Every day throughout November we have tutorials, recipes, and indie shops to share with you.  We also have lots of wonderful prizes to help get your creative juices flowing.  All you have to do is stop by and comment for your chance to win that day’s give-away(s).  The winners will be announced every Friday in November and the prizes shipped out soon after. We’d like to thank all the designers and publicists who contributed to our prize list.  Even if you don’t win, we hope you’ll take a look at these wonderful products.Note:  Keep checking this list.  We have more give-aways arriving every day!

SEAMS TO ME: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing

by Anna Maria Horner
(Wiley, November, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-25926-9)

From the Publisher:

In SEAMS TO ME, Anna Maria walks the readers through the fundamentals of sewing, offering practical advice on everything from fabric selection to color choices to choosing and buying a sewing machine. While many books offer instruction or patterns, SEAMS TO ME offers both.

SEAMS TO ME includes vivid, full-color photographs and designs and a bound-in envelope containing 10 loose paper patterns. Whether you’re a beginner or veteran sewer, the 24 projects in this beautiful book will transform your home and wardrobe into a collection of unique treasures, to be handed down for generations to come.

The mother of five, Anna Maria still finds time to share her thoughts on a blog that attracts more than 100,000 fans per month. One of today’s most refreshing and most notable fabric designers, she has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and has been featured at numerous exhibitions, including the Surtex art and design show and QuiltMarket.

Sew,Mama,Sew! would like to thank Sarah from Wiley Publishing for contributing three copies of this gorgeous book to Handmade Holidays. Did you catch the part about there being actual pattern pieces in there?! As always, Anna Maria’s work and photography are stunning. This book is a must-have for modern sewists. Visit the Wiley website to learn more about the book and the “Sew Like a Pro” Sweepstakes!

Jewelry Gifts for the Holidays

From the publisher:

Personalize your holiday gift giving with the fast and festive projects featured in this special issue from the editors of Step by Step Beads.

  • 24 of our favorite projects from Step by Step Beads, Step by Step Wire, Beadwork and Stringing magazines.
  • Check out the new designs just for Hanukkah
  • Special wire section offering designs in chain maille, copper coils and more.
  • Super easy and elegant earrings
  • Learn the basics needed to complete every project in the Bead by Bead feature.

Thanks to Interweave, you can win this fantastic magazine full of wonderful jewelry gift ideas.  Give your sewing machine a break and make some earrings!  Check out the Interweave site to learn more. Look for this issue on newstands.

Interweave KNITS:  Holiday Gifts 2008

From the Publisher:

The weather outside is frightful, but the knitting’s so delightful—so grab your yarn and needles and curl up with the third annual issue of Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts. From one-afternoon wonders to intricate treasures, there’s something to knit or craft for family and friends, other knitters, and even yourself. Learn easy techniques to dress up simple knitting, make luxury yarns go far, and get ideas for quick craft projects to share. And participate in our first-ever Count the Sheep Contest, featuring guest illustrator Franklin Habit, and win great prizes! Happy Holidays!

We know you’ve been oggling this one on the magazine stand. Now is your chance to win this special holiday knitting issue. There are some truly wonderful projects inside, which you can see on the Interweave site.  

Quilting Arts Gifts 2008

From the publisher:

Our second annual QUILTING ARTS GIFTS issue is bigger and better, with 148 pages full of fabulous projects to make for the holiday season, including home décor, decorations, and gifts designed and created by some of the world’s best art quilters.

This super issue features:
• 35 seasonal projects for quilted gifts and home décor
• Sensational stocking stuffers: our editors’ favorite tools, gadgets, and more
• 7 holiday patterns to celebrate the season

Again we’d like to thank Interweave for contributing this fantastic prize.  Sewists from beginner to expert will appreciate the myriad of beautiful projects.  With everything from mini quilts to book covers to a fabric gingerbread house, your sure to find plenty of ideas for everyone on your gift list.

Christmas Stockings:  7 Classic Holiday Treasures to Knit

Author/Editor: Editor: Elain Lipson
Delivery Method: Electronic PDF
PRICE : $14.95

From the publisher:

Celebrate the joy, beauty, and charm of the Christmas stocking tradition with seven knitted holiday stockings from some of today’s top designers. From classic to contemporary, easy to challenging, there’s a stocking for every personality in this unique and inspiring e-book.

Christmas Stockings: Classic Holiday Treasures to Knit edited by Elain Lipson is an exclusive e-book from Interweave. These beautiful holiday designs were taken from a collection of stockings, Christmas Stockings: Holiday Treasures to Knit by Elaine Lipson (Interweave, 2001), a popular book no longer available. The difficulty of patterns range from beginning designs to master the easy technique of sock knitting, to unique designs any experienced knitter will love.

A big thank you to Jaime from Interweave for donating a copy of this e-book.  Visit the Interweave site for more information  about this and many other excellent knitting resources. We wanted to give this one away right off the bat so you have plenty of time to knit beautiful stockings for the whole family!

Gift Certificate to SMS

Need some beautiful fabric or patterns for your projects?  Perhaps you’ll be one of the lucky winners of a $20 gift certificate to the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop!

Chelsea Andersen, the incredibly talented designer behind Pink Fig Patterns, has kindly contributed 5 patterns to the Handmade Holidays give-away list. These fabulous patterns are already favorites among SMS customers. Visit the Pink Fig blog to read more about the patterns and check out Chelsea’s excellent gathering and shirring tutorials.

Olivia Top

Natty Jacket & Vest

Lily Top

Patchwork Skirt & T-Shirt

Bella Pants

French General:  Home Sewn
30 Projects for Every Room in the House

By Kaari Meng
Photographs by Jon Zabala

Published in September, 2008
ISBN 9780811864039
ISBN10 0811864030

8-3/4 x 8 in; 160 pp ; color photographs and illustrations throughout, 6 pattern pages and embroidery transfers for 30 projects in an attached envelope

From the publisher:

French General: Home Sewn — As the founder of the renowned crafts and notions store, French General, Kaari Meng scours the French countryside and Parisian flea markets for vintage treasures. Now, this beloved designer has gathered her favorite patterns into a charming sourcebook sure to be coveted by crafters, Francophiles, and home decorators. She offers 30 simple sewing patterns for French-inspired projects—a scalloped tablecloth, piles of pillows and bedding, a festive party garland, totes—and more. Lay-flat spiral binding and ready-to-use pattern sheets and embroidery transfers, plus step-by-step directions, gorgeous photographs, and helpful illustrations make it easy to bring the palettes and pleasures of traditional French living into any home.

Kaari Meng sells vintage and new textiles at her store in Los Angeles and to retailers in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. She and her husband, photographer Jon Zabala, live in southern California.

We’re so excited that Christina from Chronicle sent us two copies of this beautiful book!  The projects are absolutely gorgeous.  Visit Chronicle Books for more information.

Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones
20 Keepsake Sewing Projects for Baby and More

By Amy Butler
Photographs by Colin McGuire
Published in July, 2008
ISBN 9780811861281
ISBN10 0811861287

7-1/2 x 9 in; 176 pp ; 7 pattern sheets, color images throughout, semi-concealed Wire-O binding

From the publisher:

Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones — In this lavishly illustrated collection, designer Amy Butler presents 20 charming, contemporary projects for the nursery and beyond. There’s a snuggly wrap blanket, imaginative plush toys, bright diaper bags, handy travel bibs, and much more. Our innovative packaging makes for easy use—7 pattern sheets are neatly tucked into a folder on the inside cover while lay-flat, spiral binding makes for easy reference while sewing. Beautiful photos inspire, while illustrations and simple instructions explain the techniques. Amy also shares tips on choosing baby-friendly fabrics and includes a comprehensive techniques section, glossary, and resource guide. With her eye for detail and her signature fine craftsmanship, Amy has created a delightful offering of handcrafted keepsakes sure to be cherished by generations to come.

Again, a big thank you to Chronicle for sending us two copies of this great book!  It goes without saying that the projects are amazing.  If you have a little one in your life, you need this book!  Visit Chronicle Books for more information.

Amy Butler Quilting Solids Fat Quarter Pack 

We’re giving away a pack of 12 gorgeous Quilting Solids from the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop. These beautiful colors will mix perfectly with Amy Butler prints, and are sure to compliment many other fabrics in your stash.

Heather Bailey Sewing Patterns

We’re pleased to be carrying all of the lovely new Heather Bailey patterns in the shop.  Who wouldn’t love to win one (or two!?)  Visit Sew,Mama,Sew! to get a closer look at the pattern details (on the back of the package), and stop by Hello My Name Is Heather for some inspiration from the divine Ms. Bailey.

Marlo Bloom Handbag

Fresh Picked Pincushion

Daily Spice Apron

Happy Stacker Ring Toy

The Creative Family:  How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections

By Amanda Soule

When you learn to awaken your family’s creativity, wonderful things will happen: you’ll make meaningful connections with your children in large and small ways; your children will more often engage in their own creative discoveries; and your family will embrace new ways to relax, play, and grow together. With just the simple tools around you—your imagination, basic art supplies, household objects, and natural materials—you can transform your family life, and have so much more fun!

Amanda Soule has charmed many with her tales of creativity and parenting on her blog, SouleMama. Here she shares ideas and projects with the same warm tone and down-to-earth voice. Perfect for all families, the wide range of projects presented here offers ideas for imaginative play, art and crafts, nature explorations, and family celebrations.

This book embraces a whole new way of living that will engage your children’s imagination, celebrate their achievements, and help you to express love and gratitude for each other as a family.

To learn more about the author, Amanda Soule, visit her blog at www.SouleMama.com.

We’re so grateful to Jennifer from Shambhala for contributing this wonderful book.  Amanda Soule is one of the queens of the crafty blog community.  We love her writing, her photography and the way that somehow, she always makes us want to shut down the computer to go spend time with the kids.  This book will give you plenty of ideas to make the most of that time.  Visit Shambhala Publications for more information.

Knitting for Good!:  A Guide to Creating Personal, Social, and Political Change, Stitch by Stitch

Every time we knit, we have the opportunity to create positive change in ourselves, our community, and in the world. That’s Betsy Greer’s fervent belief, and in this book she shows us how. Betsy explores the ways we can use knitting to slow down in a fast-paced culture, while using the craft to benefit charities in our communities, to advocate for worthwhile causes, and to support individuals and communities across the globe. Filled with insights from knitters and crafters on how they use craft to benefit others, Knitting for Good! will get you thinking about knitting in a whole new way.

To learn more about the author, visit her website: craftivism.com

Again, we’d like to thank Shambhala for this contribution.  We know a few crafter/activists who’ll be getting a copy of this inspirational book this year.  Visit Shambhala Publications for more information.

Portabello Pixie Sewing Patterns

Sandi Henderson, the brilliant designer behind Portabellopixie, was kind enough to contribute one each of her wonderful (and crazy popular!) new sewing patterns.  These patterns are very easy to follow with lots of excellent graphics.  We’re very pleased to be carrying them in the shop.  Check out Sandi’s blog for some wonderful tutorials and sewing inspiration.



Ruffle Pants



Market Bags


Oliver + S Sewing Patterns

Liesl at Oliver + S (and Disdressed) was kind enough to donate two wonderful patterns–2+2 Blouse and Pleated Skirt and Bedtime Story Pajamas.  We love Oliver + S cute designs, wonderful patterns, and great packaging.   (We carry them all in The Shop.) Plus, the new patterns go up to a size 8, which is a rare delight for those of you who still love to sew for your kids beyond toddlerhood.  The pattern itself makes a wonderful gift for a sewist!  Check out the the Oliver + S blog to see lots of inspiration, ideas and updates. 

2 + 2 Blouse and Skirt

Bedtime Story Pajamas