12 Days of Giveaways: Day 2

Congratulations to yesterday’s winner, Jeanne, for her great answer: “My daughter is doing Tunisian crochet scarves for all her family and co-workers; I am making fleece hats for all, plus flannel pjs for my kids [family tradition] plus assorted totes and accessories…all from my stash or recycling bag…” Jeanne was randomly selected to win the book Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft, Sew, Cook & Knit by Jennifer Worick (Voyageur Press).

Today’s book giveaway is for Design Your Own Tees by Jennifer Cooke (St. Martin’s Griffin). Check it out here.

designyourowntees 12 Days of Giveaways: Day 2

For your chance to win this fabulous book, simply answer today’s question: What types of technique articles or projects would you most like to see in Sew News?

Enter your answer below and good luck! Tomorrow, we’ll announce today’s winner and the question for Day 3!

 12 Days of Giveaways: Day 2
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58 Responses to 12 Days of Giveaways: Day 2

  1. Brenda Adams says:

    I enjoy seeing projects that are unique and simple to make. I am a project person and love those that grab my attention right away. I love your magazine. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  2. Theresa says:

    Uses for “leftover” fabric, especially items that will appeal to my teenage daughter. :)

  3. Cheryl says:

    I would like to see an article or two on vintage patterns as well as how women would sew in the early 1900′s making nearly every article of clothing for their families often by hand or treadle machine.

  4. MelodyJ says:

    I would like to see vintage/retro styles and technques.


  5. Laura says:

    I would like to see information on thread, needle, fabric relationships and combinations.

  6. Karen A says:

    I love seeing ideas for repurposing/ recycling old into new fashions. Also ideas for embellishments .

  7. Nancy Feigl says:

    I would like to see more articles relating to teaching someone to sew, as well as sewing project ideas for newbees. I teach my granddaughters to sew and have a hard time coming up with a variety of ideas that will keep them interested. They are ages 10,11 and 12.

  8. Anna says:

    I would like to see articles on designers that are from the United States and one techniques from the designer that they would like to teaches us.

  9. Judi says:

    I’ve been reading your magazine since the ’80′s. That’s a tough question as there are soooo many areas! I guess fit and embellishing are tops on my list.

  10. Ann says:

    I would love to learn to how to sew on knits so that they do not gather when I sew.

  11. Dinah says:

    I would love to see articles on how to take a basic pattern and make it several different ways – embellished, change the necklines, etc.

  12. Colleen Elston says:

    Would love to see more pattern reviews. Like a book of the month only choose from a set group of patterns and have your readers submit their reveiws in an upcoming issue.

  13. Betty says:

    Designer details to add to garments.

  14. Lisa Barber says:

    I would love to see more articles about recycling clothes into something useful. I would also love to see more quick and easy projects.

  15. C. Schnuelle says:

    I would love to see articles working with knits. Embellishing, patterns, etc. to reproduce the items so popular in ready-to-wear. I also love idea for making handbags.

  16. Gail Banks says:

    I would like to see articals about recycling clothes into something new and wonderful. Also ways to usefully use my stash into something my family will love to have.

  17. Carrie says:

    I’d like to see more boy-friendly projects. I have as many nephews as nieces, and sometimes it’s a struggle to find projects that really work for gifts for the boys.

  18. Kari says:

    I love the quick, little gift projects, like the organizer in the current issue (and I really appreciate the different versions).

  19. Kris says:

    Sew News is such a great help for any sewer. A beginner can read and enjoy as well as those of us who have been sewing for years. I’d love to see good explanations and uses for the incredible feet that are available now.

  20. jennylou says:

    i would love to see more upcycling.. for example, kids grow so fast, so how can we take those items and turn something from yesterday into something useful today?

  21. Susi Ripple says:

    Would definitly love to see more heirloom with lace projects. I really love sewing this!

  22. Debbie Lauzon says:

    I would like to see more projects for around the home or to wear that entail really basic fabrics or recycled fabrics , fabric that can be found anywhere.

  23. Enuma says:

    How best to sew/serge on knit fabrics, one way stretch/2 way stretch fabrics even light sheer stretch fabrics. Types of finishing will akso be great. A garment should always be neatlt finished, be it hand sewn or serged.

  24. Carla says:

    I’d love to see more purse & bag patterns. I’d also like to see some christmas gift ideas.

  25. Vwren says:

    I’d love to learn more about drafting patterns and fitting. I also like techniques learned using small projects that can also double as gifts.

  26. Debi says:

    I would like to see more projects for the older girls. My granddaughter is 12 and doesn’t want me to sew for her anymore. Also, more for the young seamstress…this same granddaughter is now sewing.

  27. Pam Pope says:

    Texture magic is fun! Some ideas for creating fun things with it would be nice!

  28. Jean Lowenberger says:

    Several I can think of ….projects to complete in an hour….updating good clothes you have in your closet…..items that can be made out of clothes you have on hand (recycling), quick gifts (for anyone), decorating updates. Any article that you could make from fabric you have on hand. (use up some of your “stash”)

  29. Teresa V says:

    Upcycle and tricks for the serger!

  30. Cindy Byrne says:

    Re-making older clothes with no current style into fabulous new garments.

  31. Anna says:

    I like to see quick projects from things a person has on hand around the house.

  32. Maria Kievit says:

    Any sewing tips are always welcome. I would love to see some beginner embroidery techniques. Bought an embroidery machine a couple of years ago, and it’s very un-utilized. How do you transfer from computer to machine, and more of these issues. Thanks for a wonderful magazine otherwise.

    • Kari says:


      Check out our sister publication Creative Machine Embroidery at cmemag.com for some great machine embroidery techniques, projects and ideas!

  33. Robin Smith says:

    I think that it would be great to see more sewing for Cancer Awareness.

  34. Dottie Jones says:

    Some shortcut tips on sewing!

  35. Ruth says:

    Recycling thrift shop clothes or stuff from your own closet into new, fashionable items. Also, fashion for us “over 50′s” that isn’t “dowdy”.

  36. Linda says:

    I like quick projects. Also projects that recycle or reuse. I enjoy seeing “old” designs made new again using sewing techniques, such as making over jackets from the 90′s.

  37. Jamie says:

    I would love to see some recycling/repurposing issues, I love going green with my crafting and sewing. Also some Holiday issues would be fun.

  38. Linda Kay says:

    I would like to see some quick projects to make for baby shower gifts.

  39. jance meleo says:

    Love to see techniques with appliques and sequins. Embellishments add flair to homemade gifts.

  40. Linda says:

    At this time of the year I like quick gift projects.

  41. Gina says:

    Anything would be great. Love trying new ideas.

  42. jackie says:

    Anything related to new techniques and new products would be great.

  43. Dawna says:

    I love that you guys keep it so fresh. It’s hard to say what I would love to see more of. I read the magazines front to back over and over. I just love everything.

  44. susan learned says:

    Id love to see projects that work up quickly, look like they took longer…use little fabric.and yet have multiple uses.

  45. Donna says:

    I would love to see more purse/bag patterns along with projects to make from recycled fabrics! Of course, articles on pattern and fabric designers and how they started and grew their business would be awesome too!

  46. Lou Switzer says:

    I noticed all the wonderful trims and sequins in the fabric store yesterday and would love to see suggestions on how to use these wonderful accents. Sequins are on trend and it would be so much fun to use them in a project but I am inspiration challenged.

  47. Heidi says:

    I’d like to see the “holiday issue” come back, I always enjoyed the projects in it for decorating, gifts, etc. I love Sew News, have been a subscriber from the beginning !! : )

  48. Sue Huffman says:

    I would love to see more articles on how to recycle fabric and use up stuff from my stash. Especially “really old” (according to my teenager) fabric from the 70′s (think doubleknit, mod flowers, etc.) I found some neat stuff at a thrift shop!

  49. Mary Ann Coleman says:

    I love anything to with sewing. I would be interested in hearing about new products, home decor, and reviews of sewing related sites from others.

  50. Sue Larson says:

    heirloom ~ thanks for asking!