Free Stuff Friday: Handmade Marketplace Edition

Welcome to another edition of Free Stuff Friday!

For the Sew News staff, this Friday is full of dogs in the office, frozen yogurt and lots of editing of Sew it All. We had a fun week welcoming writer Sharon Madsen to the office for the afternoon on Wednesday and celebrating the release of Sew it All 4 on newsstands at Fabric Bliss on Tuesday! We hope your week has been as great (and a little less busy) as ours has been!

Today we’re giving away a little package! It includes:

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  • A sample 2 pack of pink and yellow Country Yarn Thread from brother! (Not pictured but great!)

All you have to do to enter to win this fun set of prizes is post your answer to the following question in the comments section at the end of this post:

What are your favorite Etsy shops? Tell us about the coolest sewing related thing you have bought on Etsy! Or, do you have an Etsy shop yourself?

We’ll randomly select one comment and announce the winner on Monday! Good luck and have an awesome weekend!

About Leah

I never thought growing up that sewing would become part of my life. My passions enveloped me into reading literature and spending hours crafting lines of poems and imagining larger-than-life stories. I loved being creative and dreamed of writing for a magazine one day. It wasn't until my freshman year of college that I came into contact with sewing and one of my current best friends, Erin. Erin and her mother taught me the importance of sewing and the freedom and creativity that comes with knowing how to sew. Throughout college, I learned everything from the basics of sewing to the huge challenge of quilting. As I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications last May, I discovered my multiple passions of sewing, crafting and writing. I am now thankful to be able combine my love of writing with my newfound joy of sewing.
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58 Responses to Free Stuff Friday: Handmade Marketplace Edition

  1. Roberta says:

    I love Esty, but have never bought anything. It is just too hard to decide from all the cool things these fabulous seamstress artist create. I do hope one day to join the ranks of seller’s.

  2. Angela Cianfaglione says:

    I only been a few times on Etsy because there is so much to see I can only do it when I have some extra time. I think it’s a great place to sell and buy some family members are sellers and they love it.

  3. Lauren A says:

    I don’t have an etsy shop but i was thinking about it until i realized i don’t have the time to do the shipping portion with my current job. so i scratched that. I usually go to etsy for funky yoga pants and bellydance pants. they are very hard to make by hand (yet I am still trying to learn). My favorite item I have purchased on etsy was a pair of flared pink and black striped yoga pants. i love them. i feel semi like a pirate. :) happy friday!

  4. Sure could use that book to market my wall quilts to supplement family income now that I am permanently disabled and unable to work! The quilt tool would be a bonus, but very useful tool to help with my quilting! :-)

  5. Tracee says:

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/NaptimeDiaries

    I love Naptime Diaries! I haven’t bought much on etsy but I have purchased a few machine embroidery designs :)

  6. Linda says:

    I don’t have one favorite site. I like to look at all the neat things people make. I haven’t ordered anything yet

  7. BJMarley says:

    I don’t have a favorite Etsy shop, but I do enjoy looking at things from time to time. I haven’t bought anything from Etsy. I’ve been dreaming about having a presence on Etsy, but I haven’t done anything about it. Maybe this book would give me the kick I need to get started.

  8. Viviana says:

    I actually have not bought from Etsy because the shipping is too much for where I live. Nonetheless, I would love to buy some vintage spools from there – something like this http://www.etsy.com/listing/95667799/mason-jar-filled-w-vintage-wooden would look awesome on the corner of anyone’s crafting nook, am I right or am I right? ;)

  9. I have an etsy site and a few listings , but no luck selling any of my jewelry or getting any orders for customized story wall quilts yet! :-( As I said in earlier post need that book to hopefully give me some good advise and direction to channel my quilting and crafting into a small business .

  10. shelly k says:

    I am just getting things started for my own etsy shop. This book would be great with helping me get wverything figured out how to sell things. I lve etsy and love the concept behing it as well.

    Also just bought your new magazine Tuesday and love love love it way to go.

  11. Jean Gordon says:

    My niece’s Etsy site; she sells made well-made crafts; accessories and baby things. I have never bought an item from Etsy but I like to look and who knows what I may find in the future. Thanks.

  12. Joanne Randall says:

    Love the patterns I purchased from ViolaLee and the embroidery designs from Rivermill Embroidery. Lots of great stuff on Etsy!

  13. Tiffany says:

    I have a little shop on etsy where i sell children’s handmade clothes and some other child related items. I am still kinda new at selling but i love sewing and have had a blast so far. I do also buy a lot of my supplies off of Etsy and a few other things here and there too.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/wildthingsboutique1

  14. Lupe Forsang says:

    Etsy is where I get ideas for projects,buying patterns for sewing and or crocheting.

  15. Dinah Malin says:

    I love Etsy even though I have never bought anything…yet. My favorite shop is Moose Country because it is my friends shop. She is super talented. I have a new shop DinahRickcreations. I am a new crafter/sewer and I need photography help with my items posted, but I am enjoying learning new things each day.

  16. Maria Kievit says:

    Don’t have an etsy shop, and neither shop at one of them. Just don’t like shopping over the internet. Love to go to a store to buy the things I need.

  17. Sue Haver says:

    I love Etsy. So much to look at and marvel. I hope to sometime in the very near future to have my own ‘shop’. Right now, we’re busy setting up the ‘sewing/craft room’. (yeah!)

  18. Clare S. Lavorgna says:

    My son recently graduated college, and I had a grad party for him. His school uses the fleur de lis in its logo, and I wanted fleur de lis confetti for the table and fleur de lis cupcake toppers. Morell Designs on Etsy had just the thing. They were also willing to make said items in red and black, school colors. Service was prompt. The party was a great success thanks in part to these items.

  19. Jenni Davis says:

    Etsy is great!
    When I got married in October 2010, I found SheriAngellCreations. Her speciality is hand embroidering bridal hankerchiefs. I had her make one for each Mother, Grandmother and Aunt. She even put flowers on each of them in our wedding colors and wedding date. On the back, she included a heart and our intitals. All of them brought their custom hankies to our beach side wedding. :) What a great sentimental keepsake!

    Also, Aleighasarts is a fun little etsy shop. She does everything from lampwork glass beads to “Fright Fellows” and “Mini Mums”. Fun plushie pillows and stuffed toys. I have a Fright Fellow and a Mini Mum in my guest room at home. Great conversation pieces!

  20. I got a necklace from sweetbluebirdjewelry that was great. She threw in a pair of earrings.

  21. Elisa says:

    I’ve browsed Etsy a few times but have never purchased anyting. Yet. :-) I’m hoping to open my on Etsy shop at some point in the not too distant future.

  22. Terri says:

    I like searching etsy, but I have not bought anything yet. There are too many things to look at. I will buy something soon because my birthday is coming up!

  23. Jeanne Provost says:

    I haven’t bought from Etsey shop as I’ve just discovered a few of them, at 74 I’m learning all I can about the computer, and all the things I can find with it. Sure wish it was available years ago, found pintrest, and have been enjoying pinning and etc. with that, what a different world.

  24. Jennifer says:

    I have bought slippers for my daughter from Kaya’s closet. I love to look at the doll clothes and stuff; I have made some for my daughter with the sewing machine my husband bought me for christmas. But we plan to get her bitty babies for her b-day in September and they have such adorable clothes for boy and girl twins on there with a lot cheaper price tags, which is good on the wallet once you spend so much on the dolls.

  25. Dell M says:

    I bought a beautiful hand turned seam ripper from the etsy shop During Quiet Times.

  26. Joyce Hildreth says:

    I have heard of Etsey, but have not purchased anything; but I would like to share a very cool sewing tool…the sew eze snips by Havel..they are small, have spring action on the handle and are great as a seam ripper.

  27. Grace says:

    I love etsy! I don’t have one favorite store but I buy a lot of craft supplies there, including fabric and scrapbooking materials.

  28. Jamie F says:

    I haven’t been on Etsy much. I think I get jealous that I didn’t come up with all those creative ideas. Lol. I do have some ideas circling in my head though, so the book included as part of the give away would be just the thing I need!!!

  29. Jeanne says:

    I’ve never been on Etsy so I am going there after I post this comment….I am sure I will find way too many things that I want!

  30. karen says:

    My favorite Esty is anyone that sells jewelry. I can always find something different there.

  31. Virginia Darwin says:

    I love esty but haven’t bought or sold yet, just getting ideas!!

  32. Brynn says:

    Bought many things on etsy so I can’t really pinpoint one particular shop – except for -

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/StrapTeezeStudio

    Fashionable camera straps and camera strap covers for your DSLR camera to show the world your personality! (What a shameless plug – haha! That’s my shop!)

    Etsy has so many creative shops and wonderful sellers who will work with you so that you get that perfect item – I became hooked and that is when I opened my little ‘store’

  33. CarolKE says:

    I enjoy looking at all the options on Etsy, but have not bought anything at this point. How long do you think it will be before etsy is an accepted Scrabble word?

  34. S Thompson says:

    I have only looked at etsy a couple times……amazing stuff.

  35. Roberta Schultz says:

    I have co-worker who has a shop on Etsy, but I’ve never bought anything.

  36. Well, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Etsy! Yes, I have an online store http://www.threadedfromheaven.etsy.com. Yes it is my favorite, BUT, I like and support other stores as well. I purchase ALL of the gifts my girls give to there friends from etsy. I also, had my brand created from an etsy store. Great Source for one stop shopping.

  37. Kathryn Knox says:

    Hi! My favorite Etsy is all the fabric shops.I bought a yard of each of Cloud 9 collection Across the Pond. I t is beautiful!!!

  38. Janice S says:

    I love the Etsy shops that sell vintage fabrics.

  39. Jan Degraw says:

    I bought some fabric from an etsy site, but can’t remember the name of it.

  40. Beth B says:

    I bought two sets of earrings from an etsy shop, but no sewing items … yet.

  41. Linda T says:

    I have two Etsy Shops:
    Zippy’s Stash where I sell Wide Quilt backing fabric
    and
    Zippy’s Cupboard where I sell finished items.

    I have bought buttons and books in the past. Love Etsy!

  42. Cheryl says:

    It is hard to pick a favorite ETSY but I tend to go to bead sites and sewing sites. I like to see what others are making. I also have an etsy shop;

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/neeniepie

    thanks

  43. Sharon Duote says:

    My sister and I have an Etsy shop, JaspersPlasticSpoons. We specialize in cord covers, but also sell other handmade items such as purses, fabric, patterns, etc. I love sewing, crochet and knitting. I have purchased a few supplies on Etsy, but usually, if I can make it myself I don’t buy it.

  44. Mary M says:

    My favorite Etsy shop is SewingSeed which has cross stitch patterns/kits. They have great designs that are simple and quick. I also like the shops that sell fabric baby booties mostly because I’ve been unable to make them myself (they’re so tiny!). Gigglebox has some great kids shoes.

    I don’t have my own Etsy shop . . . yet.

  45. Judi W says:

    I don’t have a favorite – there are too many to choose from. I have one myself too, artdolls.

  46. Joan says:

    I do not have a favorite, I do not shop much on Etsy.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. Noemy kreidl says:

    I do have a store at etsy but it has been non active for like a year, hope I will star soon again, I love most of children clothes, bags, etc. stores at etsy I could be hours just browsing.

  48. Carol Womack says:

    I have never bought anything-YET–on Etsy, but I do like to visit Loretta Alvarado’s page. I see her every summer at the Laguna Beach Art A Fair and she’s the one who instroduced my to Etsy. I would love to have my own Etsy page someday.

  49. Karen A says:

    I haven’t bought anything on Etsy. I look often at quilt related shops but my favorite is “In His Grace”. She has beautiful multi-media prints.

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