Monthly Archives: April 2011

Easter Eggstravaganza!

Prints to Polka Dots and Very Berry Handmade are joining forces to bring you the opportunity to win a fabulous Easter Treat!  

Enter our competition to be in with a chance of winning a beautiful Bounty of Basics from Robert Kaufman worth more than £150. The Bounty of Basics box contains an amazing 100 FQ of Kona solids in a gorgeous rainbow of colours.
AND – absolutely EVERYONE is a winner because ALL entrants will be given a 15% discount code to use at Prints to Polka Dots, so even if you don’t win the Bounty, you will still be able to indulge yourself a little.
All you need to do is use the following clues to find the seven hidden Easter Eggs on the Prints to Polka Dots and Very Berry Handmade websites, and then email with the title o

f the items or pages where you’ve found the 7 Easter Eggs.
The Clues:
1) This Egg has soul, it is bound to blossom.
2)  I would like to give you a clue but don’t want to appear bias.
3)  They eat these at Wimbledon with cream.
4) To sleep is to d……
5)  FABRIC addicts are going to LOVE this Easter egg – I’ve got it on my LIST
6)  Crocheters might prefer an Easter BUNNY to an Easter egg
7)  These gingery, crunchy BISCUITS disappear almost as fast as Easter eggs
You have until 6pm on 29th April 2011 to email your entry to –  The winner will be announced as soon as possible after that on the Very Berry and Prints to Polka Dots blogs.
Terms and Conditions:
All entries are to be received by 6pm BST on 29th April 2011.  
This competition is open worldwide, but winners from outside the UK will have to pay a £15 contribution towards postage.
Only one entry per person is allowed – anyone submitting multiple entries will be disqualified.
The competition is not open to anyone connected with Very Berry Handmade or with Prints to Polka Dots employees or their families.
Data protection: 
*Prints to Polka Dots undertakes to ensure that email addresses will only be held for a maximum of 4 weeks, and then records will be deleted. 
*No information provided will be shared with anyone, and the information will not be used to send any marketing materials. 
*Entrants will not be added to marketing or mailing lists.

Do you use PUL?

We are looking at stocking PUL but need some advice on what you would like to see. 

Do you like solid colours, are there any which are a must, is white a good basic or just too easy to get dirty? 

Do you like the prints you can get – flames, robots, hearts, flowers etc.. 

How much do you need for any one project?  Is PUL something you would like to buy in fat quarters, or are you really looking at a minimum of a yard or more for any given project?

Give us you feed back and when the stock arrives we will give you 15% off a PUL order!

Also let us know if there are other specialist items you would like to buy with PUL – special elastics, towelling or cottons etc..

 P.S.  Have you experimented with our iron on laminate?  It is fully washable and turns any fabric – from silk to flat cotton and flannel, into a machine washable laminate.

Still need to hear your views, but based on fedback received we have ordered:


Laminates are on their way!

We have managed to get hold of some samples of new style laminated fabric, in 3 different patterns.  We are offering them at pre-order prices of 40% off! 

We hope you will take this opporuntity to try out these fab fabrics.  Laminate is not as heavy or stiff as oil cloth, much more like the sort of laminated fabrics a good quality rain coat is made of, it doesn’t fray so you can cut holes in it and don’t have to bind it etc… 

 If they prove a hit we will expand the range to include those created by Amy Butler and more from Michael Miller (we already have Dino Dudes on route).

We have already sold out of bikes!  But have another bolt on order.

Sherbet Pips Available to Order for Limited Period!

We have managed to track down a supplier with limited stock of Sherbet Pips, unfortunatley we have already spent this month’s purchasing budget, so we have decided to offer these sought after fabrics on a pre-order basis, order by Wednesday to get guaranteed stock, after that it will be subject to our supplier’s availability. We can also get jelly rolls , layer cakes, charm and mini charm packs.

Lotta Jansdotter Simple Sewing GIVEAWAY!

We have just been reviewing these two books, they aren’t new publications, but we hadn’t heard of Lotta before and after seeing one of her patterns in a magazine we thought we should find out more.

Lotta has created really nice patterns, modern clean and practical items for the home and your baby.  The patterns are clear and instructions easy to understand and both books make you want to get sewing for yourself, customers, friends and relatives!

We are so impressed we have decided to give a copy of each book, 1x simple sewing for baby, and 1x simple sewing away. 

Just let us know what you are currently sewing, or planning to sew – it is as simple as that!   Leave your response to this blog item and say which book you would like to be put it the prize draw for – yes you can go for both! 

If you can’t wait and want to see more, visit Amazon:

you can peak inside the covers and see the all important contents page.

Follow the link below to see the doorstop pattern which led us to find these great books.


UPDATE: This competition is now closed, we used a random number creator on the web to pick the winners, and I can report that Victoria has won the Simple Sewing Book, and Tina C the Sewing for Baby Book.  It was great to hear what you are all upto, it helps when picking fabrics to know what sort of projects you are in to.

Thankyou Jenni!

We are always pleased to hear from you about items you would like to see stocked, or patterns you have designed or made using our fabrics, and we put our money where our mouth is.

Jenni recently asked if we would consider stocking jelly rolls, and this has led to a decision to add 2″ strips as an option on all our fabrics, then you can pick and mix fabrics to make your own jelly rolls – like downloading your fav. tracks rather than having to buy the whole album.

We will start adding this option from today, adding it to all new items and gradually working backwards and adding it to all existing stock.

To say thankyou we have sent her a £10 voucher to use in store – so go on – the best ideas will be rewarded.

Just discovered Art Gallery Fabrics

Browsing the net late at night, I came across the Art Gallery Fabrics company.  I have found their UK distributor and plan to stock their prints as soon as I can, they are really interesting, and designed with both home decor and clothing in mind.  Follow the link for inspiration and let me know what you would like to see stocked.

What would you like to see in store?

You may have noticed that we have been increasing our habadashery section of the main website. 

We want this section to offer you the convenience of ‘one stop shopping’.  There is nothing worse than getting the fabric and pattern, and having to find time to get to town and buy some new needles for the sewing machine!

Let us know what you would like to see in store and help us to build an on-line resource which is really useful!