It’s back for 2019 – The Great Big Pattern Swap! Following last years success Alice (Alice -The Polka Dot Palace) and I (The Zipperfoot) have decided to run the event again! This year there is a new and improved hashtag #patternswap19 which is all important as it is how you can monitor which patterns are up for grabs and also how you enter your make into the prize draw!
Last year saw hundreds of the sewing community swapping patterns, making new friends and pushing boundaries of what we may ordinarily sew. We saw patterns being swapped worldwide – from the U.K, U.S, Australia, Brazil, France, Spain, Belguim, Portugal…just to name a few! It was so wonderful to see so many joining in the fun and better still for these ‘unwanted’ patterns to find happy homes.
So have a read below for the guidelines on how to enter and to read all about some of the amazing prizes that are on offer from our generous sponsors!
How does it work?
Have a rummage through your pattern collection, and if there are any that you know you won’t use (that are uncut and in good condition), take a photo and share it on Instagram with a bit of a description and tag it #patternwap19
In your Instagram post say where you’re happy to send to; you may not want to pay postage abroad, but if you don’t mind then say you’ll post worldwide.
First to comment on the photo gets the pattern! You can then directly message the recipient to get their postage details – please don’t post any personal information or addresses publicly!
The flipside of this (and what makes everyone a winner) is that you can also claim patterns that are listed by others, so make sure you’re following #patternswap19
Please note that we cannot accept PDF patterns into the swap due to copyright issues, PDFs are not transferrable.
What’s the catch?
To claim a pattern from someone else you must give away a pattern of your own!
This is a ‘pay it forward’ style challenge, so if you claim someone else’s unwanted pattern, you must also list one for someone else to have.
When does the challenge start and finish?
The challenge starts today on Saturday 01st June, and the closing date is Saturday 13th July.
To be in the draw to win one of the awesome prizes we’ve got lined up, you need to have shared a pattern, and received a pattern and made it, sharing with the tag #patternswap19
How can I let everyone know about #patternswap19?!
Other than posting photos of your patterns you’re giving away, we’ve put together a few graphics you can share on your grid or in your insta stories! They are available to download as a zip file from Alice’s Blog
And most importantly – what are the prizes?
We are so grateful to all of our wonderful sponsors who are donating generous prizes…have a read through the list below to see the prizes on offer this year!
Sew Me Sunshine £20 Online Voucher
Pink Coat Club – £20 Online Voucher
Make at 140 – £25 Online Voucher
Sewalicious – £30 Online Voucher
Stitches and Cream Falmouth – £30 Online Voucher
Lamazi Fabrics – £20 Online Voucher
Happy Fabric – £20 Online Voucher
Sew Sew Sew – £30 Online Voucher
Like Sew Amazing – £20 Online Voucher
Fabrics Galore – £25 Online Voucher
Sew Essential £25 Online Voucher
Alice and Co Patterns – 3 winners will each receive one pattern download.
Material Girl Laura -A Pattern of your choice
Rocking Stitch – Seamstress Gauge
The Stitch Sisters – One Online Class
Cocowawa Crafts – Three patterns – x1 for 3 winners.
Sew In The Garden – 4 pins
Flo-Jo A copy of the book ‘Knickers!’ and a pattern.
Dovetailed A £10 voucher and a pattern
We are so looking forward to seeing what everyone shares and makes for the challenge! If you have any questions about it please send me a message either on here or on Instagram and I’ll get back to you asap.
Happy sewing, and happy swapping, everyone