About three years ago, I received an email from Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield of the bog Sew Can She asking me to contribute a small sewing project to a book she was working on. I was so honored to be asked to contribute. After waiting literally for years, today I’m thrilled to announce that the book, Crafty Little Things to Sew, is now available for sale. The book is absolutely gorgeous and the projects in it are really fun and useful. So many of them would make great holiday gifts too. It’s not too early to start planning holiday sewing, right? Plus, all the projects use scraps and fat quarters so they’re great stash busters too!
My project is the Divide & Conquer Drawstring Bag (shown above and page 9 in the book). It’s a circle bottom bag with a divider in the middle and a clear vinyl zippered pocket on the front. When I’m away from my sewing machine, I entertain myself with a small travel-friendly knitting project, like socks or a hat and this bag is the perfect size. It keeps everything organized, prevents the project from getting tangled or mixed up with other things in my bag. I'm really excited that I can finally share this project with you.
The photos in this book are beautiful and there are so many projects that I'd love to make. The instructions are really in-depth and I think there are a lot of techniques you can learn from these projects. Caroline very kindly sent me two copies of the book which means that I get to give one away to one of you! To enter is comment below and tell me your favorite small thing to sew (or just tell me your favorite sewing tool or your favorite color). Make sure you leave your email address or some way to contact in case you’re the lucky winner. This is open world wide and comments will be closed in one week, at midnight Pacific time, Tuesday, October 24, 2017. If you want more chances to win a copy, visit the other blogs in the links below to enter their giveaways. Good luck and happy sewing!
P.S. If you don't luck out, you can buy the book on Amazon right here (affiliate link).
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