Every day in November we’ll be giving away at least three 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!

You’re excited, right?! But this is only part of the fun… There are so many prizes we had to split this preview into two parts! Check out our Handmade Holidays IV Prize List, Part One.

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!

Embroidery Companion: Classic Designs for Modern Living

By Alicia Paulson
(Potter Craft, $22.99, ISBN: 978-0-307-46235-0)

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For Alicia Paulson, embroidery is so much more than simply pulling needle and thread through cloth. It’s a way to let loose the imagination, elevate everyday materials by decorating them with fanciful designs, and perhaps most of all, to enjoy the quiet reflection resulting from embroidery’s unique textures, vibrant colors, and gentle rhythms.

If Alicia’s first book, Stitched in Time, could be considered a valentine to the craft of sewing, then Embroidery Companion is Alicia’s full-on love letter to embroidery. This is the craft that captured her imagination as a child, helped her through the most difficult times in her adult life, and continues to stay closest to her heart. In Embroidery Companion, she shares stitch patterns and instructions for 30 beautiful projects, featuring three different kinds of embroidery: decorative embroidery, counted cross-stitch & crewelwork.

Inspired by vintage motifs and the folk-art traditions of various cultures, Alicia’s embroidered embellishments frequently draw from the archives of historical resources to bring a homemade modern touch to tablescapes, household items, and wearables. Alicia also shares all she’s learned through helpful glossaries, discussions of essential tools, clear instructions, and projects for crafters of every experience level.

Embroidery is an easy-to-learn  ––and easy-to-love–– craft that spans generations and touches many lives. Whether you’re attempting your first project, or you’re anxious to challenge yourself with a new technique, Embroidery Companion will be your guide to inspire and instruct for years to come.

Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts

By Martha Stewart Living Magazine
(Potter Craft, $35.00, ISBN: 978-0-307-45058-6)

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Whether you just bought your first sewing machine or have been sewing for years, Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts will open your eyes to an irresistible range of ideas. A comprehensive visual reference, the book covers everything a home sewer craves: the basics of sewing by hand or machine, along with five other time-honored crafts techniques, and step-by-step instructions for more than 150 projects that reflect not only Martha Stewart’s depth of experience and crafting expertise, but also her singular sense of style.

Encyclopedic in scope, the book features two main parts to help you brush up on the basics and take your skills to a new level. First, the Techniques section guides readers through Sewing, Appliqué, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing. Following that, the Projects A to Z section features more than 150 clever ideas (including many no-sew projects), all illustrated and explained with the clear, detailed instructions that have become a signature of Martha Stewart’s  magazines, books, and television shows.

An enclosed CD includes full-size clothing patterns as well as templates that can be easily produced on a home printer. Fabric, thread, and tool glossaries identify the properties, workability, and best uses of common sewing materials. And, perhaps best of all, when you need it most, Martha and her talented team of crafts editors offer you the reassurance that you really can make it yourself.

The projects are as delightful as they are imaginative, and include classic Roman shades, hand-drawn stuffed animals, an easy upholstered blanket chest, a quilted crib bumper, French knot-embellished pillowcases and sheets, and Japanese-embroidered table linens, among many others.With gorgeous color photographs as well as expert instruction, this handy guide will surely encourage beginners and keep sewers and crafters of all experience levels wonderfully busy for many years to come.

The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer

By Emily Martin
(Potter Craft, $19.99, ISBN: 978-0-307-58656-8)

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Join the creator of The Black Apple, Emily Martin, on a trip through her magical world of paper dolls, imaginary places, and clever craft projects.

Inside this book you’ll find 21 sweet, mysterious characters with clothes and accessories all their own—from a busy beekeeper’s daughter to a bird-loving librarian. You’ll also find 16 dolls ready to be designed and brought to life by you! Emily will show you how to draw, paint, and personalize your way to a little paper replica of anyone you’d like.

Dare to Be Square Quilting

By Boo Davis
(Potter Craft, $21.99, ISBN: 978-0-307-46236-7)

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Craft a modern quilt with independent quilt-maker Boo Davis, whose fun, slightly quirky designs take quilts into new graphic territory. Using only simple shapes like rectangles and squares you’ll see robots, skulls, alarm clocks, and owls come to life as fabulous, full-size quilts. With 10 charming quilt patterns, and 15 eye-popping patchwork projects perfect for afternoon or weekend crafting, Dare to Be Square Quilting reinterprets quilt traditions such as basket weave, rail fence, and housetop designs in a bold new way. With advice on color and fabric selection, and an extensive how-to section on quilting, Davis teaches the fastest, simplest, and most reliable methods modern quilting has to offer.

Dare to make a quilt that’s funny, fabulous, and from the heart . . . Dare to be square!

Simply Sublime Gifts: High-Style, Low-Sew Projects to Make in a Snap

By Jodi Kahn
(Potter Craft, $19.99, ISBN: 978-0-307-46446-0)

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Want to give the ultimate one-of-kind gift? Create it yourself!

Simply Sublime Gifts offers more than thirty fun and imaginative gift ideas to make quickly, inexpensively, and with little to no sewing using clever short-cuts and inventive techniques. You’ll find a well of inspiration for any occasion, including Handy Hand Towels for hostess gifts, fancy Fabric Bangles for her, Tailor-Made photo frames for him, charm necklaces, holiday ornaments, and more. Accompanying eye-catching gift-wrap ideas are sure to complete the perfect present for everyone on your gift list.

With projects that are a snap for beginners—and that provide a fun challenge for experienced crafters—Simply Sublime Gifts is loaded with hints, tips, and tricks of the crafting trade. Many of the gifts are also made from accessible, recycled, or repurposed materials, like the kitschy, cool Wonder-ful Apron created with iconic Wonder Bread® wrappers! Kids, family, teachers, and friends will love the customizable treasures found in this book, and you’ll love giving gifts that are special and meaningful, original and personal.

With author Jodi Kahn’s clear instructions and step-by-step illustrations, in less than a day you’re on your way to creating a gift that is simply sublime.

Sew Charming: 40 Simple Sewing and Hand-Printed Projects for Home and Family

By Cath Derksema & Kirsten Junor
(Potter Craft, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-307-58659-9)

From the Publisher:

Create these simple, modern sewing projects using your own one-of-a-kind fabrics!

Transform what you sew. Personalize and customize your sewing projects in a whole new way by learning to design, print, and embellish your own fabrics. Sew Charming includes forty fresh, easy-to-sew projects with optional fabric-printing ideas. Inside you’ll find patterns for clothing, accessories, and decorations for every room in your house.

From the designers of the popular fabric line, Prints Charming, invite you to get creative and offer step-by-step instruction for basic screen-printing, sewing, and embroidery techniques. They provide everything you need to handcraft truly one-of-a-kind pieces—from cozy baby quilts to sophisticated table linen, chic wall art to playful sundresses. Whether you are eager to experiment with fabric printing or already have the perfect material in your stash, these simple yet creative projects are ideal for all levels of sewers looking for bold inspiration.

With beautifully photographed stitch and screen-printing guides, detailed instructions, and three pullout pattern sheets, it’s never been easier to create bright, modern items to enliven your home and the people that share it with you.

Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause

By Jade Sims

(Lark Books, $17.95, ISBN: 1-60059-624-X)

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It started with a pillowcase dress…and grew into a worldwide movement: crafters using their passion to help those in need. The Craft Hope blog-which organizes crafters to make handmade items for charities-has attracted followers around the world. This book, written by the site’s founder and featuring crafting’s hottest start, celebrates the cause and encourages others to join in.

Each project is matched with a specific charity, with alternative suggestions for local places to contribute the item. The projects-all with beautiful photographs, step-by-step instructions, and templates-include: cheerful quilts for hospitalized children, soft dolls for Nicaraguan orphans, tug toys for animal shelters, knit gloves for homeless shelters, a cloth backpack for schoolchildren in Africa, a stylish purse for women moving out of abusive relationships, and knit scarves for fostercare teens heading off to college. Contributors range from fabric designers Amy Butler and Heather Bailey to popular authors and bloggers such as Amanda Soule (Handmade Home), Karri Meng (French General), Amy Ray (Doodle Stitching), Celine Dupuy (Simple Sewing with a French Twist), Vickie Howell (Craft Corps), Cathie Filian (Creative Juice), Susan Wasinger (Eco Crafts), and Betsy Greer (Knitting for Good).

By Tina Givens
(Lark Books, $24.95, ISBN: 1-60059-425-5)

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Star fabric and pattern designer Tina Givens offers up her singular designs and unique color palette to stitchers looking for patterns for children. Embellished with Givens’s own vibrant watercolor illustrations, and showcasing her strikingly original fabrics, this multifaceted volume includes garments, accessories, and home décor. More than 30 projects range from a dreamy bed canopy and whimsical mobile to comfy lounge suits and delightful dresses. With a section on techniques, even beginners will quickly master the patterns.

By Amanda Carestio
(Lark Books, $14.95, ISBN: 1-60059-615-0)

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‘Tis the season to make felt crafts-fa, la la la la! These 45+ festive Christmas projects will bring joy to crafters everywhere. Created by successful online designers from around the world, the adorable items range from a sweet garland of little birds to super-cute matryoshka doll ornaments. All can be made with simple sewing techniques, and there are both no-sew and eco-smart options, too. Both indie and mainstream crafters will love these fresh new ideas!

By John Murphy
(Lark Books, $14.95, ISBN: 1-60059-604-5)

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Quick-there’s a monster in your closet! No? Then, MAKE one! Every closet hides a multitude of out-of-style sweaters, pearl-trimmed jackets, ill-fitting jeans…and worse. And all the repurposing in the world won’t make them wearable again. Fortunately, the inimitable John Murphy of Stupid Sock Creature fame has devised a “green” solution: take those ugly pink sport coats and muumuus and turn them into goofy goonies, multi-legged monsters, other awesomely adorable creatures. They’re all charmingly illustrated with cartoonish élan by the author himself.

By Sandy Ston
(Lark Books, $19.95, ISBN: 1-60059-485-9)

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Why pay the upscale prices at eco-chic boutiques when you can creatively upcycle? Sandy Stone presents her unique outlook on sewing and decorating: repurpose, reconstruct, and renew. Learn all the techniques and how to find vintage fabrics and furnishings “scavenger style” at thrift stores, then get to work at transforming these treasures with delightfully unexpected projects. Old ties become a sturdy chair back, vintage scarves become luxurious pillows, and a trampoline becomes a chic window treatment. With plenty of inspiration in each eye-popping photograph, Fabric Remix doesn’t just instruct stitchers, it upcycles their style.

By Aimee Ray
(Lark Books, $14.95, ISBN: 1-60059-581-2)

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This follow-up to the best-selling Doodle Stitching offers fans expanded and updated basics, 400+ easy embroidery motifs on the page and on a CD sealed in the back of the book, 17 projects, and lots of added inspiration. More than a dozen categories include Alphabet, Asian Chic, Baby, Celebrations, Embellishments, Fruits & Veggies, Space, Trees, Flowers, Winged Wonders, and Woodland Creatures-and each section includes one motif stitched by the author.  The motifs on the CD are in simple black lines, so readers can easily manipulate them using their own image-editing software, print them out, and transfer them onto their substrate of choice using the instructions in the book.

By Susan Wasinger
(Lark Books, $19.95, ISBN: 1-60059-465-4)

From the Publisher:

Meet the most creative power tool in a stitcher’s arsenal: the ordinary sewing machine! Cutting-edge author Susan Wasinger turns it into a source of fun and experimentation with more than 20 innovative projects—some with surprising variations.

Susan encourages sewers to play with their machines, giving them eye-opening techniques to try: stitch without thread to puncture non-fabric materials; use leather needles to sew through layers of fused felt; reorient seams to transform flat projects into 3-D.  Along with the familiar fabrics and recycled garments, she gets into the spirit of exploration with unexpected materials, from paper and tire tubes to neoprene. And with the skill level set at beginning to intermediate, every crafter can join in!

By Nathalie Mornu
(Lark Books, $19.95, ISBN: 1-60059-508-1)

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We’re issuing another challenge—and that means FUN for creative crafters! This second entry in the popular new Craft Challenge series shines a spotlight on the humble but beloved tea towel, with its terrific graphics and nostalgic charm.  More than two dozen projects show how to transform this functional item into fabulous wearables (slippers, a halter top), accessories (totes, a belt), and beyond (a doggie backpack, bicycle saddlebags). A basics section provides a primer on the techniques and how-to illustrations and templates enhance the instructions.  Fresh, contemporary photography captures the projects in urban settings.

By Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader
(Lark Books, $17.95, ISBN: 1-60059-558-8)

From the Publisher:

More and more people are rediscovering quilting, and these newcomers want a youthful, fresh, and fashionable approach to the craft. Here it is: a comprehensive introduction to quilting with a thoroughly modern attitude, plus creative ideas and timesaving tips. Now available in paperback, it presents all the basic tools and techniques, and 20 spectacular projects—from small wall hangings to large blankets—reveal the amazing versatility of today’s quilting. Everything’s created with the beginner in mind…and each quilt is fabulous!

By Ray Hemachandra
(Lark Books, $17.95, ISBN: 1-60059-493-X)

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Right from the start, crafters embraced Lark’s Pretty Little series—and they’ll love this exciting new entry, too. Acknowledging the widespread popularity of quilting today, Pretty Little Mini Quilts focuses specifically on this hot trend in stitchery. Mini quilts are no larger than three feet in length or height, making them perfect for quilters in the mood for a smaller, quicker project.  These wonderful, modern designs—suitable for beginners and intermediates—are the creations of 25 leading artists, many of whom have a prominent online presence.The featured techniques, all explained in the Basics section, include machine and hand quilting, piecing, embroidery, fusing, embellishing with beads and other materials, and trapunto.

By Lark Books
(Lark Books, $17.95, ISBN: 1-60059-399-2)

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Pillows are the perfect creative canvas—easy to sew and ideal for crafters (even beginners) eager to experiment and play. And this classic item of home décor will look more beautiful than ever with these inventive interpretations by a group of talented indie designers.  The creative projects include pillows adorned with chic appliqués; a bolster decorated with a child’s drawing embroidered onto the surface, and a cheerfully modern patchwork design made from fabric scraps.

From traditional squares to sculptural shapes, this collection will have crafters happily filling their houses with these pretty little creations—and giving them as beautiful gifts.

By Cathie Filian
(Lark Books, $14.95, ISBN: 1-60059-494-8)

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Begin with a plain, inexpensive snapsuit–and make baby fashion magic! Cutting-edge clothing for little ones is all the rage, and this collection, created by one of the most popular hosts on cable TV, taps into that phenomenon.Each chapter features 8-10 projects, and has a small how-to section that explains the simple techniques, which range from tie-dyeing (with natural dyes, of course) to stamping, iron-on transfers, stenciling, embroidery, painting, and more. These one-of-a-kind fashions are perfect for hip, new moms, as well as family and friends looking to create a fabulous (yet low-cost) personalized gift!

By Ashley English
(Lark Books, $19.95, ISBN: 1-60059-491-3)

From the Publisher:

Yes, you CAN! More and more people have discovered what grandma always knew: canning and preserving supplies you with wholesome, tasty treats year round. And this Homemade Living guide provides all the practical, hold-your-hand basics along with plenty of step-by-step photos.

Learn about the necessary tools of the trade, crucial safety tips, and hot water bath processing and pressure canning. Discover the all-important science of salt and sugar, and how to select the best possible ingredients, favoring seasonal, organic, and local options.  Three topic-specific primers cover pickles, relishes and chutneys; jams, jellies, butters and curds; and whole fruits and veggies—and each offers at least two “Canning Classic” recipes with variation ideas.

By Ashley English
(Lark Books, $19.95, ISBN: 1-60059-491-3)

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Have you heard the news: chickens have left the farm and made themselves at home in neighborhoods everywhere!  For anyone ready to put their eggs in this basket, here is the perfect beginner’s guide to raising chickens, with information on choosing a breed, acquiring the chicks, and housing, feeding, and caring for them. Plus, it provides the lowdown on eggs, including “egg”celent recipes, and profiles of people who have taken on the chicken-rearing challenge. Includes two projects with exploded woodworking illustrations and photos: a simple nesting box and a wildly creative mobile chicken tractor.

Edited by Kathleen McCafferty
(Lark Books, $14.95, ISBN: 1-60059-700-9)

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Want to Craft-In? The recent resurgence of interest in craft circles, stitch-and-bitches, and indie craft fairs shows that crafters want to connect in person. But what group projects will scratch everyone’s crafting itch? Each of the 12 booklets in this boxed set is chock-full of projects by standout authors, top etsy designers, and the brightest indie crafters. The host of each booklet provides a unique perspective on prepping the gathering space, the best supplies, and even music to get everyone in the mood. The hip projects include a retro paper doll, funky crocheted cacti, “shrinky dink” earrings, and an embroidered pet portrait. Beginner friendly and easily portable, Craft-In is the perfect way to get friends, families, and craft dabblers together to try something new.

By Louisa Shafia
(Tenspeed Press, $22.50, ISBN: 978-1-58008-964-7)

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With organic and seasonal cooking principles becoming ingrained in today’s kitchens, and new buzzwords including locavore and CSA steadily gaining traction, how do we integrate food politics into daily life in ways that are convenient, affordable, and delicious? Lucid Food offers more than eighty-five healthy, eco-oriented recipes based on conscientious yet practical environmental ideals. Sustainable chef and caterer Louisa Shafia demystifies contemporary food issues for the home cook and presents simple, seasonal dishes that follow nature’s cycles, such as Baby Artichokes with Fresh Chervil, Apricot Shortcake with Lavender Whipped Cream, and Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Soup. Her empowering advice includes how to source animal products ethically and responsibly, support local food growers, and reduce one’s carbon footprint through urban gardening, preserving, composting, and more. This cookbook celebrates the pleasures of savoring home-prepared meals that are healthful, honest, pure, additive-free, and transparently made, from the source to the table.

Magpie Patterns features a unique selections of fun, modern patterns for sewing, knitting, crochet, and embroidery.

Christmas with the Mousekins: A Story with Crafts, Recipes, Poems, and More!”
By Maggie Smith
(MaggieBooks.com / Knopf Books, $15.99, ISBN: 978-0-375-83330-4)

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Join the Mousekin family as they prepare for Christmas! Filled with crafts and recipes, poems and stories, this is a Christmas book to share with the whole family, year after year.

All the highlights of a great December are here. The Mousekins pick out and decorate a tree. Make paper snowflakes with Nana Mousekin. Bake cookies for friends and neighbors. Write letters to Santa Mouse. Welcome carolers. Sled and skate and make a snowmouse. Share family stories of Christmases past. And find secret corners of the house to work on surprise presents for each other.

You can celebrate along with the Mousekins—this book includes recipes for cookies, instructions for paper and felt crafts, and stories and poems to share with your family.

Maggie Smith perfectly captures the happy whirl that is Christmas—when the house smells of cinnamon and ginger and you’re putting the finishing touches on homemade gifts, and the excitement of secrets soon to be revealed is buzzing in the air. Open these pages and step into the warmth of family, the spirit of sharing, and a season full of love.

By Anna Maria Horner
(Wiley, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-49781-4)

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Come stitch alongside celebrated fabric designer Anna Maria Horner as she prepares for her own new baby. This stunning collection of nursery décor, keepsakes, maternity wear, baby s clothing, and more is all breathtakingly photographed as Anna Maria progresses through her pregnancy.

Mothers-to-be, grandparents, family, and friends will treasure this collection of sewing projects to welcome home a new baby. Stylish prints and colors combine in unique designs to give you 24 projects ranging from booties and a quilt to an embroidered family tree and a thank you note organizer and everything in between.

Saturated with gorgeous full-color photography, Handmade Beginnings gives new and veteran sewers colorful, contemporary, yet classic, patterns to mark one of life s biggest milestones.

Seams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing
By Anna Maria Horner
(Wiley, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-25926-9)

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Anna Maria Horner’s signature style combines the techniques of a seasoned sewer with the vision of an artist. InSeams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing, she walks you through the fundamentals, offering practical advice on everything from fabric selection to color choices to choosing and buying a sewing machine. Simple step-by-step instructions show you how to turn her designs into fanciful creations:

  • Sideways Squares Skirt
  • Prairie Blouse
  • Full Contact Cooking Apron
  • PlayingAlong Quilt
  • Doggie Dreams Bed

Vivid full-color photographs and designs will invite you into the creative process. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, the twenty-four projects in this beautiful book will transform your home and wardrobe into a collection of unique treasures.

Small Stash Sewing: 24 Projects Using Designer Fat Quarters
By Melissa Averinos
(Wiley, $16.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-54742-7)

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Sewing with designer fat quarters is a great way to stretch your dollar without sacrificing quality. Now, Melissa Averinos, the face behind the popular Yummy Goods blog and one of the newest Free Spirit fabric designers, brings you a collection of projects dedicated specifically to making the most of your designer fat quarters.

From belts to handbags, from children‘s gifts to a laundry hamper bag, and much, much more, Small Stash Sewinggives you 25 sewing projects to make unique pieces that showcase your favorite, longed-for designer fabrics.

  • Gorgeous full-color photography throughout
  • Sewing with designer fat quarters is budget-friendly and hip
  • Melissa’s blog, yummygoods.com, is read by thousands of dedicated fans

If you’re a veteran sewer looking to use up your existing stash of fabrics or are new to sewing and want to experiment with designer fabrics without breaking the bank, Sewing with Fat Quarters gives you the skills and know-how to create 25 stunning pieces that give new life to your home and fashion style.

Sewing Bits and Pieces: 35 Projects Using Fabric Scraps
By Sandi Henderson
(Wiley, $16.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-53924-8)

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Sewing with scraps is an economical way to make the most of your designer fabrics-as well as a fun way to use up a stash of your favorite leftovers for smaller projects. Michael Miller fabric designer Sandi Henderson holds to the adage “waste not, want not” to deliver a collection of innovative sewing projects that lets you make the most of bits and pieces of your beloved fabrics.

From a market skirt to a butterfly pin, from an embellished table cloth to hip hair accessories, Sewing Bits and Pieces gives you 35 sewing projects to make unique pieces that are perfect for gift-giving (or keeping for yourself)!

  • Features gorgeous full-color photography throughout
  • Detailed instructions walk you through each project
  • Sandi’s popular Portabello Pixie blog is read by thousands every day

Packed with tons of fun, innovative projects, Sewing Bits and Pieces will have you creating sewing masterpieces in no time.

Knit Green: 20 Projects and Ideas for Sustainability
By Joanne Seiff
(Wiley, $19.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-42679-1)

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Knit Green offers tons of information and ideas on everything you need to be a more environmentally conscious knitter. From sourcing materials locally and using organic products, to supporting fair work and fair trade programs, Knit Green is a tremendous source of information to help you tailor your craft to your convictions.

Fashion-forward knitting and easy-to-digest essays come together to help you “green-up” your hobby and easily implement suggestions and strategies for sustainability in the context of knitting. You’ll get a full exploration of green avenues and product options, including organically -farmed fibers, non-animal yarns, alternative or recycled fibers and yarns, fair work and fair trade companies and programs, buying local, sustainable farming and energy in yarn production, and more. Plus, you’ll find more than 20 fashionable patterns that don’t sacrifice style for sustainability.

  • 20 projects for environmentally conscious knitting
  • Full exploration of green knitting product options
  • From the author of Fiber Gathering

From vegan options to eco-diversity, Knit Green gives you the tools you need to green-up not only your knitting, but your whole life!

Fairy Tale Knits: 32 Projects to Knit Happily Ever After
By A. Stewart-Guinee
(Wiley, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-26268-9)

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32 whimsical patterns for children twelve months to eight years

Two timeless traditions-fairy tales and knitting-come together magically in the season’s most original knitting book. You’ll get patterns to knit pieces that are reminiscent of the world’s most beloved fabled characters, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, Hansel and Gretel, knights, pirates, and many more. From a fanciful capelet and muff to a playful baby jumper and hat, these are the children’s knitting patterns dreams are made of.

Richly wrapped in the look and feel of a real storybook, Fairy Tale Knits is saturated with lush photography and a beautiful full-color design. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced knitter, these 32 imaginative projects truly make for knitting happily ever after. You’ll get

  • 32 patterns for innovative projects kids will love to wear
  • Designs that are wearable for everyday school and play
  • A full-color design featuring lush photography

Fairy Tale Knits is a sophisticated and enchanting knitting book you and your children will turn to again and again.

Not Your Mama’s Stitching: The Cool and Creative Way to Stitch It To ‘Em
By Kate Shoup
(Wiley, $14.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-09516-4)

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Forget the fair young maiden painstakingly embroidering pillowcases for her hope chest. Picture a liberated lass (that would be you) creating chic fashions and accessories while sipping a glass of whatever and saving the planet.Not Your Mama’s Stitching lets you choose from more than twenty projects to make or embellish home decor items, garments, accessories, gifts, and more. It covers:

  • The tools and materials that no stitcher should be without
  • Basic stitching skills such as starting a thread, tying off, and finishing your piece
  • A myriad of embroidery, cross stitch, and needlepoint stitches
  • Projects ranging from a tattooed tank top to cheeky stitched sayings and from a Gucci-inspired wallet to a drinks recipe box
  • Variations and ideas for customizing every project

Make everyday items one-of-a-kind, or whip up your own creations from scratch. With a savvy, sassy attitude and fun, funky projects, Not Your Mama’s Stitching will have you in stitches in no time.

Cherished Quilts for Babies and Kids: From Baby and Kid Projects to High School Graduation Gifts
By Better Homes & Gardens
(Wiley, $24.99, 978-0-470-56807-1)

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Heirloom quilting and sewing are perennial favorites and continue to enjoy an upsurge in popularity as crafters look for more ways to hone their skills to make beautiful handmade pieces.

With Cherished Quilts for Babies and Kids, readers will find a stunning collection of 35 heirloom-quality quilting projects-5 of which have never appeared in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Every quilt is “quilter tested to ensure consistent results and the book’s convenient concealed spiral binding makes it a snap for quilters to lay open flat and follow along.

  • Full-size patterns for all projects, including a quilt diagram, easy assembly instructions, and schematic illustrations
  • Ideas and inspiration for making beautiful throws and bed-sized quilts
  • Beautiful full-color photographs of every project

Perfect for gift-giving to children from birth to high school-age, the projects range from crib- and bed-sized quilts to keepsakes and more.

1-year Subscription to Stitch Magazine
By Quilting Arts
(Interweave, $14.99)

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The theme for Stitch Fall/Winter 2010 is THE FABRIC ISSUE, exploring sewing projects and techniques featuring a wide variety of exciting fabrics. This is your chance to pull out that specialty fabric you have been saving for just the right project! Features 40 projects for the fall season!

Sewn with Love: Classic Patterns for Children’s Clothes and Accessories
By Fiona Bell
(Interweave, $26.95, ISBN: 9781596683495)

From the Publisher:

An eclectic and unique collection of patterns and designs, Sewn with Love showcases the work of Fiona Bell, the founder of Their Nibs, the U.K.-based children’s clothing shop and label. Known for their contemporary retro styles and prints, with distinct influence from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Fiona offers 25 of her favorite and best-selling pieces, from boy’s classic shirts and playtime dungarees to girl’s party dresses and summer pajamas. Fiona’s beautiful, whimsical designs appeal to children and adults alike, and are ideal for sewist eager to dive into classic sewing techniques with contemporary results.

Divided into four sections (babies, playtime, parties, and bedtime), each project has easy-to-follow instructions and full-size patterns on an included CD-ROM.

Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration
By Malka Dubrawsky
(Interweave, $26.95, ISBN: 9781596682351)

From the Publisher:

Make a big impact and brighten up any room with fun, contemporary, and functional projects exploding with exhilarating color! Fresh Quilting presents 20 brilliant designs featuring quilt artist Malka Dubrawsky’s intoxicating color and unexpected palettes. Learn to create beautiful and lively pieces for you and your home–from modern quilts and fun pillows to a flirty bag and cute scarf. Malka will teach you how to adventurously and confidently mix colors and prints, and you’ll be inspired to infuse your own brilliant palettes into each project, and discover just how irresistible and beautiful contemporary quilting can be!