I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was to find out that I was going to receive one of L&C Fabrics’ fabulous Mystery Bags when they were launched. I had seen the bags featured on their Facebook page and was intrigued to see what would be included.
L&C Fabrics say, “The bags all have good quality items which we know you will love and use… With our lovely customers in mind our staff have chosen every item carefully.”
L&C Fabrics have four sizes of bag: £10, £15, £25 and £50 and each month the content of the bags changes. I received a £25 bag.
My first impression was very positive. The bag was beautifully presented and would make a lovely gift. Each item was individually wrapped and the bag was topped with matching tissue paper.
Item 1: Moda Mini Charm Pack – The Mini Charm Pack is a particularly pretty design, ‘Fleurs’, by Brenda Riddle. I often use Mini Charm Packs, either for English Paper Piecing (EPP) or to supplement my stash when I can ‘scrap-busting’. Each piece is 2.5” square.
Item 2: Moda 4x FQ Set – Two of the fabrics were definitely Moda, from the Fleurs range above. The other two didn’t have any writing on the selvage to confirm this but they matched perfectly. I don’t know about you, but one of my biggest bugbears with buying pre-cuts is that they’re very often not cut square. I don’t think there is anything more annoying than working out a pattern and trying to the cut blocks out of a wonky FQ, only to find yourself ¼” short on the length one side because it’s not been cut straight. Well, I was more than pleasantly surprised to find that the FQs enclosed were just about as square as it is possible to cut them – and generous as well – so no wastage here!
Items 3 & 4: 2x reels of 250yd complementary colour cotton and 1x skein of complementary colour embroidery silk – I was really pleased that the embroidery silk and the reels of cotton enclosed matched the fabrics. L&C Fabrics had clearly taken the time and effort to think about the content of the bag, rather than just throwing in random bits and pieces.
Item 5: 10 quilt clips – There’s not much to say about these, they’re jolly handy for binding and I use them a lot.
Item 6: Frixion Pen – There has been much debate on the Facebook forum about these pens and I’m not here to review the pen itself so I won’t start the discussion again. However, they haven’t got the best of reputations among our community and to be perfectly honest, I won’t use it, but some people like them.
Item 7: Sew Easy Magic Seam Marker – This on the other hand, I think I will use a lot. I have never seen one before but I understand that it adds a ¼” seam allowance around any template. I will definitely be trying this next time I make a Tilda doll.
Item 8: Tape Measure – I did think that this was an interesting choice for an experienced sewer, as we tend to have more tape measures than you can shake a stick at, but this bag could have been received by someone with less experienced and to be fair, it is a very nice tape measure. It will be going to a very good home as part of a friend’s Christmas box.
Item 9: £5 L&C Fabrics voucher – This does have an expiry date on it and a minimum spend of £10 – but who spends less that £10 in a fabric shop – ever? It can be used in person or online.
Just a quick tot-up of the average values of 4x FQ, Moda Mini Charm Pack, Frixion Pen, £5 L&C Fabrics voucher comes to over £25. I estimate the value of the pack to be in excess of £35 if you were to buy each item individually, so in my estimation, the Mystery Bag is excellent value for money, as well as a lovely surprise!
L&C Fabrics have a fantastic range of sewing machines, fabrics and notions available on their website: www.lcfabrics.co.uk