First up: Our Make It, Wear It! Challenge is just around the corner. Select your patterns, clean your machine, prewash your fabric and schedule the sitter because you’ll want to take this opportunity to sew some clothes!  We’ll have the inspiration, the tips, the projects and added incentive in the form of awesome prizes.   It’s gonna be great!

Second:  Are you on our mailing list?  You might want to join so you don’t miss out on a fabulous free fabric promotion coming up this weekend.  (Please don’t leave a comment to sign you up.  You need to follow this link and enter your email address.)

Third:  The shop is filling up with new collections of beautiful fabric!  Groups from Jennifer Paganelli, Felicity Miller, Erin McMorris and Valori Wells arrived this week.  It’s beginning to look a lot like summer (and Christmas, for that matter!)

Fourth:  We have some great giveaways this week! Check out these terrific new books and patterns:

SEWING BITS & PIECES: 35 Projects Using Fabric Scraps (Wiley; May 2010; $16.99, Paper; ISBN: 978-0-470-539248) is the ideal crafting book to have around when you start thinking about spring cleaning. But don’t throw out those fabrics scraps just yet. Michael Miller fabric designer Sandi Henderson holds to the adage “waste not, want not” to deliver a collection of innovative sewing projects that help make the most of leftover bits and pieces of beloved fabrics. From a market skirt to a butterfly pin, from an embellished table cloth to hip hair accessories, http://www.sewmamasew.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpSewing Bits and Pieces shows how to make unique pieces that are perfect for gift-giving—or keeping! Sandi Henderson is a fabric and pattern designer who burst into the crafting and sewing world in 2007 with her debut line, Ginger Blossom. Since then, Sandi has gained international attention as a well-loved fabric designer. Her pattern collection, Portabellopixie, was released in 2008. Her work has been featured in several craft publications and her blog, portabellopixie.typepad.com, and website, sandihendersondesign.com, are read by thousands.  (Giveaway courtesy of Wiley.)

SMALL STASH SEWING: 24 Projects Using Designer Fat Quarters (Wiley; May 2010; $16.99, Paper; ISBN: 978-0-470-547427) shows readers how creative they can get with their favorite stash of designer quarter yards of fabric. Sewing with designer fat quarters is a great way to stretch a dollar without sacrificing quality. Filled with full-color photographs, this book contains 24 unique projects that use fat quarters, ranging from belts to handbags and scarves, clocks, laundry hamper liners, pillowcases, and much more. It’s the ideal resource for veteran sewers who want to use up an existing stash and beginners looking for a budget-friendly way to experiment with designer fabrics. This book also features a foreword from fabric designer Amy Butler. Melissa Averinos is a fresh new face in the textile market. Melissa has been a guest on Quilting Arts Television and was featured as a cover story for Cloth Paper Scissors’ Studios magazine. Her playful and unique Cape Cod gift shop, Yummy Goods, houses her studio where she is working on her next fabric line. Check out Melissa’s popular blog, YummyGoods.com/blog to learn more about the author.  (Giveaway courtesy of Wiley.)

LITTLE SPLASHES HOODED RAINCOAT & RUNABOUT JACKET For all sizes of little girls, and all types of rainy days! Brighten a young girls outlook with fresh laminated prints (for the Raincoat) or home dec fabrics (for the Runabout). A lightweight lining and multiple style options with great finishes, these sweet jackets are the cure for dreary skies!  (Giveaway courtesy of Amy Butler.)
RAINY DAYS HOODED RAINCOAT & RUNABOUT JACKETBrighten the day with these sweet jacket designs – in laminated fabric for a lightweight, lined raincoat, or in home dec fabric for a sunny day runabout. With two pocket styles, a generous hood & tons of great finish details, you can liven up your outerwear with bold prints and a fresh take on everyday wear!  (Giveaway courtesy of Amy Butler.)

So tell us, which of these prizes would you most like to win and why?  Winners selected on Monday.  Have a great weekend!