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Would you like a new sewing book for summer inspiration? We’re celebrating Friday with some great book giveaways! Comment with your weekend plans for a chance to win one of these titles. (U.S. residents only this time, please.)

School is officially out here so we have plans for ice cream and family fun! Happy Father’s Day to all!


Little Fixes: 54 Clever Ways to Extend the Life of Kids’ Clothes

Author: Disney Powless
Publisher: C&T Publishing

In this how-to book, author Disney Powless proves that whether it’s ripped, stained, too small, or out of season, nothing is lost when it comes to a child’s wardrobe. Little Fixes, a step-by-step guide to refashioning children’s clothes, in sizes ranging from toddler to teen, features 54 simple restyling tutorials. With some basic sewing skills and a little imagination, you’ll soon find yourself having fun reviving any garment. Your kids—and your wallet—will thank you!


The Handmade Marketplace, 2nd Edition: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online

Author: Kari Chapin
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Since its original publication in 2010, Kari Chapin’s The Handmade Marketplace has inspired thousands of crafters around the world to find the courage and know-how they need to make money– and even to make a full-time living– from doing what they love best. Now, this best-selling guide has been completely revised and updated to include solid information on the latest on-line and social media opportunities for sales and marketing, as well as fresh advice and invaluable tips from successful crafters and artists. With Kari Chapin at your side, you can live a more creative life and enjoy a lucrative career at the same time.


Mend & Make Fabulous: Sewing Solutions & Fashionable Fixes

Author: Denise Wild
Publisher: Interweave

Give your clothes a new lease on life!

Showing how to take classic mending techniques one step further to add personality and style to clothes, Mend & Make Fabulous is a uniquely comprehensive resource that combines visual inspiration with practical advice for the fashion-conscious sewer. The ability to repair and restore clothes is priceless, and Mend & Make Fabulous provides a comprehensive guide to all the classic mending techniques and then some: holes and tears; ripped or frayed seams; discoloration, stains, or fading; broken snaps and closures; and so much more.


Fresh Family Traditions: 18 Heirloom Quilts for a New Generation

Author: Sherri McConnell
Publisher: C&T Publishing

This collection of 18 charming quilts and home accessories from Sherri McConnell brings together the best of the old and new in quilting. Sherri’s new designs update traditional blocks (many handed down from her grandmothers) with fresh colors and fabrics from some of today’s top designers. You’ll also visit Sherri’s quilting room and learn how to find inspiration for your own quilting. Projects in the book include quilts both large and small, plus pillows and table runners—perfect for scrap fabrics, fat quarters, and precut charm packs and jelly rolls. Fast and easy projects also make wonderful homemade gifts.


Stitch ‘n Swap: 25 Handmade Projects to Sew, Give & Receive

Author: Jake Finch
Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books

Generation Q Magazine shows you the best way to organize and run a virtual or in-person swap. To help get you started, the team recruited some crafty friends to share 25 inspiring projects. All of the projects can be easily adapted to your taste, style, and skill level. Whether you’re looking to have fun, learn new things, or exchange some fabulous gifts with friends, this easy-to-use book is your go-to resource for the newest community sewing activity.


Sew Quick, Sew Cute: 30 Simple, Speedy Projects

Author: Fiona Goble
Publisher: The Ivy Press

A project book that does away with the idea that sewing is slow, with 30 projects that are both speedy and cute. Sew Quick, Sew Cute fits every project into the tight timeframe of the contemporary crafter, with plenty of ideas on offer that will fit into a spare afternoon. How-tos are given in easily absorbed illustrated steps, and there’s also plenty of scope for you to showcase a special fabric even when you don’t have much of it. From toys to totes, and pillows to quilts, you’ll be amazed at what you can make (and how good it will look), however time-poor you are.