|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, Ex Libris Handmade and Shira Sela.
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 Everything in the shop was originally made for someone I adore.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.”
With Fabric and Thread (US Winners Only)
Author: Joanna Figueroa
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 16â€³ 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.”
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!
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!
Sewing MODKID Style (US Winners Only)
Author: Patty Young
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.
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.
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 Giveaway #2 includes: Stipple Jingle Bells embroidery design collection (retail value: $29.99) plus the Embroiderer’s Tool Kit. (Retail value: $39.99)|
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.
Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials (US Winners Only)
Author: Maya Donenfeld
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.
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.
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.