The Most Begrudging Blog Giveaway You’re Ever Likely To See

After last week’s panic, the ten rows of wedding bunting are coming along quite nicely, as evidenced above. If you’re ever making anything in quantity, take my advice and just set up a factory line, going through each step in bulk.

Made loads and loads of ickle fabric flags? Check!


Here I take a deep breath. We’re all wise to the potential dangers of ordering fabric online. Computer screens vary wildly in their depiction of colour and it’s often difficult to know what your fabric shade will be. Besides that, there’s the eternal challenge that a Sewist just needs to rub a fabric between thumb and forefinger to understand how it will work.

Beyond Fabrics had a 30 per cent sale last week. This store supplies fabulous quality quilting cotton – the type of fabric that would be perfect for my bunting. My friend has a ‘travel and writing’ theme to her wedding and I’ve really enjoyed hunting out prints that tie in.

Unfortunately, when I clicked on the Beyond Fabrics website I was in a rush. A quick search threw up cotton with a plane print. Ooh, that’s nice, I thought, squinting at the screen. Old style glamour. I ordered a fat quarter and this turned up…

I think those are World War Two fighter planes. The shade is definitely khaki. Would you work army references and camouflage shades into a bride’s big day? Me, neither.

I don’t have any children. I have no desire to sew anything for little boys. Call me reckless, but I am prepared to donate this fat quarter to a more deserving home. A giveaway! I’ll send this anywhere in the world. But what question to ask?

Oh, I think we all know what the question needs to be…

What London-inspired photo with a stranger would you like me to get before the end of June?

Beefeater? London black cab driver? Pearly king or queen? Answers in the comments section by midnight GMT Tuesday 7 June.

You’ll just have to trust me to play fair. Each of these photos are entirely (or nearly) spontaneous, so whichever photo op comes up first – you’re the winner!

UPDATE! As of mid-afternoon, Tuesday, one of the below suggestions has been photographed. So you can keep leaving comments to let me know what you’d like to see, if you want to, but I should say that sadly you won’t win a fat quarter of fabric.

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20 Responses to The Most Begrudging Blog Giveaway You’re Ever Likely To See

  1. Portia says:

    I ‘d scream if you bagged a photo with someone famous! Or someone with a RTW garment similar/identical to your Me Made March garment on that day, that would be cool too!

  2. Joolz says:

    If I can have two choices then:-

    1. Someone who says “innit” without being prompted.
    2. An obvious American tourist (I’m thinking plaid shorts :))

    I realise that the first one won’t be particularly obvious in a photo, but I couldn’t resist. In case anyone thinks I’m being negative about Londoners I will say that I am guilty of saying “yeah but, no but, yeah but”, as has been pointed out by my mum on more than one occasion, and I’m in my 40s so I can’t use Vicky Pollard as an excuse!


  3. Karyn says:

    I think that you should have your photo taken with a policeman! Purely because if I won my 8 year old son would love the fabric and thinks policemen are fab! Good luck!


  4. Miriana says:

    Someone on a Boris Bike.

  5. Miriana says:

    Or Boris himself – I bumped into him once waiting for a taxi. It was during his election campaign and he claimed that his aide was carrying a box of ‘vote for Boris’ underpants.

  6. Miriana says:

    Someone with a mohican – all the touristy postcards show them, and, despite being a born and bred Londoner, I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen one.

  7. Miriana says:

    and last one… (am at work, procrastinating), one of the chaps in the bearskins outside the palace.

  8. Jane says:

    One of the hilarious ‘lookalikes’ on the South Bank. Last time I was there I saw a Johnny Depp, Charlie Chaplin, a very short, fat Spiderman and a Barbie! Or one of those metallic statues/people who move without appearing to move. They don’t talk either so that would be your challenge! x

  9. Some great suggestions here, guys!

  10. Susan says:

    How about a taxidriver? I could use the fabric for a cushion for my son( in the RAF), he has pictures of planes all over his flat already.

  11. Meg Malcolm says:

    How about an English garden. All the beautiful flowers in bloom… Sorry- gardening on the brain at this moment with sewing a semi-close second.

  12. K2 says:

    A street performer.

    My son is crazy about army prints and camoflauge, he would love your fabric. FYI. I have seen that print in red and blue also.

  13. Miriana says:

    I’ve commented lots, but I actually don’t want to be included in the giveway. As much as I’m keen for my daughter to be a tomboy, I think I draw the line at fighter planes. Although, she’s been to the RAF museum…perhaps my boyfriend (who, at said museum displayed a scary, airfix model based, knowledge of world war fighter planes) might be interested…

  14. Muddled Style says:

    Ooh, I’d be tempted to use this for the shoulder yoke of a sturdy 40s blouse/house dress. Possibly this should be discouraged… I’ll go with someone in the traditional dress of their culture, such as a sari or an African dress made from those wax prints (failing to remember names) (If that’s not specific enough, a lady in a sari!)

  15. PinQueen says:

    The Queen would be a good one – but you may get arrested in the process. Perhaps one of your lovely fabric stall holders at Walthamstow Marketmay be a safer bet?

  16. Katie says:

    Ooh, I have 2 boys that both need khaki planes! I second the vote for the policeman. I want to see a real English “bobby”! Do they really look like that?

  17. Roisin says:

    Don’t include me in the giveaway because for the life of me I’m not sure what I’d do with the fabric, but can I suggest some Shoreditch trendy hipster type? You know the ones I mean, someone you might see on Facehunter wearing those Kanye West sunglasses and smoking a pipe.

  18. Brenna says:

    I would like to see a picture with Latter-Day Saint missionaries. They’re everywhere!

  19. Kelly says:

    I know I’m coming late to this and first poster already said an American tourist, but how about a photo with an American tourist who has an American flag somewhere on them (i.e., a patch on a backpack) while standing in a fountain? 😉 I love your blog.

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