1, 2, 3 Sew Free Pattern + Giveaway

on July 11 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 500 Comments

We’re so pleased to be a part of the blog tour for Ellen Baker’s new book, 1,2,3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Projects. We’re sure you know Ellen from The Long Thread, her ever-popular and informative blog. We love the 100 Top Tutorials list she does every year! Ellen’s book has a huge variety of new sewing projects, each presented in a group of three; Ellen supports as you learn a technique with an easier pattern and then develop your skills with the technique through two more increasingly advanced projects. Projects include everything from the Pintuck Clutch to the Change Your Mind Skirt! You’ll have fun building your sewing skills with Ellen’s guidance, and the book is lovely throughout with some fantastic fabrics and really beautiful images.

Ellen and Chronicle Books have generously offered Sew,Mama,Sew! readers a free PDF project download today from 1,2,3 Sew. The Insulated Lunch Sack is perfect for some early Back to School sewing, and it will look great in any number of fabrics.

Lunch Sack project from 1,2,3 Sew.

Ellen writes, “You could use oilcloth or coated cotton for this bag, but I think sometimes people forget that using natural cotton is easy and simple– Just wash it when it gets dirty! I made this second version of the Lunch Sack from Rashida Coleman-Hale’s new Cute Bots fabric, in pink linen.” (Psst: Check out the I Heart fabric collection designed by Rashida Coleman Hale!)

Ellen’s second version in Cute Bots fabric, perfect for Back to School.

Ellen also suggests these fabrics from the shop would work well with the bag:

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Shards ~ Cut Out and Keep

      organic cotton fabric by Heather Moore for Cloud 9

 

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Cozy Huts Bright

      from the Appleville fabric collection by Suzy Ultman for Robert Kaufman

 

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Hens

    from the Anika oranic fabric collection by Monaluna

Lots of great details in this pattern!

Download your free PDF Lunch Sack pattern from 1,2,3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Projects. You can also comment on today’s post to win a copy of 1,2,3 Sew. Tell us what you’d sew first from the book! Some beautiful new pillows? Blockhead Animals or some fun accessories? A new tote, handbag or cosmetic bag? Baby items (how about a Sunshine Bib?!)?

We’re celebrating the Grand Opening of the Sew,Mama,Sew! Book Shop this week! We have lots of opportunities to win new books, with some fun project downloads too. Order a book by 11:59 PM PDT on July 17 and we’ll send you a coupon for 15% off your next fabric and pattern order.

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500 Responses to 1, 2, 3 Sew Free Pattern + Giveaway

  1. Laurie says:

    I want to make the pillows….so pretty

  2. Heather says:

    I would love to make the baby items!

  3. Mimi says:

    I’d love to get my hands on this book! I would sew some pillows to brighten up our rooms!! Thanks!

  4. Roisin says:

    So exciting to see my hand-printed Canning Jars fabric in a book!

    I’d definitely stitch up a new cosmetics bag, mine are in one of those awful freebie bags from a skin-care company!

  5. Dana TM says:

    The skirts for girls!

  6. Cay says:

    I’d make one of those great totes!

  7. Sandra says:

    I love the lunch sack and am going to sew one up. I would love to win the book, I have just been blessed with my first grandchild and plan to do lots of sewing!
    Sandra

  8. Victoria Paige says:

    I’d make some beautiful pillows! Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

  9. Jo says:

    I just love the lunch sack and I am needing a new one for work! Great timing!

  10. Tonya says:

    That lunchbag sack is terrific! I think I’d have to make that first–

  11. Tori says:

    So cute. I can’t wait to make some for my nieces.

  12. Brandy says:

    I would either make the lunch sack for one of my 3 kids (or maybe all 3) since I have tried my own version before, but prefer the one in the photos or I wuld try some baby items for a friend who is having her first baby after years of trying.

  13. Edra says:

    I have not seen this book yet!! Thanx for sharring it with us. I love books!!!

  14. Anytime I can learn more and improve my sewing skills I am a happy camper! This book looks marvelous.

  15. Bethany S says:

    Love it! what a great book!

  16. Katy says:

    I’m dying to try making some cushions, I’m only a newbie so this’d be great for me!

  17. Karen says:

    I’d love to have this book!! I usually sew for my son, but I’m dying to make a new tote bag for myself!!!! :)

  18. kelli says:

    I need some summer pillows for the living room.

  19. L says:

    I hear the book has some great organizational projects–I’d probably start with one of those

  20. erin says:

    Oooohhh…I love to make a cute handbag for myself. Tried it before but it was a disaster..heheh…

  21. Allie says:

    Can’t wait to try and make a lunch bag! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  22. BA says:

    I have seen this book and it is simply fabulous! I would love to own a copy!

  23. Ali G says:

    I’m not 100% sure exactly what’s in this book, but I’m loving the cushions on the front cover, so I’d probably start there! Then of course, you can never have too many bags ;) It looks like a gorgeous and useful book!

  24. Shira says:

    This is so pretty!

  25. Brooke says:

    I would make something for my 8 month old. Something for his room. :)

  26. Corby says:

    I’ve come across this book while window shopping and would looooooove a copy. This year for Mother’s Day I bought myself a sewing machine, but I’m definitely a novice. This would totally help. There’s so many things I could my for my daughter and my friends who seem to be popping out babies at a superhuman rate!

  27. chris says:

    I love the bags! thanks for the greata giveaway.

  28. Lee says:

    Thanks for the free project and books giveaway!~

  29. jenny says:

    I need some new sewing inspiration!

  30. Crystal H. says:

    I would definitely sew up the bib first, my friend’s baby is set to arrive in a few weeks!

  31. Sheetal says:

    One can never have enough of bags and pouches, you need them everywhere, all the time!

  32. Jocelyn says:

    What a great free project (and awesome fabric choices) hmm wonder what other goodies are in the book??

  33. Christie says:

    I love handbags, that would have to be my first pick from the book!
    Thank you!

  34. prsd4tim2 says:

    I would have a hard time deciding between the two pillows on the cover, and I haven’t even opened the book yet…. I hope I win, because I think I’ll have to buy this one if I don’t.

  35. Debbie says:

    Love this lunch bag, will make great Christmas gifts for my quilt guild buddies!

  36. Lizzie says:

    Even though I’ve been sewing for a while, I always love a great simple project to refresh those basic skills! Plus I have more fabric than I’ll ever know what to do with… :)

  37. lily carter says:

    The lunchbag definately, that is toooooo cute!!!

  38. Beeps says:

    With all the traveling I’ve done this summer, I realize I DESPERATELY need another cosmetics bag. So that’s what I’d start with :)

  39. Julie says:

    I’d love to make some new pillows. Looks like lots of fun projects to do. Thanks for the chance to win.

  40. Lori says:

    Great giveaway! Definitely some blockhead animals! :)

  41. Shawna says:

    We’ve lived in our house for 2.5 years and have yet to get pillows for our couch. That would probably be my first project!

  42. laura says:

    some change-your-mind skirts for my mind changing little gal!

  43. Brandy says:

    Awesome lunch sack!

  44. Shannon says:

    I would definitely sew new pillows – I just made my first two covers ever and I loved it!

  45. Brenda says:

    I will be trying the lunch bag pattern as some of mine are looking pretty bad. I would love to try out some new skills with the other patterns.

  46. Stacy says:

    This looks like a great book! I am a bag person, so I would choose one of those. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  47. N. Perez says:

    With Summer trips, swimming lessons, trips to the parks,etc, I’m in dire need of a lot of tote bags, so that would probably be my first project.
    I’d love to win this book!

  48. Lor says:

    Her blog is really great so I’m sure the book will be too, especially the baby things for my new granddaughter.

  49. Beth says:

    Great projects–looks like a great book!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. alison says:

    I would have to make a new handbag!

  51. Becky W says:

    Wow! this is just what I need! Had a sewing machine for a year….used it once!

  52. Penelope says:

    Oooh, such cute projects. I would definitely sew Baby items because my sister is expecting her first daughter and my first niece. I’m super excited and ready to put my sewing machine to the task.

  53. jessicac says:

    I really need this book… my sewing machine is gathering dust!

  54. eileen says:

    i definately need help with my sewing skills. i cant wait to make the clutch!

  55. Lisa Walker says:

    The book looks great. I love the pictures on the cover!

  56. Rachael K. says:

    I’d make the baby bib for my pregnant coworkers.

  57. Celeste says:

    Well, I do love that lunch bag!

  58. Charlotte says:

    I would love to try some cute little totes for my sons and their friends. Thanks for the chance!

  59. Rose D'Elia says:

    Oooh, I am just getting back to some sewing and this would be a great refresher!

  60. jennifer says:

    i would sew a hand bag and totes, cool

  61. anne says:

    I would definitely liven things up around here with some new pillows. Thanks for a chance to win!

  62. Christine says:

    This book looks like great fun! My daughter needs a new lunch bag, so I’ll make the free pattern for her. Thanks!!!

  63. Erin says:

    I found the farmers market tote pattern on the Chronicle Books website and made it immediately—and loved it! Can’t wait to try more projects from the book. Thanks for this great pattern!

  64. Heather says:

    Looks like there are several cute pillow patterns, which I need some new ones for our new couch!

  65. Sandy says:

    I would start with the pillows, my couch needs a face lift!

  66. Carla G says:

    I would sew some new bags – both totes & handbags. What a great book!

  67. I would love to sew some of the pillows for my own home… but the baby stuff for all my prego friends.

  68. Lauren says:

    I would start right at the beginning and make as many things as I could! I am in a group at my daughter’s school that is in charge of making items for the classrooms, and none of the other moms know how to sew, so this book would be a real lifesaver!

  69. I don’t know what I’d choose! But I do know that the book looks wonderful, and I’d love to have it. :)

  70. Meagan S. says:

    For sure a cosmetic bag. What a great book!

  71. donna b says:

    Looks like a fun book ! I’d love to make some pillows! Thanks for the free dl and chance to win!

  72. Michelle says:

    The lunch bag and other projects look great! I’m a self-taught sewist and could really refine my skills with this book. Thanks for offering it as a giveaway!

  73. Nelia says:

    I would love to make some new pillows for my home and a baby bag :)

  74. Jamie says:

    I need a new case for my glasses so that’s what I’d sew first! Thanks for the giveaway!

  75. Robbyn says:

    We just purchased our first home, so my first project from the book would be pillows. I can’t wait to paint and find great patterns to match!

  76. Libby Hunt says:

    love the lunch sack!

  77. Emily says:

    I sorely need a new lunchsack – I am using my husband’s ugly and beat up soft cooler. Appalling! :)

  78. stephanie tipton says:

    The ‘change your mind skirt’ would be a must and I feel a strong tug to make the block head animals. This books looks beautiful and I would like to make projects that progressively build skills.

  79. Keelin says:

    It looks like a great book that would really help me out with where I am with sewing. I like the idea of sewing a glasses case!

  80. Michelle B says:

    OH I am all about the bags and totes!!!

  81. Marcia W. says:

    First project, Sunshine Bibs for a new grandniece due in August.

  82. angelina says:

    crossing my fingers! this looks great.

  83. Hilary says:

    something for a new baby who is about to join our family in November

  84. Julie says:

    What a fun project!

  85. Chantal says:

    LOVE this book (and website)

  86. Sandryte says:

    I would start with something very simple, like a blanket to my baby. If I succeed, I would make many more of them as a present!

  87. Megan says:

    This looks like a great way to hone up on the sewing skills…and make some ultra-cute projects along the way! I’d love a copy for my home library.

  88. DebbieKL says:

    I’d love to do the lunch sack since my son starts school this year. We’re also moving to a new house so there’s a ton of home decor stuff I could make!

  89. Line says:

    Love Ellen’s blog! Love Ellen’s book! Love the circle quilt… and would love to win the book to start with it!
    thanks for the chance!
    linedupuy(at)hotmail(dot)fr

  90. Brandy says:

    I would love to move past bean bags into dolls and quilts.

  91. Deidre says:

    Hmm…tough decision. I would start with the tote….make a hair band or two….thanks for the chance to win!

  92. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the free pattern…I’ve been wanting to do lunch sacks and now I don’t have to search for a pattern or make one up! I’d love to make more bags and some baby items as gifts :-)

  93. amorette says:

    a skirt! i would love to have a great new skirt and pick some wonderful fabrics from the shop!

  94. Becky says:

    I would start with the lunch sack. My little guy is entering 1st grade and will be eating lunch at school. He loves when I make things, and his personal lunch sack would be perfect.

  95. Jackie says:

    The lunch sack is a “must make”!

  96. Amanda D says:

    Those are some cute lunch sack designs. You have inspired many people, including me, by putting up the pictures of some really pretty designs. Thanks!

  97. Mikaela says:

    I would use the book to teach my teenage daughter to sew.

  98. Seanna Lea says:

    I would sew an eyeglasses case. I tend to just leave mine on the edge of the table, but this would let me carry sunglasses and regular glasses.

  99. Jenn-O says:

    Hmm, I don’t even know? Maybe a skirt? If there’s baby items maybe something for my bestie that’s due in Sept? I’m sure there will be some great stuff to choose from!

  100. MollyP says:

    Those blockheads are great! I would definitely tackle that project first! Thanks!

  101. Laura says:

    The lunch sack is first on my list. I have fun fabric and I’m ready to go. My daughter was born on Easter Sunday and has a collection of stuffed bunnies. I think the Bunny Softie made with material from her outgrown dresses would be adorable. Thanks.

  102. rachel says:

    love!! i would sew some totes to add to my major tote collection!!

  103. Leslie says:

    Thanks for the pattern and giveaway.

  104. Santa says:

    Would love this book, i haven’t done any sewing in years and my daughter is interested in learning to sew so we will be delighted to get this book and start sewing.

  105. Julie says:

    Most likely baby stuff :)

  106. Laura says:

    I would love a new handbag! I also want to do an lunch bag. Thanks for the giveaway!

  107. Heather says:

    I NEED this book! I’m just now learning to sew (again) and am having a hard time finding easy projects that are cute and don’t make me look like the total beginner that I really am!

  108. Grace says:

    hello, pillows or lunch sacks I think. Or totes. I could always do with more bags!

  109. Emily says:

    I would try the lunch bag.

  110. Emily says:

    thanks for the cute pattern!

  111. Lydia says:

    i’d start in on some pillows! we’re buying a house, which needs lots of personal touch right now!

  112. Andi says:

    The pillows were the first thing to catch my attention. I love the concept of this book!

  113. Angela says:

    Some new pillows and a handbag would be wonderful to sew!

  114. Gretchen says:

    This looks like a great book! I would love to make some new pillows.

  115. Melissa says:

    the book looks great, I love Ellen’s blog. Thanks for the chance!

  116. Jennifer says:

    My Couch is in need of some pillows so I might start with one of the pillows on the front of the book. Would love to win!

  117. brenda says:

    I need to make several lunch bags. All the projects are calling my name.

  118. Suzanne says:

    I would like to try some fun pillows or maybe baby stuff. Thanks for the chance to win!

  119. Marta says:

    My first choice… totes or bibs

  120. Jennifer says:

    Love it!

  121. Jackie H says:

    I think this would be such a fun, non-intimidating book for a newbie like me! :)

  122. Anya says:

    Love the pillows!!! I’ll definitely make the lunch sacks!

  123. quilary says:

    I’m thinking that some lovely new cushions would be the first thing I’d make. Thanks for the chance :)

  124. gina lang says:

    I would try the simplest and follow the book to help my skills improve.

  125. Stacey says:

    I’m just starting sewing and I’m anxious to learn! Can’t wait to get this book!

  126. Kris says:

    Projects look great!

  127. Susan Wahlmann says:

    Where do you find the canning jar fabric… it’s adorable! I’ve been on a lunchbag making kick the past year… the projects in this book look like things I’d like to make.

  128. Jess says:

    I would love to make the bibs and tote. Looks like a great book!

  129. Pam Pike says:

    If I had this book I would probably make everything. I really like this little tote. I think I’ll make one for my granddaughter to carry her dancing shoes in for Dance Class. It’s titled as a lunch tote but I can see many uses. I may make one for my great niece to be used as a Toddler quick trip tote. The possibilities are endless. I especially like the drawstring closure. I’ve been a follower of the Long Thread blog for a long time and really enjoy it.

  130. Deidra says:

    I love the lunch bag. I’ll be making some for me and my kids.

  131. byrney says:

    I love the look of this book. I can sew but make everything up so it’d be great to go back to basic and learn properly. I love the idea of the insulated lunch bag.
    Byrney

  132. Rohaise says:

    I love the lunch bag. I’d also like to master a zippered pouch.

  133. Julie says:

    Fun book! I would check out the pillow patterns first! It’s so fun to find new pillow ideas!

  134. Jayne says:

    I would love to make all of them…I think I would start with a bag or two!

  135. Casey H. says:

    I would make a new cosmetic bag for myself – my current one is way too small, and not very nice to look at!

  136. Danae says:

    I always like to find new bag patterns, so I would certainly start with those. Looks like a fantastic book!

  137. Sheetal says:

    i’m really wanting to make a cosmetic bag for myself so thats what I’d make first if I won this fun book….

  138. sue says:

    Looks like a very creative and useful book for everyday use

  139. Denise says:

    I made lunch sacks last year for my two boys, but these are much cuter. I may need to make two more, :)

  140. Helena Pope says:

    Those lunch totes are Fab, and I truly believe you can never have enough pillows!, so that would definately be my first project!

  141. bruinbr says:

    Everyone we know is having a baby, so I would definitely be sewing up oodles of bibs!

  142. Evelene Sterling says:

    I would love to win this book and make a nice handbag for myself, and then some pillows. Thanks for a chance to win this.

  143. min says:

    wheels turning…which fabric to use for these darling lunch bags.

  144. Glenys says:

    Definitely a new tote. I so need one.

  145. Fenju says:

    Love it!!!

  146. Beth T says:

    The pillows on the cover look like fun. If I were feeling brave I might venture to make a tote bag.

  147. Stacey says:

    As a COMPLETE novice sewer I’d have to make baby clothes as at least my daughter won’t complain about my numerous mistakes!

  148. barrie petersen says:

    So love the blog, look forward to her etsy find fridays
    I would love the book for a teaching tool to get my 11 year old on the machine and sewing up all the fun stuff
    thanks

  149. Alison says:

    I always enjoy making bags. Thanks for pdf pattern!
    aliben7 (at) gmail (dot) com

  150. Michelle says:

    I would make some beautiful pillows!!!!

  151. This book looks great! Love the lunch totes! And I would probably sew a new handbag – mine is falling apart!!

  152. Lindsay says:

    Love those pillows from the cover–too cute!

  153. RCarter says:

    I think the lunch bag would be perfect for back to school…along with a bag or tote for mummy too!

  154. Veronica says:

    I think maybe some pillows or a bag for myself.

  155. Page says:

    Pillows and lunch bags (: Great book!

  156. Amy says:

    I love the lunch sack! Thank you for the pattern. I would love clothing ideas, my kids need them all the time. ;)
    xoxo,
    Amy

  157. Michelle says:

    Looks like an awesome book

  158. I think I would like to make some pillows for my couch.

  159. AP says:

    All of the totes look great! And I’d love to learn how to make the pillows pictured on the cover.

  160. Ivy PM says:

    this lunch bag is perfect for me to make since i’m always bringing my lunch to work.

  161. MelodyJ says:

    Those pillows look good. So, I would make those first.

    urbanviolet(at)yahoo.(dot)com

  162. Jessica says:

    I’m on a kick of making bags for gifts, so I would probably flip through the book to the tote bag, handbag, and cosmetic bag. But I also know I would get distracted and want to try everything!

  163. Sara says:

    I would totally sew a lunch bag for when I get back into work. I tend to always take my lunch.

  164. Wendy says:

    This sounds like a fantastic book! The Change Your Mind Skirt sounds intriguing. Thanks for the free download, too!

  165. Keri Miller says:

    Love the book, can’t wait to see more of the ideas and try them out.

  166. Crystal says:

    I would sew a tote and lunchpail for back to school. My daughter would love it. Maybe she wouldnt lose her lunchpail if it was made by mommy.

  167. Anne says:

    The lunch bag looks like something I would make first. Would be really useful and looks good too. Second would be pillows.

  168. Crystal says:

    I have 2 granddaughters starting kindergarten this fall so the lunch totes would be awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  169. Nicole says:

    I have been on a bag kick lately and have been making bags alot so I would probably start with a home dec. pillow to change things up :)

  170. Amanda says:

    Love the lunch sack with the pink robot fabric!! I’m looking for a cute skirt pattern- would love to sew that!

  171. Kris says:

    I love the pillows right on the cover – My living room could use a nice bit of color from new pillows!

  172. Suzanne says:

    I’d love to make some of the organizers and little bags. Thanks for the giveaway.

  173. Sarah says:

    I need to sew some cusions!

  174. Allie says:

    Excited to try out this lunchbag! I am already trying to pick out fabric. But from the book, I also would like a cosmetic bag.

  175. Sherry J says:

    I would love to make some new pillows. This book looks so awesome. I love her blog thanks.

  176. Leigh says:

    I am going to make this lunch sack for my daughter. I will have to make something for little boy on the way too.

  177. Kathy says:

    I would definitely sew baby items — I have a new nephew and a niece on the way, and some friends who are also expecting so baby items are the key to all my crafting lately! Thanks for this giveaway opportunity.

  178. Molly says:

    I’m a “bag” girl, but maybe I’ll get out of my comfort zone and sew a pillow. We need some bright pillows and they look relatively ‘easy’.

  179. Lisa says:

    Would love to make pretty pink lunch sacks for my girls!

  180. Erin says:

    I think I’d make some sweet pillows for my futon. Now that I have 3 boys in the house, mama need some girly space.

  181. Stacey says:

    I’d love to make a pillow or two. Would love to have this book, such a great way to increase your knowledge and skills without being overwhelmed!

  182. Stace says:

    Definitely a new tote! You can’t have too many of those. :)

  183. Robin E. says:

    Such cute bags!!!

  184. Jill P says:

    What a great book! I would try to sew one of the handbags first without a doubt…then pillows!

  185. Alli says:

    I’d totally sew blockheads toys first!

  186. Morgan says:

    I’d sew baby stuff! 16 babies among my friends this year. 16.

  187. Willa says:

    my living room needs more colour so definitely would love to sew some pillows! Thanks for the chance to win.

  188. Ng Lay Yen says:

    Hi, I have seen the video on this book and its so cute ! Great book ! I would love make something for myself and that will be the pintuck clutch. Thanks for the giveaway.

  189. Kirsten N says:

    I love the look of the pillows on the cover!

  190. This book looks fun!

  191. Coco says:

    Pillows, pillows and more pillows! Thanks for the free PDF too!

  192. andrea says:

    great book! maybe some fun accessories…

  193. Erica says:

    Well, I really need some new pillows for my living room, so I’m thinking that’s where I’d start! I really want this in my sewing book library – especially for when I start teaching my daughter to sew in a few years!

  194. barbara says:

    I’m all about bags so I would start there for certain!

  195. Kayla says:

    The bots are so cute!

  196. Kristin says:

    This lunch bag is at the top of my list! I am always on the lookout for a good tote bag pattern and the yo-yo scarf I saw was super cute!

  197. Christine says:

    What an awesome website she has! I would love to win the book.

  198. faith says:

    I would make some pillows because my couches are in need of a facelift.

  199. Jane says:

    I love bags and totes so I’d be making one of those.

  200. Jan says:

    I can’t wait to make the adorable lunch sack. I love the embroidered name. So cute!

  201. Jan says:

    I absolutely love the lunch sack, especially the cute embroidered name. Can’t wait to make one! Thanks for sharing!

  202. Christine M says:

    I’d like to make myself a new bag. Thanks for the chance.

  203. Sarah Gough says:

    oh I would love to try some of the bags in the book!

  204. Amy says:

    This lunch tote is super cute but I also love pillows~ And the idea of taking one technique and really getting to use it in additional projects is awesome! I haven’t come across a sewing book like this since I started sewing. This book is definitely added to my wish list!

  205. April says:

    As a new mama I would love a good, simple, pattern for bibs that I’m sure we will need lots of soon!

  206. Jessica says:

    I so need this book! I think I’d sew some pillows first, they’re my current sewing obsession.

  207. The Pintuck Clutch sounds really cute. I love the Long Thread blog so I imagine this book is full of wonderful!

  208. Lyndsay says:

    Oh man, I would LOVE to win a copy of this book. I would make some cute decorative pillows for my daughter who is getting ready to switch to a toddler bed from her crib. Fun! Thanks for the chance to win.

  209. Kasia says:

    It’s so funny that this is the giveaway because I was just looking at the Sew Mama Sew bookstore and noticed this book! Reviewed it on amazon which had one great review- 5 stars and was ready to buy it! I love the totes and the bibs. I want to make a cosmetic bag bc I have my cousin’s baby shower for which I put in all the baby’s medications and a little chart with the doses! This would be perfect!

  210. Jackie says:

    Being new to sewing this sounds like something I could totally use. I love making pillows.

  211. wendy says:

    Oh, I love the lunchbag!! Thanks for sharing it :)

  212. Allison C says:

    I have a lot of baby gifts that I need to make so I would probably make something baby related. Or maybe a tote for myself :)

  213. Allie in SC says:

    As soon as I finish up all my summer sewing, I plan on taking on projects for back to school. I’d love to make lunch bags for my Fall semester! Several of them so I don’t have to keep washing 1 over and over again.. With all the homework that I’ll be having, I know laundry will be a task that I save for the weekends :) Thank you for the chance at this giveaway AND the free pattern!

  214. carole whitridge says:

    I’m going to make the lunch bag for each of my children – what a great book.

  215. carole whitridge says:

    this book looks wonderful. I’d start with some pillows for our living room!

  216. Connie says:

    I would probably sew a cushion cover or a table runner– something for my house, or to give as a gift. I think it’s great that you have books now!

  217. Paula says:

    Looks so fun! I would start with one of the bags. Thanks for the giveaway!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  218. I would make some accessoires for my daughter to celebrate the end of the university!!!

  219. April D. says:

    I’d love to have some new, creative patterns. I would probably start with the cosmetic bags to help me organize my things for my frequent travels.

  220. Rebecca says:

    I would take the pillow section and fill my house with home-made fluffy stitched goodness!!! What a great book.

  221. Carmen says:

    Ooh – I love bunnies! And I would really like to make a project for my little girl.

  222. Karrieann says:

    …so many choices to choose from! I do not know which one to do first! Thank you for a chance!

  223. Anita Yeo says:

    Circles and stripes and squares…I love it! It is a beautiful book and I’d love to try these patterns <3

  224. Jen V says:

    I’ve been scouring the web & sewing books for inspiring bag ideas. That is where I would start!

  225. Rocio Estrada says:

    I would love to make a Market Tote!

  226. April says:

    I need a new cosmetic bag, so probably one of those.

  227. Carla V. says:

    Oh this looks so awesome! The first would be pillows. My living room needs a facelift and pillows is the way to go. :D

  228. Lauren says:

    I can’t wait to make this for myself!! =)

  229. Alicia says:

    I think I would make some fun pillows for the sewing room futon!

  230. Taysha Riggs says:

    I’m in need of a new lunch sack so I’d def. try that

  231. Nikki B says:

    I need to make DD a lunch sack and I need new bedding pillows! :D

  232. Liz says:

    What a great resource – I learn through books and on line tutorials and really enjoy the Long Thread always packed full of great ideas and projects. I love the cushions on the front cover (especially the circles) for a start then I’d love to try some baby projects

  233. Fran says:

    We need some new pillows….
    looks like a great book !
    Many thanks for the giveaway !

  234. ~Heather says:

    Yes to new pillows!

  235. Kelly says:

    Bags, bags & more bags! And maybe a pillow or two for my patio sectional.

  236. Michelle says:

    I love the image of the eyelet headbands that I’ve seen from this book. I would totally give that a try!

    It’s a great concept for a book!

  237. Elizabeth says:

    I would sew any project in that book that involves zippers. I would really like to hone in on my zipper sewing skills.

  238. Belinda says:

    I’d sew a new handbag.

  239. Lynda says:

    LOVE the lunch sack!

  240. Maria Galati says:

    I would sew a cosmetic bag and a beach bag!

  241. April says:

    I haven’t seen it yet, but I would love to try out the pleated satchel! The book looks great and if I don’t win it, I’m going to have to go buy it – I think this would really help me improve my sewing skills (which are REALLY basic)! theladyelena at hotmail dot com.

  242. Emma N says:

    definitely some new pillows!! It’s been on the list for a long, long time

  243. Katie R says:

    Oh! I would make some baby items for friends that are expecting in the next couple of months, and then a Blockhead Animal or two for my little girls. How delightful! This is definitely going on my wishlist!

  244. Amy says:

    I would probably start with a tote bag…one can never have too many!

  245. Lindsay says:

    I’d have to make some baby items – probably bibs. I think I may have to get my hands on some cute bots fabric too, I love it!

  246. Kelly says:

    Great tutorial – thanks. And thank you for the chance to win!

  247. Patrice says:

    I’m really loving this lunch bag!!!

  248. Ivy says:

    Bags, totes, cases… we never seem to have enough reusable “carriers” around the house!

  249. lisa says:

    ohhhh, how exciting. sew much to make, so little time!!!

  250. Maman A Droit says:

    I’m not sure what blockhead animals but I can pretty much guarantee my son would love them-they sound fun!

  251. Birdie says:

    I am a teacher so my lunch boxes/bento boxes are always noticed – now I know what to make with the fabric I got from SMS with the viewfinders printed on it. Yay! If I won the book I would make some new pillows first.

  252. grace says:

    I am glad of any good advice and sound skills building, so I reckon it might be good to start at the beginning..perhaps the glasses case and work through systematically to get the most from this really timely book. Thank-you.

  253. Dell says:

    My niece is having a baby girl after 3 boys. I will probably make something for baby with an added girly touch.

  254. Taryn says:

    Probably the Mix It Up Smock.

  255. Kylie says:

    I really need to make some sunshine bibs, I didn’t get any for my baby shower.

  256. Sha says:

    I love tote bags so I would start with that.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  257. Malisa says:

    I would make the Set the Table runner!

  258. Becca says:

    I would make a lunch bag.

  259. Amanda says:

    I have never sewn a bag, so I would love to learn from this book.

  260. duff says:

    an insulated lunch bag is on my list–this one looks really cute! thanks for the head-up on this title!

  261. Carmen says:

    Oh, those lunch bags are just the cutest thing ever. I think any of those projects could easily find their way to the top of my list — I guess that’s the problem:)

  262. Anita says:

    This book looks great! I have a daughter named Jane…and would love to make this lunch bag for her out of some of my “Dick and Jane” fabrics in my stash! Thanks :-)

  263. Dora says:

    Pillows, puppets, clothes…everything!

  264. Amy G. says:

    This looks like such a cute book! So many cute things to sew!

  265. Morgan says:

    I would be interested in sewing the hot pads, coasters and place mats. My cousin is getting married in August and has expressed an interest in handmade gifts. I think these projects in coordinating fabrics could be just the ticket for a wedding gift.

  266. jackiet says:

    I’ve been wanting to make my own lunch bag for a while. Thanks for the free pattern! I would love to win the book!

  267. Robyn says:

    Would love to work through the whole book, increasing the accuracy and consistency of my skills and learning new ones. Definitely going to make the lunch sack, for both my husband and almost-in-kindergarten son. :)

  268. Stephanie S says:

    I’d either make a bag of some sort, or something for my daughter. This looks like a great book!

  269. Melissa M says:

    Fun! I’d try some throw pillows.

  270. Toni says:

    The book looks fabulous! Those lunch sacks are too cute to resist. I’d make those first for sure.

  271. Ellen says:

    I would sew some baby items since everyone I know seems to be having babies these days! :)

  272. Kristin H says:

    What a great tutorial! I do need a new lunch bag, so it is very timely. As for the book, my living room needs some new pillows, so that is what I’d be making first.

  273. bess says:

    i’m surrounded by pregnant ladies!! i’d love to make some new baby gifts. :)

  274. Hillary S. says:

    I have some friends that are expecting so it would be fun to sew them some baby items. I have also been wanting to try my hand at making a handbag. Not to mention the fabric that I have been saving for just the right pillow project.

  275. Christina G. says:

    Book looks fabulous. I’d make myself a cosmetics bag, then some puppets for the kiddos.

  276. Emilie says:

    I think I would try what looks like the reverse applique cushion on the front page! Looks like a great book!

  277. i’d love a copy of this book! i’m going to buy one if i don’t win one, for sure. the first thing i would make would have to be the mix it up smock for my one year old.

  278. laura says:

    Trying to post again, since it seems like the other one got messed up.

    I recently started to sew, and this looks like a fantastic book. I would start with the clutches, I think.

  279. Tina L. says:

    Am planning to make this lunch bag before I head back to school in
    September.

  280. SueBE says:

    How cool is this! My son is on swim team and with meals eaten at the pool (mid-swim meet) the lunch sack would be great. I’m definitely going to have to check this book out.
    –SueBE

  281. Carol P says:

    I would sew a new tote.

  282. Sue says:

    Looks like an awesome book! Need to get some pillows made and I’m sure this book has plenty of ideas!

  283. Andrea C says:

    i’m in desperate need of a lunch sack, so i will probably start with this free tutorial first!! hope i win!!!

  284. Katie says:

    I’m a new sewist and this book looks like just what I need!

  285. sylvie says:

    I would sew some colorful pillows for my living room! The book looks fantastic!

  286. Elisabeth says:

    Oh my! I’d probably sew one of everything in the book! I love the lunch sack, as my daughter had the exact same one as another girl and they got switched many times! With her name embroidered on it, switching is sure to cease! Thank you so much for the chance to win what is surely a terrific book! Whether I win it or not, I *will* own it!

  287. Dawn S. says:

    I’d make some cosmetic bags or pillows, I need both!

  288. SusanV says:

    I’d some sew pillows and some bags for sure.

  289. laura says:

    I just started to sew so this looks like a great book. I’d probably start with the clutches…

  290. Laura W. says:

    Woah! I just bought the I Heart Bots in pink and my name is Laura, so I’m dying to make the lunch sack.

  291. Karen A says:

    I’m always looking for new purse patterns. A girl can never have too many!!!

  292. Ashley says:

    I really love the lunch bags I think I may make a few in differnt sizes for hubby and the kids. As for what I would make first from the book. I really like the gathered clutch and the eyeglass holder. I can’t decide which I would do first. Thanks for a chance to win the book!

  293. Amy says:

    It’s all about baby over here, so some bibs would be first up on my list! Thanks for the giveaway!

  294. Knitteresq says:

    I really have been meaning to make the kids new lunch sacks. I like the idea of a skill building book, very cute!

  295. Josée says:

    What a great give away! I would surely do the cosmetic pouch!!

  296. Liz says:

    I’m teaching myself to sew and always looking for new books and this one looks like a winner!

  297. titi says:

    The book look very nice. The first thing I would make is that pillow on the cover.

  298. Christine says:

    This looks like a fun book, even for an experienced sewer. Sometimes we need just a little ditty to sew with mindless sewing.

  299. ambjer says:

    I have been looking for some cute pillow patterns to cover tor replace the ugly ones that came with my new couch, so I would definitely start with pillows

  300. Mama Lusco says:

    I’d like to try the Change Your Mind skirt. Thank you!

  301. Helen Gillis says:

    I’d love to sew the circles pillow pictured on the front of the book – simple and refreshing design – love it!!

  302. Estela says:

    I love to sew things for boys so anything for them would work for me. Fun giveway!

  303. Blossom says:

    Looks like a great book! I like sewing bags, so that’s probably what I’d pick.

  304. Christy says:

    Drooling over here…I’m just getting into sewing other projects after a long time of quilting, and this book would be a fantastic place to start!

  305. erin says:

    What a great book! I would love to make this lunch bag, as I can never find one that is large enough. Thank you for the great tutorial link! I would probably work my way right through this book, as I’m a beginner. I would also make the puppets, as I could use them for work! Awesome!

  306. Kristy says:

    The lunch tote is so cute, and we really need one! Actually, I also need a new tote so that i what I would be sewing!

  307. Alethea says:

    I love that pink robot fabric sooooooo much! As for the book, I’d probably make some cosmetic bags for the ladies in my family. We always do little Christmas grab bags and those would be perfect for them.

  308. Sherri S. says:

    There is a super cute market bag in this book…and the pillow on the far right of the cover is just lovely. Thanks!

  309. My first project would be glasses cases! With four people in this house and all are bespectacled… we need some cases around here.

  310. I would sew a new tote or bag of some kind! Great giveaway and thanks for the free pattern <3

  311. Heather C says:

    so cute… that lunch bag would make a nice knitting project bag as well.

  312. Helen says:

    I love making plushies, plus i was just thinking about some new cushions for the home, I need to spruce things up a bit. This book looks absolutly gorgeous, I would love to get my hands on a copy.

  313. Ann says:

    I need some pillows to revive my old sofa! And a lunch sack for me.

  314. Kristie says:

    I think I’d make a floor cushion. The pleated handbags are pretty nice as well. There are a lot of great projects. Thanks! kristie_keely(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  315. Carrie says:

    I’d make a few throw pillows for my sunroom first. Second, the lunch tote.

  316. kathyh says:

    This would be a great book for my niece who is learning to sew.
    She has two little ones so the baby projects would be great.

  317. Emily says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  318. Kelly says:

    Looks like a wonderful book. I think I want to make the lunch bag. I also enjoy making totes and handbags!

  319. Joelle Lambert says:

    My simple mind could use some simple project ideas.

  320. Jenn says:

    I love the pillows on the cover! I’d sew that middle one!

  321. i think i’d make some pillows as our couch desparately needs some cheering up ;) fingers crossed!

  322. Sarah says:

    I would so love to win this book. I would likely make the skirt first. I am in need of new skirts!

  323. Kathy says:

    I would love to make some pillows!

  324. Kate C. says:

    Definitely a tote can’t have enough of those!

  325. Jacqueline says:

    That lunch sack is adorable! Thanks

  326. sarah says:

    love this lunch sack– I’m going to give it a try asap!

  327. Chris V says:

    Yay for the free lunch bag pattern! I will be making a few of those… and if I win the book (which I really hope I do!), I think I would make pretty much everything in there!!! :o)

  328. Miquela says:

    I think this book is perfect for my teenage niece! Love the new book shop idea!

  329. Rae says:

    I’m always looking for interesting totes/sacks to make, but baby bibs and the like would be handy too, as a few of my friends have little ones on the way!

  330. Jen says:

    I’m definitely interested in the pillows in this book. It’s certainly on my list of books to get. I’ve never made pillows before so I’d definitely want to try those out.

  331. Laura says:

    A new make up case. Absolutely. Mine has gotten too small (maybe it has something to do with my obsession of new eyeshadow). I’d love this book!

  332. Jen S says:

    This looks like a great book! I found many projects that looked interesting when I checked the table of contents…the doodle bag for kiddie would be great to make!

  333. nancymoo says:

    Wow! Great looking book! I think I would make some baby items and I can’t wait to try the lunch sack!
    Thanks!

  334. Peggy Steinbronn says:

    I would sew the cosmetic bags. I have a daughter getting married and the cosmetic bags would be great bridesmaids gifts.

  335. KRISTY says:

    I love the sound of many of these projects!! Bags, household decor, simple skirts…I would love to try them ALL!

  336. Yaneri says:

    I’m a newbie to sewing and so far I’ve been loving it!! I love to win this and adventure out in creating these cute creations!!! I love to make my own personal lunch bag for sure!!

    Yaneri

  337. Nicole says:

    I would sew every single item in the book to establish better skills, I have just started to sew after a couple (10y) away. My skills r ok but not great.

  338. Cat says:

    This book looks fabulous ! I love the lunch bag project (and am about to try it !! in a minute !!) Will be great for pinic and camping ! Thanks so much

  339. Nichole says:

    I’d love to make the circle pillow featured on the cover. I love the concept of graduated projects. Thanks for the chance to win!

  340. Suzee says:

    It all looks fabulous !!! i have to make that duffel bag!!thank you

  341. meghann says:

    I love this lunch sack – I’m going to make one for my husband this week, I think. So I guess that is the first thing I’d make from the book! xo

  342. KarenH says:

    I’d probably sew a bag first but the Change Your Mind skirt sure sounds interesting.

  343. Kacey P. says:

    I’m a relative beginner sewist, but I tend to jump around in my projects. I think I’d benefit from starting at the beginning of the book and just working my way through – that way I’d learn some new skills while making cool new things!

  344. Cassie says:

    So happy to see books in your store! The first project form this book for me would be pillows with circles, I have been wanting to sew something similar for awhile now, I almost have my fabric picked out :)

  345. Kelly Irene says:

    This looks like a fun book! I would probably use it with a friend who is learning to sew. I think it would give us some good ideas for easy projects for her to practice her sewing and direction-following skills on! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  346. Sarah says:

    I could use some new pillows. They’d be first on my list.

  347. Samina says:

    What a great book – I’d like to see the skirt designs in it.

  348. Lisa says:

    I just printed the pattern, but what I’m really wanting is a little clutch to hold my wallet and phone!

  349. Jamie says:

    It is hard to decide what to do first, but maybe a tote or handbag. A girl can never have too many……..right?

  350. Cassie says:

    The pintuck clutch you mentioned sounds adorable!

  351. Erin says:

    Totally intrigued by sewing baby stuff. My friends are all starting to have kids and I’m hoping to be headed that way myself soon.

  352. Jen says:

    I really love the lunch sack. Thanks for the pattern. I think I would be interested in making some pillows.

  353. Tsigeyusv says:

    Thank you so much for the pattern. I’ve been wanting a sack like this for lunches. I was also thinking of making some for my children’s favorite teachers. The book sounds lovely, too. I love being able to make the everyday things we use.

  354. susan h says:

    I’m in need of a cosmetic bag. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  355. Abby says:

    I’m in desperate need of new items for my wardrobe, so I’d love to see the clothing projects in this book! The clutch sounds adorable.

  356. robin says:

    What a fun book! I’d probably make pillows first. :)

  357. jen says:

    this looks like a great book (and thanks for the free pattern!). The blockhead animals sound like a fun first project from the book to start me off.

  358. Tami says:

    I’ve been looking at this book since it first went up for presale on Amazon! I love the pillows so would probably start there, and then probably make many more things from the book.

  359. Terri says:

    This book looks wonderful! My daughter is learning to sew and this would be a great way for her to learn. I love the lunch sack and am always on the lookout for new totes. My friends love them!

  360. Joanne says:

    I’ll sew new lunch sacks for my kids.

  361. Cass says:

    Definitely a new tote bag. A girl can never have to many bags, right? :)

  362. Marlo says:

    I’d love to make a lunchbag since my really cute one had to be retired. Also I want to make a pile of accessories with all the great fat quarters I just got.

  363. Cinnamon says:

    Pillows! My living room is in serious need of new ones, and I’d like to do a little patchwork (learn how to, that is).

  364. Shelly says:

    I could really use a cute new cosmetics bag!

  365. Debbie says:

    thanks for the pattern. think the book would be great for my daughter who is taking an interest in sewing.

  366. Block head animals?! Russ has been begging me to make him a Pegasus for a few weeks now. Maybe I should get on that…

  367. Jennyroo says:

    Definitely the lunch tote, we’re getting ready for back to school already!

  368. Megan says:

    I would sew a new tote for sure! Maybe more than one.

  369. meg from kc says:

    i love sewing bags! a new tote would be great!

  370. Cindy G. says:

    I think I’d probably sew a pillow! I’m in the process of a major overhaul (well major for me, anyway) of the inside of my house, and I need to do some inexpensive decorating. New, fun pillows on the couch would be just the thing!

  371. Christina says:

    I have always wanted to learn how to sew pillows. Maybe this would motivate me!

  372. MBMeadows says:

    I’d love to win a copy!

  373. Sara says:

    I would so enjoy this book. I like to make things for my DD and look forward to trying this handy lunch sack.

  374. Holly says:

    It’s a toss-up between sewing baby stuff and home stuff. I have lots of friends with toddlers, so those would make great gifts. But, we just moved to a new home and it is in desperate need of sprucing up!

  375. Jenny says:

    Yay for the book shop! That’s a great announcement!!

    I can’t wait to get my hands on Ellen’s book. I think baby items would be first on my list. I think I have 5 friends due before the end of the year. Thanks for the giveaway!

  376. Basteta says:

    I put this book on my Amazon wishlist last night after browsing your book shop (along with four others!) This is the kind of book I really need. I’d most likely start with the pillows and then a tote bag. I was given some fabric that would make some great pillows.

  377. LoriMM says:

    I would love to check out this book! Probably would try a pillow first. The fabrics are so INSPIRING. I think every project would be a blast with these fabrics!

  378. Julie says:

    Baby items! The lunch sack is great too!

  379. Britni B. says:

    What a wonderful giveaway and free project! I’m just learning to sew, so would love to go through the whole book! I’d really look forward to the pillows, you can never have to many!

  380. Jan Herzberg says:

    With the start of school right around the corner I would make lunch bags.

  381. Tara says:

    I would love some new throw pillows for my living room!

  382. The totes are fabulous! Just in time to create for beginning of school…Teachers would love!

  383. Valancy says:

    The reverse applique floor pillows are cute! Fun way to showcase some favourite prints.

  384. Julia says:

    The bunny softie! and a Baby thing of course. Expecting it to come any day now! (the baby that is) :)

  385. stacey says:

    this looks like good fun! my kids would love the puppets and i’d love another tote!

  386. Kelli says:

    I think I’d make some new pillows for the couch!

  387. Lisa says:

    I would sew some lunch sacks for me and the kids. They are so cute!

  388. Sue Lavell says:

    What a fun looking book! My 16 year old is wanting to learn to sew! What fun projects for her… and me! I will be making these lunch bags for my kids…they are perfect!

  389. Maggie says:

    I have my eye on many things in this book. I would most likely start on the storage cube- the kids would prefer the blockhead puppets! Great book!

  390. Elizabeth says:

    As a new sewer, I’m just getting the basic skills down (and just finished my second quilt!). Free tutorials and chances like these are so helpful! I think I’d start with a pillow- those look so cute. (and I’m using your free summer project links to make my first tote- thanks!)

  391. Nancy says:

    This book is such a neat idea! As a new sewer, I would love to have a book of projects designed to build my skills. (and that robot fabric is so adorable!)

  392. Cheryl Korman says:

    Nice pattern. Can’t wait to make it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  393. Jocelyn says:

    Wow what a cool looking book. I love totes, so I would probably start with that. I’ve never been very good at making pillows, so I’d love to learn more skills in that area. Thanks for the giveaway!

  394. Lara says:

    ooohh this looks great! I have trouble making the leap from easy projects to harder ones! That pillow on the cover looks fun!

  395. Probably pillows…but the lunch sack is a close second! Would love to give my kids lunch sacks that can be washed without disintegrating!

  396. Chelsea says:

    I would love to try making the clutch!

  397. Lauren says:

    I would make that adorable circles pillow! It would go so well in my bedroom.

  398. Robin R. says:

    What a fun contest! I think the first thing I would sew would be some baby items since I am due in 6 weeks!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Robin : )

  399. SewLindaAnn says:

    It seems I can’t stop sewing totes. Totes, totes and more totes. Love em!

  400. Amy S says:

    Definitely pillows! I’ve been looking for cute patterns to make pillows for our living room sofa and the futon in the office!

  401. Sherri says:

    I love new sewing ideas, and then I look at ways to apply them to something unexpected. I think I will start at the front cover and go right on to the back! :-)

    Thank you!
    Sherri

  402. Deanna says:

    Several projects appeal to me, but I am off to try the lunch sack first. Thanks for the chance at the book. Pillows would probably be next, because I have a very blah room that could use a spark of color.

  403. Jenae says:

    I love sewing books and would love to add this to my collection!!!

  404. Rachel D says:

    I would sew up some baby gifts for all the baby showers I’ve been invited to! Thanks for the giveaway & the pattern download!

  405. Wendy says:

    I’ve been obsessing lunchboxes lately!

  406. Beth says:

    I don’t know what projects are in the book, but this insulated lunch tote looks adorable and do-able!

  407. Amy says:

    I am really REALLY new to sewing and this book is perfect! This insulated tote is fantastic. It would make a great teacher gift to get the year started!

  408. Melissa Williams says:

    What a cute bag! Thank you for the tutorial and the new bookshop!

  409. Katie says:

    I’d love to try a lot of the projects mentioned from this book, but maybe I’d start with some new pillows! :)

  410. Larissa says:

    I’d love to see the puppet pattern!

  411. Retha says:

    this looks like a book that was written just for me! I’d really like to sew up some pillows for our sofa.

  412. marilyn says:

    These lunch bags are so cute..Cant wait to sew one for my granddaughter who is headed off to kindergarten!

  413. Amy Collier says:

    I can’t wait to read this book. I have been looking for a new lunch bag design for my little boy. Thanks for sharing the book information and links to Ellen’s websites and resources.

  414. Steph Yancey says:

    I love the idea of this book. The pdf project looks easy and fun, and I’ll begin working on it immediately. I would love to try out the pillow patterns in the book.

  415. JulieLynn says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I would start with something easy, like the tote bag. Thanks for the giveaway!

  416. Courtney says:

    Love the lunch sack! I would definitely start by sewing anything and everything baby!

  417. Stephanie W says:

    I would love to win this book as I am self taught and could definitely build my sewing skill set. I would love to learn how to make a bib, and pillows. Thanks! I can’t wait to try the lunch sack.

  418. becky laswell says:

    If I won, I’d probably go for one of the pillows – and I’d do the projects with a friend who wants to learn to sew. Pillows are such a good way to build skills.

  419. kristy says:

    Baby bibs! I have a messy one over here. Love this book!

  420. This would be a book that gets so worn out from use over here! I’d be all over the lunch sacks for the family, especially for the Lusty Woodsman…I’d have to make it out of a sturdy canvas of sorts, maybe even something that is fireproof (being the iron working woodsman that he is). Shall we have cake to seal the deal? Or is bribing out of the question…

  421. jennyy says:

    I’d love to win this book! I’d start sewing with the circles floor pillow.

  422. Brigette says:

    I like the sound of simple projects as a mom of little children. I probably would make a baby item.

  423. Katherine says:

    What a fun-looking book! I love her blog already, so this will be great. :) I’m going to sew that insulated lunch tote first, of course! Thanks for sharing it!

  424. nik kamisah says:

    Wow!i love your bags.they are just nice. i like the patterns of the material..the cheerful colours will brighten our day.

  425. charlotte says:

    I like the idea of learning a skill/technique & then making something more advanced afterwards. It’s the same thing I do with my daycare kids when we learn a new craft. You can see how much the first project builds excitement & confidence for the more involved version. :)
    Pouches! I love pouches & bags/purses!

  426. Beth says:

    I think I would start with the storage section – pencil holder/storage cube/craft caddy. Sounds like something new and different!

  427. Sheree Storrer says:

    Anything baby related would be awesome for me since our newest addition is due very soon!

  428. Gail says:

    Love the lunch sack pattern..thanks so much…looks like a very intriguing book…those pillows look darling…hmmmm yes I think pillows would be a great project to make.

  429. Laura says:

    I’d start with a few new throw pillows for my sofa. Mine are looking a bit dingy from toddler snack fingers and from use as a toddler kleenex. :-)

  430. Anne Marie says:

    I have this book on my wish list! Thanks for the free pattern.

  431. Tara says:

    Oooh oooh pick me pick me! I love the ideas in this book – it’s on my “wish list”. Thanks for sharing the FREE PDF today!

  432. Jenni R says:

    I feel like I’ve been invited to a million baby showers recently–so handmade baby items are at the top of the list!

  433. Steph says:

    I love making baby bibs and am always looking for new patterns to try.

  434. DeNacho says:

    a smaller version of the cosmetics bag to keep all my loose purse items in!

  435. Sydney says:

    I would make baby items! Between all of my BF’s siblings having babies, and starting my “baby hope chest”, I have so many projects to start (and finish!).

  436. Laura P says:

    That bag looks so cute, and I’ve been meaning to make a lunch bag for myself. Thanks for the pattern!

  437. Megan says:

    I’m always looking for new ideas for pillows, I bet Ellen has some great ones in there!

  438. Tricia says:

    I would definitely take on the cosmetics bag first. So useful — and I need a little zipper help.

  439. Tonia says:

    This is a great giveaway!

  440. Alice S says:

    I love the lunchbag pattern and hope I can find time to make one.

  441. Anya says:

    I need new pillows, so that’s what I’d sew first. thanks for the chance!

  442. Georgia says:

    I think I’d sew some baby things for my little girl and for the amazing amount of babies popping up into my life recently! Thanks for the chance!

  443. Shannon says:

    A pillow would be a great, simple first project.

  444. caron says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book! The pictures are quite nice, too!

  445. Rose says:

    I would love to win this book. I would make that circle pillow first. Thanks for the free lunch sack pattern. It will be perfect for work.

  446. Shannon says:

    This book is sooo intriguing. I’ve loved every project I’ve seen around the interwebs! But my first project would definitely be the appliqued pillow I’ve glimpsed…

  447. Jess says:

    Actually, I really need a new cosmetics case, I’d probably sew that first!! :)

  448. Rhonda says:

    I think the first thing I would sew is something for me. It has been so long since I have done that…maybe a new cosmetic bag. Or what I really need is a jewelry roll for traveling…anything like that in there?

  449. Netty says:

    Yes please….sewing some big pillows would be awesome! My new living room needs them but I’ve yet to sit down and figure out how. :)

  450. Deb says:

    I would LOVE to give this book to my niece who is wanting to increase her sewing skills!!!

  451. Linda says:

    I think I would like to start with a cosmetic bag. Looks like a great book!

  452. cynthia says:

    Its great that you are carrying all the must have books out there. And a new one!!! Looks like another great one Thanks Cynthia

  453. Cary says:

    Thanks for the pattern. I may sew this lunch bag today!

  454. Sarita says:

    I think I’d whip up a new beach tote!

  455. Jen says:

    Great tutorial, looking forward to making one. It may be helpful to indicate that the “cotton” is the lining and the “canvas” is the exterior in the directions as the images in this post seem to indicate the opposite. Some may find this confusing…Thanks for sharing!

  456. JaneyBake says:

    I have had my eye on this book. Another great giveaway! Thanks, x

  457. Brie says:

    Pillows!!! I want new pillows for my sofa! I have had this book on my wish list since I first saw it! Congrats on the new “store”!

  458. I would love to make any bag. I am always looking for the perfect bag!

  459. Kate F. says:

    I’d love to sew through the whole pillow chapter.

  460. Katie Wilson says:

    I would definitely make some baby items for a friend thats expecting:)

  461. Jenny says:

    id first make the wool felt headband…my daughter and i were looking at the library copy of this book and she wants one of those!

  462. Hannah says:

    Blockhead Animals sound like an adorable place to start!

  463. ellen says:

    I would practice making the perfect zippered pouch. I have a few flaws in making them and I hope the book would give me a better method then what I use.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  464. Carrie says:

    I would LOVE to try some new pillow patterns! Such gorgeous photos!

  465. Stefanie says:

    Want this book!!! I will have a new niece or nephew in 5 1/2 months so it would def be something baby related that I would attempt first :)

  466. Ira says:

    The book seems so cute, I love the trailer. I would probably sew some stuff for my baby girl.

  467. Lynne in NC says:

    Perfect timing! my daughter was just telling me she wanted a different lunch bag for school. Thanks for posting. I need a new cosmetic bag, that’s what I would make after the lunch sack.

  468. Linda Murphy says:

    The first thing I would make would be the lunch sack for my granddaughter………..or maybe the bib for another granddaughter………..or maybe a pillow for myself! My brain goes too fast!

  469. Sonja says:

    This would be a great book to use with my daughters as they are learning to sew. I think we would definitely have to make some skirts first!

  470. Gill says:

    Thanks for the free pattern!
    If I was lucky enough to win a copy I’d like to have a go at some zippered pouches

  471. I think I really need to add this book to my collection! I love the lunch sack tutorial…Thank you!

  472. Jodi says:

    This book is adorable and I am seriously loving this little lunch bag. I think I would start with some of the pillows since my office sofa is in dire need of some sprucing up. So cute! Thanks so much for sharing!

  473. datcat says:

    I have just found this blog, and as a keen crafter, I am looking forward to checking it out. This book sounds interesting, and I adore this lunchsack tutorial. I am sure there are plenty more lovely things in the book that would make great xmas presents for my family and work friends. And I have a gorgeous new nephew that I adore sewing for.

  474. Riti says:

    The lunch sack looks great ! A good friend has asked me to sew a lunch bag for her, think this one is a good idea :)

  475. Rie says:

    Hmmm, I just realised that the PDF is for the lunch sack too!!!!!

  476. kaholly says:

    I was pretty excited to see the pattern for the lunch bag being offered as a free download. What an excellent idea for gifts! Ellen’s book sounds great. I like the idea of presenting a skill with a more simple pattern and then increasing the difficulty level as you go along.

  477. I’d def sew a tote bag first. Never can have too many bags!

  478. Heather P says:

    This sounds like a great summer read full of inspiration. I would love to make the cosmetic bag for Christmas gifts! (and get them done this summer before any xmas rush hits)

  479. Kara Kelso says:

    I’m a sucker for sewing pillows, although I’d have to start with something I’ve never tried before. Most likely something useful for one or both kids, such as a tote for school.

    Thank you for the free lunch sack pattern! It will be put to good use!

  480. Melissa says:

    Those lunch sacks are adorable! And you’re right, so many cute fabric possibilities! Thanks for the chance at the book – sounds like just what I need!

  481. Rie says:

    What a great book! I’d make the lunch sack first because I was making hubby’s lunch this morning & placed it in a plastic carrier bag thinking it was a shame I didn’t have a proper bag for it!

  482. Bianca says:

    I guess it would depend on the technique, but I’m always a sucker for a great pillow. The ones on the cover look adorable and amazing so I’m sure I would want to make one.

  483. Mary says:

    I’m an avid reader of Ellens blog and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. I’ve had a peek at it and think I might first go for making a craft caddy or 2! Thanks for the chance to win.

  484. Laila says:

    I would make a tote bag because amazingly I don’t have enough!! Need to match them to outfits really so I need a green one!

  485. Ksenia says:

    I am defenetly looking forward to make cool handbag!!!!!!

  486. Bernice says:

    I’d love to freshen up our sofa with some new throw pillows.

  487. Heather Mentzer says:

    I can’t believe how many projects are in this book. I’d like to try the cape for one of my sons. I’ll probably buy this book if I don’t win it.

  488. Rose says:

    This book looks good! I want to make my own lunch bag!

  489. The first thing I would make is that circle pillow on the cover! I need to get some more experience working with circles and that looks like just the kind of project size that would help me.

    dxx

  490. Sarah James says:

    What a fantastic book for those of us who are new to sewing! I’ve been teaching myself how to sew with the help of books/magazines/tutorials/the web and this looks like a really useful addition to my library.

  491. Ines says:

    A friend of mine is pregnant and I just can’t get enough of the baby patterns out there. I would love to try the Bib!

  492. Eleonora says:

    nice project this insulated bag!it’s right for summer holiday…or for my lunch in office!I hope to win the book…and to sew home accessories and clothes!

  493. Sara says:

    Hi, I would love to win this book. I just started sewing (I did a pillow case last weekend, learned a lot about thread tension and thread quality). From the book I would love to make any of the totes, I need a beautiful tote for my library books.

  494. Joy says:

    I would love to see her book, sounds so awesome. I saw her video preview and it looks adorable. I would love to make some cute pillows =]

  495. Amber H says:

    I would totally sew some bibs! My little guy drools like I’ve never seen a baby do at his age. Plus, he just discovered blowing raspberries!

  496. Cinda says:

    I would to sew a new baby tote for my newest baby due in Feb so I have plenty of time to get ready and sew.

  497. Kris says:

    I’m planning on a new lunch bag before school starts, but I’m also on the lookout for some tote and handbag patterns. I definitely want to check this book out!

  498. Lili says:

    Love the idea about the book shop! I would sew some baby items! Seems to be Baby Boom Year- myself and 10 others out of my friends circle are expecting or had their little ones!

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