About Sew a little secret
Sew a little secret is a sewing craft subscription which includes all the instructions instructions, patterns, fabric and haberdashery you need to make one craft project per month. The subscription can be tailored to beginners or intermediate and ordered as a one off, monthly or six monthly subscription.
My Review of Sew a little secret
Pre-Baby I used to love crafts and sewing, but getting time to do anything crafty now is a major struggle. With free time rarer than gold dust, when I do get a moment to spend doing crafts I often spend it looking for things or realising that I don’t have half of the supplies I need, so when I heard about Sew a little secret I had to give it a go.
The idea behind sew a little secret is that once you sign up you receive a package every month containing everything you need for a surprise sewing project. You can choose to receive either a beginner pack which is perfect for people who are just starting out or an intermediate pack for those who have a little more experience. I optimistically chose the intermediate pack and was delighted to when I opened my parcel to find everything I needed for a cool looking oil cloth tote bag.
I was a little nervous of the project to start as I had never worked with oil cloth or made a bag before and while the instructions were more that sufficient, the intermediate ones do assume a fair understanding of fabric and basic sewing techniques. Despite this I found it very easy to get started and for the first time in my life I actually managed to complete the project without having to unpick anything!
The pattern that is provided with the pack is printed on thick paper (about the same thickness as standard printer paper) instead of the traditional tissue, which means that it’s far more durable than a normal pattern. This did mean that I felt the need to cut the pattern out before cutting the fabric, less I commit the sin of using my fabric scissors on paper, but it also meant that after cutting all the pieces I was left with a patter that I would be able to use many times before I needing to make a copy.
Once I had the pattern cut out I was ready to cut the fabric. One of the annoying things I find about buying fabric is you always end up with not quite enough or with lots of excess that you will never use. The great thing about Sew a little secret is that you receive exactly the amount of fabric you need, cutting right back on wast and preventing the gut churning moment when you realise you miscalculated how much fabric you needed by a inch. This exact amount does mean that you need to be careful to cut the fabric correctly the first time as there are no second chances but “Check twice, cut once” as my Grandad used to say… granted, he was talking about scraggly bits of wood not lovely fabric.
As with the fabric, all haberdashery, in my case some strapping, is also provided in near exact amounts. The only thing I would say about this is that thread is the only consumable not included in the pack and while I can see why this was omitted (Nearly everyone who sews will have a box full of threads in a rainbow of colours somewhere) I would have liked to see it included even if it did mean the pack is a little more expensive. From my own experience, I managed to run out of black thread half way through this project and as previously mentioned going out to get more was not an option. In the end I found another black which wasn’t as good but would do the job and settled for that. Luckily the bag turned out beautifully regardless.
All told, the bag took around two and a half hours to complete from start to finish and around half of that was with Baby doing her best to distract me. This really felt like the perfect amount if time as even with a young baby finding two to three hours a month to sew when you have everything laid out for you is within the realms of possibility and particularly when the result is as pretty and functional as the kit I received.
I really enjoyed trying Sew a Little Secret. The pattern was functional and fun, and the result was a really nice hand made item that I would have been happy to buy in a shop. The materials which were provided were all of a very high quality and the colour scheme and design was well thought out, right down to the polka-dot lining. I would have liked to see thread included but I think this is a case of personal preference on my part. Although all of the above make this a fantastic little subscription service, I think the thing that makes it stand out even further is the quality of the pattern and instructions. I would now have absolutely no concerns about going out and buying more materials to make another bag, so I feel that not only have I completed a craft project, but I’ve also learned a skill in the process.
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