It's just thread, right?
That's what I believed when I started sewing ten years ago and I invested only in pretty fabric. Lots and lots of pretty fabric - please don't judge me! And if I really needed to buy some thread, I just grabbed the cheap supermarket stuff and thought I'd be fine. And yes... that thread can hold layers of fabric together. Of course it does. But dang, I got frustrated quickly. Back then I assumed it was me (and it probably was most of the time - after all I was totally self taught and made a gazillion of mistakes daily) but thread shouldn't break on you or tangle all the time. Re-threading my little machine was pretty much a nightmare and the odds were pretty high I had to re-thread multiple times during a small project as the thread kept breaking... It was so frustrating.
Only years later and a couple quilts in, I realised I had to change something. Pretty fabric was just not enough anymore. And I've seen quilters on social media raving about this thread company they've found - incredible colours, little to no breakage, hardly any lint, thin thread and therefore no more bulk. Dang, I had to give it a go. Especially when someone calculated that the thread was actually cheaper by meter than my supermarket stuff...
And what can I say? I never look back!
It was a total game changer. I started using Aurifil 50wt in white (2024) for everything and it was amazing. It didn't break on me - so no more unnecessary re-threading. The seams were so much flatter and I bet my sewing machine was super thankful as well as the lint was reduced so, so much! Can you tell? I was sold and I never went back.
Fast forward a couple more years, several sewing patterns in and now helping YOU to find the confidence on your sewing machine at home - one bag at a time. And I see literally every day that you are having the same issues as me back then. Either you are not concerned about your choice of thread yet and you just grab whatever you can find or you are so overwhelmed by choice, ending up procrastinating. I get it because I have been there... And when I got the opportunity to partner with Aurifil to help you find your way into the beautiful world of quality thread - I got so, so excited!
And here is what we came up with FOR YOU!
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Pretty much one box to rule them all. But let me explain.
Remember when I told you I started with white Aurifil 50wt. It was amazing and I used it for literally everything. For all my piecing, quilting, bag making, topstitching, hand sewing and it worked so well. Eventually I tried different colours of Aurifil 50wt and loved how pretty the seams now looked - but it was baby steps, my friend.
With more confidence I tried different weights eventually and again, I was blown away. Now I used Aurifil 12wt in a beautiful array of colours for stitching by hand and little x's literally became my signature to this day! And let's take a second and talk about quilts. Quilting by hand doesn't only create the most gorgeous texture but it's also oh so therapeutic. I agree... your fingers might hurt a little but dang it's addictive. My evenings weren't the same from then on - Netflix was just not enough anymore, it had to be Netflix and hand quilting. My idea of quality time!
Unfortunately I don't always have the time to hand quilt that much anymore, so I needed a plan B. And again I tried a new weight. Aurifil 28wt! Again it comes in the most beautiful range of colours and weight wise it's pretty much in between Aurifil 50wt and 12wt. Thick enough to be beautifully visible but still thin enough to be used in a sewing machine. I made my first quilt and let me tell you, it was gorgeous. The thread was a feature and didn't disappear into the quilt and the texture was divine. Bonus: so, so much quicker than hand quilting. A real competition for Aurifil 12wt; especially when in a hurry.
Since using it for quilting was such a game changer, I also gave it try for bag making. And very similar to machine quilting - all topstitched seams turned beautifully. And pretty much since then I became obsessed with my seams and no longer wanted to hide them anymore, trying to make them as invisible as possible. Instead they are now a feature of my bags and pouches.
So I knew it had to be a thread box with those three weights: Aurifil 50wt (the orange spools), Aurifil 12wt (the red spools) and Aurifil 28wt (the grey spools). And this what we came up with for you: Sweet Cinnamon Roses loves Aurifil!
And they come in a gorgeous box of course...
They are gorgeous, right? Only the best shades - all you need to get started. And remember, when I told you this would be a box to rule them all? I wasn't lying... let me explain.
Not only does this box get you started weight-wise it also has you covered for literally ALL MY PATTERNS. Yes you heard it right... all of them! If you fancy making a Wee Braw Bag using Aurifil 50wt for construction and Aurifil 28wt for topstitching you are good to go. Or you like to give improv a try, you will want to use Aurifil 50wt for piecing your panel, Aurifil 12wt for hand stitching and Aurifil 28wt for topstitching. Again - you are covered, my friend.
One box to rule them all!
But let me break it down for you...
Ohhh... and by the way, all of the following projects were made solely using thread from the Sweet Cinnamon Roses loves Aurifil box!
Wee Braw Bag
For the Wee Braw Bag pattern you'll need a combination of Aurifil 50wt for construction and Aurifil 28wt for all visible seams. Please find more about the Wee Braw Bag over here in my latest blog post on it.
For the Glitta Pouch pattern you'll need again a combination of Aurifil 50wt for construction and Aurifil 28wt for topstitching. Please find more about the Glitta Pouch over here in my latest blog post on it.
See It All Pouch
For the See It All Pouch pattern you'll need a combination of Aurifil 50wt for construction and Aurifil 28wt for topstitching along the zipper. Please find more about the See It All Pouch over here in my latest blog post on it.
Wee Travel Pal
For the Wee Travel Pal pattern you'll need a combination of Aurifil 50wt for construction and Aurifil 28wt for all visible seams. Optional: if you fancy to quilt the outside of your Wee Travel Pal, you can use Aurifil 28wt for machine quilting or Aurifil 12wt for hand quilting. Totally up to you! Please find more about the Wee Travel Pal over here in my latest blog post on it.
Wee Boxy Basket
For the Wee Boxy Basket pattern you'll need a combination of Aurifil 50wt for construction and Aurifil 28wt for topstitching along the top edge. Please find more about the Wee Boxy Basket over here in my latest blog post on it.
Wee Billow Bag
For the Wee Billow Bag pattern you'll need a combination of Aurifil 50wt for construction and Aurifil 28wt for all visible seams. Optional: if you fancy to quilt the outside panels of your Wee Billow Bag, you can use Aurifil 28wt for machine quilting or Aurifil 12wt for hand quilting. Totally up to you! Please find more about the Wee Billow Bag over here in my latest blog post on it.
I Heart You Bag
For the I Heart You Bag pattern you'll need a combination of Aurifil 50wt for construction and Aurifil 28wt for topstitching along the zipper. Please find more about the I Heart You Bag over here in my latest blog post on it.
For Improv Piecing you'll need a combination of Aurifil 50wt for piecing and construction, Aurifil 12wt for hand quilting and Aurifil 28wt for topstitching along the zipper. Please find more about Improv Piecing over here in my latest blog post on it.
So as a rule of thumb...
This is what I do and all you really need to remember: use Aurifil 50wt for construction and piecing - for all seams that have to last but won't be seen later on. Aurifil 12wt for hand quilting and stitching by hand to make your project shine. And Aurifil 28wt for machine quilting and topstitching - all your visible seams that you don't want to hide!
But now... let's talk about colour a little. I learned a lot about colour over the past years and one thing that I always try to keep in mind is to go lighter! So if you're are making a bag in pink, use a slightly lighter pink for topstitching. Your thread can be a feature and you totally don't have to hide it but I feel it shouldn't be seen from distance and all eyes are just focused on the dark line on your project.
Same for quilting. Always use a lighter shade. Even when you're making a green quilt, a light pink will blend in beautifully when machine quilting it! But there is an exception to the rule. Of course there is. Hand quilting is gorgeous and a whole new feature to your quilt. So let it pop! Little hand quilted stitches of dark grey or hot pink are so amazing. You have to give it a try!
Three spools of Aurifil 50wt in my favourite basic shades for construction. Four spools of bright Aurifil 12wt for hand quilting to make your project shine and three spools of Aurifil 28wt for topstitching!
One box to rule them all!!
Where to shop...
And finally. If you are now wondering where to get yourself one of the Sweet Cinnamon Roses loves Aurifil boxes - I got you covered for that as well.
For a very limited time only, I will have a small amount of boxes listed in my shop here. But when they are gone, they are gone!
No need to panic though. I will keep this page updated with fellow shop owners who are stocking the Sweet Cinnamon Roses loves Aurifil thread box. Organised by country, so you can easily chose a shop near you... (if you are a shop owner yourself, please shoot me a quick email to email@example.com and I will make sure to list you and your shop as well).
Great British Quilter, England
My sweet friend Sarah Ashford also stocks the thread box over at the Great British Quilter for you - and so much more. Only the best from the UK!
Sew Hot, England
Hands down my fave shop for all things sewing and quilting in the UK. Sew Hot has it all and I love stocking up on all my basics with them. From vinyl, to batting, solids and thread... you name it!
Fat Quarter Shop, US
Surely Fat Quarter Shop needs no introduction - you know them! They have an amazing selection of fabric, notions, pre-cuts and of course thread. If you live in the US, you are lucky my friend as you get to shop with FQS...
Rest of the Word
The Sweet Cinnamon Roses loves Aurifil box is just out now! But again, if you are a shop owner yourself and are planning to stock the box, please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will make sure to list you and your shop here as well. Thank you!
I hope I got you convinced - it's not just thread! It's so much more and it doesn't have to be confusing.
Remember, one box to rule them all.
Take care and happy stitching!
Love, Laura x
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