Free Fabric Friday

on April 13 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 48 Comments

Bird Seed, anyone?  Special fabric love coming at you this week.  I know how much some of you adore the Alexander Henry Bird Seed  (see the three bird prints in the sidebar on the left). At first it hurt me just to ship it out of here, because I also love it so much I want to cover my walls with it.  I know, however, that it will be well cared for in your creative hands.  We’ll send a half yard to 5 people.  Tell us about your favorite craft or sewing book.  We’ll announce the winners Monday morning. 

PS–As soon as you’re done here, you have to go check out Bitter Betty’s new mod dress and her video.  You won’t be sorry.

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48 Responses to Free Fabric Friday

  1. Cassie says:

    I’m glad to have read this list & found some I have to go check out of the local library.
    My fav would be Sew U…I learned “sew” much from that book.

  2. eliza says:

    I’ve been all over “Fabric Journals” (though it’s in the other room at the moment, and it’s late. Thus, no author. But a search on amazon will find it.) — just totally amazing. And the Stampington & Co. book “True Colors ” (also about journaling, though on paper, with a color theme, is *fabulous* for lookinga t the way coor can be reinterpreted a zillion ways. The one seeing the most action around here this month, though, has been “Collage Lost And Found” by Josi Carciccone (and I probably just slaughtered that spelling — it’s also in the other room). Great stuff for mixed media people. 🙂

  3. Laura says:

    The books I most often use and love are Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson, anything by Melanie Falick, and
    Colorful Stitchery and Kid’s Embroidery by Kristen Nicholas .
    I’m just learning to sew and i must agree that Simple Sewing is very helpful.I just made the dish towels and am very pleased.
    Thanks for the fun contest!

  4. anna says:

    My go-to book when quilting is Quilter’s Complete Guide by Marianne Fons & Liz Porter. It’s always full of useful advice. I’ll definitely have to check out some of the other books listed.

  5. mj says:

    Probably Sew U by Wendy Mullins and any Japanese embroidery books and vintage needlework magazines I can find. I love any and sewing magazines I can get a hold of, actually!

  6. Amy says:

    I just recieved The Apron Book by EllynAnne Geisel, it is just wonderful…the stories, the aprons…the possiblities are endless…and I see I am not the only one loving this book…

  7. katie says:

    right now it has to be the Amy Butler InStitches book, but I did just find an entire encyclopedia of craft books by McCall’s at the thrift store. It’s great!

  8. Christina says:

    ….strange my comment from last night is gone…I am posting it again…

    Hi there!

    I love the pinafore you made; I really feel like making one for my niece but unfortunately I don’t have her around to get measurements (she lives in Norway, I live in Scotland:( . Anyway; on to my favourite craft book; I think it’s quite hard to pick only one but since I am thinking of my niece, and children in general; I LOVE the book “Knit a Square/Make a Toy” (Home Library Craftbooks). It’s a great little book which is dead easy to use and leaves plenty of room for personalizing the finished toy. It is easy to follow and yields great results everytime. You just knit squares or rectangles; assemble them by sewing them together (that’s when they take shape) and finally stuff them and embroider on facial details. Even by just changing the colour or texture of your yarn (ie fuzzy, hairy, etc…) you get a totally new look. I made a lamb for myself a while back and my little sister (she lives in France, btw) asked me if she could have it… I almost gave it to her but then I thought it would be quick to make her one, and she could choose the yarn herself. Hers turned out completely differently but is just adoring and she loves it. She recently asked me to teach her how to knit (she is 9) and I think this is definitely something children could easily do. The only tricky part is the sewing but if supervised; I think a child would manage with that too.

    Hope to see great suggestions for craftbooks from other commentators.

    All the best,

  9. lsaspacey says:

    Sewing for the Home from a series put out by Singer in the 1980’s. This book was my first thought when someone recently asked me about learning to sew curtains.

    Even though I had been sewing clothes since I was in high school (I am thirty-something now) when I decided to create things for my home I had no idea what to do. I picked up this book at the fabric store and started with a simple duvet cover. After that worked out well, I tried their great pillow instructions. Ever since then, I have made all of my pillowcases and pillows with an overlap closure like the one described in this book, therefore, no need for a zipper, buttons, or Velcro. The book also covers various curtains, blinds, table and all bed linens from pillowcases to bed skirts. Because of what I’ve learned from this book I would recommend it to anyone beginning to sew for their homes.

  10. sharon says:

    I always refer to a book from 1984 it is a Singer how to sewing book with awesome pictures.


  11. carol says:

    Although I haven’t made one yet, I swear I will make an apron because of the the awesome Apron Book……. maybe I’d even use some of that fun bird fabric if I had some….. I’m just saying…..

  12. Meegan Blue says:

    I find myself going back again and again to my big Completele Book of Sewing by DK. The photos are awesome, the directions straightforward, and it never fails when I’m not exactly sure what it is I’m supposed to do. Happy weekend!

  13. Oiyi says:

    The Modern Quilt Workshop and Simple Sewing with a French Twist.

  14. KBG says:

    My favorite craft book is 101 Rotary Cut Quilts. It is the only quilt book that I’ve ever used for more than one quilt. There are still so many patterns that I want to make, too! It’s a must have.

  15. michal says:

    oh, i LOVE this fabric! i was going to order it yesterday (but i’m almost out of my monthly craft budget and there’s so much i want…). recently, my favorite craft book has been this

    it’s a Japanese book of palm sized softies, ISBN: 4-8347-2244-9 that i got in little tokyo, LA about a year ago. it’s so inspirational, and contains so many different techniques for different softie making – it’s just too hard NOT to sew any! or make up my own.
    have a great weekend,

  16. Belinda K says:

    Melanie Falick & Kristin Nicolas’ “Knitting For Baby” is my go-to book for inspiration. It’s full of great colors, designs and photography (the pictures will make you downright clucky!). Straightforward patterns for everything from mod booties and little hats to adorable felted bears and toys, a gorgeous diaper bag, and the most incredible party dress for a little girl (knitted bodice, fabric skirt) which coincidentally, would look divine made with Bird Seed fabric!!
    Definitely my favorite craft book of all time!

  17. Kelly says:

    Ack! I don’t have a favorite one 🙁 I think I have only read 2… Amy Butler “In Stitches” and another one I don’t even know the name for… how sucky am I?! Now I must read all the comments to figure out which one I should buy…

  18. sarah says:

    I’m currently among the many loving Lotta Jansdotter’s book, but I’d say the book that gets the most action around here is the Singer Sewing Book from a time when bouffants were the rage. No, not for the hairdos, but for the simple explanations of a wide variety of sewing stuff.

  19. Anita says:

    Oh man, it’s impossible to choose just one book. I do enjoy many of Kaffe Fassett’s books. The styling of the quilts is lovely.

  20. Janice says:

    Oh yeah, I meant to add…though I have no craft books, I have a feeling my first is going to be Amy Karols Bend-the-rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a whole new way of sewing! Just the title makes me want it 😉

  21. Janice says:

    I have no craft books 🙁 Is that not the saddest thing you’ve ever heard? LOL! I am new in the sewing/crafting field and have just been scouring craft blogs, flicker, and etsy type places for inspiration and tutorials….In fact Sew Mama is where I stumbled onto all the craft blogs after placing an order for oilcloth. It’s a whole new amazing world out there! 🙂

  22. Megan Young says:

    My favourite sewing book – now that’s a hard one. I think it would have to be The Linen Cupboard (full of projects using linen) and any of either Jane Cumberbatch’s books, or Ian Malkin put out at least one really fantastic one once. See, told you. One’s just too hard.

  23. Stefanie Lin says:

    I love Amy Butler’s newest sewing book! She makes the best (and easiest to understand) patterns. And I loved drooling over the photos in it as well!

  24. Sarah says:

    I’m totally jonesing to get a copy of Lotta Jansdotter: Simple Sewing. I’ve looked at it online and seen things people have made and everything is just so fantastic and useful. I can’t wait to get it!

  25. sally says:

    Right now my favorite sewing book is Simple Sewing. It gives me the ability to try out patterns that are not too hard. At the same time it develops my skill on the sewing machine – it’s great. Plus I love the Wee Wonderful patterns – not sure if they are considered books. But the Wee Wonderful patterns have been so fun and made me completely fall in love with sewing. Something I never thought would happen. I have so many projects lined up for this summer – they are mostly simple but I am really looking forward to them.

  26. mel says:

    I love the Japanese Magazine Cotton & Paint! lovely pictures, and really adorable work in there. just looking at the fabrics used makes me drool.

  27. Just a diffcult question!!! Many are favourites for different reasons. But the one I have used the most would have to be Denyse Schmidts quilts. At the time I was new to quilting. This book gave me an introduction to quilting techniques in an aesthetic that I could relate too. I have since fallen in love the foundation method from the book and have applied it to many things. Like scarfs, panels for bags and the latest being rectangle shaped pillows. I love freedom of cutting irregular strips and the fact I can combine different weight fabrics.

  28. joyce says:

    I just love Collaborative Quilting by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marsden. It’s very inspiring.

  29. Jennifer says:

    Quiltmaking By Hand by Jinny Beyer. The book itself it beautiful, the instructions and photographs explain everything about hand piecing and quilting, and Jinny has a very enthusiastic and encouraging tone.

  30. Mindy says:

    Mine would have to be Leah Kramer’s The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts: Fifty
    Fabulous Projects. Sweet book!!

  31. Jessi says:

    I love any craft book – but one favorite right now is an oldie I picked up from the library – The Felt Book by Clare Beaton.

  32. Kate1976 says:

    A Sampler Quilt Book by Lynne Edwards.
    I am new to sewing but have just started making my first quilt. I recently met Lynne at a craft fair and really love her clear and easy-to-follow instructions plus I feel very inspired to try my on things too.

  33. Jessie says:

    Lotta Jansdotter: Simple Sewing.
    I usually use my books more for inspiration than for patterns, but I’m going to start a project from Simple Sewing this afternoon (a tote bag for my daughter). Maybe I’ll even use the pattern!

  34. Megan says:

    I’m with several others with Amy Butler’s In Stitches as my favorite. The patterns are great and easy to follow. Besides that, though, it’s great inspiration!

  35. Lynn says:

    Just one favorite craft/sewing book? I guess my favorite would be Machine Made Patchworks. It’s that Japanese one that everyone was making those handbags out of a while back? There are many reasons why I love this book, but #1 on the list is that I try to avoid any sort of hand-sewing whatsoever. I feel like I’ve found a book after my own heart! The gorgeous photos help with inspirations too…

  36. Ros says:

    I don’t own this book, but it’s on my Amazon wish list and I can’t wait to get it!!

    Amy Butler’s In Stitches. I have seen a few peeks here and there, and I’ve seen some things made from this book on various blogs. Beautiful things!!

  37. Ellen says:

    My favourite crafting/sewing book? Amy Butler’s In Stitches. I love the ideas and designs and I find myself referring to the book regularly for tips, tricks, and inspiration. Strangely, while I pretty much love all things Amy B, I’m not a big fan of her quilts – so my favourite quilt book is Denyse Schmidt’s Quilts. Oh and I LOVE that fabric – too cute!

  38. Suzanne says:

    I love that crafting is having a bit of a renaissance right now because so many wonderful books get published. My favorite craft book is Quilts!Quilts!Quilts! I inherited it from my grandmother and it’s full of her handwritten notes and folded pattern pieces (cut from magazine pages – frugal to the last). I feel connected with her everytime I use it and it’s a great resource too.

  39. Colleen says:

    Currently, my favorite crafty books are Sew U by Wendy Mullin and In Stitches by Amy Butler. I am branching out from bags into clothing, so Sew U is my current fav – just in time for spring skirts and flip flops 🙂

  40. Marlana says:

    My favorite book about knitting is: Knitting in America. Author: Melanie D. Falic. I wish there were more books like this about other things I love —> sewing, crochet, home decorating, decluttering. I not only enjoy patterns and instructions but reading about people with the same interest or places that cater to these passions. Such as this blog!

    How’s that for a schmoose of an ending?

  41. Sarah says:

    There are so many fabulous craft books out there, but I guess I have to stick to the ones I’ve actually seen, and not just pined over online. So, my favorite craft book is Cynthia Treen’s Last Minute Fabric Gifts, and my favorite sewing book is Sew What Skirts by Francesca DenHartog. Last Minute Fabric Gifts is full of simple, fun projects seperated by the amount of time it takes to make them. The pictures are great and make you want to make each and every thing in the book. Sew What Skirts is a great book that teaches you how to make your own skirt patterns in lots of different styles. I found the patterns in the book to be even easier than some commerical patterns. I’m looking forward to a summer of skirts, skirts, skirts! And hopefully investing some money into more craft books!

  42. Jools says:

    It’s not one book, but a series of books-The Family Creative Workshop. Published in about 1974, it comprises 19 books, with the crafts in alphabetical order, from Acrylics/Animal Dolls to Traditional Knitting Motifs/Wind Harps, and including such things as bread and cheese making, photographic printing and sandal making!
    I grew up with these books and loved spending time looking through them as a child.
    When I grew up, they lived with my dad, and whenever I visited him, I still loved looking at them.
    I now own them and find they’re really good for inspiration and basic instructions to get you started on a craft.
    I love these books!

  43. Tina Shaddox says:

    I am in love with the Denyse Schmidt quilting/sewing book. I just love her quilting patterns which all are traditional but with a twist. I’m also looking forward to making her toy cat for kids for our charity group.

    I sent a truncated comment earlier…sorry for the mishap!-Tina

  44. bitterbetty says:

    Hey! Thanks for the mention. You are too sweet!

    And you know I really love that bird fabric too!
    My favorite Craft book? 1952 first edition Vogue Book for Better Sewing … but 2nd best is:
    Sew What? Skirts. Beginning pattern drafting at it’s finest and the best zipper instructions Ever!

  45. Siew says:

    Probably right now my favorite book is the Crafter’s Companion book. Its so inspiring to read everyone’s blogs but to have them all collected in one spot with so much info about people’s space and inspirations is great!

  46. India says:

    I’m very new to sewing, so I don’t have many sewing books. But I really like Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter. Fresh, easy patterns that are giving me confidence to try more things. And the fact that the patterns are provided in a useable form is great – no fighting with a phototcopier.

  47. Tina Shaddox says:

    I am totally in love with Denyse Schmidt and her latest book of off kilter quilts is fabulous!

  48. Tammy says:

    My new favorite book, though not truly a sewing book, even though it has sewing tips and patterns in it is The Apron Book. I just adore aprons!

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