Book Review and Free Fabric Friday

on July 20 | in Contests & Giveaways, Products | by | with 155 Comments

Happy Friday!  First, I’d like to tell you about this great book I received.  It is Simple Gifts to Stich: 30 Elegant and Easy Projects by Jocelyn Worrall.  If you love to make and give fabric gifts, you’ll appreciate this book.  If you are just learning to sew there are some great projects and tips for you.  Take, for example, the tri-pocket tote on the cover.  An easy project, with clear instructions and great results!

My sewing machine has been around the block a few times, but I still found a lot of new information.  There is a good glossary with techniques I’d never heard of (trapunto) and descriptions of different types of fabric (moire, shantung, broadcloth, etc.) 

I love some of these projects!  I’ve always wanted to try my hand at shirring, so I think I’ll be making this beautiful pillow.

And  how about this cute poncho?!  It is so simple and fun, I’m sure my five-year old would love to help with this project.

So, that’s just three of the 30 wonderful projects in this book.  You should check it out. 


Now, before I get to FFF, an announcement.  As part of our Bag Month Extravaganza, we asked a special someone for a little help.  You know how all the those Amy Butler bag patterns have different interfacing requirements?  Canvas, Timtex, sew-in, iron-on, and on and on.  It can get a little confusing.  In the spirit of “it never hurts to ask”, we asked Amy Butler herself if she could write some interfacing tips for our readers.  Being the incredibly nice person that she is, Amy agreed, and she and her colleagues, Kim and Dianne, have put together a Guide To Interfacing.  Are you excited?  Check back Wednesday, 7/25. 


Ok, now the free fabric.  We’ll give away 1 yard of fabric ($9.10 or less) to five people.  We’d like to know what you’d like to see on the blog in the coming months.  Any tutorials you want us to put together?  Information?  What about theme months?  We’ve done skirts and bags, so what would you like to see next? 

Finally, I hope you didn’t miss Robyn’s terrific pattern review and Autum’s amazing tutorials (1 and 2) from earlier this week.  Don’t forget Monday is the last day to submit your bag into the contest.

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155 Responses to Book Review and Free Fabric Friday

  1. renee says:

    like the site enjoy more tutorials with quilting useing the fantastic colors like the bags shown.

  2. Nanette says:

    The comments above have been great. It is so inspiring to see what other moms and women are creating. I love Japanese reproduction fabrics. I’m so attracted by the ideas in their books, but its in Japanese. Obviously I can’t read that. I’d love to see some of those ideas adapted to simple patterns in English. Anyway you have a great blog. Thanks!

  3. viv says:

    For the new stitchers among us, a tutorial on following a pattern. What are all those symbols and squigglies? 🙂 Are there any shortcuts? How can I adapt a pattern? etc.

  4. Lisa says:


  5. Beth says:

    I would love some creative holiday ideas!

  6. irene says:

    I second the interfacing tutorial suggestion. I would like to know what kind to use with what, how to use fusible, etc.
    Another theme suggestion is curtains. I know that they are simple for some, but there are so many kinds out there. I would like to see what people come up with.

  7. Wendy says:

    So many great ideas. I love the theme ideas of Japanese, fitting clothing patterns, heirloom sewing projects, stuff for kids, and anything quilting.

    The tutorials for bag month have been great! I’ve never been into making bags, but now I have a list of many I want to try.

  8. Eve says:

    I like the ideas of aprons and baby slings. How about table coverings – tablecloths, napkins, runners, placemats?

  9. Betsy says:

    Okay…another suggestion for a theme. What about Maternity tops/bottoms and baby slings?

  10. Norma says:

    I’m totally want to know ANY tips on quilting with the sewing machine. Any tips would be helpful.

    I’m also on board for any tips that will get a timid sewer to the next level. Your site is wonderful and so helpful so far. Keep up the great job.

  11. Betsy says:

    I know these have been mentioned but…little boy’s clothes, kids toys, and aprons. But most especially…ORGANIZATION stuff.

  12. Diana says:

    i enjoyed the purse handle help!! i would love to see more things like that:adding trim or piping. different ways to embelish projects.

  13. Amanda says:

    I would love to see:
    1. More pattern and book reviews
    2. Pillow month
    3. Ideas for sewing with children
    4. Info about people who have personal businesses selling their fabric crafts.
    5. Information about how different people organize their craft room/space. With photos.
    6. Lots of tutorials- especially altering patterns and sewing zippers.
    7. Ideas for using up fabric scraps.
    8. Charitable organizations we can support through sewing.

    Anyway, I love the blog.

  14. Samantha says:

    Accessories month, quick & easy but impressive Christmas gifts month, sewing accessory/organizational things… I could probably go on! LOL Fall fashion forecast might be neat. I’m trying to think about things to sew for my girls for the fall, but I’m finding myself spending a lot of time surfing around trying to get a feel for the colors/styles that will be “in.”

  15. shannon says:

    I’d love to see some ideas on gifts. Small gifts for friends. Gifts for baby showers, gifts for children’s birthdays. I received my yard of fabric today after winning the FFF last week. Thank you so much again! I love this fabric and I am enjoying all your tutorials and tips.

  16. Rae says:

    I’d love to see more baby clothes (especially little boy’s clothes) and men’s clothes. It seems like there’s hardly any good patterns out there for boys and men. I’d love to sew more for my husband and son.

  17. Very excited about the interfacing tips. Great idea! thanks,

    I’d love some kids clothes…..simple patterns, a pinafore/smock dress, bloomers, fun stuff, out of the ordinary,

    Also I am interested in home decor and pattern making.

    Your blog is helpful. I love the reviews.

  18. Esther says:

    So many great ideas! i say ‘here, here’ to:
    -kids and babies
    -home decor
    -tips and tutorials
    here’s one that may have already been mentioned, but that i missed: tips for sewing on a severe budget. like what to look for at thrift stores and garage sales, or how to make patterns from existing clothes.
    also, a recon month might be neat, and inspiring!

  19. Shelly says:

    I’d love to see children’s projects – maybe even by age groups…I get stumped on fun things to make for my little folks.

  20. Jody says:

    I’d love to see tips/tutorials on creating your own patterns. Also, anything and everything about zippers wouldn’t hurt either.

  21. Jean says:

    I would definitely love to learn more on the japanese clothing books- and children’s clothes would be great too!

  22. Mel says:

    I like the kids clothes idea.

  23. Amy says:

    I know you’ve done bags AND zippers, but I would like a really good tutorial on a bag WITH a zipper. There’s a tutorial out there for a Jordy bag with a zipper, but it looks prohibitively difficult. I know you guys could break it down for me. Thanx!!!

  24. Yvonne says:

    My vote for themes is home decor. All around the house, maybe focusing on one part of it like the kitchen or living room, maybe centered around a color or pattern.

    Can’t wait for the Amy Butler tips!

  25. Oops – I meant Creative Little Daisy, argh! Soory ’bout that, they are both awesome sewists whose blogs start with “C”…

  26. I love to see how other people set up and organize their sewing rooms – so it would be great to have a series where different crafters whow off their space.

    Also, I loved the tips from Craft Apple on differnt parts of bag construction…so if you had another theme month, it would be good to have some really top notch people in that area write about their little techniques that make their projects better.

  27. Joanna says:

    I have to say that I would also love to see a kids clothes month, although that might be a bit large a subject. I have a one year old and always thought I would make all her clothes, until I tried doing so, that is…I would love some tips on making the process a bit easier.

  28. DML says:

    Kid’s clothes – especially toddler clothes, which seem a little left out when looking for patterns (it all looks too young or too old). Oh and trousers – preferably with a proper waistband, instead of elastic.

  29. Trina says:

    It’s wedding season, and I’m always looking for fresh ideas to make meaningful, original gifts for the bride. How about a tutorial on mitered corners on napkins and tablecloths?
    I love sewing for my home, and using a bride’s registry to inspire me to make a creative, homemade gift for her home!

  30. andrea says:

    how about children’s items, clothing, bibs, etc.

  31. Anita says:

    I vote for theme months. Some have already suggested these and I think they would be great! – pajamas, cushions, color focused, etc.

  32. Joan says:

    I would love to see home dec projects–pillows, lap quilts, curtains. Thanks.

  33. Tammy says:

    Looking forward to the interfacing lesson. I would love to see beginner tips esp. for clothing.
    How about a jacket month for the fall or holiday sewing.

  34. katrin says:

    I really love book reviews – best with some pictures from the books.
    Living in Germany it’s pretty expensive to get all those wonderful craftbooks from the US, so you have to think twice which one to buy and which one to buy later or not at all.
    Reviews help me to decide. Sometimes a book look damn good (judging from the cover), but then you have it and peek inside and…. all disappointment, all beginner’s stuff.
    So I’m voting for book reviews 🙂

  35. Christy says:

    I know it’s only July, but I’m already thinking of the upcoming holidays. It’d be fun to see handmade kid’s Halloween costumes. And then, for Thanksgiving and Christmas, something on dressing your table (ie. napkins, placemats, tablecloths, runners). And handmade gift ideas are always welcome.

  36. Vickie E says:

    pincushions, or mini quilts…Anything japanese style…fabric, patterns etc. Also itmes for small babies or children. I love your blog for keeping up on the latest trends. thank you

  37. Kuky says:

    I would love to see something about fitting clothes. I get this wonderful feeling of accomplishment when I make something but when it doesn’t fit properly it’s such a letdown.

  38. Beth says:

    I really enjoy checking in at your blog. I love the themes you’ve done lately – skirts and purses… so fun and educational. Ideas for future themes: hats, aprons, holiday gift ideas, costumes, home decor. The pattern reviews are great – hearing from someone who’s actually used the pattern and has found its flaws, etc is really helpful. I’d like to see more. Also, it would be nice to learn about embroidery techniques and appliqué (I love some of the projects I’ve seen on several blogs – there are some really cute ‘dressed-up’ tees and bags, etc). Keep up the great work on the blog! Thanks!

  39. Cyndie says:

    I like the Christmas idea. Or maybe table accessories – for Thanksgiving or Christmas.. like a quilted table runner, placemats, or chair back covers(I think theres an official name for them.. I cant think of it, though).

  40. Shorty says:

    I would love to see more clothing tutes. How about pattern alterations, or how to match fabric with patterns. I don’t do well with any of the above so any of that would help. Thank you for this site, it has been very helpful

  41. Roshelle says:

    That looks like just the book I need! And I can’t wait for Amy Butler’s guide to interfacing because I don’t know anything about it!

    I would like to see some little crafty sewing projects, maybe for babies or kids, like soft blocks or something…

    What about hats?

  42. Shelley says:

    I would love to see sewing tips. Maybe have a Tip Tuesday or something. LOL
    Ideas for tips: how to use elastic thread, how to use a walking foot, how to do “shirring”, how to sew with knits without a serger. Thanks!

  43. Lesley says:

    ooooh, I would love to see a month of children’s projects…small quilts, doll clothes, puppet theatres, costumes…thanks also for the purse-pocket tutorials, they will come in very handy!

  44. Colleen says:

    I’m a knitter, too, and have seen the wild success of Project Spectrum around those blogs. Essentially, every two month period is focused on one or more colors, during which the crafters try to figure out how to incorporate such colors into their projects. (For more information and a much better description see: I think that this way folks can continue to share inspiration, even if they were sewing a bag during skirt month and a skirt during bag month (as I just did!).

    In any event, great blog!

  45. Arlene says:

    Slipcovers, I would love that…I have had fabric for 2 years, I am terrified to start a slipcover for my 3 cushion sofa! :0

  46. cj says:

    Themes, I’d like to see:
    aprons, jackets, Christmas gifts to make, and another bag one in 6 months or so…..the new ideas just don’t stop coming.

    Thanks for the coming interfacing information……can hardly wait to read it 🙂

  47. sally says:

    Maybe something on quilts. But I’ve love what you’ve done so far so keeping with the same spirit it should be perfect.

  48. Ana says:

    oh there are some great ideas here! I’ll add my vote for a theme on sewing for kids, particularly kids’ clothing. I’d also love any and all tips on sewing with knits.

  49. Leslie says:

    Wow is it friday already? Let me see..a theme…fall will be here soon. How about fall/autumn themes?

  50. Karen says:

    Can’t wait for the interfacing tips! Also, I vote for a Christmas in July tips, and second vote for Children’s clothes!

  51. Karie says:

    It would be awesome to have a kids month, boys would also be a really cool idea they are so hard to sew for. Kids in general too would be a cool idea.

  52. kayla_d says:

    I would love to make the jump to sewing tops, so a shirt month would really help. So far, I’ve done lots of skirts, but I really doubt my abilities when it comes to sleeves!

  53. tiffany says:

    i’d like to know how to make a really decent button hole. i’m also interested in sewing for boys…

  54. Angelique says:

    I would love to see Christmas month so we can get a jumpstart on the holiday gifts.

    Also, I would like to see quick, in simple easy last minute gifts month.

    And pets month so we can make trinkets for our fur babies.

  55. Kim says:

    I would like to see unique ideas for gift items..whether for holidays, birthdays or other occasions. Kids items would be great as well.

  56. Meghan says:

    I’m very interested in vintage clothing, and sewing from vintage patterns. I’d love some more tips on that. I’d also be interested to hear more about self-drafted patterns, tips, etc. Perhaps these topics are a little more complex and advanced, but as you said, it never hurts to ask.

  57. I’d love to see some fun craft aprons or hostess aprons!

  58. shelly beth says:

    I really enjoy both your web site and your blog. I live in the land of “no cool fabrics”. I can find all the quilt fabrics I desire on line or at my local quilt shop! But can someone one clue me on where to find knit fabrics for sewing tops! All we can find here are dull and/or for children! Thank you,
    PS I sent in a picture of my bag and got a reply from you but do not see it posted on your flicker group am I a valid entry?

  59. sharon says:

    I’d love to see some advanced finishing touches … like welt pockets, bound button holes, and some “committal” sewing machine reviews … not what to look for or how to look but more like … I love/hate(whatever) my ______ (fill in the blank with brand and model #) from people who depend on the quality of their hand made goods.

  60. Beth says:

    I think that in the upcoming months you should feature studios or sewing rooms of folks in or not quite in the business. I am about to redo mine and would love to see and get tips from everyone.
    Also it would be great to do some holiday crafting ideas that are quick and simple!! A great place to get ideas for the upcoming gift giving.

  61. Nada Jones says:

    i have a coupe of theme ideas: i’d like to see some kids clothing, especially for boys (i’m thnking of elastic pants w/ patchwork pockets), APRONS, and simple dresses, perhaps a standard sleevelss a-line?

  62. Posey says:

    How about a pillow theme month or apron!

  63. Emily says:

    Oh! I’m looking forward to Wednesday’s post.

    I’d love to have a kitchen accessories month. Sewing for boys would be great, too. Girls are easy, but I have trouble coming up with things to sew for my son. Especially things that don’t involve knits since I don’t have a serger. Fabric covered balls for Christmas ornaments is something I’ve always wanted to learn to do.

  64. janice says:

    I’d love to see a kid’s clothing theme maybe with a few tutorials on some easy stuff! There are so many cute ideas out there!

  65. Lisa Clarke says:

    Hmm, for theme months, how about something kitchen-like. When fall comes, I know I’ll be in a baking mode and would appreciate things like aprons and potholders.

  66. Katie B says:

    wow that’s so cool of amy!

    I’d love to see:
    Things for kids
    holiday gift ideas
    mini/doll quilt tutorials

    I have really been loving all the tutorials!

  67. Mo says:

    I am usually a lurker here. I would like to see sewing techniques/tips from the experts.

    I really liked the bag tutorials on here this month! They have been very useful.


  68. disassociation says:

    summer/winter tops would be great as a theme…

    id also love to see toys/plushies make a showing, and baby goodies. these are the things i find myself making and giving most often as gifts.

  69. Korie says:

    I think that a home decor/accessories theme would be great. Different rooms for each week – kitchen, bedroom, etc. I would enjoy some reviews (Amy Butler’s new pillow pattern!) & tutorials for other items. I haven’t done much in home dec sewing & really would like to start doing more. Happy Friday!

  70. sarah says:

    I agree that a men’s gift theme would be great. I also would love a kid’s theme: clothes, gifts and toys. This bag month has been so encouraging!

  71. amber says:

    I loved the tutorials and can’t wait to use them…I agree with lots of people on Japanese crafts or else kids items….keep up the great work and winning a yd. would be fun!

  72. Jocelyn says:

    1. A organizing theme would help me out a ton. Ideas for how to store fabric, without tipping everything upside down trying to find that piece you know you had.

    2. I would love some ideas for how to use fabric around my house, but I really dont need any pillows. Maybe how to get it up in some sort of wall decor.

    3. Would also love to see simple gift ideas. For women, kids, and MEN. My husband says I never make him anything, but I can never think of anything he could use.

    4. Sewing ideas come easy for little girls, but I struggle for the little boy things. Like maybe a tutorial for a dress up super hero cape or other things boys would love.

    5. Using fabrics with papers would be fun. Like embellishing cards or gift tags. Maybe using it in scrapbooking.

    6. I saw a cute journal today at a local shop that had a cover made from some kids jeans, so the bum pockets were on the front and back cover. The journal closed with a belt through the belt loops. Maybe journal or notebook cover tutorial would be awesome.

    love love love you site.
    – Jocelyn Delgado


  73. Amy B says:

    I haven’t read through the 80(!) comments prior to mine, so please excuse the possible redundancy:

    – I would love to see simple birthday gift ideas for kids
    – Holiday gift ideas
    – Baby shower gifts

  74. supa says:

    Oooh, definitely tips on sewing knits, and also sewing for kids — how to fit them, where to find good patterns (especially for boys).

    Very excited to read Amy Butler’s tips!

  75. Lori says:

    Tutorials for holiday presents, I can’t wait for the Amy Butler tips – hurray

  76. Tina says:

    I’d like to see patterns for toys!

  77. kirsten says:

    i’d love to see holiday ideas early – so we have time to do them! 🙂

  78. Keri says:

    The softies would be great. Or maybe embellishments (like piping, lace, bias binding – that sort of thing). And how about small projects? Like the bathroom tote in In Stitches.

    But I, too, am excited about the interfacing tutorial! There are so many kinds and it’s so confusing!!! Especially for things OTHER than clothes – I’ve got interfacing for clothes DOWN (I think).

  79. Deb says:

    The kitchen, Japanese (clothes or crafts), and Christmas themes would be my top picks.
    Thanks for all the great information you make available!

  80. Libby says:

    Wow, all these great ideas! I would love to see:
    *simple kids clothing
    *all things baby
    *home decor (pillows, curtains, etc)
    *sewing with knit fabric
    *quilting 101

    You are doing a great job…I love this blog!

  81. Jen says:

    I’m interested in clothing themes as well. I’m stumbling through sleeve directions for tops, and a tutorial that showed exactly how the sleeve should be set in and finished with seam binding would save me a lot of headaches. The directions in the patterns themselves are scanty.

  82. jessi says:

    I would love to see apron month too! I can’t get enough aprons! Children’s items would be fun also.

  83. Carrie says:

    I’d love to know more about sewing knits. I’ve yet to figure out how keep my seams right.

  84. Leah says:

    I can’t wait to read the interfacing tips! I’d love to see simple clothes for kids, simple home decorating (curtains, pillows, pillowcases, duvet covers, tablecloths, placemats, etc.), and toys/dolls. Keep up the good work and I’m sure I’ll learn from whatever you decide to feature next.

  85. Erin says:

    Wow, lots of great suggestions so far. I’ll put my vote in for home decor sewing and also kids’ clothing (but don’t forget the boys!!) and tips on how to make homemade clothing for all ages look more “professional”. Thanks so much for this blog, by the way. Great resource!

  86. Hope says:

    Definitely Japanese and Back to School.

  87. Elizabeth says:

    I love the theme month idea! Missed out on skirts, but am trying to get my bags done before the deadline! I would love a small quilts theme. I’ve been seeing so many great “doll” and “mini” quilts online lately and it seems like the perfect small project to complete in a month.

  88. Lynne S says:

    Love beginner tips!

  89. Lisa D. says:

    My main interest is quilting, so anything related to that would thrill me.

  90. Georgia says:

    Yay, Amy Butler!!

    yes, a children’s clothing month…especially since that is my expertese–hehe! But seriously, bag month made me expand leave my comfort zone a little and I would like that, so holiday gifts would be great or I really liked the retro idea. I have a few vintage patterns I would like to try.

  91. Lynn says:

    I’d love to see tutorials for fun QUICK projects for when I get frustrated with sewing… a quick “oh yeah, I love this” project.

  92. Kari says:

    Here’s some ideas: pajama/lounge pants, accessories (fabric headbands, belts, sashes, flowers, etc.), sewing for baby, sewing for kids, quilting, sewing around the home, … I think the list could go for days!

  93. Andrea says:

    I’d love to see baby/kid projects. I’m a beginner, so I’d love some tips!

  94. roberta says:

    I’d love to see the use of fabric in the home. decor, framed fabric art, upholstery…creative ideas for everyday.

  95. stacy says:

    I love theme months – and would love to see more in the coming months.

  96. heidi says:

    i would LOVE to see more skirts. i’m kinda stuck in a rut on that one!

  97. Nic says:

    Wow, it seems a lot of people like the Japanese theme. Why stop there? Go cultural all around! Every country has some amazing crafts to explore.

  98. Love Free fabric friday! I’d love to see some fun holiday projects! We’ll be into the HOliday season before we know it! I’d love great home decor and gifts ideas too!

  99. gebah says:

    i’d love to see some home dec ideas: simple pillows, wall pockets, table runners….

  100. Christy says:

    More votes for Japanese projects (or projects with Japanese fabrics) and kid’s clothes. I’m always thinking that the fabrics you showcase would make really cute baby sundresses with coordinated bottoms!

  101. Geri says:

    How about a tutorial on sleeves!!! I’m having such a time with sleeves as in put my machine away in frustration trouble!!!!

  102. Concha says:

    A Japanese theme would be great. The books’ pictures are to die for ut what abou the instructions?… quite puzzling. I know there are some tricks (like the non-existing seam allowances) but I eager for more!

  103. liz elayne says:

    a small quilt month would be great!

    can’t wait to read the interfacing tips…

  104. Susan says:

    I’m really enjoying your blog! I’ve only recently began sewing again (learned in grade school), and I’m currently sewing dresses for myself and my nieces, so any thing about sewing garments would be fantastic. I would also like to see something on quilting, like maybe using traditional blocks in an unusual way. I’ve also got tons af small scraps from garment sewing and would love hints on using them up other than the usual scrap quilts.

    Hugs & Blessings!

  105. Margo says:

    I would like to see more tutorials for tops. How about a shirt/top month or just a clothing month. In general I would like to see more sewing of clothing.

  106. Lori says:

    I’d love to see an apron month! I would enjoy any and all kinds of tutorials as well.

  107. Mikki says:

    Thank you so much for doing the FFF. It’s so much fun to try and win. I’d love to see maybe some tutorials on things around the house.. drapes, curtains, bed skirts or pillows. Making your house more of a home.

    Have a great weekend.

  108. Natalie says:

    Can’t wait for the interfacing guide! I’m so confused when it comes to distinguishing between the various types. Thanks for asking Amy to put one together!

    Future possible themes:
    1) wedding gifts (my sister just got engaged so I’m desperate to make her something from all my fabric scraps)

    2) home decor

    3) Japanese clothes/softies (or anything Japanese)

    I really appreciate any tutorials that are well written and have clear photos to go along. The only caveat is that it takes a lot of time to put these together.

    Keep up the great work! This site rocks…

  109. veronica says:

    Upholstery tips puh-lease! A

    Anything that will add 5 more years to that couch you’ve had forever OR that great chair that you got for a steal at the garage sale down the street but it’s gotten a bit threadbare.

    I’ve always though re-upholstery required some major sewing skillz, but recently have been told that most projects actually require not too much sewing at all.

  110. samantha says:

    I’d love to see an original designs month- what people come up with on their own, and are willing to share. I also love the above suggestion of children’s items. And, with the holidays starting to get closer, and with the book you mentioned above, gift-y items would be great, too!

  111. Nicole says:

    For themes, I was thinking about favorite holiday projects for the home and gifts. I know I’m not the only one but I always end up pulling many all-nighters prior to Christmas (seeing that it always comes on a different day 🙂


    what about various uses for buttons. I’ve seen some very creative ideas lately..

  112. kara says:

    It would be great to see baby and kids clothes. Cute and quick, yet totally unique, unlike most mass marketed clothes. As a work at home mom, it’s hard to find time to do all the projects that I dream of so simple is ideal.

  113. Stephanie says:

    Wow, there are some great ideas on here for future themes. I’d love to see the following themes:

    -accessories other than bags(hats, belts, scarves, headbands, etc
    -craft room decor
    -home decor

  114. Jennifer says:

    I’d like to see sewing for children as a theme – clothes, toys, etc. or else perhaps a quilt month with a variety of tutorials on hand/machine quilting, binding, piecing techniques, etc.

  115. Kate says:

    I like the sewing for the home theme. Or a quilting theme!

  116. Stephanie says:

    I would have said a interfacing lesson but you’ve already taken care of that! My second choice would be a review of sewing technique books!

  117. Paula says:

    I think it would be fun to choose a book like Simple Gifts to Stitch and do projects from it for the month.

  118. you know that card of ideas you send out with each order? what if you pick one project from that card each wednesday (or whatever day) and either:
    1. do a tutorial (although thats a lot of work)
    2. announce that it’s “project of the week” and showcase readers finished peices in a post.

    it would be neat to see the different variations + the weekly inspriation is just what we all need!

  119. Kim says:

    All Fantastic Ideas!!

  120. Katie says:

    Choosing and fitting clothes patterns, directory of free tutorials, new craft blogs that are catching on, kid’s theme, how to organize sewing supplies, how to buy a new machine, Christmas gift theme………..

  121. Jessica says:

    I’m really excited about the Amy Butler guide to interfacings. I think this will be really helpful…any other “demystifying” posts would be great too!

  122. Yeah for the interfacing guide!!!

    For themes, how about shirt month, home decor month (that could even be split into kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc.)

    Thanks again for the great site!

  123. Janice says:

    I’ll second the kids items and Japanese themes. I also like the kitchen theme idea. Also, what about recycling ideas..meaning ways to turn things into new things 🙂

  124. Tina M. says:

    Sewing for beginners for me too! Also, how about hair accessories or just an accessories theme?

  125. Helen says:

    I’d like to see tutorials on piping and binding and similar decorative elements that make projects look more ‘finished’.

    As a monthly theme kitchen things would be good – teatowels with borders, pot holders, aprons etc. Or children’s items.

    Thanks, enjoying the blog!

  126. carol says:

    Sewing for the home would be fun!

  127. Wow everyone has great ideas! I’d second a few: Sewing tips and fun patterns for beginners, tips on deciphering store-bought patterns, links to fun sewing blogs and views of people’s sewing and crafting spaces, great links for buying fabric, and on and on…

    Thanks for the great site!!

  128. laeroport says:

    Bag month has been great! How about a “retro month” in the future with tips for sewing vintage patterns, seam finishes, etc.

  129. Jessi says:

    Aprons! I’d love to see a flickr group and/or tutorials on aprons.

  130. Chris says:

    How about how to pipe an edge adn stop short of the end. Especially on a patch pocket top that will get turned inside out.

    Love the tutorials!!

  131. Chelsea says:

    How about sundresses? The August heat would be a great time to have some new dresses to knock around in! (And since I don’t live in the South anymore, perhaps some wraps for late August/early September so I could still wear said dresses.)

    I’d like to see tutorials for things like shirring. And a basic pattern that could be easily altered — i.e. embellishments, different shoulder straps & necklines, etc.

    I also have trouble finding good solid material — there are plenty of great pattern designers, but what about for linings or terry cloth?

  132. Jeannine says:

    Looking forward to the interfacing tips.

    I would like some simple quilting tips. Maybe a quilt month, or doll quilt month.

  133. Sarah says:

    I’d love to see some pillows and kids clothing. Baby quilts would be cool too.

  134. Nikko says:

    I would love to see a heirloom sewing theme month, or a kid’s clothing theme month.

    I also, like the commenters above, would love to see interviews of bloggers who sew, and see peeks into everyone’s crafty rooms.

  135. Autum says:

    I am so exciting about the interfaing tips from Amy Butler.
    Wow, you’ve gotten so many great ideas already. I’d like to have a month full of tips and shortcuts in general- with pictures. I’m such a visual learner and having someone demonstrate how to do something sinks in better than reading.

  136. melissa says:

    hat month!

  137. Kathleen says:

    A Japanese theme would be great! Or how about a slipper month? Good for the winter!

  138. Sara says:

    i would love to see info on quilting. i’m a rank beginner who has finished piecing the top but is scared to do any quilting.

    but i adore looking at pictures of other people’s quilts.

  139. Cici says:

    childrens clothing – especially for boys! or baby month…i like the softie suggestion too.

  140. Celeste says:

    I’d love to see ideas for kids, as lots of others have mentioned. Gifty ideas would be great too. And I love the free tutorial round-ups you have had in the past.

  141. D says:

    Sign me up for the giveaway! I wouldn’t mind maybe seeing a jacket month or maybe a pajama month

  142. Jennifer says:

    How about children’s toys, or stuffies for a theme? So many great ideas out there, from sock monkeys to making stuffies from your children’s drawings…

    Another theme/tutorial idea, needlework and embroidery. Small ways to personalize any project, and ideas how to start, with basic stiching to achieve a certain look…

  143. Valerie says:

    Definitely a “Japanese” theme since I am constantly seeing all sorts of cute projects on blogs that were made from the many Japanese books. And how about a pillow theme?

  144. Kristine says:

    I’d love to see some things to look at when picking out a new sewing machine…

    I’m also curious to see what others’ sewing space looks like! I’m probably among the messier few…

    I’m excited for the interface tips! I’ve always been shy around interfacing.

  145. joyce says:

    How about reviews of helpful sewing books?

  146. capello says:

    softies! i’d love to see more info about softies, including a discussion on filling fibers (seems to be everyone loves poly-fill where as i love natural cotton).

  147. Dede says:

    I agree with Jessica, something for beginner would be great! Also, home accessories could be fun.

  148. Elle says:

    I’d love some ideas for easy toys for kids.

  149. Stefanie says:

    How about a kids theme (gifts for kids, clothes for kids, accessories for kids)

    Or “I think I’m going Japanese” theme. With reviews of Japanese books, flickr group of projects, Japanese fabric, etc.

  150. Mindy says:

    I have to agree with Jessica. Simple sewing tips for beginners.

  151. sarah says:

    I would like more tips on sewing clothes in general. Like, how to make them fit you and how to lay out patterns and such. I’m a complete clothes sewing novice and I’m kind of scared, I must admit.

  152. Sarah says:

    How useful, I’ll definitely be checking in on Wed. Who am I kidding, I’d be checking in anyways. :o)

    As for theme months… what about christmas gift ideas?

  153. Fanny says:

    How about one of these themes?
    – clothes for kids
    – soft furnishings
    – embelishments

    Very excited about the interfacing tips.

    Would love to get some “speed sewing” or time saving tips.

  154. mj says:

    I’d love to read interviews with bloggers who sew a lot.

  155. Jessica says:

    I’d love to see some simple sewing tips for beginners!

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