Giveaway: Sewing for all Seasons

December 7, 2013(updated on October 3, 2018)

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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  • I LOVE the concept for your book! I grew up with my Mom making seasonal tablecloths with cool fabrics she’d find…I’ve continued the tradition! I’ve made seasonal lawn furniture cushions and covers, for family, as well as seasonal oven mitts, potholders and aprons. One of my small but “most used” projects is a washable fabric garbage bag for the car!

  • I like to make napkins, placemats and tablecloths. In fact I need to make a few sets for the winter. Things could do with a little sprucing up. And the cat is getting a snuggly mat to lay about on.

  • I am not great at sewing but I have lots of friends that would love this. Wool Dryer balls is my next crafty project and it’s ok if they don’t look nice as long as they are functional.

  • This year it is all about finishing the hot pads that go with the canned pie filling to give to all of my ‘camper’ siblings for pudgy pies. Oh, and lots and lots of little hand warmers to gift this Christmas! Thanks for all of your inspiration!

  • I like to make little covers for my jars of goodies. My next project is a t-shirt quilt…as soon as I figure out how to do it…

  • I do ceramics; my favorite thing to make are mugs. I also knit and am in the early stages of learning to sew.

  • I’m making a stack of napkins and tea towels as Christmas gifts this year. Would love to check out some of these projects! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • I love making things. I sew, knit, crochet, paint and will try to figure out how to make something before I will buy it. I love knitting socks and always have some to work on when I sit to rest.. I think I learned this idea from my older relatives who always had to “make do” as they said.

  • Other than cooking and baking, I love to make knitting stitch markers and project bags by hand. When I’m better with my sewing machine, I would love to add aprons, skirts and more to the list.

  • I’m a knitter with ADHD so I’m not good for anything mor complex than a multi-yarn scarf these days. As a potter I LOVE making intricate cut out bowls and vases, go figure!

  • I love making different kind of food mixes, and I would love to learn how to sew. Thanks for the chance to win such amazing book.

  • I am a knitter – There is a popular “saying” – knitting is cheaper than therapy . . . . I can vouch for that – I love the textures, colors, challenges. I do have a sewing machine but am not inspired much beyond pillows, dog beds . . . .simple table clothes . . . .this little book looks like it might be just what I need to expand , although I would have to lighten my load of yarn . . .to make room for much fabric 🙂

  • I actually sew lots of my own clothes. Though now that I have a toddler, I’m really having fun sewing his clothes.

  • Those wine cozi’s are adorable.. I’d love to make some of them!! I also would love to make a quilt.. but it usually has to start by getting off the computer! 😉

  • We purchased a sewing machine for our daughter for Christmas and this would be a wonderful gift to give her alongside the machine! Happy holidays – I love your blog!

  • I like quilts. and things for the baby.
    I also spend a fair amount of time hemming pants for myself and my short husband.

  • I make almost everything — a curse of conscience in an age of throwaways, planned obsolescence, bpa, sweatshops, etc etc. And having a low salary, all rolled into one.

  • I like to make sachets full of organic lavender and embroider them by hand for Christmas gifts. Currently I’m making a crib bumper and crib rail protector for my 7 month old baby.

  • I love sewing little kids stuffed animals & doll clothes. I also like making quilts out of tshirts. This book looks great!

  • i enjoy cross stich and knitting, mostly as gifts. However, when the urge hits me, I like to make table covers, pillow covers and bedskirts to match quilts from my mother.

  • There are so many things I enjoy making with my hands it would be hard to choose a favorite. Recently I have been on a fingerless mitt tear, knitting Anne Hanson’s Fallberry Fingerless Mitts several times over, each time in a completely different yarn. I love watching the leaf pattern emerge and take shape as I circle round my needles one stitch at a time. I love watching the colors slowly change as the fabric takes its shape. And I love the feel of the wool and silk passing through my fingers as yarn becoming a beautiful, dimensional object.

  • I was lucky enough to grow up in a family full of women who sewed, knitted, crocheted, tatted, quilted, etc etc … so i learned young and have managed to fill my adult life knowing and loving all of those same things. Lucky me!

  • I like to make many things by hand, although don’t manage to get around to as much as I would like. Right now I’m working on knitting Totoro mittens and sewing a dress up costume for my older daughter and a pair of socks for me. I have some sweaters for me and my and my husband patiently waiting to be picked up again and an impossibly long list of knitting and sewing projects on my to-do list.

  • I’m just getting back in to sewing after a 20 year hiatus (#$@% middle school) – made my son’s costume this year!

  • I’m currently making a christmas quilt for my son. I really love to make the quick projects though, like napkins, where I can finish in an afternoon!

  • I love sewing, and this book looks great. I’m currently working on a quilt for my brother’s wedding gift. Thanks!

  • Kniting, Needlepoint I love making thing for the people I love! I am always enjoy trying new crafts. Just got my spinng wheel and am making my own yarn.

  • I make as many gifts by hand as possible. Some of the gifts I’m making this year include a book clutch, a stationary chest, and an ipod hockey dock.

  • I do a lot of baking cookies, caramel and sweet breads this season. I also do cross stitch when I have the time.

  • I am currently working on a felt advent calendar that I started…last year. Needless to say, I’m hoping it gets finished to actually use it a little bit before Christmas this year, but if not it’ll be completely by next December. If all the stars align. 🙂

  • I love to quilt and make purses. Small projects are always nice to at least feel like I’ve finished something.

  • I love to make felt envelopes for personal gift cards for my friends. Then they are able to regift them to someone else.

  • Organza flowers! After making a few hundred of them for my daughter’s wedding I was hooked. Your friend’s book looks lovely and those jar cozies would be great dress-ups for those really special people who are gifted with the most special canned creations. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

  • I absolutely love baking breads and generally cooking, strictly from scratch. For long time I’m planning to adventure into sewing, your post definitely made me more excited about it!

  • I enjoy sewing/quilting and knitting, but lately I’ve been cooking and baking and canning more than doing hand crafts. Hoping to get back to quilting soon, though.

  • I love to make holiday cards by hand. This year I glued photographed faces onto to foam snowmen pieces. My soon-to-be husband and I are cheerfully smiling on snowmen foam bodies with glittery hats. They are hilariously ridiculous! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  • I like to make wrapping papers, gift tags and such out of watercolor scrap paper. I would love to learn how to make the jar cozies.

  • My highest priority project is an afghan for a grand-niece due this month. Luckily she will live in Southern California as said blanket is now about four inches long. I keep hoping that I will knit faster, watch more movies, or that the blanket might knit itself. Otherwise, this blanket might take until Lucy is in kindergarten.

  • This book looks wonderful! I’m always looking for a new sewing project–it’s so therapeutic. I make wee quilts that double as wall hangings for all my friends that are having babies. In less creative pursuits, my sewing machine also gets a workout with upholstery work and lots of apparel alterations (being 6’0″ is arguably harder than 5’2″!).