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Sew Sampler Subscription Box Review – September 2017

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Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Sew Sampler is a subscription box from the Fat Quarter Shop that includes sewing notions, fabrics, and patterns for quilters!

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Sew Sampler

The Cost: $0.99 to join, and the box is $24.95 plus $4.95 for shipping for US customers, $12.00 for shipping for Canadian customers, and $16.00 shipping for International customers.

The Products: “At least 5 specially chosen items which may include fabric, notions, patterns, thread, and anything in between.” They promise that the retail value will always be more than the cost of the box.

Ships to: Worldwide

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Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

The theme for September is Farmer’s Market! This colorful card was the first thing I saw when I opened the box. I love the presentation this month!

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

As always, there was a shop promotion card for FatQuarterShop.com, a fold-out card explaining the items and a ‘hand made’ sticker. 

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Good Life Tin with Window, Medium – Value $5.24

I love the colors and pattern of this little tin. The window is useful too  –  I have a lot of storage boxes and am always having to open them to remind me what’s inside. The window makes it easy to see without having to open the box. 

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

The Good Life Charm Pack – Value $9.98

This pack contains 42 5″ squares from this Bonnie & Camille pattern for Moda Fabrics. I enjoyed the retro vibe of this collection. I like the quality of Moda fabric and am always happy to see it in this box. 

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Quilt Popsocket Device Media Stand – Value $8.98

This little device fits on the back of your phone and pops out to make a stand. It’s lightweight and didn’t support my phone in portrait mode, but works in landscape orientation. It’s a cute item but seems more like a promotional freebie than something you’d pay for. 

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Freshly Picked Tablerunner Pattern – Value $9.98

This pattern is exclusive to Sew Sampler! It’s meant to be used with this month’s charm pack. I am not quite sure how to use a quilted table runner in decorating, but I like its retro patchwork look.

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Basket Block #6 Recipe Card – Value $1.48

Each Sew Sampler box includes a basket block pattern for a sew-along quilt that uses fabric from Riley Blake Designs.

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Moda Fabrics Matchbox Quilt Kit #7 – Value $13.98

This kit includes nearly everything you need to make a 6″ square quilt! I believe there were variations with this item; I received kit #7. The fabric has lines printed that show you exactly where to cut the fabric. It even includes a long piece for binding.

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

The instructions are printed right on the fabric. The assembly diagrams were easy to follow, but I had to look up tutorials on Youtube to find out how to add the binding in the final step. I’d still recommend this kit to beginners because it gives you a chance to go through all the stages of making a quilt without a huge investment of time and supplies. 

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

The first step was to cut the pieces along the dashed lines. 

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Next, I started sewing them together. 

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

This quilt square is only about 3″ big and has 17 pieces. I’ve only ever sewn two or three quilt squares before, so this is the most complex one I’ve made. 

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Here are all four squares sewn together. The backing fabric is on the bottom and cotton batting is in the middle. This is what it looked like right before quilting. 

Sew Sampler Farmers Market September 2017 Craft and DIY Subscription Box

Here’s the finished quilt. I’ve never bound a quilt before and accidentally did it backward, but I think it turned out well. It definitely looks handmade but in a cute way. Usually when I review this box, I just do a quilt square for practice. I loved that this month’s box included a complete project. It took me about 4–5 hours, but an experienced quilter wouldn’t take as long. (On the other hand, if you hand sew it, then it would take longer.) 

Verdict: This box had a retail value around $50, which is great for a $30 box. This was easily my favorite Sew Sampler box that I’ve received. The items fit the Farmer’s market theme well and the presentation this month was particularly nice. I loved the pattern of the tin box and fabric, and the quilt kit was a lot of fun to make. 

What do you think of September’s Sew Sampler? Do you know of any good uses for a tiny quilt besides a coaster or potholder? 

Written by Désirée Eien

Désirée Eien

Désirée has survived the subscription box rollercoaster since 2013. Her other hobbies include meticulously over-researching minor purchases, crafting things she hopes to pass off as gifts, and dressing her cat up in silly costumes.

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4 Comments

  1. What a neat subscription! I’d be more interested if they had projects other than quilts, I’ll have to keep an eye on this.

    BTW, that looks like a brand name popsocket, and those do actually sell for about $10 on amazon. The knock off ones tend to be cheaper, but not as good quality. 🙂

  2. How lovely and what pretty colors

  3. This does look cool. I love the way the tin, fabric and quilt block all coordinate! I’m super new to quilting – I’ve just finished my first baby quilt and looking forward to the next project.
    Your quilt block turned out great! So fancy, with piecing and all. I can’t even tell that the binding’s on backwards. My binding looked the same. lol

  4. My toddler has a couple mini-quilts that her grandma gave her. She uses them for blankets for her doll and other special toys to put them to bed.

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