Hands up who loves Tilly Walnes?
We do, we do!
We first fell in love with her as a contestant on the Great British Sewing Bee, then discovered her blog Tilly and the Buttons and fell a little bit deeper, and she finally sealed her place in our hearts at the Folksy Summer School last year, where she was one of our speakers and every bit as fabulous as we imagined! You can watch her Summer School talk on blogging here >>
Now the multi-talented Tilly has turned her hand to book-writing, and what a book it is. Love at First Stitch teaches you how to sew made-to-measure clothes by actually doing, so you can get making straight away. Each chapter is centred around a garment project and teaches you different techniques, from sewing basics like threading your machine to trickier skills like French seams and collars, until you are armed with enough knowledge to tackle an entire lined Lilou dress.
The book is sprinkled with Tilly’s tips on how to choose fabric, sew without patterns, add your own style and even how to behave in fabric shops. Plus, it comes with full-scale patterns for the Margot pyjama bottoms, Delphine skirt, Megan dress, Mimi blouse, and Lilou dress, as well as instructions on how to drafting your own simple patterns for the Brigitte scarf and Clémence skirt. See, we told you it was good.
In short, we love it almost as much as we love Tilly. (Almost.)
• • • • • • • • • • • Win Tilly’s Book! • • • • • • • • • • •
We’re thrilled to have not one, not two, but three copies of Love at First Stitch to give away! To be in with a chance of winning, either leave a comment on this blog or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘I heart Tilly!’ before midnight on Thursday 12 June. We will pick three winners at random after the competition closes. Because of postage costs, this competition is sadly only open to UK residents.
Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes is out now (Quadrille, £20)
Photography: Ellie Smith
Pssst… if you don’t win, you can still pick up a signed copy from Tilly’s shop
I love Tilly too, I believe it is a proper girl crush, thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of her book it looks lovely.
I heart Tilly!
*That is all :)
I was lucky enough to do a sewing workshop with Tilly last year at Guthrie Ghani in Birmingham. Can’t wait to read her book as a next step in overcoming my making fear!
Fantastic – love Tilly – and needed a bit of inspiration to get me sewing again – just the trick!
I love tilly her clothes are adorable I sooooo need her book so I can learn to make beautiful clothes too xx
I heart Tilly! Pick me! Pick me!
Such an inspiration love this young ladies style.
I’m just in the middle f making her miette skirt at the moment, and can’t wait to make some more of her patterns! I’d love to be entered into the giveaway please :)
Yup, I love Tilly too (although possibly not as much as my 6 year old!!!!)
Thanks for this fabby competition
I heart Tilly too :)
I heart Tilly! I really need the book! I could try to combine her garments and my beaded art work.
I’ve been wanting to start sewing for a few months now and this sounds like it would be perfect to help me start
I heart Tilly!
Tilly sounds like an amazing teacher, blogger and sewer, I wish I could attend her classes or at least read her book to improve my basic sewing skills!
Me and my little baby Tilly would be sooo happy!
I’m new to this sewing game and thanks to the great British sewing bee I’m hooked. Love Tilly’s blog and would be thrilled to win her book!
I heart tilly!! Fingers and toes crossed xx
I heart Tilly xx
I love Tilly!!!!
Ohhhh, ohhhh, my hand is up and waving to you!! I love Tilly :)
I Heart Tilly.
Folksy has the best comps!
I love Tilly too – I’d love to win a copy of her book !
I heart Tilly and her fab style. Think this book would be perfect for a total sewing novice like me!
Tilly’s book looks so good! I really want to learn to sew my own clothes. I’ve had my eye on her new book for a while!
Ooh, I do heart Tilly’s blog- would love to get sewing those patterns!! :)
I heart Tilly. Got everything crossed :)
Folksy, Folksy, don’t be silly…
Gimme that book
Cus I love Tilly!
I heart Tilly! Would love this fab book x
I heart Tilly! I need some inspiration to dust off the sewing machine x
I heart Tilly :-) x
I love the look of this book! thank you!
I heart Tilly and would love a copy of her new book! Xx
I heart Tilly!
I heart Tilly!
This book sounds amazing and I would soooooo love one x
I’ve had a far off making my own clothes but feed up with the same clothes from the shops. I love her style so please, please, please
I heart Tilly
I’d be thrilled to win Tilly’s book and improve my skills! X
Waaaaah.. I love her style, and would love to add this to my ever growing collection of sewing inspiration!! *fingers crossed so hard they’re turning blue!*
Pick me please!
I heart Tilly :)
Have material, pattern and sewing machine, feeling daunted would love the chance of having the book to give me confidence to start…
Loving the opportunity to win the book and share the inspiration through our academy. We teach, we learn, we love!!
Me, me, me!! Let me win please! I heart Tilly! x
No brainer, I heart Tilly!
I heart Tilly!
I’d love to be able to create like Tilly :)
Really want this book xx
ooooh the book looks great……Id love to win a copy.
This book sounds ideal for me – I would love to be able to custom-size my clothing :)
I heart Tilly!
Such pretty clothes! would love t be able to make them!
Such pretty clothes! would love to be able to make them!
I’d love to win this book – thanks for the chance folksy!
I’d love a copy of this book! Anything to help me be less scared of my sewing machine and stitch up a storm :)
I heart Tilly! I would LOVE to win a copy of her book and get making some gorgeous sassy dresses! x
Ooh, I love Tilly too and I love the look of her book!
What a great giveaway, thanks a lot :)
Wow, this looks great. I’d love to win a copy :-)
I’m a total novice sewer but I love Tilly’s beautiful patterns especially Coco! : )
I think this would be such a great read, I love her style :)
What a fabulous prize! Have everything crossed!
I heart Tilly! And I heart sewing!
I heart Tilly! Looking forward to reading this with my daughter!
I love Tilly too – many an hour was spent in tears trying to figure out what on earth my patterns meant until I found her blog. Now there are less tears of frustration!
Wow Tilly is such an inspiration and I could certainly do with some of that. I would love to win this book and start creating some of my own beautiful clothing.
Love, love, love……….
I heart Tilly, and I would do even more if I won this book!
I heart Tilly! & would love to be able to make clothes. I can only make softies at the moment :)
I have just treated myself to a reasonably price sewing machine. I’m sitting here wanting some inspiration to get started. Love at First Stitch could be what I need to make my tentative ‘first stitch!
I love Tilly! After having children and grandchildren with a lot of bad health my sewing is very rusty. I used to love sewing and making clothes I could do with some expert help please xx
I heart Tilly! , I love sewing and it’s so nice to be able to teach younger generations sewing skills.
pick me! x
Would love to win need my mojo x
I just bought the Mathilde blouse pattern, can’t wait to get started on it. I love Tilly’s patterns!
I heart Tilly, I heart sewing, I heart crafting. I heart learning and I need the book to help me on my way.
Just love Tilly’s style, can’t wait to see her book and learn her tricks! x
Love this! I could really use a good book on dressmaking right now.
I’d love this! Me please!!
I heart Tilly! She’s inspired me to blow the dust off my sewing machine and make things happen. Great prize Folksy xx
I heart Tilly! I would love to win a copy of her new book!
I would SEW (pardon the pun) love to win Tilly’s fab book, I have just bought my first sewing machine and I believe this fab book and the sewing machine could be the best friends x x.
Her book looks amazing! I’m just beginning my sewing journey and this would be the perfect companion for dressmaking!
I heart Tilly designs! What more can I say I want to win her book :)
Would love this book.
I’d love to win a copy!
Love Tilly’s blog and am about to start dressmaking again using her Coco pattern
Oh, fingers very much crossed – would love this book to give me some well needed inspiration!
I love Tilly – have been reading her blog for years, and loved watching her on the TV! Would love her book (it’s on my wishlist at the moment!!)
I have followed Tilly’s blog for such a long time she feels like one of my friends IRL. I think I need a copy of her book in my life, it’s what a friend would do….
Thanks so much for the opportunity to win! Would love to nab a copy :)
Total beginner would love the book to get me going xxx
Having only recently joined the world of sewing I would love a chance to win this delightful book by Tilly to help me on my sewing adventure
I would definitely make the skirt on the cover. I would LOVE to win this.
I have wanted to learn to sew for aaages now! Would love this book to help me! :)
I heart Tilly …. :-)
I heart Tilly! I would love to win this.
Good luck everyone :-) x
I heart Tilly
Such an inspiration :) I would love this book to help me get a more understanding about sewing and sewing machines and what you can do :) x
I need to confidence to start making my own clothes. Sure this fab book could help !!! :)
I Heart Tilly!
Loved Tilly on Sewing Bee and hasn’t she done well since. I’d love a chance of winning her book.
I heart Tilly, she is a sewing wonder! X
I heart Tilly ♡♡
Thank you for the chance to win this awesome book! Fingers crossed :)
I heart Tilly and love her clothes x
I heart Tilly XX And of course she is also named after the greatest dog that ever lived xx
What a lovely book! Thank you for the opportunity to win :)
I heart Tilly (oops)
I heart Tilly! She is so fabulous. I have spent many a night sewing into the wee hours of the morning with her on Sewing Bee on iplayer keeping me company. Don’t I sound like a hermit! hee xxx love and buttons x
I heart Tilly , I ❤️to sew and would love a copy if this book :)
What a beautiful book, I heart Tilly x
Trying to win for a birthday gift for my wife!
I heart Tilly,
it really is so silly,
how she can turn a hanky to a gown.
I heart Tilly,
that sweet & lovely fiĺly,
I bet her book even teaches to make a crown!
I’ve just started sewing again and this book would be perfect to help me on my way. I want to make myself pretty clothes!
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