Aren’t you loving all of these fabulous giveaways in our 8th Annual Handmade Holidays series? This list is just for Week THREE! Visit every day and comment on each daily post for a chance to win a new sewing or craft book. Add favorites to your own holiday wish list!

Thank you to all of the publishers who generously contributed to our Handmade Holidays giveaways: Interweave/F+W, Quirk Books, Shambhala Publications and Roost Books, Storey Publishing, Sterling Publishing, C&T Publishing, Tuttle Publishing, STC Craft, Taunton Press, Martingale, Stitch Craft Create and Lucky Spool.

Time to Make: Throw Yourself at Your Creative Life. Don’t Wait.
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Author: Ginger Hendrix
Publisher: American Rookie Books

You don’t have time. Or space. You might not make any money at it; so why bother making something? Why sew or carve or glue or draw?

Because our souls were made to.

The steady-hearted place that comes with making seems to still our souls: our hands moving, the hamsters that usually ride stationary bikes in our heads strangely calmed. And that experience is a vastly more important thing to foster than anything we actually produce. Time to Make lobs a question you might need to ask yourself: why wait any longer to grab the creative life you’re meant to have?

Novel Living: Collecting, Decorating, and Crafting with Books
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Author: Lisa Occhipinti
Publisher: STC Craft

In this digital age, the fate of physical books remains in question. Even the concept of curling up with a good book conjures new images. But there remains a sensory thrill to physical books—to seeing and feeling them, to turning their pages—that makes many of us value them even more as digital reading grows in popularity. In Novel Living, artist Lisa Occhipinti celebrates her love for physical books by presenting us with her unique ideas for collecting and displaying them, for conserving and preserving them, and for crafting with them. Guided by Occhipinti’s artful eye, you’ll be inspired to build and display collections based on your personal passions and to use books for crafting, either by deconstructing or by copying favorite elements. Amazingly, most of the projects—ranging from easy shelving to a headboard constructed of book spines to napkins composed of scans of favorite text passages from books—require no special skills or supplies.

Pincushion Appeal: Patterns for Pincushions to Make You Smile
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Author: Cecile McPeak + Rachel Martin
Publisher: Martingale

From the creative minds behind Just Another Button Company, this book features unique and irresistible pincushion patterns. Find step-by-step instructions and lots of inspiration at a terrific value.

  • Choose from eight wonderfully whimsical pincushions and create a handmade work of art that has lasting charm.
  • Learn clever ways to embellish using buttons, felted wool, embroidery floss, yarn and other craft materials.
  • Enjoy artistic projects that are quick, easy to create and great for gifts.

Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make
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Author: Amie Petronis Plumley + Andria Lisle
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Authors Amie Plumley and Andria Lisle teach a children’s sewing camp that delights kids and parents every year. Now, they have put their experience to work in creating this lively, how-to-sew book for ages five and up. Featuring 21 inspired projects, Sewing School shows kids how to create fabric masterpieces with minimal supervision. All projects have been kid-tested, and most can be made using simple hand stitches—no sewing machine required. Projects include pillows, dolls, blankets, wallets, totes, coasters, pot holders, sleep masks, mats, and more; each project features step-by-step instructions written at a second-grade comprehension level, a close-up photo of every step, and a photo of the finished project. The book includes full-sized cut-out patterns in a front pocket. Sewing School will have your kids in stitches!

Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples: Motifs
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Author: From the Editors of Stitch Magazine
Publisher: Interweave

More and more sewists and quilters are adding embroidered details to their work. While there are a bevy of embroidery stitch dictionaries currently available, this book goes beyond basic embroidery stitches to full-fashioned designs. A collection of 123 embroidered motifs that incorporate beads, this book allows readers to create designs that range from beautiful to whimsical.

Motifs vary in range from elegantly simple single motifs, to complex all-over patterns, to 3-dimensional designs. Along with step-by-step instructions are numerous examples of how to use and place the motifs on hems, pockets, cuffs, collars and handbags; or as home décor trim on pillows, curtains or lampshades. Patterns emphasize beaded edgings and trims, as opposed to heavy, solid beaded fabric motifs found in other beaded embroidery books.

Sewing For a Royal Baby
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Author: Sew Beautiful Magazine
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Sewing for a Royal Baby will let new mothers and grandmothers create a royal wardrobe for their new little one using the complete patterns and instructions provided with the book. These aren’t just any children’s garments, but elegant designs featuring heirloom sewing techniques. Some, like the Royal Christening Gown or a suit worn by a young Prince William, are inspired by actual royal attire, while others have been selected from past issues of Sew Beautiful magazine for their majestic style.

From bonnets and booties to breathtaking christening gowns and sweet toddler looks, Sewing for the Royal Baby lets the sewists create a wardrobe fit for a little prince or princess using a variety of machine and heirloom sewing techniques.

The Handmade Marketplace, 2nd Edition
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Author: Kari Chapin Nixon
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.

Linen, Wool, Cotton Kids
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Author: Akiko Mano
Publisher: Roost Books

Sew the perfect mix-and-match wardrobe for your little girl. From girly dresses to menswear-inspired outfits, the twenty-one sewing projects in this book offer classic styles for dresses, tops, pants, and accessories for girls. This collection of coordinated separates will make the perfect addition to your child’s wardrobe. Customize each piece to suit the season or the recipient—simply choose the basic colors and versatile fabrics to make clothes that will grow with your child. With an emphasis on natural fabrics, these garments are designed to feel good, look good, and to last.

Full of beautiful photographs, clear step-by-step instructions, detailed diagrams, and full-size pattern sheets for sizes four to seven, this book will guide both new and experienced sewers in making clothes sure to charm the girls in their lives.

Best of Stitch: Bags to Sew
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Author: From the Editors of Stitch Magazine
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Welcome to a selection of the best bags from the popular Stitch magazine, plus 5 brand-new projects, curated by its editors. The book features designs from Malka Dubrawsky, Ayumi Takahashi, Kevin Kosbab, Carol Zentgraf and many more.

Techniques include patchwork, applique, pleating, creating dimension with fabric and embroidery. Bags of a variety of shapes and sizes were selected, including coin purses, gadget bags, clutches, slouch bags and messenger bags, so you are sure to find something to make for yourself or give to your friends and family.

Inside you will find all of the best bags from Stitch magazine in one place, plus 5 brand-new designs- there’s something for everyone!

Sewing For a Royal Baby
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Author: Sew Beautiful Magazine
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Sewing for a Royal Baby will let new mothers and grandmothers create a royal wardrobe for their new little one using the complete patterns and instructions provided with the book. These aren’t just any children’s garments, but elegant designs featuring heirloom sewing techniques. Some, like the Royal Christening Gown or a suit worn by a young Prince William, are inspired by actual royal attire, while others have been selected from past issues of Sew Beautiful magazine for their majestic style.

From bonnets and booties to breathtaking christening gowns and sweet toddler looks, Sewing for the Royal Baby lets the sewists create a wardrobe fit for a little prince or princess using a variety of machine and heirloom sewing techniques.

Fabrigami
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Author: Jill Stovall, Florence Temko, Scott Wasserman Stern
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Fabrigami is the Asian art of folding fabrics to create three-dimensional objects ranging from the practical to the whimsical. Like paper, there are countless beautiful fabric designs to choose from, only fabric has the virtue of being extremely durable.

Fabrigami began as origami legend Florence Temko’s final project. Everyone knows that origami is the art of paper folding, but Temko had begun experimenting with folding fabric to make objects that are just as beautiful but more lasting than paper. Sadly, Temko passed away before the book was completed, but her collaborator, Jill Stovall, continued their work. Now, Stovall—with the help of Scott Stern, a rising young star of origami—brings Fabrigami to print for everyone to use and enjoy.

This craft book begins by presenting instructions on how to treat fabric so it holds a shape when folded. Then Stovall shares a series of fun craft projects with simple origami-style diagrams that you can use to make a range of lovely objects.

How to Crochet
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Author: Sara Delaney
Publisher: Storey Publishing

The perfect guide for beginners! Sara Delaney shows you her techniques for working a basic chain and creating single and double chain stitches. You’ll learn about changing colors, joining, fastening off, reading crochet patterns and working with different shapes. Working on small projects, such as a simple potholder or scarf, gives you the practice and experience you need before you move on to crocheting more complex patterns on your own.

How to Make a Quilt
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Author: Barbara Weiland Talbert
Publisher: Storey Publishing

With basic sewing skills and these simple step-by-step instructions, you can easily learn to make your first quilt! Barbara Weiland Talbert outlines the complete process in an easy-to-follow sequence, from selecting a design and choosing fabric to cutting pieces, assembling blocks, assembling the quilt top and finishing your quilt.

Patchwork, Please!
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Author: Ayumi Takahashi
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

In Patchwork, Please!, Stitch magazine contributor Ayumi Takahashi has created playful and practical patchwork projects for the home and the people who live in it. Sewing should be fun, and Ayumi Takahashi’s patchwork projects embody that happy, playful approach.

Known for both her distinctive combination of patterned fabrics and her quirky interpretations of vintage style, Ayumi brings this signature approach to 19 sewing projects. The book begins with basic techniques in patchwork, paper piecing, raw-edged applique, and machine and hand embroidery. Then it’s straight into an appealing assortment of projects for the kitchen, home, family and friends.

BurdaStyle Modern Sewing Wardrobe Essentials
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Author: BurdaStyle
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

BurdaStyle is a legendary brand that focuses on the fashionable and high-style sewing marketplace. Sewists know the BurdaStyle name and its reputation for high-quality patterns. BurdaStyle Modern Sewing: Wardrobe Essentials includes 20 projects from the archives of BurdaStyle magazine.

All of the must-have basics of a woman’s wardrobe are covered in this collection: jackets, pants, blouses, skirts and dresses. The designs include versatile separates as well as combinations that further expand the possibilities for the modern woman’s wardrobe. In addition to the twenty patterns, there are nine variations. Many of the projects include illustrated step-by-step tutorials. With a few exceptions, all of the projects are easy to intermediate, and sizes range from 2 to 14.

Wardrobe Essentials includes a Burda 101 section that covers everything sewists need to know to follow the patterns, including frequently used techniques and a pattern insert with full-size pattern pieces. “BurdaStyled” tips sprinkled throughout the book give advice on styling the designs for maximum appeal.

Artfully Embroidered
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Author: Naoko Shimoda
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Artfully Embroidered reinvents vintage embroidery through a modern aesthetic. Traditional Japanese and western motifs are made new with color and embellishment, and 25 hand embroidered patterns demonstrate the beauty of the traditional designs while keeping the projects fresh and modern-looking for today’s sewists.

Step-by-step instructions and templates allow readers to create lovely sewn or embroidered projects or use the embroidery motifs on their own designs.

Projects include a variety of handbags, totes, coin purses, compacts, as well as book and tablet covers. In addition, there are visual examples of embroidery used as embellishment on clothing and linens. Also included are pattern inserts for selected projects.

Gertie Sews Vintage Casual
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Author: Gretchen Hirsch
Publisher: STC Craft

The mid-20th century was an amazing time for American women’s fashion! Following the war, women started looking to American designers rather than French couture houses for inspiration and to demand clothing they could move in, even play in. In this follow-up to Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch celebrates the classic casual styles that icons like Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn and Rosie the Riveter made famous—think wide-legged trousers, fitted capri pants, beach rompers, shorts, knit tops, jeans and day dresses. In Part I, Hirsch introduces key techniques for sportswear construction—from working with knit fabrics to the intricacies of pant-making—and in Part II, she showcases a 30-plus-piece vintage-inspired casual wardrobe.

Best of Stitch: Beautiful Bedrooms
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Author: From the Editors of Stitch Magazine
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Stitch readers can’t get enough of pillows and other home décor accessories. Perhaps it’s because home décor items are among the most accessible of sewing projects: quick to make, no fitting required and fun to show off. And what better place to use and showcase these items than where you lay your head? Best of Stitch: Beautiful Bedrooms will bring together a colorful, sensory feast of favorite and fresh projects that are easy on the eye and just a little bit sultry. Readers will learn new skills and find creative ways to make their sleeping quarters a showplace for handmade items. The book will include 5 new and 15 repurposed magazine projects as well as sidebars and tip boxes on specific techniques that are used in the projects, offering tips and troubleshooting advice for construction, hand stitching, working with fabrics and embellishing. A “Sewing Basics” reference section at the back of the book covers sewing skills necessary for creating all projects.

Playful
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Author: Merrilee Liddiard
Publisher: STC Craft

Perfect for after school or a rainy Sunday, Playful is a charming collection of 26 unique, modern projects for adults to make with and for young children. Divided into five categories—Playful Dress Up, Playful Toys, Playful Paper Crafts, Playful Repurposing and Playful Art—the low-skill, high-style, low-cost projects include a tiger piñata, a parade of paper puppets and a dollhouse made out of cardboard and bright duct tape. Sweet and straightforward, this enchant­ing book is sure to inspire many happy, colorful hours of making—and make-believe—among adults and the children they love.

Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics
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Author: Emiko Takahashi + Soo Leeyong
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

There is no better project for the eco-conscious crafter than a simple cloth bag.
Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics offers patterns for twenty-five basic bag styles along with sixty variations and the know-how to customize each bag to suit any style—from sweet-and innocent to minimalist to counter-culture.

Emiko Takahashi, a fashion and textiles designer, provides easy instructions and diagrams, as well as a sheet of fully-sized pattern pieces for each handmade bag project—plus easy lessons on the basics of hand-stitching drawstring casings, corners, edges, straps and simple flourishes. Cotton and linen bags are always useful and they lend a carefree, laid-back touch to any warm-weather outfit. Each bag can be machine-sewn, but they are designed to be made in natural fabrics that are lightweight enough to be easily sewn by hand.

Hello Kitty Crochet
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Author: Mei Li Lee
Publisher: Quirk Books

Hello Kitty Crochet is all about kawaii: the supercute world of Hello Kitty and her friends meets the Japanese art of amigurumi, or crocheted dolls. With 25 cute and easy-to-make projects, Hello Kitty Crochet is as charming and fun as it is simple to follow.

Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or have never used a needle, you’ll find tons of helpful tips and tricks for creating kawaii handmade dolls. It’s the perfect way for crafters and cuteness-lovers to celebrate the global icon’s 40th anniversary!

Sew Fun
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Author: Sew Beautiful Magazine Editors
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Unlike many sewing-for-children books, Sew Fun: 20 Projects for the Whole Family is a thoughtful approach to crafting with and for children. Readers will discover a variety of ways to get children involved in fun sewing projects, whatever their age or ability. Several projects are strictly for adults to make and children to enjoy. Others incorporate a child’s drawings printed on fabric and used as a template or design. Some projects allow older children to begin sewing for themselves and are perfect for short attention spans or low frustration levels. Essential quilt patterns allow children to contribute to a group project while an adult handles the actual sewing. Deborah Fisher has developed a range of projects that will appeal to adults and children alike. Fun costumes, beautiful dolls, story-time blankets and communal projects are just some of the patterns included here. Sewists will enjoy combining bright colors and contemporary fabrics while spending time with their families. They’ll get tips for working with children and learn how to involve them in ways that are enjoyable and stress-free.

Sweet and Simple Sewing: Quilts and Sewing Projects to Give– or Keep
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Authors: Carrie Jung, Jessi Jung + Lauren Jung
Publisher: Martingale

Discover a visually striking collection of sewing and quilting patterns featuring modern colors and clean designs. Create everything from quilts to luggage tags, a hand-bound journal, pleated clutch, makeup bag and more.

  • Stitch affordable small accents to brighten your world–many projects require less than a yard of fabric and can be made in just a few hours.
  • Select from 13 unique projects ranging from beginner to advanced; easy-to-follow instructions with color diagrams guide you step by step.
  • Impress your friends with inventive gifts that look complicated but are actually simple to make.

The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking
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Author: Wendy Ward
Publisher: Stitch Craft Create

Do you dream of making your own unique clothes which you won’t see anyone else wearing? Have you got a collection of fantastic designer fabrics just waiting to be turned in to clothes? This is the ultimate dressmaking guide, teaching you how to make your own clothes even if you have never done so before! As well as step-by-step instructions for all the basic sewing and dressmaking techniques, there are six garment sewing patterns to choose from. It even includes multi-sized paper patterns for all the garments so you can get started immediately.

The garments include a maxi dress/skirt, jersey top, simple jacket, trousers, fishtail skirt and a shift dress. The author has also included advanced techniques for optional techniques such as pockets and collars which you can choose to add to the basic patterns as your dressmaking skills improve.

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Big-City Bags: Sew Handbags with Style, Sass and Sophistication
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Author: Sara Lawson
Publisher: Martingale

Ready to move beyond basic bags and totes? Now you can create sophisticated handbags and totes with a modern look. Learn a variety of intermediate to advanced techniques–from installing zippers and magnetic snaps to creating adjustable straps–and find detailed info on selecting the right interfacing, stabilizer, or batting for any project.

  • Choose from 12 new designer-style bags and purses– alternate colorways provide additional inspiration.
  • Make use of clearly illustrated, well-tested patterns for sewing attractive bags.
  • Add stylish design elements that make your bags stand out: piping, three-dimensional pockets, fabric pleats and more.

Sew Merry and Bright: 21 Easy, Fun, and Festive Patterns
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Author: Linda Lum DeBono
Publisher: Martingale

Have yourself a colorful little Christmas! From popular designer Linda Lum DeBono, this handmade-holiday collection offers an exciting array of decorating ideas.

  • Fill your sleigh with 21 fun and whimsical projects, including wall hangings, place mats, ornaments, stockings, table runners, a tree skirt, an Advent calendar, and more.
  • Indulge in bright novelty prints; projects also work nicely in a more traditional palette.
  • Find a host of cheery home-decor items and gift ideas for Christmas.

School of Sewing
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Author: Shea Henderson
Publisher: Lucky Spool Media

Sophisticated first-time sewing instruction. The School of Sewing: Learn it. Teach it. Sew together. book is not aimed at children with juvenile projects. Instead its technique-based method is for a mature student, who’s excited to learn all about sewing, with simple instruction for attractive projects.

A year’s worth of attractive projects. What makes this book truly unique is that while it’s geared toward sophisticated beginners, it is also a teaching tool for experienced sewers and instructors, who want to hold their own licensed School of Sewing classes. Written by a former teacher, with clear instructions, the book is designed to cover a year’s worth of lessons with a new project every month.

Make and Give: Simple and Modern Crafts to Brighten Every Day
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Author: Steph Hung + Erin Jang
Publisher: Roost Books

With bold infographics, bright colors, and modern design, the thirty-five projects in this book are unique and inspiring. Covering a wide range of techniques, from simple prints and sewing to paper cutting and painting, both beginner and advanced crafters will find something to create. Whether it is a candy necklace for your child, a nickname handkerchief for your best friend, or a desk surprise for your coworker, these crafts are easy, fun, and meant to be shared with the people you love.

Playful Hoodies: 25 Reinvented Sweatshirts for Dress Up, for Costumes & for Fun
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Author: Mary Rasch
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Take one store-bought sweatshirt, add fleece embellishments, and voilà! You’ve got a really cool costume. These 25 imaginative and fun projects provide a delightful solution to the annual Halloween conundrum—or for any time kids want to play dress-up. It’s amazingly easy to put together a range of creative characters, including a princess, gnome, frog, owl, pumpkin, and Little Red Riding Hood. There are even a few simple extras to make to complete the outfits, like a wand and a crown. And as a bonus, with these warm sweatshirts, kids won’t even have to wear a coat on Halloween!

How to Catch a Frog: And Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY
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Author: Heather Ross
Publisher: STC Craft

Much of Heather Ross’s creative work has been inspired by her being born into an eccentric family of artists and idealists in a rural corner of Vermont during the 1970s. According to Heather, that environment was defined by stunning natural beauty, creative and innovative living, and daily lessons in self-reliance. It also included equal parts of general dysfunction, a self-imposed but nearly inescapable poverty, and little exposure to basic life skills.

When, as a twenty-something, Heather complained to her mother about a long list of things she had missed out on and that had compromised her chance of ever leading a “normal” life (immunizations, a healthy respect for authority), her mother waved a hand and replied, “Well, you should thank me, because you have a lot of good stories instead.” How to Catch a Frog is a collection of those stories, plus others that show Ross’s eventual route to success as an artist, entrepreneur, and mother, all animated by Ross’s delightful illustrations and how-to instructions.

The Knowledgeable Knitter
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Author: Margaret Radcliffe
Publisher: Storey Publishing

This is the definitive reference for any knitter seeking better results, whether the challenge is reading a pattern chart, substituting yarn, modifying a pattern, fixing a mistake, shaping a collar, or adjusting an armhole. Expert Margaret Radcliffe, author of The Knitting Answer Book and Circular Knitting Workshop, demystifies and thoroughly explains the “why” behind every knitting technique, from modifying necklines to fixing dropped stitches and creating sleek edges and seams. In this fascinating and comprehensive guide, she covers everything from how to identify a well-written pattern to evaluating schematics, revising a pattern so it fits perfectly, and making adjustments throughout a project. Whatever your skill level, with this book you’ll become a better, happier, more confident knitter!

Vintage Made Modern: Transforming Timeworn Textiles into Treasured Heirlooms
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Author: Jennifer Casa
Publisher: Roost Books

Create modern heirlooms using vintage materials— a collection of 35 innovative projects that showcase the exceptional beauty of timeworn textiles.

Every handmade project has a story to tell. In Vintage Made Modern that story is given more depth through the materials used: textiles with histories all their own. From Granny’s well-worn apron to a threadbare family quilt or a tattered tea towel you picked up at the thrift shop, every fabric and textile has a tale to tell. With a little resourcefulness, some gentle care, and a bit of creative repurposing, the simple sewing and no-sew projects in this book breathe life back into these treasured textiles, refresh their beauty, and create new memories. Vintage Made Modern will have you collaborating with makers from the past and continuing the stories they began long ago, becoming part of the narrative yourself in the process.

Cute Quilts for Kids
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Author: Kristin Roylance
Publisher: Martingale

Make a quilt that’s functional and fun–and sure to be loved for years to come! Babies and toddlers will be tickled to have these bright, colorful designs highlighted by dimensional elements for little fingers to explore. Motifs range from butterflies and ladybugs to dinosaurs and rodeos.

  • Choose from nine adorable patterns that give traditional designs a fresh look.
  • Learn basic appliqué and embellishing techniques as you make engaging quilts using rickrack, ruffles and more.
  • Fit quilting into your busy life; these projects are easy enough for beginners and enticing enough for experts.

Kitchen Stitches: Sewing Projects to Spice Up Your Home
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Authors: Martingale Authors
Publisher: Martingale

Brighten your kitchen and dining area with delightful projects from a host of talented designers. For sewists of all skill levels, this value-packed volume offers an extraordinary variety of styles, including quilted, appliquéd, and embroidered designs.

  • Discover 17 distinctive designs from Natalie Barnes, Lindsay Conner, Melissa Corry, Jenifer Dick, Amy Ellis, Linda Turner Griepentrog, Kim Niedzwiecki, Kari Ramsay, Missy Shepler, Rebecca Silbaugh, Amy Struckmeyer, Heather Valentine and Jackie White.
  • Create everything from aprons to table runners, towel sets, casserole covers, place mats and more.
  • Make the perfect project for bridal showers, housewarmings and hostess gifts.

Strip Savvy: 2 1/2″-Strip Quilting Designs
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Author: Kate Henderson
Publisher: Martingale

This exciting collection features fresh, bright designs inspired by traditional blocks, as well as a few all-new block designs. Discover a wide variety of patterns for everyone from novices to experts– at a terrific value.

  • Use convenient precut 2 1/2″ strips or dive into your stash–and create a quilt that’s uniquely your own.
  • Select from 18 fun projects and try new techniques such as flying geese, half-square triangles, triangle corners, chain piecing, and strip piecing.
  • Enhance your quilt design by making clever use of leftover strips in pieced borders and scrappy bindings.

Mend & Make Fabulous
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Author: Denise Wild
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Showing how to take classic mending techniques one-step further to add personality and style to your 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; uneven or dropped hems; stretched elastic; torn linings; broken straps; and the like. A simple problem-and-solution format makes it easy to find what you are looking for.

Not only will you learn to darn holes to perfection, this book also shows you how to add some creativity to your mending– fix holes with studs or applique; hide discolorations by dip-dying; mend frayed hems by adding cuffs or trim– that will make clothes even more fabulous than they were the first time around.

Present Perfect
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Author: Betz White
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

From beginning to end, the process of creating handmade gifts is an opportunity to sew with love and craft with intention something to be treasured. It’s a practice near and dear to Present Perfect author Betz White, where she shares a collection of beautifully sewn projects to celebrate all of life’s major milestones.

Whether you’re looking to make a cuddly toy for a new baby or toddler’s birthday, a clever bag for a graduate, special accessories for women or men, or beautiful home items “just because,” you’ll find just the project to inspire your stitching in Present Perfect. Each handmade gift begins with a thoughtful selection of materials just right for the project and the recipient. Throughout Betz also offers hints for using alternative materials and ideas for upcycling. Reusing a favorite fabric with a history, such as outgrown baby clothing, a grandfather’s necktie, or a vintage tablecloth, can add meaning to a truly memorable gift.

How to Knit
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Author: Leslie Ann Bestor
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Learning to knit is fun and easy with Leslie Ann Bestor as your teacher. Her simple, fully illustrated instructions lead you step by step through the basics of knitting, from choosing the right needles and yarn to reading a knitting pattern, casting on, executing knit and purl stitches, binding off and blocking finished projects. You’ll also learn techniques for increasing, decreasing and repairing mistakes. Even if you’ve never held a pair of knitting needles before, this easy-to-follow guide will have you knitting in no time!

Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making
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Author: Lucky Spool Authors
Publisher: Lucky Spool Media

10 of the best known and most respected teachers in modern quilt making, many best-selling authors in their own right, share one of their most popular workshops with you in this book. Each class is designed to help you improve your own composition and design choices, whether you create your own patterns or want to follow one of the 16 patterns included. From improvisation to alternate gridwork, working with solids to paper piecing, this book is jam packed with helpful techniques, advice, and guidance. The final workshop is an inspirational gallery of 50 modern quilts that exemplify the tone, color, and style found in modern quilt making today. This is the definitive, must-have collection of modern workshops for every quilter.

Animal Parade: Adorable Applique Quilt Patterns for Babies
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Author: Cheri Leffler
Publisher: Martingale

You’ll love how Cheri Leffler combines simple piecing with whimsical appliqué to make adorable quilts for little boys and girls. Each delightful design comes to life with animal appliqués that portray a sense of innocence and friendliness.

  • Use needle-turn or fusible appliqué to create owls, giraffes, penguins, frogs, foxes, and more— full-sized patterns and large appliqué shapes make it all so easy.
  • Enjoy a varied selection of 10 irresistible quilt patterns for everyone from confident beginners to seasoned quilters.
  • Make fun use of color and create endearing gifts that will bring joy now and as a child grows.

Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing; 20 Projects Kids Will Love to Make
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Author: Amie Petronis Plumley + Andria Lisle
Publisher: Storey Publishing

For kids who have mastered hand sewing, machine sewing opens up exciting new possibilities! With Sewing School 2, children ages 7 and up can make 20 creative projects as they develop their machine sewing skills. With plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions written in kid-friendly language, young sewists can work independently and at their own pace. While creating projects that range from a secret message pillow and a water bottle holder to wall pockets, a zippy pouch, and even a fabric guitar and microphone, beginners will learn how to thread a sewing machine, how to use different fabrics and patterns, and why and when to use a particular stitch. “Make It Yours” suggestions offer ways for kids to personalize their projects, resulting in unique items that will be loved and treasured for years to come.

Carefree Clothes for Girls
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Author: UONCA
Publisher: Roost Books

Ruffles, buttons, and lace are the perfect ingredients for little girls’ clothes; add some unfinished hems and plenty of room to run and play, and you have garments full of fanciful charm and practical playfulness. The twenty patterns in this book—from simple dresses with ruffled sleeves to blouses with crocheted lace and pants with sewn-on legwarmers—are of simple construction, yet full of the personality and details that little girls love.

With beautiful photographs, clear step-by-step instruction, and detailed diagrams, this book offers a treasure trove of whimsical outfits for girls ages four to seven. Full-size patterns are included in four sizes so that you can make the perfect fit.

Make the projects in this book and add a little bit of carefree style to your child’s life.

Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree
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Author: Edie Eckman
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Christmas stockings, ornaments, and more — this is every crocheter’s must-have holiday project book! Beginners will love Edie Eckman’s useful technique tutorial, and experienced crafters will want to jump right in and start on these 20 exciting projects. The book includes instructions for eight different stockings, festive ornaments for trees and tabletops, a tree skirt, and other decorations for the home. Each pattern includes a symbol chart and is labeled with the skill level required to complete it, so crocheters of all levels can pick the perfect project.

Hand-Stitched Home
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Author: Susan Beal
Publisher: Taunton Press

100-year-old Pendleton Mill’s has heirloom style. In Hand-Stitched Home you will enjoy 25 colorful and stylish, heirloom-quality projects-to-sew. Designed for sewers of every skill level, there are comfy patterns ranging from a super-simple throw to a mistake-proof quilt.