Week #1 Handmade Holiday Prizes

on November 5 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 65 Comments

Here are all of this week’s upcoming prizes! For a full list including all of November’s giveaways visit our Handmade Holidays Prize post. Comment on each daily post for your chance to win!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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.”

(US Winners Only)

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.

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)

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.

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.
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.

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!

Win two art prints by Shira Sela! Shira Sela is an illustrator living and working in Montreal, Canada. Her work is inspired by her life, memories and the natural world. Shira’s unique and delicate illustrations have been featured on television, books, magazines and album covers, and exhibited in galleries in North America, Australia and Europe.

Sew,Mama,Sew! readers can use a 15% discount through Sunday, November 18th with the discount code: SEWMAMASEW.

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65 Responses to Week #1 Handmade Holiday Prizes

  1. Karen says:

    So much inspiration!

  2. MarciaW says:

    You’ve assembled a wonderful list of prizes and information for handmade gifts.

  3. Stephanie says:

    Good luck to everyone!

  4. tracy reed says:

    I love this website. I always find lots of inspiration.

  5. CeCelia says:

    Your prizes are so nice, I would love to win one. Thank you for this wonderful give away.

  6. Linda says:

    Thank you for a really neat giveaway!

  7. brenda says:

    I love all your giveaways, thanks for doing this every year.

  8. Kristen Powell says:

    thank you for the chance!!

  9. Samantha says:

    So many wonderful prizes!

  10. Martha says:

    Thanks for the opportunity and thanks to all those who supplied the give-aways. Love your site – came over via the Designs in Machine Embroidery site. Happy sewing!

  11. BreannaS says:

    I love the idea of a face a day journal. I would also love the grow your handmade business.

  12. jennifer says:

    thanks for the chance@

  13. Amy says:

    You always have the best giveaways! Thanks for organizing all of this 🙂

  14. Hueisei says:

    Great giveaway!

  15. Erika says:

    great prizes!

  16. Danijela says:

    Lovely giveaways,hope to win something =o).

  17. Jan says:

    Nice prizes. The refugee women story is inspiring.

  18. julis says:

    thanks for the sweet giveaway 🙂

  19. Site Mobil says:

    There is certainly a great deal to find out about this issue. I love all of the points you’ve made.

  20. Pat Upton says:

    handmade is my favorite! I would love any of these prizes, but especially inventive denim and every day handmade! Thank you!

  21. consuelo says:

    Wonderful prizes. I look forward to all the great ideas shared every year!

  22. Cynthia says:

    I Would love to win a PAL2 to help with embroidery placement to start. I can think of many uses.

  23. jane says:

    So many wonderful prizes. Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Christine C says:

    Fun array of giveaways.

  25. jen says:

    love book prizes!

  26. craftytammie says:

    awesome prizes!

  27. Wonderful prizes – this is my favorite time of year! 😀 All the tutorials and idea’s are splendid!

  28. Kim says:

    Great Ideas and projects. Thanks!

  29. Judy1522 says:

    Great prizes.

  30. Leah says:

    What a great set of projects again this year….

  31. Bree says:

    Great variety, looking forward to the season ahead.

  32. Becky says:

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Wait, do I hear a song. I’m dreaming of peace and good will to all and may all your days be merry and bright. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to all.

  33. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    Awesome prizes!

  34. Sarah says:

    Awesome giveaway!

  35. Heather says:

    Crafty Goodness !!

  36. Judi Haines says:

    Love Eileen Roche’s Perfect alignment laser!!!!

  37. Korynn says:

    What great giveaway items! Thank you!

  38. Wonderful giveaways they are. Thanks to all for giving us the chance of possibly getting one for free.

  39. greta says:

    Here’s hoping I win. These giveaways are great.

  40. I love Christmas projects. thanks

  41. Anya says:

    What generous sponsors!

  42. Cy says:

    I love prizes…pick me PLEASE.

  43. Julia says:


  44. Karen says:


  45. Chris says:

    Thank you!! Great projects and giveaways!

  46. Lee says:

    I love this inspiration and look forward to it every year! thank you and to the sponsers!

  47. Sara says:

    Love a good crafty book! Thanks!

  48. carriem says:

    Yay for awesome prizes!

  49. Tiara says:

    That pixel book looks so intriguing!

  50. Genevieve says:


  51. Jess says:

    Super fun giveaways this week!!!

  52. Emily says:

    I love prizes

  53. Lisa Coughlin says:

    What wonderful giveaways!

  54. Carmen says:

    What wonderful prizes! Thanks for the chance to win

  55. Jen V says:

    Thanks for inspiring the spirit of giving!

  56. Katie says:

    Great prizes!

  57. Linda says:


  58. Joy says:

    I’m loving all the holiday inspiration. I really need to get crafting!

  59. Becky says:

    Handmade Holidays (otherwise known as November) is one of my favorite things all year long!

  60. Kristin says:

    The face-a-day and pixel play are soooooo cute!

  61. Jane says:

    Congratulations to the immigrant women and their very lovely pillows.

  62. kathyh says:

    Cool prizes.

  63. Gayle Erwin says:

    What a great set of prizes. Good luck to all.

  64. nikkapotamus says:

    What a great bunch of prizes! Thanks to all those who donated the great books and kits and products to your readers.

  65. heather says:

    Great idea and such a nice giveaway. Thank you!

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