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30 Oct

SEW MAMA SEW! #HandmadeHolidays November 2015

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Get ready everyone! Grab your needles and spools of thread, plug in your sewing machines. Cross your fingers and throw some salt over your shoulder while you’re at it.

Starting November 1st, SEW MAMA SEW is running a month-long holiday sewing extravaganza with daily sewing books and swag to win, tutorials, recipes, and printables!

They’ve got a whole slew of our St. Martin’s Press books in the prize mix–books with easy to follow instructions, tips, and patterns that show novice and advanced sewers how to sew vintage lingerie pieces and corsets, bold and beautiful clothes, all kinds of hats, totally amazing bags, stylish window treatments, quilts, even how to upholster, and more!

Visit sewmamasew.com, share using #handmadeholidays, and get in on the action!

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24 Feb

Happy Pub Day! 100 PIN LOOM SQUARES & WINDOW TREATMENTS WITH STYLE

Hello again! We’ve got another double-whammy for you today. Two fantastic new craft books are now in stores and ready for you to get your hands-on crafty hands on! First up is a home decorator’s dream: Window Treatments with Style: Fresh Ideas and Techniques for Upstyling Your Windows by Hannah Stanton. Learn how to work with sheer fabrics to create a delicate look for your bedroom; master the art of covering a cornice board; and get tips on customizing store-bought shades to suit your unique style. 0093542.jpgwindows 4This comprehensive guide has all the instructions and inspiration you need to get stunning results, and also includes eight engaging case studies that provide valuable insight by other nonprofessionals: explaining the fabric and color choices, design challenges faced, and offer useful money and time-saving tips.0104858.jpgwindows 2

Beautifully illustrated tutorials and easy-to-follow instructions cover a wide range of techniques, arming you with the skills and confidence to tackle your own projects, whether you’re looking to make cute café curtains or stylish Roman shades.

Next up is a craft of a different color: 100 Pin Loom Squares: 100 Exciting Color Combinations to Try, Plus 15 Stylish Projects by Florencia Campos Correa. One of the first instructional full-color books showing actual weaving patterns and color combinations, this is a sourcebook of over 100 colorful patterns for making different styles of squares. pin looms 3 pin looms 2A techniques section covers the basics of weaving on the bias or straight and the various effects achieved by using different yarns, and the additional fifteen projects for scarves, jewelry, pillows, and more then show you how to use them. All the yarn used in the book is easily available so you can replicate the colors and styles. Once you get started you will think of all kinds of ideas for using these adorable little squares. Just look at this doggy sweater! pin looms 1

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14 Nov

Freebie Friday: Reversible Tote Bag

My mood, like New York weather in November, can change on a dime. So how am I supposed to choose a single pattern for my everyday bag? One day I may be feeling gingham, and the next, classic Victorian. One day black, next day plaid. Heck–I may not even wait a day to change my mind. That’s the level of volatility we’re talking about, people.

So you can imagine my elation! Followed by incredulity! Followed by elation again! after seeing this week’s FREE PROJECT: a reversible tote bag that can be designed using two totally contrasting patterns to suit my “flexible” personality. tote freebie 2All you need are two different cotton fabrics, two yards of fusible hemming web, and a spool of thread. The drop-in construction and hidden seams make this tote bag truly reversible, just like your changing mind (hey–it’s our prerogative!).

tote freebie 1This is just one of 30 tote-ally fun projects in the new book Tote-ally Amazing Bags: 30 Quick and Easy Bags to Make for All Occasions by Helen Angharad Henley, who also happens to be our Author of the Month. This colorful book, which includes a CD of full-size patterns,  guides you through all the possible incarnations of the tote bag, from children’s bags and simple grocery totes to stylish shoulder bags in contemporary fabrics, with patterns ranging from the fun to the functional.

Buy a copy today, and be sure to check back here on Sunday for our Goodreads giveaway.


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7 Nov

FREEBIE FRIDAY: 130 Mini Quilt Blocks

Happy Friday! Saying that makes me feel a little better already with the weekend almost upon us. Today, our Freebie Friday is from an oldie but a goodie, 130 Mini Quilt Blocks by Susan Briscoe. In honor of the holiday season, here are two festive mini quilt blocks for your FREE PROJECT today!

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130 Mini Quilt Blocks: A Collection of Exquisite Patchwork Blocks Using Ready-Made Fabric Bundles contains a collection of beautiful patchwork and appliqué designs, including traditional favorites and brand new ideas, arranged into stylishly themed chapters.

The little quilt blocks have been specially designed to work at smaller sizes—perfect for making quilted projects like little bags, cushions, and potholders that will add plentyd of variety and interest to even the smallest space.
Each block comes with full cutting list and assembly instructions, plus mix and match suggestions to combine with other blocks, and ideas on how you might change or embellish the block design. Inspiring projects throughout the book offer plenty of ideas to get you started.

After graduating in art and design, Susan Briscoe designed hand knits, but it was in Japan, where she studied traditional textiles and kimono design and tailoring, that her interest in patchwork was sparked. She teaches creative textile workshops and demonstrates her work at quilt and textile shows in the UK and internationally. She is the author of several books on quilting, including 130 Mini Quilt Blocks, Japanese Quilt Inspirations, and 200 Quilting Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets.

Check back on Sunday to find out how to win a copy via our Goodreads!

Can’t wait to get your hands on one? Buy one here:

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7 Nov

Author of the Month: Helen Angharad Henley, author of Tote-ally Amazing Bags

WELCOME, Helen Angharad Henley!

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This month, we sit down with Helen Angharad Henley, mother of three, handbag designer, self-proclaimed “compulsive maker,” and author of newly published Tote-ally Amazing Bags: 30 quick and easy bags to make for all occasions. Helen lives and works in Wales where she designs, makes, and sells her sewing patterns and handbags. She blogs her stitching endeavours at angharadhandmade.blogspot.com and sells her bags online at angharad handmade. herringbone tweed clutch bag_small1. What’s your craft?
I am a compulsive stitcher, and enjoy all kinds of needlework from bag making to quilting; I’m never without a project or three on the go!

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2. What project would you consider an all-time best?
I’m quite fickle when it comes to favourites–one day it might be a herringbone tweed bag and the next a hand-quilted scrap quilt. For me the pleasure is all in the finishing touches, whether it be a pretty row of Liberty tana lawn covered buttons, or a neat line of topstitching.

3. What project would you consider an all-time worst?
I’ve had some cracking craft-fails over the years, but I know my husband would vote for the lederhosen I made for him out of some old 70s curtains when we were students. He was forced to wear them through central London on the way to a fancy dress Sound of Music sing-along with friends, and I don’t think he’s ever quite recovered from the experience!

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I couldn’t be without my rotary cutter, rulers and mat. I find that cutting out is the most tedious part of a project as I’m generally itching to get needle and thread to fabric, so anything which can speed up the process, and introduce a bit more accuracy to boot, is a winner in my book.

5. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I’d love to have the power to accomplish several tasks at once – that way I could be stitching up a bag or two whilst simultaneously helping with the children’s homework and making a cup of tea.

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Follow Helen’s stitching adventures on her blog, angharadhandmade.blogspot.com.

Happy stitching!

 Tote-ally Amazing Bags includes a wide variety of 30 bag designs and full-sized patterns and instructions, guiding beginners and intermediate sewers through all the possible incarnations of the tote bag. Available now at your favorite bookseller:

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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