Fabric-By-Fabric Sew Along

Remember when Finny and I decided to host sew-alongs? We took 2011 off, ending on a high note having covered several of our favorite books and having connected with folks globally who like to be creative.

January Project


I’m not being dramatic.

I went to send Christmas cards this year and realized a handful needed special postage. Australia. The Netherlands. Japan. There was the small stack of American friends I’ve made through sew-alongs and swaps over the years, some of whom I’ve met and others I haven’t yet. This is a sweet group of like-minded folk — those who love the idea of diving into a new book, hitting the sewing shops, digging through vintage linens at thrift stores, and more than anything: figuring out how to make it ourselves.

January Project

We’ve long since past the time when it is less expensive to craft it yourself. Never mind the expense. There is a specific, priceless joy attached to conquering a pattern. To presenting the perfect gift with your own label tucked neatly on the inside seam. Figuring out how to make something out of what you have on hand.

January Project

And so, to my friends far and wide and newbies who may have added “learn how to finally use that sewing machine” to their 2012 list of goals: I present a new challenge. The folks at Storey Publishing have come up with a lovely new sewing book– Fabric by Fabric: One-Yard Wonders. In fact, my dear friend Sue has a pattern included! So proud! She gave me a copy of this book for the holidays, sparking this entire idea.

With this book and a new challenge in mind, here are the 2012 Fabric-by-Fabric sew-along rules:

1. One pattern will be posted each month. To participate, you sew this pattern and add at least one photo to the Flickr pool.

2. I will use a randomizer to select a winner.

3. The winner will be featured on the blog, and sent a yard of fabric as a prize.

That’s it. Easy peasy. Ready for your first assignment?

January Project

Let’s tackle the “Shaggy Chic Chenille Clutch” on page 177. Extra points to those who make the pattern their own. Let your creativity shine. If you are in, leave a comment. If you want help, shoot me an email. Nothing would make me happier than seeing more friends experience the joy of domestic sewing prowess.

Ready? Let’s do this.


22 Replies to “Fabric-By-Fabric Sew Along”

  1. I’m in too! I just left my sewing machine to check my blogs and here was your great post! Off to order the book–I have all the other “One Skein” knitting books, but not the sewing one! I said 2012 was the year I was going to sew more…and this is a great start!

  2. Exciting! Another OYW book! Though, no Finny pattern this time. Which is OK since I haven’t sewn anything in a while.

    I’ll keep you posted on my IN-ness, though I may just be an occasional participant with the way this year is shaping up time commitment-wise already.

    We should, however, start talking about our annual trip though…don’t cha think?

  3. My mom gave me a OYW book for Christmas- such fun ideas. I am in on this project if I can get my machine fixed… otherwise maybe I’ll be in on next month’s project!

  4. I’m in! Though a newbie, so may need some help. And a tune up for my never used sewing machine! Finally it will be more than Judy’s nice table in my dining room.

  5. I’m in if I have this OYW book at home. If not, there is zero chance that i can justify buying another one since I have too many of thse at home that have only been flipped through at this point. 🙂

  6. I’m in — since I have a pattern in the book, and since it was Kelli and Finny’s first OYW sew along that made me aware of One Yard Wonders!

    Well, I should qualify that: I’m in as much as working full-time with two kids under the age of six will allow!

    Fabric-by-Fabric OYW is an AMAZING book — even better than the first, in my opinion! Except, of course, for the fact that there’s no Finny-awesomeness in it!

  7. You quoted part of my goals for 2012—learn to use that machine! Is the book really newbie-friendly?
    I’ve signed up for a class at our local fabric store, and will look for this book. Not sure I can commit to the project and if I even do one of yours this year, I’ll feel proud:) Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Sew in! (ha ha pun intended)
    And, I’d like to offer two new patterns (something I accidentally bought twice) to the prize pool.
    Let the creativity unleash itself and may we all come out on the other side with a high sense of pride and camaraderie.

  9. I want to play! But I can’t commit to every month because I thought it would be a good idea to pursue a new career and college is a lot harder the second time around, perhaps because I have a husband and children this time? Is it OK if I participate as I can?

  10. I’m in. I have toyed with ordering the book and this is a good reason to do it. Also, I like the idea of being part of a blogging community that share a love of creating. Maybe doing it together keeps us going.

  11. I’m in! I got this book for Christmas and I’m so excited about sewing! I’m a newbie to the sewing world (teaching myself) I’ll prolly be asking for help! 🙂 I love this idea of a sew along though!

  12. I’m in!! Can’t wait to take part in this sew along! I bought this book and can’t wait to get started 🙂

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