Shirt Skirt PDF Project + Never Been Stitched Book Giveaway

on February 21 | in Books, Contests & Giveaways, Products & Books, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 89 Comments

Sometimes life gets busy, the potential project piles sit and we yearn for a quick fix of sewing in our days. Amanda Carestio has an answer to this stitchy situation! Her latest book, Never Been Stitched: 45 No-Sew & Low-Sew Projects, lets you play and create with fabric without your sewing machine.

With 45 projects from many talented designers you’re sure to find something to love, like market bags, pencil rolls, wreaths and more. The projects are also a nice option for older kids and for beginner sitchers of all ages who love to craft.

From the publisher:

    Imaginative, inventive, and filled with beautiful things to make, Never Been Stitched is the ultimate collection of no- and low-sew projects. Thanks to fusible webbing, fabric glue, grommets, and other fun materials and techniques, crafters barely need a needle. Forty-five fast and simple items range from a folded market bag to a cute kid’s apron to a plush pillow. A short basics section plus templates help even beginners create quick and stylish garments, home décor, and other accessories.

Today we have a free project PDF for you to download from Never Been Stitched. The Shirt Skirt from designer Cynthia Shaffer is a cute and easy low-sew upcycling project!

You can also enter to win a copy of Never Been Stitched with your comment below. (US addresses only please.) Just tell us about your week… Was it too busy for those dream projects? Did you get snowed in with a quilt in progress or spring dresses in the works? Don’t forget to download your free Shirt Skirt PDF, and have a wonderful weekend.

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89 Responses to Shirt Skirt PDF Project + Never Been Stitched Book Giveaway

  1. anna says:

    Just lost my job. Maybe I should sew something to make me feel better :(

    • Beth says:

      I’m so sorry to hear that. Wishing you better happenings winging their way to you soon. –Beth

  2. Gay Sharon says:

    I have been sewing clothes for a 1920′s antique doll, the Famlee doll by Berwick…a doll with one body and multiple changeable heads…the heads screw on to the body similar to a light bulb in a socket..
    Would be fun to have a book with projects like this..

  3. Jansie says:

    My week was busy, but I was able to work on a little bit of sewing in the evenings. Always makes me happy at the end of a long day. :) Really cute skirt. Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Evelyn says:

    Too many closely approaching deadlines along with a slow recovery from back pain — whew! There’s a baby shower in 2 weeks, a birthday in 3 weeks, another baby shower in 4 weeks, another birthday shortly after that — too many showers and birthdays too close together. Of course I’m sewing and/or quilting gifts for all of these events.

  5. Janice Urffer says:

    Would like some new ideas, that book would be a nice inspiration. Cut out a dress getting ready to make some Spring clothes.

  6. Sara G says:

    I want this book for my Family and Consumer Science (home ec) classroom!

  7. Carmen N says:

    Last week was awful. It started off with a sick toddler and super-cold weather. Mid-week I let our IT dept put a new hard drive in my laptop to replace the one that was failing … and it took two days to get it back! I’m ready for a vacation.

  8. Diana says:

    Flew back from NYC early in the week and was busy playing “catchup” would love to win this fun book!

  9. kelli says:

    Didn’t finish any sewing projects this week, but knitted two caps to donate and went to Stitches West. Ah, so many hobbies!

  10. Sarah says:

    Whoofta… broke the bottom of the car on a huge ice pile resulting from city plow the previous night… seriously… 3 feet tall at least and it was either fly through it or be late to work… I’m a teacher… all that went crazy well… no time to sew… but this morning, so far the house is quiet and clean, and the basement is sorted, so with the clothes calling for washing down there, I’m predicting sewing weather is finally here!

  11. Sara says:

    I hurt my forearm, so nothing really has gotten done. I have all the pieces finished for my first queen sized quilt but just need to put them together. Then I started a smaller project to practice my hand quilting before tackling the monster.

  12. MelodyJ says:

    This past week I got some art journaling supplies.

  13. Sherri says:

    BUSY week at work. No time to sew this week. Maybe next will be better. So this book would fit well with my schedule. Thanks for the chance.

  14. Ashley says:

    This week was good! I finished my burp clothes for my nephew and started a cosmetics bag.

  15. louise says:

    BUSY! ahhh! glad the weekend is here!

  16. Jessica w says:

    This has been a crazy week, different work schedules, crazy busy just glad it is over

  17. SouixBee says:

    This week was one of loose ends. I finished a major project. The one I have nearing completion is stalled. I think something is not quite right with it. The one in the planning stages is also stalled. None of my stash seems right for it and I live 50 miles from a fabric store. Tried looking online, but I really need to see it in person.

  18. No time this week for projects, but I’m MAKING time this weekend! :)

  19. Debby says:

    Great little tutorial to make a skirt from man’s shirt. It is so fun to re-cycle or re-purpose clothing. Shopping at the used clothing store takes on a whole new meaning!!

  20. Kari C says:

    My week was too busy! I did manage to whip up a cozy hood from Oliver+s’s Little Things To Sew for my daughter’s friend’s birthday gift. It was a hit and I now have orders for 6 more for my 3 girls and their friends! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Linda v says:

    I am finishing up a hand quilted queen size quilt. It will be mailed to a friend dealing with her third round of chemo.

  22. Tina B says:

    This looks like a great book for projects to do with my girls

  23. Su says:

    Neat upcycling on the shirt skirt! The book would be wonderful ; not just for me but for quick projects with grandchildren and specil needs kids.

  24. Cindy Giesing says:

    My week is always busy but I try to find time for creativity. This week I assembled and blocked a “baby” sweater for an almost-two year old and I sewed 2 replacement rice bags (with detachable, washable covers) for us. The rice bags are great for arthritis and the 2 year old is absolutely adorable in her new sweater (of course she’s adorable with or without new sweaters). Today (Saturday) I am going with our daughter to a Quilt Craft and Sew show at the San Mateo event center. Last Saturday a granddaughter and I completed an art project together — an umbrella hanging on our patio with crystals hanging down inside looking like drops of water. Very sparkly.

  25. MKat says:

    Have some headbands all layed out to make but did not get to finish them. Now we can’t eat with all the stuff on the table!

  26. jonquil says:

    This week saw my hours being cut at work, found that my local JoAnns doesn’t have the yarn I need to finish a lap sized afghan (most irritating), & decided (last night) that I want a light weight cowl to wear to two birthday parties on Sunday :)

  27. Diana says:

    We did have terrible weather this week and so I did accomplish some of my goals of finishing up some projects or at least working on them some more. I have a motto for the year, “Stay Focused”!

  28. Debora Kellogg says:

    Love to sew and this looks like a lot of fun!

  29. melle e says:

    my week. yikes. let’s just say i’m REALLY happy that it’s over. And that i’ve got my fingers crossed to actually get to sew. which would be REALLY good, as i’m about due to turn in a pattern test project. LOL!

  30. Chris says:

    This looks like a fun book that I would enjoy. I like the apron. I will have to head to Goodwill and buy some shirts.

  31. This book looks like it has very easy and fun project to do! The skirt is a great idea! Would love to win it!

  32. jenn reed says:

    I just got new fabric of knits and some mossy oak fabric, going to attempt to make new shirts and clothing, love the chance to win, thank you for sharing :-)

  33. Amanda in RI says:

    My week was sew-less which is always sad, but I had many wonderful moments with my little buddies at home and in the snow.

    I love this shirt skirt. I am on the hunt for a shirt now!

  34. Jenny Vater says:

    I just saw this book is a give away for now! Usually I find these kinds of posts after the fact! I would really love this book. My library needs a copy!
    I was having a great week – finished up a felted wool sweater project by making stuffed animals. I had big plans to sew more today, instead my kids’ school had a two hour delay because of the rotten weather. On the way out the door my 8 yr slammed his finger in the door and we needed to go to the ER, finger nail is gone and the “root” is damaged and stitched back up. We are hoping he will be able to grow a finger nail with the awesome sewing job the doctor did. I was thankful for the doctor’s sewing abilities! The rest of the weekend will be better!

  35. SueBE says:

    I’ve been looking for a project to upcycle a few nice dress shirts. This is ideal!

  36. Cindy G says:

    What a great idea! I see so many wonderful projects but every day zooms by without anything completed!!

  37. Debbie says:

    I had an extremely busy week at my real job and had no time to work on any of my dream job projects. I had a very important deadline to meet and one night I only got two hours’ sleep.

  38. Linda L. says:

    Between the snow and the sniffles and a migraine, it’s pretty well been a lost week. We have rain and ‘spring’ today but that just means the world will be a skating rink when the deep freeze returns tomorrow. And it will!!
    Other than that, things are fine ;o)

  39. How apropos – my week ended up with no time for sewing (despite the plan for a lot of it!) thanks to a horrible bug that descended upon our house. Finally all feeling well again and chomping at the bit to sit down at my sewing machine : ) This book looks like it would be a lot of fun to work on with kids new to sewing, too!

  40. Dita says:

    My week has been great! I made a pin cushion for myself. I didn’t have one so I figured I’d make one!

  41. Linda Fleming says:

    This has been a topsy-turvey week for me – with a tummy bug – have had lots of time for reading blogs and finding out what’s new and have managed to do a little more planning of a quilt for my great-nephew but no sewing time.
    This sounds like a wonderful book to have. Hope the local library gets a copy!

  42. Lindsay H says:

    Yes! Sadly too busy. I did cut fabric for a skirt I’m making but haven’t had time to stitch it up. Maybe this weekend!

  43. Tabitha K. says:

    I’ve been working on a patchwork quilt with English paper piecing. I finally got it done this week! Yeah! I started working on the Cotton Candy quilt in the April 2014 of Quilters World. It is so pretty! Thanks for a chance, this book would be great for ideas since I’m brand spanking new at everything sewing!

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  44. Dawn Jones says:

    I want to start some sewing projects, but this week I had to clean my sewing area before that could happen. But that’s done now and hopefully I can sew this weekend.

  45. jody zinno says:

    Got a childs dress cut out and began sewing. Pattern was a freebie, some kinks to work out, I think it will turn out nicely. Weather break here in RI, above freezing and rain not snow!!!

  46. Megan says:

    Lots of Tee Ball stuff to put together. First game is next Saturday!

  47. Wendy says:

    I was able to quilt several days this week but I love this project for the shirt/skirt!

  48. Kathy Davis says:

    Our snow finally melted, but I stayed inside anyway and continued to work on my log cabin quilt-as-you-go quilt. I have never done one before but so far so good! I also made a few cute pin cushions out of the same fabric. Thanks, Kathy

  49. My week has been full of cleaning, painting, moving in and sewing.

  50. Sarah in OH says:

    Fabric I ordered arrived– best part of the week obviously! Now working on a floor play quilt for a friend’s baby! One spring dress in the works– I can see grass again, so spring will apparently be arriving again this year. Thanks for the giveaway!

  51. Heidi says:

    Busier and more diffucult than I expected… Looking forward to sewing next week!

  52. Jessie from NM says:

    My week? I don’t remember! I know I made it to Jazzercise 4/5 days so that’s good, right? The plumbing is still not fixed and my feet are cold and my body is punishing me for not being pregnant. Bah! Wow, I sound like a sour puss today. I should go fix that.

  53. Beth B. says:

    This week, I totally failed at sewing my first blazer, so I followed it up with an easy t-shirt and leggings to make myself feel better! :)

  54. Wanda L says:

    Looks exciting! I would try these projects.

  55. Rachael C says:

    It was a crazy busy week. I have just managed to squeeze in an quick bit of sewing and will finally finish a project I started 2 months ago! Can’t wait to get it into the mail to friends!

  56. I had a wacky week as my son was getting over strep throat and I was fighting against coming down with something. I did, however, crochet a “slouchy” beanie. No, i never had before. Suddenly i was channeling my Nana. Lol No snow this week.

  57. BJMarley says:

    I’ve been working on my daughter’s Spring dress after work this week.

  58. erinmalia says:

    we were finally snowed out! didn’t do much stitching because i got a lot done while we were snowed in.

  59. Heather M says:

    What a fun book! I did get a quilt finished up this week. That felt good.

  60. Jessica says:

    Got a whole day of sewing in this weeks thanks to President’s day and a snow make-up school day!

  61. Nique Et says:

    super busy, but I got some screen printing done :)

  62. Heather says:

    This week I jumped head first into my first big, probably too hard, yet utterly satisfying, project in my new/first sewing machine.

  63. Charlotte L says:

    Husband out of town. 3 kids out of school. Ignoring housework to sew!

  64. My week has been long. Filled with one sick little boy and lots of projects and busy work going on. But today is Friday and all is well.

  65. Carol says:

    What a cute book. This week, we got lots of snow Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday it melted (we still have over 2feet of snow) and today it is very windy. I made a quilted pouch for my kindle and I am going to cut out a muslim for my first shirt.

  66. lorraine says:

    So gonna make this for summer. So cute

  67. Lots of sewing going on. A dress for me, some things for others. This week has been great for sewing.

  68. All of the above: on a mission this week to finish all the accessories for my daughter’s baby nursery and now we’re snowed in! Maybe I can start my dream projects tomorrow. Love the ideas in this book.

  69. Tressa Young says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book! I would love to have a copy.

  70. Margo says:

    Cute skirt! Now I need to go find a shirt at the thrift store to remake! I got to sew a lot last weekend, but none during the week. However, I’m looking forward to getting some sewing in tomorrow while my son naps. I’m working on making a denim messenger bag out of an old pair of jeans to take to Sew Expo next weekend.

  71. Chandra says:

    Work tuckered me out all week and my brain was too tired to sew. I’m home sick today though, so I think some restorative sewing may be in my future!

  72. Karly says:

    My week was busy! Between the kids and school I’ve barely had time to do much of anything. I did, however, look up projects to do with fat quarters. I will be picking some up today and making some rickrack trimmed napkins and a table runner to match. Perhaps I’ll make picnic place mats that roll up so when the husband and I finally do get to go on our date (riding in the park on our bicycles), we can sit down and enjoy some delicious finger food on some snazzy place mats!

  73. Viswa says:

    Was too stuffed with work to do anything! But would love to win this book!

  74. Ashley says:

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! I have had a good week! The weather has been nice (highs in the 60s-70s), so I have been enjoying the outdoors!

  75. Rhiannin Davies says:

    Newborn didnt want to sleep this week

  76. Alisha S. says:

    I have been snowed in all winter, but, my week has been pretty quiet. Just sewing up a dog coat for our fur baby :-) Have a great weekend.

  77. lisa says:

    These projects look so fun! I have a goal this year of sewing a dress a month to improve my skills so I worked on the one for February this week. I’m getting down to the wire :)

  78. Crazy week with kids & parents & my new car needing repairs, but I did find time to make a pretty chiffon cover-up from a pattern I got online! Now onto a knit top to wear under it! :)

  79. Dolores Cotter says:

    This looks so interesting i cant wait to try it.

  80. BONNIE ELLIS says:

    This week, I have been reading a book on quilting, psyching myself up to try this! I am ready for new challenges!

  81. Sarah C. says:

    my week could have been better – school mom drama and lots to do at work – but hey – its Friday now!

  82. Stacey says:

    Haven’t had time to sew lately, but was really excited to make a messenger bag this week and finished a dress for my daughter during naptimes :) Would love to check out that book!

  83. ang says:

    I am loving this skirt!

  84. Beth B says:

    Another week has flown by. I did get some stitching done, but not as much I hoped. We are having some warmer temperatures (above freezing for a change) and having some snow melt. Next week is to bring more cold weather. I am working on sewing room organization and finding long lost and forgotten goodies.

    Thanks for the chance to win the book. Looks like some great projects.

  85. DQ says:

    My week was too busy for those projects I’ve been putting off :(

  86. Linda says:

    I have been Grandma sewing this week while I have been home from work and watching the Olympics. Putting together a home sewn layette for the day my daughter tells me, “Mom, we’re expecting!”

  87. Monica says:

    The book looks so interesting. I work full time and this book would come in handy for any last minute gifts.

  88. Clarice Platz says:

    Busy week for met Seams to Fit and Tuxes 2…. Met win two brides, four bridal couples, prom and bridal expo planning…love new ideas for up cycling gifts for my boutique!

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