Thanks so much to everyone who has already pledged to participate in my #sewdots challenge to raise money for RNIB, who provide all sorts of services to help people with sight loss live independent lives. You guys have already raised £100, which is 20% of the target, and absolutely amazing. Thank you.
To join in the challenge, you just need to sew something dotty in October, share a picture of it somewhere on social media with the hashtag #sewdots and donate some money to RNIB here.
Not only will you be doing something amazing and using your sewing powers for good, you'll also be automatically in with a chance of winning a glorious sewing prize. And here is what the winner will receive...
A dotty goody bag from Barley at Fabrications, which will include fabric and a craft kit.
Two sewing patterns of your choice from the amazing Tilly & The Buttons, who I wouldn't hesitate to call The Queen Of Dots. Have you seen her new Rosa Shirt pattern? I want it!
A pile of sewing books from Laurence King. These aren't actually the books you'll get (I actually stole this picture from Tilly's blog!), but no doubt the selection will include some of their English translations of Japanese sewing books...
... and also my own book, No Patterns Needed!
In case your sewing library isn't bulging enough already, Wendy Ward has very kindly donated her brand new book 'A Beginner's Guide to Making Skirts' into the mix. This book isn't even out yet, but it looks AMAZING. It contains step-by-step tutorials for making 24 different skirt designs in Wendy's signature super modern, wearable style.
You'll also receive a very generous 10 metres of beautiful dotty fabric from Fabric Godmother.
3 metres of eco fabric from ethical fabric shop Offset Warehouse, who source beautiful fabrics from around the world that are kind to people and the planet.
£25 to spend on whatever takes your fancy from Sew Over It's incredible shop. This really is a sewist's wonderland, stocking fabric, sewing patterns and gorgeous haberdashery. This very generous voucher will give you the freedom to go wild and treat yourself!
And finally, 2 metres of bespoke fabric of your choice printed by Contrado. Yes that's right, design your dream fabric using their simple online tool and have it printed on the fabric of your choice (excluding neoprene). I was kindly shown around the Contrado factory earlier this year by Chris, who owns the business. Their range of fabrics is mindblowing, from quilted sweater jersey, to French Crepe to waterproof fabric that would enable you to make your own raincoat.
Big, endless thanks to all the businesses that have kindly donated their products to make this prize such a biggy!
Anyone entering the #sewdots challenge will be in with a chance of winning all these goodies and frankly I will be very jealous of whoever does! The winner will be chosen totally randomly on November 1st from all entries, so please pick your dotty fabric and get sewing to raise money, raise awareness and win prizes!