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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It's Sew Easy & A Giveaway For You!


Sewing is not "easy" but it isn't difficult either.  If you come to your sewing machine with an open mind and a passion to learn, anything is possible creatively.  From textile art to quilting, fashion design to toys and accessories, this is only the beginning of a creative journey when you first learn to sew.

Many of you out there are self-taught, or you learned from your mother.  That is how I learned how to sew - from my dear mother.  She inspired me and encouraged me as a child and I was always so excited when she would let me choose fabric for a dress and then watch her make it, mistakes and all and seam ripper close by.  She taught me that patience is necessary when you are learning to sew and even as you become an experienced seamster (as she would call it).  "Take your time" my mother would say.  "Enjoy the process."


Those were important words then and they still ring true today.  When I find a book that is full of fun, creative inspiration, and easy to understand, I gravitate to it.  My library is bursting with resources of books and materials for a college!  And, in many ways, these books have been my "college" as they have provided me with the information and guidance I needed to learn on my time and in my home at my machine. 

For my daughters, I have wanted to inspire them the way that my mother inspired me and I am passing the torch you might say.  I love all things creative.  This little book "Sew Easy - The Essential Guide to Getting Started" by Linda Lee is so adorable and resourceful! 

At first glance, it looks like a book, but what it is actually a box.  You open it up and inside you find a dozen cards.  On the front of the card is a picture of the project.  Open it up like a book and you have the instructions and illustrations for making the project.


You'll find cards to make napkins, a journal cover, a little pouch with 3 zipper compartments, an innovative skirt, a handy tote, a stretch-knit summer top, a machine quilted throw, a beautiful scarf, a delightful brooch, a retro pillow, an elegant table topper, and a technique for creating iron-on applique.  Nothing complicated or over-the-top here.  What you do have, though, is a beginning and some easy projects to get started.

This is a can-do book of creative ideas to inspire the beginning seamster.  But that's not all!  Inside you will also find this little desk book filled with essential sewing terms, and information on little things like presser feet to machine stitches to linings to special treatments.


A bit about this book:

Sew Easy: The Essential Guide to getting started
By Linda Lee
Publisher: Sixth & Spring Books
1 Box, 12 Project Cards, 1 book with 48 pages

I think you'll enjoy this little box of goodies and I am offering it to you!  Just answer the question below in the comments -

What do you enjoy most about sewing?

CONGRATULATIONS TO #5 LizM!!  You are the winner of the Sew Easy Giveaway!! 


Liz - email me at susan@raisin-toast.com to claim your prize!  I'll need your shipping address!!  Thank you for everyone who entered.  I am having more giveaways so keep an eye out!