The parade of prizes continues, all month long! Here are all of the giveaways you could win in the month ahead. Visit each day and give a quick comment for a chance to win books, fabric, gift certificates and more. Thank you to our generous sponsors for making Handmade Holidays extra exciting: 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 and Roost Books.


One $25 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop

(International winners OK.)

About Fat Quarter Shop:
Fat Quarter Shop is made up of people who not only know and love fabric and quilting, but want others to love it as well. They are friendly and professional, and they want to help you make the best of your quilting and sewing projects! Taking care of their customers has always been their top priority.

You can always count on Fat Quarter Shop having the newest collections of quilt fabric along with the newest patterns, books and other products. From fabrics and patterns by the biggest names in quilting to special quilt kits and exclusive clubs, we are adding new items every day!

And don’t forget, they always have the largest online selection of fat quarter bundles!

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.

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.

An Artist’s Pillars
(eBook, International winners OK.)

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!

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).

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!

2 – 17” x 24” Folding Cutting Mats from OLFA

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About OLFA + the Folding Cutting Mat:
OLFA is an industry leader in quilting and crafting tools. When you use OLFA cutting tools, you know that your cuts will be precise, and this will be reflected in the finished product.

When traveling to a class or retreat, a small mat is easiest to transport, but you crave the usefulness of a large mat. With the new OLFA Folding Cutting Mats, transportation is easy without losing the functionality of a full size mat. The wavy cut of the seam connects when unfolded to provide a continuously smooth surface for cutting. Be confident that you can cut anywhere on the mat, including across the seam, without any missed threads.

Sew!: Exclusive Cath Kidston Designs for Over 40 Simple Sewing Projects

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Author: Cath Kidston
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Sew! is a treasure trove of simple projects all made using Cath Kidston’s popular printed fabrics. Reflecting her love of vintage-style patterns, the fabrics feature fresh colors in delightful and unexpected combinations. There are 43 fun and useful projects, all shown in stunning, close-up photographs complete with full-size pattern and on an enclosed sheet for each project, step-by-step instructions and templates.

All the techniques are clearly explained in an introductory wealth of fantastic ideas and tips for variations, allowing you to customize the basic designs are you wish!

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.

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.

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.

Quilt-opedia: The Only Quilting Reference You’ll Ever Need

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Author: Laura Jane Taylor
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Covering a wide range of techniques for both hand and machine quilting, this gentle guide uses clear step-by-step illustrations to walk the novice quilter from the very beginnings of choosing materials, preparing and cutting fabric, through to intermediate and advanced techniques like adding edgings and displaying their work. Useful troubleshooting tips are peppered throughout to help avoid common pitfalls. A directory of quilt blocks contains loads of ideas for variations, joining methods, and embellishments. Plus, invaluable instructions are given for how to draft blocks to fit the preferred size measurements of any project, big or small.

Also included are thirty projects complete with full step-by-step instructions, fabric requirements, clear photos and diagrams, plus pages of full-size templates. The hidden-spiral binding and full-color photographs and drawings make this a user-friendly resource that quilters will turn to again and again for information, as well as inspiration.

Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns: A Guide to Customizing a Hand-Stitched Alabama Chanin Wardrobe

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Author: Natalie Chanin
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang

Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns: A Guide to Customizing a Hand-Stitched Alabama Chanin Wardrobe by Natalie Chanin is a companion to the Alabama Studio Series: Alabama Stitch Book, Alabama Studio Style, and Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. In this final volume of the four-book series, Chanin offers, by popular demand, three new core patterns—the A-Line Dress/Tunic/Top, the Long and Short Wrap Skirt, and the Classic Coat/Jacket/Cardigan—and a guide to customizing garments to fit and flatter. For ease, convenience, and to ease its ecological footprint, this book comes with a CD rather than paper patterns. The disc contains patterns for all of the garments from the previous books in the Alabama Studio series with additional sizing for XXL, the three new patterns, plus five Alabama Chanin stencil designs, including the Polka Dot in three sizes, the popular New Leaves, and the classic Magdalena (all for readers to print as needed for their individual sewing purposes). Printed and bound in the USA.

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.

‘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.

The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting: How to Use Your Home Sewing Machine to Achieve Hand-Quilting Effects

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Author: Joanie Zeier Poole
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

This book will show you how you can get the most out of your sewing machine while quilting, from working easily with different weights of batting and fabric, to great time-saving tricks, and how to add a cornucopia of decorative stitching effects.

For those new to the wonderful world of quilting, you will find all the help and advice you need to get started. Whether you have just completed your first piece of patchwork and find quilting a daunting prospect, or have been quilting your own work for years, this book is packed with all the information you need to get the most out of machine quilting, inspiring new design ideas and finishes along the way.

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!

Rebecca Ringquist?s Embroidery Workshops: A Bend-the-Rules Primer

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Author: Rebecca Ringquist
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang

For the embroiderer who appreciates the value of beautiful stitches but also likes to break a few rules along the way, Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops is a refreshing new resource for both standard and out-of-the-box techniques.

Based on the popular classes Ringquist leads across the country, Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops teaches everything from the “proper” way to form a French knot and transfer a design to a canvas to new ways to stitch three-dimensionally, work with nontraditional threads and fabrics, draw with thread freeform, and mix and match machine- and hand-stitching. Also featured are instructions for 20 innovative projects, including a cloth sampler designed especially for the book (and packaged in an envelope at the back), table linens, wall art, and clothing embellishments.

One $25 Gift Certificate to The Ribbon Jar

(International winners OK.)

About The Ribbon Jar:
Ribbon and trim by the yard: elegant and fun, soft and shiny, velvet and vintage.

The Ribbon Jar hand-picks the finest ribbons and trims from around the world to bring you fresh designs, funky retro patterns, lovely vintage trim, and of course the classic staples: silk, satin, velvet, grosgrain, Italian, herringbone and ric-rac.

Giving a gift? Our curated jars of ribbon make wonderful gifts for the crafty friends in your life, or you can create a custom jar with the ribbons of your choice!