Megan Nielsen Patterns Giveaway

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We have so many patterns to dole out that we’re posting another giveaway today! Megan Nielsen has generously contributed THREE patterns to the Sewalong.

megan nielsen 3 patterns

Left: Briar Sweater and T Shirt Sewing Pattern
Center: Crescent Blouse Sewing Pattern
Right: Eucalypt Woven Tank and Dress Sewing Pattern

Let’s take a look at what others have done with Megan’s patterns! Sophie of Cirque du Bebe blogged here about her Crescent Blouse:
sophie's crescent blouse

Kelly of Cut Cut Sew made a lovely Eucalypt and blogged about it:
kelly's eucalypt

And I loooove the colorblock Eucalypt that Megan blogged about in her design diary:

Meg of Meggipeg made a whole pile of Briar tops. Check out all the cool color combos she used here. Meanwhile, here’s her blue one:
meggipeg briar

Thanks so much for the giveaway, Megan! And good luck, Raeders!

Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is underway! Read more here; and add your photos to the Flickr Pool!

To be entered in the drawing, leave ONE comment on this post by TOMORROW at 10 PM EST (Wednesday, April 16). Three winners will be randomly selected, randomly assigned a pattern, contacted via email, and will receive a PDF copy of one of the patterns listed above as a digital, downloadable pattern by email. Void where prohibited by law.

Coco Pattern Giveaway from Tilly and the Buttons

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Today’s giveaway is from Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons. Her Coco pattern has made a serious splash recently, and she has generously offered up a printed copy of the pattern to give away to help get us psyched for Spring Top Sewalong 2014!

Coco is sewn with low-stretch knit fabrics, and would be a great pattern to learn how to sew with knits on a regular sewing machine.

We asked Tilly if she had seen any Cocos out in the wide world (ok, ok, out in the wide internet) and she showed us a few lovely versions. Here’s Adey of Sew Convert’s White and Stripes:

adey's coco

And Janet of Kitchen Table Sewing has already made a closetful of Cocos. We really like her Silly Sausage Dog top.
Janet's Coco
Check out the Coco Pinterest gallery too!

Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is underway! Read more here; and add your photos to the Flickr Pool!

Leave ONE comment on this post by TOMORROW at 8 AM EST (Wednesday, April 16) for a chance to win a printed copy of the Coco pattern by Tilly and the Buttons. One winner will be randomly selected, contacted via email for shipping information, and will receive the pattern by mail. Void where prohibited by law.

Lane Raglan Pattern Giveaway from Hey June

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Are you ready for our first Spring Top Sewalong Giveaway? Adrianna Appl over at Crafterhours (remember her from the KNITerviews?) is the designer behind Hey June Handmade Patterns. She has generously donated a PDF copy of her Lane Raglan pattern to one lucky winner today!

Hey June Lane Raglan

Notice how knits are such a big deal these days? Aren’t you glad Rae did a whole KNITerview series on the blog earlier this year to prepare you for all the fun challenges involved in sewing knits? I couldn’t believe the selection of knit fabrics when I was at Joann’s the other day to pick up some, ahem, essentials (see how I’m posting hopeful fabric in the Flickr Pool? You should too!). But anyway, you probably wanna just see the pattern you could win.


hey june logo

To give you an idea of what you can do with this pattern, check out Melissa Esplin’s Lane Raglan with a kangaroo pocket; it looks so comfy and stylish!

melissaesplin-sewing-raglan-sweater-kangaroo-pouch-1photo via

Thanks for the pattern Adrianna, and good luck everyone!

Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is underway! Read more here; and add your photos to the Flickr Pool!

To be entered in the drawing, leave ONE comment on this post by TOMORROW at 8 AM EST (Tuesday, April 15). One winner will be randomly selected, contacted via email, and will receive a PDF copy of the Lane Raglan pattern from Hey June Handmade as a digital, downloadable pattern by email. Void where prohibited by law.

Giveaway winners and discounts for all!

Thanks to all for entering to win gift certificates to my lovely sponsors featured in the last two posts! Here are the randomly selected winners:

$30 at Fat Quarter Shop: Barbara, who said “Hi Rae, the very best from a fresh mom to you! I can’t believe that all four of my favorite online Shops are your Sponsors! So no matter witch Sponsor – I would love to win! Thank you for the opportunity!”

$30 at Pink Chalk Fabrics: Erin, who said “You are lucky to have such sponsors!”

$30 at Pink Castle Fabrics: Rita, who said “Congratulations Rae. More kids = more inspiration”

$30 at Fabricworm: Abbey, who said “Would love to win! I’m not even picky about which shop, because I know they’re all fabulous with your stamp of approval on them”

$30 at Warp & Weft: Mary, who said “Another great giveaway. Thanks!”

$30 at Lemon Tree Fabrics: Brittany, who said “gorgeous giveaway!”

$30 at Fashionable Fabrics: Jessica, who said “Thanks for the giveaway!”

$30 at The Fabric Stash: Kati, who said “So many beautiful fabrics! I love having new fabrics to work with.”

And guess what? The shops listed below have all provided coupon codes for all of us to use!

Update: Receive 10% off your order at Fabricworm with the coupon code MBRFAB at checkout. Offer expires November 19th, 2013.

For 10% off your order at Pink Chalk Fabrics, use the coupon code MADEBYRAE2013 at checkout. Offer expires November 18th, 2013.

For 15% off your order at Warp & Weft, use the coupon code madebyrae15% at checkout. Offer Expires November 25th, 2013.

For 20% off your order at The Fabric Stash, use the coupon code 20forrae at checkout. Offer expires November 18th, 2013.

For 10% off your order at Lemon Tree Fabrics, use the coupon code Rae at checkout. Offer expires December 5th, 2013.

For 5% off your order at Fashionable Fabrics, use the coupon code mbr5 at checkout.  Offer expires November 18th, 2013.

For 20% off your order at Fat Quarter Shop, use the coupon code MADEBYRAE at checkout. Offer expires November 18th, 2013 (not valid on gift certificate or club purchases).

For 15% off your order Pink Castle Fabrics, use the coupon code MADERAE15 at checkout. Offer expires November 18th, 2013.

Happy shopping, all! Thanks again to all of my great sponsors!

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More Sponsor Love and Giveaways! [CLOSED]

Today we have four more fantastic sponsors to show off — Warp and Weft, Lemon Tree, The Fabric Stash, and Fashionable Fabrics! The first three are also new sponsors to my blog, so today I want to introduce you to their fantastic selections and give them a big welcome!! I love the selections you’ll find at each of these, so be sure to check them out. They’re also EACH giving away a $30 gift certificate today, so read the details below and enter to win!

Our only Canadian Sponsor! Warp & Weft has a great lineup of designers featured in their fabric section, including Leah Duncan and Sarah Watson. A great selection at this beautiful shop!


A sweet selection of fabrics, patterns and bundles are offered over at Lemon Tree, including Sarah Jane Studios, adorable houses and ladybugs by Marissa for Creative Thursday, and Ziggy and Cuppa Joe from Monaluna organics.


Fabric Stash is a great source not only for basic quilting cottons, but also for apparel fabrics as well. I love their knit selection, and they also carry corduroy, linens, and great Japanese imports, as you can see below. From Kokka: Double gauze, Seersucker giraffes, From Kei Fabrics for Yuwa: Birdcages and Can-Can


Always a fantastic place to find fun novelty prints! Calaveras Skulls, Children at Play by Sarah Jane; you’ll find Darling Clementine Dotty Stripe (how could I not like it with a name like that!) in the lawn & voile section; I’ve been a fan of Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelets since I first laid eyes on them, and I must say Nicey Jane Dream Dot by Heather Bailey has some lovely color combos.


Leave one comment by 10pm Eastern Time on Saturday, November 9, 2013, for the chance to receive one $30 gift card from one of the shops featured in this post. Four winners will be randomly selected and randomly awarded one shop’s gift card. Each winner will be contacted via email, and will receive a redemption code to the selected shop. Void where prohibited by law.

Sponsor Love and Giveaway [CLOSED]

***This Giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering!***

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments on my fun announcement!! We’re all super excited over here. There’s definitely been more bumpage over here lately than the photos that Elli so kindly made you scrutinize in that post (HAH!), so it looks like maternity sewing will definitely be happening in my future.

So it’s time to give a shout-out to the amazing sponsors of this blog — their buttons are over on the sidebar, and at the bottom of my blog entries, but one of the most common questions I still get over email is “where do you buy your fabric?” So I wanted to give them some formal recognition to make sure you know what great shops they are! And yes, I do shop with my sponsors when I need fabric for a project. I really love having their buttons on my blog because I can just click around when I’m looking for something specific. So let’s show off a few of their wonderful fabrics!!

Oh, and we’ll throw in a giveaway too! Each of the four sponsors featured in this post has generously offered up a $30 gift card to one lucky winner.  This means that FOUR OF YOU will win a gift card! Leave a comment by 10pm Eastern Time tonight, November 8th, to be entered in the drawing. Short giveaway, people, so chop, chop. Don’t putz around, or you’ll miss it.

Featuring tons of adorable bundles for you quilters out there along with plenty of fabric by the yard as well. Fat Quarter Shop carries the latest and greatest of all the big fabric designers. Some of my favorite lines: Stella Solids, Simply Spots by Kaffe FassettJust for Fun from Birch Fabrics, 30’s Playtime, 1930’s Colors Bella Solids, and Mormor by Lotta Jansdotter (coming soon).

Check out Pink Chalk’s selection of voiles and lawns, which are among my preferred fabrics for skirts and dresses. Kathy carries a lovely selection of these, along with some knits as well!! You’ll find some Liberty of London Tana Lawn, Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks, Rashida Coleman-Hale’s Koi, and the ever-versatile Free Spirit Designer Solids in there.


I particularly love the organic fabrics that Fabricworm offers up. Look for the Jay-Cyn designs for Birch Organic Fabrics, and the Charley Harper line, which cannot come soon enough (that one is coming in knits and flannels too!! woooot!!)! Also: totally great Japanese import fabrics that you won’t find anywhere else. I always know I can find double gauzes and Kokka fabrics that I’m looking for at Fabricworm (along with more obscure stuff like the organic sherpa I used for Elliot’s pennant pants).

I’m lucky enough to be able to shop locally at Pink Castle, but lucky for all of you, there’s a ton of great stuff online too! The Allison Glass prints are so fun, Monaluna with the lovely organic elements arranged geometrically, and Leah Duncan’s embroidery prints are so whimsical. Brenda’s large and constantly-changing selection also includes some knit fabrics (she has a number of solid Robert Kaufman knits in right now) and Nani Iro double gauzes.

Leave ONE comment by 10pm Eastern Time on Friday, November 8, 2013, to receive ONE $30 gift card from one of the shops featured in this post. Four winners will be randomly selected and randomly awarded one shop’s gift card. Each winner will be contacted via email, and will receive a redemption code to the selected shop. Void where prohibited by law.

Blue Rayon Staple Dress

***And the winner of the Staple Dress printed pattern is . . . TAMMY, who wrote “I’ve seen this dress around on different blogs. I’d love to have my own copy. Thanks for the chance!”  Congrats, Tammy.  Happy sewing to all! ***


Today I’m participating in the Staple Dress Blog Tour that’s been happening all week long to celebrate the fact that the Staple Dress pattern is now in PRINT! The tour wraps up today over here and at Sew Caroline, so thanks for stopping by! I’m so lucky to know April Rhodes (the designer of the Staple Dress) in real life; she is such a dear friend. She has to be one of the sweetest and most authentic human beings on the planet. In addition to a huge heart, she has a great passion for sewing, and she is clearly focused on creating lovely, basic patterns so that others can share her passion, as well.

Staple Dress in PRINT

Staple Dress (back cover) in print

The Staple Dress has been a HUGE hit this year, and it’s easy to see why: April’s directions are easy to follow; she adds helpful hints along the way; and the pattern pieces are well-designed, with just the right amount of ease. It’s obvious she worked hard to achieve a great fit here. I’m thrilled that there’s been such a great response to this pattern, and I’m even more excited about the new patterns she has coming!


Today I wanted to show off my latest Staple Dress creation (you can see the top I made for Spring Top Sewalong here) and give away one print version of the Staple Dress pattern, as well, since April so generously offered to send a pattern to one of you, you lucky readers, you (UPDATED: THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER)!

This dress was made with a clearance rayon I randomly found at a tent sale a few years ago for $2/yard. It’s a polyester rayon (not cotton like the rayon challis I talk about in this post from earlier this week), so it’s not quite as soft and lovely and flowy as the cotton rayons, but I just couldn’t pass up this print. Have you ever had that moment where you’re staring at a fabric, and you can’t decide whether the print is really awesome or completely ugly? Yeah, that. But I’m so glad I didn’t pass it up, because about a year later the eighties decided to come back, and now this kind of thing is totally hot again. Who knew? (Not me. I’m the person who scoffed when I saw skinny jeans come back into style. *ducks and looks sheepish*)


Anyway, I personally think the Staple Dress looks amazing in rayon, since the flowy nature of the fabric helps give it a great silhouette, and I love how this turned out! It will be perfect for a date night since it’s a wee bit scandalous on me in the Length Department, which means Mr Rae thinks it’s perfect (Note to self: you are roughly 2 feet taller than April. Plan accordingly next time and add a few inches). It’s not TOO short, because I almost always wear my dresses with leggings or skinny jeans underneath, so that’s probably how I’ll wear this one more often than not once the weather cools down again.


I made the pattern with the hi-lo hem option (there’s also a straight hem), which I love; the dress went together like a breeze, and I even surprised myself a bit by sewing French seams on the entire thing — yes, even around the pockets. Extra nice.


Okay, by now you’re like, when will this girl stop blathering on and tell me how I can win a pattern already? Fine, FINE! Here you go: Leave one comment (and one comment only!) by 9 PM Eastern on Sunday July 14th for a chance to win a printed copy of the Staple Dress. We’ll randomly select a winner and contact them via email. April has generously offered to ship internationally, so readers with an email address and a postal address are free to enter. Void where prohibited, of course. (UPDATED: THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER.)

You can find the print version of the Staple Dress on April’s website.

And here are all of the stops on the Staple Dress blog tour for you to enjoy:

Mon. July 8th:  Aneela Hoey –  Comfortstitching
Tues. July 9th: Katy Jones – I’m a Ginger Monkey
Wed. July 10th: Jeni Baker – In Color Order
Thurs. July 11th: Julie Herman – Jaybird Quilts
Fri. July 12th:  Carrie Bloomston – SUCH Designs
Sat. July 13th:  Caroline – Sew Caroline & Rae – Made By Rae

And the Winners Are…

Thanks to everyone’s enthusiasm in entering to win the Twelve Days of Christmas pattern giveaways!

Twelve Days of Christmas

Here’s the list of lucky winners who were selected using the random number generator:

Day 1: Big Butt Baby Pants #16 Lindsey, who said,  “I think my sweet baby boy needs some big butt pants…although he has the tiniest little bum I’ve ever seen! =)”
Day 2: Peekaboo Bonnet #115 Jenny, who said, “Thanks!”
Day 3: Bonsai Bag #4 Kayla Thanks for the post-Christmas Christmas giving! Such a fun bag. Loving it!”
Day 4: Charlie Tunic with Dress Add-on #214 Jenifer, who said, “I love the dress version!”
Day 5: Showwoff Bag #125 Mitzi, who said, “Love this bag!”
Day 6: Flashback Skinny Tee (sizes 12 mos – 5T) #54 Louise, who said, “I would love this pattern”
Day 7: Flashback Skinny Tee for Big Kids #102 Katie, who said, “Ooh, this would fit my son!”
Day 8: Lickety Split Bag #207 Leticia,who said, “Very cute bag! Love it!”
Day 9: Pierrot Tunic #76 Subha, who said, “love love love this tunic! would love to have the pattern to make tons of presents for people! thanks!”
Day 10: Toddler Backpack #246 Neomi, who said, “yes, please :) I’d love to win!”
Day 11: Geranium Dress #214 April, who said, “I am so in love with this pattern! I just bought some darling green fabric that would make a darling Geranium dress!”
Day 12: Washi Dress pdf #309 Melissa, who said, “yay! thanks for the opportunity”
Day 12: Washi Dress printed pattern #126 Anna, who said, “would love this. happy 12th day!”

Winners have been contacted and prizes have been mailed out; winners if you haven’t received your pattern yet please feel free to shoot me an email. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas [NOW CLOSED]

This giveaway is now closed. This is our last 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, thanks to everyone for participating!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… twelve ugly sweaters, twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords-a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids-a-milking, seven swans-a-swimming, six geese-a-laying, five golden rings, four colly birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree!

…and Rae gave to me…wait! what! Did you see how I snuck in an extra twelve up there? Well that was what we call foreshadowing, because today there will be TWO winners! Your odds are twice as good today chez Made By Rae because…

…on the twelfth day of Christmas, Rae gave to me a Washi Dress Sewing Pattern!

Washi Sewing Pattern

There will be two winners today:

  • one winner will receive a PDF version of the pattern by email
  • one winner will receive the newly-minted print version of the pattern by good old snail mail.


This patten is so versatile: it adapts well to tunic-length or maxi-length, it looks great with longer sleeves, and if you pair it with tights and boots and layer with a cardigan, it’s an all-seasons dress!


Above: 1. Washi Tunic, 2. Washi with Waist Tie, 3. With Green Cardi, 4. With White Cardi


Above Top, Left to Right: 1. Denim Washi, 2. Washi Dress in Dear Stella Gilt Trip, 3. Washi Dress; Bottom, Left to Right: 4. Blue Washi Tunic, 5. Upcycled Washi Dress, 6. nani IRO Washi

All photos in the collections above were taken from the Washi Dress Photo Pool on Flickr, where you will see how hard it was to decide which lovely renditions to feature in the post.

Twelve Days of Christmas

Leave one comment on this post before 9 pm EST tonight for your chance to win this sewing pattern. The winners will be contacted via email, and will receive either a PDF *or* print copy of the Washi Dress Sewing Pattern. Both winners will be randomly selected; we will assign each prize to each winner (so be OK with either prize before you enter, m’kay?). Void where prohibited by law.

Well, folks, it’s been fun!  We’ll post a list of our winners sometime next week. Thanks for helping me extend the festivities this year with these giveaways!!