Win New Books!

on April 3 | in Contests & Giveaways, Products | by | with 80 Comments

One more day this week (plus lots to come all month long!)… Win a new set of sewing and craft books today! We have several kid-related titles for you in this set; one winner today will receive Side by Side: 20 Collaborative Projects for Crafting with Your Kids, We Love to Sew: 28 Pretty Things to Make: Jewelry, Headbands, Softies, T-shirts, Pillows, Bags & More and S is for Stitch.

Our book giveaways from Monday and Tuesday are still open, so comment on all three posts for a chance to win.

To Enter:
Link to a wonderful, recent blog post you’ve read. (One month old or less.) Tell us why you loved it!

OR: Link to sewing blog that might not be on our radar. (An “up-and-comer” or a blogger you think deserves more recognition than they currently have.) Tell us what you like about what they do.

Share links in the comments below.

Side by Side: 20 Collaborative Projects for Crafting with Your Kids

Author: Tsia Carson
Publisher: Roost Books

Crafting is always more fun and more meaningful when it’s shared with those you love. Discover the joy of working alongside your child while creating arts and crafts that inspire. With these twenty whimsical projects in a variety of mediums, you and your child will find fun ways to work collaboratively and independently— together on the same project, or side by side on related projects. Create Giant Newspaper Snowflakes that take traditional paper snowflakes to magical new levels. Create surprising monoprints that take glitter glue to new heights. Explore the versatility of embroidery with a child-friendly version that uses a leaf as the canvas and a more advanced version that uses a child’s drawing for stitching inspiration. Get out in the garden and plant a Living Willow Teepee that will be a perfect playhouse and retreat for years to come.

Some of life’s best moments are spent simply doing things in the presence of the ones we love, not necessarily doing the same thing together, but being together and working side by side. The craft projects in this book will help you to create just those moments with your child.

We Love to Sew: 28 Pretty Things to Make: Jewelry, Headbands, Softies, T-shirts, Pillows, Bags & More

Author: Annabel Wrigley
Publisher: C&T Publishing/FunStitch Studio

Inspire a child to start sewing with this how-to book We Love To Sew by Annabel Wrigley of the popular Little Pincushion Studio. Featuring a collection of 28 imaginative projects specifically designed for girls eight and up, your aspiring seamstress will quickly learn a variety of sewing skills and exude a fantastic “do-it-yourself” confidence. Each project showcases a fresh, modern style and is fully explained with step-by-step instructions, engaging photographs, and helpful tips. From simple rings and barrettes to more challenging bags and softies, these brilliant projects are the perfect way to introduce the wonderful world of sewing!

S is for Stitch

Author: Kristyne Czepuryk
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Embroider lots of adorable projects from A to Z for all the little ones in your life… To decorate their rooms, help them learn the alphabet, or just to make them smile. Kristyne’s designs are wonderfully detailed, yet easy to try with any skill level. She offers ideas for embroidering on clothing and other store-bought items, too.

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80 Responses to Win New Books!

  1. Caroline B says:

    These books look great.

  2. jody says:

    Inspiration! Yes!!

  3. Karen says:

    I stumbled upon this one blog entry, and the proceeded to read several more posts! I love that it has a lot of inspiration in many different domains and often has tutorials!

  4. Wynn says:
    I love this blog because it’s about how to make doll clothes.

  5. Chris says:

    I loved the recent post on the block of the month – the Keys to Precise Piecing was very good and a great help to me!

  6. Lee says:

    I love Janelle and her blog Echinops and Aster – right now she is doing the Honeycomb stitch along! A lovely pillow cover!
    Always fun and great ideas and tip! thanks Janelle. Thanks for the giveaway Sew Mama Sew!

  7. Chris says:

    I love this blog – and the tutorial this week was so useful and cute! I love her shop!

  8. Kristy says:

    I love — She uses such a variety of fabrics in her projects and they inspire me to stretch myself with color.

  9. krystina says:

    This is a new (to me) blog that I’ve been reading lately:

  10. Jodie says:

    I agree with Tammy that this blog was a good reminder for moms: Thanks for the great giveaways!

  11. Southern Gal says:

    I use the tutorials from quite a bit. From quilting to handbags, she has quite a variety.

  12. Mechele Johnson says:
    I love Grainline Studio Blog! She has some fantastic instructional posts and she is a proffessional pattern maker!

  13. I enjoyed this post about why Dana from Made appreciates her husband’s support. Very sweet:

  14. Kelly Caufield says:

    I loved this idea of having a sewing journal, especially since I am very new to sewing and also struggle with ADHD and is very hard for me to stay organized and I found this will be a very helpful tool. Thank you so much for sharing!!! 🙂

  15. Susan says:

    Wow…new books! I love everything that Rae writes about.

  16. Prachi says:

    I love ikat bag.
    While quite a few of the sewing projects she posts are advanced for my skill level, I always find her posts inspiring and I hope to reach that level some day. Her sense of humor and cardboard crafts are an added bonus !

  17. MarciaW. FL says:

    My favorite post is (like another reader) the Red Pepper Quilts Liberty of London placemats:
    I just found some Liberty fabric and am tempted to make placemats.

  18. elsa says:

    My most favorite blog lately is ~ Rachel always has fresh new ideas and always is inspirational for me. She gives online workshops and shares tutorials too. It’s a great blog!

  19. Jess says:

    I got all excited when Rae posted this one: because I always get really inspired by the spring top sew-along, even if I hardly ever get around to actually sewing myself a top. HA!

  20. Eva says:


    A blog that has been very useful to me lately is:, I have used her Quilting tutorials to make a cushion for my daughter’s little chair, and I’m hoping to make a quilt soon too. . . I love learning new techniques and things to make and for that I would love to win these or any of these books !!

    Many thanks !

  21. Ally barnes says:

    My girls (9&13) years and I are learning to sew. We would love to have a book that can teach us and show us some great projects to make.

  22. I’m really enjoying the series on Belgium style over at straight grain:

  23. Kristy says:

    I love – she does great things herself as well as a weekly round up of great tutorials

  24. I love Kristy’s paper piecing designs –

  25. Julie says:

    She has great directions and she has pictures of the trickiest steps. And it is a fun bag to make- never too early to start end of the year teacher gifts!

  26. Greeblygreebly says:

    She has so many cute craft ideas and one thing I like is that they are all very do-able. Some craft blogs are fun to look at but I think “Oh wow, not sure I could tackle that” But this Easter decoration was a creative idea that looked very fun to do and it was a way I wouldn’t have thought to use an embroidery hoop.

  27. Mary says:

    I love Jamie Mueller’s SunFlower Seeds blog. She is just starting a quilt-along of her gorgeous Brick Road quilt pattern featuring RJR Cotton Supreme Fabrics.

  28. Crystal says:

    This guest post by Glennon Melton over at Enjoying the Small Things isn’t about sewing but it’s about stitching together a good life – and that’s a very good thing to be doing in this world!

    Thanks for sharing such lovely books!

  29. Peggy says:

    I just love that S is for Stitch book. Sigh.
    One of my favorite blogs is Attic24. Her colors are so bright and beautiful, I can’t help but smile when I look at them.

  30. Linh says:

    Have you seen ever seen these kinds of curves?

    I would love to tryt this one day and I love her color choice.

  31. Heather says:

    I’m a huge fan of How About Orange because Jessica features a wide variety of crafts and tech. Recently she posted on the Library of Congress free image search and since I just bought a house that needs decorating this is perfect!

  32. Carmen says:

    Not a regular sewing blog (she has awesome home tips!) but I saw this today:

  33. Allison C says:

    Really want S is for stitched!
    I liked this recent blog because of the colors and simplicity of the quilt (and it happens to be the guild I’m involved in):

  34. Becky says:

    I loved this mini quilt so much I even called my husband over to look –

  35. Sarah says:

    And how could I forget!! Love me some Little Island Quilting— 😉

  36. KeriAnn says:

    This is an extremely inspiring blog created by the owners of a local quilt shop.

  37. Sarah says:

    I recently added “Sewing Over Pins” to my reading list ( I’m loving what she makes (rose stars galore and starburst cross quilt, anyone?!) but also enjoy her writing style. Double plus 😉

  38. Monica says:

    I just read this today and am excited. I am always looking or cool tacks but never ive in because they are so expensive for a tack. So here is my solution, love it…thanks!

  39. Lindsay H says:

    I love Mad Mim ( especially her posts about the adorable clothes she sews her kids!

  40. Penny says:

    I really loved the mini washcloths here:

    A super great idea and one I will be doing soon!

  41. Amy says:

    I loved this post by s.o.t.a.k. handmade. She made the most beautiful improv quilt, but the best part is the binding that blends with the quilt. This was a completely new idea for me — and I think the result is stunning.

  42. Gigi Weinberg says:

    Love, love, love her crafty ideas…

  43. Chaka says:

    I can’t stop looking at this skirt. I’ve been feeling very girly lately. I’m a beginner, but I can’t wait to make beauties like ths one. I actually saved a swatch of fabric similar to this one a few months ago.

  44. jm says:

    Here’s a good one:

  45. Veronica says:

    Here is another blog with so many creative ideas, some sewing tutorials, and just advice on being a mom in this world. Recently she has blogged about her boy being bullied and trying to resolve it and encouraging the world to put an end to bullying. Here is a link to her most recent bullying post, but I also think everyone should take a look at and also enroll in her organization classes. I want to so badly, she deserves more support on her blog and her organization business – because she’s good!

  46. Gweneth B-R says:

    Please check out art for housewives there is always something there that inspires me.

  47. My favorite post this time around would be from Red Pepper Quilts on these pretty Liberty of London placemats: They are just so lovely and I like the combination of Liberty prints with linen.

  48. Kim T. says:

    I love this post on doing less dishes! I’m all for that…

  49. Angela says:

    I really appreciated the Fabric Feather Tutorial because my kids request a lot of odd shaped items for their dolls and animals. The trick of using the interfacing will save me a lot of frustration. 🙂

  50. rikki says:

    She posts all kinds of decorating themed emails – they’re so inspiring! It makes me want to actually DO something in my house 🙂

  51. emilia says:

    Mellysews.Com Is Amazing! I Pretty Much Love Everything She Makes.

  52. Jess Z says:

    My most recent favorite blog posts I’ve read are from Simple Simon and Company. They recently wrapped up their “You can’t Judge an Ugly Vintage Pattern by It’s Cover” and it was both entertaining and inspiring. The first project showcased tulips: This series definitely helped me see beyond the initial style and look at what could be changed about a particular pattern.

  53. Rebecca T in CA says:

    I especially like this post – so much so, I spent a week sorting and folding fabric… I’m not great at selecting fabric beyond “I like Lotta Jansdotter’s new line, let me buy that for a project” so this series has helped me a lot! Plus my sewing space totally ROCKS now 🙂

  54. Nicole says:

    I’m sure it’s already on your radar, but Craftiness is Not Optional is one of my favorite blogs for kiddo clothing. 🙂

  55. craftytammie says:

    Here’s a blog I like to read. I want to start this quilt soon!

  56. nel fraker says:

    Prarie grass patterns- Love their patterns.

  57. I’m loving May Chappell’s latest post ( She suggested ironing your quilt top to the batting before pin-basting. I’m going to try that next.

  58. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    Here is a recent and great blog post about improv piecing that I really enjoyed:

  59. Kim says:

    Oops! I was so distracted by the fun books I missed the instructions. I love this blog and the new book Kelly wrote! The party ideas are do fun and creative! I love the ideas for making the holidays extra special.

  60. Savannagal says:

    I love doing crafts with my nieces and am always looking for inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway.

  61. Cherie says:

    I don’t know that this site is really considered a blog or not. But, I love Sew4Home. They have so many awesome projects. It is truly an inspiring site. They have detailed tutorials. I learn a lot from this site.

  62. Kim says:

    Great giveaway today! My daughter and I would love them!

  63. Katja says:


    this is one of my favourite blogs: She has so many great ideas, just lovely.

    Thanks for your ideas and give-aways!


  64. Anta says:

    I really like this post on stash books blog.
    I like it because I’ve got an 8 year old daughter that is learning to sew. She has taken some sewing classes but she also likes to sew at home with me. Thank you for the chance to win some great new books.

  65. Mary P in Chicago says:

    I loved this post. It’s always so neat to see someone take technique and use it in a different way.

  66. Angie says:

    I love looking in on Red Pepper Quilts for inspiration and to see what’s new in her stash. Today’s paper pieced quilt is especially beautiful.

  67. Sarah says:

    Hello! I am a k-8 art teacher and professional photographer. I’m always looking for new lessons to teach that involves crafting, as well as props I can make for my photo sessions. I love the embroidered felt bookmark! I could see those turned into a maternity sash with felt or fabric flowers attached to them. 🙂

    I enjoy reading all of your posts. I haven’t used a sewing machine in over 20 years, and recently had my grandmother’s machine cleaned so I can start using it again. I will continue checking out your posts to learn other cool techniques!! Thank you!

  68. Crystal says:

    I would love any and all of these books!

    My current favorite blog is SewCanDo – creative ideas with great instructions on her tutorials. and its not just sewing, though it is the main focus.

  69. Tammy says:

    Fun looking book! I can see that coming in handy when my daughter gets a little older.

    A blog post I really appreciated: Just a good reminder to moms!

  70. Alice S says:

    I don’t know if she is an “up and comer”, but I love everything that Gail makes.

  71. mjb says: is a new fun softie blogger!

  72. Anna says:

    These look like so much fun!

  73. White Shoes Whenever says:

    Cherie from You and Mie.
    Last week she hosted the amazing Japanese Sewing Books. It was very encouraging.

    And I love her style.

  74. Jen says:

    I’ve read this blog a lot recently, she is just so sweet.

  75. Kari E says:

    This isn’t a crafty blog, but I liked this post because it made me examine my standards and realize that they don’t have to be the same for every part of my life – or every project for that matter. The purse I just finished has some wonky seams and I had to improvise a little, but I did it. It’s perfect to me…

  76. SS Sews says:
    This blog is new to me. I really love the look of the stripped fabric up by the zipper in this pouch.

  77. erinmalia says:

    oh my dear niece would love that book! i think it would be perfect for her.

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