I thought I would share a behind-the-scenes look at the subscription box side of Make it Sew. Make it Sew includes commissioned memory bears, weekly sewing lessons & CrafternoonTea get-togethers, and Tea with Fi on a Friday via my YouTube channel. I also run a monthly membership group where I post a box of sewing happiness out to my members to create their own unique sewing projects.
Here's how it works;
First, I research the latest trends and styles in the sewing world. I browse online forums, magazines, blogs, and social media to see what people are talking about and what they want to make. I also get feedback from my subscribers and weekly sewing students. This helps me to plan the theme and contents of each box.
Then I set about writing the pattern, which includes coming up with the idea, writing it, making it, filming it, photographing it, and then editing the videos and the pattern. This is the most time-consuming part, but I love the creative process of converting an idea into an actual usable thing that can then be shared with others! The patterns often start off as hand-drawn sketches in my journal with written instructions which get modified as it is constructed.
Next, I source the materials from various suppliers. I only use high-quality fabric brands: mainly, Lewis & Irene and Tilda. And of course, I don't forget the essentials; a pack of quality needles and a bobbin as well as the accessories like buttons, zippers, ribbons, and threads that add the finishing touches to each project.
I love wrapping presents, so the next stage is another of my favourites – the packaging. I carefully fold and wrap the contents in tissue paper and place them (normally) in a letterbox-friendly box, along with a teabag to add to your “me time” environment. I seal each box with a sticker, then print or handwrite the shipping labels and take them to the post office.
Finally, I wait for feedback from my subscribers. I always appreciate the feedback as it helps me shape and refine my subscription box offering. I love hearing how much they enjoyed their boxes and seeing their photos of their finished projects. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside that I am sharing my passion for sewing with others. Providing my members with a great way to create some much-needed time in their busy schedules for themselves by creating something without even having to leave the house.
Oh and another thing I forgot to mention – the pattern doesn’t get sent out with the box!! What?!! Exactly so you get a double gift!! You get the joy of opening the box and then you have the anticipation of wondering what you will be making this month!! (Actually - I think this is my favourite bit) The pattern is provided via the private Facebook group on the 1st of the month along with the online masterclass tutorial video. These are also sent out by email for you to find quickly without needing Facebook access.
Thanks for reading and happy sewing!
Creator of Happy Boxes