May Giveaway Day! We’re doing it again!

on May 6 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 103 Comments





Back by popular demand, once again we’re hosting… Giveaway Day! Mark your calendar for Monday, May 17th!

We coordinate one day when everyone with a shop or blog can give something away. We list all of the participants here to create a master list, and we leave the lists up for several days to give readers a more relaxed browsing experience. We also provide some structure with categories and international shipping info. Past Giveaway Days have been a TON of fun for everyone.

Just to refresh your memory, here’s some background about Giveaway Day plus tips and info on how to participate:

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 end up with hundreds of comments & visitors); b) they get potential shoppers/readers; 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 Monday, May 17. We’re checking the links at 9 a.m. eastern and if there isn’t a giveaway post we will 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 20. This gives plenty of time for people to visit you.
  • Ship your item by May 24, one week from Giveaway Day.
  • Spread the word! Make May 17th 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 always gets wonky when we post it here, so here is the image url: and here is the link url:

Want to participate? Email (Subject: Giveaway Day) by Sunday, May 16th. Please include the following info:

  • Blog or Shop URL (the URL where people will find your giveaway post)
  • Blog or Shop name (the blog or 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) (including Homemade Food), Handcrafted Item(s)+Supplies/Materials, Sewing Supplies/Materials, Knitting Supplies/Materials

On Giveaway Day we’ll post a master list of participants on our blog divided into a series of three posts with different categories. Stop by to verify your information (check all three lists for your name first before freaking out!), explore other sites and try your luck at winning a great giveaway!

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103 Responses to May Giveaway Day! We’re doing it again!

  1. Hi, What ever happens to the lottery winners after they run out of money? I am sure that after so many years of living high on the hog, they have horror stories. Any links to any stories would be useful. What about the people who take annuities. I am sure when the 18th or 19th year comes around, they start worrying because they only have a couple more years of money. Are there any lawsuits against the lottery commision for really stupid reasons like them not being able to take care of themselves after the money is gone?

  2. olivia says:

    I missed this one too, I hope there will be one again next month

  3. YOYO says:

    so sad i missed this. i am just now finding out about it. πŸ™
    do you have any idea when the next one will be? i’d love to participate.

  4. love this fabric pack!

  5. Sonya says:

    I’d love to participate at this giveaway.

    Thank you!

  6. KristyZ says:

    Yah, Sew Mama giveaway…the best!! You guys are so generous.

  7. Martina Luy says:

    Tolle Idee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Liebe Grüße

  8. Whitney says:

    I love most any moda fabric, and I always love charm packs.

  9. Matter Sara says:

    Also in switzerland we like to do lovely things, and I would like to give away some of them, when they have a new look

  10. paula says:

    Wow, would love to make something with these beautiful moda prints!

  11. Kim P. says:

    I just noticed that clicking on the link for handcrafted item + supplies takes you to handcrafted items (as does the link for handcrafted items); once you get to items, you can click on items and supplies, and that link works correctly–just wanted to alert you.

  12. Jana says:

    A wonderful idea!

  13. Thank you so much for putting this giveaway together! I really appreciate it!

  14. I see I’m too late, it’s past nine. Maybe next year.

  15. I’m in! Come visit me for my giveaway!

  16. Elaine says:

    Thanks for organizing such a great give away.

  17. Kim P. says:

    Count me in too!

  18. Kay Lynne says:

    Sounds fun–count me in.

  19. nerine says:

    Such a great fun idea, love the community feel. I think I’m pretty good to go. Would love to participate :-)Hope you recieved my email?

  20. Can not wait, last year was a blast!!!

  21. Silke says:

    I love to take part, great idea.

  22. CaLynn says:

    Thank you for this opportunity! I found this giveaway last year and i felt like i was virtually strolling down some kind of exotic market place, it was so much fun! I am revising my post and will be sending the email to participate to you shortly;)

  23. Stephanie says:

    OOPS, I meant are allowed to CREATE more than 1 giveaway on our blogs?

  24. Stephanie says:

    Are we allowed to enter more than 1 giveaway per person?

  25. oh my gosh…this is awesome!

  26. I’m in! yay!! My post just went up.

  27. Mary B says:

    This is great !!! Just sent you an email and posted my blog entry. Yeah!!

  28. Denise says:

    YEA!! I love Giveaway Day!!

  29. Andrea says:

    Count me in, I’ve sent you an email too!

  30. Hi I’m Donna Rodgers. Thanks so much for your giveaway! I’m so excited to get to participate.
    Blog: Comin’Home
    City: Willis, Tx.
    International Shipping?? Yes!
    Type of Giveway: Sewing equipment and book.

    I’m planning to have my post ready by Sunday night. I will be giving away a brand new bobbin winder and a book Called Creative Gifts to Sew for Under $10.00. My blog is about all the homemaking arts with weekly sewing posts and detailed tutorials.

  31. I’m in!

  32. ellen says:

    I’d like to paticipate. Count me in,please

  33. SheilaC says:

    I’m joining too!! yay!


  34. Kate says:

    I’d love to take part, my first giveaway

  35. JenD says:

    I’m in!

  36. Steph says:

    Yes please!! What a lovely idea…thanks for organising it πŸ™‚

  37. Melissa says:

    I just sent my email. I am so excited!

  38. This is timely! I’ve just made something I was thinking of giving away then saw the giveaway button on someone’s blog!

    I’m in.

  39. Susanne says:

    Oh yeah, I want to be part of it! Count me in, intenational shipping is for sure!

  40. Amy says:

    What a great idea! Count me in πŸ™‚

  41. andrea says:

    Count me in

  42. ellen says:

    All new: blog, giveaway – I’ve signed up!

  43. Great idea, Im so happy to be part of this giveaway!!

  44. Sonya M says:

    I’m already prepping my blog post! I’ve signed up to be a giver, but still deciding on what to give away! I’m sure something will come together…
    Thanks for the excellent PR opportunity!

  45. Kelly says:

    Exciting – I had so much fun gathering things up for my giveaway!

  46. I am so excited, I will bepart of it!!!!! I send you a mail!!!!

  47. Judy says:

    I’m very happy to be a part of this and I’m working on picking put fabric to give away. Thanks for all the work!!

  48. Lisa says:

    What a lovely idea..I’ll be in it!

  49. Nadescha says:

    I forgot to mention I am giving something away – a hand-crocheted funky woolly hat!

  50. Nadescha says:

    Great idea!! I am in too (for the first time πŸ™‚

  51. diana says:

    I’m in,giving away some delicious ribbon. It’ll be fun checking out all the other participants blogs and shops too!

    Till Monday!

  52. Clare says:

    Count me in! This time I will ship internationally!


    Clares Place

  53. yay, I’m in! And I have the perfect thing to giveaway too!!

  54. Sylvia says:

    I have something to “give away” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    This idea is really great and surely will help to find some new and interesting blogs to follow.

    It´s my first give away too … I´m very curious!!!

    Greetings from Spain

  55. Lis Harwood says:

    I’m in for this, it’s great to see what other people do and find new blogs as well as getting new people to your own. Thanks for organising it – hope I can follow the instructions properly!!

  56. Gran says:

    This is going to be fun.

  57. I’ll join in. I have 2 quilted redbirds in my hand that were spotted in my forsythia bush or I may give away patterns….. or I might have some other goodies stashed away that I could give away….let me think.

  58. Megan says:

    I’m in – just have to figure out what to give away. Maybe some vintage sheet FQ and a nifty something something made by me.

    Thanks for organizing this – what fun!

  59. Miriam says:

    OK – I’m in. I am super excited to see what wonderful things people will do. I am also a little nervous this is my first giveaway! YAY!

  60. Kaja says:

    Perfect! This way I can celebrate one year as an Etsy seller and have a givaway at the same time.

    Pippi Longstocking hair accessories will be my giveaway, and yes I do ship internationally.

  61. Cinzia says:

    Well I have worked out what to give away and now only need to write the blurb for my blog.

  62. I am thinking of doing a pattern give-away, and I have several patterns to give. Can I do them each in seperate give-aways or should I give them all together? I may even throw in some fabric from my stash!

  63. Ellen Price says:

    I would love to participate…I think I understand…I would be giving away a handcrafted item and will ship internationally.

  64. Count me in!! This sounds like fun and a good way to visit different blogs!! I know exactly what to give away!! ;o)
    Take care and thanks for having this!!

  65. Deb (Girly Girl Bags) says:

    I would love to participate in another giveaway.

  66. ohhhh fun!! we will take part!

  67. WHATUPDUCK says:

    I’m in!! Sounds like fun!!

  68. andrea says:

    These are always fun!!

  69. Sonja says:

    Awesome idea – many thanks for organizing!!!

    Internationally Shipping is for sure.

  70. Sam says:

    I’m in. I just made something perfect for a giveaway!

  71. I can’t wait–now I just need to start sewing so I have something to give away!

  72. Tara says:

    How exciting! I will be participating this year πŸ™‚

  73. Deb says:

    Oooh, I am so excited!!! I have been a fan of your blog for several years now but this is my first year as a blogger. Can’t wait for all the fun to begin, it will be a great lead up to my birthday which is a few days after the giveaway ends.

  74. melody says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun. I’m going to think on what I can give away.

  75. anne maskell says:

    I’d love to do a give away! I just need to choose something to give!

  76. Hilary says:

    I will participate this time! Just need to figure out the details and I’ll send my email.

  77. Tram says:

    Would love to join in πŸ™‚

  78. Arita says:

    I’ve been reading your blog now for a few months and enjoy every bit of it. Congratulations to your 5th anniversary! My next skill that I would love to perfect is paper piecing. Thanks for the chance of winning the giveaway.

  79. Mary Bowman says:

    Oh, so fun to see all the new fabric and bright colors

  80. Kiza M says:

    Awesome idea! I’ll have to think about what would be a neat giveaway…

  81. Kerry says:

    I have been wanting to do one of these and this is the perfect vehicle to do it!

  82. Svenja says:

    I will be a Giver as well. I already know what I want to give away.

    Im new in sewing but I do it very well πŸ˜€

    Greetings from Spain


  83. I am taking part this time my first time ever and so excited off to send Beth an email πŸ™‚

  84. Debbie Bishop says:

    Looks like fun.

  85. Amy says:

    Hooray! I’m in! Thanks for organizing another one of these fabulous events.

  86. Ana says:

    What a brilliant idea. Can I do a double give away? Is that allowed? I have a couple of ideas and I can’t decide which to do.

  87. Julie W says:

    I’d love to participate, but I want to giveaway a custom item and would need some time to make it since I will be out of town for a week right after the giveaway ends.

  88. Jodie says:

    Awesome would love to be involved!

  89. Helen says:

    Excellent! I’m in, it was so much fun last time.

  90. Sara says:

    I don’t have anything to give away per say, but I am excited to try my hand at winning something! : )

  91. Kaye Prince says:

    Woohoo, can’t wait to participate again! It’ll be a little hectic considering that I’m leaving on the 20th for Quilt Market in Minneapolis, but I’m sure I’ll be able to make it work (as Tim Gunn would say)!

  92. Hiromi says:

    I would love to participate. Sounds exciting!

  93. Caroline says:

    Excellent! Count me in as well.

  94. Count me in!

  95. duff says:

    I’ve been waiting for this!! it’s so much fun!! thanks for hosting it again Ò˜¼

  96. tanja says:

    This year I will participate as a giver! Yes!

  97. bonnie says:

    I sent my notice to host a giveaway

  98. heather says:

    Yay! I can’t wait to participate! I was wondering wether you’d be hosting one this May; I am so glad! πŸ™‚

  99. Mama Lusco says:

    So much fun! Thanks for organizing another Giveaway Day!

  100. SewCalGal says:

    Sounds like fun!


  101. traci anderson…

    i shall have the post done soon as i have already a thing to give away….. a comfort blanket for a baby :))) so hand crafted item i shall post internationally as it’s small and light and i am in northern ireland :))))

    so looking forward to this much fun shall be had i’m sure!!!

  102. Desiree says:

    yay! I love sew mama sew’s giveaway days πŸ™‚

  103. Julia says:

    I am in! Just have to figure out what I want to giveaway…

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