TGIF: A Pattern Giveaway, Cool Images, & Pattern Hacking

Limited-time pattern giveaway on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Being the editor of a blog for a pattern company, you’d think I’d be using this space to write about all the things I’ve sewn lately with our patterns. Uh, no. Sorry, the weather has been too nice here in NYC to be indoors sewing. Let’s all stockpile patterns and fabric now, and then start up sewing again once the weather turns bleh.

Speaking of patterns, we just released the new Butterick fall collection and I feel like having a pattern giveaway on this blog. Yay! All you have to do is check out the new collection here, then leave a comment on this post telling me which pattern you’d like to win and why. Must have a valid email address; only one comment per person. One winner will be randomly selected next week and notified via email. I’ll also announce the name of the winner on this post, so check back next week if you want to see who won. (We’re also having this same giveaway on Instagram, if you want another chance to win.)

7/29/15 Update: Congratulations to V Reed, the random winner of this pattern giveaway!

The Great Pattern Hack ChallengeAre you a pattern hacker? Do you look at our patterns and think hmm, if I did this there and that here, how cute would it be? Yeah, we’re cool with that. I make hacks to our patterns every now and then, though I’m often pretty lazy and just stick with our designs. (You should see the hacks Nikki of Beauté J’Adore does to our patterns and other companies’ patterns. She’s an artiste!) If you like to pattern-hack and you’d love the idea of winning cool sewing prizes—like a new Janome sewing machine!—then check out the Great Pattern Hack Challenge from Michael Miller Fabrics and Janome.

Finally, just because it’s Friday, here are two sewing quote images for you to grab and share. Every time I read these words I think “that is so me.” Does this sentiment apply to you too? Have a great weekend!


sewing quote image by the McCall Pattern Company sewing quote image by the McCall Pattern Company

We’re Awesome Because We Sew. Plus, More Things To Know

Sewing is awesome. The McCall Pattern Company.
C’mon, don’t you feel like you’re an awesome person because you can make your own clothes? It’s finally Friday after a long week and I always like to head into the weekend with some positive affirmation. So we created these sewing quote images, using pattern illustrations from our archives. Grab them, pin them (scroll down for Pinterest-sized images), feel free to use on your blogs and social media. What thing have you sewn that makes you feel the most awesome? Leave a comment telling us about it, and I’ll do the same.

Sewing is awesome. The McCall Pattern Company.

New Video: Have you seen the new video by Workroom Social and McCall’s yet? It’s the first in a series of videos created to inspire you and help you think like a designer as you sew our patterns. Jennifer Wiese has a fun way of showing you how to accomplish this; take a look and let us know what you think:

“Style a Celeb” Instagram contest: Wow, we loved your entries so much! They were fun and creative. We had a tough time agreeing on a favorite, but congratulations to Dominique, known as @lraine85 on Instagram. She gets to pick $100 worth of patterns from us. We also gave honorable mentions (two free patterns of their choice) to @mario_r0driguez and @thinkingcapstudio, who wowed us as well. Look for more social media contests to come!

Easy sewing machine cover: We have some really cute sewing machine cover patterns, like this one. But if your beloved sewing machine sits below a ceiling with pipes that have been known to leak on occasion, as mine does, then here’s a fast way to make a waterproof cover. Buy one of those large vinyl shopping bags you can find at places like TJ Maxx and Michael’s. They’re the perfect size for most sewing machines. Try it on your machine and determine the best height. Cut off the top part of the bag with the handles, leaving about a one-inch hem. Turn up hem and stitch in place. That’s it! Here’s my Bernina wearing its new cover (shopping bag from Michael’s).

How to make a cute waterproof sewing machine cover.

That’s all for now! Have a great weekend!
Sewing is awesome. The McCall Pattern Company.


Sewing is awesome. The McCall Pattern Company.