Giveaway: Sewing for all Seasons

Sewing For All Seasons

It often makes people laugh when I say it, but I’m really not crafty. I know that I’m constantly canning and preserving, but I have always felt that my job is done when the preserve in sealed up into the jar. Though I like a pretty package as much as the next girl, I am missing the driving urge that others possess to embellish and enhance.

Sewing For All Seasons

That said, I deeply admire people who have the ability to sew, knit, paint, and otherwise make beautiful, useful things from raw materials. One such crafter on my admiration list is Susan Beal, who I met a few years back when she came to one of my canning classes in Portland.

Sewing For All Seasons

Susan is the author of a number of crafting and sewing books, including the newly released Sewing for All Seasons. Now I realize you all might be scratching your heads and wondering why I’m mentioning a sewing book on a website devoted to canning. Well, here’s the thing. Susan has a pattern in her book for Mason Jar & Wine Cozies.

Sewing For All Seasons

While I don’t really sew much beyond shorting pants (it’s the curse of being 5’2″) and repairing small tears, I know that there are a goodly number of people reading this site who would be very into that Jar Cozy pattern as well as the 23 other lovely patterns in this book. And so, when Susan got in touch and asked if I’d be interested in sharing her book with my readers and giving away a copy, of course I said yes!

Sewing For All Seasons

This is going to be a quick, little giveaway, so if you want to enter, you’ve got to act fast. Here’s how to toss your hat into the ring…

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about something you like to make by hand.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Monday, December 9, 2013. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Tuesday.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents (apologies to my more far-flung readers).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post. I do not accept submissions via email.

Disclosure: Chronicle Books has provided both my review copy of Sewing for all Seasons and the giveaway copy at no cost to me. However, my opinions remain entirely my own.

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493 Responses to Giveaway: Sewing for all Seasons

  1. 1
    Susan Brooks says:

    I like to make covered headbands these days.

  2. 2
    Fran says:

    I’d like to make some kitchen mitts!, maybe some other kitchen accessories.

  3. 3
    Sandi From Texas says:

    This year, along with making food gifts, I’m making snowglobe’s out of mason jars! I’m using Ball’s new “vintage” blue jars and they’re turning out great. Also making dishtowels and potholders, using my embroidery machine.

  4. 4
    Charlotte Sparks says:

    I am not creative in that way……but willing to learn!!!!!

  5. 5
    Kari says:

    I would love to sew tablecloths! I have made one for a baby shower I hosted, but it turned out sorta wonky. I’d like to learn how to make cleaner edges for long, long edges that have a border. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  6. 6
    Eileen K. says:

    I like to knit stuffed animals. So fun!

  7. 7
    Ann Marie Forbes Jones says:

    I am spending this winter crocheting assorted coloured Tawashi’s ( scrubbies ) that I hope to sell next Spring with my Strawberry Preserves at our newly established Farmer’s Market. ( Formerly the Clifford Grain Elevator ) Still looking for the crocheted jar cozy that was mentioned.

  8. 8
    Kathy Stonebarger says:

    I love all things handmade. I am willing to try any needlework and most baking.

  9. 9
    SharonF says:

    I like to make a lot of things by hand, but right now it is Christmas ornaments for gifts. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. 10
    Sam Read says:

    I love sewing quilts – it runs in the family! But would love to get a book filled with lots of great other ideas!

  11. 11
    Meg G says:

    I’ve been making curtains for my house!

  12. 12
    Amber says:

    As of late, I cannot stop knitting. Mainly wash cloths to go with my handmade soap for Christmas. Love.

  13. 13
    Mandy says:

    I just finished sewing reusable produce bags and hand warmers for my friends for Christmas! I’ve had my eye on this book and would love to win it. :)

  14. 14
    Melissa says:

    I enjoy sewing dog coats for my terrier mix—she has a long coat, but HATES being cold. I like to have a stockpile so she can change them out frequently before they get dirty/gross.

  15. 15
    Kenneth Gue says:

    I have been crocheting for over 50 years. Could not count the number of afghans I have made as gifts.

  16. 16
    Amanda says:

    Most of the things I make by hand are foodstuffs, but I’ve been known to make an occasional holiday place setting from time to time!

  17. 17
    Carrie D says:

    I’m loving making clothes for my kiddos. They love the process and picking out the fabrics. I’m thinking Christmas is the perfect time to branch out into all kinds of things for gifts.

  18. 18
    Kate C says:

    Looks fun! I am trying to improve my garment sewing skills right now, and I love to take a break from that for charming projects like this.

  19. 19
    melissa says:

    i like knitting and sewing of all kinds–right now i’m knitting some cute little christmas ornaments.

  20. 20
    Annie says:

    I would love to learn to sew… period! Wine cozies, finishing edges, pillow covers, aprons – the list goes on and on!

  21. 21
    Michelle says:

    I love all kinds of crafting, but particularly enjoy sewing clothes.

  22. 22
    Schyler says:

    I am most proud of the custom knitting needle rolls I’ve made. They’re adorable, and so useful.

  23. 23
    Lynne says:

    I love knitting, crocheting, baking and canning. I’m anxious to try soap-making and candle-making someday when I have a decent workspace. There aren’t a lot of counters in my house.

  24. 24
    allison says:

    I love to stencil unique shirts for my 3 yr old son. I’m also working to renew my sewing skills to make some simple appliques. Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  25. 25
    Hannah M. says:

    I love quilting, but I don’t have enough time for it, really, so I’ve been working on one big project for several years now. In the shorter term, I like sewing skirts and making curtains for my bedroom window.

  26. 26
    Katie says:

    I’m making tote bags for everyone’s Christmas presents this year!

  27. 27
    Georgia says:

    Book looks great! I love to make people presents :)

  28. 28
    Helen says:

    I am hoping to sew some slippers out of old sweaters. And curtains……..

  29. 29
    Terri C says:

    I love to sew and quilt. Love to can anything. Would love to make these covers for giving my jam and jellies away sew cute!

  30. 30
    Amy J says:

    I like to cross stitch. At some point, I’d like to stitch bread cloths, since I do a lot of bread baking.

  31. 31
    Kathy says:

    Love sewing and crafting of all kinds. Currently working on a Christmas tree skirt out of repurposed clothing. Also enjoy making cards and stationery embellished with fabric, ribbon, and buttons. Just opened a studio. :)

  32. 32
    Linda says:

    I want to make table runner, reusable produce bags, soap mits and some Christmas decorations for self and gifts.

  33. 33
    Mic says:

    I have been making giant fleece pilows for my grandbabbies

  34. 34
    Katie says:

    I like to make home goods-curtains and pillows, et cetera :)

  35. 35
    sarah b says:

    I like making leg and arm warmers! And id loooveee to make those jar cozies!

  36. 36
    Cheryl says:

    Aside from hemming, sewing on buttons and repairing tears; I made a quilt and then swore I’d never do it again! But I like to keep folks off balance too, so they would never expect anything crafty from a sewing machine.

  37. 37
    Kelly Amos says:

    I like to make quilts and knitted blankets by hand. I also make my own flowerpots and planters out of food containers. :)

  38. 38
    Judy says:

    Looking for a project to jump start me sewing again. Winning this book might just be the motivation. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  39. 39
    Emilie D says:

    My sewing skills are still in development, but I love to start knitting things! Finishing them is another story :) I did ask my mother-in-law for sewing lessons for christmas, she’s a pro and I am jealous.

  40. 40
    hazel dyer says:

    Repairing clothes, making curtains and scrappin!

  41. 41
    Ceri Jo says:

    I like making quilts and quilted handbags along with tweaking a few store bought fashions into my own style of fashions… :-)

  42. 42
    Deborah says:

    I like making bags. For everything.

  43. 43
    Ellen says:

    I love, love, love to make rugs from %100 recycled wool skirts. I buy the wool skirts, shirts etc. at the local thrift shop, deconstruct them, and dye them. I then cut the wool into fabric strip and pull them through burlap, linnen or cotton foundation cloth.
    Of course I love to can special food items for family and friends too.

  44. 44
    Nikki says:

    Christmas ornaments!

  45. 45
    Wendy B says:

    I love to make food gifts . I would love to learn to make sewing gifts too.

  46. 46
    Jenna C. says:

    I can, I bake, and right now am working on my first quilt! Last year I made all my own Christmas ornaments for my black, cream and gold book themed tree. Turned out a lot better than my quilt is going to!

  47. 47
    Judy says:

    I love to can, garden, sew, and quilt! I feel sorry for people that don’t have hobbies!!

  48. 48
    Amy Rehmert says:

    I love to make vintage looking dresses for my girls:). I also like to make reuseable shopping bags as gifts for friends!!

  49. 49
    christina says:

    dude, I make it all…

  50. 50

    I love to sew small quilts…


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