We have a ton of excellent prizes lined up for you this year! Handmade Holidays starts November 1, and you can visit every day for new tutorials, recipes, printables plus several chances to WIN.

We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for providing a big bunch of awesome prizes. (We want all of the prizes!) Thanks to Sterling Publishing (Lark Crafts), St. Martin’s Griffin, F+W (David & Charles), author Kaitlyn Mirison, Workman Publishing (Quirk Books), C&T Publishing (Stash Books, FunStitch Studio), STC Craft, Tuttle Publishing, OLFA, My Modern Quilt Shop, Fat Quarter Shop, Fancy Tiger Crafts, Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, The Fabric Fairy, Fabricworm, Mad About Patchwork, Aurifil, Bluefig, Snapdragon Studios and Roost Books.

Here is Part ONE of our big list of items to win next month…

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‘Tis the Season to Be Felt-y: Over 40 Handmade Holiday Decorations

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Author: Kathy Sheldon
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Fa la la la . . . MORE! Crafters couldn’t get enough of the adorable projects in Fa la la la Felt, so here are over 40 new whimsical felt crafts to celebrate Christmas with handmade style. Many of the same awesomely talented designers (and several new ones!) have returned to create pretty ornaments like Beaded Star Baubles, Sparkly Icicles, a Shining Star Tree Topper (and a partridge in a pear tree) to a pink poinsettia wreath, Yule log, snow bunny tree skirt, and lots of stockings to hang by the chimney with care; these holiday items will make your season merry and bright.

Sew Sweet Creatures: Make Adorable Plush Animals and Their Accessories

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Author: Mollie Johanson
Publisher: Lark Crafts

No one can resist a stitched softie! From a pig clad in a superhero costume to a catnapping kitty hugging a tiny toy owl, these 16 plush creatures really are “sew sweet.” Crafters will love them all, including a Fairy Mouse with sequined wings and a wand; a Baker Squirrel in her chef’s outfit; and a Polar Princess Polar Bear. Each one comes with personalized accessories and a short introductory story.

Country Living Christmas Joys: Decorating * Crafts * Recipes

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Author: Country Living
Publisher: Hearst

Make this Christmas the best and brightest yet, with hundreds of gorgeous decorating ideas and delicious recipes. From holiday house tours and ways to deck the halls to handmade gifts and festive feasts, this beautiful book will help you celebrate Christmas in Country Living style. Create stunning wreaths, turn saltshakers into sparkling snow globes, craft Advent calendars from tiny envelopes, bake gourmet-store-worthy cookies, and more to make a truly happy holiday.

One $25 Gift Certificate to Fancy Tiger Crafts
(International winners OK.)

About Fancy Tiger Crafts:
Fancy Tiger Crafts is a revolutionary shop that specializes in craft supplies and classes for the modern crafter. Based in Denver, Colorado, Fancy Tiger Crafts also has great options for online shopping. Owners Jaime Jennings and Amber Corcoran’s vision is to inspire people to reach their crafting potential through modern and sustainable supplies and quality instruction. They believe that making things by hand makes people feel better and that if more people made things, the world would be a better place.

Sew Fantasy Toys: 10 Sewing Patterns for Magical Creatures from Dragons to Mermaids

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Author: Melly McNeice
Publisher: David & Charles

Gorgeous new collection of huggable creatures from fabulous toy designer Melly McNeice. Mums and grannies alike will love the designs for fantasy creatures including scary monsters and mystical unicorns, which will capture their imaginations as much as their children.

Sewers will adore the bright, modern fabrics Melly uses for her colorful designs and won’t be able to resist the simple but effective patterns that are fun and easy to sew. They will love making the pretty mermaid for their daughter to cuddle up with at bedtime, or the friendly dragon who will protect them while they sleep…

There are 10 creatures in this collection so you can choose your favorite from a friendly monster, brave dragon, pretty mermaid, marching robot and a mysterious unicorn amongst others, or you can make them all and create your own fantasy world of cuddly toys – sure to make very special keepsakes in years to come.

All the patterns have easy to follow step by step instructions, quirky photography and full sized templates.

Tilda’s Toy Box: Sewing Patterns for Soft Toys and More from the Magical World of Tilda

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Author: Tone Finnanger
Publisher: David & Charles

Latest must-have collection from bestselling craft designer Tone Finnanger a.k.a. Tilda who brings her talents to soft toys, gifts and home accessories for children.

Tilda’s new book will show you how to make a wide range of beautiful soft toys and gifts for kids, plus amazing accessories for their bedrooms. Discover simple sewing patterns for adorably plump dolls with a range of outfits and accessories, cute jungle creatures like monkeys, and sea-themed creations – pirates, whales and fish–all reproduced at full-size to trace from the page.

Exquisitely presented in her trademark style, this book will delight Tilda fans everywhere with its achievable patterns and charming styled photography.

Full-Figure Fashion: 24 Plus-Size Patterns for Every Day (BurdaPlus Modern Sewing)

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Author: BurdaStyle Magazine
Publisher: David & Charles

Sew stylish, flattering garments with Burda patterns!

BurdaStyle is a legendary brand that focuses on the fashionable, high-style, “in” sewing marketplace. Sewists know the BurdaStyle name and its reputation for high-quality sewing patterns. BurdaStyle Modern Sewing: Full-Figure Fashion includes 25+ of the best plus-size 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 25+ Burda patterns, there are several variations. The projects are easy to intermediate and sizes range from 14 to 24.

Although this book is not meant to be a primer on sewing, it includes a Burda 101 section that covers everything the reader needs to know to follow the sewing patterns, including frequently used techniques, and a pattern insert with full-size pattern pieces.

One $25 Gift Certificate to The Fabric Fairy
(International winners OK.)

About The Fabric Fairy:
You work hard to create. You take pride in your work. The materials you work with should reflect your commitment to quality, and express your originality.

The Fabric Fiary truly cares about your projects, and backs that up with an unparalleled selection of unique, high quality products, and spectacular customer service you won’t find elsewhere. Whether it is finding the elusive fabric you need, coming up with the perfect match, or just giving you unlimited advice, The Fabric Fairy will do whatever it takes to help you succeed.

Washi Tape Crafts: 110 Ways to Decorate Just About Anything

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Author: Amy Anderson
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

It’s the definitive washi tape craft book for adults. Washi tape—the Japanese decorative paper tape that’s easy to tear, peel, stick and re-stick—is transformative, fun, and remarkably easy to use. It’s also never been hotter. Now comes the only adult washi tape craft book packaged with the tape itself—ten rolls, with 18 feet in each roll—making it a complete kit and outstanding value.

Packed full of amazing projects and ideas, it’s the book and tape kit that shows all the ways to be creative with washi tape. The book includes techniques: precision tearing, wrapping, and weaving. How to make bows, rosettes, and other shapes. How to seal and weatherproof designs to make them permanent. And 110 projects, with color photographs and step-by-step instructions, from custom photo frames to one-of-a-kind gifts. The possibilities are endless.

The Complete Book of Curtains Drapes & Blinds

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Author: Wendy Baker
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Whether you’re an interior designer or a home decorator and you need to create a beautiful home space with a window dressing to complement your lifestyle, look no further. The Complete Book of Curtains, Drapes, and Blinds is the one-stop reference.

No longer will you struggle with inspiration or measurements as you’ll find the essentials for creating a curtain design in this jam-packed volume. Learn the basics of window shapes, measuring, heading tapes, fabric characteristics, and fabric quantities. When you’re ready to design, the second chapter in the book provides an in-depth look into various types of accessories available for curtains and blinds. For designers, and decorators, the sketches can be scanned and reduced to put on sample board or e-mailed to curtain makers to eliminate costly mistakes. The book also includes a section for cozy bed treatments and plush cushions and throws.

From first-time homeowners to interior design students and studio professionals— when it comes to window dressings and coordinated accessories The Complete Book of Curtains, Drapes, and Blinds will help you through bewildering choices in a simple and easy way. Now that’s a curtain call!

An Artist’s Pillars
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Author: Kaitlyn Mirison
Publisher: Independent

An Artist’s Pillars is a guidebook for you to break free from self-doubts.

Your skills, natural talents, dreams and desires can take you only so far because the creative process has a way of highlighting your insecurities. And when these insecurities and deeply seeded self-doubts have their grip on you, the step you need to take to move your project from the container of your mind and heart to the external world can seem insurmountable. But these doubts and insecurities don’t have to stop you and your next step can be a gentle one…

Through An Artist’s Pillars you are guided step by step to develop the fundamentals you need to share with the world what is inside of you to create.

Four $25 Gift Certificates to Fabric Shoppe
(International winners OK.)

About Fabric Shoppe:
Fabric Shoppe features modern designer fabrics and next day shipping, since 2008.

She Wears the Pants: Easy Sew-it-Yourself Fashion with an Edgy Urban Style

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Author: Yuko Takada
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Sew edgy, urban clothes with this stylish sewing book and add a touch of originality to your wardrobe.

More and more women are opting to make their own clothes, but most of the books on the market emphasize girly, feminine designs. She Wears the Pants is the first Japanese sewing book (in English) to focus on the increasingly popular “borrowed–from–the–boys” look. Already one of the best–known and reviewed sewing books in Japan, this sporty addition to the sew–it–yourself craze is poised to take the American DIY sewing market by storm.

Sometimes women are in the mood for clothes with strong, clean lines and casual sophistication—polish and simplicity without the frills. She Wears the Pants is the book for those times. A graduate of the Bunka Fashion Institute, Yuko Takada provides patterns and instructions for making twenty spare and streamlined wardrobe items…

Patterns can be easily adjusted to suit every body size, and Takada shows readers how to select inexpensive, readily available fabrics and transform them into an elegant new wardrobe. Understated never looked so good!

Sew Adorkable: 15 DIY Projects to Keep You Out of Trouble – Quilts, Clothes & Gear for the Chic Geek

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Author: Samarra Khaja
Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books

Sew 15 conversation starters, from cheeky wearables (TRAWRzers!) to quirky quilts and home decor. Make a puffy quilt that looks like candy dots, or stitch a tissue box cover that looks like a vintage typewriter. Tailored to smart, talented, crafty folks of all ages, this hilarious book is just as fun to read (trivia time!) as it is chock-full of sewing projects. Bonus: Go “behind the seams” with textile designer Samarra Khaja.

Stitch Kitsch: 44 Happy Sewing Projects from Home Décor to Accessories

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Author: Jennifer Heynen
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Put the fun back in sewing with little treasures to sew, embellish, and share! From pouches and pincushions to quilts and cheery home decor, these 44 projects make perfect gifts. Each featured project comes with 3 variations. Turn a funky wallhanging into bull’s-eye pillows, a pom-pom trivet, or a lap quilt? The choice is yours! Choose your own sewing adventure, and then embellish projects with embroidery, buttons, trims, topstitching, and fusible appliqué (full-size patterns included).

Stylish Skirts: 23 Simple Designs to Flatter Every Figure

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Author: Sato Watanabe
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Sew chic and original skirts with this stylish sewing book.

Stylish Skirts is the English edition of a popular Japanese sew-it-yourself fashion book which allows you to create simple yet stylish skirts that look and feel great—at a fraction of the cost of store-bought fashion. With this Japanese Sewing book, there’s no end to the kinds of skirts you can create to match your body shape, your taste in fabrics and colors, and your mood (not to mention your favorite tops, shoes and accessories)! The instructions and diagrams are a snap to follow and provide a huge variety of styles—from ultra-feminine to artfully disheveled. All 23 skirt designs in this book look great in different fabrics, colors, prints and textures—so the options are truly endless. The enclosed DIY sewing instructions make cutting and sewing these skirts a breeze.

Author Sato Watanabe has written many of the most popular Japanese sewing books on the market. In this new book, she shows you how to make professional-quality skirts easily and inexpensively at home. She studied clothing and accessory design at Tokyo’s famous Bunka Fashion College before beginning a career as a magazine editor, eventually turning her writing skills to creating bestselling books!

Handmade Bags In Natural Fabrics: Over 25 Easy-To-Make Purses, Totes and More

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Author: Emiko Takahashi
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Make your own charming purse, tote, clutch, satchel or eco tote with with this fashionable bag making book.

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. There is no better project for the eco-conscious crafter than a simple cloth bag. In addition to bag sewing patters, basic sewing lessons teach the fundamentals of bag sewing…

Emiko Takahashi, a fashion and textiles designer, provides easy instructions and bag sewing 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. With Takahashi’s expert guidance, beginning sewers with little or no previous experience can learn to make these understated and elegant handbags.

50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet: Stash Your Sharps in Something Cute and Handmade

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Author: Cat Thomas
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Here is a pretty collection of pincushions that all knitters and crocheters will love. Functional, yet decorative, pincushions not only keep pins and needles in one place, they also make charming accessories that can be displayed in your workroom or given as a gift to a fellow crafter or collector.

Included are a range of fifty fanciful and practical knit and crochet patterns for a wide variety of shapes and sizes. You can choose from an array of designs like colorful crocheted hexagons, knitted traditional tomato or strawberry motifs, elegant flowers, delicious fruits and cakes, charming woodland creatures, prickly cacti, and other fun shapes. These useful and decorative pincushions are quick and cheery projects for all levels of crafters to make. Whether your style is classic or fun and quirky, there’s something here to please every knitter and crocheter!

Bold & Beautiful Easy-Sew Clothes: 15 Unstructured Designs That Fit and Flatter Every Shape, and Are Simple to Make

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Author: Habibe Acikgoz
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Sew stylish separates featuring swinging silhouettes that flatter every body type. The tunics, vests, dresses, jackets, and skirts are both easy and comfortable to wear, and with one-size-fits-all construction they are easily made up and adaptable to make a look that suits you. Included are concise instructions for getting the fit right, and choosing fabrics, plus all the dressmaking basics every sewer needs to know to make up the projects in the book. Additionally, there are a variety of ideas for making the clothes your own, including how to alter the fit to suit your shape or style, or personalize your pieces with pockets, pleats, and drawstrings.

– Each piece has been designed with flowing, elegant lines that skim the body, to create a bold, dramatic and very flattering silhouette.

– These beautiful clothes are as easy to make as they are to wear – just print out the pattern in your size from the CD, and follow the straightforward step-by-step instructions in the book.

– Illustrated guides explain all the sewing skills you need to construct each garment and give it the perfect finishing touch.

Two $25 Gift Certificates to Fiddlehead Artisan Supply
(International winners OK.)

About Fiddlehead Artisan Supply:
Fiddlehead Artisan Supply opened its doors in May 2011 in Belfast, Maine’s thriving downtown area. They sell books, fabric, ribbon, trim and more, including patterns (like the Citronille patterns we recently featured in a pattern challenge)!

The Basics of Corset Building: A Handbook for Beginners

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Author: Linda Sparks
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Think of a corset as a blank canvas. Linda Sparks’ The Basics of Corset Building: A Handbook for Beginners is a comprehensive guide to building your first corset, including:

Section One: Tools and Materials for Corset Building – Discusses the tools you’ll need, plus types of steel, plastic, and textiles.

Section Two: Building a Corset – Everything you need to know about working with bones and busks, setting grommets and eyelets, and creating a beautifully finished corset.

Section Three: Construction Techniques – Covers all the steps, including making a modesty panel, making a mock-up, and building single layer, double layer, and fashion fabric corsets.

Section Four: Alterations and Fit – Discusses commercial corset patterns, as well as how to fit and style a corset for exactly the look you want.

$25 Gift Certificate to Mad About Patchwork
(International winners OK.)

About Mad About Patchwork:
Mad About Patchwork is a boutique online shop featuring a curated selection of fabrics from your favorite modern designers, along with a great range of modern basics. They keep their fabric inventory fresh and fun, so they can stock the newest offerings for you.

Basics include over 200 bolts of Kona cotton, the full collection of shot cottons from Westminster, and Essex Cotton/Linen blend in a variety of colors.

The online shop operates from a commercial location in rural Ottawa, Canada with the option to shop in person five days a week. They offer personalized assistance for all of their customers and affordable shipping rates. Outstanding customer service is their guarantee!

Vintage Lingerie: 30 Patterns Based on Period Garments Plus Finishing Techniques

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Author: Jill Salen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

30 beautiful and historically accurate examples of period lingerie from 1850 to 1970, covering a range of fabulous vintage pieces from 1920s French knickers to 1950s pin-up brassieres. It includes corsets, brassieres, girdles, petticoats, and much more.

From 1920s French knickers to 1950s pin-up brasieres, these fabulous vintage pieces chart the progression of lingerie over the last century. The book covers a range of fascinating garments, including 1890s corsets, 1940s garter belts, 1950s New Look girdles, brassieres, and much more. The book includes 30 fully annotated working patterns alongside drawings, photographs, and practical advice on making up the garments.

For fashion and costume students and costume designers working on stage or screen, the historically accurate patterns are essential for capturing the classic shapes of any period. Students and historians will find the period details and historical background of each garment an invluable resource. Whether you need to construct a historically accurate period garment or simply wish to channel your inner 1950s starlet, this book is for you.

The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering: Create and Develop Your Own Style

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Author: Valerie McKeehan
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

Ubiquitous at boutiques and cafés, on Etsy and Pinterest, in stationery and home decor, the art of chalk lettering is hotter than ever. Valerie McKeehan, an Etsy standout whose work has been featured in magazines and websites from Good Housekeeping to RealSimple.com, teaches us everything we need to know to create gorgeous hand-drawn chalk designs. The book is also a practice space, with three foldout “chalkboards”— the inside cover and foldout back cover are lined with blackboard paper.

In over 60 lessons, learn the ABCs of lettering (literally) and basic styles: serif, sans serif, and script. Next, how to lay out a design, combine various styles into one cohesive piece, add shadows and dimension. Master more advanced letter styles, from faceted to ribbon to “vintage circus.” Use banners, borders, flourishes. And finally, 12 projects to show off your newfound skills: including a Winter Wonderland Snow Globe; a smartphone-themed birthday card to text friends and family; a one-of-a-kind party invitation to create, photograph, and mail; and a bake sale sign guaranteed to put everyone who sees it in the mood for a cupcake!

We Love to Craft Christmas: Fun Stuff for Kids 17 Handmade Fabric & Paper Projects

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

Get your crafty kid in the holiday spirit by giving the definitive guide to creating stylish, handmade gifts. Seventeen modern projects of varying skills levels run the gamut from pillows and barrettes to wreaths and ornaments, made using only paper or fabric. Your crafter will learn how to choose the best materials for each project, and the book’s tips and tricks will make each project easier and more fun.