Sew Sampler Subscription Box Review – January 2018


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Sew Sampler Butterfly Kisses January 2018 - box closed

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

Sew Sampler Butterfly Kisses January 2018 - box inside

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 Butterfly Kisses January 2018 - review

About Sew Sampler

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

Sew Sampler Butterfly Kisses January 2018 Review

Here’s what you see when you open the box. The theme for January was Butterfly Kisses!

Each box includes a card about the items and a cute sticker.

Flitter Quilt Pattern – Listed Value $9.98

This pattern is exclusive to Sew Sampler and isn’t available on the Fat Quarter Shop website. I love butterflies, so I was happy to try out this pattern. 

Petite Butterflies & Berries 10″ Stacker – Retail Value $19.98 (found here for $17.98)

All the fabrics in this bundle are really cute. The big strawberry pattern was my favorite!

Needle CarryCard by Emma Creation 

Needle CarryCard by Emma Creation – Retail Value $8 (found here for $7.48)

I love this needle holder – it’s probably my favorite thing in the box. It’s perfect for holding larger embroidery needles. I like it because you don’t have to pour the needles out and sort through them as you do with most holders. This item comes in several color variations: purple, blue, red and green. Green is my favorite color, so I’m glad I got this one! It stands out in my sewing basket, making needles easy to find.

Bee in my Bonnet Bandages 

Bee in my Bonnet Bandages – Retail Value $6.95 (found here for $6.48)

I cut my finger shortly after receiving this box, and I can say that these bandages work perfectly and look adorable. I especially love the sewing machine design because it looks a lot like my own vintage machine.

Cute Cuts 1.5" x 6.5" Rectangular Ruler 

Cute Cuts 1.5″ x 6.5″ Rectangular Ruler – Retail Value $4.90 (found here for $4.38)

The pink shading on this ruler is meant to help you identify 1/2″ markings. It also has a textured surface on the back to keep it from slipping. 

I like how this ruler grips fabric on the bottom, but I keep misreading it. The whole numbers are indicated in big numbers with a pink circle, but they’re on a small line indicator. It’s the quarter inch marks that have a longer line. It’s easy if you read the numbers, but if you’re used to just looking at the line indicators, it’s easy to make a mistake. 

Berry Sweet Just Pins – Retail Value $12 (found here for $10.98)

These pins are a Fat Quarter Shop exclusive! I’m not sure I’d pay $4 per pin, but they’re cute and fit the theme well. 

Basket Block #10 Recipe Card

Basket Block #10 Recipe Card – Listed Value $1.48

Each box always includes a monthly sew-along pattern by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet.

I couldn’t way to try out the butterfly quilt pattern! The first step was to cut out the fabric. There were a lot of little pieces this time. 

Next, I sewed the pieces for the outer strips. 

Then I sewed the small triangles to the larger pieces. It’s starting to look like a butterfly!

Here’s how it looked before adding the top and bottom pieces.

And here’s the finished quilt square! If I were doing it again, I might pick a less busy pattern for the background pieces, but I think it’s cute.

Verdict: I calculate a retail value around $63 (less with sale prices in Sew Sampler‘s shop). This box is always a great value, with a nice variety of sewing items. I thought the theme was really cute, and I especially loved the useful needle holder. 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, sign up by 3/12 to receive the March box!

Value Breakdown: At $29.90 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Flitter Quilt Pattern: $4.71
  • Petite Butterflies & Berries 10″ Stacker: $9.44
  • Needle CarryCard by Emma Creation: $3.78
  • Bee in my Bonnet Bandages: $3.28
  • Cute Cuts 1.5″ x 6.5″ Rectangular Ruler: $2.31
  • Berry Sweet Just Pins: $5.67
  • Basket Block #10 Recipe Card: $0.70

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What do you think of January’s Sew Sampler?

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.

Posted in Sew Sampler Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: sew sampler box | 2 comments

2 Comments

  1. Hi!
    I was curious do you get enough material to make enough squares to finish the butterfly quilt project? (not including background material)

    • If I remember right, I think it had enough of the layer cake to complete half of the included pattern, not including background. And I think it came with a % off coupon if you bought something from their site within the next few weeks, in case you wanted more of the bundle, or whatever – it wasn’t specific as to what to purchase.

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