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Sew Sampler Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2016


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


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.)


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.

COUPON: Use code LFMKRT to save $10 off any order over $50. Coupons deactivate once their limit is reached.

The Products: “At least 5 specially chosen items which may include fabric, notions, patterns, thread and anything in between.”

Ships to: I don’t see any restrictions for countries they don’t ship to, which is exciting!

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Sew Sampler includes a block ‘recipe’ card for a quilt each month. They put it this way:  “Each month you will also receive a Block Recipe to make a quilt block with three size options; 8”, 12” and 16”. Collect all twelve of the recipe cards plus a bonus card with instructions for putting them all together in an adorable quilt! We even have a special fat quarter bundle available for these blocks.” 

I decided to go in full force with the quilt blocks and purchased fabric for a full quilt. I will say that it is a little frustrating for an inexperienced quilter to try to guess how much fabric you need for the full quilt, since it isn’t indicated on the cards. It has been a fun experience so far though!  


Petite Dixie Fat Eighth Roll Cluck Cluck Sew for Windham Fabrics – $19.98

This roll contains 10 fat eighths. I honestly love the vibrancy of the colors and the patterns here. This is a perfect bundle for summer, and when paired with the Moonshine Table runner below, I think this would be a wonderful quick summer project. 

Exclusive Moonshine Table Runner Pattern – $10.00?

This is a fat eighth friendly table runner. The finished size will be 25 x 56 1/2, which is a nice size! I really like the pattern of the table runner, and as I stated above, think this would be perfect to use with the fat eighth bundle included in the box. 


8″ Pie Ruler by Lori Hold of Bee in my Bonnet – $11.95

This is a really cool ruler. I am unsure how I would use it personally, but there is a project tutorial using it here. The project looks really cool, and pretty simple as well.  

Bonus Box Item: Quilt Block Needle Case by Moda Fabrics – $4.48

This is a bonus item thrown into the box. I always lose my needles, so this is a awesome bonus item!


Olfa Splash 45mm Rotary Cutter – $17.99

There is no better way to cut straight lines in fabric than a rotary cutter. I’ve used one for the past few years and I love it. My blade was getting slightly dull, so getting this one in the box was a nice perk. Here’s a word of caution though, if you’ve never used one: they are very sharp – do not even brush your finger against the blade unless you want to bleed! I’ve inadvertently cut myself so many times that I’m super paranoid when using these!

Sewline Butterfly Mechanical Fabric Pencil-Black – $13.95

This is an erasable mechanical pencil for tracing lines on fabric. Fat Quarter Shop says this about it: “The Sewline Mechanical Fabric Pencil’s specially formulated ceramic lead gives a clean fine line on fabrics. Lines are easily removed from most fabrics with the attached eraser or by dabbing with a damp cloth or washing. Mechanical Fabric Pencil comes with one container of 6 ceramic lead refills.” 

Verdict: This Sew Sampler has a value of about $78.35…for a $30.00 box, that is a great value! I always truly love my Sew Sampler boxes – they send useful products, and great project ideas each month. All of the items are very high quality as well.  I’m enjoying making my block a month, even though I’m no expert – I think my quilt is going to look great because of the varied blocks.

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Written by Bekki Menzies

Bekki Menzies

Bekki first discovered subscription boxes in 2014 and they quickly took over her life! (Not quite, but pretty close.) She started with POPSUGAR Must Have, then moved to Little Lace Box, Birchbox, Hamptons Lane…the rest was history. Her favorite product find is Beekman 1802 Fudge (so, so good) and her favorite boxes are Birchbox and Hamptons Lane…but she’s always looking for a new subscription to try!

Posted in Sew Sampler Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: sew sampler box | 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. Bekki, Have you ever actually made one of these projects that you can show us? I think it would take me a lot longer than a month to finish this, but maybe I’m wrong!

    Or can you show us one of the blocks you’ve made?

    It’s really important to see fabrics for a project like this, so would be great to see some bigger photos of them than rolled up. Thanks!

  2. Sorry if the coffee isn’t kicking in and you’ve written it above, but does each box come with the fabric to make the project (in this case, the table runner) or to make the quilt block or just some fabric you can use for whatever? I feel like this looks like a really great way to get more into quilting but as a beginner quilter on a very low budget I’m trying to decide if this could be a good investment…

    • I’m an avid quilter, and feel that your tight budget money would be better spent on things you know you want, since these are mystery boxes and you never know what type of items you’ll be getting ahead of time. I know $30 can be put towards a lot of fabric or supplies I know I’m going to like!

  3. Sewing versions of a butcher’s glove are available and a smart investment. I’ve seen photos of horrific injuries from rotary cutters and don’t take chances.

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