Sewing Republic “Find Your Fave” Scavenger Hunt!

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Update June 1, 2010: The entry period for this contest has ended. Congratulations to our winner, Wendy! Thanks for all of the participation in this crafty scavenger hunt!

Have you been to Bernina’s yet? If you sew or if you want to learn to sew, this is a “must bookmark” site. At you’ll find:

  • Online videos that teach you sewing essentials like button holes and zipper insertion
  • Sewing projects ranging from fashion to home decorating
  • Sewing tips, tricks, FAQs, glossary of sewing terms

… and more! Oh, and did we mention that it’s all free?!

To celebrate the awesomeness of, we’ve teamed up to create a Scavenger Hunt contest where you can win cool prizes. Here’s what you need to do to enter the Scavenger Hunt:

Step 1. Go to and find the free sewing projects section and pick any project that you think is awesome. Copy and paste the browser url for that project in the comment area below this blog post on Craftster.

Step 2. Fill out a quickie survey and sign up for the Sewing Republic e-newsletter list at the link below. Signing up for the e-newsletter brings great sewing tips and inspiration right to your inbox.
Sewing Republic Survey and E-Newsletter Sign-Up

On 6/1/10 we will pick a winner at random who will receive these two prizes.

A $100 gift certificate to! Have you heard of Spoonflower? It’s pretty much the coolest thing since sliced bread. And we don’t say that lightly! Spoonflower allows you to create custom fabric with your own designs printed on it. You just upload your design and choose the fabric type/weight (quilting, interlock knit, upholstery, etc) and they print however many yards you want and send it to you. Genius! There’s also no minimum order and you can order generously sized swatches of your fabric for $5 each which is a great way to make sure it looks great before you order multiple yards. Be very careful. You’ll be addicted once you try your hand at making your own fabric!

The winner will also receive a $25 gift certificate to the Craftster online shop which in our humble and totally unbiased opinion is the best place to buy craft-themed gifts for yourself or a crafty friend. We have t-shirts, buttons, tape measures, toddler and baby shirts and more.

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  1. Julie M says:

    Just took my first sewing class and now I’m addicted! Can’t wait to try all their ideas!

  2. These luggage tags are adorable! I have some real funky, bright fabrics that would be perfect for this project!


  3. Moni says:
    This skirt is so cute and now I’m dreaming about adorable fabrics to make it with…

  4. cathy says:

    I love making little things like this that help me with my illusion that I am organized :)

  5. Lindy says: I love this dress and even have it on my wist!

  6. BookWurm says:
    Cause I love the super girly floaty skirts….
    …cause I’m teaching myself to cook and I make a BIG mess….
    …cause even I could make this and look good in it.

    Pick me Pick Me PICK ME

  7. Tynwia says:
    I’ve been looking for embellishment ideas!!!

  8. Katie says:

    I’m moving in a couple months and that might mean new curtains!

  9. Caitlin says:

    I love the fabric shopping bags!

    I just got married in March, and every time the hubster and I go shopping we’re like “augh! we really should get reusable bags!”

    But now I can just make some instead of buying them!

  10. Kimberly says:

    I have tshirts that don’t fit me and cannot get rid of them because I still love them. This is a fantastic way for me to still have the shirts and be able to “show it off.” I LOVE this project. Thanks so much.

  11. Morgan says:

    I love this one on how to make a t-shirt smaller:
    So handy!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Arimethia says:

    This looks like a great way to show off some fabrics from my stash, and a great quick gift! Its so customizable!

  13. Nicole says:

    I have been dying to make a circle skirt…can’t wait till exams are over so I can get back to my sewing machine!!!

  14. Peggy says:

    What a great way to go green and recycle some denim, and create something special at the same time!

  15. Erin says:

    I like seeing everyone else’s picks!

    Mine is:

    Love the textiles that were used in the example, and I love the silhouette.

  16. Xperimentl says:

    Cutie patootie coasters. You can’t go wrong with ric-rac!

  17. Rose Coyle says:

    New ways to stay organized are always wonderful!

  18. Jessica says:

    I love this clutch and it will help me get rid of my ribbon stash!!

  19. Susan S. says:

    Thinking about other things like this that the technique could be applied to…

  20. Jessica F. says:

    I’ve been on a mission to make a bunch of dresses to wear this summer, and this dress just made the list!

  21. Desire' says:

    I’d like to make some of these for several seasons/occasions

  22. Debbie says:

    This could be used in the kitchen and/or the bathroom. What a quick and easy way to accessorize towels!!

  23. Andrea S. says:

    I’ve needed this for so long! At last something that will work! *triumphant music*

  24. Megan says:

    This is so cute! It’s also a pretty great thing to make for gifts. :)

  25. Mary says:

    I thought this was a great project since I always have empty juice pouches lying about.

  26. Megan S says:

    I love these oven mitts. I can imagine making a million in different colours and fabrics and using a different one every day for a year.

  27. Victoria B. says:

    SO great! I have SO many old t-shirts lying around that this project would be perfect for!!!

  28. Amanda says:

    Now that style, I’m totally diggin’!

  29. Jennifer says:

    I was thrilled to learn how to make the pleated, elastic band! Furthermore,the dress itself is beautiful.

  30. Aimee says:

    I have an obsession with organizers so I love this project! Awesome ideas on the site! Going to try a few of them out!

  31. Amy says:
    This would be great for carrying projects around!

  32. Thrynity says:

    I love to bake, but I’m also fairly accident prone. I have little oven … squares … but they just aren’t cutting it. I need better (and cuter!) protection. I recently saw some heat-resistant stuff at my local sewing shop, I’d love to use it to make some oven mitts!

  33. Jennifer says:

    Here’s mine.
    I have a thing for ribbon, but it’s time I start actually using some of it!

  34. Stephanie says:
    I love finding new ways to go green. Combine this with some reusable placemats/sandwich wraps and I am a happy girl!

  35. Sandi says:
    My sewing machine was a casualty when our water heater started leaking :( Hoping to get a new one soon.

  36. Karen says:

    I received one of these in a swap and was happy to find not only how to make it, but that it seems fairly ‘do-able’.

  37. Jamie says:
    I love the insulated lunch sacks. Its great that they’re reusable, and I can find fabric so each of my family members will get excited about using theirs!

  38. Candace Henderson says:

    I received a WONDERFUL t-shirt for Mardi Gras but it was a XXL because I am the only person in my family that is not an XXL! So this is EXACTLY what I needed! Thanks

  39. Lynn Grate says:
    I wonder of this would work with a stretch cotton with lycra in it… ~Lynn in IN

  40. Robin says:

    Great tute on how to shrink a t-shirt down to a more girlie, fitted style! Fun.

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