Sew Sampler Subscription Box Review – November 2017
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.
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
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
This is the first thing you see when you open the box! This month’s theme was Fall in Love.
The inside of the insert mentions that there will be a quilt-along starting in January.
They also included a card describing the items, a sticker and a special discount for members only.
Autumn Stars Quilt Pattern – Retail Value $9.98
This pattern is exclusive to Sew Sampler. It works for both large and small quilts. I don’t always like the patterns included in subscription boxes, but I’m setting this one aside in my ‘make this someday’ folder.
Basket Block #8 Recipe Card by Lori Holt – Retail Value $1.48
Each Sew Sampler box includes a basket block pattern. I know they are different every month, but I’m not sure I can tell them apart.
Moda Fabrics Farmers Daughter Fat Quarter Bundle – Retail Value $16.98
This exclusive bundle includes six fat quarters. When September’s Farmer’s Market theme was announced, people on Instagram were posting that they hoped this fabric collection would be in that box. It wasn’t, but I’m glad Sew Sampler listened and included it in this one!
This set includes 16 quilting needles. I can always use hand sewing needles, but these do seem a bit expensive for what you get. I love the little pebble container though – it will keep the needles away from my cats.
1Canoe2 is a designer for Moda Fabrics, which is often featured in this box. The inside is blank. I was a little surprised to see a greeting card in a sewing box, but cards are always welcome this time of year.
Cut to the Good Stuff Rotary Cutter Case – Retail Value $8.98
I’m sure it’s no accident that Sew Sampler always sends at least one useful item advertising their shop. Here’s something I never knew I needed until I saw it! It fit my rotary cutter well and the pocket could be used to hold a package of blades. (The rotary cutter wasn’t included; I’m just showing mine to show how the case fits.)
These little clothespins are adorable! They seem well made – the parts don’t slide around and they have a good grip.
This time I decided to make a little drawstring pouch using two of the fabric pieces and the ribbon tie that came with the fabric. I might switch it out for another ribbon, but I think it turned out cute.
Verdict: I estimate a retail value over $57, which is about $28 over the cost of the box with shipping. I like everything they sent and will use nearly all of it. My favorite items this month are the fabric bundle and the rotary cutter case. This box always has a nice mix of items. If there’s a sewer on your holiday list, this would make a perfect gift!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, sign up by 12/12 to receive the December box!
Value Breakdown: At $29.90 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Autumn Stars Quilt Pattern: $5.19
- Basket Block #8 Recipe Card: $0.77
- Moda Fabrics Farmers Daughter Fat Quarter Bundle: $8.84
- John James Pebble Quilting Needles: $4.97
- 1Canoe2 Holiday Greeting Card: $2.34
- Cut to the Good Stuff Rotary Cutter Case: $4.67
- Moda Brights Make Your Mark Clothespin Set: $3.12
What do you think of November’s Sew Sampler?