Our Christmas in July celebration and the Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations giveaways are due in no small part to Amanda Carestio, the book’s author and editor. Amanda works at Lark Crafts, blogs at digs & bean and has several fun projects in the book. Enjoy her interview below, then look for another exclusive PDF project from the book coming up next…

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What project(s) do you have in the book?
Amanda: I have a few in there: Silver Bells, Retro Strip Ornaments, Perching Doves, Boughs and Berries Wreath, Leaf and Vine Stocking, Oopsy Daisies Stocking. Meeting the deadlines for this book meant I was making projects in the summer, which was utterly confusing. It was Memorial Day and I was humming jingle bell rock!

SMS: What do you like about working with felt? Do you work with felt a lot?
Amanda: Before this book, I didn’t work with felt much at all, but I really don’t know why. It has such a wonderful texture to it, you don’t have to worry about raveling edges, and, as a sewist, I’m drawn to the simple solid colors. And I absolutely fell in love with the idea of pairing it with patterned cotton fabric… So fun!

SMS: Do you have a favorite, go-to holiday decoration?
Amanda: Instead of a Christmas tree, my husband and I decorate our ficus tree every year. Our one favorite decoration is a glass pickle ornament.

SMS: Do you have a favorite family holiday tradition?
Amanda: Yes, indeed. My whole family goes out for Chinese food every year for Christmas eve dinner.

Comment on any Christmas in July post this week for your chance to win a copy of Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations or a great big bundle of beautiful felt!