Monday, June 7, 2010

101 Great Ways to Sew a Metre - Prize Draw & Review

I have been lucky enough to review a copy of the book '101 Great Ways to Sew a Metre' published by David & Charles, and I am giving you the chance to win my copy.  It is a really great book.  A must for any sewing library.  You can read the full review in the articles section of the website.

From the book I tested the pattern for the Picnic-tastic Lunch Mats and had great fun making up the mats in Anna Maria Horners Fortune Chocolate and Erin McMorris' Brown Poppy Dot Floral, with coordinating Klona Cottons.  I altered the pattern slightly to use a combination of printed and plain fabric, and also added a ribbon tie.  These picnic mats have already been used on our first picnic of the summer with great success. 

How do I win a copy of the book?
In order to enter to win a copy of this book you need to follow Backstitch on Facebook, Twitter or on the Backstitch Blog and then let us know (as a comment on the blog or Facebook, or by tweeting with the @backstitchshop tag) which article on the Backstitch website you find most interesting/ useful.  You can enter up to three times into the draw.  One entry via each method.  Once the competition closes, at 12:00 BST on Mon 14 June 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 greatly reduced price: David & Charles are offering Backstitch customers the chance to purchase the book at the reduced price of £7.99 (rrp £16.99) with free p&p (UK only), click here and quote code R11235 at the checkout.

Prize Draw Terms and Conditions
1. Entry to the competition is restricted to three entries per person please.
2. You must be a follower of the blog/ Twitter/ Facebook 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/ Facebook 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 07 June 2010 12:00 BST until 14 June 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.

Related Products
Anna Maria Horner Fortune Chocolate
Erin McMorris Poppy Dot Floral Brown
Klona Cotton Purple
Klona Cotton Pomegranate


  1. As you well know I'm a big fan of your embroidery alphabet and have a new project in the pipeline that shall be using it once more.

  2. Never lucky enough to win competitions so thought I would use your code to buy a discounted copy but sadly the code doesn't work with the link. Has anyone else tried? Have seen the US version of this book and glad there is now a UK version to buy!

  3. Hello Ali, the publisher has now activated the code so the link should work now... Sorry about that, and let me know if you have any further problems. All the best, Alice

  4. I found the review of this book very useful - might just be what's needed to encourage my daughter to sew more.

  5. Oooh fab! count me in to find you on FB n Twitter!!
    Karen x

  6. I love it when you try something out so we get to see a pattern 'in action'!

  7. Hi there. :-) The code still doesn't work. Price is £13+ and there's a p&p charge too.

  8. Hello All, sorry people have been having trouble with code. It is working, but once entering it into the promotional code box at checkout you have to click 'update' so that it takes effect... hope it works for you this time! All the best, Alice

  9. Looks like a great book, please include me in the giveaway. Just found you recently. Love the fact that you can search projects by difficulty (given that I'm not all that experienced - yet!)
    I'm following on twitter too @missielizzieb

  10. I found your review of the Oliver&S Birthday Party Dress the most helpful as I've just started making outfits for my little niece. I have had lots of experience sewing for myself and other adults but sewing something so little boggles my mind! Thanks for linking to Helen of Angharad Handmade. Will check out her things on Etsy! Please enter me into your giveaway. I've just added your blog, Twitter (@KatherineChu) and FB. Cheers :)

  11. Another fan of your embroidery alphabet and I have lots of ideas that shall be use it for (@knotjustjigs) am following you on twitter and a fan on FB have also RT ;)

  12. I've only just found you through Twitter and I'm glad I have! Like Ali, I've looked at the US version and am so happy this is out now! Off to follow you on Twitter :)

  13. Hi, fb/twitter follower too - will comment there also.
    I'm new to the blog. I love the pattern reviews - patterns are so expensive it's good to be able to see how others have managed! I'd love to win this book as it would be a perfect excuse to buy 101 metres of fabric ;)