Once again we have a huge assortment of fantastic prizes in our Handmade Holidays series! Visit and comment each day in November for a chance to win one of these prizes, and be sure to add favorites to your holiday wish list.Thanks to all of the publishers who generously contributed Handmade Holidays prizes this year: Martingale & Company, Shambhala Publications + Roost Books, Potter Craft, C&T Publishing, Storey Publishing and Landauer Publishing.

Thanks, also, to the many shops and artists participating in our 6th Annual Handmade Holidays series; they’re giving away big gift certificates and beautiful, handcrafted items! Visit and shop at Intertwined, Inventive Denim, mrs ptb makes, Artisan in the Woods, Designs in Machine Embroidery, CraftyStaci, Handmade by KP, FallingForPieces, Fun Little Things, Mrs. Crafty Pants Designs, RebeccaMaeDesigns, Red Marionette, Georgia Leigh Designs, Dish It Out, Muse of the Morning and Ex Libris Handmade.

Pixel Play: 15 Quilt Projects for Kids, Family & Home (US Winners Only)

Author: Emily Cier
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Pixelate your patchwork by piecing together fabric strips in a new way. Pixelated imagery is part of our pop culture—Emily Cier helps you bring it to your family with her cheerful quilt designs using your favorite solids. Use this unique style of strip piecing to make pictures of friendly fish, dastardly pirates, and beautiful butterflies much more fun! Kids of all ages (grown-ups too) will love these quilts for the crib, the bed, or just for snuggling. Includes cutting guides and Kona color charts.

In the Studio with Angela Walters: Machine-Quilting Design Concepts Add Movement, Contrast, Depth & More (US Winners Only)

Author: Angela Walters
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Take your quilt tops to the next level! Learn how to use quilting designs to tell a story, highlight the piecing, or achieve unique effects such as an illusion of depth. Angela Walter’s machine-quilting strategies add dimension and distinction to any quilt. You get ten great projects plus creative machine quilting techniques together in one book. Each chapter features a design concept and technique that’s tailored to a specific project. Quilting is a lot like handwriting or doodling… So take what you learn about these special quilting effects and make it your own… Bring new life to all your work!

Angelique from mrs ptb makes is giving away a Chevron Clutch with a coordinating Business Card/Credit Card Wallet. (Prize value: $55) You can see the full line of mrs ptb makes bags and wallets here, and be sure to check out her additional items including fun things for baby, camera strap covers and more.

Angelique learned to sew when she was eight and then jumped back in as a new mom. The winter hats she made for her son and his new baby cousin were well-loved. She writes, “The hat! The dinosaur hat became a hit. Everyone wanted one, so the shop was officially open for business. My family and friends are my inspiration. Everything in the shop was originally made for someone I adore. I studied graphic design, and still very happily work in that field, but there is something so special to me about making a special gift for someone to love.”

Little Stitches: 100+ Sweet Embroidery Designs 12 Projects (US Winners Only)

Author: Aneela Hoey
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Choose from more than 100 original embroidery designs, hand-drawn with a modern take on retro style. Aneela Hoey’s illustrations are printed on transfer paper to use and reuse— Tear out the page, trim out the design, iron it down, and stitch away! Learn 11 easy decorative stitches plus techniques for adding texture. Embroider these charming images on 12 whimsical and practical projects, perfect for keepsakes or gifts. Projects include a baby quilt, cushion covers, cozies for jars and tissue boxes, and more.


Ex Libris Handmade features custom appliquéd cloth books, 100% organic cotton printed cloth books, and custom name banners along with vintage fabric monogram notecards and other seasonal goodies. Win one of two $50 gift certificates for anything in the Ex Libris Handmade shop!

Beginner’s Guide to Free Motion Quilting: Professional Quality Results on Your Home Machine (US Winners Only)

Author: Natalia Bonner
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Photo tutorials show stitching in action for 50+ free-motion quilting designs to create modern quilts with classic style! Popular blogger and designer, Natalia Bonner, illustrates her instructions with detailed photos that make it easier to get beautiful results on your home sewing machine. Learn how to quilt all-over, as filler, on borders, and on individual blocks… Using loops and swirls, feathers and flames, flowers and vines, pebbles and more! Includes tips for choosing batting and thread, layering and basting, starting and stopping, and prepping your machine.

Sweet Celebrations with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs: 35 Projects to Sew from Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Fat Quarters, Charm Squares & More (US Winners Only)

Author: Lissa Alexander
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Moda Bakeshop has gathered 22 of their popular “chefs” to create this big, happy book full of projects to make for just about every imaginable occasion. Over 40 themed designs work with Moda precut fabric bundles (or any other fabrics you like) and range from easy to more challenging. This book will surely get you in the mood to sew— Make every celebration with your family and friends even more special with delightful handmade gifts and décor.

Intertwined is a sewing cooperative of five refugee women living in Knoxville, TN. The women have been sewing together for about a year and meet three days a week to sew and learn English, finances, and design as they adapt to life in America. The creativity of sewing and patchwork empowers the women and helps them process the turbulent events they experienced in their home countries. Intertwined recently opened their Etsy shop. Nearly all of the materials the members sew with are donated which means a significant portion of the profits go directly to the sewists’ families.

Intertwined is giving away two 18″ patchwork pillow covers, valued at $40 each, in colors customizable by the recipient.

Handmade by refugee women living in Knoxville, TN! Just in time for fall… These autumn patchwork and quilted pillow covers incorporate new and vintage fabrics from our extensive collection of donated materials. Also available in your own custom color choice.

Storybook Toys: Sew 16 Projects Once Upon a Time Dolls, Puppets, Softies & More (US Winners Only)

Author: Jill Hamor
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Inspired by vintage 1940s patterns, projects include dolls, softies, pillows, puppets, and a little girl’s handbag. Learn toy-making tips to give your creation personal style and a sweet disposition. Author Jill Hamor gives ideas for involving children in the process to teach them basic sewing skills. Customize any project to fit your skill level and time commitment, and have fun making outfits for your dolly from your favorite fabrics, scraps, or even upcycled bits from old clothes.

The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online (US Winners Only)

Author: Kari Chapin
Publisher: Storey Publishing

For crafters who have more confidence running a sewing machine than setting up a web site, The Handmade Marketplace breaks down and makes sense of the global possibilities for marketing and selling crafts. Author Kari Chapin helps crafters determine cost of goods, market competition, and the pros and cons of wholesale and retail sales. Moving on to selling your wares, Chapin demystifies every venue from craft fairs to online sites.

Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business (US Winners Only)

Author: Kari Chapin
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Are you ready to make a living from your craft? Applying her trademark “you-can-do-it” coaching style to the nuts and bolts of business planning, Kari Chapin covers all of the issues involved in turning your creative hobby into a successful business– From mapping out a business plan to expanding production and distribution, finding funding, and addressing legal matters. With this definitive guide, you’ll discover how to grow your business beyond the dining room table and finally quit your day job.

Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques: 101 Fast, Fun and Fearless Projects (US Winners Only)

Author: Nicole Blum & Debra Immergut
Publisher: Storey Publishing

These 101 creative sewing projects can all be completed in less than a day– Some in less than an hour! Playful and inventive, the projects include clothing for all ages, accessories, home decor items, and furnishings. Most feature embellishments and decorative effects– simple touches that personalize a project with charm– and use interesting textural fabrics, such as jersey knits, linen, and felt… Even paper and vinyl!

Mend It Better: Creative Patching, Darning and Stitching (US Winners Only)

Author: Kristin M. Roach
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Don’t hide that patch, make it a bold, beautiful embellishment! Repair holes with bright thread and a creative darning stitch; revive a stained shirt with fun embroidery! In Mend It Better, popular craft blogger Kristin M. Roach puts a new spin on mending by adapting traditional techniques for today’s crafty sewers. With detailed photography to show each step, she teaches a wide range of patching, darning, and repair stitches using both hand and machine sewing.

Muse of the Morning is a pattern design studio, with a focus on easy to sew and create clothing, toys and fun things for everyone. Patterns are sold in PDF format to make them fast to access and get to sewing! Muse of the Morning also provides extension tutorials, plus a whole lot of free patterns, tips, techniques and more on their blog.

Muse of the Morning is giving away a handmade doll, and the PDF pattern for the Prudence doll. Also included is a felties kit and some hand-dyed wool felt. The winner can select hair and eye color, and a color theme for the dress.

Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders: Cottons, Knits, Woolens, Voiles, Corduroy, Fleece, Flannel, Home Dec, Oilcloth and Beyond (US Winners Only)

Author: Rebecca Yaker & Patricia Hoskins
Publisher: Storey Publishing

The authors of One-Yard Wonders are back with an all-new collection of projects requiring just one yard of fabric! This time, the projects are organized by fabric type. From home dec to knits, wool to flannels, corduroy to cottons, these patterns– contributed by popular sewing bloggers and designers from across North America– show how to make the most of each fabric’s unique characteristics. Each project is shown in a full-color photograph accompanied by detailed step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and a complete cutting layout.

One-Yard Wonders: Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric (US Winners Only)

Author: Rebecca Yaker & Patricia Hoskins
Publisher: Storey Publishing

One-Yard Wonders will delight anyone who has ever fallen for fabric– From the novice sewing enthusiast to the lifelong seamstress. The book presents a delightful array of simple, stylish projects that can be made with just a single yard of fabric– From apparel to accessories, from plush toys to pet beds, from baby items to bags, and from home decor to “Happy Birthday” banners. For each project, the book provides a full-color photograph, easy step-by-step instructions, and simple illustrations. Templates and pattern pieces are also included wherever needed, making this collection of 101 projects the best sewing deal ever.

Skip the Borders (US Winners Only)

Author: Julie Herman
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

With this innovative collection, popular blogger and designer Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, inspires you to create stunning quilts – without borders! Choose from 15 easy patterns where design is the star and fabric is the supporting actor. Learn the structure of a borderless quilt; explore various bindings and the effect on the overall look. See what can be done when color is used in bold ways to support a borderless quilt designs.


Georgia Leigh Designs is an indie pattern company specializing in PDF patterns. You’ll find patterns for babies, clothing, costumes, and items for mom! Georgia has been designing and selling sewing patterns for four years and finds her inspiration in every day life as a mom of six.

Georgia Leigh Designs is giving away a gift certificate for three free patterns, winner’s choice!


Dish It Out is Holli Brown’s original jewelry line using only collected vintage dishes and plates. So much of our lives revolve around the ritual of shared meals. Whether we realize it or not, the plates, bowls and cups we use help ground us and give us a sense of shared belonging. Almost everyone has a memory of their mom or grandma’s dishware. When we see it again unexpectedly, pieces of the past flood back. More than an accessory, it’s jewelry that tells a story. Holli Brown’s jewelry allows you to keep a piece of that close to your heart. Pieces are limited edition due to the nature of vintage dish availability. Holli’s jewelry is hand crafted in Austin,Texas. Be original– Wear something unique!

Dish It Out is giving away a matching earrings/necklace set. (Prize value: $65)

Sew Merry and Bright (US Winners Only)

Author: Linda Lum DeBono
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

This handmade-holiday collection offers an exciting array of decorating ideas. Fill your sleigh with 21 projects, including wall hangings, place mats, ornaments, stockings, table runners, a tree skirt, an Advent calendar, and more.

Red Marionette was developed in 2008 by a crafty redhead with an overactive imagination. Believing that everyone should have a doppelganger in felt she frantically doodled her way into madness. From these doodles, obnoxiously cute creatures were born. These creatures took the form of ornaments, wreaths, wall art, party favors, holiday decor and much more. As they are carefully hand-stitched, Lola, Pete, Fortinbras and countless others quickly developed their own eccentric tastes and characteristics…

Red Marionette is giving away the Winter Wonderland Wreath: “It is covered in light blue yarn and wrapped with white fluffy yarn. Included in the decorations are felt snowflakes, white pom poms, glittery foliage, a large glittery snowflake, and a silver star. It hangs from a tied blue, translucent ribbon…

…Spencer is nestled within the white pom pom snow and is entirely hand stitched. He is made from white felt with black and orange accents. He is stuffed until he is festively plump with polyfil. Spencer loves caroling and decorating for the Holidays. He particularly loves the smell of burning wood outside on a crisp night while watching the Christmas lights twinkle under the snow.”

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Every Day Handmade (US Winners Only)

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.

Sew the Perfect Gift (US Winners Only)

Author: Various
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

Brimming with design talent, this book features work by Kim Brackett, Linda Lum DeBono, Kim Diehl, Cynthia Tomaszewski, and many more. Stitch striking table runners, pillows, and quilts, plus stylish bags, practical totes, funky bracelets, a pincushion, upcycled projects including a cup cozy and scarf, and many other unique accessories.


Choose how to spend your $50 gift certificate from the wide variety of sewing patterns at RebeccaMaeDesigns! You could make a Red Cross Hot Water Bottle Cover, sweet Ditty Bags or new Mittens for the whole family…

Solids, Stripes, Circles, and Squares (US Winners Only)

Author: Pippa Eccles Armbrester
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

Pippa Eccles Armbrester is a creative designer whose vibrant patterns make outstanding use of bold colors and simple shapes. You’ll love her relaxed approach as she balances technique with improvisation– With color-saturated, eye-popping results! Enjoy 16 innovative designs featuring bright solid fabrics stitched into bold geometric motifs. Use appliqué and other techniques to create practical items from bed quilts to pillows, place mats, and table runners. Make quick projects that are ideal for gifts and for using up your scraps.

Anna Maria’s Needleworks Notebook (US Winners Only)

Author: Anna Maria Horner
Publisher: Wiley

Textile designer and writer Anna Maria Horner opens the door on her favorite embroidery projects and invites you to stitch alongside her. Inside you’ll learn cross-stitch, needlepoint, embroidery and crewel. Each category offers advice and common tools used, Anna Maria’s favorite techniques, and hold-your-hand instructions on how to develop your own inspired patterns. In addition, each project journals her process right down to the precise fabrics and exact color number of every thread used in the beautifully photographed examples.

Sewn Hats (US Winners Only)

Author: Carla Hegeman Crim
Publisher: Wiley

Sewn Hats is a collaboration of hat designs from some of the industry’s most-loved fabric designers, pattern designers, and bloggers edited by Carla Hegeman Crim, the patternmaker and blogger behind The Scientific Seamstress. Packed with beautiful photography, precise instructions, and detailed illustrations, you’ll find an array of hats for every age, gender, occasion, and style. Most projects are sized from baby through men’s sizes and inspiration for fabric selection and embellishments make each pattern even more versatile. All pattern pieces are conveniently located online. Simply click and print to get just the pattern pieces you need— No more tracing or keeping track of used pieces.


Mrs. Crafty Pants Designs is giving away a $50 gift certificate! Kassandra writes, “I make fabric flower hair accessories, cloth napkins, pillow covers, and vintage finds… I love to make things beautiful in hopes that it brightens someone’s day.” Take a peek at Mrs. Crafty Pants Designs— What would you choose with your $50 gift certificate?!

With Fabric and Thread (US Winners Only)

Author: Joanna Figueroa
Publisher: Wiley

Quilting and sewing are joining forces in a way that they never have before. Long-time quilters are starting to experiment with a bit of home sewing or simple sewing for their grandchildren. The younger side of the sewing community is embracing the world of patchwork and quilting. With Fabric & Thread seamlessly bridges the gap between these two crafts and delivers a unique collection of projects that appeal to sewers and quilters alike. Features 20 new projects that marry the nomenclature of both sewing and quilting. Plus, a special section features six patterns that can be accomplished two different ways: one using sewing techniques and one using quilting techniques. The result is two unique looks from a single pattern.

Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials (US Winners Only)

Author: Maya Donenfeld
Publisher: Wiley

Advancements in technology have increased the pace of our lives. As a response, a vibrant DIY movement has risen to reclaim age old traditions that reconnect us to slower and simpler times. With this in mind, blogger Maya Donenfeld offers a guide to working with her favorite recycled materials. You’ll find linen, burlap, wool and more with details on their history, deconstruction techniques, sewing tips, and information about their environmental impact. Reinventing everyday materials into extraordinary items of beauty and utility for the modern home and family will excite new and experienced sewers alike.

Sewing MODKID Style (US Winners Only)

Author: Patty Young
Publisher: Wiley

Today’s active girl needs a wardrobe that is not only stylish and exciting to wear, but that moves, runs, jumps, and bends with her life. Sewing MODKID Style offers all of that. Each project, created by designer and mom Patty Young, features fun and comfortable knit fabrics that easily stretch and move with the busiest girl. These designs can be customized to fit toddlers (sizes 2T-5T) or girls (6-10) all without zippers, buttons, or snaps and can be pulled on quickly by the tiniest of hands. Projects include headbands, gloves, leg warmers, yoga pants, skirts, tank tops, t-shirts, sweaters, dresses, and more.


FallingForPieces is on a mission is to make heirloom crafts for the modern world. Using traditional techniques in a modern style that will fit your decor, FallingForPieces offers handmade treasures that will stand the test of time, in the hopes of offering quality artisan alternatives to our disposable culture.

FallingForPieces is giving away a personalized children’s tote bag. (Retail value: $32) FallingForPieces will even get your personalized bag to you in time for the holiday gift giving season!


Share some love with the new baby in your life with a collection of three bibs and two hand-embroidered onesies created by Grace from Fun Little Things. Elephants, light turquoise with white polka dots and yellow spotted bibs, and any size fresh strawberries and sweet pea onesies are perfect for either the sweet little girl or boy you love.

This giveaway prize includes: Turquoise Polka Dot Bib with Side Snap, Bright Yellow Polka Dot Bib with Side Snap, Ed Emberley “How to Draw” Elephant Bib, Sweet Pea Hand Embroidered Onesie and a Strawberry Hand Embroidered Onesie. (Prize value: $60)

Sewing with Oilcloth (US Winners Only)

Author: Kelly McCants
Publisher: Wiley

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 helpful, trouble-free instructions for 20 oilcloth projects like a simple tablecloth, garden apron, farmer’s market tote, baby bib, and so much more.

The Original Dog Tarot: Divine the Canine Mind! (US Winners Only)

Author: Heidi Schulman
Publisher: Potter Style

Want to know why your dog shreds your slippers but ignores his designer toys? Does your pooch really want a puppy for companionship, or are you delusional? The Original Dog Tarot is an entertaining, tongue-in-jowl deck of tarot cards and accompanying book affectionately written for dog lovers who want to divine their canine’s mind. The 30 cards are a takeoff on the traditional tarot; they’re divided into the Major Barkana and Minor Barkana. Each card offers advice for both canines and the humans in their lives. You don’t have to be familiar with traditional tarot to use this deck. It is a witty and wise stand-alone oracle for anyone who has given up mastering the techniques of The Dog Whisperer.

Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook (US Winners Only)

Author: Kelley Lilien
Publisher: Potter Style

Kelley Lilien takes a fanciful approach to cocktail making in this retro-chic Pantone swatch book format, which includes 20 recipes for blended cocktails, 20 recipes for shaken cocktails, and 10 recipes for punch bowls. Simply fan the book out to your desired recipe, look at the card, and instantly know which ingredients the cocktail requires from the glossy four-color photographs. The gorgeous cover design is dazzling on a bar cart, coffee table, or at any cocktail party.

Katie Parris from Handmade by KP is giving away either a $60 gift certificate or a prize package, winner’s choice. The prize package includes a Giraffe Tote, Bow Clutch and Red Stripe Ruffle Apron.

Katie writes, “I began sewing after I received my mother’s sewing machine as a Christmas gift in 2010. After a few months of making bags, aprons, and quilts for my family and friends, I decided to branch out into a new venture: selling. I started Handmade by KP in the fall of 2011 and have enjoyed watching my business grow. I love searching out cute and modern fabric and making highly functional items with a little flair. I love being inspired by my life and the life of those around me. This little business has allowed me to discover my true passion for sewing. I take pride in what I make and I love when others feel as passionately about my product as I do! I love our country’s rediscovered passion for all things handmade and I am excited to be a part of it!”

Shoestrology (US Winners Only)

Author: Tali and Ophira Edut
Publisher: Potter Style

For fashionistas, astrology-devotees, or anyone who is starry-eyed about shoes, this fabulous illustrated book reveals what your birthday shoe says about you. Combining astrology with the chic art of shoe design, Shoestrology offers an interpretation of your personality as defined by your birthday shoe. Astrologers Tali and Ophira Edut have identified 366 gorgeous shoes– from the Chanel ballet flat, to the Alexander McQueen Armadillo– and paired them with the personality type associated with each day of the year. Featuring original watercolors by noted fashion illustrator Samantha Hahn along with descriptions of the birthday shoes (and why they are fitting), this book provides insight and visual delight on very page.

Face-a-Day Journal (US Winners Only)

Publisher: Potter Style

This journal helps capture your daily mood by simply filling in an empty circle with a smiley face, angry scowl, questionable brow, and other doodles. When you open the journal, you’ll find a graphic questionnaire that captures aspects of your day at-a-glance and a blank circle to doodle a face that represents your mood. A fun bonus: this journal also functions like a flip book. Once you’ve completed the book, you can flip through the pages and watch the “animation” of your changing moods in bright, popping colors.

Q & A a Day for Kids (US Winners Only)

Author: Betsy Franco
Publisher: Potter Style

Inspired by the previous bestselling Potter Style title, Q & A a Day, this journal is the perfect family keepsake. Starting any day of the year, a question by children’s author Betsy Franco is featured on each page with a few lines provided for a response. Use as a journal for parents and children ages roughly 4 to 10 years old to share their evolution of thoughts, feelings, and dreams over the years. Also great for kids who want to keep a time capsule of their own whimsical thoughts and serious ideas about the world. As the years go by you’ll notice how your child’s answers evolve, sometimes silly, sometimes precocious, but always interesting.

CraftyStaci sells camera straps, lens cap pockets, memory card wallets, business card holders that slide onto a camera strap and coffee cup sleeves. Staci writes, “As you may have guessed, most of my customers are photographers or people looking for gifts for photographers. I offer all of the items in my shop in ready to ship versions– with fabrics I’ve chosen– and custom, where the customer can choose the fabrics. Photographers are creative people and seem to really enjoy having that option.”

CraftyStaci is giving away a $50 gift certificate perfect for a broad variety of combinations from the shop. The winner is welcome to choose their own fabrics from a selection of over 200 choices.

Live The Life You Love, Love The Life You Live Postcard Box (US Winners Only)

Author: Scott Albrecht
Publisher: Potter Style

For design enthusiasts and those who appreciate a well-phrased aphorism, Brooklyn-based artist Scott Albrecht matches his quirky affirmations with hand-drawn typography in this original collection of 100 postcards. In the era of email and standard typefaces, the use of postcards and hand-drawn typography represents a revival in personal touches; an individuality and intimate connection with another. Featuring 4 sets of 25 witty and inspirational hand-written aphorisms housed in a kraft-paper box designed by the artist.

Sibley Backyard Birding Flashcards (US Winners Only)

Author: David Allen Sibley
Publisher: Potter Style

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds is now transformed into 100 easy-to-reference cards housed in one handsome pull-drawer box. Divided into one stack of 50 common Western and Eastern North American birds, and one stack of 50 common birds found across North America, each card features precise illustrations and text concerning habitat, behavior, and voice description necessary for easy identification. Edited with the backyard birder in mind, each bird card is accompanied with a regional map as an additional guide to migratory patterns.

Inventive Denim is an original pattern design company, specifically featuring recycled denim jeans. Owner and designer Heather Banks has developed five sewing/quilting patterns in the past year and is especially proud of the pattern, The Denim Circle Rag Quilt. She also turned this pattern into a table runner, and developed and manufactured a die which takes all of the work out of cutting the required denim circles for either the table runner or quilt.

Inventive Denim is giving away four patterns, a plus table runner pattern and kit made from recycled denim jeans. (Prize value: $60)

Knitting in Circles (US Winners Only)

Author: Nicky Epstein
Publisher: Potter Craft

One knitted circle can become a stylish hat or an adorable shrug. Two, and you have a unique handbag or cover-up. Knit more circles, and you can make show-stopping scarves, capes, sweaters, afghans— Even a stunning lace dress. Only Nicky Epstein, always on the cutting edge of knitwear design, could dream up these innovative garments and accessories that all start with a simple shape. Mix and match to your heart’s content with 100 circles and 20 inspiring projects that feature everything from cables to rich colorwork, delicate lace, and over-the-top embellishments. You’ll find step-by-step techniques on how to knit circles, both in the round and flat, plus expert guidance on customizing the projects, with unique cut-and-paste circle templates to design your own styles.

Knitting the Perfect Fit: Essential Fully Fashioned Shaping Techniques for Designer Results (US Winners Only)

Author: Melissa Leapman
Publisher: Potter Craft

Knitting the Perfect Fit is an invaluable guide for anyone interested in learning and perfecting shaping details in their knitting. Acclaimed designer and teacher Melissa Leapman distills one of her most in-demand workshops into an authoritative guide that will help knitters understand how designer details and shaping actually work. From a variety of necklines and arm details to different trompe l’oeil shaping techniques that offer a more slimming and flattering look to any garment no matter your body type. Each technique is thoroughly explained with tips and exercised and then showcased in 21 appealing projects that allow knitters to practice their new skills.

Andrea Sabean is the Artisan in the Woods! She writes, “I am passionate about sharing the joy of all things handmade! I love to create items that bring that warm handmade-just-for-me feeling to whoever owns them. In keeping with the age-old traditions of sewing when every scrap was used and old pieces were re-made or re-sewn until the fabric wore out, I love to bring new life and purpose to old fabrics, and to make projects using every scrap of both new and old materials. I also love to honor the imagination and creativity of children by bringing their drawings to life!” Andrea creates custom creatures inspired by children’s designs.

Artisan in the Woods is giving away a handmade, custom Create-a-Creature! (Prize value: $65) Andrea writes, “When you send me a drawing I work hard to create a soft, cuddly friend that matches their vision as closely as possible. Recipients of these fuzzy friends have been amazed to see their drawings come to life-– right down to the tiny details! These creatures are a good size (at least 16″ tall or wide) so they make great huggable companions. I also return the original drawing to you laminated, with the name of the creator (your child!) and the creature’s birthdate, as a keepsake.”

Sewing Home Decor (US Winners Only)

Author: Shannon Davis
Publisher: Landauer

Discover simple techniques for mastering the essential techniques of sewing with this superb guide that will have you stitching, pleating, and piping in no time. Isn’t it time you learned to sew? With just a few simple techniques under their belt – such as seams, hems, buttonholes, pleats, piping, and zips– Even a beginner can create beautiful curtains, duvet covers, chair covers, pillow cases, table runners and more, to give their home that unique personal touch. Sewing Home Decor will give readers the skill, knowledge, and confidence they need to start creating wonderful home decorations that everyone will love. Also included with this volume is a free DVD that features easy-to-follow instructions for essential techniques, as well as 20 original projects to practice the techniques you’ve learned.

Landauer Publishing is a book publisher based in Iowa. They specialize in quilting, sewing and craft and hobby titles with an emphasis on technique and clear, easy to follow instruction so anyone learn the skills to make what they love.

Quilting: The Basics & Beyond (US Winners Only)

Author: Jeri Simon
Publisher: Landauer

This is the ultimate guide to everything you need to know to start creating your own quilts, including a free DVD of easy-to-follow techniques. Whether you’re just starting out, or brushing up on your quilting techniques, this superbly illustrated guide is your perfect companion. Quilting: The Basics & Beyond features expert information on everything you need to know to start creating wonderful quilts straight away – from choosing fabrics, colours, and equipment to the essentials of applique, rotary cutting, and finishing. This volume also comes with a free DVD featuring dozens of techniques explained in easy-to-follow steps, and 6 original projects for you to practice your new-found skills.

Landauer Publishing is a book publisher based in Iowa. They specialize in quilting, sewing and craft and hobby titles with an emphasis on technique and clear, easy to follow instruction so anyone learn the skills to make what they love.

Eileen Roche is the founding editor and owner of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine, and inventor of several products for the home machine embroiderer. The Designs in Machine Embroidery website includes free embroidery designs, newsletters, an online store and Eileen’s blog. Eileen also has a class on Craftsy for The Machine Embroidered Quilt.

Designs in Machine Embroidery is giving away several prize packages for Handmade Holidays! Giveaway #1 is a Perfect Alignment Laser PAL2. (Retail value: $89.99)

Designs in Machine Embroidery Giveaway #2 includes: Stipple Jingle Bells embroidery design collection (retail value: $29.99) plus the Embroiderer’s Tool Kit. (Retail value: $39.99)

Designs in Machine Embroidery Giveaway #3 includes Designer Handbags by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche. (Retail value: $49.99)

Sew Up a Home Makeover: 50 Simple Sewing Projects to Transform Your Space (US Winners Only)

Author: Lexie Barnes
Publisher: Storey Publishing

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.

Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make (US Winners Only)

Author: Amie Plumley & Andria Lisle
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Authors Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle teach a sewing camp in Tennessee that has earned praise from delighted children and parents. When families clamored for more, Plumley and Lisle launched a blog, sewingschool.blogspot.com, to rave reviews. Now, they’ve channeled the best of their children’s sewing projects into this lively, how-to-sew book for ages five and up. All projects have been kid-tested, most can be made using simple hand stitches, and all can be embellished with personal touches.