We’re doing it again! Another week of Handmade Holidays, and other week of incredible prizes. Comment on each post this week to win!

Thanks to the publishing companies, shops and artists who make our Handmade Holidays prizes possible: STC Craft, Martingale & Company, Wiley, Shambhala Publications, Potter Craft, C&T Publishing, Storey Publishing, F+W Media, Interweave, Lark Crafts, Stash Books, 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.

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 Serendipity Bags: Fresh & Pretty Projects to Sew and Love (US Winners Only)

Author: Kay Whitt
Publisher: Krause Publications

Take your pick of styles:
With full instructions for twelve bags- and with a few clever variations thrown in- there are plenty of designs to choose from (20 total projects)! Pick a handbag that is sweet, sleek, or funky. Or check out some of the other great designs: a flirty little backpack, the perfect lunch bag, convenient shopping bags and handy task-oriented bags (whether that task involves a laptop, gym clothes, or diapers). Each design is easy to adapt to your style.

The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the Modern Seamstress (US Winners Only)

Author: Sarai Mitnick
Publisher: Krause Publications

A great plan, a great pattern, a great fit, a great fabric, and a great finish: These are the five fundamentals for perfecting any sewing project. Sarai Mitnick, an independent pattern designer setting the high water mark in the industry, shares her knowledge of these fundamentals and offers five beautiful projects to go with them.

* Powerful instruction: A former expert in user experience in the tech industry, Sarai Mitnick’s Colette Patterns line has gained a great deal of respect for comprehensive, clear instruction.
* Comprehensive resource: The chapters cover sewing techniques, planning and fitting, working with patterns, working with fabrics, working with linings, finishing techniques? In essence, each chapter focuses on what the entirety of another book might cover.
* Gorgeous package: Pitch-perfect combination of illustration, step-by-step photography and beautiful project shots, all with a clean, lovely design.

Simple Modern Sewing: 8 Basic Patterns to Create 25 Favorite Garments

Author: Shufu-to-Seikatsusha
Publisher: Interweave Press

Make a closetful of comfortable and easy go-to garments without needing tons of patterns. You need just the eight included basic templates which show you how to fold and cut for each of the 25 unique designs. The patterns are easy and adaptable with no-fuss sizing, so it’s simple to sew clothes that are perfect for you. If you’re a beginner sewer you’ll love the basic shapes and stylish results. Once you’ve mastered the patterns you can get creative and make each piece your own by using a variety of fabrics, or by adding fashionable embellishments like a print lining or contrast-stitching.

Modern Basics: Easy Quilts to Fit Your Budget, Space, and Style

Author: Amy Ellis
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Love the idea of quilting but limited by time and resources? Oh, and the fact that you barely know how to sew? Here’s the answer! With bright, modern prints and simple patterns, Amy Ellis eases new quilters into a lifelong creative adventure. Simple instructions guide you at every step, from cutting and piecing to finishing your fabulous first quilt.

* Choose from 14 striking designs; each is made from just one block.
* Create beautiful blocks that showcase fun, contemporary fabrics.
* Find great tips for squeezing creativity into your busy life.

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.”

Countdown Calendars: 24 Stitched Projects to Celebrate Any Date

Author: C&T Publishing’s Design Collective
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Count down creatively – any season, any reason!

* 24 projects to anticipate and celebrate your favorite special events.
* Make one for Christmas, Chanukah, the first day of school, a new baby, and many more occasions.
* Learn innovative sewing and embellishing techniques using Lutradur, felt, and ribbon.
* Includes a few no-sew projects that you can make in just a couple hours.

Make Your Bed: Quilted Bed Runners, Pillows, and More to Suit Your Style

Author: Leslee Evans
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Discover nine gorgeous sets of bed runners with coordinating projects such as pillows, shams, and embellished sheets. Specially designed to drape across the foot of the bed, each stunning bed runner offers a quick and beautiful way to decorate.

* Includes many two-sided designs for added versatility– Change the look of a bedroom with the simple flip of a quilt.
* Offers a variety of sets to suit your mood: sassy, serene, playful, elegant, charming, and more.
* Inspires quilters to experiment with new ideas and techniques on smaller projects.

Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts

Author: Cathy Gaubert
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Welcome to Pretty in Patchwork, a fresh new series that explores the sweet spot where sewing and quilting come together. Doll quilts are the perfect little package to start the fun: they’re pretty, miniature, and a wonderful canvas for experimentation and skill building. Twenty top online designers, led by Cathy Gaubert, contribute an adorable array of patterns that use applique, piecing, embroidery, and more. A brief basics section, photos of vintage doll quilts, and instructions for adorable extras (like matching doll’s clothes), round out this appealing volume.

Sew Up a Home Makeover: 50 Simple Sewing Projects to Transform Your Space

Author: Lexie Barnes
Publisher: Storey Books

Want to bring a new look to a tired room without spending a fortune? Designer Lexie Barnes shows you how to personalize your living space in just a few hours, with 50 fresh, fun, pattern-free sewing projects. Transform a living room with a custom-designed slipcover and coordinated pillows. Redecorate a bedroom in a weekend by sewing up a headboard cover, a lampshade, and matching window treatments. Learn how easy and inexpensive it can be to change the look of a child’s room as she grows from a baby to a kid to a teenager. With dramatic before-and-after examples, beautifully styled photography, and a fun “you-can-do-it” attitude, Sew Up a Home Makeover is a creative resource that you’ll return to every time you’re ready for a new look.

The Best of Quilting Arts: Your Ultimate Resource for Art Quilt Techniques and Inspiration

Author: Pokey Bolton
Publisher: Interweave Press

Celebrate the first 10 years of the groundbreaking Quilting Arts magazine with The Best of Quilting Arts, a collection of the best articles, projects, and techniques.

Pokey Bolton, founder of Quilting Arts magazine, has compiled the most popular articles that have inspired quilters and artists alike to move beyond the basics of art quilting and re-explore machine and hand stitching, fabric embellishment, surface design, and more.

Quilting Arts 2012 Calendar

Publisher: Interweave Press

Are you a doting pet owner who carries images of your Labrador or Maine Coon cat on your cell phone? Do you dream of showcasing your pet’s tricks on television? Or perhaps you’d rather let out your wilder side by someday going gorilla tracking to commune with a silverback. Wild, tame, or somewhere in between, no doubt animals have had a profound impact on our lives.

And since the animals we love are as varied as the people who love them, we are pleased to share a year’s worth of inspired quilt art celebrating the wonderful animal kingdom.

We asked readers to create a 12″x 12″ embellished art quilt on the theme of “Feeling Pet-ty,” using stitch, surface design, fiber, and embellishments. Enjoy all 13 beautiful winning entries. Our calendar also features a listing of national quilt shows and events.

Quilting Arts Gifts, 2011/2012

Publisher: Interweave Press

Quilting Arts Gifts 2011/2012, a whopping 144-page issue, is full of seasonal projects and fabulous gift ideas!

Quilting Arts Gifts is a special issue of Quilting Arts Magazine devoted to the art of gift-giving. The Holiday 2011/2012 issue is packed with inspiration!

Inside you’ll find more than 20 seasonal projects and fabulous gift ideas, such as smartphone covers, fabric bracelets, and gift card wallets. This issue also includes a Make it Quick! section, as well as sections including Holiday Décor, Ornaments, Artful Giving, and Recipes.

Simple Graces: Charming Quilts and Companion Projects

Author: Kim Diehl
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Favorite author Kim Diehl is back with an all-new collection of distinctive pieced and appliquéd designs! These eight quilts are each accompanied by at least one additional companion project, such as a lampshade, tea towel, pincushion, or pillowcase, for a total of more than 20 projects.

* Discover endless creative possibilities; numerous tips and ideas for even more projects appear throughout the book.
* Enjoy Kim’s warm style and learn from her outstanding ability to mix prints and colors.
* Embellish with buttons and yo-yos; dabble in wool appliqué.

Sewn by Hand: Two Dozen Projects Stitched with Needle & Thread

Author: Susan Wasinger
Publisher: Lark Books

Part nostalgia, part modern “slow movement,” Sewn By Hand celebrates the gentle comforts of creating pieces the old-fashioned way.

This contemporary collection allows stitchers to be eco-friendly and mobile.

With 20 items ranging from fashionable pillows and patched jeans to useful pincushions, sewers will produce gorgeous results even as they experience the simple joys of traditional stitching.

Tilda’s Studio: Over 50 Fresh Projects for You, Your Home and Loved Ones

Author: Tone Finnanger
Publisher: F + W Media

A gorgeous collection of over 50 projects inspired by Tilda’s studio.

* Choose from a stunning variety of designs for yourself and your home, including bags, accessories, clothing, decorations, gifts and soft toys.
* The colour palette used includes beautiful shades of lavender, pink, teal, turquoise, green and blue.
* Easy-to-follow instructions, gorgeous colour photos and delightful illustrations accompany each project.

Spotlight on Neutrals Quilts and More for Any Decor

Author: Pat Wys
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

If you think neutral fabrics are only for backgrounds and blending, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. See what can happen when sophisticated taupes, warm browns, rich creams, and contemporary grays take center stage.

* Enjoy elegant pieced and appliquéd designs that redefine “neutrals” and open up new possibilities for black, white, gray, beige, and more.
* Choose from 12 projects with timeless appeal, including quilts, pillows, a square table topper, and a mantel scarf.
* Create stash-busting scrappy projects that can be used year-round, work in any home and with all decors, and make ideal gifts.

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.

The New Crewel: Exquisite Designs in Contemporary Embroidery

Author: Katherine Shaughnessy
Publisher: Lark Books

One look at these pages and you know this is not your grandmother’s crewel, but a hip, contemporary update that will have everyone reaching for a needle and thread.

And these projects are easy, too, because crewel has no counting, no grids, and no cross-stitch–just beautiful free-form embroidery. Dive right in, guided by a basics chapter that explains how to do the different stitches, ranging from French knots to laid filling. Novices will swiftly move on to the 30 practice designs, all accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams, and a dozen lovely projects. Make a card or keepsake scrapbook embellished with stitched motifs, colorful totes, table runners, and an elegant tryptich.

Everyday Handmade: 22 Practical Projects for the Modern Sewist

Author: Cassie Barden
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

Cassie Barden, author of the best-selling The New Handmade, and talented designer Adrienne Smitke, present an exciting new array of designs for the modern sewist. Discover creative, stylish, and above all, practical projects by young designers who really know how to sew.

* Find 22 enticing ideas for bags and accessories, items for travel, and home decor; a terrific value.
* Learn a variety of ways to personalize and embellish.
* Follow clear, step-by-step instructions to create beautiful projects you’ll appreciate for both their utility and style.

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!

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.

Civil War Sewing Circle, The Quilts and Sewing Accessories Inspired by the Era

Author: Kathleen Tracy
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Kathleen Tracy, popular author of Prairie Children and Their Quilts and Remembering Adelia, has outdone herself with this combination of lovely projects and fascinating historical tidbits. Patterned after quilts made during the Civil War era, this collection is ideal for nineteenth-century reproduction fabrics.

* Choose from 16 easy projects, including large and small quilts, plus a pincushion, sewing box, and needle case.
* Learn how women’s efforts during the Civil War era led to increased civil and political involvement among women.
* See historical photos and read eloquent excerpts from letters written to and from soldiers during the Civil War.

Mister & Mouse bags are made with designer-quality fabrics and lots of love. Fabrics are carefully selected to give every individual bag its own character, so fabric pairings are almost always one-of-a-kind. In salute to history and pop culture trivia, each bag is named after an event that took place on the day the bag was completed.

This week you can win a Mister & Mouse bag of your choice! (Prize Value: $48)


KSC Designs (Knit, Stitch, Click!) is the result of owner Dani Miller’s need to have anything and everything organized. Her shop is full of meticulously handmade rolls, bags and cases, perfect for knitting needles, jewelry, makeup or artist brushes and more. Have something particular you need a case for? Custom orders are always welcome! This week you could win an item of your choice from KSC Designs! (Prize Value: $35-$55)

This week you can win three PDF sewing patterns from Dolls And Daydreams: the Mary Antoinette Dress Up Doll, Owl Softie and Easy Boy Doll PDF Sewing Patterns. (Total Prize Value: $33.99)

Sarah writes, “Doll & Softie PDF sewing pattern delights for you and your kiddiewinks alike! Each pattern comes with a detailed photo and instructional tutorial so that even beginners can easily follow along with me as we sew up our dollies together! My name’s Sarah, I design and make softie and doll sewing patterns suitable for beginners which are safe for children of all ages. All my softies are made from a mix of fabric, predominantly wool felt and cotton. You can find out more about me and step inside my doll studio at both my blog and on Facebook.