Every day in November we’ll be giving away some of these fabulous prizes! All you have to do is comment that day for your chance to win. A big thanks to all the sponsors of Handmade Holidays IV: Chronicle Books, Shambhala/Trumpeter, Potter Craft, C&T Publishing, Stash Books, Lark Books, STC Craft, Wiley, F+W Media, Tenspeed Press, Storey Publishing, Magpie Patterns and Maggie Books!

This is amazing, right?! But this is only the beginning… There are so many prizes we had to split this preview into two parts! Check out our Handmade Holidays IV Prize List, Part Two.

We encourage you to check out all of these fabulous prizes and don’t forget to put a few on your own holiday wish list!

By Amy Butler
(Chronicle Books, $29.95, ISBN 97808118866699)

From the Publisher:

Celebrated designer Amy Butler’s most coveted products are her handbag sewing patterns. In Style Stitches, Butler presents an array of new bag designs for her fans across the globe. The book offers 12 basic patterns with enough variations to achieve 26 unique looks. Ranging from chic clutches and delicate wristlets to pretty hobo bags and handy coin purses, with instructions for altering dimensions, straps, and embellishments to get the desired look, each project incorporates Butler’s fresh, modern style and attention to detail. With illustrated step-by-step directions, a comprehensive techniques section, and a bound-in pocket filled with the patterns themselves, Style Stitches is an essential and fashionable addition to every sewer’s library.

By Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy Deangdeelert Cho
(Chronicle Books, $16.95, ISBN: 9780811871617)

From the Publisher:

As the hipster classic Craft, Inc. did for crafters, this book will teach all types of creatives—illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, animators, and more—how to build a successful business doing what they love. Freelancing pros Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho explain everything from creating a standout portfolio to navigating the legal issues of starting a business. Accessible, spunky, and packed with practical advice, Creative, Inc. is an essential for anyone ready to strike out on their own.

By Lotta Jansdotter
(Chronicle Books, $24.95, ISBN: 9780811872287)

From the Publisher:

There’s something so satisfying about stenciling: It’s easy, affordable, and it yields such impressive results. Especially when all the design work is done for you by the talented textile artist Lotta Jansdotter. Lotta’s hand-drawn stencil motifs are cut out of durable plastic so they can be used again and again on all sorts of surfaces, from walls to fabric to furniture. Simply wipe the stencils clean with soap and water and stow in the handy storage pocket provided. Project instructions and photographs demonstrate how to repeat a design on a structured grid to achieve the look of wallpaper (for a whole lot less money), or apply designs randomly for a unique, playful effect. At just $24.95, this package is a DIY decorator’s delight—a real bargain, and beautiful to boot!

By Lotta Jansdotter
(Chronicle Books, $29.95, ISBN: 9780811865470)

From the Publisher:

Beloved designer Lotta Jansdotter’s smart, organic design has earned her international acclaim. Now she shares her recipe for a stylish home: take a whole lot of Scandinavian influence, mix in a dash of flea-market finds, and then top it all off with expressive handmade touches. The result? An entirely fresh approach to home décor and contemporary living. In this lavishly illustrated book, Lotta shares her decorating secrets, design resources, entertaining tips, and family traditions. Tucked away at the back she’s included stencil pages and perforated recipe cards featuring classic Swedish dishes. Equal parts inspiration and how-to, this charming book shows readers how to create a warm home with elements of simple Scandinavian-influenced style.

By Kayte Terry
(Chronicle Books, $19.95, ISBN: 9780811867344)

From the Publisher:

Appliqué Your Way goes beyond traditional quiltwork with 35 sweet stitching projects from crafter extraordinaire Kayte Terry. Master decorative stitches, create original templates, and much more. The book is designed for easy use with a lay-flat Wire-O binding and a handy back pocket that holds pattern and template pieces. No more wrestling with a copy machine to enlarge or shrink! Stitchers will find everything they need to create a Gone Dotty A-line Skirt, a Reverse Appliqué Market Tote, a Felted Faux Bois Scarf, and 30+ more projects ranging from the sublimely simple to the ultra-chic.

By Kaari Meng, Marcia Ceppos, Jon Zabala
(Chronicle Books, $24.95, ISBN: 9780811868907)

From the Publisher:

French steel-cut beads, mother-of-pearl buttons, spools of vintage ribbons . . . This exquisite book showcases the decorative bits flea-market hunters dream of. Hundreds of photos reveal rare European notions from the craft community’s most beloved emporium, Tinsel Trading Company. With these vintage baubles as her inspiration, Kaari Meng shares projects that crafters can make with their own flea-market finds or with contemporary materials they have on hand: a button charm bracelet, whimsical petite prize medals, an heirloom-worthy memory book, shimmering handbags, and more. Kaari’s colorful inspiration boards lend design guidance, while her tips and resources help notion-lovers build up their stash of treasures.

By Amanda Blake Soule
(Trumpeter, $15.37, ISBN: 978-1-59030-595-9)

From the Publisher:

In Handmade Home, Amanda Blake Soule, author of The Creative Family and the blog SouleMama.com, offers simple sewing and craft projects for the home that reflect the needs, activities, and personalities of today’s families. As Amanda writes in the introduction, “As a crafter, I’m always looking for the next thing I want to make. As a mama, I’m always looking for the next thing we need—to do, to have, to use—as a family. The coming together of these parts is where the heart of Handmade Home lies.”

Filled with thirty-three projects made by reusing and repurposing materials, all of the items here offer a practical use in the home. From picnic blankets made out of repurposed bed sheets to curtains made out of vintage handkerchiefs, these projects express the sense of making something new out of something old as a way to live a more financially pared-down and simple life; lessen our impact on the earth; connect to the past and preserve a more traditional way of life; and place value on the work of the hands. Also included are projects that children can help with, allowing them to make their own special contribution to the family home.

More than just a collection of projects for handmade items, this book offers the tools to create a life—and home—full of beauty, integrity, and joy.

A selection from the Make Good Crafts + Life series.

By Suzuko Koseki
(Trumpeter, $18.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-649-9)

From the Publisher:

The tradition of patchwork and quilted items goes back hundreds of years and most often conveys a sense of warmth and comfort. While the bold and bright designs in this book are meant for the modern crafter, that inherent sense of warmth is still expressed in these unique and stunning projects. Created in the distinctive Japanese craft style—and published in English for the first time—the projects in this book offer a look that is minimal, yet vibrant and full of life.

Explore the techniques of patchwork sewing, appliqué, and machine quilting through thirty-five simple and stunning projects. With beautiful photographs, step-by-step instructions, and detailed diagrams, the pouches and handbags, quilts and pillowcases, tissue cases and pot holders are perfect projects for beginner and intermediate sewers.

Make the projects in this book and add a little bit of warmth and patchwork style to your life.

A selection from the Make Good Crafts + Life series.

By Akiko Mano
(Trumpeter, $17.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-648-2)

From the Publisher:

Sewing with all-natural fabrics can make an incredible difference in the quality of the items we make, with a look and feel that provides the ultimate in comfort. The twenty-five simple sewing projects in this book offer home accessories made from linen, wool, and cotton, from durable linen aprons to cozy wool blankets and washable cotton lunch bags.

This book is full of beautiful photographs, clear step-by-step instruction, and detailed diagrams that are reflective of the Japanese craft style. All of the projects are perfect for those new to sewing, yet the unsophisticated charm and useful nature of each item will appeal to every sewer.

A selection from the Make Good Crafts + Life series.

Edited By Shufunotomo
(Trumpeter, $17.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-731-1)

From the Publisher:

Transform a simple sheet of paper into a delicate snowflake, a sweet flower, or a dainty doily—or create an enchanted forest using a modern twist on the traditional technique for making paper dolls. Paper cutouts get a fresh look in this contemporary approach to the practice of transforming paper into art. It’s full of clever and cute designs and a range of different cutting techniques that you can use to make your own cutouts for display, decoration, or embellishment.

Offering a range of styles, this book presents paper cutting techniques through clear step-by-step instruction, detailed diagrams, and templates. Once you’ve mastered the basics, creative uses for paper cutouts are offered, including as cards, gift wrap, mobiles, collages, stencils, garlands, and more.

A selection from the Make Good Crafts + Life series.

By Keiko Kubo
(Trumpeter, $19.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-673-4)

From the Publisher:

Celebrate a loved one or add a touch of color to your home with these twenty distinctive flower arrangements. Inspired by the elegant and minimalist style of ikebana (the art of Japanese flower arranging), and constructed using the techniques that promote the functionality and portability of Western designs, these arrangements place sophisticated style into small containers that are easy to move from room to room or to the hands of a friend.

Illustrated with beautiful photographs, each arrangement uses just a few easy-to-find floral materials and Western tools and materials. Clear step-by-step instructions with photographs, along with a range of tips and techniques on manipulating and using the materials, are sure to broaden the skills of both beginners as well as those already familiar with the floral arts.

Make the arrangements in this book and share the gift of flowers with your friends and family.

By Samantha Cotterill
(Stash Books, $19.95, ISBN: 1607050064)

From the Publisher:

You’ll love these charming felt softies with European flair. Make your own story with “uptown” sophisticates or “down country” folks. Add a brownstone, a cottage, or even a double-decker bus and a London phone booth to give your little people plenty of places to go and things to do!

By Camille Roskelley
(Stash Books, $19.95, ISBN: 1607050064)

From the Publisher:

Use pre-cut jelly rolls, fat quarters, and more to add fresh, new style to your home. Enjoy the simple things in life-with colors and patterns that your whole family will love.

By Elizabeth Hartman
(Stash Books, $24.95, ISBN: 1607050080)

From the Publisher:

Try a fresh, relaxed approach to making quilts with this new “go-to” book. The bright aesthetic and clear, simple instructions guide beginners and intermediates alike through the entire process of creating fun and useful quilts that they’ll be proud to call their own.

By Kajsa Wikman
(Stash Books, $22.95, ISBN: 1607050072)

From the Publisher:

“The first flowers of spring, the smell of the sea, the warm colors of the maple leaves…” inspire Kajsa to stitch, sew, and share. Each season is a new beginning and a great reason to take on a new project. Her bright, colorful designs are sure to make you smile.

By Emily Cier
(C&T Publishing, $16.95, ISBN: 1571209603)

From the Publisher:

Here’s music for your ears! New settings and fresh fabric combinations for all your favorites-Log Cabin, Nine-Patch, Irish Chain, Flying Geese, Pinwheel, and more. You’ll love these quilt designs made with fresh, fun fabrics for any home.

By Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr
(C&T Publishing, $29.95, ISBN: 1607050153)

From the Publisher:

You’ll love the dramatic results you get with this modern approach to quiltmaking. Popular author/designer team of Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr present their design and construction methods with 10 projects, then show you how to transform their ideas into quilts that truly express who you are.

(C&T Publishing, $12.95)

Transfer your imagination into art with TAP, a premium-quality transfer paper that allows you to transfer images to virtually any surface with the heat of an iron. Have more fun with fabric, paper, wood, glass, metal, and more!

(C&T Publishing, $5.95)

Metalized mylar is layered between polyester fleece to create a high-quality barrier that reflects heat or cold. This special combination of materials is very flexible and easy to sew through. Once you have sewn it into your project, you can machine wash and tumble dry with no bunching! A handy 3/4-yard cut is enough for a large lunch bag or several potholders.

Material Obsession 2: More Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots

By Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke
(STC Craft, $27.50, ISBN: 978-1-584-79880-4)

From the Publisher:

By nature, quilters are fascinated by fabric, color, and pattern. And Sarah Fielke and Kathy Doughty have been feeding that fascination ever since the publication of their first book, Material Obsession (STC Craft, 2009). In Material Obsession 2, the popular team presents more than 20 new quilts in their trademark style, combining fresh, modern fabrics with traditional designs. The quilts were created in pairs: that is, the two quilters started with the same concept, then worked independently, producing completely different, equally beautiful results. Patterns range from easy to advanced, with a comprehensive technique section so quilters of all levels can join the fun.

Crafting a Meaningful Home: 27 DIY Projects to Tell Stories, Hold Memories, and Celebrate Family Heritage

By Meg Mateo Ilasco
(STC Craft, $24.95, ISBN: 978-1-584-79867-5)

From the Publisher:

As the second decade of the 21st century begins, we’re more compelled than ever to find refuge in our homes and personalize our living spaces with DIY projects that celebrate who we are and where we’ve been. In Crafting a Meaningful Home, Meg Mateo Ilasco shares 27 projects that tell personal stories and celebrate heritage, all easily created on a budget. Learn how to decoupage a plate with photos of a best friend; silkscreen upholstery with folk motifs; artfully display love notes; sew a teepee from a vintage quilt top; or create family silhouettes for a festive banner. Contributed by a hip cast of well known designers from across the country, the projects are, at once, nostalgic, sentimental, and modern. Clear instructions are easy to follow, even for beginning crafters.

Koji DIY Kit, a “Wee Wonderfuls” Project

By Hillary Lang, STC Craft

From the Publisher:

Welcome to the world of Wee Wonderfuls. This kit includes everything you’ll need to make Koji, a fiercely cute spiked softie monster, from Hillary Lang’s new Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love.

By Krystina Castella
(Storey Publishing, $24.95, ISBN: 978-1-60342-576-6)

From the Publisher:

Tour the world of cake! Cakes are at the center of life’s celebrations, big and small, in every corner of the globe. A bite-size lamington is a treat with tea in Australia. In Africa, golden fritters bursting with sweet fruit are popular street snacks. Honey cakes celebrate new beginnings in Jewish tradition, and peach buns are a symbol of longevity in Taiwan. Fruitcakes, from Germany’s stollen to Italy’s panettone, are popular Christmas fare. This delectable cookbook offers more than 150 irresistible recipes accompanied by mouthwatering photographs, ideas for delicious variations, and fascinating historical and cultural facts. This is a must-have for anyone who loves making (or eating!) cake.

By Sharon Bowers
(Storey Publishing, $14.95, ISBN: 9978-1-60342-548-3)

From the Publisher:

Build a candy fantasy! Sharon Bowers shows you how to use ordinary store-bought candy and cookies as the raw material for a brand-new kind of crafting. Top a sheet cake with a crushed-cookie racetrack, tiny candy cars, and a candy pit crew—and watch the delight on your birthday boy’s face. Set out fudge-striped cookies and peanut butter cups to keep small family members busy making pilgrim hats on Thanksgiving Day. Spend a rainy afternoon with your kids, making a pirate ship complete with little pirates made of licorice and candy corn. You’ll find simple, step-by-step instructions for making dozens of things children love, including spaceships, butterflies, a fairy-tale castle, a dump truck, planes, Egyptian pyramids, aliens, a steam train, Christmas trees, Easter eggs, and much more — all crafted with candy. The sweet possibilities are endless!

By Marlene Hurley Marshall
(Storey Publishing, $24.95, ISBN: 978-1-60342-552-0)

From the Publisher:

From a lakeside cabin to a hilltop farmhouse, from an urban brownstone to a suburban ranch — any house can be beautified with decorative pieces crafted from found bits of the woodland landscape, such as pine cones, moss, bark, twigs, and river rocks. Artist and author Marlene Hurley Marshall shows you how to use responsibly collected materials to create stylish wreaths, frames, furniture, collages, potpourri, birdhouses, garden pots, and much more. Featuring luscious photography by Sabine Vollmer von Falken,Woodland Style gives you the inspiration and instruction you need to enjoy the peace and beauty of the woods and meadows in your own home.

By Lexie Barnes
(Storey Publishing, $16.95, ISBN: 978-1-60342-092-1)
Your bag, your way! Designer Lexie Barnes shows you how to create customized bags using fabrics that you love, pockets where you need them, straps that feel good on your shoulder, and dimensions that work for whatever you want to carry. Barnes’s simple instructions make it easy and fun to sew totes, messenger bags, drawstring sacks, handbags, and much more–exactly what you want, exactly the way you want it.

ByAmie Petronis Plumley, Andria Lisle
(Storey Publishing, $16.95, ISBN: 9978-1-60342-578-0)

From the Publisher:

Authors Amie Plumley and Andria Lisle teach a children’s sewing camp that delights kids and parents every year. Now, they have put their experience to work in creating this lively, how-to-sew book for ages five and up. Featuring 21 inspired projects, Sewing School shows kids how to create fabric masterpieces with minimal supervision. All projects have been kid-tested, and most can be made using simple hand stitches—no sewing machine required. Projects include pillows, dolls, blankets, wallets, totes, coasters, pot holders, sleep masks, mats, and more; each project features step-by-step instructions written at a second-grade comprehension level, a close-up photo of every step, and a photo of the finished project. The book also includes full-sized cut-out patterns in a front pocket. Sewing School will have your kids in stitches!

By Judit Durant
(Storey Publishing, $18.95, ISBN: 978-1-60342-579-7)

From the Publisher:

Sock yarn isn’t just for socks anymore! Veteran knitter Judith Durant has selected 101 original patterns for items that can be created from just a single skein of sock yarn—adorable baby clothes, warm mittens and hats, beautiful scarves, original jewelry, bags, cozies—even a dog sweater and a lampshade! Contributed by yarn shops and designers throughout North America, the patterns are fetching and fun to knit. Some knit up in less than three hours, others make creative use of sock yarn leftovers, and several make heirloom-worthy gifts.

By KJoel Dewberry
(F & W Media, $27.99, ISBN: 0896899241)

From the Publisher:

Create a unique style for your life, whether you’re at work or play! Joel Dewberry balances modern fabric designs and fresh color palettes with an eclectic mix of elements to achieve a memorable and comfortable environment injected with personality.Whether you’re a crafter, sewer, quilter or style seeker you’ll love the distinctive looks with simple how-to fabric projects and loads of inspiration. In the end, if you’re interested in delivering a fresh approach to styling your life that is accessible and easily accomplished, then Sewn Spaces is for you.

Stitch by Stitch

By Deborah Moebes
(F&W Media, $27.99, ISBN: 1440211612)

From the Publisher:

So, you love all that gorgeous designer fabric and you really want to make something with it. Or maybe you’ve taught yourself a little sewing know-how but have become frustrated. Whatever your background, Stitch by Stitch guides you through everything you need to know to start sewing and make it to the varsity level.

Inside Stitch by Stitch, you’ll learn essential sewing skills—everything from basic stitching and backtacking to creating gathers, making darts and using multi-sized patterns—while completing appealing projects. In the book’s unique format, skills and projects build upon each other so that you get instant gratification and motivation to progress.

By Mary Abreu
(Stash Books, $25.95, ISBN: 1607051885)

From the Publisher:

With 23 projects in sizes 2-6, you can create a closet full of clothes for any little girl in your life. Everything you need to learn is here, from the basic sewing to the stylish finishing. It’s all about handmade!

By Whipup.net
($5.00)

From the Publisher:
Support Whipup by purchasing the third annual Whipup.net calendar. Featuring 12 beautiful crafty images from 12 amazing makers.

Print any or all of the three printable ebook formats (vertical a4/letter, horizontal a4/letter and vertical 2 printed to a page a4/letter) or purchase the already beautifully printed hard copy from Redbubble.

Print as many whipup 2011 calendars as you like to give for last minute presents and budget gifts. These also are fabulous to hang in your kitchen, craft room or office.