Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Backstitch

Backstitch is a brand new online store run by busy mum of two, Alice. I know she's a busy mum of two - because her youngest is only weeks old. I have to admit I'm shocked she finds the time to run her fledgling business, when both of mine were that small it was enough of an effort to get dressed!


Alice says;

'Backstitch is a stylish online craft store stocking a range of patterned fabrics, plain fabrics, and sewing patterns. The current selection of patterned fabrics includes favorite designers such as Kaffe Fassett, Anna Maria Horner and Amy Butler, and also introduces a new designer, Lily Keziah. The plain fabric range is currently a spectrum of cottons which are both versatile and great value for money. Fabrics can be bought by the metre or in bundles from the cocktail collection! Backstitch also stock a great selection of sewing patterns. Designs from Sew Liberated, Oliver + S, Anna Maria Horner, Bettsy Kingston, Colette… the list goes on. In addition to being a shop, the Backstitch website features regular articles which, in tandem with their blog, at backstitchblog.blogspot.com, share sewing inspiration, tutorials, and reviews.'


The website is really well laid out, clearly labelled and very easy to navigate. There is a great range of plain cotton fabrics for only £5.50 a metre, which is exceptionally good value. The fabric bundles have been thoughtfully put together using either a range of fabrics from the same designer of a mix of fabrics along a colour theme. They also have fun cocktail inspired names such as the Manhattan, or the Whiskey Sour (my personal favourite). Alice's blog features pattern reviews, news of what's coming soon and giveaways. All in all, well worth a visit.

And here comes the really good part - you have the chance to win a fabric bundle of your choice just by leaving a comment. Head over to the Backstitch shop and have a look round, and then come back here and tell me which bundle takes your fancy.

The small print - giveaway only for UK or European residents (sorry rest of the world!). Prize is one bundle from the choice available in the Backstitch store. No substitutes or custom bundles. Postage is not included. Winner will be selected by random on Monday August 9th. GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! THANK YOU!!!

57 comments:

Tiffany said...

:( I am sorry that I can't be part of the giveaway!! (I live in New York).

Ah well, thanks for sharing - it is fun to look at the pretty!

Isisjem said...

I'm liking the Manhattan Bundle muchly :-) although I had to have a really quick look or I'd be listing 12 of the 12 bundles ;-)

I love the idea of cocktail named bundles. Makes buying a bundle more fun some how.

Starry said...

Ooh I like all of them but my fave is the Blue Hawaii Bundle. Hope I win xD

Tine said...

Wow! How does she manage?! I can hardly manage work and family now that my kids are 3 and 5!!
Very impressive!
The shop looks fab, I think my favourite bundles are either the Manhattan Bundle or the Blue Hawaii.... Hmm... Manhattan I think. I love the mix of colors in that one :)

Kerry O'T said...

Oh I like the look of Rum punch - you can't beat a stash of spots!

Fern said...

As much as I love the Mary Poppins reference for Rum Punch, I'd have to go for Kir Royale :D

Hannah said...

Just what my paypal needs....
I am loving the patterns...
I know someone that wanted a Emmeline Apron.

I love Manhattan Bundle.

Hannah x

Rohaise said...

There are some great fabrics on there and I love the bundles. The Kir Royale one is superb. Thank you!

trash said...

Oh no! Choice? Am torn between Blue Lagoon, Sundowner and Manhattan bundles.

two hippos said...

I too like the whisky sour and the sundowner. I'm going to pop back and have a look...

Kelly said...

lots of lovely fabrics! think i like the Banshee Bundle (or maybe the sundowner - it's so hard to choose!)

Linda said...

Rum Punch because I love spots (So useful!) and the Hawaian one too. Don't know how she juggles a business and two littlies though!

Penny said...

This is a great idea of yours to introduce us to new internet shops.

I love all the fabric bundles but I think I would have to choose the Hanky- Panky, it goes with my name!

gill said...

Hear hear Penny (comment 13) My sentiments exactly!!
My fave bundle is the Manhattan
Gill

LittleGem said...

oooh I love the hanky panky bundle! I think I love the name of it even more!!! x

quiltilicious said...

Rum punch!

Lynne said...

Oooh Rum punch for me too - you can never have too many spots in your stash - or on your bum - sorry didn't mean to say that last bit.

Hollyrolly said...

Vodka martini for me please!

Chris said...

Spoilt for choice & I have changed my mind several times already so before I change it again I'd like to say rum punch!
Chris x

Roberta said...

I'm already a big fan of Backstitch Shop and Alice's superb friendly and efficient service.
The Rum Punch Bundle would make a dottilicious addition to my fabric stash

Julie said...

I'm partial to a vodka martini ... so that's the bundle I'd chose if I were lucky enough to win anything from this fab shop. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

Locket Pocket said...

Definitely rum punch for me! What a lot of gorgeous fabrics! Lucy x

Manda said...

Wow it's difficult to choose just one! Those bundles are so well put together really good mixes :) I think my fave is probably Manhattan or maybe blue lagoon?!

Mandy Noble said...

I have already bought their blue lagoon bundle :) So I will go for for Sundowner!

Anonymous said...

Kir royale for me! don't usually go for pink but this is lush :-)
Celine

The undomesticated scientist said...

Rum punch for me!

Kerrie said...

They are all so tempting but I think the Hanky-Panky bundle is my favourite... today!

monda-loves said...

What a great idea. I tend to buy from UK sellers where I can. Have you checked out www.seamstar.co.uk?

Re the fabric, I'm strangely drawn to the banshee bundle. I'm finding more room in my life for yellow and mustard these days it seems.

Monda
x

TheMadHouse said...

I love the sunflower bundle, but they all make my heart sing

machen und tun said...

what a great idea to mix these lovely bundles!! I like them all, but i love the rum punch: soooo pretty!!
thanks for the great give-away :-)
claudia

Peach Rainbow said...

I like the Rum Punch Bundle!

Apryl said...

I like the Rum Punch Bundle best!

Ă„rztin in Not said...

I love Whiskey Sour, as long as it comes in this fantastic fabric and not actual alcohol ;-)

Dorothee said...

I'd love the Kir Royal bundle:
http://www.backstitch.co.uk/index.asp?ref=product4_104

Adel said...

Thanks very much Alice, what a great website business you have started! I am already a fan, and have enjoyed using your lovely fabrics and pattern for sew liberated aprons. I have recommended you to several of my crafty friends...good luck with it!

For the choice of fabric bundles I would go for Whiskey sour, or Rum punch, though am spoilt for choice!

Jenny Kearney said...

I really like the White Russian Bundle = if I won I would use it to make a playmat for my little boy!

ClaireP said...

rum punch! Polka dots rule :)

Harrysmum said...

Wow - a new fabric site for me - now bookmarked ;-)
I *love* the kir royal bundle - and am rather partial to the drink too!!

Jedimama said...

I thought I'd found them all but backtitch is new to me! I love the way you are introducing more local resources. Personally I am drawn to the Sundowner Bundle, such a beautiful range of colour and pattern. A quarter of each would go a long way.

WandaFish said...

Another lovely shop to tempt me! All gorgeous bundles but I think I'd have to choose whiskey sour. Thanks for the giveaway :)

bellsjo said...

Hummm... a difficult choice but I think it would have to be the white russian bundle - I am loving those butterflies!

Jacque said...

Love the shop and the fabrics... sorry to say I live in the State and am not eligible for a chance at your great giveaway... but I'll stop by often.

jleibfried@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I think Sundowner looks very tempting

Aoife Blake said...

Rum Punch Bundle! I love dotty things :)

Katherine said...

They are all so gorgeous, it is so hard to decide which one I like best! I will go with the Manhattan bundle as the fabrics are so varied yet go so well together :) Cheers

The Sewing Directory said...

It would have to be the blue-eyed blonde bundle for me - Love anything blue.

Ails said...

It would have to be the banshee bundle for me - i love those colours!

mutteringsfromthemoor said...

I really love the Tea Tiny bundle, I think the fabrics would make lovely for my little teddy bears.

blue hands said...

ha! found this via Backstitch facebook page. All those bundles are brill, but I particularly love the blues and greens of Gin Fizz

sian_simmonds@hotmail.com said...

I'd love the kir royale and I would dream of being in france sipping one whilst sewing a dreamy lush quilt

Laura said...

Phew, just in time!The Manhattan bundle is just gorgeous!

Esther said...

Been ill and only just catching up on blogs so hope I'm still on time. Lots of lovely collections but I think I like Gin Fizz best.

savvy stitch said...

I would love, love, love the sundowner bundle. I am making a quilt and these fabrics would look incredible! (I live in DK)

emily.nudelman@gmail.com

Dianna said...

I love the Kir Royale bundle. I've been making my daughter a pink quilt for so long now and it might just be the kick I need to get it finished!

Thank you for the chance to enter.

marieke said...

o yes i can join in.

I'd really like the melon ball bundle. I think this green is verry lovely.

good luck tonight

gr
marieke

PinkLady said...

If I'm not too late I'd love to enter!

My favourite is the Manhatten Bundle!

Jeannette said...

I like them all! To choose one "manhattan". Thanks for the information on all the shops!