Here’s our amazing selection of giveaways for Week #3 in our Handmade Holidays extravaganza! Are you having fun?! 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.

Craft Activism (US Winners Only)

Author: Joan Tapper & Gale Zucker
Publisher: Potter Craft

Join the Handmade Movement! We make to give. We make to share. We make to connect with others. Crafters all over the world are using their hands and hearts to make a statement, change the world, and build community.

Craft Activism is an inspiring celebration of this growing movement. Inside, dozens of superstars of this grassroots phenomenon share their experiences, tips, and advice on living, teaching, and promoting a more meaningful DIY lifestyle. Learn to craft for your cause, connect with other crafters, think green, organize a fair, host an online exchange, create yarn graffiti, and more.

Sweetwater’s Simple Home: Sew Something Handmade for Every Room • 35 Projects

Authors: Karla Eisenach, Lisa Burnett, Susan Kendrick
Publisher: C & T Publishing

Make every room in your house feel more like home

* 35 beginner-friendly projects, including quilts, pillows, table linens, and accessories– Many can be made in a day or less.
* Fresh, modern ideas for making things pretty and practical.
* Bring Sweetwater’s popular signature style to all your sewing and craft projects.
* Learn simple, creative techniques for decorating with appliqué, stenciling, stamping, and embroidery.

Sew to Swap: Quilting Projects to Exchange Online and by Mail (US Winners Only)

Author: Chrissie Grace
Publisher: Krause Publications

Gather a group of quilting friends and start trading fabric, quilt blocks and full projects for the ultimate community sewing activity! From fabric to block to project exchanges, Chrissie Grace and her team of all-star contributors show you the best way to organize and run your very own swap while making 12 beautiful projects. Whether you form your group in person or virtually online, you’ll love the excitement of giving and receiving handmade items.

Share your love of quilting with the sewers in your community. It’s simple-just connect, sew and start swapping!

Stitch Magazine Prize Package

Publisher: Interweave

This Stitch Magazine Prize Package includes the Winter 2011 issue and a DVD– Sewing Tips and Tricks with Tricia Waddell. It also includes International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene magazine (October 2011)!

Inspired by Tradition: 50 Appliqué Blocks in 5 Sizes

Author: Kay Mackenzie
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Quilters can’t get enough of Kay Mackenzie’s appliqué designs. In this elegant follow-up to Easy Appliqué Blocks, she presents 50 all-new designs with traditional appeal, such as Whig Rose, Pineapple, and Fleur-de-lis. The bonus CD features each block in five sizes, from 6″ to 12″. No need to enlarge–just print the size you need.

* See a color photo of each block design stitched in fabric, plus a line drawing for tracing.
* Find all designs on the CD both regular and reversed for hand or fusible appliqué.
* Discover Kay’s tips for enjoyable hand and fusible machine appliqué.

Natural Patchwork: 26 Stylish Projects Inspired by Flowers, Fabric & Home

Author: Suzuko Koseki
Publisher: Roost Books

Whether you are at home or out enjoying a walk on a wooded path, you can add a touch of color and comfort to your daily routines with one or more of the twenty-six projects featured here. By using the patchwork placemats to enliven your dining experience or by taking the hexagon patchwork bag on a picnic in a meadow, you never have to stray too far from the comfort of patchwork. The simple and traditional patchwork styles used in this book are paired with retro fabrics and contemporary designs to create everyday items.

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.

It’s a Wrap: Sewing Fabric Purses, Baskets, and Bowls

Author: Susan Breier
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Wind, wrap, and sew fabric strips into fantastic containers! Start with a plate shape to learn the technique. Then experiment with four basic container styles to create round, oval, square, and other shapes.

* Create purses, baskets, and bowls in an endless variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.
* Simply wrap fabric strips around cotton clothesline, coil into the desired shape, and secure with machine stitching.
* Special sections on lids, handles, and embellishments offer unlimited options for your own variations.

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.

Fabric-By-Fabric One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects

Authors: Rebecca Yaker, Patricia Hoskins
Publisher: Storey Publishing

The best-selling authors of One-Yard Wonders are back with another all-new amazing collection of 101 sewing projects. Responding to the increasingly diverse range of fabric weights and types now available, Fabricby-Fabric One-Yard Wonders is organized by fabric type. From home dec to knits, wool to flannels, corduroy to cottons, these patterns show how to make the most of each fabric’s unique characteristics.

Simple Style Easy Weekend Quilts

Author: Sara Diepersloot
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Show off your fabrics in big-piece quilts! Easy enough for beginners, intriguing enough for seasoned quilters, these designs will put your fabrics on center stage. Find over 15 great patterns for theme prints, Asian prints, batiks, pastels, and more.

Quick and easy, these quilts are perfect for retreats. Most projects are made from squares, strips, or rectangles, and a few feature large triangles just for fun. Piece one (or two) this weekend!

For each quilt, it has a list of materials, a cutting chart, easy strip piecing instructions, layouts, and color illustrated instructions from start to finish. This title also covers all of the quilting basics, such as adding borders, binding, and so on.

Weekend Handmade: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Crafting

Author: Kelly Wilkinson
Publisher: Abrams/STC Craft

In Weekend Handmade, author Kelly Wilkinson encourages readers to celebrate the joy of crafting, both for the satisfaction of making something by hand, and because the finished items serve as reminders of time taken to slow down and create, no matter the day of the week.

The book is organized into three sections: Make offers projects to wear or decorate with; Grow presents projects inspired by gardens, fields, and farmer’s markets; and Gather spotlights projects that enrich casual get-togethers.

The Sewing Machine Classroom: Learn the Ins & Outs of Your Machine (US Winners Only)

Author: Charlene Phillips
Publisher: Krause Publications

Join author Charlene Phillips as you learn all about your new best friend—your sewing machine!

From fabric to feet to finished product, you’ll be guided through techniques for mastering your machine and using it to perform basic to advanced stitching tasks.

Whether you’ve been sewing for years or just gotten the itch, you’ll find invaluable information inside for using your sewing machine to its maximum potential.

The Busy Girl’s Guide to Sewing: Unlock Your Inner Sewing Goddess: Projects, Advice and Inspiration for a Creative Lifestyle (US Winners Only)

Authors: Carrie McLennan , Clare Nicolson , Suzanne Smith
Publisher: F + W Media

This title is designed for crafters who find there is never enough time in the day – which is most of them! The fun, quirkily styled projects can be completed in a day, or spaced over a few weekends, so crafters can have the satisfaction of finishing, as well as starting, projects. This title is written by a truly busy gal with bags of personality and experience, as she learns to sew and discovers how to fit it into her lifestyle. It includes advice on sourcing fabric, upcycling, blogging, joining online communities and more for the ultimate experience for busy girls who sew.

Sewing Pottery by Machine

Author: Barbara Warholic
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Shaped like pottery but supple like fabric, each project is a visual and tactile treat! Learn the simple technique of wrapping fabric strips around cording to make coiled pots. Then take your skills to the next level and make traditional pottery shapes: vases, urns, jugs, and more.

* Join pieces to create pots with necks, rims, handles, and even a teapot spout
* Choose from seven projects and explore a gorgeous gallery for additional ideas
* Put your fabric stash to use and sew something spectacular

Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year

Author: Marie LeBaron
Publisher: Wiley

Highlighting the best of each month of the year, Make and Takes for Kids offers 50 projects to make with kids, each centered around an upcoming holiday or season. The ideas are unique and simple to produce, and each project is thoughtfully constructed and designed to create an ideal environment and setting for crafting. Each craft requires little preparation, few supplies, and almost everything can be readily found at home or at a local craft supply store.

Urban Country: Quilts 15 Projects for the Home

Authors: Shelley Wicks, Jeanne Large
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks, authors of the best-selling ‘Tis the Season, won many fans with their chunky, funky appliqué projects. Now you’ll be thrilled to find quilts and other comforts in the same cozy style for decorating all year long!

* Appealing designs with floral themes are a little bit country with a dash of contemporary flair.
* Fifteen simple projects include wall hangings, framed appliqués, lap quilts, assorted pillows, a table topper, and a bed quilt.
* Easy fusible appliqué makes for quick work on both cotton and wool projects.

The Bust DIY Guide to Life: Making Your Way Through Every Day

Authors: Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel
Publisher: Abrams, STC Craft

Whether it’s sewing clothes, making cheese, or growing a garden, the modern appeal of “do-it-yourself” projects has a broader reach than ever.

And who better to teach us how to DIY our lives than the über-crafty editors of BUST, the quirky, raw, and real magazine “for women who have something to get off their chests”?

In The BUST DIY Guide to Life, magazine founders Debbie Stoller (of Stitch ’n Bitch fame) and Laurie Henzel have culled more than 250 of the best DIY and craft projects from its 15-year history.

At Home with Handmade Books: 28 Extraordinary Bookbinding Projects Made from Ordinary and Repurposed Materials

Author: Erin Zamrzla
Publisher: Roost Books

The handmade books presented here offer creative ways for you to explore your personal styles and interests: Create a record of this year’s garden with a book made out of seed packets. Collect your favorite recipes under the protective cover of a plastic cutting mat. Make simple memo pads out of recycle bin scraps. In this collection of twenty-eight Japanese bookbinding projects, traditional techniques meet contemporary style, from easy-to-fold accordion books to the intricate and interesting Japanese stab-stitch bindings.

Sew Decorative Quick and Easy Home Accents from Sew News

Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Decorate your living space with warmth and charm! From Sew News–the trusted sewing source–discover 24 inspiring projects that can be easily adapted to suit any decor. Create everything from cozy pillows, place mats, and pot holders to clever curtains and lampshades.

* Techniques include pleating, gathering, boxing corners, adding trims, using decorative built-in machine stitches, and embroidery by machine.
* “Home-Sewing Specifications” section provides a sewing glossary plus basic info about French seams, embroidery stitches, and more.
* Skill levels range from beginner to advanced, providing something for everyone.

Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials Into New Family Treasures

Author: Amanda Blake Soule
Publisher: Roost Books

For many of us, our home is the center of our life. It is the place where our families meet and mingle, where we share our meals and share our dreams. So much more than just a space to live, our homes offer us a place of comfort, nourishment, and love for us and for our children.

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

Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations (US Winners Only)

Authors: Editors of Martha Stewart Living
Publisher: Potter Craft

Join Martha Stewart for a celebration of handcrafted holidays all year-round!

Let Martha inspire your creativity with the most beautiful crafts. The 225 handmade projects include cards and greetings, decorations, gifts and gift wrapping, tabletop accents, party favors, and kids’ crafts, as well as more holiday-specific activities, such as egg-dyeing, pumpkin carving, and tree trimming. Each idea is sure to make the holidays more festive and memorable.

Strip-Smart Quilts 16 Designs from One Easy Technique

Author: Kathy Brown
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Discover 16 stunning quilts that are easy enough for anyone to make. Just stitch strip sets and cut them using the Creative Grids 90° Double-Strip Ruler (or another right-angle triangle ruler with appropriate markings) to create each mesmerizing design.

* Presents a super-easy triangle technique from the popular author of Take 5.
* Provides options–quilters can start with precut strips, fat quarters, or yardage.
* Makes it possible to create either scrappy quilts or designs with a more controlled loo.

Win a Loopy Lulu Bag from That Clever Clementine, Retail value: $25. The bag is fully lined and reversible, featuring a fun, retro print.

Vicki writes, “My Loopy Lulu Bags were designed primarily for knitters to use as a work-in-progress bag, but people tell me they use their bags to tote library books, their kids’ gizmos, and all manner of thingamajigs. I hope you will enjoy this figment (I mean ‘product’) of my imagination!… As a lifelong sewist/knitter/crafter/feltmaker, I am deeply immersed in color and texture. My tastes are eclectic– I’ve always been inspired by vintage and ethnic textiles, but am equally smitten with cutting-edge contemporary design. From the whimsical and amusing to the ‘sensible and clever,’ I love combining new and repurposed materials in new (and quite possibly eccentric) ways!” Visit Vicki on her blog and the That Clever Clementine shop.

Tamera from Peanut Envy writes, “I create handmade plush Matryoshka keepsake dolls for children to play with and cherish.” This week you can win a $25 gift certificate to Peanut Envy, which you can use towards a Matryoshka Plush Doll like Helga here!

Visit Tamera’s Facebook page, for coupon codes and other deals. You can also find more on her I Dare Say blog.

This week you can win a copy of the Versatile Messenger Bag PDF pattern from Candied Fabrics, along with all the hardware and hand dyed canvas you’ll need to make one! The winner will choose colors from these palettes. Retail value: $60.

Candy writes, “I am addicted to color! I dye fabric so I can have just the hue and texture I want, and then I use it to make art quilts and ‘everyday art.’ I’m an avid blogger and I’ve had several publications in art quilting magazines. These publishing opportunities have led to me filming 4 episodes of the PBS show Quilting Arts TV (703, 709, 901 and 903). I also have a DVD workshop just released by Interweave titled Dyeing to Stitch.”