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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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. πŸ™‚

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!!

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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. πŸ™‚

  14. 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.

  15. I like to make quilts and knitted blankets by hand. I also make my own flowerpots and planters out of food containers. πŸ™‚

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

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

  18. I like making quilts and quilted handbags along with tweaking a few store bought fashions into my own style of fashions… πŸ™‚

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

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

  22. I love making all kinds of things by hand, but most of all I enjoy had quilting quilts for my nieces and nephews. I make the tops on the machine, but all the quilting is by hand. Thus far I’ve made 6 but I have a new niece this year who needs one when I can find the time to get it together πŸ™‚

  23. I love to crochet, can and sew….I love making dresses for my 3yr old granddaughter, and now have 2 7mo old granddaughters to sew for!

  24. I like to crochet sleeves to keep my jars of tea warm (along with a cuppow on top). I’m about to try felting a thrift store sweater to make a wool felt sleeve. Wish me luck!

  25. I love to make quilts, but when I want to curl up on the couch and watch something on tv, I crochet and knit. I have been eyeing this book already, thanks for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  26. Sewing has become my new cold weather passion and I am always looking for new ideas. This book looks positively inspirational!

  27. One year I made fabric grocery bags for everyone for Christmas. I’ve been making reusable fabric gift bags that cinch shut that also turn into grocery bags after Christmas.

  28. Halloween Costumes! I have made almost every one my 2 daughters aged 11 and 8 have ever worn! I would love a sewing book as I am always using patterns or searching online.

  29. I actually do quite a bit of sewing, including quilting. One of my favorite quilts is one I did that looks like mason jars on a shelf–all full of cats.

  30. Ooh! This book is going on my Christmas wishlist. I like sewing things for around the house. I like making slipcovers for my living room pillows to go with the season.

  31. Something I like to make by hand are cozy winter hats, for which I have several round looms. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a fab little book to own. πŸ™‚

  32. I actually like to make potholders on a kid’s loom. Very retro, but the potholders are useful. Weaving them is easy and makes me feel a teensy bit creative.

  33. right now i’m obsessed with little zipper pouches. i’m not the greatest when it comes to sewing zippers, but i’m learning! thanks for the chance to win this book – looks fantastic.

  34. I love making cards by hand. I don’t seem to have time for the sewing & needlecrafts I used to do when i was younger. Maybe some fresh ideas would get me back on track.

  35. My mama started teaching me to sew when I was five. It was one of the best gifts she ever gave me. I’ve made outfits and costumes for my children. My latest adventure in sewing has been making cat beds. It would be marvelous to have new inspiration from Susan Beal’s book.

  36. I make crocheted stuffed bears and little amigurumi critters. Love it because the projects fit the amount of free time and space I have most of the time.

  37. I’d like to make everything by hand! I’m a serious canner but I’m also a fan of making my own bath salts and embroidered towels πŸ™‚

  38. I make pretty dresses for little girls and one thing I have always done is hand hem them. It is the last thing I do as I size them up for the recipient and sometimes they actually sit by me as I finish them.

  39. I like to make the bags from A Tiny Forest by hand. I was just reminded the other day of how awesome those were as gifts last Christmas. Really beats something store bought.

  40. I love to sew, and I’m currently working on little zipper pouches as Christmas presents. Those mason jar cozies are quite cute.

  41. Besides basically everything my family eats I also like to make cards. I used to scrapbook and will again, but right now cards is as much as I can fit in with our three little characters!

  42. I enjoy making almost all food based products by hand. Fermented products are my specialty. Recently, though, I have been loving taking the brine from various ferments (garlic, onions, kraut, kim chi, etc.) and mixing with some sort of good quality oil and a bit of mustard and other seasonings (herbs, maple syrup, yogurt, coconut milk, etc.) in a small jelly mason jar and shaking the heck out of it for dressings, marinades, or sauce bases! My wife loves to sew, knit, etc, so this would be the perfect giveaway as gift! thanks!

  43. I love to crochet, and last year I made about a dozen scarves so my friends could choose the one they liked best. This year, due to my crazy schedule, my hand-made gift list is very short. I am planning to make quilted coffee cup sleeves, but I’m also planning to gift a couple of BNTOs with Mason jars, and need to make a couple of cozies for them. Sewing is usually my go-to craft for gifts because it’s the fastest and easiest for me, and this year, that’s what I need!

  44. The last thing I sewed by hand was my son’s Halloween costume. It had been a while since I had sewn anything and I was reminded how much I love it.

  45. I love to bake, as well as process food for jars! Making jam is so fun and makes wonderful gifts! Decorating the jars once they are ready to give out is one of the many perks of processing it into jars!

  46. I have only made a few things, but am very interested in trying my hand at making some cloth pads (instead of having to keep buying them at the stores…)

  47. I love hand quilting and am learning hand piecing. I’ve been eyeballing wine sleeves of various sorts lately as my daughter is developing an interest in good wine. This book would be a great guide!

  48. I’m madly working on homemade Christmas presents. This year a Beer Theme for guys… Beer jam, mustard, glasses out of beer bottles and coasters from beer cases. Knitting slippers and scarfs for the women. Sewing all sorts of stuff for the new baby girl. Lots of pintrest ideas!

  49. Those mason jar holders are too cute! Aside from canning I enjoy sewing household items and quilts. Thanks for the chance to win!

  50. I made a cute little drawstring bag today- by “hand,” or rather, with my sewing machine and my hands.

    But that mason jar cozy looks adorable. It would be the perfect way to gift some of my canned goods this holiday season.

  51. I love making things by hand although my results are not always perfect. I often say I have too many hobbies, not enough time. I am definitely going to make some of those jar cozies as I love to can and share with friends. Herb gardens are another one of my passions, and I have lots of dried herbs to gift. I also love innovative jelly and jam recipes that incorporate herbs and last year won a ribbon at the Jackson County Fair for my orange mint jelly. Next year I’ll be entering my peach rosemary and peach lavender jellies. The dried herbs and jellies will make awesome gifts in those cozies. I have an embroidery machine and can customize the cozies with themes to match the ingredients.

  52. I knit a lot. Lots of Christmas presents and other useful things. This morning I knit my kitten a tiny chicken from the mochimochi land patterns. She goes nuts playing with it, which is hilarious. I sew a bit, but only when there’s something I really want and cannot buy. Most notably my chevron patterned roman shade in the kitchen. I would like a book that inspired me to have more fun sewing.

  53. I love making my own soaps. I do a lot of canning and preserving, too! And, I also really enjoy making earrings and bracelets out of old, discarded toy parts.

  54. I am a huge fan of making rice bags! I try and make them for gifts when I make new friends who haven’t already received one from me… You only need some fabric, needle & thread and lots of rice. Once it’s done you stick in the microwave for a minute or two and instant heat pack! Holds heat well, and it more comfy to cuddle with than a heating pad!!! πŸ™‚

  55. I sew everything from little girl sundresses and little boy shorts and shirts, to adult clothing and coats. But my favorite thing is to save my old blue jeans, and collect worn out jeans from anyone who is throwing them out. I cut them apart, and make quilt tops out of them. You can really come up with some nice designs using the different shades of blue in worn out jeans! As kind of a goofy touch, I put a pocket or two just a few inches down from the top of the quilt, and I’ve had people tell me they actually use those pockets! I usually just give them away. I put in a very lightweight batting, and use a thrift-store sheet that’s in good shape for the backing. They’re very warm and cozy, and because they’re made of old jeans, there’s not much worry about spilling your breakfast in bed on them. Just throw it in the washer, and it just gets even better.

    But I could always use new ideas!

  56. I love making quilts especially quilts to give to others. And then there is making clothing, and lots of other crafty things. Would love to see this book.

  57. I love to sew, knit, quilt, weave, hook and embroider…but my main love is knitting. I love your website and just finished making your cranberry jam (DELICIOUS)! Thanks for the chance to win πŸ™‚

  58. Pottery. I love to use the bowls and plates that I have made. I am hoping to start sewing in the next year, and this book sounds great!

  59. My husband and I make as much as we can by hand. I sew lots of practical things like lunch bags and farmer’s market totes, and sweaters for my dogs. We cook from scratch as much as possible (and of course can all of our stock, tomatoes, pickles, etc.) and bake our own bread. I make paper crafts for our friends and family and my husband is a woodworker.

  60. I love to knit hats, soap cozies, and little projects. Love canning my harvest of plenty from my garden.
    I also love the relaxing feel of sewing hand projects! Id love to make the jar cozy from the book πŸ™‚

  61. I make as much by hand as possible! My favorite craft right now is knitting, but I am also trying to do more sewing. I actually just finished my very first shirt a few days ago. Thanks for the chance to win!

  62. I like making bath fizzies and soaps. And I am always trying to crochet but i never seem to get it quite right lol πŸ˜›

  63. The book looks great! My favorite thing to make by hand is knitting hats. Good thing I live in Wisconsin, I get plenty of use out of them.

  64. I have a whole room of unfinished craft project. The one thing I really need to finish though is an apron. The fabric is a really cute cupcake pattern and I got matching fabric with sprinkles for the trim.

  65. I’d really just like to finish all the “started but not completed” projects I have going…..especially the clothes for my kids!

  66. I love to make things by hand and I’ll try anything at least once. That said, I can’t do calligraphy (my handwriting is a constant humiliation too). I can’t tat. And I can’t knit (tho I can crochet). My favs are quilting, paper making, basket weaving, needlepoint and paper crafts.

  67. I made a pair of hand warmers last year from a cherry red felted sweater, sewing it by hand because it was easier. Now a male friend wants a pair (not red!), and I’ll do it again. By hand. Those cosies in the book are really cute!

  68. I love to crochet! I look for all kinds of different patterns to whip up for my family and friends…I especially love the really unique ones. πŸ™‚

  69. I love to sew patchwork throws. They come together very quickly, but you can’t beat snuggling under a homemade blanket.

  70. I LOVE to quilt and have been making quilts and sewing for about 3 years now, and in the last year I have recently learned to knit, and love to knit socks and shawls.

  71. I was taught to sew as a child by my grandmother. For me it is a fantastic stress reliever. And something you can take pride in what you have created. I got away from sewing and now I am ready to get back into it. I truly do miss it.

  72. I have been sewing for 50 years and like to sew most anything. I also knit, spin and weave. I’m getting ready to start sewing gift bags for the holidays

  73. Little drawstring bags to fill with lavender from my one rather scraggly,but very aromatic, lavender plant. They smell like summer all year long.

  74. I buy toweling by the yard and make all my kitchen towels, and I love knitting dishcloths. All the towels and dishcloths are then uniform and make storage in the kitchen drawer so much neater. I sew a lot of skirts for myself and love to quilt. Sewing, knitting, and crocheting are by far the best winter therapy!

  75. I sew little bitty clothes for my two boys & have started stitching up crafty bits for the house, too. This looks like a lovely book!

  76. I sew first, can second. I sew many things but lately I have been working on a quilt for my next baby and on new cloth napkins for myself.

  77. I like to make gifts for people….baby blankets, use my scraps to make pot holders, and I just made a sewing machine cover for a dear friend of mine.

  78. I love crocheting afghans. They’re so warm, cozy, and I always have such a great sense of accomplishment when I finally finish tying in that last end.

  79. I really like painting on materials. I’m currently working on making an American flag out of scrap red, white, and blue.

    This book look like great inspiration!

  80. I like to knit little fingerless gloves in chunky yarn. I have so many pairs, but I’ve given away even more.

  81. I love to sew. Knit. Crochet. Anything home made. I have just finished a whole bunch of scarves for a craft fair this weekend.

  82. My daughter hand-crafts her own hula hoops and she is teaching me to help sew the fabric covers. Seasonal anything is always great fun!

  83. Sock Monkeys! I made one for my husband for our first Valentine’s Day when we were just a few months into dating and he’s a treasure to both of us. πŸ™‚

  84. I sew anything I can. Bad news is, I am horrible at it. I’m just going to keep trying until I get better. πŸ™‚

  85. My favorite thing to make so far has been these nifty rice sack over-the-shoulder things that my 7 year old son and I wear on the chilly walk to school. We’ve modified the design so they are slim under our coats, and they keep us quite toasty!

  86. I am currently making Christmas gifts. I made a bunch of different types of biscotti and sewed cute little bags out of material to act as the gift bags. I love to sew superhero capes for my kids and their friends, too.

  87. I love to make homemade beauty products. I am also learning to sew and I’ve made cloth napkins and a reusable snack bag.

  88. doesn’t pertain to the name of the book but I like and enjoy making things from wood; from small wood furniture projects to outdoor projects to wooden ornaments.
    I also do sew; when time permits that is
    Thank you for this opportunity

  89. Long ago, I started using brown Kraft paper and a glue gun to wrap all gift packages, including wedding gifts. For Christmas, I accessorize then with a croched chain of rd yarn. I don’t use a hook, just my hands. It’s become my trademark. For canned goods, I make rage out of cereal boxes and use the croched yard to tie then to the jars.

  90. 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!

  91. 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!

  92. 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.

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

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

  95. 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!!!

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

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

  98. 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!

  99. 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!

  100. 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!

  101. 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.

  102. 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.

  103. I love to make quilts, crocheted items and I am currently working on a wall hanging that has loads of hand embroidery on it.

    Love your blog and your book is on my Santa list πŸ™‚

  104. When I am not canning, I am usually sewing. Right now I am knee deep in Christmas pajamas for the grandkids.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this beautiful book!

  105. I love to make homemade caramels sprinkled with sea salt. I cut them into little squares, wrap them in parchment, and put in a gift bag to give a way!

  106. I made a Thanksgiving advent calendar this year… it took a while but it was worth it! There was a chocolate in each pocket, and my son had to write something he was thankful for on a paper leaf each day and put it in the pocket. He liked it!

  107. I don’t do too much sewing, mostly mending, but I do like to make tops for my jelly jars. I like the cozy idea!
    I mostly do photo crafts

  108. I love to make vintage button magnets!! It is my signature little gift to give out!!

    Thanks for an opportunity to WIN!


  109. I just finished a felt cat tunnel for my cat to stay warm in this winter. First snow came yesterday, so I was just in time!

  110. I always gussy up my jars of marinara, jams, and savory sauce starts with pretty swatches of fabric and ribbon over the top of the jar. This year I am also working on a quilt for my brother’s first child. It’s a tradition of my and I love the creative process just as much as I love creating sauces and jams to can and use during the cold winter months.

  111. I like to make just about anything, but particularly quilts. I just finished making one for my son who is halfway across the country (in the Air Force).

  112. My current project is a pillowcase mattress for my 3 year old grandson. I always decorate jars of jam and jelly made from fruits we grew-mostly with ribbon, bells, fabric squares. I would love some new projects!

  113. I like to make powdered drink mixes, and with access to Pinterest I have learned how to make and jar home made laudry soap and bath fizzies. Now I have to learn how to present them as pretty gifts.

  114. I love making my son’s Halloween costumes. He challenges me each year. I also love making up duvet covers for our bedding.

  115. I love knitting scarfs! They are easy and give me the peace to wind down from my retail job! I also am beginning to sew again. I used to make quilts many years ago.

  116. It is so peaceful to sit and knit scarves. Especially this time of year I’ll be getting a Christmas list filled. Infinity scarves seem to be the rave so that is what I’m making for all the gals!

  117. I like to paint my own covers for mixed CDs. And I don’t have a sewing machine, but this Xmas I’m going to try sewing some stockings for the pets by hand!

  118. I love to make Christmas ornaments to give as gifts. One of the most memorable (and simple) were xmas peas in a pod made with just a bit of felt and green poofs. Super cute! I’ve cut reindeer out with a jig saw (more work than it was worth) and have loads of felt birds. I’d love to make cozies for my jars, I’m always on the lookout for tiny baskets and bags to put my jars in to make them a bit more gift worthy!

  119. I’ve been sewing since the 4th grade when I had my choice between going to summer camp or taking sewing lessons…that’s 50 years of cluttering up the dining room table with fabric, scraps, hand needles and sewing machines (I learned on a treadle), and following my instinct as well as patterns, hand scribbled notes, and sketched pictures. From headbands to biz clothes, Raggedy Anne dolls to backpacking accessories and a lot in between…I love the process, colors, fabrics and possibilities.

  120. My current obsession is knitting & felting slippers. When I’m not doing that I’m usually sewing dresses for my daughters or embroidering something.

  121. Each year my kids have to make something for the other for xmas. It started with pillow cases and this year we are making pj’s. It’s been great for increasing/renewing my own sewing knowledge since I’m the helper.

  122. I love making cloth napkins. I inherited a huge roll of linen and it is easy to cut sew and embellish with stamps and dye ink. Sewing in straight lines I can do!

  123. gift giving is so much better when it is something that you’ve made. I just finished up a baby quilt which I gave to an expecting mom last week. Homemade gifts are unique and priceless!

  124. I like sewing even more than making jam. This year I have spent more time making pot holders and placemats than anything else.

  125. I’ve sewn everything from home decor to my wedding dress but the most recent handmade item was I taught a Christmas door swag workshop at my church Friday night. Made 7 swags total- 4 to decorate the church, 2 for friends and 1 for my front door.

  126. Infinity scarves and easy bags. Also easy scrap fabric tags for gifts. I’m dying to figure out more complicated patterns and this book is totally on the wish list!

  127. I love to crochet dishcloths. I make lots of other things, but i always come back to my dishcloths. I guess i just love having one of every color in my kitchen drawer.

  128. I knit and my favorite thing, now that my daughter is 3, has to be winter accessories for her. She recently requested a soft scarf for winter so got an angora scarf in hot pink and it made me so happy to see her face light up when I gave it to her! It also makes me feel awesome when I see her out in the cold but staying warm in the hat + mittens I have made. Lately I’ve had a few sewing projects – notably making her Halloween costume – and she loves to sit on my lap while I sew and watch it all happen. I have told her after Christmas she can pick out fabric and I will make matching aprons for the two of us.

  129. I love to make: quilts, clothes, pincushions, placemats etc etc etc. Foodwise: besides canning, beer, cheese, pickles, sauerkraut…I guess if it ferments we make it!!

  130. I love quilting. Something rewarding about taking a bunch of fabric and turning it into something people love to snuggle with.

  131. I’ve spent the last 2 days knitting a hat, but my hands are quite distractible and can be found baking, sewing, bookbinding, etc.

  132. I am totally going back to my childhood recently as we have been canning (used to do it with my parents as a kid), have taken up knitting again (I remember the purse I made to get my brownies knitting badge), and am about to break out the rather dusty sewing machine in my cupboard. Would love a pattern for the mason jars we prepped specifically as presents for those near and dear to us!

  133. My favorite is baby blankets – 100% cotton cut in a square dictated by the width of the fabric then stitched around the edge followed by a crocheted edge.

  134. I’m an aspiring crafty type. You know the sort who has a sewing machine but it’s gone unused and fantasizes about homesteading but lives in a skyscraper in the heart of the city! Okay, I’ve worked on an organic farm so I have some insight. But in all seriousness, books like these bring the joys of sewing home to many who lack the time or skill to take on larger projects. I don’t consider them simple per se, but there’s a certain feeling they elicit, much like the satisfaction one feels when a good can has been produced. I imagine that’s the real inspiration behind my desire to resume creating things I love. Thank you.

  135. I just made a cape for my daughter’s friend… And I got so excited to grow my sewing skills. It will be my winter hobby until the produce starts rolling in again.

  136. I made an heirloom baby quilt for my new nephew composed of squares from all the important women in my sister’s life. I still can’t believe I got it done on time but am so very proud of it!

  137. I love to crochet and sew. I like to make hats and smaller crochet projects and I have felted a bunch of wool sweaters to use in my sewing stash.

  138. I haven’t taken the sewing machine out in a while. I used to make all of my kids their Halloween costumes and sew curtains, pillows, and small toys for the pets. I’d love some new ideas since I have lots of fabric I’ve been hording.

  139. Now that I finally live in a place that actually gets cold, my knitting skills are being put to good use. I love to knit hats and scarves and sew aprons and bags.

  140. 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!

  141. 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.

  142. 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.

  143. 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!

  144. 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…

  145. 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.

  146. 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.

  147. 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!

  148. 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.

  149. 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 πŸ™‚

  150. 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! πŸ˜‰

  151. 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!

  152. 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.

  153. 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.

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

  155. 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.

  156. 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.

  157. 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!

  158. 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.

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

  160. 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!

  161. 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.

  162. 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. πŸ™‚

  163. 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.

  164. 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!

  165. 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.

  166. 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!

  167. 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.

  168. 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.

  169. 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″!).

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