We have an amazing number of Handmade Holidays giveaways this year! Today’s list includes prizes for the second week. This is just for the second week! Visit and comment each day this week for a chance to win one of these prizes, and add your favorites to your holiday wish list.

Thank you to all of the publishing companies who generously contributed Handmade Holidays prizes this year: STC Craft, Martingale & Company, Wiley, Shambhala Publications, Potter Craft, C&T Publishing, Storey Publishing, F+W Media, Interweave, Lark Crafts and Stash Books.

Thank you, also, to the many shops and artists giving away gift certificates and beautiful, handcrafted items throughout the month: Jennifer Ladd, Candied Fabrics, Peanut Envy, tortagialla, Slightly Biased, That Clever Clementine, KSC Designs, Mister & Mouse, The Silver Diva, Green Bag Lady, QuiltedCupcake, Tenderfeet Stitches, Mrs. Crafty Pants Designs, Dolls And Daydreams, Deux Petites Souris and Gramma’s Linen Closet.

Stitch Magic: A Compendium of Sewing Techniques for Sculpting Fabric Into Exciting New Forms

Author: Alison Reid
Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book

In Stitch Magic, fashion and textile expert Alison Reid teaches sewers how to manipulate and sculpt fabric by using such techniques as folding, cutting, pleating, tucking, gathering, and stitching, creating entirely new surfaces and textures in the process. The resulting fabrics, which look sophisticated and complex but are actually relatively simple and inexpensive to produce, can be used for entire textiles, such as cushions or blinds, or to create fashion accessories or embellishments.

Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe

Author: Shelly Figueroa, Karen LePage
Publisher: Wiley

In this innovative boys-only pattern book, you will find 24 projects–ranging from sporty to dapper–to create an entire handmade wardrobe little boys will love. The patterns span all seasons and include a selection of specialty items for playtime, art, and “on the go” accessories. You’ll get instruction and guidance on numerous techniques to add longevity to each pattern–not just for the boy who grows too quickly, but also for his little brother or cousin to wear and cherish later.

Hand Printing from Nature: Create Unique Prints for Fabric, Paper, and Other Surfaces Using Natural and Found Materials

Author: Laura Bethmann
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Discover how to use found natural materials – such as leaves, flowers, feathers, vegetables, fruits, shells, weeds, and wood grain – to print on any surface, from paper and fabric to ceramics, wood, and walls. Simple step-by-step instructions coupled with beautiful photos make it easy and fun to learn the basic techniques. In no time at all, crafters of any experience level will be creating original nature prints on everything from headboards to stationery to jewelry.

Inside the Creative Studio: Inspiration and Ideas for Your Art and Craft Space

Author: Cate Coulacos Prato
Publisher: Interweave Press

Turn your vision of a dream studio space into a reality with Inside the Creative Studio. The professional artists and crafters of Studios magazine give you the tools to create your own one-of-a-kind artistic environment. Learn how to find space in your home, whittle down your stash, maximize your storage and organization possibilities, and manage your stash of supplies and equipment to keep your work space functional and fun to work in. Experts will also show you how to repurpose furniture, integrate recyclables, and showcase vintage items to establish a space with purpose and personality. You will spend less time struggling with your studio, or lack thereof, and more time actually creating in your unique space.

Candy Cane Lane: Quilts and More to Sweeten the Holidays

Author: Melinda Bula
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

If all you want for Christmas is a whimsical, colorful, and perfectly charming quilt, just peek inside this book! You’ll discover five projects sure to make the season merry and bright.

Enjoy all the fun motifs of the season— Holly leaves and berries, snowmen, candy canes, and more. In addition to complete instructions for the sampler quilt, there are smaller projects that you can make using the motifs from the lap quilt, like whimsical Christmas stockings, wall hanging with removable pockets for treats for the little ones (and maybe the grown-ups, too!), and a table runner.

Each project includes detailed step-by-step instructions and full-sized pullout patterns.

Sewing Basics: All You Need to Know About Machine and Hand Sewing

Author: Sandra Bardwell
Publisher: Abrams Books, STC Craft

Sewing Basics is the ultimate encyclopedia for sewing at home. This thorough guide covers everything from choosing fabrics to operating a sewing machine to hand sewing, fitting, fine-finishing, trouble-shooting, and more. Whether the sewer is trying to decipher the symbols on a printed pattern, line a pocket, work French seams, or fit a muslin, she’ll find what she’s looking for here, all precisely explained and illustrated with hundreds of step-by-step photos. Both for beginners learning how to hem and for more experienced sewers who need help mastering advanced techniques, Sewing Basics is an invaluable reference tool sewers will want to keep within easy reach for many years to come.

Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase

Author: Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Take the challenge! Craft challenges are all the rage among online crafting communities, and this new series— the first ever on the subject— marries the popularity of repurposing with the appeal of the “new pretty” aesthetic. This time, it’s the common pillowcase that’s undergoing uncommon transformations in 28 beguiling projects, ranging from patterned pinafores and aprons to decorative, embellished boxes and quilts. A friendly and informative basics chapter introduces the key techniques, delicate ink and watercolor illustrations show essential assembly details, and all necessary templates are included. There’s plenty of handholding for beginners plus a wealth of novel ideas for more advanced sewers.

Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life

Author: Julia Rothman
Publisher: Storey Publishing

What’s the difference between a weanling and a yearling, or a farrow and a barrow? Country and city mice alike will delight in Julia Rothman’s charming illustrated guide to the curious parts and pieces of rural living.

Dissecting everything from tractors and pigs to fences, hay bales, crop rotation patterns, and farm tools, Rothman gives a richly entertaining tour of the quirky details of country life. From the shapes of squash varieties to the parts of a goat; from how a barn is constructed to what makes up a beehive, every corner of the barnyard is uncovered.

A perfect gift for gardeners, locavores, homesteaders, and country-living enthusiasts alike.

Sewn Toy Tales: 12 Fun Characters to Make and Love (US Winners Only)

Author: Melanie Hurlston
Publisher: F+W Media

Melly & Me present a fun and fabulous collection of personality-packed designs that will have readers sewing adorable toys in no time! Each of the brightly colored characters is a joy to sew for all abilities, making them the perfect gift for children or adults, or a trendy home accessory. Projects combine simple sewing techniques with funky fabrics, embellishments and color palettes to add zing and excitement to readers’ sewn toy creations. Easy to follow step by step instructions, quirky photography and full-size templates make this book a delightful gift as well as an irresistible addition to sewing collections.

Fast, Flirty and Fun: Easy Quilts from Fabulous Fabrics

Author: Sarah Bisel
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

For every beginner who’s eyed today’s fabrics and yearned to make an eye-catching quilt—this is the book! Novice and experienced quilters alike will find oodles of inspiration in the contemporary colors and fresh designs of these 11 exciting projects.

* Discover the secrets of color, value, and fabric selection for creating quilts with visual impact.
* Learn a variety of easy methods for cutting, piecing, and appliqué.
* Enjoy whimsical appliqué motifs that include a giant birthday cake, a bird, jumbo circles, and more.

Sewing with Oilcloth: 20 Patterns that Make Sewing with Oilcloth Easy, Fresh and Fun

Author: Kelli McCants
Publisher: Wiley

20 fresh patterns to sew a variety of fun and functional projects with oilcloth.

Sewing with Oilcloth covers sewing with the family of specialty fabrics collectively known as oilcloth. You’ll get easy-to-follow instructions, special tips and tricks needed to get the most out of these fabrics, the unique applications of each, and how to treat and care for the finished pieces.

From home goods to accessories, from baby gear to outdoor decor, you’ll find oilcloth sewing projects that unlock the potential of both traditional choices and new designer prints. You’ll follow along helpful, trouble-free instructions to sew oilcloth projects like a simple tablecloth, garden apron, farmer’s market tote, baby bib, and so much more.

Deploy That Fabric: 23 Sewing Projects Use Military Uniforms in Everyday Life

Author: Jen Eskridge
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Show your pride in our troops every day! All members of the Armed Forces have to buy multiple uniforms, some of which become decommissioned. Learn how to recycle these uniforms and blend in some cheerful, contemporary fabrics to create useful family treasures with one-of-a-kind style. Even if you don’t have a service member in your life, you can make these cool projects using camouflage fabrics or uniforms purchased from surplus stores.

Inspired to Sew

Author: Bari J. Ackerman
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Popular designer Bari J. brings her bright and feminine signature style to 15 new projects-ruffled quilts, a unique tunic and bag, plus sweet decorations and accessories for every room in the house. Readers will appreciate the book’s luscious photography, as well as Bari’s in-depth advice on fabric collage, free-motion stitching, machine applique, patchwork piecing, and simple garment techniques.

Sew Wild: Creating with Stitch and Mixed Media

Author: Alisa Burke
Publisher: Interweave Press

Sew Wild liberates you! Enjoy unlimited freedom to color, pattern, and customize your own fabric with fun, spectacular results. Get wild with printing, painting, drawing, stenciling, and other surface design methods and unique materials such as plastic bags, photographs, and cardboard. Dive into 12 simple sewing projects to make colorful, wearable, and hip designs, including a stunning wall quilt, adorable hats for kids or adults, a pretty wreath, cuff bracelets, and a modern ruffled apron.

Christmas Quilts from Hopscotch Warm and Cozy, Merry and Bright

Authors: Heather Willms, Elissa Willms
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Quilt the holidays folk-art style, cheery and bright, or both! You’ll find seven warm and primitive projects, seven colorful and contemporary.

* Make holiday tree skirts, Advent calendars, stockings, lap quilts, and patchwork balls.
* Find charming wintry motifs such as gingerbread men, a snowman, feather trees, and stars.
* Two collections in one! Flip over “Warm and Cozy” to find a second rendition of the projects, “Merry and Bright!”

Oliver + S Little Things to Sew: 20 Classic Accessories and Toys for Children

Author: Liesl Gibson
Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book

Home sewers love to dress the children in their lives in garments they have hand-crafted. No one understands this better than Liesl Gibson, who is both a mom and the founder of Oliver + S, a sewing pattern company known for its contemporary yet classically sensible kids’ designs, its precise, easy-to-follow instructions, and its charming paper doll-inspired packaging. In Oliver + S Little Things to Sew, you’ll find 20 accessories for children, such as a hat with bear ears, scarf, vest, tutu, art smock, backpack, and quilt– All impeccably photographed by Laurie Frankel. The book includes two full-size pattern sheets and, as an added bonus, two cardstock paper dolls that can be dressed with “clothing” cut from the book’s jacket– A little something extra to keep young ones occupied while grownups stitch new items for their wardrobes!


Made to Play!: Handmade Toys and Crafts for Growing Imaginations

Author: Joel Henriques
Publisher: Shambahla Publications

Delight young children and encourage play through unique handmade toys. From sewn and stuffed musical instruments to interlocking paper building blocks and wooden animal figurines, the projects in this book are meant to encourage open-ended play. Organized by kid-loving subjects, the toys here follow the themes of Zoo; House; Blocks, Cars & Trucks; Dress-Up; Music; and Art. Overall, the projects here are meant to stimulate imagination, build confidence through success and enjoyment, and enhance the bond between family and friends through the creation of unique, artistic handmade toys and crafts.

Sewing in a Straight Line: Quick and Crafty Projects You Can Make by Simply Sewing Straight (US Winners Only)

Author: Brett Bara
Publisher: Potter Craft

Create an entire world of sophisticated projects using one simple skill. Absolutely anyone can sew in a straight line. And with this one skill and some basic guidance, television host and crafty expert Brett Bara demonstrates how you can make custom home decor, stylish fashions, and one-of-a-kind gifts.

Sewing in a Straight Line is a step-by-step guide to creating 28 deceptively simple projects that look like they came from a chic boutique- far more impressive than you would expect for such little effort! These easy-to-make items offer quick gratification that even the busiest among us will appreciate. From a flirty two-hour miniskirt to the cutest plush toys, many of the projects take only a spare afternoon.

Take 5: Quilts from Just 5 Fabrics

Author: Kathy Brown
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Quilters everywhere love Take 5 patterns from The Teacher’s Pet, and this book is packed with them! Simply take five minutes to choose five fabrics (one focus fabric plus four coordinating fabrics), stack them, cut them simultaneously, and you’re ready to sew! It’s the relax-and-have-fun way to create visually stunning quilts.

* Choose from 15 designs that look intricate but are very simple to construct– Excellent for beginners.
* Take the stress out of selecting fabrics with Kathy’s straightforward approach.
* Create a lap-sized quilt this weekend– Experienced quilters can finish in a day.

The Burdastyle Sewing Handbook (US Winners Only)

Author: Nora Abousteit, Alison Kelly, BurdaStyle
Publisher: Potter Craft

The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook is the most comprehensive, hip and creative guide to learning to sew clothes with style. With more than 430,000 members around the world, BurdaStyle is the largest online community of sewing enthusiasts, fashion designers and DIYers. In their first book, BurdaStyle celebrates this vibrant, global community as they teach readers everything they need to know to design and sew an entire wardrobe of fashion-forward looks using the five fully customizable sewing patterns enclosed with the book. Filled with gorgeous photography, step-by-step instruction and contributions by 78 designers from 22 countries, The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook will be the go-to guide for every fashion sewer.

Stash Happy: Felt: 30 Fun Projects for Felt (and Fabric) Lovers

Author: Amanda Carestio
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Lark’s new Stash Happy series is the cure for the common crafter’s dilemma: what to do with all those scraps and leftover materials!

The 30 fun projects in Stash Happy: Felt feature practical items (a fall-inspired tea cozy), cute accessories (a stylish retro-inspired clutch), unique home décor and holiday crafts (a felt flower bouquet), and adorable kid stuff (a repurposed wool bear cub hat). Everything you need is here, including illustrations, templates, and helpful hints from the designers.

Fig Tree Quilts: Fresh Vintage Sewing

Author: Joanna Figueroa
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Bring fresh vintage style to your home with five great quilts and a basketful of unique projects ranging from adorable pin cushions and charming aprons to pillows and journal covers.

All feature Fig Tree Quilts’ signature palette of warm, inviting tones.

See how easy it is to personalize each project with the creative use of embellishments such as beads, ribbons, and bows.

For wedding showers, birthdays, or special sewing buddies, you’ll have the perfect gift every time.

Contemporary Irish Knits

Author: Carol Feller
Publisher: Wiley

Celebrate the Irish countryside and create one-of-a-kind knitted projects. The patterns found in Contemporary Irish Knits showcase traditional Aran knitting patterns to create the more fitted and flattering shapes that modern knitters prefer. You’ll get 18 patterns for making one-of-a-kind Irish knits, encapsulating projects for women’s, children, and men’s wardrobe pieces, and accessories like bags, blankets, and shawls. Plus, you’ll get easy-to-follow instructions and guidance on how to construct and enhance your knitting experience to make for a more intuitively put-together knitted item.

Modern Log Cabin Quilting: 25 Simple Quilts and Patchwork Projects (US Winners Only)

Author: Susan Beal
Publisher: Potter Craft

If you think quilting is too difficult or too complicated, you’re not alone. Cutting hundreds of pieces and joining angled seams can be tough work! But log cabin quilting, an artful and simple way to piece strips of fabric around a central square, is different. From the intuitive construction through the straight-line stitching, this style of quilting is simple as can be.

In Modern Log Cabin Quilting, Susan Beal outlines the entire process from start to finish, including basic quilting how-to as well as extensive design, fabric, and embellishment information. Since all log cabin designs follow the same formula, once you master straight lines and right angles, any of the 25 projects in this book are possible. From stash-friendly designs like the Charming Camera Case to more ambitious undertakings like the Vintage Linens Quilt, there’s sure to be a project that will get you into (or bring you back to) quilting!

Bloom Creek Quilts

Author: Vicki Bellino
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

Vicki Bellino, the creator of Bloom Creek patterns, presents 14 of her top-selling designs! Combine traditional patchwork with delightful appliqué shapes in projects ranging from wall hangings to bed-sized quilts–plus a great tote bag and pillow.

* Use precuts; many projects are perfect for convenient 5″ squares, 2 1/2″ strips, and fat quarters.
* Enjoy popular designs featuring fresh, new fabrics for a completely updated look.
* Find something for everyone–quilts are easy enough for beginners and appealing enough for advanced quilters.

The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder through the Seasons

Author: Amanda Blake Soule
Publisher: Shambahla Publications

Many of us with busy families yearn for a slower and simpler life with our kids— One that is connected to the seasons and the natural rhythm of the year, one that has our children spending more time out of doors rather than in, one that balances out some of the busyness of our lives— the computers, the televisions, the cell phones— with a deeper connection to the Earth and an appreciation for and understanding of the natural world. The Rhythm of Family is a guide to living such a life for any family.

Following the course of a year through the passing of the seasons, this book explores the ways we can create deep family connections and meaningful memories through living in tune with the cycles of nature. From stomping around in mud boots in the spring to gathering around the wood stove in winter, our activities naturally change from season to season— From the rhythms of the seasons comes the rhythms in our homes, our hearts, our families, and our every day.

For the Love of Hand Stitching with Jan Constantine

Author: Jan Constantine
Publisher: C&T Publishing

* 21 signature applique & embroidery designs from popular designer, Jan Constantine.
* Learn basic applique techniques as well as a range of easy-to-master embroidery stitches.
* Jan’s bold and playful imagery will complement any home.

In this collection of projects, Jan features an inspiring mix of style-romance, nostalgia, patriotism, and celebration. Update your home with elegant new colors and chic accents. Choose from pillows, a quilt, a throw, place mats… Even aprons and totes too!

Sweet Confections: Beautiful Candy to Make at Home

Author: Nina Wanat
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Sweet Confections: Beautiful Candy to Make at Home gives us the opportunity to make our favorite candies (plus new concoctions) right at home! Candy making can be a little trickier than making cookies, but many of the recipes have just a few ingredients and are fairly simple, as long as you own a candy thermometer! Sweet Confections is filled not only with real candy recipes, but tons of eye candy as well!

The author refers to candy as being “the most gem-like of foods” with its jewel-toned colors and the absolutely gorgeous photography by the very talented couple from the White on Rice Couple blog does so well at featuring each glorious piece. In case you are new to creating your own candies, there are step-by-step photos that teach how to temper chocolate, dipping and rolling candies, and how to correctly cook sugar.

The Knitter’s Life List: To Do, To Know, To Explore, To Make

Author: Gwen Steege
Publisher: Storey Books

Knit a traditional gansey sweater with indigo yarn. Tour a spinning mill. Discover five ways to cast on for socks. Use steeking to make a tube into a cardigan. The Knitter’s Life List is a richly illustrated compilation of more than 1000 experiences and adventures that knitters won’t want to miss. You’ll find unusual yarns to work with, classic techniques to master, time-honored patterns to try, innovative designers to know about, museums around the world to see, books to read, festivals and retreats to visit, and much more. Check off each item as you complete it, and move on to the next; you’ll find more than enough knitting adventures to fill a lifetime!

The New Handmade Simple Sewing for Contemporary Style

Author: Cassie Barden
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

In an age of mass-produced fashion, express your individual style! Create handmade projects for your wardrobe and home with only a small time commitment and basic sewing skills. Now you can make fun, useful accessories and gifts with the contemporary fabrics you love.

* Choose from totes and bags, cases and covers, fashion accents, and home decor projects.
* Learn techniques you’ll use again and again, such as installing zippers, using fusible appliqué, and basic machine quilting.
* Mix and match the elements to make each design a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
* It’s fresh. It’s unique. It’s handmade!

The Green Bag Lady has given away over 18,000 free shopping bags! She has a great super-simple pattern to make your own gift bags in this PDF. This week in our Handmade Holidays series Teresa is giving away a set of 12 fabric holiday gift bags to TWO lucky winners!

Prize value: Saving the planet…priceless! ($36/set)

Slightly Biased is a store of unique, handmade bias tapes and quilt bindings made from 100% cotton designer fabric. This week you can win a $30 gift certificate to Slightly Biased to pick out lots of beautiful bias tape in your favorite fabrics!

Gramma’s Linen Closet creates upcycled clothing and accessories from vintage and repurposed textiles. They want to make sure gorgeous vintage clothing and linens don’t stay buried in a trunk or closet! They specialize in custom work using treasured items from your past. This week you can win an upcycled tote from Gramma’s Linen Closet, made from a unfinished quilt top. It’s fully lined, and has an interior pocket. Prize value: $35.

Deux Petites Souris (a.k.a. two little mice) is Cinzia’s shop, a self-taught sewer and designer who likes to create beautiful and useful items with her sewing machine like aprons, bookwraps, bags and– most of all– quilts with a modern edge! She is also a sewing instructor for beginner and experienced sewers. This week Cinzia is giving away a Mini-Quilt Bookwrap in our Handmade Holidays series. She writes, “A great way to keep your favorite novel protected as you toss it into your bag. This book wrap features a handy slot to keep your book from slipping out as well as a built-in bookmark. Book wrap stays attached as you read. Just re-wrap and tie when you’re done. Adjusts to fit any size paperback novel! Makes a great hostess gift, or a gift for booklovers and teens.” Prize value: $25

Visit the Deux Petites Souris blog and shop for more from Cinzia!