Pattern Pyramid Giveaway Launch

Oh, the excitement! A reader recently contacted me. Catherine was having a clear out and did I want over 30 patterns to use on the blog? Did I?! I bit her hand off and waited eagerly for the parcel to arrive. I had no idea what it would contain – 30 patterns for dog jackets and doll dresses, or something more special?

It was something more special…

I have about 30 patterns here and four Burda magazines. Not all the patterns are vintage – some are more modern. I started thinking about how best to spread the pattern love and came up with the Pattern Pyramid. You know those horrible pyramid selling schemes from the Eighties? Well, this is the reverse – a pyramid construction for spreading pattern love around the world!


  • Anyone, anywhere can enter the giveaway by posting a comment below by midnight GMT Friday 29 June BUT you must have an active blog. (Reasons to become obvious.)
  • I will randomly select six winners.
  • I will post a selection of approximately 5-6 patterns and/or Burda magazines to each winner, along with a generous number of hand woven labels to be sewn into anything made from one of these patterns.

  • Each winner will pick one pattern to keep for themselves, then host their own giveaway. They will randomly select a winner, post the remaining patterns to that Person C. Person C will pick a pattern for themselves, host their own giveaway and post the remaining patterns to the winner, Person D. Person D will…

You get the idea!Β I’m really keen to see how far and wide we can spread the pattern love and I’m intrigued to see who ends up with what.


  • No way am I going through 30 patterns, ensuring that every pattern piece is there. This is pot luck!
  • Please don’t email me for specifics on the Β 30+ patterns. Β Take your chance!
  • Your selection of patterns will be picked at random, though I do promise to attempt a good variety of makes. Please don’t contact me asking for specific patterns.
  • I will keep a couple of patterns for myself, because I deserve it.
  • If you’re a winner, I would love it if you could make a small contribution toΒ The Brooke. This is a charity close to the heart of Catherine, who so generously provided these patterns.

Obviously, I’m operating on a huge level of trust – but I totally trust my readers. All I ask of participants is to engage in a timely fashion, launching their own giveaways soon after receiving a parcel. I also ask that you be happy to post patterns worldwide – we really want to spread the love! Once I send the patterns out, I’m not going to attempt to moderate further giveaways, but I’m curious to see how long this takes until the final patterns find loving homes. So please contact me with details of your win and where you live – I suspect another world map is essential! (Remember the World Map of Snoods?)

Finally, if you’re taking part or just want to spread the love, please feel free to add the below button to your blog’s sidebar. Let the fun commence!

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182 Responses to Pattern Pyramid Giveaway Launch

  1. ooobop! says:

    What an amazing idea! Please do count me in. I’m having a mare trying to decide what to sew (or finish!) next and this would be a great decision maker for me! πŸ˜‰

  2. Alex says:

    This is an amazing idea! Count me in too please πŸ™‚

  3. sewbusylizzy says:

    What an amazing idea and beautiful way to distribute patterns. Standing ovation to yourself and Catherine.

  4. annabelvita says:

    I love this idea and the labels make it even more perfect!

  5. Ashley0107 says:

    Please count me in too!! Great idea πŸ™‚

  6. shivani says:

    What a fantastic idea! count me in! πŸ™‚

  7. Marie says:

    What an absolutely genius idea Karen and how generous of both you and Catherine! I would love to play and the small print / rules sound just dandy to me!

  8. jadestar says:

    What a great idea. and the labels are the piece de resistance! What a lovely way to spread the sewing love. count me in please. πŸ™‚

  9. aviewintomyworld says:

    well i must take my hat off to you, what a brilliant idea, please include me when drawing names πŸ™‚

  10. nicoleneedles says:

    This is a fab idea! Count me in.

  11. Jennifer says:

    Ooo, what fun!! Please, count me in.

  12. punkmik says:

    Oh I would love to take part!! please count me in too! This is a great idea and I love the spreading the love idea!

  13. This sounds like a really fabulous idea – please count me in!

  14. monkeysocks says:

    Ooh, what a great idea! Count me in! The world map thingy would be awesome!

  15. This is awesome. I’m in!

  16. What a great idea! Love it, Count me in too!

  17. Roobeedoo says:

    Oh yes please! What fun!
    But please explain – do we add a pattern before sending it on, to make for the “lost” one? Otherwise, some poor person will get no choice further down the line?

    • No, you don’t add anything. The giveaway has to end somewhere and someone will receive a single pattern. That’s okay, though! If they don’t like it they can … give it away!

  18. Roobeedoo says:

    I meant “make up for” the lost one!

  19. duck bucket says:

    Oh, I would absolutely do this. Please count me in. Thanks!

  20. Helen Made says:

    Oh wow what I great idea. Please count me in!

  21. Bold Sewist says:

    What a fantastic way to spread the love – and I’m SO impressed you even made labels! Count me in!

  22. Tamsin says:

    Fab idea! Please count me in!

  23. kokorimbaud says:

    Such a lovely idea, I’m all for it! Please do sign me up πŸ™‚

  24. Kerry says:

    Ooh yeah, count me in please! What a fun idea. That box of patterns you got looks like a great package to receive! πŸ™‚

  25. PanicaLab says:

    I love your idea!! It’s so original!!

    Thank you!

  26. Andrea says:

    Fun times in blogland. I’m game. Thanks!

  27. Sully Liz says:

    Oh snap! How awesome! I’ve been wanting to host a giveaway. This would be the prefect time!!

  28. Emilie says:

    This sounds like so much fun! Count me in!

  29. Anne W says:

    That’s such a great idea, I’d love to take part!

  30. Heather Lou says:

    That’s a rad way to spread the joy. I would be happy to participate. Viva le sharing!

  31. Joanne says:

    Let’s spread that pattern love! I’m in. What a good idea πŸ™‚

  32. LLADYBIRD says:

    OOOH ME! What a fun idea!! πŸ™‚

  33. dibs says:

    What a genius idea. Count me in please.

  34. Jane says:

    What a fabulous idea, where do you get them all from? Anybody would think you were a writer! Please count me in, I’d love to be involved. x

  35. liza jane says:

    This is so cool. It’s like six degrees of separation for sewing blogs. Put my name in the hat, please!

  36. Great idea. count me in too. And if you need help with the pattern map when they get sent around…let me know.

  37. shawnta715 says:

    This is such an awesome idea!!! Would love to be a winner!

  38. Megan says:

    Wow, what a fabulous idea! I’d love to take part in it πŸ™‚

  39. Mrs M says:

    What a lovely way to try to ensure all the patterns get a good home. My fingers are crossed!

  40. Carolyn says:

    That is such a cute and fun scheme! You have such cool ideas!
    Thanks for your comment on my blog too πŸ™‚

  41. symondezyn says:

    What an AWESOME idea, Karen!! Count me in – I’d LOOOOVE to participate!! πŸ˜€

  42. Kate says:

    Yeah! This sounds like loads of fun!

  43. gMarie says:

    Oh how fun! I would love to play along. g

  44. Sounds very fun, particularly to get random patterns, I am in.

  45. What a great Idea – Please count me in. I love to get new patterns and I love the idea of sharing patterns around blogland.

  46. gingermakes says:

    I’m in! Love this!

  47. Vicki Kate says:

    What a fantastic idea! I’m in!

  48. Christina says:

    Such a grand idea!!! I’d love to win and just spreaded the word with a blogpost, too. (Just to prove my blog is working, hehe.)

  49. what a treasure trove of goodness! please count me in πŸ™‚

  50. charlottepb says:

    A totally wonderful and original idea, I would love to be picked!!

  51. Javie says:

    Clever idea- I’m in! I normally hate pyramid schemes but this one is OK! Wonder how long it will take to get to the end point?

  52. Claire says:

    Awesome idea! Plus, now I know that everyone commenting has a blog I should check out. Count me in too.

  53. Amy S says:

    I would actually like to start talking more about my sewing on my blog, so this would be an awesome kick start to that! Count me in πŸ™‚

  54. I’d love to take part in this, Karen – what a sweet idea, please count me in!

  55. Elisalex says:

    Such a great concept, I’d love to be involved – sign me up!!

  56. This sounds great. I’m in. Thanks so much.

  57. Simona says:

    Oh I love your idea. I am definitely joining in! Love it!
    As soon as I have access at my pc I am adding the the button to my blog a well. Superb.

  58. What a fantastic idea! I have to enter this one!

  59. madewithwhimsy says:

    Excellent Idea, I would love to play along!

  60. Pella says:

    Great idea, please include me in the draw.

  61. tolivelovely says:

    Love this idea! Thanks for thinking of this. πŸ™‚ Count me in!

  62. Erin Cumming says:

    What a load of fun! I’m in.

  63. kbenco says:

    What a clever idea. I would like to be included in the draw

  64. Karin says:

    First time entering a give-away, but this really sounds great!

  65. I’m in! Sounds like a great idea – let the fun commence!!

  66. ecochic87 says:

    This is a fantastic idea! I’m in!

  67. Janet says:

    I’m in – although my blog is just tiny, so hope that still counts. But I would love the challenge and fun of having a decision made (or pretty much) for me, as am hopeless when faced with the vast choice of things to make, which is why I get a bit stuck in a same pattern rut.

  68. This is very clever and awfully nice of you. And how lucky we all are to have Catherine! This stash looks a treasure trove. I think the pot luck element could be quite funny!

  69. Trisha says:

    Oooh! Sounds like fun! I’m in!

  70. katlane12 says:

    What an awesome idea! I’m in.

  71. Sherry says:

    What a fabulous idea! I’d love to be part of the Pattern Pyramid too!

  72. deadlycraft says:

    Fun idea! Fingers crossed I am at the top of the pyramid πŸ™‚

  73. cjgal says:

    Yep count me in, I wouldn’t miss this fun swopportunity for anything! πŸ™‚

  74. This makes pyramids seem far more desirable altogether. Please add my name to the list.

  75. Debbie says:

    What a great idea. This sounds like such fun and I would love to be part of it. Count me in!!

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  77. Danielle says:

    How great! Count me in πŸ™‚ I’ll post up on my blog about it soon.

  78. Summerflies says:

    Hey I was thinking of doing something like a pattern swap on my blog (very limited readership, however) to get rid of those patterns you love but know you will never use. I’d like to be in draw – great idea.

    • Summerflies says:

      Just to add, I will also donate to the charity. When at Petra in Jordan years ago, I gave my lunch to the donkeys, much to the surprise of the poor (wealth wise) children as they (the donkeys – maybe the children too?)were so mistreated I couldn’t bear to see them. The ropes holding saddles on them had cut into their flesh and bleeding. I still think of it and so am glad to hear of a charity that helps these animals. Thanks.

  79. This is genius Karen – so fun! Please count me in!

  80. aleah says:

    How brilliant – I’m in! It’s like those chain letters from when you’re a kid, but with prizes – way more fun!

  81. Sarah says:

    What a great idea! Count me in πŸ™‚ This could be interesting for a world map of sewing

  82. CarmencitaB says:

    Please put my name in the hat! It’s a fantastic idea!

  83. Paola says:

    Too much fun. Please count me in the draw.

  84. Kat says:

    What fun! Please count me in.

  85. Rachel says:

    Please include me too! (:

  86. Fiona says:

    I love this idea! Please count me in!

  87. Kat H says:

    Brilliant idea! Love it! πŸ™‚

  88. kittysdrawings says:

    I so badly want to take part in this!! Yay! How fun would it be πŸ™‚

  89. Liz Steel says:

    what a brilliant idea- I would love to be part of it….

  90. Helen says:

    How fun! And I guess everyone agrees cos there’s about 95 comments before me!

  91. Leith says:

    Count me in! Yay, it would be my first give away!!

  92. What a fantastic idea, please count me in…sounds like tons of fun and can’t wait to read about the makes following this idea.

  93. rosyragpatch says:

    Fantastic! What a generous idea. Count me in please.

  94. Jenny says:

    I’d also love to join in! I love the idea of pot luck beacuase it often means that you end up with something that you might not have otherwise chosen and you really need to put your thinking cap on to figure out how to make it work for yourself πŸ™‚

  95. makeitgiveit says:

    totally adore this idea. Would love to be part of the love, I’m i Christchurch NZ

  96. Nikki says:

    He, he, this would take me back! At least with this one I don’t have to choose people’s names… I might stand more chance to actually passing this on and getting somewhere. If you’re design skills are up to it, I agree, it would be great to have lines going from one place to t’other! Count me in!

  97. Nothy says:

    This is a fabulous idea! I can hardly wait to learn of all the places this contest touches!

  98. Laura says:

    Love this idea and would love to participate.

  99. Yay! What a grand idea, Karen! I’d love to play along, please count me in x

  100. melissa says:

    Im totally up for hosting a pyramid giveaway! This is an awesome idea!!

  101. Elle C says:

    A brilliant idea! Add my name to the list!

  102. alibobs says:

    ooh, me please! I am always intrigued by other people using vintage patterns, so if I won one then I’d be forced to try it out for myself.

  103. What a really lovely idea! Please count me in, love it!

  104. I was too late to join in the Pyjama Party so I would love to be included in this please!

  105. Clare S says:

    Wow, what a brilliant idea! So funny that such a Good Thing can come from what has was such a bad scheme! Please count me in!

  106. Amy says:

    Holy moly, this idea of yours is quite popular. Count me in, too.

  107. Rachel says:

    This is a great idea, i’d love to enter please!

  108. I’d like a chance of participating, too! How exciting!

  109. Kirsty S says:

    fabuloso! So, no dog jacket patterns? There do seem to be more sewing cats than dogs if the blog photos are anything to go by. Count me in!

  110. Steph says:

    What a fantastic idea! So nice of you to share the pattern love!

  111. Amanda in Colorado says:

    What a neat idea! Wish I could participate, but I have no blog. Oh well. I’ll enjoy from the sidelines;-)

  112. sylkotwist says:

    What a fantastic and enthusiastic response to your brilliant idea! Please count me in too!

  113. Alessa says:

    Oooh, that’s an amazing idea! I’d love to take part!

  114. Amy says:

    Wahey, yes please! Karen, you’re the queen of details – the labels are an inspired touch.

  115. This is such a brilliant idea, I would love to take part…

  116. Kristen says:

    Such a good idea in so many ways!

  117. Emily says:

    What a lovely idea, I’d love to take part.

  118. Carol says:

    Yay! This sounds like fun. πŸ™‚

  119. SUCH a cool idea. I can’t wait to see how far these go, and hopefully see some of them sewn up!

  120. tailorfairy says:

    Such a great idea! Love it. I am in! Already curious to see how the pattern love is spreading and what great projects will be sewn.

  121. molly says:

    oh my! how exciting!! I want in πŸ™‚

  122. Amazing idea! Even if I don’t win I’ll be so excited to see all of the results!

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  124. Sharing the love! Such a sweet idea:)

  125. Megan says:

    I would love to be considered πŸ™‚ I blog every day and I have had a serious sewing bug lately! Thanks for the giveaway!

  126. Catherine says:

    A million times yes!

  127. Liz says:

    Please count me in for this too. Let’s get the world map to extend to Australia!!

  128. dottiedoodle says:

    Fantastic idea – I’d love to take part. Fascinated to see what happens!

  129. Tracy says:

    Please count me in too! It’s such a great (and generous) idea.

  130. Melody says:

    Honestly, I’m a little worried that I don’t have the follower count to join in.. but I’d like to, regardless!!

    I’m sure I can round up some others from here if i do get stuck ;D

  131. Gabrielle says:

    Such an imaginative idea – love it! Please count me in too!

  132. PoldaPop says:

    Now this is a pyramid scheme that I can embrace! Fantastic idea, Karen. Count me in and fingers crossed that it will help me offer my own first giveaway!

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  134. Debi says:

    Fabby idea! and I am in LOVE with the Economy Design 40’s blouse!!!!

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  136. Vikki Rose says:

    Please add my name to the perfect pyramid pattern prize perciever (otherwise know as ‘the hat’ πŸ™‚


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  138. Jessie says:

    I put your button on my blog! My first ever one!

  139. Lenarciak says:

    What a lovly patterns – I am in! Now I will try to place the button …

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  149. I just received one of the pattern pyramids! And am opening it up for people to put their name down for what I’ll send on. I just want to say it is such a wonderful idea, and I’m enjoying it so very very much!
    (Oh and I made a small donation to the Brooke to show my appreciation πŸ™‚

    Imogheena from Tropical Threads

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  162. I just launched my pyramid – we are down to four over here in Oz, though we keep adding a few along the way πŸ™‚ It’s here if you want to see what’s left!

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  166. Zoe says:

    I’d love to enter, thanks for an amazing opportunity!

  167. HELLO!!!!! PATTERNS I LOVE!!!! PLEASE PICK ME ^!^ !!!!!!
    also please check out my site…i really love fashion illustrating!!!!

  168. AND!! I have so many overseas friends who I will send to!!!

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  170. Julie says:

    Pick me! Happy to post anywhere, plus I will add some patterns to the collection

  171. cathynd95 says:

    Today, I was the recipient of a pattern pyramid. I am in Houston and the package is coming from London! Not sure if this is part of your pyramid but love the idea!

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  173. nessastardom says:

    Hosting the Next Pattern Pyramid Giveaway in Wakefield, UK.

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