Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Abakhan Fabrics and Lily's Quilts bring you "Projects on a Budget"

In this economic climate, we are all thinking about what we can and cannot afford to make, what fabrics we can and cannot buy, what notions etc.  Well how about coming up with some ideas for projects on a budget?

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Here's the idea.  You head on over to Abakhan Fabrics and pick out £20 worth of anything that takes your eye.  We send it to you free, you make, photograph and write a tutorial to go on my blog.  And of course there's a button.  I do love a button.


So here's what you need to do:

1.   You need to be in the UK (although we may be expanding this feature beyond the UK in time).
2.   Leave a comment on this post telling me what you would like to make using £20 worth of anything from Abakhan.  eg. I would like to make a Jubilee tea cosy or I would like to make a patchwork Prince Philip.
3.   In three days from today, we will choose a winner who will have one month to choose their booty from Abakhan, make something and write a tutorial.  So for this first item, we will be hoping to schedule a post by end June (sooner if you're ready sooner!).
4.   Will and I are planning on this being a monthly feature so don't be disheartened if we do not pick your idea this month, there are always other months.
6.   The item can be anything at all - clothing, quilted or non quilted items - anything crafty at all really.
7.   Be as original, as traditional, as creative or as simple as you like.
8.   And can you guess this month's theme?  It's the Jubilee of course!

22 comments:

  1. I belong to a choir and we have several concerts this year and have decided to wear red, white and blue in honour of the Jubilee. I'd love to get some red, white and blue fabric to make a dress or a shirt to wear for the concerts.

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  2. What a great idea! I'd love to make a patriotic patchwork picnic rug with some of the printed lawns, strawberry & polka dot fabrics & a fleece backing with a nice jubilee braid tie....perfect for jubilee picnic :)

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  3. I would make a fantastic Union Jack inspired wall hanging and bunting for all the Jubilee parties we are attending. I love their FQ bundles and the felt would be perfect for this project.
    eeek my fingers are crossed as I'd to win xxxx

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  4. I think I need to make a patchwork castle cat bed for my posh pussies.

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  5. That is a great idea can't wait until you open it up to the USA.

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  6. I love this idea, too! I hope you will open it up to Brazil!!

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  7. Great idea! live in the US tho ~ darn.

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  8. I would make a jubilee themed bag that could fold out and be used as a picnic blanket for all the cool jubilee events that are coming up! Thanks for the chance! :)

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  9. Too bad I don't live in the UK!

    Amanda Rose
    http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

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  10. I would love to make little bags for my daughters nursery class in the jubilee colours to carry all their bits and pieces when they are out and about.

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  11. I would make bunting themed quilt for Siblings Together, I have lots of dotty fabrics that woud look great on a sky coloured whole cloth, raw edge appliqué me thinks. Not jubilee colours, but the street parties always look so cheerful with bunting.

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  13. oh I could have fun with this..please count me in. :-) I think I'd do a wall hanging or a bag with a great british theme :-)

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  14. There is an Abakhan at the end of our road in Riga, does that mean I can join in? I would love to make a patriotic wine bottle holder for a Jubilee picnic! I'll be in the UK next week too, if you can't swing it for Latvia :)

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  15. Love this idea, Lynne! Since I'm not in the UK, I'll just be watching from the sidelines for now, but if you do go global, I'd love to participate.

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  16. I love 'fabric 4' which is a red white and blue floral, I'd like to team it with the red or blue polka dots and make some jubilee themed aprons to wear at my mums village street party

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  17. OOooo, please enter me! :o)
    I would make some patchwork jubilee placemats and napkins. I may even be able to squeeze in a quilted table runner.....

    Have a great week. x

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  18. This doesn't have anything to do with free fabric but I'm making a London 2012 quilt with the jubilee and olympics in mind. Fun.

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  19. I would love to make a red white and blue frock far a small girl I know. I do not have one of my own, but I know one I might be able to borrow! If I ask nicely. However, I have to confess, I could probably make three frocks from £20 of Abakhan fabric! At least for the size of girl in my head!

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  20. I'm hoping for a lovely sunny summer to enjoy picnics in our new garden so a pic-er-nic blanket or perhaps a tent of some description for my 2 girls to play in!

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