Week #4 Handmade Holidays Prizes

on November 26 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 73 Comments

It’s hard to believe we’re in the final week of our 6th Annual Handmade Holidays extravaganza! We’re ending things with tons of fantastic prizes, so comment every day for your chance to win. If you’re in post-Thanksgiving shopping mode be sure to get ideas from our full list of November’s giveaways where you’ll find great books, fabulous small businesses and more!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, Landauer Publishing and F + W Media.

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.

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.

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.

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. Learn more about the pattern on Etsy or Craftsy.

The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Sarai Mitnick
Publisher: Krause Publications

Five simple fundamentals can help you perfect any sewing project: a thoughtful plan, a precise pattern, a fantastic fit, a beautiful fabric, and a fine finish. With these five core ideas, The Colette Sewing Handbook shows you how to start sewing the wardrobe of your dreams.

Includes five beautiful patterns for modern classic pieces, including a scalloped-hem skirt, flutter-sleeve blouse, sweetheart neck sheath dress, asymmetrical flounce dress, and a lined dress with gathered sleeves. Each project will help you put the fundamentals into practice as you sew.

Check out a digital preview for The Colette Sewing Handbook!

Bead Embroidery Stitch Sample (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: CRK Design/Yasuko Endo
Publisher: Interweave Press

Now you can combine your love of handstitching and beautiful beads to make delightfully original trims and embellishments. Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples will show you how to add beads to all your favorite embroidery stitches, creating delicate details that are perfect for gifts or personal treasures.

Inside, you’ll find dozens of stitch patterns that incorporate beads, ranging from elegantly simple single motifs to complex all-over patterns to three-dimensional designs. Along with step-by-step instructions, you’ll see numerous examples of how the authors have added these beaded motifs to hems, pockets, cuffs, collars, and handbags, or used them as home décor trim on pillows, curtains, and lampshades. The patterns inside emphasize beaded edgings and trims, as opposed to heavy, solid beaded fabric motifs found in other beaded embroidery books. You’ll be inspired and charmed as you discover endless ways to make lovely patterns with beads and stitchery.

With just embroidery threads and simple beads, you will set your work apart with dazzling details and exquisite beauty.

Learn more with a digital preview for Bead Embroidery Stitch Sample!


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…

Quilts from the House of Tula Pink (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Tula Pink
Publisher: Krause Publications

Inspired fabrics and designs await you in Quilts From the House of Tula Pink!
Welcome to the world of cutting-edge fabric designer Tula Pink, where clever quilts show off fanciful fabric, and your imagination can be let out to play. Featuring fabrics that you know and love, Tula offers 20 patterns with her signature flair for color, design and original style. Between 10 amazing quilts and 10 extra-cool companion projects, you’ll be inspired to play with fabric, color and design in a way like never before!

Come on in to Tula’s house for the ultimate in sewing, style and fabric innovation!

Learn more in the digital preview for Quilts from the House of Tula Pink.

Stitch Savvy: 25 Skill-Building Projects to Take Your Sewing Technique to the Next Level (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Deborah Moebes
Publisher: Krause Publications

In Stitch Savvy, there are five tracks (home decor, handbags, kids’ items, quilting and clothing), and each track has five projects that start simple and build up your skills. But wait, there’s more! Cross-referenced techniques allow you to skip around and explore certain skills. (You loved the box pleats in the Sashiko curtains? Check out the A-line skirt with the peek-a-boo pleat!)

So customize your sewing education! This book is designed specifically to allow you to grow your skills, pursue projects you crave and test the waters outside your comfort zone– and make some seriously cute projects as you do.

Bonus CD includes 13 PDF patterns for apparel, accessories and home decor, quilting guides and more!

Be sure to check out the Stitch Savvy digital preview!


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?!

Simply Serging: 25 Fast and Easy Projects for Getting to Know Your Overlocker (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Charlene Phillips
Publisher: Krause Publications

Using a serger may seem intimidating, but no more! Simply Serging guides you step-by-step through the ins and outs of mastering your overlock machine. Its 25 fast and useful projects, perfect for any skill level, will have you coming back to your serger again and again.

Check out the digital preview for Simply Serging.

The Sewing Machine Classroom (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

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.

An indispensable reference book to keep next to your machine, inside you’ll find quick answers to all your sewing problems. Take control of your sewing machine and achieve wonderful results every time!

See more of The Sewing Machine Classroom in the digital preview!

Sewing Solutions: Tips and Advice for the Savvy Sewist (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Nicole Vasbiner
Publisher: Interweave Press

Discover freedom in sewing with expert tips and techniques!

Even the best sewists will encounter problems, snags, and little glitches in their work. When you need answers, you’ll find nothing more helpful than those within Sewing Solutions from expert sewist and author Nicole Vasbinder. Consult this indispensable reference for invaluable advice on how to fix all your sewing mishaps.

Whether choosing the right tools, reading patterns correctly, or everything in between, Sewing Solutions will prove to be your essential sewing companion.

Want to learn more about Sewing Solutions?! Check out the digital preview.


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)

The Bag Making Bible: The Complete Creative Guide to Sewing Your Own Bags (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Lisa Lam
Publisher: David & Charles

Introduces, explains and demonstrates the myriad materials, hardware, tools and techniques available to the modern crafter, including using the sewing machine. Each fully illustrated chapter ends with a unique, step-by-step project that builds the ultimate handbag wardrobe, with tips for customization. Full size patterns on a separate pull-out section mean you can get started right away!– No photocopying or enlarging required.

Doll Fashion Studio (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Joan Hinds
Publisher: Krause Publications

In this doll book, you’ll create cute and fashionable 18-inch doll clothes for every season of the year, along with doll accessory crafts simple enough for the younger crowd to make, will have readers of all ages eager to make a new doll wardrobe! Clear and concise illustrated patterns make these contemporary doll clothes a breeze to whip up, and beautiful fabrics and photography will appeal to all ages and levels of sewists.

Adornments: Sew & Create Accessories with Fabric, Lace & Beads (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Myra Callan
Publisher: Krause Publications

The beautiful and delicate projects in Adornments are the perfect finishing touches for creating a purely romantic look. Make floral-inspired necklaces, in-full-bloom fascinators, and earrings with wispy feathers and sparkling beads. At parties, galas, special events, or even on your wedding day, the accessories in Adornments are artful creations that are sure to turn heads and inspire romance.

Using simple hand-sewing, jewelry and millinery techniques, these accessories are easy to make and even easier to wear. In fact, you may not be able to take them off!

Want to know more? Here’s the Adornments digital preview.

The Busy Girl’s Guide to Sewing (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Authors: Carrie Maclennan, Clare Nicolson & Suzanne Smith
Publisher: David & Charles

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.
– 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.
– Includes advice on sourcing fabric, upcycling, blogging, joining online communities and more for the ultimate experience for busy girls who sew.

Embellish Me: How to Print, Dye, and Decorate Your Fabric (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Laurie Wisbrun
Publisher: Interweave Press

Embellish Me is the ultimate guide to achieving the perfect surface finish for your fabric-based projects. Comprehensive step-by-step instructions are accompanied by detailed illustrations that illuminate an extensive range of fabric alteration and embellishment techniques. Learn tie-dyeing, bleaching, and shibori; block, silk-screen, and digital printing; and beading, embroidery, and appliqué. This information-rich guide will equip you with all the information you need to apply these techniques to any number of fabric projects, from tote bags and clothes to cushion covers, lampshades, toys, and home furnishings. Galleries throughout the book will inspire you to engage with these techniques, showing how they have been applied to fabric and providing a valuable starting point for your craft.

Learn more: Embellish Me digital preview.

Happy Stitch: 30 Felt and Fabric Projects for Everyday (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Jodie Rackley
Publisher: North Light Books

You can’t help but feel happy while whipping up these charming felt and fabric projects! With a few simple stitches and some basic materials, you’ll be crafting in no time at all. From plush animals to electronics cozies to curtains and pillows, you’ll love filling your home with bright and colorful crafty creations!

So gather your felt, fabric and floss, and stitch up a little happiness!

Check out the Happy Stitch digital preview!

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.

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.

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73 Responses to Week #4 Handmade Holidays Prizes

  1. Jeannie D says:

    Awesome handmade Holidays series this year! Have already started some projects…what fun! Thanks SMS!

  2. Sonja says:

    Amazing prizes this year. Thanks SMS for the opportunities to win and for the fantastic tutorials you’ve shared with us.

  3. JaneG says:

    Oh what fun I could have !!!! Thank you for the chance to win these goodies!!

  4. BreannaS in MO says:

    awesome assortment of goodies

  5. Laura says:

    Wow this is been so helpful. Many thanks to all that put the time into these wonderful daily treats!

  6. Amy B. says:

    I would love these books! I’m adding quite a few of them to my Christmas list.

  7. Rick says:

    Trying to win a book for the wife! lol

  8. MarciaW. FL says:

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway contest week. Quilts from the House of Tula Pink sounds really interesting.

  9. Jayme C says:

    OMG!!! Great books!!! I’d love to get my hands on any of these! THanks so much!

  10. Tamie says:

    What a wonderful assortment.

  11. Angela says:

    Oh there are a bunch that I don’t have yet! It would definitely be a fun Christmas gift for me. ;)

  12. Jo says:

    How awesome is this! Fantastic giveaway, lots of books that I’d LOVE to own.

  13. Rachel says:

    Wow! I love this time of year. Hooray for Handmade HOlidays!!

  14. Lee says:

    Oh my there certainly is a great selection of books and gift certificates in this give away. Thank for the chance to win! happy stitching

  15. Jillishness says:

    All the books, and tutorials, are great!

  16. I like them all:)

  17. Angelika says:

    Lovely giveaway!

  18. Jane says:

    What a great giveaway!! Thanks for the chance.

  19. Amber R. says:

    So many great prizes! I don’t know where to start! Thank you.

  20. Lisamarie in CT says:

    I love this blog! The books, ideas and prizes here are fabulous!

  21. Diana says:

    You folks are awesome with all the giveaways!

  22. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    Awesome books!

  23. Cynthia says:

    soooo many great books!! How do I put them all on my list?

  24. Karen says:

    Such great books, wow!

  25. Julianne Ross says:

    This is great! :-)

  26. Sarah says:

    So many great books!

  27. Sallie says:

    Thanks for the Handmade Holidays extravaganza. It’s been great! (From TX)

  28. julia says:

    wow so many prizes!

  29. Lizado says:

    Wow – simply amazed at this set of books!

  30. Ella says:

    Lots of books to add to my wish list!

  31. Robyn in Canada! says:

    Wow! So many books I need to go out and buy now!

  32. Katy says:

    Awesome books!

  33. Laura says:

    They look so cool!

  34. Ammie says:

    oh, these are so charming. Thanks for the giveaway.

  35. Gina says:

    All of the giveaways are fantastic.

  36. Judy in Oregon says:

    Fabulous giveaway, any of these books would be great to own.

  37. Teresa says:

    I have seldom seen so many books I would love to own all in one place! Thanks for the wonderful giveaways!

  38. julie says:

    I love the selections. Thank you!!!

  39. susan mzf says:

    very very exciting!!!

  40. Meg says:

    Love all of the prizes!

  41. Desi says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Love all the books!
    Desi

  42. Lynn in NC says:

    So many terrific books, I’m crossing my fingers that it will be my lucky day!

  43. Von in AR says:

    Such great choices!

  44. Crystal C says:

    All of these books look amazing!!!

  45. Candi says:

    I just picked out three new books I need. :D

  46. San in Fl says:

    The roundups are so helpful for finding gift ideas and projects. Thank you so much!

  47. Becky N. in MO says:

    Beautiful options! I love to sew. All of these wonderful books are so inspiring. thanks for sharing with us!

  48. Lee says:

    Thank you for hosting and the sponsers for all the giveaways!

  49. Megan in IA says:

    I just love all the gift ideas! Thank you so much for posting them!

  50. Rachel_PA says:

    Such great items!

  51. barbara bentley says:

    Just found this blog. Wow! what a great resource.

  52. Alissa says:

    Love it all!

  53. patricia says:

    What a great assortment of inspiration!

  54. Debbie says:

    All of those books are so inspiring

  55. Kati says:

    Lots of great prizes!! :) Can’t wait!

  56. elsa says:

    WOW ~ all the giveaways look fantastic!

  57. Tammy says:

    Fun line up of giveaways!

  58. Jessica T says:

    Would love to win any of these books! Thanks!

  59. Jess says:

    Ooh, it’s a great line-up again this week!!!

  60. Kristin says:

    Those are some amazing prizes!

  61. Penny says:

    I already own the bag making bible! I hope I win a quilt book! Or sewing book lol

  62. WOW! SO many amazing technique books. That is the sort I am most interested in right now.

  63. Lovely, absolutely lovely!

  64. Diane W says:

    I keep eyeing the Bag Making Bible. I think I really need that one. Thanks for the giveaway.

  65. Erin says:

    fun prizes!

  66. Amazing prizes!

  67. Cindy says:

    These are fabulous prizes. Thanks!

  68. Rebecca says:

    Aww the final week… We had so much fun! I am trying handstitching for the first time this week…. Some of these prices would come in very handy!

  69. gabi a. says:

    This is such an awesome and generous giveaway.

  70. Christine says:

    wow! Any one of these items would be a delightful gift! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  71. Theresa (in Germany) says:

    So many great books! :)

  72. Lucia in Canada says:

    Embellish me and Happy Stitch look delightful!

  73. Beth T says:

    What a great assortment of gifts! And I can’t wait to see the tutorials, although my list has grown pretty long already.

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