Secret Squirrel scampers on and reveals his great prizes!

Last month, Suz sent Secret Squirrel on a mission with 5 inspiring acorns…

There were loads of great applications, but Secret Squirrel could choose only one sewer to carry on his mission.  So who did he choose???

Here is a sneak peek…..

Click here to find out who is hosting Secret Squirrel this month, and to be in the running to win a great prize.

Prize?  What prize?

While Secret Squirrel is all about inspiration, fun, and (sewing) community feeling, Suz and I also thought it would be nice if amazing creations would be rewarded with some lovely prizes! And, honestly, what is more inspiring than free fabric and patterns? 

Suz and I contacted a few designers and sellers over the past weeks, and we’re happy to be able to present our Secret Squirrel sponsors. At the end of the series, when Secret Squirrel returns to Antwerp in June 2014, there will be a public vote on (1) the best hosts’ creation, and (2) the best sew-along creation. Both winners will receive $50 worth of fabric, and 4 free sewing patterns. So, who will be providing these delicious goodies?

Meet Secret Squirrel’s fabric sponsors…

SewFineFabrics is a fabric store on Etsy which has a great selection of organic cottons (Birch, Monaluna) but also of other prominent brands like Windham (Lotta Jansdotter!), Michael Miller, Riley Blake, Moda, and the like. Owner Jodi selects only the prettiest prints and best quality cottons, and ships them all over the world at stunning rates! SewFineFabrics is donating a $50 gift voucher to the Secret Squirrel host who sews up the best outfit. Thank you, Jodi!

LimaSews is owned by Linh and Mark, and sells some of the top brands and designers in organic and regular quilting fabric. Lotta Jansdotter, Cloud 9, Birch, Art Gallery, Free Spirit, Rowan, … they’re all there! And their prices shipping rates are simply amazing (check out those for shipping outside the US!). The creator of the best sew-along outfit wins $25 worth of delicious fabrics at LimaSews. Thanks, Linh and Mark!

SewFreshFabrics started as an Etsy shop, but quickly grew into an independent fabric store with an amazing range of fabrics. Designer cottons (Lotta! Amy! Anna Maria!), organic fabrics (Birch! Cloud 9!), Japanese import (Kokka!), solids (Essex linen, Kona cotton!) and more. If you cannot find it in Peg’s store, it probably does not exist. The winner of the sew-along competition will be able to go on a $25 shopping spree at SewFreshFabrics. Thank you, Peg!

Meet Secret Squirrel’s pattern sponsors…

Scientific Seamstress is the alter ego of Carla, a molecular biologist who went from laboratory experiments to sewing experiments. She sells loads of great physical and digital patterns, for children’s, women’s, men’s, and doll’s outfits. And a few for bags too! Over the past years, Carla has sold thousands of copies of her wonderful designs. Thank you for sponsoring our little squirrel, Carla!

Elegance & Elephants probably needs no introduction: designer Heidi’s Bubble Shorts pattern was one of the sewing hits of the past few months! But the winner can also select one of her two other patterns (the gorgeous Ruffle Top/Dress, and the supercute Bubble Pocket Top & Spin Skirt), or pick one of her upcoming fall patterns, perhaps? Thanks for giving away two patterns, Heidi!

SewPony Vintage is run by Suz (co-organiser of Secret Squirrel) who has just released her first vintage style pattern – Debbie’s birthday dress (with blog tour starting next week!). She has another vintage dress pattern in the works and will be adding to her etsy shop over the coming months with more vintage inspired patterns.

StraightGrain sells patterns designed by Secret Squirrel co-organizer An, who has a soft spot for simple, clean designs with many different options. After the Bubble dress and Tinny dress patterns, a third pattern (Hanami top and dress) is currently being tested, and a fourth one is in the works.

We hope these wonderful prizes will spark your inspiration and enthusiasm for Secret Squirrel… Thank you SO much to Carla, Heidi, Jodi, Linh and Marc, and Peg! And good luck to everyone who is participating!

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