Monday, July 5, 2010

Fast Fabric Gifts: Review and Giveaway

The latest book that I have reviewed from publishers David & Charles is 'Fast Fabric Gifts' by Sally Southern, and again I am giving you the chance to win my copy.  This book has a number of cute projects that encourage trying new and varied embellishment techniques.  You can read the full review in the articles section of the website.

From the book I made the ‘Pretty pencil case’, a zip-up case with an appliqué bird using Amy Butlers Wild Flowers in Navy. I found the appliqué and embellishing really very enjoyable. The book encouraged me to try something a little different to what I would have done without instruction, and for me this was a pleasant surprise. I’m really pleased with the end product and use it in my handbag.

How do I win a copy of the book?
There are two ways to enter the competition:

1.  Follow Backstitch on Twitter, and tweet the following text: 'Do you sew? @backstitchshop is giving away craft book 'Fast Fabric Gifts' over here RT and follow to win'

2.  Leave a comment on this post telling us what the last fabric gift you made was.

You can enter two times into the draw.  One entry via each method.  Once the competition closes, at 12:00 BST on Mon 12 July 2010, we will pick one entry at random from all valid entries.

And, if you don't win a copy of this book you have the chance to purchase it at a reduced price: David & Charles are offering Backstitch customers the chance to purchase the book at the special price of £6.99 (rrp £14.99) with free p&p (UK only), click here and quote code R11235 at the checkout.

Related Products
Amy Butler Wild Flowers
Klona Cotton Purple

Prize Draw Terms and Conditions
1. Entry to the competition is restricted to two entries per person please.
2. You must be a follower on Twitter to enter via that medium.
3. Prizes can only be sent to a valid UK address.
4. Winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
5. Winners will be contacted via blog/ Twitter names displayed on our website.
6. The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.
7. The competition will run from 05 July 2010 09:00 BST until 12 July 2010 12:00 BST.
8. Backstitch is compliant with the data protection act. Our policy is such that we will not pass on your details to any third party without your prior consent.


  1. Hi!
    That book looks fantastic! The last fabric gift I made was a quilted suacepan coaster for a friend, went down a treat!

  2. Hi - I would love to win a copy of your book - especially as I have Twin boys & am always looking for ways to save some money! The last fabric gift I made was some toy birds for a friend's baby & some napkins for my Grandmother. I am currently making a quilt for my Granddad. xxx

  3. the last fabric gift i made was a pair of shorts (made from the figgy patter i bort from backstitch!). they were for my little nephew so i admit i wimped out of putting pockets in! made then with some cute truck fabric which i also used to make my some some matching shorts from. prior to that i made a cute apron top and nappy cover (again from a back stitch pattern (my pattern collection isn't that big) for my frinds little girl. my friend had had enough of pink so i made it in orange! x

  4. A zombie mushroom for a friend by request ... twas fun! :)

  5. Just finished making some cushions including a bolster cushion for my daughter for her playhouse.

    Following on Twitter @missielizzieb

    Looks like a great book for a novice like me!

  6. I have a mountain of fabric I need to use, and need to make gifts this year, so winning the book would be great.
    The last gift I made was finished last night.
    A raggy quilt, started for my daughter over 2 years ago, gone from half done to finished in less than 2 days!!!

    BloominMyrtle on twitter.

  7. ooh, pick me, pick me! My last fabric gift was for my daughter - a "sketch book to go" roll with pockets for small sketch pad, pencils, eraser and pencil sharpener in beautiful green and pink fabrics.

  8. I made a doorstop out of a teatowel! it was gorgeous fabric and a great price ;) have also tweeted!
    Great giveaway!

  9. What a handy book to have too!
    The last fabric gift I made was a little zip pouch with the name embroidered on it for the daughter of a neighbour.

    Also a gift to myself of a rag work cushion cover from old t shirts and a bit of hessian. It was my first attempt at rag work.


  10. The last fabric gift is still waiting for a brooch pin. Oh dear.

  11. This book looks great! The last fabric gifts I made were for my mum for her birthday - a little bird brooch and a bird mobile to hang in her bedroom.

  12. I love making fabric gifts and I'm always open to new ideas of things to make especially for men!
    The last thing made last weekend was a cushion cover for my sister in law, it was a very bright yellow wonky log cabin with the centre piece embroidered with each of her family's initials. I think she liked it.

  13. hi, the last fabric gift I made was a personalised teacosy for a friend who'd been in a car accident & needed some TLC and what better than a cuppa tea and cake x

  14. The last fabric gift I made was a freehand embroidered sampler for my nieces 1st birthday. It commemorated her birth and had flowers and leaves all over it with her name and D.O.B. in the middle.

    The book looks great a mix of machine sewing (which I'm not great at & need more practise) and hand sewing which I love!

    I am now following on Twitter @grannyruthrocks

  15. Hi would love the book. ive retweeted you...twitter name annark
    and the last gift I made was one of my little fabric owls for a friend who left work and moved to Wales.
    Thanks for the giveaway x

  16. Already a follower, just tweeted - @badschnoodles. The last fabric gift I made was a glasses case for my Dad from tie silk.

  17. The book looks amazing! The last gift i made was a for a little girl i am supporting who has escaped domestic violence. They have to leave with just the clothes on their backs, so a handmade gift means the world. It would be great to have some more ideas of things to make for other children and women in this situation.

  18. I made a teddy bear out of liquorice allsorts fabric for my sister in law - her mum gave me the fabric, it was left over from bedroom curtains, cushions and quilt cove that SIL had when she was 11! She nearly cried when she saw it :)

  19. Last thing I made was a teddy bear, fully jointed and made out of mohair - I am now designing my next bear :)

  20. The last gift I made were a fabric toy elephant for a friends little boys and in progress (still due to broken sewing machine) is a rather large tea cup and heart embellished table cloth for my mummy!!

    Winning the book may help me persuade the other half that getting my sewing machine fixed is a worthwhile expense!

  21. looks a great book, last thing I made was a pin cushion, not something you often see now in the shops following on twitter @RedRoses4

  22. I am currently making fabric brooches for my little girl to give to her teachers as she is leaving to go up to high school. Elissa

  23. The last fabric gift I made was a padded notebook that you can see on my blog. I think the recipient liked it - I did!

  24. I made a quilted notebook cover for a member of my sewing/book club making up my own design (ie it was a little bodged) but the end result was pretty ok!

  25. I'd love this book, the projects look so cute! I have had a run of making the same fabric gift, for an assortment of people! It is a fabric toadstool that I make using the Lucykate crafts tutorial. I can adapt each toadstool to suit it's recipient - a pretty floral lavender scented one for friends, or a pine scented button-spotted Fly Agaric for my brother!

  26. hey i am already a follower so tweeted about the give away.
    i am currently making a bag as a ift for a young family friend as its her birthday in august.
    As i am new to this wonderful hobby i would love this book to help inspire me for future projects and gift me a confidence boost x

    P.s great site xx

  27. Last thing I made was a pin-cushion! It was a while ago but I'd like to have another go at something.
    Following @pied_wagtail

  28. My last handmade gifts were large corduroy drawstring toy sacks for my cousin's twin boys. A blue one with 'Guy's Toys' appliquéed on in a multi-check cotton and a green one for 'George's Toys'.

  29. What a great book, so many nice things to make xx

  30. Oooh I love a good giveaway. The last gift I made was some birdy bunting for my friends birthday

  31. Thanks so much to you all for entering... I really enjoyed hearing about your latest gifty makes. The book goes to tweeter @allfivehorizons.
    Alice x