Sponsor Giveaway: Wool from Heavens to Betsy

Heavens to Betsy, purveyor of 100% milled wool, recently became a True Up sponsor, and immediately sent me all this gorgeous wool to divvy up. Now, this stuff is just scrumptious. It is woven, not felted/fulled, and the colors are deep, saturated, and beautiful. All the fabrics are 58-60″ wide, about 12oz./yard, and available as yardage. It is definitely soft enough to be worn against the skin (but I love how wool feels and I know some people have lower itch thresholds!). In addition to timeless plaids and stripes, there are a few heathered solids in the mix.

Now, I’ve sewn some with wool felt but not much with woven wool, so I’m wondering what to do with it, other than stare and touch! The Heavens to Betsy blog and Flickr group have plenty of ideas — quilting, rug hooking, stuffed toys, clothing (this stuff is perfect for coats), bags, pillows, scarves, blankets … but I’m wondering what you’re envisioning.

I want as many people as possible to experience this wool in person, so I’m giving away four bundles of two half-yards each (I have to hoard a little for myself!) For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post telling me a project, even a commercial pattern, that you think you’d use with these fabrics. I’ll pick the winners next Wednesday, Feb. 23, around noon central U.S. time. This giveaway is open to readers worldwide.

Erica, the owner of Heavens to Betsy, provides some tips on working with their wool:

Wool most often has two sides that look alike because of it being woven. This can be an advantage but … The best tip is to ALWAYS “label” ( I use a flower head pin, With the flower on the right side) the right side when cutting for a pattern – especially garments- It is very easy to make a perfect pleated pocket and sew it to the wrong side of a coat panel without noticing until you go to attach the panel.

Wool should be washed first before using. Wash in the washer in warm water and place in the dryer as normal. This will tighten the weave (some call this felting). It will not shrink after that as long as you use the same process. Although, hot water will shrink it more and make it thicker ( good for some projects).


  1. Retrobaby says:

    Wow, what great fabric! I would love to make an overall for my youngest kid (8 months). And perhaps a pillow for our couch.

  2. Patti says:

    After stroking the wool, I too love the feel of textiles, I’d probably cut it into strips for rug hooking.

  3. elizabeth lehman says:

    What about a messenger bag? Larissa from mmmmcrafts just made some on her blog for her kids… I don’t know if she sells a pattern for these or not. http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2011/02/two-more-messenger-bags.html

  4. Jeannie says:

    I’d trim a coat—cuff turnbacks and collar—according to what I see in the pictures. I love working with wool, and wearing wool, too. If you haven’t sewn with woven wool you are in for a treat.

  5. patricia says:

    I am thinking I can make some beautiful spring hats, fedora style, for my little girls.

  6. jane says:

    Oh pick me! I have been very into wool patchwork making lately, these would help! xo

  7. Sara says:

    The wool is beautiful! I am a rug hooker, and I would make beautiful flowers using the textured wool.

    Thank you for offering the give-away!

  8. Becky says:

    Beautiful fabric! I would love to make a classic wool skirt.

  9. Nathalie says:

    Oooh, those look absolutely gorgeous! I love sewing with wool. It’s so easy to cut, and so much easier to sew with than one might expect. I would use mine for clothing. Like Becky above, a skirt or whatever I could make out of the length available!

  10. Lynn says:

    I L-O-V-E wool applique. With a bundle of your giveaway wool I would use it to make some of the 15 projects from Joann Mullaly’s newest book ” Crazy at Home”. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to try the Heavens to betsy wool. I

  11. Lisa Gapen says:

    I would LOVE to try some woolen pincushion chickens as well as a cozy lap quilt for couching with my pups and Hubby!

  12. Barbara says:

    Hats for all of my friends! Or a coat for me! Or coats for my friends’ kids! I don’t know, I just want it!

  13. Letty says:

    I think a small patchwork throw quilt would be heavenly!

  14. Amy says:

    A wool quilt sounds decadent!

  15. Morgan says:

    I’d make an A-line skirt for my tiny girl, and some kind of stuffed creature. With these natural colors, it’d be fun to do a woodland animal. Fox, rabbit, squirrel…

  16. katrina says:

    O.M.G. I would use the wooden purse handles (VINTAGE from my parents’ basement) that have been staring me in the face for over a year and make a lovely little bag for myself. These wools are AMAZING.

  17. Em says:

    Wool clutch, skirt for a 2-year-old (adorable!), poncho (for same 2-year old; half yards are good for kids clothing, but sadly, not grown-up clothing), fleece-lined mittens

  18. Nicholas says:

    In the January 2001 issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine, there was the most amazing wool coverlet I would love to make using some of this wool. I’ve been saving the magazine for years waiting for the wool to come along… this might be just the ticket!

  19. Lace hearts says:

    Aren’t those gorgeous. I’d love to use these for small scatter cushions. Absolutely beautiful.

  20. melissa says:

    omg these wools are GORGEOUS! I was planning on commenting even before I got to the bit about the contest!

    I’d take two coordinating length of wool and make a seamed pencil skirt from these, lined in silk, and wear it with big chunky tights and bootsfor the perfect winter wardrobe.

  21. Aditi says:

    omg I just stumbled across Heavens to Betsy for the first time a couple days ago, and here you are having a woolly giveaway! I think I’d really like to make a patchwork wool throw for my family room couch. It is too cold to think of anything else!

  22. I would love to make a penny rug from these lovely wools. :)

  23. Mary says:

    I just started to take up rug hooking and it is so much fun! Heavens to Betsy wool is the best and I would use it in a rug. Thanks for this great giveaway.

  24. Melissa says:

    I love to make some patchwork pillows with this beautiful wool!

  25. Sourkraut says:

    That is such gorgeous fabric! I’ve been wanting to make myself a pencil skirt for a while now because I can’t find one in the store that looks just right. I think that fabric would be just perfect for it.

  26. carrie says:

    I’d make some little clutch purses with this fabric.

  27. Sandy N. says:

    I would love to win some wool! I would use it to make a purse. Love it!=)

  28. hillwards says:

    Beautiful wools. I think I would try to make a couple of A-line mini skirts – may need to add some kind of trim to the hem, mind, as half a yard could be verging on indecent…(!)

  29. Laura T says:

    Such beautiful fabric. I’d love to make a skirt from it!

  30. Laura T says:

    Such beautiful fabric. I’d love to make a skirt from it! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  31. JoEllen says:

    Would love to get a feel of these wools in person. I love rug hooking and I’m always searching for good wools to use in this art form. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  32. Holly says:

    Lovely stuff! I would be tempted to make a messenger bag with some appliqué, or perhaps a baby toy.

  33. Allison says:

    Gorgeous fabric. Thanks for the give-away. I’m thinking plush Scottie dogs for little ones.

  34. Barb Colvin says:

    I would love to use some to make a new dresser scarf. I’d add bits and pieces from my stash to create a floral applique.

  35. pumpkinmama says:

    Wow, these are lovely. I could see these making some very pretty large 4-patch pillow. Just gorgeous!

  36. Claire says:

    Wow, those are stunning! I love every single one, the colours are so beautiful. I love making bags and wallets with wool. With lovely wool like that it wouldn’t take much embellishment to get a stunning result!

    Here’s an example of a wool wallet I made:

    I use it all the time and it seems like it will last forever because wool wears so well.

  37. Nancy says:

    I would make a jumper for my 2 year old, and a baby blanket, lined in velvet or silk.

  38. becca says:

    I love working with wool plaids! I think I’d make a patchwork blanket for my dad, who misses his old super-heavy woven wool blanket from his army days in the 60s.

  39. Lisa says:

    I’d have to go with a classic a-line skirt for one of these babies! Or a scarf.

  40. Sue says:

    A two-tone slim skirt would be my choice, with any leftovers made into patchwork scarves for Christmas presents – including me, of course! (Can never start sewing too early for Christmas!!!) There was an article in Vogue Patterns magazine some time ago about eliminating the side seams (and therefore the “matching” of stripes, plaids,etc) by cutting the front & back in one piece. A curved dart either side from the waist to the hip area creates the shaping needing.

  41. Rachael says:

    i would make a wool bag i have wanted to make t for ages but could never find the right wool, these look perfect

  42. Alyssa says:

    OOhhhhhhh OOhhhhhhh Meeeee Meeeeeeeeeee, that is stunning stuff!!!

  43. Linda K says:

    The first thing I thought of was a “50′s” style jacket. One that could be dressed up or down.

  44. Colleen says:

    How nice of you! thanks – i would love to make some appiqued owl pillows!

  45. Dylan says:

    My son is cuddling fanatic. If given the opportunity, he will sneak into my bedroom, pull out all the cashmere sweaters from the dresser, and bundle them into a little nest. I would love to make a soft wool blanket/quilt for him so he can have cuddling time whenever he wants, and so the cashmere sweaters can live in peace and quiet.

  46. jessica says:

    I would make some stuffies, and maybe a cute little clutch. If my crafty friend doesn’t snag it before I use it!

  47. Heather says:

    I would LOVE to try a woolly project! A rustic quilt, course, but also this clean-lined tote … http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/10/diy-project-renskes-minimalist-tote-bag.html. I’d use leather for the base. And then, if yardage allowed, I’d make a matching change purse … http://annekata.blogspot.com/2010/08/tutorial-diy-hand-sewn-coin-purse.html. Cute, yes?

  48. Mimi says:

    Oh! My! Gosh! But is this beautiful wool fabric or is this awesome wool fabric?? Where I live, north of the Great Lakes in Canada, wool is a necessity for half of the year (maybe more!!) – I would proabably make wool underwear… just kidding!

  49. Kim says:

    I think a pillow, a stuffed animal, and a new skirt would make the final cut for me!