Monday, June 25, 2012

Our Friday Winner!

We hope you all had a great first weekend of summer!  I'm sure you're all anxious to know who is taking Pockets home:

Well, it's Eileen Lloyd from Harvard, IL!  Congrats Eileen!   Don't forget, we're still waiting to see those video for our "Bandicoot Jingle" contest, so get them in!

Happy Monday everyone!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Book Nook - The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook

Two weeks have flown by, and it's time for another installment of Book Nook!  This week we're checking out what's between the covers of The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook by Nora Abousteit with Alison Kelly.

Nora is the co-founder of, on online community of sewers and crafters with over 600,000 members, and Alison is BurdaStyle's creative director,  a Project Runway alum, and also designs jewelry and fashion for her own label, Dahl.

Now that you've "met" the authors, let's talk about the book!  This one is spiral-bound, which allows the book to lay flat - very handy when you're trying to follow along with one of the projects.  There eight chapters.  The first three cover the basics - setting up your sewing area, tools you need, using patterns, choosing fabrics, cutting & finishing techniques - a great overview, especially if you're new to sewing clothes. 

The next five chapters are devoted to projects that are based on the five patterns that are included in an envelope at the back of the book.  There is a skirt, a blouse, a dress, a coat and a bag.  Each pattern has a chapter that goes over the basic construction of the piece (with pattern fitting instructions - very handy), and then two variations of the pattern with instructions.  There are also two additional pages with photos of even more variations. 

Overall, I think this would be a great addition to your sewing library, so we're excited that Potter Craft is generously donating a copy for us to give away! Leave a comment here telling us why you'd like to win it. Make sure the comment also includes your first name, last name, city and state so we can find you. Be sure to like us on Facebook as well, and fill out our contest registration form - the link is located on our Facebook page. Deadline is Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 5 pm Eastern time.

Last but not least, we'd like to announce the winner for our previous Book Nook. It's Kathie Bugbee from Fortuna, CA! Congratulations Kathie! 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Our Friday 6/15 Winner!

We hope you all had a great weekend and a Happy Father's Day!  The weather was glorious here, hope it was nice in your neck of the woods.  We picked a winner for our fun swag bag:

It's Susan Patten from Yakima, WA!  Congratulations Susan!  We'll be sending it your way shortly.  Don't be sad if you didn't win - do you know we're giving away a Bandicoot?  Check out all of the details here:  Bandicoot Contest.  Can't wait to here your jingles!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

"Give A Hoot For The Bandicoot!" Jingle Contest

In case you missed it, we welcomed a new member to the Kangaroo Kabinets family - The Bandicoot!

Isn't it adorable?  If you don't have room for one of our larger models, it may just be the perfect fit for your mid-size sewing machine!  The measurements are - Open : 61" wide x 17" deep x 29.25" tall,  Closed: 30.75" wide x 17" deep x 30" tall .

When the Bandicoot arrived, everyone in the office was so excited they did a little song and dance.  If you're excited about the Bandicoot and would like to WIN one, you'll need to do a little song and dance too because we are having a "Give A Hoot For The Bandicoot!" Jingle Contest!  The winner will receive a Bandicoot cabinet, isn't that an awesome prize? 

Here are the details, please read carefully:

1. Write a jingle about the new Bandicoot.

2. Dress up in your best Australian outback - inspired outfit.

3.  Get a friend/relative/spouse (heck, a complete stranger - we don't care!) to videotape you singing your jingle.  Please keep it under two minutes, and remember - we LOVE creativity!

4. Email your video file to us at along  with a statement that you give us permission to post your video on the internet.

5.  Deadline for entry is  Friday, June 29th at 5 pm Eastern time.

6.  Make sure you are registered for our giveaways - the link is on our Facebook page.

6.  We will edit the videos together and post them to our YouTube account.  The winner will be chosen by the Arrow staff, and will receive a Bandicoot sewing cabinet!  Sorry, this contest is only open to residents of the 48 contiguous United States and Canada.

Good luck everyone!  We are so looking forward to watching these!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Our 6/8 Winners!

We're glad you're all so enthusiastic about the new Sew Straight Guide from Dream World!

We hope that Debbie Goff from Festus, MO and Cindy Derryberry from Ada, OK are even more enthused when their prize arrives - they're our Friday winners.  Deb won the 7" guide and Cindy won the 11" guide!  Congratulations Ladies!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Book Nook - "Sew What You Love"

Pretty soon summer will officially be here, so we want to make sure you've got a great sewing book to inspire you to make a few summer projects!  Our pick for this Book Nook is "Sew What You Love" by Tanya Whelan.

If you're not familiar with Tanya, she is a fabric and pattern designer, sewer, and author.  She also has a line of home accessories.  Visit her blog at if you'd like to see more of her work, we think you'll love it!

Now, let's talk about the book.  First off, it's spiral bound, so when it's open it lays flat.  This is so helpful when you're trying to follow along with one of the projects - you don't have to worry about losing your spot!  There are the usual sections in the front of the book - sewing definitions, basic tools needed, etc. - all very helpful of course, especially if you're a beginner.  After that, the fun begins!

There are 30 projects in the book, grouped by type - bags, projects for kids, home projects and wearables.  Tanya even includes two helpful techniques sections - one on shirring, and one with tips for sewing with knits.  There are step-by-step instructions and illustrations for every project which make them easy to follow.  I am in love with the Pretty Pleated Clutch, so that's the first project I'm going to tackle!  

We think you'll enjoy this book as much as we did, so Potter Craft is generously donating a copy for us to give away! Leave a comment here telling us why you'd like to win it. Make sure the comment also includes your first name, last name, city and state so we can find you. Be sure to like us on Facebook as well, and fill out our contest registration form - the link is located on our Facebook page. Deadline is Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 at 5 pm Eastern time.

Last but not least, we'd like to announce the winner for our previous Book Nook. It's Joanne Hios from Cary, NC! Congratulations Joanne! 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Our "8000 Likes" Winner!

Wow! Thanks to all of you, we hit 8000 likes on Facebook this past weekend! Yippee! That means that our wonderful original Gidget sewing table will once again be finding a new home! Plus, we will be sending our winner's favorite sewing/quilting shop a Gidget as well! A double win!

(sewing machine, dress form and other accessories not included)

Our lucky winner is Dana Stricklen from Huntsville, AL!  Congratuations Dana!  WE'll be in touch with you shortly concerning your Gidget! 

Now don't be sad if you didn't win this one - we'll be doing it again once we hit 8500 likes, and then again at 9000 and 9500.  When we hit 10,000, we're really going to celebrate!  Make sure you hang out with us every week for all of the fun!

Our 6/1 Swag Bag Winner!

Summer's almost here, so it's a great time to stock up on some summer reading material!  We think this swag bag will come in handy!

We sure hope Lisa Potts from Fort Polk, LA has some time to lounge around and check out these magazines!  Congrats Lisa!  Don't forget, we've still got our a book up for grabs as part of our Book Nook series, and we've got a great belt contest for you to enter!  Best of all, we'll be giving away a pair of Gidget Sewing Tables later today - one to a lucky Facebook fan and one to their favorite sewing/quilting store.  Yippee!  We have over 8000 likes now, which means we're getting closer to that huge 10,000 likes giveaway!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Buckle Up! We've Got A New Contest!

It's contest time again here at Arrow, and this one is easy, fun, and practical (it's also Hether's idea)!  She loves to make ribbon belts, and she thought it would be fun to challenge all of you to make a belt and see what you come up with!  To add to the fun, we're teaming up wth our friends at Renaissance Ribbons - their ribbons are to die for!  Check them out here:  Renaissance Ribbons.

I love this ribbon, chevrons are so in right now:

 How about  a little inspiration:

For a quick tutorial on this belt, check out

We'll be awarding a first and second prize.  First prize is a ribbon belt kit (3 yds of ribbon and a buckle) courtesy of Renaissance Ribbons, along with a June Tailor set courtesy of Arrow, and 2nd prize is a ribbon belt kit!

 Now that you're inspired, here are the details!

The Rules:

1. Create a ribbon belt!

2. This must be a new project made especially for this contest.

3. Take a picture of it, and email it to by Friday, June 15th at 5 pm Eastern time.

4. The entries will be posted in a slideshow on the Arrow blog, and the winner anounced on Tuesday, June 19th.

5. The projects will be voted on by Arrow staff, and the project with the most votes wins!

Remember, creativity counts!! Don't be afraid to go for it! If you want more inspiration, be sure to visit Renaissance Ribbon's website, and don't forget to like them on Facebook too -!