Christmas Vlog & Giveaway


Good news, guys! I’ve recorded my annual Christmas video message – these vlogs are legendary for their amateurishness, so lap it up.

This year we have two added extras – an unboxing AND a giveaway.

Please do watch and enjoy a) the too-loud music and b) the details of Sew Hayley Jane‘s monthly subscription box. It’s a goodie! I was VERY excited.


Would you like an early Christmas gift? A subscription box of your own? We have a giveaway!

Leave a comment below, telling me the name of the second Christmas tune that kicks in halfway through the video AND what would be your perfect 2.5 metres of fabric to find in a subscription box. Do that, and you’ll be automatically entered into a prize draw for the Sew Hayley Jane January box to go out in the New Year.

This giveaway is open internationally – my Christmas present to you. Entrants close on Thursday 21 December midnight GMT.


With thanks to Sew Hayley Jane for supplying the gift.

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106 Responses to Christmas Vlog & Giveaway

  1. Frosty the snowman is the song. And fabric-wise it’s such a hard decision….probably something with stripes to make a skirt out of…stripes are supposed to be flattering right?

  2. Julie Terry says:

    It’s Frosty the Snowman! What a lovely box of goodies. Thank you Karen for your lovely cheering blogs and instagram stories throughout the year. Merry Christmas

  3. Debby58 says:

    Hi Katen I think i world love the box you’ve just received. After all my Christmas sewing is done i would love to make something christmassy for me. Flannel lounge pants would be perfect to sit and sew in during the rest of the winter. Oh and the song was Frosty the Snowman. Happy Christmas and a great New Year.😁

  4. Jenny Stewart says:

    My dream fabric would be a liberty cotton. Love that stuff! I love reading your blog and love Christmas music, including Frosty the Snowman!

  5. Julie Terry says:

    Forgot to say my dream fabric would be a lightweight wool. You have inspired me to attempt a coat for the first time!

  6. Alison G says:

    Frostie the Snowman! I would love some vibrant coloured light weight wool, I have the same vogue pattern that you just made up.

  7. Karen Defoe says:

    Hi Karen Frosty the Snowman was the song. Oh I do love receiving these kinda boxes myself. For me material aww it’d be a toss up between two materials a pretty Liberty print Lana Lawn to embellish some tops for my granddaughters &/or to make them something for them or something Christmassy to make a bandana for Alfie dog.
    Merry Christmas lovely lady from another Karen

  8. Louise says:

    Seasons Greetings to you and Ella. The song is Frosty the Snowman. Dream fabric would be something floral from Liberty.

  9. Silvercloud says:

    Hello Karen, yours was the very first blog I signed up to when I first discovered there were such things!! Brushed cotton/flannel is very appealing this time of year, especially as my RTW PJs have all seen better days. I could then skip round the house unashamedly singing “Frosty the Snowman” in them! Thanks for the lovely, informative blog, keep up the good work. All the best for 2018. πŸ™‚

  10. Rachel says:

    Merry Christmas Karen.
    The track is Frosty the Snowman. I am little obsessed with snuggly fabric at the moment so it would have to be brush backed french Terry sweat shirting for a cosy dress to get me through the colder months.

  11. Frankie Baldwin says:

    Frosty the snowman!!! It’s one of my fave Xmas songs! And I think a cotton lawn I love how beautiful they feel!!! Frankie

  12. Tracey Nixson says:

    Frosty the snowman. The best 2.5m I could have ever is the mystery food cotton lawn in navy – no longer available ☹️

  13. Jenni says:

    Frosty the snowman was the song. Since it’s coming into our warm season I would love to savour some Liberty tana lawn coming out of the box

  14. c says:

    Silver Bells…May your holidays be filled with joy

  15. daisyesq says:

    That was a very nice video! I like the Christmas songs you played, especially Frosty the Snowman. My favorite fabric(s) are wool and Liberty tana lawn. Thank you for the giveaway.

  16. Helena says:

    Frosty the Snowman was the song, and the fabric I would love to see is some Liberty lawn ready for a summer dress. Hope you and the lovely Ella have a great Christmas and New a Year. Looking forward to 2018 posts and IG stories. 😊

  17. Jude says:

    Hi Karen, music is Frosty the snowman and my fabric choice would be Liberty cotton lawn. I loved the palette and patterns of the ones inspired by Mount Stuart textiles you vlogged about earlier in the year. I’m in Glasgow and a visit to Bute is on my list for the spring. Merry Christmas πŸ™‚

  18. Megan says:

    Frosty the snowman is playing and you are wearing short sleeves, is it warm in London? I think some Liberty fabric would be lovely. Oh and what fell out of the package as you held it up????

  19. Jude says:

    Ps. What are you wearing in the video? Are those Named clothing Ansa sleeves?

  20. iribeiro says:

    The song was frosty the snowman, I’d love to get my hands on something light and drapy like cotton lawn, liberty would be nice

  21. Frosty the snowman. I think I would like some corduroy to make a second pair of Sew Over It cigarette pants.

  22. I loved your video πŸ™‚ and your outfit too!
    The song is Frosty the Snowman – need to add that one to my list of Christmas songs. I’m very much into velvet right now, so that would be perfect, or otherwise a printed cotton, because I can’t get enough of sewing summer dresses.
    Happy holidays!

  23. Ramona says:

    Loved the unboxing! The flannel looks so cosy. The song is a Frosty the Snowman. Dream fabric would be some amazing linen to make a dress for my high school reunion next summer.

  24. hawthorn-livelovecraft says:

    The answer is ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and the gorgeous tartan flannel you were hugging looks a perfect foil for the weather we are having this month!

  25. Barbara J says:

    Frosty the Snowman was the second track. My dream fabric would be merino sweater knit. It’s cold here today and that sounds like the ideal fabric to sew up.

  26. lewisnancy54 says:

    Frosty the Snowman was the song. I would love to find some glittery white fabric to make some frosty snowmen!!

  27. Emily Kitsch says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! <3 I hope that you and yours have a wonderful holiday season and that you have fun sewing that gorgeously cozy flannel! πŸ™‚

    The song was Frosty the Snowman and I think either a Liberty cotton since they are SO lovely and I've never had the chance to try them, or a Georgette or Tweed – too many lovely fabrics to choose! πŸ™‚

  28. Chris T says:

    The second Christmas tune is Frosty the Snowman, and my dream fabric would be some emerald green wool crepe.

  29. sewingaddict says:

    Merry Christmas your Majesty! Frosty the Snowman is the Christmas song (what fun!). I would love to receive some pretty voile fabric, something nice to make a pretty dress for the Spring ( I am a sloooow sewist!).

  30. Season’s Greetings to the dynamic Karen and Ella. I look forward to your Instagram posts every day. They make me smile. I would love to receive some silk jersey to make a dress I can wear all year long!

  31. Claire says:

    Merry Christmas! Frosty the snowman was in the background. I’d love some of the tartan flannel you showed us. In fact, any tartan is a winner with me.

  32. Gilly Anderson says:

    Not sure ‘Frosty the Snowman’ can ever be too loud!
    The box unveiling was interesting. I’ve been looking at the quilting subscription boxes that are available from the US, which seem to be full of exciting gadgets. This looks more fabric oriented though, so I now know what to put on my birthday wish list. When you mentioned fabric choices, I immediately thought a lovely matt velevet, but that’s obviously my Christmas head gone into overdrive, so as it’s going to be January, how about a lovely boiled wool blend in bright red. Imagine it made up into a biker-style jacket with a matching mini skirt. Add woolly tights and boots, and you’d be ready for whatever January weather could throw at you.
    Another great Christmas message Karen. A very merry Christmas to you, and of course to the lovely, if camera-shy Ella.
    Keep on sewing!

  33. Gilly Anderson says:

    And I forgot to mention – did you realise you dropped something when you opened the box? It may just be another chocolate ….πŸ˜‰

  34. Jane says:

    What a lovely giveaway. The second song was Frosty the Snowman. I’d love to receive something sumptuous and special in a natural fabric, and blue if possible. whatever arrived in the bow would be a lovely surprise to receive through the post, and it’s my birthday in January which would make it extra special.

    I love your Christmas vlog, it’s always so much fun. I would have loved to see Ella, but it’s probably best to leave sleeping dogs lie, although I’ve no doubt she had half an eye on you and an ear pricked up!

  35. HI Karen, It’s Frosty the Snowman by the Ronettes, love the Phil Spector Christmas album.
    Fabric wise I’d like some tartan flannel, perfect for making some comfy pyjama bottoms for lounging in

    Happy Christmas to you and yours. Let’s hope 2018 is a good one…!

  36. Fany says:

    Hi Karen! Frosty the Snowman was the song. My dream fabric is some flower-y viscose!

  37. Suzanne says:

    Frosty the Snowman

  38. Cindy says:

    Merry Christmas! Frosty the Snowman is your second song. I’d like to find a nice knit or pretty cotton in the box,

  39. Brenda says:

    Love your blog and vlogs. AND, I am very pleased with our President of the US thank you very much.

  40. Louise says:

    Frosty the Snowman! Would love some snuggly French Terry for the those cold January days πŸ™‚

  41. Tracey Bingham says:

    Hi Karen and lovely Ella, thanks for your inspiring videos and blogs.
    Frosty the Snowman ⛄️ is the song. I’m into denims and corduroy at the moment

  42. Becky says:

    Great video! I’d love some modern printed flannel and the song was Frosty the Snowman.

  43. cololynn says:

    Frosty the snowman! Love it! Fabric, hmmmmm. . . A rayon print, perhaps, anything but bitty flowers. Can always use flowy tops or tunics πŸ™‚

  44. Anne says:

    Frosty the snowman! Love your Xmas blogs each year, you keep them short and sweet!
    I’d be happy to find any fabric in the post, so long as it is 100% natural fibres. Your flannel looked cosy!
    Merry Christmas!

  45. Dorothy in the U K says:

    Frosty the snowman something to make an archer shirt with maybe the flannel would work what do you think?

  46. Vivid Kitty says:

    The song is Frosty The Snowman by the Rosettes – a great seasonal Phil Spector recording! The fabric I’d love would be a rockabilly inspired knit fabric, maybe big polka dots – perfect for a secret pajama skater dress for layering to keep warmth winter. The box is a great idea – it’d really get my creativity flowing with items I wouldn’t usually choose for myself. Jx

  47. Kathy says:

    Happy Holidays Karen. I heard Frosty the Snowman and would like cotton fleece the most.

  48. Patricia Ebejer says:

    Frosty the Snowman is the second song – and I would love something in rayon as that is so versatile and my favorite fabric to create with.

  49. Jay says:

    Frosty the Snowman

    I always look forward to your Christmas video. I’m actually looking for wool felt in a rainbow of colors. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season!

  50. Merry Christmas to you and Ella and your family and all the readers! Thank you for hanging in with blogging and being a wee moment of sewing joy for us all xoxo

  51. Katharina says:

    Thank you, I had so much fun listening to your british english. It was Frosty the snowmann, as so many have pointed out before me. My perfect fabric would be wool crepe to make a dress out of, in a lovely jewel tone, maybe red or turquois. Red would be perfect actually.

  52. Jill says:

    Frosty the Snowman! Love the video!

  53. Jessica says:

    Frosty the snowman, and I’d love for some rayon or jacquard in the box!!

  54. Kim says:

    It is Frosty the Snowman, and I would love a nice floral rayon to make a top.

  55. What a nice box. I haven’t tried any kind of subscription box but I did get one of the ones from M&S and that was great. My perfect 2.5m would be anything in black or some African wax fabric for a jolt of colour in the New Year. The tune that kicks in is “Frosty the Snowman” by The Ronettes. I am not a fan of Christmas but I do have that Phil Spector album. It’s not Christmas without it. Wishing you, Ella and yours the very best of festive seasons and all the best for 2018. Xx

  56. Lydia says:

    Frosty the snowman – 2.5 metres of boiled wool to make a jacket would be lovely- fancying a soft green or rusty orange. Also love your blog and Instagram posts- have a good Christmas x

  57. redsilvia says:

    Merry Christmas to you and Ella! What a great video! I too, enjoy the Xmas message.

    The song sounded like Frosty the Snowman…as for fabric I think a rayon crepe/faille with a 50s futuristic print. More geometric than floral. Hard to find those.

    Have a great holiday!

  58. stitchesoftime says:

    Frosty the Snowman and I would love to find some beautiful purple silk dupion for making Steampunk loveliness.

    Have a very happy Christmas and a very lovely 2018 xx

  59. Jacana says:

    What a wonderful gift box of sewing goodies – I’m wondering what the mystery item was that fell out as you lifted the package out of the box? The Christmas tune was Frosty the Snowman and I’d love to get some Liberty Tana Lawn but almost anything would be delightful.

  60. Debbie says:

    Frosty the snowman, a Christmas classic. It would either be PJs or an Archer shirt. Thank you for such an entertaining blog and Instagram feed. Merry Christmas to you and Ella.

  61. Ruth Dejam says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen! The Christmas song is Frosty the Snowman. I live in warm, sunny Florida so I’d love some Libery Tana Lawn. Love their prints. Thank you so much for this giveaway. Happy 2018!

  62. Jenny says:

    Frosty The Snowman.
    I would love some double sided jersey to make a jacket or cardigan. They are really difficult to find unless you live in the USA.

  63. lyndelou says:

    Hi. The song is Frosty the Snowman. Fabric would be sone good quality jersey to make expanding clothes after the Christmas excess πŸ˜€.

    Merry Christmas to you.

  64. Anna Nelson says:

    Hi. The song is Frosty the Snowman. The fabric would be a good quality jersey in a coral print (NOT pink!) to make a wrap dress.

  65. Samantha says:

    Frosty the snowman – perfectly appropriate as we received our first delivery of snow here today in Vancouver, Canada (although much too wet for a snowman).
    That flannel looks gorgeous (I’m thinking Archer), or perhaps some jersey for a Lady Skater – which makes an excellent transition dress and is a (relatively) quick win. Plus – good jersey prints are hard to find.
    Happy holidays!

  66. B Walker says:

    The tune is “Frosty the Snowman”, an old favorite! I’ve always wanted to sew with some double gauze or tana lawn. Have a great holiday

  67. Romany says:

    Frosty the Snowman, my favourite materials are cotton sateen with bright colours and large prints.

  68. Lynn says:

    Hey, Karen. Frosty the Snowman! Thank you for being upbeat despite all the ugliness in the world right now. I would have to say that french terry or a flannel would be perfect right now. Have wonderful holidays!

  69. Frosty the snowman! I would love to find chambray, it’s such a versatile fabric and works with loads of patterns. I’m planning some shirt dresses in the new year, one of which will be chambray.

  70. Mare-Christine says:

    Hi karen and ella. Thanks for yr newsletters…have enjoyed reading them this year. The 2nd song in is frosty the snowman. My dream 2.5m would be cranberry silk crepe to replicate a 1940’s pussy bow vintage blouse my sister gave 35 yrs ago. Thecolour and cut felt like it had been made for me…all these yrs later i can still dream about it….with regret that i did not think to replicate it at the time… m-c

  71. skaapie says:

    Such a fun unboxing! Frosty the Snowman. My dream 2.5m fabric would be cotton/silk blend in navy or a great check flannel just like you got! Happy Christmas Karen & Ella

  72. Hannah says:

    Frosty the snowman! I’m just about to embark on a papercut Sapporo, in a glamorous wool/cashmere mix in shades of pinks and ochre, which has wiped me out! An unctuous lining would be my dream to find x

  73. Paula Young says:

    Frosty the snowman is the song. I would love something to make a cot quilt for our new grandchild due in June 2018. Have just subscribed to your newsletter after my sister Moira sent me a link after you were on a weekend retreat with her – heating issues I understand!! Looking forward to newsletters and more in 2018.

  74. Julie says:

    Can Frosty the Snowman ever be too loud?! πŸ˜† I would live some beautiful tencel or rayon goodness!

  75. Sue Kristiansen says:

    Frosty the Snowman!
    So, if we are really dreaming, it would be a coral boucle from the mill that supplies Chanel! Liberty Tana Lawn would also be lovely, or a fun French terry for spring

    I love the idea of the boxes, thank you for sharing this! I think you dropped something during the unboxing, I hope Ella didn’t get it!

  76. Ruta says:

    The Season Greetings!
    The song is “Frosty the Snowman” and the Liberty is always fine.

  77. Fiona says:

    Good old frosty the snowman was paying in the background.
    My choice of fabric would be a liberty lawn but I really liked that flannel that you unwrapped. Do you know who the supplier was?

  78. jo903l says:

    Frosty the Snowman would be the song and I would like some lovely scandi print double knit to make something warm and wintery out of. Merry Christmas!!

  79. Micki says:

    Frosty the Snowman!
    My choice of fabric is knit. Perhaps ponte knit to make some nice looking yet comfy pants. I love working with and wearing knit.
    What a great idea, a sewists’ subscription box! What a great giveaway offer. Happy Holidays!

  80. Angel says:

    The song is Frosty the Snowman. I really like the blue fabric with white swallows on the Sew Hayley Jane front page. Thanks for having this giveaway!

  81. Olivia says:

    Thank you for the vlog, and the blog; I love reading about your makes and top tips for sewing. The song is Frosty the Snowman, of course. Hmmm, if I were to get 2.5m of fabric under the tree this Christmas I think I’d like some medium weight knit in a nice deep green colour, I long to sew a jersey dress (got the pattern all ready!) since doing an overlocker course earlier this year but am a little bit scared. A very happy Christmas to you and Ella

  82. Lynne says:

    Merry Christmas to you and Ella, and thanks for taking the time to do your Christmas vlog (and the blog), I always look forward to it! Also, thanks for the chance of winning the fab giveaway! I think the fabric I would like would be some bright and colourful jersey fabric for a wrap dress. I’m all about jersey fabric and wrap dresses just now, but appear to keep buying black and white fabric!! Oh, and the song was Frosty The Snowman. Lynne x

  83. Ann Marshall says:

    Hope you and Ella have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year Karen. I enjoyed your Christmas vlog. The 2nd song was Frosty the Snowman and I would like to find 2.5 metres of a nice ponte roma jersey.

  84. Denise W says:

    Hello – Frosty the Snowman was the song and my perfect fabric would be something warm and snuggly like a knit fabric.

  85. Helen Jones says:

    Frosty the Snowman was the music & I’d love some fabric to make a summer dressing gown/wrap with. Have a lovely Christmas!

  86. Jan Read says:

    Frosty the Snowman and I would like something dark green or turquoise please.

  87. Oooo….that flannel would be wonderful made up into Carolyn pajamas…with the rickrack at the cuffs.

    Happy Christmas Karen, to you AND Ella both. Enjoyed listening to you…and the carols; especially Frosty the Snowman.

    I’m dreaming of getting some Liberty Lawn some day….

  88. JenL says:

    Frosty the Snowman is the song I heard, perhaps a bit past the middle of the video. The perfect fabric? So many choices! Really, anything that could make a nice dress. I will say that my perfect fabric would be silk jersey. Happy holidays!

  89. Rachel C says:

    Frosty the snowman for the song. The perfect fabric would be a high contrast print on a stretch woven (it is that time of year for stretch..). Ideally the fabric would be special, but not so precious that I would worry about ruining it and consequently never actually use it.

  90. Sheree says:

    Frosty the Snowman is the song. My dream fabric would be Atelier Brunette Moonstone rayon viscose in blue or green. So beautiful!! Thanks for the vlog & Merry Christmas to you (from NZ where there’s not a smidge of snow in sight!!)

  91. Mags says:

    Frosty the snowman. I would like any dusty pink fabric! Happy Christmas Karen … and Ella of course

  92. Lilly's Mom says:

    Greetings of the season. Frosty the snowman is the song. And, I’d love to create something out of Harrison tweed.

  93. Denise says:

    Frosty the snowman was the song being played. What fabric would I choose?
    That tartan flannel was lovely or maybe some Liberty tana lawn. Merry Christmas.πŸŽ„πŸŽ

  94. Julia says:

    Loved your video! So I subscribed to the box. Completely forgot to listen to the song and watched your video a second time. Got very excited about my box (again) and almost forgot to listen to the music (again). BUT this time I did hear Frosty the Snowman! πŸ™‚ I would love to see some boiled wool in a forest green or burgundy red for a coat. Merry Christmas!

  95. Liz says:

    Ooooo I am late to the party! Love the vlog! Frosty the Snowman was the song. My perfect 2.5m would be anything by Atelier Brunette, I love the quality, love the prints, and love the feel of the fabric. Everything I have made from their fabrics has been a dream to sew.

    Merry Christmas!

  96. Alex says:

    Frosty the Snowman!

    I’d like to find a paisley print in a soft warm fabric to make winter pyjama bottoms for lounging stylishly in front of the fire.

    Happy Christmas.

  97. Gretchen says:

    Happy Christmas! I believe it was Frosty the Snowman that kicked in halfway through. πŸ™‚ As for fabric, a lovely jersey or sweater knit to make a nice jumper for the season.

  98. Dianna says:

    Thank you for your wonderful website. Your expertise and experience, coupled with humor and ingenuity, are an inspiration! It was fun to watch your video this year, with Frosty the Snowman playing in the background.
    Thank you also for your generous giveaway offer! A lovely silk or linen would be my dream choice for a fabric gift.
    A merry Christmas to you and yours, and may your coming year be filled with peace and health, doing the things you love, with the people you love.

  99. Kath says:

    Hi Jane and Ella, the song is Frosty the Snowman and if lucky enough I’d love some of the tartan flannel that was in your box. It looks so warm and comfy. Have a merrry Christmas and a happy Hogmany. XX

  100. Elizabeth Simpson says:

    Frosty the snowman!
    I would like a length of Liberty Tana Lawn in my box…….
    Thanks for the blog.

  101. sewwatts says:

    Frosty the Snowman. Wow you have a lot of comments. I would love to have some plain sweatshirt fabric in the box. A plai but unusual colour eg pale blue, mustard. Ideal for making a nice snuggly jumper ( Named tavliki sweater is on my hit list)

  102. Well done Karen, another year done. And still onwards with the Christmas videos. I am too busy atm for blogs or sewing as I am studying at university. I remember watching a Christmas video of yours before my marriage broke up 5 yrs ago. Well done for staying the course. Ps. I catch up on what I can during break but never miss your Christmas video.

    • didyoumakethat says:

      Thank you, my darling! Sorry to hear about your marriage but how exciting to hear about university. Merry Christmas. xxx

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