Competition – Win £100 bundle of dressmaking fabric.

Its only a matter of weeks before Bobbins and Buttons is heading to Birmingham to exhibit at the Sewing for Pleasure show at the NEC. Hopefully we will spread our corner of sewing love a little bit further.

To celebrate our first big show we are running a competition to win a bundle of dressmaking fabric worth £100! There will be flyers at the show for you to pick up as well as flyers in all orders that are posted out from now on. It wouldn’t be fair for those not attending the show or ordering fabric to not have a change to take part, so you can download a competition entry form here.


How to enter:

Sewing really gives you complete freedom to create clothes what ever your taste or style, so we are asking you to release your inner designer and design a multipurpose garment or outfit that can be transformed for different occasions. The garment can be for male or female, adult or child.

This is all about exploring the idea so don’t worry about your drawing skills, in fact you don’t even need to draw your idea you could represent it with collage made from pictures in magazines or a combo of sketches and collage. Add notes to clarify the idea.

The garment (or outfit) can be fantastical or practical. Don’t forget you are not actually going to be making the garment/s so you don’t need to work out how it goes together or even if it would actually be possible. Its all for fun and of course a bundle of lovely fabrics worth £100.

You could design a simple work wear shift dress with zip on party sleeves for the evening. These could be sophisticated, dramatic, classic or completely theatrical in style. How about a practical running top that has multiple removable layers catering for different weather conditions. Maybe it has pockets built in where the layers can be kept while running. Perhaps you could design a fun toddlers dress that has interchangeable pockets that button on and off or have secret surprises inside! What about a style that caters for growth of a child to increase the longevity of a garments life?

The ideas are endless!

How to submit your entry:

Illustrate you idea on the flyer provided. You can print one off above or pick one up at the show. Flyers are also being sent out with all orders from now on.

Take a photo of your design with the logo showing in the corner and upload to Instagram or Facebook. You can add any further info you would like to the post, then tag us in @bobbinsnbuttons and use #bobbinsandbuttonscomp. We won’t be able to find your entry without these tags. For anyone who does not use social media you can enter by sending your photo to

The closing date:

The competition closes on 30th April.  Though the flyer says winner will be notified on this date it will be a few days after the closing date before the winner is announced.

The prize:

The prize will be a bundle of fabrics from our online shop worth £100.  The fabrics will include a selection of the best quality woven and jersey fabrics. We want you to share the sewing love so the bundle will include a mix of fabrics that might be suitable for the whole family. You could share the fabrics and inspire someone you know or a member of your family to get started.  Perhaps you will experiment with new techniques and challenge your inner designer.

Have a go and have fun! Don’t forget to pop and say Hi if you are coming to Sewing for Pleasure.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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