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Getting new goodies sent to my house, whether they’re project boxes I’m subscribed to or the products of a late-night Amazon shopping binge, is always exciting.
One of the most recent small joys to arrive on my doorstep was the Sew What Box, which I quickly stitched and displayed in my house.
Want to learn more about my experience?
Read along for my Sew What Box review, including what I sewed, my favorite parts of the box, and the things I wish were slightly different.
What Came In My Sew What Box
First, each Sew What Box includes everything (fabric, notions, and printed instructions) you need to complete one sewing project, plus a few surprise monthly treats.
While you can view the contents of the previous month’s boxes and the upcoming box on the website, here’s what came in one of my boxes.
1. Couch Organizer Sewing Project Supplies
- Print instructions with a link to the website’s video
- Precut fabric
- Bias binding
- Sewing machine needle
- Gutermann black thread
- Two fat quarters
- A ribbon that can be cut to create project tags
- Bo-Nash Iron Clean sheets (I’d never heard of these before!)
- Short ironing FYI
Thoughts on Project Complexity
My initial concern was that many Sew What Box reviews stated the box was too simple. And, the instructions even mention it’s geared for ages 8+.
Now, the projects are indeed easier and quicker to complete than most sewing project boxes I’ve tried.
However, nothing is wrong with something that won’t challenge intermediate or advanced sewists or take multiple hours to complete.
Also, regarding the specified age range, I have a 7-year-old daughter, and I don’t think she’s ready for this box, at least, quite yet.
While she can sew two pieces of fabric together and follow basic instructions, she could not have sewn the binding or understood how to bind corners without my continued help.
All that to say, the projects aren’t so simple that they’re a bore.
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5 Things I Love About the Sew What Box
Okay, so how did things go, and why is the box worth the subscription cost?
Here are 5 reasons to love it.
1. Thoughtful Curation By a Specific Person
Unlike sewing subscription boxes created by faceless corporations, the Sew What Box is curated monthly by Taylar the Tailor.
There’s something fun about having a relationship (even though it’s only through the mail!) with an actual person to whom you can put a name and face.
2. Fabric is Precut
I have a connective tissue disorder that affects my joints, so anytime I can find precut fabric or use one of my electronic or die-cutting fabric machines rather than scissors is a score.
The fabrics were also very accurately cut, which I can’t always say about some of my pattern pieces when I’m not paying 100% attention to the task.
3. The Success of Completion Comes Soon
I’ve been working on (and by working, I mean staring at, stressing about, and begrudgingly poking at occasionally) a quilt for my Mom.
I started strong by cutting what felt like thousands of odd-sized pieces and then creating complicated blocks where matching seams was more difficult than usual, and I just puttered out of motivation.
Procrastination really wears on me, and I also love completion.
This is why I loved the Sew What Box–it’s almost impossible not to complete the box in one day and feel that beautiful rush of joy when a project is FINALLY FINISHED.
4. The Box is Just Too Cute
It really is the whole package with its branded interior contents and even a branded shipping box.
My daughters loved the box so much that they fought over who would get to keep it and color it like a coloring book.
5. Practically Everything You Need Is Included
Everything is included, down to the needle you put in your sewing machine and the sewing pins.
This takes the guesswork out of supply selection, and I only had to grab scissors to snip the binding and an iron to press as I went.
Plus, adding extra supplies to boost your supplies stash is a big perk if you’re a beginner sewist.
Things That Could Improve
Life is not all puppies rolling in fields of flowers, and I feel like no review is balanced without providing some downfalls to a product.
I’ve definitely enjoyed my Sew What Box, but here are some super picky things that I think would be fun to have associated with the Sew What Box.
1. Bigger Instructions Sheet
These eyes are approaching 40, and I tell you, I now understand what all my patients say about fonts and pictures being too small.
2. Fabric Selection Option
I loved the remote armchair caddy I received in this month’s subscription box, but our living room couches are brown, so the caddy didn’t match well.
I’m not complaining, as it looks great with our gray couch in our kid’s playroom, and it can hold my Kindle there.
However, allowing users to log in and choose from two or more fabric palettes would be a nice touch.
I know this would make things much more difficult for Taylar, though, so I totally understand why she doesn’t do it!
3. Additional Fabric Information
Like a fabric sample that was sent in your box? Knowing the designer would be an excellent way to purchase extra for your stash.
Or, if you botch a project so bad you can’t salvage it, having a lead for where to purchase extra fabric to replace the botched section would be nice!
So far, my experience has been nothing but positive, so I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Anything you love or hate about the Sew What Box?