Thank You

We're sitting here, trying our hardest to put a heartfelt thanks together that's worthy of the amazing support that you showed Perfect Pattern Parcel this year. We are having trouble finding words that seem strong enough to sum up how amazed we are. So we're going to cheat, copy off our neighbor's test and reprint some quotes from the thank you notes we get from the teachers. They're mailed to us, but really they're for you, our supporters and testers and customers and partners and bloggers and all the people that supported PPP in 2014.

So, without much further ado, here are some quotes from the teachers and 4,391 students that you helped out this year:

Thank you for helping me to be a better teacher for my students.

Ms. Sparrow

Wow, that's a lot of books.
Are those for us?
Can we keep them?

Ms. Sparrow's students

You have made 75 first graders very happy. I am certain that they will always remember how you cared about them and their education.

Mrs. Ruz


My students are very diverse. Some come from challenging backgrounds and they have many obstacles to overcome. Opportunities for exploratory learning are limited. Your support for my classroom allows me to provide these incredible opportunities for these amazing children. From the very bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

Ms. Utter


THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I just got the notice that the trip is fully funded as I was crawling into bed - and had to run down to say thank you and share how excited and delighted I am that you have all given so generously so that our students will have this wonderful trip.

Ms. Harp


My students were thrilled when they saw all of the books arriving and couldn't wait to get their hands on them!

Ms. Kachadurian


This gift was so amazing for them to have since so many do not have resources to purchase these items. I have seen a difference in the rate of homework return and parent involvement. I appreciate your commitment to our future!

Mrs. Babb


It's hard to put into words how incredibly thankful I am that you are funding this project. I only wish you were here to hear the shouts of joy from the students when they found out we were getting a lab set of much needed headphones.

Ms. Hobson


We are planning to give out lap quilts over the Christmas holidays to our local nursing home patients. Using the broadcloth sampler of fabric we received the quilts are turning out bright and colorful. I cannot begin to express how thankful we are there are people like yourselves who want to help our students learn about real life skills.

Mrs. Blanks


One student said, "I can't believe someone who does not even know us bought this for us!" All of the students were surprised and humbled by your gift. It is rare for them to get new equipment that does not come from the recycle center.

Ms. Vanegas


My students LOVE their new scissors! Their reaction was priceless.
 "I can finally fit my fingers in the handles!"
"Wow, these cut nice."
"Hey, they are pointy."

Mrs. Hammond and her students


Thank you for helping my students to see science, math, and themselves as a treasure worth investing in. Your support has provided a necessary tool for ensuring our future is full of leaders and a genuine success story.

Ms. Carswell


The sewing machines that you have funded will enable students to create clothing that is both environmentally friendly and cost effective. Sewing motives students to learn through hands-on activities. It teaches them critical thinking, as well as math and problem solving skills. Your donation will help students learn how to express themselves through the art of sewing and that is a gift will last a lifetime.

Ms. Sewell-O'Connell

Thank you for your support and generosity! 2014 Pattern Parcel donations to Donors Choose beat out $20,000 goal!:   width=”750”  target=


Thank you to all the talented seamstresses who participated in our Inspiration Tours:

2 little hooligans
Adventures in Dressmaking
Amanda Rose
Andrea's Notebook
Behind the Hedgerow
Blogs Like A Mother
Blossom Heart Quilts
Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
The Brodrick design studio
Buzzmills
CailaMade
Crafterhours
Casa Crafty
Climbing the Willow
Compagnie M.
Cookin' and Craftin'
The Crazy Tailor
Create/Enjoy
Dandelion Drift
Design By Lindsay
Diary of a Chainstitcher
Disaster in a Dress
Diary of a Chainstitcher
EmmylouBeeDoo
Envueltos de Amor
FABulous Home Sewn
fake it while you make it
floating world
Felt With Love Designs
Figgy's
Fishsticks Designs
four square walls
Frances Suzanne
Friends Stitched Together
from a box
Froo & Boo
Girl like the sea
GnomeAngel
Gracious Threads
Gray Skies
Groovy Baby and Mama
GYCT Designs
a happy stitch
House of Pinheiro
Idle Fancy
I Married Superman
Inder Loves Folk Art
The Inspired Wren
It's Always Autumn
Julia Bobbin
A Jennuine Life
Kadiddlehopper
Keep Calm and Carrion
Knot Sew Normal
la inglesita
La Pantigana
lady and the gents
La gang à Nat
lauren dahl
lea & lars
Lexi Made
The Life Of A Compulsive Crafter
little betty sews
Lulu & Celeste
Made by Meg
Made by Sara
Mae & K
Make It Perfect
Mama says sew
Marina Bebe
Max California
Mia's Creations
Mimi's Mom
mingo & grace
Modern Handcraft
Modern Handmade
MOMENTS
Nearest the pin
Needle and Ted
Nine Stitches
The Nosy Pepper
NeurosesGalore
Nutta
Oh, She Dabbles
Oliver's Fancy
Once Upon a Sewing Machine
One Girl Circus
One Little Minute
oonaballoona
Our Chez Nous
Our Family Four
Ozzy Blackbeard
Patchouli Moon Studio
Paunnet
P comme Plimplim
Peneloping
Pienkel
The Quirky Peach
Radiant Home Studio
Rebekah Sews
Robin's Fabric Nest
Sanae Ishida
Serger Pepper
Seamster Sewing Patterns
SeamstressErin
sew a straight line
sew Amy sew
Sew Busy Lizzy
Sewbon
Sew Caroline
Sew Charleston
sew chibi
Sew Exhausted
Sewing Mama RaeAnna
Sewing Sober
Sew Jereli
Sew Like My Mom
Sewpony
SewsNBows
Sew Sweetness
sewVery
shades of BOLD
Shanni Loves
Shawnta Sews
Siestas & Sewing
So Cal Sewing Mom
Sofilantjes
'So, Zo... What do you know?'
So Sew Easy
Sprouting JubeJube
Stacy Sews
Steph Skardal
Stitched
Stitches by Laura
Stitching Insane
A Stitching Odyssey
Strawberry Patch Ramblings
Swoodson Says
That's-Sew-Kari
There & Back
Tiger In A Tornado
True Bias
verypurpleperson
Very Shannon
Things for Boys
Vicky Myers Creations
Welcome to the Mouse House
While she was sleeping
YoSaMi
Thank you to you all. Sincerely. We hope you have a happy, healthy holiday season and we hope to see you next year!

Danny + Jill

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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Week with Pattern Parcel

Short Story:
Enter to win five (5) fat quarters from the new Cotton & Steel line "Tokyo Train Ride" by Sarah Watts:

1. Signing up for our newsletter to know when our Perfect Pattern Parcel sales are, and/or
2. Bonus entry, vote for Perfect Pattern Parcel as "Indie Pattern Company" by clicking here. Leave us a comment on this post with telling us you voted.

Winner will be picked on Monday, December 15 and notified by email. Prize will ship at the end of January when the fabric line is released. Open to international entries.

 Win a pack of Cotton & Steel Tokyo Train Ride fat quarters from Perfect Pattern Parcel and Sew, Mama, Sew

Full Story:
We're a husband and wife team that started Perfect Pattern Parcel last year in order to promote independent pattern designers and raise money to support classrooms in need through Donors Choose. We curate concise collections of digital patterns made by indie designers called Parcels.

We put these Parcels for sale on our website for two weeks only and we let you choose how much to pay for the Parcels. We also encourage you to donate a portion of your sale price to students and teachers in need. Pattern Parcel pays for all the PayPal fees and advertising associated with the Parcel sales so the designers don't have to, then we donate the remainder of our profits to Donors Choose as well.

To enter to win a pack of five (5) fat quarters from the not-yet-released Cotton & Steel line "Tokyo Train Ride" designed by Sarah Watts, please use the form below to sign up for our Pattern Parcel emails. We only send out emails to let everyone know a sale is on so that you never miss the opportunity to choose your own price for a gorgeous collection of digital indie sewing patterns.

For a bonus entry, please go here to vote for Perfect Pattern Parcel for "Indie Pattern Company" of the year on Madelynne's blog. We'd be so excited if you did and it would help us get the word out to sewists that are missing out on our Parcel sales. Once you vote, please leave a message on this post here telling us that you voted (and please make sure to leave your email address as well. We need it to let you know when you WIN!)

We're super excited for what 2015 has in store and hope you are too.

Jill + Danny

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Handbag Hardware and Interfacing

Something about handbag hardware seems intimidating to sewists. Which is silly. Sure, they're metal, and heavy, and much more solid than fabric and thread, but including the hardware on your bag makes it look so much more professional and polished. Plus, using hardware is not as scary as you think.

Handbag Hardware and Interfacing: A giveaway from Perfect Pattern Parcel and Pellon

Below is a list of hardware used for all the bag patterns in Pattern Parcel #7. I usually buy hardware in bulk from shops on Etsy (here, here, and here) and buy last minute single pieces from Joann's. Veronica at SewVery has a great post on upcycling bag hardware, too!

Betty Bowler:
(4) 1" rectangle loops (optional)

Midtown Messenger Bag:
(1) 14” metal non separating zipper
(2) 1.5" wide rectangular metal rings
(1) 1.5" wide metal slider buckle
(2) 1” wide metal tuck catches

Butterfly Sling Purse:
(1) "Almost Square" shaped turn lock (1-1/2" x 1"), or
(1) Heart shaped turn lock (1-3/16" x 1-1/8")
(2) Flat rectangular rings - 1" (25 mm) wide
(1) Flat rectangular adjustable slider - 1" (25 mm) wide
(2) Slim magnetic snaps - 9/16" (14 mm)
Full hardware kit here.

Evelyn Handbag:
(4) Bag feet
(1) 18mm (6/8”) Magnetic snap closure
(5) oval (or rectangle) rings 30mm (1 ¼”) across (inside measurement) and no more than 20mm (13/16”) deep (inside measurement)
(16) 6mm (¼”) rivets (optional)

Barcelona Bag and Wallet:
(1) 3/8" snap for wallet

Daphne Bag:
(1) 1-1/2" Slider and rectangular ring

And then there are interfacings. Interfacings give handbags their structure. They hold you up when you're feeling down. Shopping for interfacings can be overwhelming to a novice bag maker. The different names and numbers can leave your head spinning, but have no fear! Alicia of Swoon Bag Patterns has a helpful blog post about the different types of interfacings, and what to use them for. Pellon also has this downloadable PDF guide on the Top Ten Handbag Interfacings. It's a handy tool to take shopping with you.

Pellon has graciously offered to give away a collection containing the four basics you'll need for bag making: 1 pkg Shape Flex SF101, 1 pkg Fusible Fleece 987F, 1 pkg Peltex Ultra Firm Stabilizer 70, and 1 pkg Craft-Fuse 808!

Pellon Projects: The Magic's in the Middle!

To enter to win, simply leave a comment below (click the black talk bubble) and tell us what is your favorite indie pattern to sew. For an extra entry pin the contest image above to Pinterest or share this contest link with your stitchy friends online, then leave us a second comment saying you did so.

Don't forget, Parcel #7 ends this Friday at midnight EST, so don't miss out on the chance to choose your own price for this collection of digital handbag patterns from indie designers. It's our goal to raise $20,000 for the charity, Donors Choose, and we're so close! With you're help, we can meet our goal.

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

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