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. 251
    Kat says:

    I have tried to make fabric gift bags for christmas to use year after year–sometimes I get them back from my family! Fun book!

  2. 252
    Sandra G says:

    Cloth napkins. Eco-friendly and pretty.

  3. 253
    Laurie says:

    Those jar cozies look like something I’d like to make-:) I sew off and on when I need to

  4. 254
    Karen says:

    I don’t create much these days, but I have always enjoyed painting those small wooden trinket boxes you find in craft stores, any kind of papercraft, & “improving” store-bought jewelry to make it uniquely my own. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. 255
    Lisa says:

    I enjoy knitting socks

  6. 256
    Kate Wright says:

    Hand bags and tote bags from recycled wool sweaters that I boil.

  7. 257
    Suzann says:

    I love to sew and currently making a duvet cover and grocery bag totes.

  8. 258
    gina says:

    I like to make skirts for my grand daughters. very simple but no one else has skirts like them

  9. 259
    Valerie says:

    I love to make velvet pumpkins with real stems for holidays. Really cute!

  10. 260
    Lyn says:

    Made a tote bag for my daughter – with a picture transfer of her children on the front. Turned out really cute! Working on a knitted baby quilt right now.

  11. 261
    Jennifer says:

    I’m just learning to sew and I asked Santa for a sewing machine this year. Seems like this would be a good companion!

  12. 262
    Jeannette says:

    I too am not crafty, maybe this book could teach me something.

  13. 263
    Laura says:

    Kids Halloween costumes are always fun to sew. They can be simple, yet original and they usually want to help.

  14. 264
    Tammy B. says:

    I like to make blankets for my grandkids. : )

  15. 265
    bobbi says:

    I would like to make a Christmas stocking. :)

  16. 266
    Wyn says:

    “Sewing for all Season” – love the idea of the mason jar cozy. Most recent project is a pieced quilt star in gingham prints.

  17. 267
    Dianne V says:

    I love making quilts

  18. 268
    Ellen says:

    I’ve made some very pretty customized, individualized, cloth gift bags.

  19. 269
    Melissa says:

    This isn’t too complicated, but I love making cut-out paper snowflakes!!

  20. 270
    Holly Summerlib says:

    I just started sewing again after a many years break… I never had the time before it seemed. Right now I am putting the finishing touches on a stocking for my son for Christmas and will be starting on my first quilt soon… Wish me luck! Love your site!!!

  21. 271
    Gail E says:

    I love to sew… anything! I especially love making quilts!

  22. 272
    Shirley says:

    I love finding new ways to make canning jars look pretty

  23. 273
    Judith says:

    I love making quilts! Currently finishing my Christmas gifts: lap quilts and table runners. And of course, yummy foods to put up!

  24. 274
    Jaime says:

    Every year the day after thanksgiving we make children’s pillow cases that are donated to safe houses and children’s hospital.

  25. 275
    Kendra says:

    We love to make all of our holiday gift bags, instead of wrapping paper. My 5 year old can help with sewing all the straight lines!

  26. 276
    Deb says:

    I love to knit. Would love the book.

  27. 277
    Michelle Cox says:

    Homemade bookmarks to mark all the pages in books of other things I want to make!!

  28. 278
    heidi says:

    Halloween costumes!

  29. 279
    Lindsey D. says:

    I like to crochet, my latest project has been crocheted mason jar cozies =]

  30. 280
    Gina says:

    I enjoy sewing clothes for my daughter. It feels like she is wearing my love!

  31. 281
    Michelle says:

    I like to make my own cloth coffee filters.

  32. 282
    Audrey says:

    I enjoy knitting. I am currently working with a podcast on knitting small softies with Susan Andeson.

  33. 283
    Kerry says:

    I love to sew quilts out of old bandanas, t-shirts even old scraps of fabric!

  34. 284
    Pete says:

    Been doing some “knitting for therapy” the past couple of years. Not that I like to knit, but it is great (in small, daily doses) to keep aging arthritic hands and wrists strong. The results make great gifts to have on hand.

    This book sounds great!

  35. 285
    Kathy says:

    I knit. Right now I’m postponing getting started on some hats. ;)

  36. 286
    Paula says:

    Kitchen aprons

  37. 287
    Teresa says:

    I love to sew blankets and am gearing up for some Christmas gifts; aprons and camera straps!

  38. 288
    Robin Whiting says:

    I want to crochet some potholders.

  39. 289
    Wendi says:

    I love to sew or knit scarves for friends but the jellies and jams I make are much more popular along my friends and family.

  40. 290
    Khoi says:

    I’d like to knit some mittens to go along with the cowl and hat I just knitted!

  41. 291
    Alison says:

    It varies. I like to knit, other times to sew or do some paper craft.

  42. 292
    Sue K says:

    Knitting sweaters for my grandsons and now I’m sewing Christmas pajama pants.

  43. 293
    sue malick says:

    What a perfect gift for my darling, talented and brilliant daughter in law!

  44. 294
    Amanda says:

    I used to love to quilt, though I’ve been away from the machine for a few years. And I’m planning to learn to spin, possibly this winter or next, and in general I love to make something out of nothing, a habit I learned from my grandmother who used to make the neatest things with me as a child. The one I remember most was doll furniture we made out of aluminum soda cans and spray pained black to look like wrought iron. So fun!

  45. 295
    MIsty says:

    I guess I am a mixed textures kind of girl. I sew, embroider, knit, crochet….. anything to keep my hands busy. Then I finish something, admire it for a moment then put it in my “finished” bag. Every so often, I need to empty the bag so bazaars, charities and all of my nieces and nephews all score!

  46. 296
    Daisy says:

    I do not sew. I like the pretty package, too, but I’m hopeless with a needle and thread. I like to “make” gift baskets with my canned goods, and make them pretty. My favorite way to “make” something is to gather many of my lovely canned goods and decorate a basket full of them as a gift. Using shredded paper and old holiday cards, even I can make a pretty package.

  47. 297
    Julia says:

    I crochet baby blankets and ridiculous baby hats. I recently bought a sewing machine to start making other baby accesories and our Christmas tree skirt.

  48. 298

    I make crafts with my kids most often these days.

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    Tia Bednar says:


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    Jess says:

    I love making handmade soap. Thanks for the giveaway-those cozies look sweet.