a Christmas runner. (cry emoji here)

I love scrap quilting aka quilt Impov. I learned the techniques with Lu Summers years ago on the Fat Quarterly retreat. On my Christmas list is her book Quilt Improv: Incredible quilts from everyday inspirations.

I’m still working on a Christmas runner using December’s SewHayleyJane box’s content. I can show you what I done with the runner scraps. I used it make this cushion. So easy and fun. Improv means you don’t need a pattern and can join fabrics together by feel. Many beautiful quilts are now made this way. It’s very organic. I went for “just join scraps together without worrying about matching or cutting to size“. It’s ‘quilting’ for lazy quilters. Of course the effect is super messy however It was worth saving these pieces from the rubbish/ trash.

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Do you use subscription boxes? The idea is simple. Every month you get delivered a box of carefully curated products. Receiving a gift in the mail feels like Christmas every month. Like a “care package” but instead of food, books and magazines it’s all about sewing.

I know some people don’t like not knowing what’s in the box.  Subscription boxes aren’t for everyone. You got to ask yourself “would I get value for money?”,”would I be able to use the contents?”.”Would I cope with not picking the items myself?”. I cannot answer those questions for everyone as value is so subjective.

If you consider the opportunity of trying new products at home more than just the items, looking at the whole experience instead of just products. If you enjoy receiving a package on your doorstep and not knowing exactly what will be inside. Subscriptions boxes are for you. For me, monthly subscription boxes are all about bringing back that element of discovery and surprise. But importantly, it does so by allowing me to sample products in small batches. If you agree with me, you got 15 days to subscribe to one of three types of boxes in time for January. Happy sewing!

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 * I received my box free of charge for a review. All thoughts are my own. 

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