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. Sophia DeLonghi says:

    What beautiful wools. After looking at the fabric for some time just to enjoy it in it’s entirety, I would love to make a patchwork type quilt and use flannel for the batting and some silky type fabrics for the backing. Love things that are able to evoke many tactile experiences. Would love to be he winner of this giveaway. By the way, I absoluely love everything you do on your blog and look forward to your emails. Thanks and keep up the great job!

  2. Samantha says:

    I would make laptop / kindle and ipad sleeves with these beautiful samples. So gorgeous!

  3. Wow, I love the Heathery purple colour.

    I think i might attempt a cushion out of my Starfruit Cushion Tutorial.
    I would want to have that wool on display, where I could see it every day.

  4. Jen B says:

    I think I would use it to make some pants for my son. I’d probably use an Oliver + S pattern.

  5. Catherine says:

    I have a Simplicity pattern for a coat for my 4 year old daughter that I’d love to make. Amy of Angry Chicken has made several from the same pattern for her girls and they’re gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  6. A TdelaP says:

    A hooded coat perhaps? If there is enough fabric. If not, a skirt.

  7. Jackie says:

    gorgeous! boy! what wouldn’t I make with this amazing fabric. i had to take a moment of silence just to stare at it and dream of the possibilities. i see a pleated skirt for a little girl with a beautiful sash made out of shiny ribbon, a vest for a boy with piping around the edges, pillows with geometric cut outs from this fabric, a tree wall mural using cut out pieces of fabric glued on, the lining in a messenger bag, head scarfs for little girls, or big girls; i would use the wool for the headband piece and sew a fun chiffon piece on the end to the headband on, chair covers for my old school house looking office chairs, kitty beds, oh! the list could go on and on……

  8. Deb says:

    Lovely! I think I would make something cozy for my eight year old niece and six year old nephew.

  9. Suzanne Green says:

    OMG !!!!! I cringe to think of how many YEARS this sent me back, but I had a wool skirt that I made in Home Ec (how many people even know what that wonderful class was ???) . I even won a prize and it became my FAVORITE article of clothing……I may have worn it 500 times until I wore a hole in it (now I can LOL, but then it was a real heartbreaker).

    So my fond memories of the 60″s have been rekindled and I would LOVE to have some of this wool to dream-up another treasured item to some day look back on.

    Thanks for sharing this opportunity and the knowledge of where to find this long ago fabric for me !!!!


  10. Dawn Folta says:

    Wools from Heaven – pinch me I think I am in heaven just thinking about the possibility of having beautiful wool shipped to me. I am currently rug hooking and making a primitive pumpkin for a wall hanging out of wool. His hat will be topped off with strips of wool pulled into a tassle – very cool. I love fall and Halloween decorations so would like to design a primitive wall hanging for fall. But . . . . . I have my eye on a pattern of geometric shapes hooked out of wool, or a primitive Santa that is so very striking – so many projects, so little time. My new found love is the beauty of wool. Thanks

  11. Sara says:

    I would love to use this wool to make the Colette sewing pattern for the Ceylon dress!

  12. Barbara says:

    Gorgeous wools! I’d like to make some pillows for the couch using a Sue Spargo pattern.

  13. Leah says:

    These are so beautiful! I’ve been wanting to make the jacket (or cape, if I’m feeling brave) from by Built by Wendy (#4109). Or maybe some killer plaid pants…I have the patterns, now I just need the wool. Thanks!

  14. Krista says:

    The first item I thought of to make when looking at the beautiful wool fabrics was a cute little wool skirt.

  15. Judy Levine says:

    These are beautiful! A loose-fitting cropped coat or cape for my 2.5 year old daughter immediately comes to mind and a pair of wide-leg, below-the-knee pants for me! Thanks so much!

  16. Lori says:

    I am amassing fabrics to incorporate into a line of women’s wear I am designing. The gorgeous colors I see are very inspiring….there will be small accented, tailored details in the clothing and I can see ways to definitely include these fabrics alongside some softer and crisper textured fabrics I’ll be using.

  17. Gayle says:

    I’m a rug hooker and would LOVE to use some of this beautiful wool in my next project!

  18. Esther Aliu says:

    I am in love with wool and would love to try to remake my Cherry Thieves Table runner in wool.Thanks for sharing.

  19. Amber says:

    how fun! I would definitely make a blanket out of it – been drooling over those wool bundles at Purl!

  20. Paula Shimmel says:

    I have this pattern for a jacket that would be lovely in that wool. I have always wanted to make it but wool is so expensive, so I would love to win this.

  21. Nyree Potter says:

    Wonderful wools, especially the plaids. I would love to make a big roomy weekend style bag or a throw with velvet trim.

  22. Scrapiana says:

    Ooh, they’re lovely! I’d probably go for an old-fashioned patchwork throw in the style of a hap quilt/tailor’s quilt, rather like this one on the Martha Stewart site: http://www.marthastewart.com/how-to/patchwork-throw?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/winter-sewing-projects#slide_1

  23. elena says:

    OMG!!!! What a beautiful wools. Recently I was searching for some wools to made a handbag,and didn’t find something beautiful and affordable at the same time.And look … a giveaway!
    I will keep my fingers crossed. Thank you so much for this chance to win :)

  24. wintu nancy says:

    Not a terribly complicated project, but I would love to make a wool and denim (think old jeans) rag quilt. My cousin’s wife made one and it was beautiful. Thanks to you and Heavens to Betsy for sharing.

  25. Mary says:

    WHY do you do this to me? I so love woven wool. LOVE the selection she has! Thank you for the amazing resource. I don’t care that Spring is coming, I think I must have some.

  26. Amber says:

    Gorgeous! I definitely want to make a skirt and a little jacket with these beautiful wools.

  27. laurie d says:

    Besty’s wool is the best. I am a rug hooker–so I would make a rug!!

  28. Sue says:

    Awesome! I have been rug hooking after a class given by a local rug hooking teacher. She has me hooked, no pun intended. I would love to use these beautiful wools.

  29. Christy says:

    So pretty! I can envision small bags or wallets with these fabrics. I’m definitely going to check out Betsy’s website.

  30. Tiffany says:

    I would like to make a DMKeasywear’s Unisex Pea Coat.

  31. ah, those wool pictures are so beautiful! if i won, i would use the wool to make stuffed animals. the simplicity pattern company has some really sweet retro softie patterns that this wool would pair well with :)

  32. Hillary says:

    toys! I need those for toys.

  33. Alexis Z says:

    My grandmother taught me to appreciate a well tailored coat of fine material. A connoisseur of all quality fabrics, I am constantly searching for the best materials for my projects, to make her smile and meet her approval. I have a lovely vintage Vogue Special Coat & Stole pattern from the 1950s. I would love to create something beautiful. Here is a link to the pattern: http://compare.ebay.com/like/160480822054?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar&rvr_id=211446189845&crlp=1_263602_309572&UA=WXI7&GUID=2fbe3dee12e0a47a269113e1ffe1c003&itemid=160480822054&ff4=263602_309572 Thank you for providing us with so many resources. We are truly blessed!

  34. Catherine says:

    I would love to make my huge dog Paloma a lovely little jacket and also use the fabric to cover a mini day bed for her. Also would make some cosy ottos slipper boots for myself. Also I would like to make some grand country manner house style curtains!

  35. MJ Mayer says:

    I would love to make a nice cool-weather skirt, I only have 1 that isn’t springy or summery looking and I need more! :)

  36. Ange says:

    These are amazing and there are so many things I would dream of making. For my daughter a winter wool coat (eg from Ottobre), or the O+S Sunday Brunch pattern. A front zipped casual jacket for one of my sons, a winter skirt or ‘wiggle’ dress for me …….
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  37. viquena says:

    half yard…short skirt for pairing with tights and (flat) boots! Maybe it is time to learn millinery. :) They are all so gorgeous, I love them!

  38. Heather says:

    These are delicious looking! Humm, what would I do with a piece of one of these gorgeous fabrics? I’d probably have to wait to see exactly which pattern spoke to me and what it wanted to be (like Michelangelo, I’d let the material speak to me first). I’d probably use it to make some sort of accessory, a hat, scarf, or both, combined with some recycled felted sweater wool maybe? The possibilities are delicious to ponder!

  39. Susan Lyon says:

    Wool Wow !!!

    Our log home is going to be featured a “Parade of Homes” this fall. I’ve been looking for a scrumptious decorating idea. How about wool pillows/window valances and maybe use some of your wools in one of my hooked rugs…..Sure would have our visitors asking where the georgeous wools came from…..and I’d have to share your web site.

  40. Elsie Ulland says:

    I am going to take a rug hooking class from Jayne Hester in March. My pattern has an interesting design that I plan to use Heavens to Betsy wool. It has a large curving flag, house, and a hill….I am thinking of using the dark blue plaid and some red plaids.

  41. Sue Goodin says:

    I’ve just started collecting the wools. I have several ideas in mind. I want to make a rug, candle mats and also some Santas.

  42. Kerri Kightley says:

    Wow, I just stumbled upon these wools. I would love a selection to make a penny-rug like family to hang in the living room. Kind of like this one http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/b/0/0/56/9/AAAAC_uvpJAAAAAAAFadvQ.jpg?v=1245867561000
    but based on a sketch of my sons.

  43. Jackie White says:

    Oh my, I am in love! A skirt, and a scarf… I would love to make.

  44. virginia king says:

    Wool is my favorite fiber. Through our history “wool” has served us well. Maybe a purse or colorful throw, who knows. Beautiful colors.

  45. Marcia W. says:

    When I was a teenager, my sister and I entered the “Make It With Wool” contest. I see this wool in a scarf for me and another for my mother; or a wool shawl. Thanks for the giveaway.

  46. Stephanie says:

    That wool is amazing. I think it’s destined to be turned into an amazing skirt and cute little plaid pants for my boys.

  47. Karen says:

    I’ve been dreaming about making an A-line jumper in a woolen plaid, similar to something my mom made for me when I was about 5 years old. Or a hooded scarf.

  48. Lily says:

    I dream of making a bag out of this fabric.
    I think about using an Amy Butler pattern. Or just simply going with the ratzfatztasche design – depending on the colours/ designs you are willing to give away. And this time I would not give the bag away like most times!

  49. Oh, I’ve been eyeing plaid wool to make Christmas stockings!! I think they would be amazing and I love that each stocking could be different.

  50. bonnie s says:

    Beautiful wools. I would use these as accent pieces for the exquisite Koos coat-Vogue 1213. They would be particularly great accent pieces for the buttonhole areas.

    Thank you