Saturday, 4 August 2012

please help out!

If you don't already know Sara from Sew Sweetness, let me tell you a little about her. Sara is a mom to 2 small children and works weekends in a pet store to help pay the bills and to make sure she is home all week for her little ones. She has a passion for sewing and already produces wonderful free tutorials and patterns as well as really in depth reviews and general all round help for the rest of us in blogland. She is one of those deeply generous people that wants to share her knowledge and her skills with everyone - especially those just starting out. 

Below are just a few examples of her free patterns....

Tutorial and VIDEO: Fylerion Bag

Tutorial: Junk in the Trunk Chair Cushions

Free Tutorial: Naughty Secretary Bag


Her goal for 2013 is to produce quality clothing patterns for garments that are easy to sew and fun to wear. Clothing patterns in sizes from XXS to XXL. In order to do this she needs some very specific software and that costs money. And that is where you come in. You can pledge any amount from a tiny little $1 upwards. What does a dollar get you these days? Not much, that's for sure.


I know we all need money for something or the other, I know times are tough for everyone - but if you pledge just $1 that's going to help Sara reach her goal, and we all benefit from helping - if Sara reaches her goal you can bet she'll share more free patterns and advice with everyone (because that is just how she is), and for all of us that pledge - that's a warm fuzzy feel good moment right there. For just a dollar. 
Plus if you pledge come back and tell me then I'll enter you into a giveaway. Sara has donated 34 Good Folks by Anna Maria Horner hexagon charms that she cut using the accuquilt 5" hexagon die (I think the 5" accuquilt die cuts hexagons that are 2" sides - or thereabouts). Pledge for a chance to win!





AND I'll throw in a copy of the Fat Quarterly book too. 

shipping now!

AND if Sara reaches her goal she will buy the winner of this giveaway a copy of Tacha's brand new book Hexa Go Go (which is amazing!) 

Hexa-Go-Go

All of this for a minimum of a dollar? Surely that's an offer you can't refuse?

So go on - spend a dollar (or more!!!) and help out. Please.


(international entries are more than welcome)

edited to add; SHE DID IT! SHE HIT THE TARGET AND MORE!!!! THANKS GUYS!


76 comments:

Georgia said...

Donation made to a brilliant project, lots of love and luck and $10 winging it's way from Liverpool to Chicago.

Sadie said...

What a great idea! Sara is so lovely and her patterns are wonderful! I'd never heard of kickstarter before, love the concept. Katy, thanks for sharing this and Sara, wishing you all the very best in your new venture xx $15 from me in a tiny Scottish village :-)

Flying Blind... said...

Sara is such a sweetheart, I have backed her already, (if you pick me, please re-draw as I have both books xxx).

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I have pledged!! Sara is awesome! (I already won a copy of the FQ book so please redraw if I'm picked too) x

Leo said...

Good Luck to Sara! ... there goes my end of the month DVD and the chocolate (but there's always the nutella jar in emergencies)... but then maybe that means I get more sewing done.

Charlotte said...

I have already donated - I really hope she makes her goal!

highwaycottage said...

What a fabulous idea. I've pledged what I could afford. I hope that Sara can reach her goal :-)

Kettleen said...

I didn't know Sara but now I do and she has $15 to add to her Kickstarter pot and I have some brand new bags to start making :) an excellent start to the weekend, thanks Katy!

cat and vee xoxo said...

hi Katy, I just pledged. Just yesterday, I discovered Sara's Sew Sweetness for the first time, when I pinned (pinterested!) one of her patterns. Uncanny timing. I already have the FQ book and Tacha's book, so please redraw them if I win ... tho I would love the hexies! thanks for blogging it. Cat.

Jodie said...

is there a way to pledge via paypal? or could I pledge to you Miss monkey to pass on??

Kacey said...

I pledged! Sara's so close to her goal, I can't wait to see what patterns she comes up with!

Eva Porcello said...

Saw this on Facebook and just pledged to Sara. She is very close to her goal and I hope she succeeds!

Aster Cody said...

I pledged this morning. She's so close.

Elsa said...

I've been wanting to make a donation for Sara ~ thanks for the reminder. She's really close to her goal!

♥Duff said...

Go Sara! You rock! I look forward to receiving a professional (love it!!) pattern from you!

Sherri said...

I made a donation - what a great cause! Sara has so much initiative, what an inspiration. Go Sara Go! And thank you for telling us about this opportunity to support someone in our sewing community.

MBMeadows said...

I pledged the little bit I could!

TerryKess said...

I'd been planning to do this for some time and your post reminded me to stop thinking and do it. 25$ has been pledged and I'm excited to see her success.

Johanna said...
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Johanna said...

I just made my pledge. Best of luck Sara!

Courtney said...

Just made my pledge. I love kick starter! Best of luck to Sara!

Hans en Marieke van Oort said...

Great initiative must be rewarderd! Just made my pledge for a little extra creativity in business.

Kay said...

I have pledged a little to help. I love the Sew Sweetness blog and wish her well. The giveaway is and added bonus, and I love hexies!!
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

mascanlon said...

Done! I love Sara's blog and more hexies's besides who can resist.

B Greene said...

I pledged and hope Sara makes it. I loved her updates from Market and her Purse Palooza series. Thanks for the incentive to do the right thing :-)

Di said...

I have just pledged and hope that Sara makes her target. Di x

Nanette said...

I pledged...can't wait to see what she does!

ROSAIRE said...

I have already donated - I really hope she makes her goal!
More times she help me and I'm a plus size, so I need her patterns. Thank you Sara I know you are going to get it.

Norma's Clay said...

I pledged. Thank you for reminding me. I really think Sara is a wonderful person with great ideas and a big heart. She has very politely helped me with some questions on the past and I know that her business will be great. This idea of a giveaway will help a lot. I'm sure she'll make it!!

::cupcakesandbiscuits:: said...

Hope my pledge helps Sara get her goal.

Cheers for this chance to help someone out Katy!!

Ali x

Marla said...

Pledged and amazed at the support for Sew Sweetness so far! Would love to have those books.

Heather said...

Thanks for the reminder. I'd been meaning to do this anyway since I'm sure whatever patterns Sara comes up with will be fabulous.

MichelleB said...

I pledged when I first saw her blog post on this. Does that still count. :)

diane said...

I pledged and love Sara's blog and patterns. I wish her well on her endeavor.

Anna said...

I have pledged. I certainly hope she meets her goal!

Debbie said...

A worthy cause! I pledged & wish Sara well too!

Berlinquilter said...

I pledged. Good people and good ideas have to be supported!

Poppyprint said...

I love the Kickstarter concept and helping out, even if it's only a little bit that adds to other little bits to make a lot :)
Good luck Sara!

Allegory said...

I absolutely pledged! I'm really hoping it gets funded. I'd really be interested in her clothing patterns.

Erin McSweeney said...

I just pledged, what a great site you both have..and I'm excited for someone to create patterns that go into the larger sizes.

DianeY said...

I have already pledged - mainly because I think she has a super site and I have so enjoyed & made use of so many of her tutes. Her recent Purse Palooza (was that the name?) was terrific!

Kathie said...

I've pledged and had a quick look at Sara's blog. Mine of information (I was looking at her pattern reviews) and free patterns! Good luck Sara

Sheila said...

Good for her - I have pledged.

lizzieslog said...

Thank you so much for blogging about this so worthwhile endeavour. Sarah is amazing and I wish her luck with her new project. I had never heard of Kickstart before and am really happy to be able to help out such an amazing person.

Katie said...

I pledged $25 because I <3 Sara!

Beached Librarian said...

I whole-heartedly agree with everything you say about her great work and generosity, so I pledged almost as soon as she first kicked off her Kickstarter page and I'm so excited to see that she's getting very close to her goal.

Lindsay Conner said...

Yes, she's getting so close! Thanks for sharing Sara's project--I've pledged (but I also already have the book!)

Anonymous said...

Pledge done!!!! Patchwork_palace@hotmail.co.uk

Katy Cameron said...

I kicked her along as soon as it was launched :o) (actually that sounds so wrong, kicking her, lol)

Beezus said...

You know, I pledged after reading on her blog that she'd lowered her expectations because she realized she wouldn't reach her initial goal. I think it's important to help out the small business owner, and especially those that have given so freely to the community. Last night I checked, and I saw that Sarah needed almost $1000 to reach her goal, and I got a little worried. So glad you blogged about this because I'm sure that has something to do with her being less than $200 away from her goal now! Good on ya. :)

Elizabeth Elliott said...

I just donated! Feels good to help out another hard-working mom who obviously has an amazing talent. Excited to see Sarah succeed!

Jess said...

Just donated - and she's so close! So exciting :o)

Allison C said...

I donated to a great cause! I hope she makes her goal!

Schirin said...

I pledged as well. Good luck to her!
schirin[dot]drewell[at]gmail[dot]com

Anita said...

Thanks for reminding me to sweeten the deal to pledge. I was going to already as I think it is a deal for future patterns which I know will be awesome! Thanks for the chance :)

Anita said...

PS - I think she exceeded her goal :)

Rosie said...

I love her purse tutorials! I pledged, good luck!

grendelskin said...

Already a backer. Just checked in on the project, it looks to me like she will make her goal! isn't that fabulous?

RingaRingaRosie said...

Already a backer too, love kickstarter :-)

Thanks for a great giveaway to sweeten the deal!

~Michelle~ said...

I pledged over a week ago! Love Sara!

MaryAnnB said...

Just saw the post and pledged immediately! It's great we have a way to help fellow crafters achieve their goals! Thanks for the giveaway too!

Cheryl said...

what a great community effort. go sara. (I pledged.)

luckycharm said...

I PLEDGED!!!!!!! Best Wishes to her for great success!

Ali said...

I pledged (only a bit sadly because our budget is unexpectedly stretched lately with vet bills), and I cant wait to see what patterns she makes. I am so glad she reached her goal!

Becky B said...

I pledged!! I can't wait to see what she creates. Best of luck on her new venture!!

quilt for fun said...

Katy, it is really great of you to support Sara this way, and to remind all of us to do so, too. I've used one of Sara's patterns to make a bag that I LOVE, and am happy to make a pledge toward her new project. Good luck, Sara.

Mish Mash Mama said...

Hiya, I've just pledged. What a great way to help out our Sewing buddies. Can't wait to see the patterns she comes up with, she's a talant ed cookie. X

scott said...

I just pledged and am so excited to be able to help out and am always so happy to see so many people help someone else realize a dream! Much good luck to her. Eve(not scott)

Marci Girl said...

I donated today and it appears that her goal has been met! So Sweet!

Shanley said...

I pledged too, can't wait to see her patterns!

Artsy-Craftsy Ivy said...

I pledged a $5 spot. I don't do clothing patterns--and I haven't yet tried a bag--but your plea was so heartfelt. Good luck to her! :)

Kari said...
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Stacey Siddons said...

I've just pledged $5 too - we're all on a tight budget, but a little bit from everyone will go a long way! Xx

Longvacation said...

I just made a pledge. Much good luck to Sara.

leanne said...

I've made a pledge to sara - pretty happy to help out too as she is super generous with her bag patterns and her blog !

Kathryn said...

I just pledged - seems like a good thing to help out with...