Ordering from Small Bobbins during COVID-19

As of May 16, 2020, this blog post will no longer be updated! Please check the Ordering & Delivery page for the most current and accurate information, or email Kirstin if you have any questions about shipping!

Hey friends! I’m writing this purely for the sake of practicalities during these weird times. Personally, my first priority for everybody in the world is to be as safe and well as possible (physically and mentally!). For me, I’m finding it difficult to concentrate on work (especially with my two kids at home), but I know many people have found solace and positive distraction in sewing, and therefore may need some extra supplies.

Small Bobbins is run from my house, so if you would like to place an order, I am able to pack it up without issue. Everybody in my house is currently well and hasn’t had exposure (that we know of) to anybody with the virus. So that’s a plus!

As of May 12, 2020, we can ship to the EU, plus the US, Canada, Russia, Brazil, and China. If you get to checkout and are unable to select your country, it means that it’s not possible to ship to you until after the quarantine measures have lifted. Please email me if you have any questions about this!

*”Europe” means the following to bpost: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Norway. We can also ship to the United States, Canada, Russia, Brazil, and China.

Belgium (where I live) has currently issued mandatory guidelines that we’re not supposed to leave the house except for a short list of essential places, and this does include going to the post office. That being said, I will be reducing trips to the post office to once per week, so shipping times will likely be a bit longer. And, since we’ve been advised to avoid all non-essential travel, local pick-up is temporarily unavailable.

Digital products are, of course, always available!

So, from the whole Small Bobbins team (aka, me and Liesje), we hope you’re staying well!! If you would happen to have any questions or concerns about a potential order, please feel free to reach out to me directly at hello[at]smallbobbins[dot]com.

#KnickerNovember Round Up!

Whew! What a month! It was my first time hosting a sewing challenge and it was so worth it! I cannot express how great it was to get more involved with the sewing community and see how we all came together and inspired each other to make knickers and lingerie!

Here’s a quick round up of how the month went:

(Oh wait, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out this blog post or this video, all about introducing #KnickerNovember!)

I did my best to post relevant lingerie-making tutorials and videos here and on my Youtube channel

My co-hosts for the month, Laura (on Youtube and Instagram) and Romy (on Youtube and Instagram) also did a great job of keeping everybody hyped up throughout the month and organizing our lovely sponsors and prize packages!

At the end of the month, each of us picked the entry that we loved the most, and Laura randomly picked three winners from the remaining entries and we doled out the prizes!

My “Pick of the Pants” went to for the drop dead gorgeous full-fledged lace set she created! Bra, panties, suspender belt, and she even made the hook and eye to match using the Leverett pattern by Orange Lingerie!

Laura’s “Pick of the Pants” was @sewingbadstitches for her incredibly fun pizza pants! She used the Trixie briefs by Jennifer Lauren Handmade.

And Romy’s “Pick of the Pants” went to @geopril123 for her stunning floral set using the Marlborough bra from Orange Lingerie and Esme panties from Evie La Luve

And our three random draw winners were @creasis.ronse, @happy.button.v, and @eleuthera40!

Thank you so much to everybody who participated, and even if you didn’t get a chance, I hope it gave you some motivation and inspiration to try something new in the near future! And don’t worry, we plan on doing this again next year too!

Get ready for #KnickerNovember!

With October wrapping up shortly, myself and a couple other lovely sewing ladies have planned something exciting for next month: #KnickerNovember!

I’ve already posted a little video introduction over on Youtube, but here’s what you can expect.

Who’s hosting? The idea originally came from Laura (of the Specky Seamstress on Youtube and Instagram) and Romy (@romy.kate on Instagram), and they brought me on board. Of course I was totally into the idea!

What’s the challenge? It’s pretty simple; sew a pair of knickers! (That’s ‘underwear’ for the non-Brits out there!) Although, really, you can sew any sort of undergarment that you’d like to! The point of #KnickerNovember is to encourage anyone who’s interested in sewing underwear/lingerie to just give it a go! If you’ve been waiting for a sign, if you’ve been waffling on the idea, if you’ve been thinking about it for a while, this is the time to do it!

What’s in it for you? PRIZES! We have an amaaaazing list of sponsors who have donated prizes and vouchers to #KnickerNovember:

How can you enter? Simply sew up a pair of knickers (bralette, garter, bra, harness, whatever!) and post it on Instagram between Nov 1st and Nov 30th. Use the hashtag #KnickerNovember and tag myself (@smallbobbins), Laura (@thespeckyseamstress), and Romy (@romy.kate) so we can see your lovely creations! At the beginning of December, we’ll pick one main winner who impressed us the most to win the biggest prize, as the remaining prize winners will be chosen by random draw. Everybody has a chance to win something!

Who’s eligible to win prizes? Pretty much everybody! Where noted, some prizes are only open for UK residents (due to shipping constraints) but others are open internationally.

How can you get started asap?! Get prepared! I have a bunch of content already posted here on the blog and also on my Youtube channel to help get you started with sewing lingerie. Check out my Youtube series on sewing and reviewing 10 free underwear patterns, or the coordinating blog posts (one, two, three!). There’s also the bralette series (the final Youtube video is going up soon!) and the blog posts for those as well (one, two, three, four, and five + six are coming soon!). Throughout the month, I’ll post new videos and blog posts that are smaller snippets of tips and advice to get you started (no more hour-long videos!!), pattern round-ups, inspiration, etc.

Are you excited? SO AM I!!!

As always, feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions, comments, or feedback!