Welcome back from yesterday's first installment of How to Be Crafty
. To help inspire you to dig out your dusty sewing machine I have a fun giveaway to share with you! The wonderful people over at Storey publishing have offered a free copy of their recent book, Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders
by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins. I already own Patricia and Rebecca's first book, One-Yard Wonders and loved it. So I was excited to have the opportunity to check out the book and try out some of the patterns, and am eager to share all the great stuff you'll find inside!
1. Cozy Comfort Set 2. Gazillions of Gathers Pillow 3. Farmer's Market Tote 4. Coupon Wallet
First off, let me say how big this book is. With 101 sewing projects, it's nearly two inches thick with nine full-size pattern pages included! And as the title suggests, the projects are divided by type of fabric, including cotton, knits, corduroy, flannel, home dec, wool, and more.
I've already made myself a shirt using the Last-Minute Tunic pattern (sorry I didn't get any photos of that yet) and am working on a pair of corduroy Play Pants with double knee panels for one of the boys. Some other projects I can't wait to try out are the Farmer's Market Tote with its plethora of pockets, the Cheeky Panty & Cami Set in my knit print of choice, and the fun little Retro Bag.
1. Pig & Piglets 2. Swaddle Blanket 3. Hanging Book Display 4. Monster Backpack
The book doesn't just give you a bunch of great patterns and leave you to figure it out yourself. Like most sewing project books, Fabric-by-Fabric includes detailed instructions with each project. But they've also added diagrams to show where to place your fabric pieces to make the most of your yard of fabric. For a beginning sewer, it can be hard figuring out how to get all the pieces you need out of a limited amount of fabric.
Rebecca and Patricia have also included an introductory section that talks about everything from basic stitching tips, to how to use the patterns, and even includes a fabric type cheat sheet detailing all you need to know when working with various types of fabric.
There's also a glossary at the back which covers basic terms and techniques found throughout the book. You'll also find a full list of resources and contributers with bios about their work and where to find them online.
1. Kanzashi Clock 2. Umbrella Redo 3. Accessory Trio 4. Party Lamp Shade
This book is a great source for trying out new ideas, using up your stash of all types of fabrics, and making gifts for just about everyone you know. Wouldn't you like to win a copy? Well, one lucky U.S. reader will have that chance!
To enter the giveaway just leave a comment below sharing which project you'd like to try in the book. For extra entries, like Maker Mama on Facebook and Google Friend Connect, or share this post on FB, Twitter, or Pinterest. You can also head over to Storey Publishing's Facebook fan page to give them a big thumbs up for making such a great book. Be sure to leave a comment for each of your extra entries!
I'll close the giveaway by 8 a.m. CT on Monday, Feb. 6 and will announce the winner shortly after. Please include your email if it's not already in your profile; I wouldn't want you to miss out on your prize.
Good luck everyone, and happy sewing!
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