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Tilly’s Love at First Stitch giveaway

by Camilla

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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.)

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• • • • • • • • • • •  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 competitions@folksy.co.uk  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

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Jennie June 4, 2014 - 1:48 pm

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.

Minnie Bats June 4, 2014 - 1:53 pm

I heart Tilly!

Sooooooooo much!!!
*That is all :)

Jen June 4, 2014 - 1:55 pm

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!

Victoria Oxley June 4, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Fantastic – love Tilly – and needed a bit of inspiration to get me sewing again – just the trick!

sharon hooper June 4, 2014 - 2:01 pm

I love tilly her clothes are adorable I sooooo need her book so I can learn to make beautiful clothes too xx

Nicola Bradshaw June 4, 2014 - 2:03 pm

I heart Tilly! Pick me! Pick me!

Lynn June 4, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Such an inspiration love this young ladies style.

Kelly Smith June 4, 2014 - 2:21 pm

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 :)

Clare Wallace June 4, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Yup, I love Tilly too (although possibly not as much as my 6 year old!!!!)

Thanks for this fabby competition


Becky June 4, 2014 - 2:37 pm

I heart Tilly too :)

Evgeniya Ward June 4, 2014 - 2:45 pm

I heart Tilly! I really need the book! I could try to combine her garments and my beaded art work.

Rebecca hill June 4, 2014 - 2:50 pm

I’ve been wanting to start sewing for a few months now and this sounds like it would be perfect to help me start

Ieva June 4, 2014 - 2:55 pm

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!


Anna stanley June 4, 2014 - 3:04 pm

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!

joanne June 4, 2014 - 3:13 pm

I heart tilly!! Fingers and toes crossed xx

tanya cogings June 4, 2014 - 4:08 pm

I heart Tilly xx

Claire Guy June 4, 2014 - 5:26 pm

I love Tilly!!!!

joanna bryan June 4, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Ohhhh, ohhhh, my hand is up and waving to you!! I love Tilly :)

Louise June 4, 2014 - 7:02 pm

I Heart Tilly.
Folksy has the best comps!

Gill June 4, 2014 - 7:17 pm

I love Tilly too – I’d love to win a copy of her book !

Christina Taylor June 4, 2014 - 7:23 pm

I heart Tilly and her fab style. Think this book would be perfect for a total sewing novice like me!

Bekk June 4, 2014 - 7:28 pm

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!

Mary June 4, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Ooh, I do heart Tilly’s blog- would love to get sewing those patterns!! :)

Amanda Davies June 4, 2014 - 8:29 pm

I heart Tilly. Got everything crossed :)

Martha Moger June 4, 2014 - 9:29 pm

Folksy, Folksy, don’t be silly…
Gimme that book
Cus I love Tilly!

Anna June 4, 2014 - 9:53 pm

I heart Tilly! Would love this fab book x

Emma Bell June 4, 2014 - 10:12 pm

I heart Tilly! I need some inspiration to dust off the sewing machine x

Rosalind Harris June 4, 2014 - 10:50 pm

I heart Tilly :-) x

Lee June 4, 2014 - 10:54 pm

I love the look of this book! thank you!

Kerry kernan June 5, 2014 - 5:37 am

I heart Tilly and would love a copy of her new book! Xx

Linley Collins June 5, 2014 - 6:45 am

I heart Tilly!

Lucy Kay June 5, 2014 - 7:00 am

I heart Tilly!
This book sounds amazing and I would soooooo love one x

SJ Poole June 5, 2014 - 7:27 am

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

Deborah Allum June 5, 2014 - 8:43 am

I heart Tilly

Estelle Morris June 5, 2014 - 8:43 am

I’d be thrilled to win Tilly’s book and improve my skills! X

Adrienne Frances June 5, 2014 - 10:24 am

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!*

Claire Turnbull June 5, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Pick me please!

Juls Sims June 5, 2014 - 2:31 pm

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…


Pat Watson June 5, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Loving the opportunity to win the book and share the inspiration through our academy. We teach, we learn, we love!!

Ann June 5, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Me, me, me!! Let me win please! I heart Tilly! x

Jodie bond June 5, 2014 - 2:34 pm

No brainer, I heart Tilly!

Nicky Lewis June 5, 2014 - 2:36 pm

I heart Tilly!
I’d love to be able to create like Tilly :)
Really want this book xx

ali hogg June 5, 2014 - 2:36 pm

ooooh the book looks great……Id love to win a copy.

Julia K Walton June 5, 2014 - 2:41 pm

This book sounds ideal for me – I would love to be able to custom-size my clothing :)

Julia K Walton June 5, 2014 - 2:49 pm

I heart Tilly!

Sam June 5, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Such pretty clothes! would love t be able to make them!

Sam June 5, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Such pretty clothes! would love to be able to make them!

Val & Pete Hatton June 5, 2014 - 2:47 pm

I’d love to win this book – thanks for the chance folksy!

Monique Cooper June 5, 2014 - 2:55 pm

I’d love a copy of this book! Anything to help me be less scared of my sewing machine and stitch up a storm :)

Kimmy June 5, 2014 - 3:01 pm

I heart Tilly! I would LOVE to win a copy of her book and get making some gorgeous sassy dresses! x

Emily Ryder June 5, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Ooh, I love Tilly too and I love the look of her book!
What a great giveaway, thanks a lot :)

Laura June 5, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Wow, this looks great. I’d love to win a copy :-)

littlewrenpottery June 5, 2014 - 4:01 pm

I’m a total novice sewer but I love Tilly’s beautiful patterns especially Coco! : )

Ursula Crocker June 5, 2014 - 4:11 pm

I think this would be such a great read, I love her style :)

Jo Connor June 5, 2014 - 4:28 pm

What a fabulous prize! Have everything crossed!

Charlotte June 5, 2014 - 5:10 pm

I heart Tilly! And I heart sewing!

Wendy S June 5, 2014 - 5:25 pm

I heart Tilly! Looking forward to reading this with my daughter!

Fuschia June 5, 2014 - 5:51 pm

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!

Helen Price June 5, 2014 - 6:12 pm

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.

Mska June 5, 2014 - 7:05 pm

Love, love, love……….

Emma June 5, 2014 - 7:18 pm

I heart Tilly, and I would do even more if I won this book!

Gemma Jackson June 5, 2014 - 7:23 pm

I heart Tilly! & would love to be able to make clothes. I can only make softies at the moment :)

Gillian Wood June 5, 2014 - 7:52 pm

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!

Pam Bethell June 5, 2014 - 8:09 pm

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

annette haden June 5, 2014 - 8:12 pm

I heart Tilly! , I love sewing and it’s so nice to be able to teach younger generations sewing skills.

sianuska June 5, 2014 - 8:12 pm

pick me! x

Tracey Price June 5, 2014 - 8:30 pm

Would love to win need my mojo x

Laura June 5, 2014 - 9:07 pm

I just bought the Mathilde blouse pattern, can’t wait to get started on it. I love Tilly’s patterns!

Maranda Kerr June 5, 2014 - 9:27 pm

I heart Tilly, I heart sewing, I heart crafting. I heart learning and I need the book to help me on my way.

Christina Charlton June 5, 2014 - 10:50 pm

Just love Tilly’s style, can’t wait to see her book and learn her tricks! x

Emily C June 6, 2014 - 1:49 am

Love this! I could really use a good book on dressmaking right now.

Michele June 6, 2014 - 8:13 am

I’d love this! Me please!!

Charley Wicks June 6, 2014 - 9:24 am

I heart Tilly! She’s inspired me to blow the dust off my sewing machine and make things happen. Great prize Folksy xx

Hazel Fisher June 6, 2014 - 10:58 am

I heart Tilly! I would love to win a copy of her new book!

Serena Micallef June 6, 2014 - 1:54 pm

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.

Jill Burton June 6, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Her book looks amazing! I’m just beginning my sewing journey and this would be the perfect companion for dressmaking!

Kay Chamberlain June 7, 2014 - 2:23 am

I heart Tilly designs! What more can I say I want to win her book :)

Emma June 7, 2014 - 8:46 am

Would love this book.

Thea Burras June 7, 2014 - 4:53 pm

I’d love to win a copy!

Valerie Boudier June 8, 2014 - 10:05 am

Love Tilly’s blog and am about to start dressmaking again using her Coco pattern

Maxine June 8, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Oh, fingers very much crossed – would love this book to give me some well needed inspiration!

Anna June 9, 2014 - 1:37 pm

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!!)

Laura June 12, 2014 - 9:56 pm

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….

Jessica June 12, 2014 - 9:56 pm

Thanks so much for the opportunity to win! Would love to nab a copy :)

Hayley bower June 12, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Total beginner would love the book to get me going xxx

Sand Ritchie June 12, 2014 - 10:02 pm

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

Susan Douglas June 12, 2014 - 10:03 pm

I would definitely make the skirt on the cover. I would LOVE to win this.

Amy June 12, 2014 - 10:04 pm

I have wanted to learn to sew for aaages now! Would love this book to help me! :)

Ruth Heron June 12, 2014 - 10:04 pm

I heart Tilly …. :-)

Abigail Nelson June 12, 2014 - 10:05 pm

I heart Tilly! I would love to win this.
Good luck everyone :-) x

Sally Veness June 12, 2014 - 10:17 pm

I heart Tilly

Leah white June 12, 2014 - 10:20 pm

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

ClaireP June 12, 2014 - 10:22 pm

I need to confidence to start making my own clothes. Sure this fab book could help !!! :)

Amelia Blencowe June 12, 2014 - 10:25 pm

I Heart Tilly!

Jacqui J June 12, 2014 - 10:31 pm

Loved Tilly on Sewing Bee and hasn’t she done well since. I’d love a chance of winning her book.

Laura Jones June 12, 2014 - 10:34 pm

I heart Tilly, she is a sewing wonder! X

jenni June 12, 2014 - 10:34 pm

I heart Tilly ♡♡

Lisa Derrick June 12, 2014 - 10:57 pm

Thank you for the chance to win this awesome book! Fingers crossed :)

Polly B June 12, 2014 - 10:57 pm

I heart Tilly and love her clothes x

Katrina June 12, 2014 - 11:00 pm

I heart Tilly XX And of course she is also named after the greatest dog that ever lived xx

Hilary Alexander June 12, 2014 - 11:06 pm


beccy ridsdel June 12, 2014 - 11:07 pm

What a lovely book! Thank you for the opportunity to win :)

Hilary Alexander June 12, 2014 - 11:08 pm

I heart Tilly (oops)

Emmy Martin June 12, 2014 - 11:15 pm

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

Louise June 12, 2014 - 11:16 pm

I heart Tilly , I ❤️to sew and would love a copy if this book :)

Tracy Dale June 12, 2014 - 11:18 pm

What a beautiful book, I heart Tilly x

Nick Crafton June 12, 2014 - 11:20 pm

Trying to win for a birthday gift for my wife!

Claire McSharpy June 12, 2014 - 11:35 pm

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!

Sarah June 12, 2014 - 11:57 pm

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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