The Big Spring Contest from Offset Warehouse!

Offset Warehouse has just launched the Big Spring Contest, and guess what…? I’m one of the blogger judges!


As one of the judges, I’ve been asked to come up with a theme and judge all the entrants for that theme. I get to pick one lucky winner who will then have three weeks to make their design and get the chance to win a goodie bag of prizes (details further down this post)!

My theme is Pets, or animals if you prefer. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your idea, design or pattern along with the Offset Warehouse fabric you’d make it with by Sunday 16th March.

To get started, have a browse on Offset Warehouse’s site and see what fabric inspires you! 

Have a browse of the other themes for other chances to win. Here are the bloggers participating and the themes you can choose from:

BLOGGER AliVeryberryhandmade-WEB BLOGGER ScruffyBadgerWEB BLOGGER kerrypennydogWEB BLOGGER CherryBlossomzoe-WEB


Not only will a winner from each blog win the fabric of their choice for their project, but the grand prize winner will also get the following bundle…

PRIZE GreenTulip-Cork-&-Denim-Bowl-WEB These bambu Adjust-A-Bowls are the ultimate ‘hold everything’ bowl and Green Tulip are generously giving one of each – a hemp organic denim one and a cork one. Fold ‘em down, or pop ‘em up, use them to store your sewing bits and bobs, pop it in the kitchen for fruit, vegetables or bread, or why not in the bathroom for bottles? Hemp has eight times the tensile strength and four times the durability of other natural fibers, and is mildew resistant and anti-microbial. Cork is renewable and biodegradable, and cork forests are essential to preventing soil erosion, maintaining water resources and storing CO2.

PRIZE buckle-classic-basket This gorgeous leather trim buckle basket is handmade in Morocco with palm leaves. It is lightweight, strong and free standing, great for shopping, the beach, picnics, gym, nappy bag and much more! The leather handles are incredibly soft and long enough to go over your shoulder and tuck under your arm. With the added bonus of a leather strap and buckle to keep everything safe – it’ll be your new best friend!


DIY Couture: Create Your Own Fashion Collection, by Rosie Martin
The DIY Couture collection is 10 stylish, easy to make pieces of clothing that can be endlessly reinvented in different fabrics, textures and colours. Anyone who enjoys sewing and creating something unique will love using this book to make their own couture wardrobe. With no complex sewing patterns, even beginners at sewing can make their own beautiful clothes.

PRIZE Make-It-Your-Own-ReviewMake It Your Own, by Anna Alicia
Anna Alicia, the designer-maker behind eco-ethical homeware and jewellery label A Alicia, brings you 25 beautifully designed projects to help transform your home into a wonderful living space that truly reflects your personal style. The gorgeous photography throughout shows how the projects can work with your existing décor to transform your space. Anna also gives tips on using eco-ethical and vintage materials, a subject close to her heart. Whatever kind of space you live in, this book is about creating beautiful handmade objects that will make it really feel like your home.

For more details, like next stage deadlines, check out Offset Warehouse’s site: Entries accepted from anywhere in the World.

Good luck!


  1. Posted March 4, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m confuddled. But I hope you have fun :)

  2. Susan
    Posted March 5, 2014 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    As I looked around my post-winter porch, with its well-worn dog coats, mis-matched dog towels, very muddy dark blue Hunter boots, and miserably worn gloves I realised that what was needed was a complete makeover of all the dog walking gear – theirs and mine – to greet March with a spring in our step.

    I chose the cream organic fleece and the cream organic towelling for the utilitarian part of the project – the keeping dry and keeping clean – and the Pankha organic hand block print for the design element. I thought that he slate blue background would complement the usual blue denim jeans and dark blue waxed jacket.

    The items are:
    For Lily (a little Westie) and Rolo (a big Chocolate Labrador)
    Two beautifully fitted dog coats with the handblocked fabric on view and lined with the fleece, and I would use Offset’s lovely organic cotton tape and mother of pearl buttons for the fastenings.
    A nice big fluffly dog towel (from the cream organic towelling) trimmed with bias cut from the handblock, and a nice loop made from same to hand above radiator.
    For me
    A pair of wellington cuffs, made from the fleece with a ruffle of the handblock.
    A little quilted bag to hold mobile phone, doggie bags etc – again from the handblock.
    And a nice cowl and mittens from the fleece and embellished with the handblock to keep me warm on those days spring retreats and winter returns.

  3. Posted March 10, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to make two matching cushions for a pair of cats (or humans)!

    It could be made using, Hessian (any colour) or Twill or Demin or with any of the remnants of different textures (so the cats have something nice to dig their claws into other than the furniture!)

    Maybe even a little corner at one end would have a pocket for their paws or little faces to nuzzle into …when it’s just too bright.

    (love the above idea too!)

  4. Desedera
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    We travel a lot with our little 3-1/2 pound yorkie, and use a travel bag I designed and made based on the free Phoebe bag pattern
    But the fabric is a bit feminine for my DH, although he is a trooper and will carry it for me anyway. But it is getting a bit used and worn, and I would like to make a new one that is more neutral.

    For the bag, I would use the Chakra Hand-block Canvas and the Black Hessian to coordinate. For the
    straps, pockets, and cushion, I would use the Soft Black and White Handwoven Stripe. For a pop of color I would use the Burgundy Silk Taffeta for the lining and piping. And to give it structure but keep it from getting too heave, I would interline with the Black Silk Organza. I have some black mesh to use for the window.

    These fabrics are beautiful and would make a nice little nest for our little Bitsy.

  5. Posted March 12, 2014 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Ooh, interesting theme! I’ve been thinking hard about this one! ;-)

    I’m going for a slightly different take on it from the previous two commentators – something for me, in a print with animals on it. And something for my three cats using the remaining scraps of the fabric (after all, since it’s eco fabric, it seems only right to use every single little bit of the fabric!

    So I’d go for this ladybird organic gaberdine ( because it’s got super cute ladybirds on it (and they’re a kind of animal, right?) and make the Cambie dress from Sewaholic (, then make cat toys and a cat pillow (if there is enough left) with the scraps. And I’d use some red or pink piping for trim on everything, to make the colours pop out.

  6. Candace
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    I’ve always wanted to make a cat bed from a vintage suitcase, which I happen to already have one stashed away. The suitcase I have is a deep red/maroon color so I think the Heavyweight Organic Denim or Hessian in Light Steel would be a nice to make the cushion part from and not show too terribly when it’s covered in cat hair :) Google brought up many inspiration photos and DIY instructions so it shouldn’t be too tricky to accomplish.

  7. Posted March 15, 2014 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Hi from Seattle, WA! I have been thinking looooooong and hard about this one because I love my baby malamutes, and I want to give them everything and anything they want. I thought about making them beds, a jacket for me (more walks :) hehe) a couch cover, and plenty of stuffed friends for them to tear up! But when it comes down to it, the thing they want most is to snuggle in bed with me at the end of the day. So I’d like to make a queen size duvet cover and pillowcases so I can wash them pretty frequently! (right now I just throw a ratty sheet over the top of the bed) I’d use this soft black and white stripe for pillowcases, one side of the duvet cover, and a decorative stripe or 2 down the other side. ( and I’d use the royal blue hessian for the other side. Or, if I was being really luxurious, I’d use this silk charmeuse for the pillowcases (

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