Here’s our final round of prizes for November’s Handmade Holidays series! Stop by every day and comment for a chance to win books, fabric, gift certificates and more. Thank you to our generous sponsors for making Handmade Holidays extra fun: 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 (Stewart, Tabori and Chang), 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, Roost Books and Storey Publishing.


All Points Patchwork: English Paper Piecing beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects

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Author: Diane Gilleland
Publisher: Storey Publishing

The key to perfect patchwork is getting all of the points to match up– which is no easy feat! Thanks to the rediscovery of a traditional technique known as English paper piecing, success is now possible for quilters of all levels. By cutting the desired shapes from paper, basting the paper to the back of your fabric, and then hand-sewing the pieces together, you’ll ensure perfectly matched points every time. This complete course in English paper piecing takes you far beyond traditional hexagons with step-by-step photos showing you how to connect triangles, octagons, diamonds, jewels, triangles, tumblers, pentagons, and curved shapes. It even provides dozens of ideas for incorporating the pattern designs into clothing, pillows, quilts, and home decor items!

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!

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.

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.

The Modern Natural Dyer: A Comprehensive Guide to Dyeing Silk, Wool, Linen and Cotton at Home

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Author: Kristine Vejar
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang

Thousands of natural materials can produce glorious color—the insect cochineal produces pink, maroon, and purple, and more than 500 species of plants produce indigo blue. Now, in The Modern Natural Dyer, expert Kristine Vejar shares the most user-friendly techniques for dyeing yarn, fabric, and finished goods at home with foraged and garden-raised dyestuffs as well as with convenient natural dye extracts. Demystifying the “magic,” Vejar explains in explicit, easy-to-follow detail how to produce consistent, long-lasting color. With stunning photography of the dyes themselves, the dyeing process, and 20 projects for home and wardrobe (some to knit, some to sew, and some just a matter of submerging a finished piece in a prepared bath), The Modern Natural Dyer is a complete resource for aspiring and experienced dye artisans.

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.

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.

Big Hook Rag Crochet: 25 Quick-Stitch Designs to Make Using Leftover Fabric

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Author: Dedri Uys
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Have fun with a craft that’s quick, easy, and eco-friendly! This great new crochet style uses a large hook—which works up fast, simple stitches—plus strips of fabric made from unwanted garments or a stash of leftovers. The result: a sturdy, textured weave that’s ideal for home accessories, garments, and bags. Crochet cozy slippers, accent rugs, cushions, a variety of baskets, placemats, and more. These crafty creations are durable, practical, and pretty, too!

$25 Gift Certificate to Mad About Patchwork
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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!

Wild Things to Sew and Wear: 15 Animal-Themed Garments and Accessories for Your Little Critters

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Author: Molly Goodall
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Everyone has a little wildness inside; now you can make these charming animal- inspired designs so your children can have the fun of wearing it proudly on the outside! This collection of 15 animal-themed garments and accessories includes easy-to-follow patterns to suit all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, and in a range of sizes. These are simple, bold, and playful clothes that your child won’t want to take off. Learn how to create adorable wearables in the shape of woodland animals, wild animals, and farm animals, including a lion or fox coat, an owl hat, a leopard skirt, kitten mittens, and more. A comprehensive techniques section shows you how to lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric, transfer markings, and cut with confidence. The combination of classic tailoring techniques mixed with contemporary styling makes for timeless garments sure to be treasured for years. As an added bonus, a pattern CD is also 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!

One $25 Gift Certificates to Fabric Shoppe
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About Fabric Shoppe:
Fabric Shoppe features modern designer fabrics and next day shipping, since 2008.

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.

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.

Stitch-opedia: The Only Embroidery Reference You’ll Ever Need

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Author: Helen Winthorpe Kendrick
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

There is nothing as beautiful as a wonderfully-worked embroidery design, either used to adorn clothing or as an embellishment on a home accessory. Now a new generation is rediscovering the pleasures of the centuries-old craft. Written for beginners and experts alike, Stitch-Opedia describes in detail hundreds of embroidery stitches. Each stitch is grouped into sections that include: canvas work, crewel work, hardanger, pulled work, stumpwork and much more. Each stitch includes close-up, detailed color photographs, a full-color working diagram, and accurate written instructions. An extremely helpful alphabetical listing with close-up thumbnail photographs appears later in the book allowing the user to cross-reference each stitch.

With sections on materials and equipment, basic techniques, and a collection of motifs that can be either copied or transferred to fabric, this beautifully-designed, full-color book is sure to attract newcomers and experts alike with its combination of convenience and creative encouragement.

The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion: The Essential Guide from the World’s Most Famous Fabric Store

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Author: Mood Designer Fabrics
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang

“Designers, we’re going to Mood!”

More than 10 years ago, Tim Gunn and Project Runway introduced millions of viewers to New York’s ultimate fabric mecca, Mood Fabrics. Now, the experts behind this fabric power- house bring their fabric and fashion know-how—plus their behind-the-scenes stories—to the sewing public. The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion is the ultimate guide for home-sewers, fashion students, aspiring designers, and Project Runway fans who want to learn everything they need to know to choose and use quality fabric. Drawing upon the expertise of the Mood staff, the book teaches readers the fundamentals—from where fabric is produced to the ins and outs of its construction—and features a fabric-by-fabric guide to cottons and other plant fibers, wools, silks, knits, and other specialty fabrics.

One $25 Gift Certificate to Fabricworm

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About Fabricworm:
Fabricworm.com sells modern fabric for quilting, apparel, home decor and many other craft items. We carry one of the largest selections of organic cotton fabric and imported fabrics on the world wide web. Whether you’re sewing for boys, girls, or yourself, you’ll find a beautiful curated selection of whimsical prints, as limitless as a child’s imagination.

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.

Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday (with 40 Projects)

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Author: Heather Jones
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang

For Heather Jones, inspiration can be anywhere. For her debut book, Quilt Local, she designed a collection of 20 quilts, each inspired by objects and places close to home—country roads, cityscapes, street signs—the landscape of her existence. Then, in a fascinating exercise in color theory and design play, she reworked each one in a second palette to show what a striking difference just a few basic changes can make.

Pattern by pattern, Jones takes readers behind the scenes of her process, sharing photographs of her sources of inspiration, sketchbook pages, and the finished quilts. In addition, she offers an accessible lesson in color theory as it applies to quiltmaking.

The Sewing Machine Accessory Bible: Get the Most Out of Your Machine—From Using Basic Feet to Mastering Specialty Feet

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Author: Wendy Gardiner + Lorna Knight
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Whether you are a beginner or have been sewing for years, this book is packed with all the information you need to get the most out of your sewing machine, simply by changing the feet.

– Everything you need to know about feet attachments, from basic feet such as the zigzag foot to specialty fabric and technique feet that will help you invent new design ideas for your sewing projects.
– Work effortlessly with a full range of fabrics, learn great time-saving tricks, and experiment with a range of decorative effects by following the authors’ creative “ideas files.”
– Includes a guide to needle, thread, and fabric choices and buying advice for choosing basic, mid-range, and top-end sewing machines, embellishers, and sergers.

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.

Donuts

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Author: Tracey Meharg
Publisher: Murdoch Books

Homemade, artisanal, and jaw-droppingly delicious, these 50 donut recipes put store-bought versions to shame. Try them sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, filled with jam or Chantilly cream, drizzled with honey, frosted with chocolate, and topped with salted caramel or an adults-only vodka-laced icing. There are even gluten-free and vegan options. But get ‘em while they’re hot, because they’ll disappear fast!

One $25 Gift Certificates to Fiddlehead Artisan Supply

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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)!

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.