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Another month has raced by, and somehow we're already in June already - which means summer is most definitely on it's way! Hopefully this month's box gets you feeling those summer vibes, but if you need a little extra injection of sunshine, here's some great summer inspired makes you can try with your box!
June Subscription Box Project Inspiration
If you haven't got long to stitch but are desperate to make something quick and easy, try out this 15 minute sunglasses case project! They make a great last-minute present idea too.
Whip your up in a flash with another super quick project - scrunchies! These are SO quick to make, and easy to whip up a ton in one go. If you've got little girls having a summer party, you could make them as a party favour pretty easily!
If you're out and about but don't want to have to lug around a massive bag with you, this little sling bag is ideal! It's just big enough to fit your phone, keys and a card or cash. Great for the beach!
As many of your will be thinking about your upcoming holidays this month, why not get a little holiday project in with these cool luggage tag labels?
Keep your drinks cool and your hands unfrozen by making some cute drinks 'koozies'! These slide onto the outside of your bottles and contain insulated wadding inside to keep in the cold - whilst protecting your hands from the super cold bottle! You can adapt it to fit any size bottle or can very easily.
So you've got your Sew Obsessed box for May, but what are you gonna make with it? This special sewing themed collection deserves a special project, and we've been on the hunt for the best. Don't miss not one, but FOUR free projects from Makower using this very collection too!
May Subscription Box Project Inspiration
Jazz up your machine with this absolutely stunning machine cover, designed by Lynne Goldsworth for Makower. It uses your fabrics for this month so it's a great starter project if you've just joined up and got your first box - add in your own fabrics if you need extra, or get some more of this collection to make it up as the photo shows. Best of all, this project is totally free - download the instructions and templates below!
Whip up this pretty striped design tote bag with your fabrics for a quick and satisfying project. It also makes a great bag for carrying round any portable craft projects!
For those addicted to bag making and/or shopping, Makower have also produced this cute little shopping tote bag pattern!
If bag making isn't really your thing, this gorgeous quilted patchwork cushion makes a great project and a very comfortable and usable item too - pop it in your sewing space or even pride of place on your sofa! It would make a lovely gift too.
Use up every last scrap with this selvedge project! Cut off the selvedges and appliqué them into this pretty spool design for a sweet little block that could easily be made into a cushion or quilt. Also great for small strips of fabric that you might have left over!
Or stitch up a special card for a sewing friend - another great way to stash-bust those scraps, and you can practice your free motion technique too!
Make something useful from your fat quarters and have a go at this thread catcher and pin cushion tidy. It's a great little make to have beside your machine, especially as those loose threads and scraps seem to get all over the floor so easily!
On the theme of practical makes, we love this little sewing tool organiser project from In Colour Order. It keeps your tools nice and tidy and looks great!
And finally, how cute are these little 'origami' baskets? Perfect for storing threads, bobbins, and little bits and pieces! For extra sewing love, pop a sewing themed button on the front...
March is here which means spring isn't too far away! We hope you love your box this month, full of spring colour and a slightly vintage style... and for some of you, your first taste of Tilda fabric too! Take a look at some of our favourite project ideas for this box.
March 2019 Subscription Box Inspiration
Get ready for Easter early with this sweet free pattern for Easter bunnies from Tilda directly! They'd make great little gifts as an alternative to chocolate.
Make some super cute little nail file holders in no time at all with this quick little tutorial - they'd make a great gift for Mother's Day!
How cute are these little guys?! And another fab free pattern from Tilda's world - but a great gift for a dog lover, or adapt to make one into a pin cushion or doorstop!
Take your sewing on your travels over the summer and prep ahead by making this handy little travel sewing kit - adapt to add what you need. We love the way it folds out and all holds together with a press fastener!
Make some beautiful homemade flowers using your fat quarters in the box and some plain green fabric - a great long-lasting alternative to fresh flowers for Mother's Day!
If you have some odd shaped pieces left over from your projects, use them to piece together pretty drawstring bags like these. They'd be great for an Easter egg hunt or even as little favour bags for a wedding!
And for those of you that want to get stuck into a nice meaty project... order some extra fat quarters and have a go at this beautiful bird house quilt made from the same collection!
Box arrived or on its way? Take a look at what we think you could stitch up with your beautiful 'Feel the Love' themed box this month!
February '19 Subscription Box Inspiration
Create a series of easy four-patch quilt blocks from your fat quarters and stitch them together to make all sorts of quilt projects - how sweet do they look made into a quilt?
Project by A Bright Corner
Celebrate the month of all things love and romance with a sweet little heart garland, complete with fun pom poms and swooshy lace tassels!
Project by Jedi Craft Girl
Have a go at a stunning Dresden Plate style cushion - the colours would match this one really well! Mix in extra plains or basics if you want some more colour.
Project by Coral and Co
Keep cosy in the cold weather with these super cute heart heat pads, made using rice and lavender.
Project by First Day of Home
Add a bit of spring to the mix with some beautiful butterfly blocks! These would look gorgeous made up into a cushion or table runner...
Project by Quilting Digest
Make the cutest little coaster that looks like a strawberry - a great little gift and you can get a few out of a fat quarter too!
Project by Diary of a Quilter
Keep things neat and tidy with some handy little fabric trays, great for storing all sorts of little bits from teabags to buttons, bobbins to paperclips!
Project by A Spoonful of Sugar
New year means new ideas, and we've got you covered! By now you've probably received your box with beautiful restful and refreshing tones of teal, blue and grey - so it's time to find some makes to match! This month we're focusing a lot on becoming more eco, as it seems to be everywhere at the moment and fabric is a great alternative to plastic!
January '19 Subscription Box Inspiration
We loved this collection the moment we saw it, and knew it would be perfect for a box. What made it even better was having not one but TWO free project downloads for it from Makower - so go ahead and utilise those fat quarters to make either a gorgeous bag or a stunning quilt!
If you're trying to reduce your plastic waste and go a little greener this year, why not have a go at a non-sewing activity and make some beeswax wraps like these?
Or to reduce your use of cling film and foil, make some snazzy and simple bowl covers that can be made to measure for all your favourite bowls - ideal!
Give yourself a little treat this January, and make yourself some beautiful pattern weights to help with your cutting out - you deserve it, especially if you've managed to stick to those resolutions!
Upgrade your lunch box or bag by making your own from one of the chic prints in your box - follow this simple tutorial and then coat with some Odicoat for a waterproof and wipeable finish!
Spruce up your sofa for the new year with a funky shaped kaleidoscope cushion that are actually fairly easy but really effective!
Or you could even make a simple triangular based quilt to match your cushions, and keep you cosy during the chillier weather. We love this simple design!
Jazz up your old chairs and dining seats with some comfy new seat pads - because the winter months are all about comfort! This tutorial only uses two fat quarters to make a simple pad that can also be removed for washing when required.
Get organised for the year by making some handy storage baskets to sort out all your bits and bobs - great for the sewing room! This rounded design is super cute and a little bit different from your average box.
Happy sewing guys - don't forget to share your makes with us on Facebook and Instagram, we love to see what you get up to with our fabrics!
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June is here, which means your latest summery box will be arriving soon, or has already! Here's some great ideas for using your pretty Butterflies and Berries fabrics, that we think are perfect for summer!
June Subscription Box Inspiration
Save your table tops and create some pretty coasters with your fruity fabric using this fun Quilted Strawberry Coaster tutorial by Diary of a Quilter
Take inspiration from your fabric and create your own butterfly quilt blocks like these from Ellis and Higgs
Keep your hair out of your face with an on-trend scrunchie that uses less than a fat quarter of fabric - perfect for using up your scraps!
Tutorial by Brit & Co.
For a bigger project, make one of these beautiful strip quilts like Red Pepper Quilts, and use up complimentary colours you have in your stash. This design really lets your fabric patterns shine!
Prepare for your summer holiday and whip up one of these sunglasses cases in less than an hour, with this easy tutorial from Crazy Little Projects.
This month's sub box theme is yummy pastel bakes. Baking is one of Amy's other favourite hobbies so she is particularly loving this box, and all it's yummy colours! Take a look at her ideas for makes using your box this month...
May Subscription Box Inspiration
Use the fabrics in your box to create this yummy cake stand quilt block using our pattern - substitute with any delicious looking fabrics in different colours!
As the weather gets better and we look ahead to summer holidays in the sun, why not try making a pretty little luggage tag that will mean you'll be able to spot your case a mile off!
DIY Luggage Tags by Hearth and Vine
Make a yummy and bright noticeboard to hang up in your kitchen using your delicious fabrics - this no-sew version is so easy for a quick lazy make!
DIY Fabric Noticeboard by I Heart Maggie
Keep all your personal recipes neat, tidy and written down in a funky hexie notebook - great for practising your EPP!
Hexie Notebook DIY by Swoodson Says
Pay homage to the designs of the fabric and go for a cute retro half apron - complete with contrast pockets!
Sew Your Own Half Apron by A Beautiful Mess
The smaller prints of this collection are ideal for smaller projects - and we love this adorable EPP hexie coaster tutorial to show your love of quilting all over your house!
EPP Hexagon Coasters by Swoodson Says
Enjoy your fabrics every time you enter your sewing room, and make some adorable pattern weights - all you need is this simple tutorial and some rice/lentils for the filling.
Make Your Own Pattern Weights by Lemon Thymes
Make a more summery version of these festive gift bags in your yummy bake prints, and fill with delicious homemade goods for an extra-special gift.
5 Minute Pouch Tutorial by Down Grapevine Lane
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Got your April subscription box full of floral lovelies already this month? Not sure where to start with it? Take a look at some of these fab ideas we have for using the contents!
April Sewing Subscription Box Project Ideas
Create a gorgeous infinity scarf to keep out the draught on these breezy spring days - simply create a patchwork tube and stitch together at the ends!
Create a gorgeous little spring chicken to brighten up your home from any leftovers or smaller scraps you have left from your box!
Have a go at a bit of free motion stitching with your machine (ideally with a free motion foot if you have one) and make the floral design the centrepiece of your work, 'drawing' round it with your thread and adding a few bits of applique for interest.
Feeling a little lazy? Go for this cheat and make a no-sew fabric covered notebook! Okay so it's not sewing, but if you have a favourite print you love to look at and stroke all the time, it's the perfect excuse to do so regularly under the proviso of 'writing notes'!
Knock up the prettiest hot water bottle cover ever! With a bit of simple straight line quilting, this one is perfect for beginner's to quilting and can easily be made out of fat quarters. Finish off with the trim from your box if you prefer!
Get ready for your summer travels - make up a rucksack that's prettier than anthing you can buy in a shop! Prima's pattern is easy to achieve with a patchwork look, though you will need to join two long thin pieces together to create the required pieces for each strap.
Go all out and create an amazing floral quilt, using simple (but large) squares, and a gorgeous bit of appliqué in plain fabric on top like these daisies - or choose your favourite flower! Works especially well with red and navy colours.
Add some floral flair to your existing clothes in no time at all - great for those that don't have the time or energy to make their own full garments! We love this turn up detail on jeans, but you could do the same on cuffs, collars and lapels too.