May Giveaway Day!

on May 12 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 144 Comments

Remember Giveaway Day in December?  In case you were busy planning for the holidays and missed it, we coordinated one day when everyone with a shop or blog could give something away.  We listed all the participants here to create one master list.  Our last Giveaway Day was a great success. We’ve taken your suggestions to make our May Giveaway Day even better! This time we’re encouraging everyone to leave their giveaways open for several days to give readers a more relaxed browsing experience, and we’ll provide some more structure with categories and international shipping info.

We’re letting you know early so you can finish up that special project, sort through your supplies (one person’s “this old thing” might be another person’s most treasured fabric/supply) and so you can just generally get super-excited about May 27th!

Why do it?
Readers benefit because a) they get exposed to blogs with great ideas; b) they get directed to shops with wonderful items; c) they get the opportunity to win a cool handmade prize; d) they know exactly when to tune in! Participants benefit because a) they get new readers (many participants in 2008 had hundreds of comments); b) they get potential shoppers; c) they can experience the joy of giving something they’ve made to a virtual friend. Want to play? Here are some guidelines:


  • Your give-away item must be either handmade (for example, soap, jewelry, bags, marshmallows), or something that can be used for making handmade gifts (for example, buttons, ribbons, candle wax, etc.)
  • You need to write a post about the item and ask visitors to comment on that post. This must be posted no later than 9 a.m. eastern on May 27th. Please note this change from last time: We’re checking the links at 9 a.m. eastern and if there isn’t a giveaway post we’ll delete you from the list. You can post the night before if you want to be sure to remember!
  • Decide how you want to choose the winner (random, best answer to a question, etc.).
  • State in the post whether you’ll ship the item internationally.
  • Leave your giveaway open until May 31. This gives plenty of time for people to visit you.
  • Ship your item by June 3, one week from Giveaway Day.
  • Spread the word! Make May 27th a giveaway day all over blogland! If you’d like, grab our button and link back to this post to let your readers know you’ll be participating. The code gets wonky when we post it here, so here is the image url: and here is the link url:

Want to participate? Email by Monday, May 25th. Please include the following info:

  • Blog/Shop URL (the URL where people will find your giveaway post)
  • Blog/Shop name (the blog/shop name where people will find your giveaway post)
  • Tell us your location and whether you’ll ship internationally
  • Category for your giveaway (pick one): Handcrafted Item(s), Handcrafted Item(s)+Supplies/Materials, Sewing Supplies/Materials, Knitting Supplies/Materials, Other Craft Supplies/Materials, Homemade Food

On May Giveaway Day we’ll post a master list of participants on our blog.  Stop by to verify your information, explore other sites and try your luck at winning a great giveaway!

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144 Responses to May Giveaway Day!

  1. Hey, great post, really well written. You should write more about this. I’ll definitely be subscribing.

  2. Thanks for posting, I’ll definitely be subscribing to your blog.

  3. MusicBox says:

    Interesting. But what sign on novelties of the news?

  4. Marilyn Caldwell says:

    I would love to take part in an activity such as this, it looks SO fun!! I am very non-literate on the computer that I don’t have a “blog” (at least I don’t think I do). I know that I am too late for this giveaway, but if I can find out how to do it, I would love to join one in the future. I try not to be too intimidated by technology (I do manage to turn the durn thing on!!) I am a new member of your group, and would like to be an active one!
    Thanx, Marlyn

  5. Marsha says:

    My preschool class would go crazy for these crowns.

  6. Jody says:

    I love the doll. As a mom of two boys I’m still waiting on my little girl.

  7. Robyn Williamson says:

    Just love that box – My grandmother used to make them
    I desperately want one!

  8. Oooo, I LOVE your giveaway days! I wish I knew sooner and had entered something on my blog!

    Hugs & Blessings!

  9. Amy says:

    Where is the list? I dont see it.


  10. Cheryl says:

    I had a hard time getting to this comments page…..don’t know why but I absolutely love your site. Thanks. Don’t know if this is late posting or not.

  11. Paula says:

    I emailed a few days ago…posted button on blog, posted and have comments, but don’t see my name!

  12. heleen says:

    Guess I’m just a little late! well please count me in next time!

  13. I can not believe how great this is! 41 comments in 3 hours! I guess this is my 15 secs of fame! Thank you for this!

  14. Yume Design says:

    Oh darn. Looks like I missed the cut-off…but next time I definitely want to do this!

  15. Pam Frederick says:

    Hey Guys…where’s the May Giveaway Participant List? I’m ready to start visiting blogs and leaving comments. Hope it is posted soon. Thanks!

  16. Ariane says:

    I’m having a giveaway on my blog for the May Day giveaway! Thanks for organizing this. It’s so much fun.

  17. Karen says:

    Am I the only one refreshing like mad looking for the master list?

    I have issues -sorry!


  18. Kate says:

    I am so excited to be part of this! How fun! My giveaway is posted and ready!

  19. isabel f. says:

    ohhhh! can I enter?? is it to late??
    I have so much fun in December Giveaway Day!! I can not miss this one!!!
    just let me know if I can participate, okay??
    hugs Isabel

  20. Ooo please enter me in the giveaway. What an amazing selection! Some winner is going to one very lucky person. Good luck everyone and thank you sewmamasew!!

  21. tara says:

    my giveaway is on line!!!

    thanks for this wonderful idea!!!!

  22. Djaj says:

    Hello !
    I’m so happy to play with you !

  23. buebau says:

    Ok, now I saw I’m late…
    Maybe next time…

  24. buebau says:

    I hope I’m still on time to this one!
    I love this idea!

  25. Trelly says:

    What fun!!!!!! The goodies are wonderful! Kisses from Spain

  26. Kim says:

    I’m sooo sorry I missed out on giving something away for your May Giveaway Day. I don’t know how I missed this one because I just found the information on two of my friend’s blogs. I will add you to my google reader so I won’t miss out next time. What a great way to visit new and old blogs.

  27. Beth says:

    I think I missed the deadline to participate, but I’ll list something on my blog for a giveaway anyway. This is a great idea and I look forward to the next one too!

  28. Jeanne says:

    I posted my little giveaway on my blog tonight, go check it out and make sure I got everything I needed to include. 🙂 THIS IS GOING TO BE SOOO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for all your hard work. 🙂

  29. Gina says:

    Am I too late to enter for the contest??? I hope not..I’d love to give a couple things away.


  30. Patty says:

    This sounds like fun!!!

  31. tara says:

    I’m okay to participate! so great idea! thankssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Jacee says:

    Would love to participate. I a a newbee 🙂

  33. Berte says:

    Count me in! December’s GiveAway was very exciting and I’m sure this one will be just as much fun or more!

  34. Craftastic says:

    Thanks for hosting this. I can’t wait to give (and maybe win).

  35. CIndy says:

    Oh Yes! Wanted to do this before but no more procrastination! Thank you for doing the give-away!

  36. I hope you got my email to sign me up! Almost time!

  37. cherry says:

    I am so excited about this! As soon as I saw about the giveaway I got busy sewing, and am really happy with what I have made. I look forward to seeing what everyone else offers… should be fun! Thanks for organising it! Cherry

  38. Malinda says:

    The on in december was such a blast! I found so many new blogs to check out! thanks for putting these together!

  39. Adaiha says:

    Oh how fun!

  40. Stephanie D says:

    It’s getting close!! I can’t wait, this is going to be a blast!

  41. Lisa Carter says:

    Very excited to be part of the giveaway and looking forward to entering some of them myself.

  42. Please count me in
    First Giveawy for me too
    Internationally shipping
    I am shippping from France
    See my blog more more info

  43. Thank you for coordinating this fun event. I have sent an email and look forward to being a participant both as a giveaway host and a blog surfer/entrant.

  44. Cassie Jones says:

    Sounds like fun. Thanks for organizing.

  45. Robert, in northern Iowa says:

    Would like to enter, thank you. Tatter and quilter.

  46. threadbeaur says:

    This is going to be a great giveaway! I have been promoting it everywhere I can. I can’t wait to see what everyone else is giving away! I am so glad that I found this in time to participate on my blog! Thanks for organizing it.

  47. I would love to join in the fun.

  48. Leonie Guld says:

    Count Me in,

  49. Amanda says:

    I would love to participate in your next one. I should have my store open by then. For now, I will definitely be checking this one out!

  50. Jenny says:

    I’m in! My first giveaway! Thanks!!

  51. andrea says:

    Sign me up:)

  52. Christy says:

    All signed up and ready to give back. Thanks.

  53. This is such a great idea! Thanks so much for doing this, it is going to be so much fun!

  54. Melissa says:

    I just signed up! I am sooo excited about the giveaway!!!! Great idea!

  55. Pink Sky says:

    This sounds like fun! I’ll work on putting together a giveaway this weekend and have it ready for next week! I’ve been wanting to do this so it’s the perfect excuse.

  56. To give and possibly receive, I just can’t wait.

  57. shellie says:

    Hope I’m not too late… I’ll be sending my email shortly!

  58. thanks for the opportunity

  59. Cheryl says:

    Hmm, I’ll have to do a second one because I have one going on right now!

  60. Leah says:

    I’d love to join in, I’m off to email you!

  61. Mel says:

  62. Julia says:

    I am in!!!! Love this site and the fact that you do such amazing things like organized giveaways!!!

    Knitting Needle wraps
    Stationery Wraps
    baby booties

  63. rachel says:

    oh yeah!!!
    in. like. flin. baby!!!

  64. Lots of funnnnnnn ideas racing thru’ my head…now to narrow the field. This will help me celebrate not only Summer, but my first blog anniversary, so I’ll be doing a double give away;)

  65. Darci says:

    count me in!!! I emailed Beth.

  66. Jessie says:

    I’m in!!

  67. Jona says:

    Fun!! Count me in again!! I’ve got some great goodies to give away!!

  68. nikole says:

    Yeah! Can’t wait!

  69. Thea says:

    I am excited about participating too. Giving is fun!

  70. Teneale says:

    Cool idea. I’ll definitely give this a go on my blog. Have a great weekend, Teneale

  71. Harley says:

    Got my info in.. I love Giveaway Day! 🙂

  72. Jennifer says:

    I’m planning on participating for sure! After getting so much inspiration from blogs I’ve been following I’ve started my own blog, , and hope to connect to other bloggers with fun giveaways like this!! Thanks!

  73. Barb says:

    I have my give-away already posted on my blog! Tons of fun! I love giving away my hand-made creations!

  74. Mina says:

    Thank you for giving us this chance again, I won´t miss it this time!

  75. Knittindiva says:

    What a great idea to have a little fun! I’m in!

  76. Kara says:

    This is so exciting – I can’t wait to see all the fun giveaways!

  77. Becky says:

    Just sent my info and am so excited!! Just had my first giveaway on my new blog and twas fun! I love giving handcrafted items to those who appreciate such.

  78. Jeanne says:

    I signed up, can’t wait, the last one was fun and I didn’t even join that one. 🙂 thanks for all your hard work organizing this.

  79. sorry for the repost, I mistyped my URL address

    Anyway, count me in , going to send my email now.

  80. Wow, this sound like a lot of fun.
    I would love to take part in this. Off to send my email now.
    Have a wonderful day!

  81. Panhandler says:

    This will be fun! I’m in! Can’t wait, yay for giveaway day!

    Claire at Panhandler

  82. Great Idea , count me in.

  83. Peggy says:

    Please include me, too!

  84. Samantha says:

    YEAH!! This was so much fun last time. I think I’m going to pull together a giveaway myself this time.

  85. Bonnie Tucker says:

    Great I missed December. I have marked my calender for this one.

  86. nadia says:

    i just discovered sewmamasew, i shall definitely be organising a giveaway too. fun!!! thanks!

  87. sandrine says:

    Hi, Thanks for organising that! That sounds exciting 🙂
    Sandrine x

  88. I would love to join in with everyone on this giveway day! What a fab idea!! Thank you for organising it!

  89. Melany says:

    Yes! I missed the December one and would love to participate. Fun, fun! Hmmm…now – the decision of what to giveaway!


  90. Mary says:

    Yes, I must have missed this in December. But this sounds exciting. Count me in!

  91. willy-nilly says:

    Oh Yeah!!!!!!!

  92. Miya says:

    Really want to do this, but am up to my ears in swaps right now…have to think about it.

  93. Hi, I’d like to take part in this, it sounds a great idea.

  94. julie adore says:

    Bonjour from Paris!
    I play with you!!!

  95. Amanda says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Can’t wait!

  96. Lisalou says:

    Sounds like a great idea!!! Thanks!

  97. Jennifer says:

    I’m in too… already shot off an email! Can’t wait… I love these. This is also my first giveaway!

  98. Julie says:

    LOVE this!!!!

  99. Dara SCHMOE says:

    I’m super excited to participate…this is the first time I’ve participated in a giveaway!

  100. Emily Callan says:

    I am going to enter the contest. I am 8. I just got a blog.

  101. Heather says:

    Count me in! This sounds like so much fun!

  102. Ananda says:

    What a great idea. I’ll be out of town during that time so I won’t be able to give anything away. But I might be able to sneak to the computer to do a little blog stalking! Thanks.

  103. Trudy Callan says:

    I would love to participate in this Giveaway. I will email Beth my information. Thanks.

    http://www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot .com

  104. Lauranie says:

    I think I will try this give away thing! I’ve never done one, but read TONS of blogs for the December one! Always up for new things…now what to make?

  105. Barb says:

    Oh, yay. This will be my first give-away. Can’t wait to participate!

  106. Deb says:

    I think May is a good time to do another Giveaway Day–after the busy holidays and before summer vacation! I’m looking forward to it.

  107. Katie says:

    I missed the last giveaway (also because I just opened shop then) but I’m all ready to join this one! Thank you for organizing! I’m going to dream up my giveaway item now!

  108. Adva says:

    Oooh…this is a great idea! Hope I’ll be able to whip something up in time 🙂

  109. Melina says:

    What a great idea!

  110. damocamelia says:

    Greatttttttttttt!!! I am sending the email right away…

  111. Trinity says:

    Reading this just made my entire day!!!! I had so much fun in the last giveaway, and I even won something. I really wished that I could’ve given something away (found out too late), but now is my chance to make up for it before Christmas!

    And it all starts on my wedding anniversary. Even more reason to give something away! Thanks again!!! 🙂

  112. YAY!!! i am so excited to participate again! 🙂

  113. Katy says:

    I’m in!! Just sent you an email

  114. Heather says:

    sounds like loads of fun! can’t wait. . . hmmm. . . what to share?

  115. Bethany says:

    How exciting!!! The changes sound great with less stress from trying to read well over 100 blogs in a couple of hours to enter different giveaways. Thanks for putting this together.

  116. J.J. says:

    Oooooohhhhh, I LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! this idea. I MUST start thinking of something to give away!!! I haven’t done a giveaway yet…hmmm. WOO HOO!

  117. BiancaWood says:

    Ahhh so not happy! Would love too, but we are moving house!! Next time xox

  118. Tracy says:

    I don’t have a blog but I would love to give away one of my grocery bags. is my website.

    Can I still participate?


  119. Terriaw says:

    I love the structure for this one! And I appreciate having so much advance notice so I can figure out what to make or giveaway. How fun is this!

  120. Lauren says:

    Sounds like lots of fun, I’m sure Beth is being bombarded with emails already!

  121. Stephanie says:

    I’m glad that you are doing this again. I was a participant last time and had a blast reading all the comments from new readers/visitors as well as reading new blogs. I’m definitely participating again.

  122. jessica m says:

    Oh geesh. Thank God for this post. In all the stuff going on for the last few weeks I’ve forgotten that I’ve got five W.I.P’s that MUST GO OUT

    YIKES. I planned on making an extra to be my blog’s first giveaway ever, but now I’m under the gun to just finish the initial order. MY HOBBIES ARE STRESSING ME OUT!

  123. Mrs. JP says:

    I’m excited about this. I’m always blog surfing to find out new ideas.

  124. Jocelyn says:

    Yay! I’m so excited… planning on entering for the first time… now I’m off to figure out what to make!

  125. Jennifer says:

    I would love to participate. Now I just have to decide on what to give away, this could take days….

  126. christine says:

    i am so going to participate. what a great idea. thanks. i might even do a few things. thanks!

  127. Sarah says:

    So exciting! Can’t wait!

  128. Karen says:

    I am thinking about what I have to give away. I think this is a fun idea.

  129. Amy Hunter says:

    The last give away day was so much fun, I’m in for sure. I just have to figure out what I want to give away.

  130. Rhyah says:

    So looking forward to entering this time around! I missed the one in December, so I’ll be sure to be prepared this time! 🙂

  131. Jodie says:

    Fun! I couldn’t get my act together in time for the December event… here’s hoping I can for this one. THANK YOU for the advanced noticed. I need all the help I can get these days!

  132. __L__ says:

    I think I’m gonna try this… From France 😀

  133. Erin says:

    Sounds great! I will definitely be participating in this one!

  134. Joan says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HOSTING ANOTHER GIVEAWAY DAY!!!! December’s Giveaway Day was SO MUCH FUN!!!!!! Definitely, please count me in! I will email Beth ASAP.

  135. margaret says:

    I loved the Dec give-away and I’m excited to be a participant in this give-away.


  136. Wendy says:

    I am having trouble making the button work on my blog–can anyone help?

  137. jm says:

    I had such fun last time – will definitely do this again!

  138. Terri H says:

    I sent an email I would love to participate.

  139. Erin Compton says:

    This sounds awesome! And I should be posting my 100th post around that time. I’m in!

  140. michele m says:


  141. Bethany says:

    Wow! this sounds fantastic! I missed the one in December, so I’m looking forward to this one!

  142. I am very excited about this. What a fabulous idea! Thanks for coordinating.

  143. Yvonne says:

    I had a blast at the last Giveaway Day so please count me in. I will email Beth now.

  144. Corvus says:

    Ooo. I just might have to do multiple give-aways.

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