Enter To Win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis!

Cloth91096J Enter To Win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis!I had the treat of getting an advanced copy of the book Cloth by Cassandra Ellis. I am in love with it’s gorgeous photos and simple beauty of the projects.

Please read below for a review and make a comment as to what is your favorite textile to use or maybe one that you’ve always wanted to make something out of. One lucky winner will be picked to win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis.

Plus, stay tuned to the Sew News blog for a Meet the Designer interview next week with Cassandra Ellis and get another try at winning this book.

Cassandra Ellis is a designer and maker of high-end quilts and home wares. Originally from New Zealand, she now runs her own design studio where she teaches contemporary craft and interiors workshops.

This is a beautiful book. Not an ordinary DIY, craft/home dec book with spare, white back drop photos and cheeky text. Cloth is lush with rich, dreamy photos by Catherine Gratwicke and intelligent, thoughtful text (how may craft books open with a poem by Yeats?) It was a visual pleasure to look through the book. And, easy to image that I could and more importantly, would make the projects Ellis offers. Cloth is broken down in five sections: Cotton, Wool, Silk, Hide and Linen. There is a brief introduction to each textile followed by a short history, making this book part textbook, but in no way written in a dry, dull manner. Ellis tell the reader of the individual textiles production, current and past uses and as in the case of silk the different types. Of which there are many.

The projects are all relatively easy, from bags, to oven mitts, sachets, pillows, aprons, bedding and more. Many of the projects focus on reclaimed, vintage or thrifted fabric and textiles. But, all the projects would work well with modern fabric with clean, bold lines.  Patterns are included in the book and the instructions are written in a clear and uncluttered tone. Measurements (for the advanced copy) are in metric. Each project ends with “Design Thoughts” with tips, ideas and ways to further embellish the project.

Also included is a helpful dye and tool kit section. Listing items needed to make the projects as well as equipment needed to dye textiles.

The sections are layout according to fabric type

Cotton

Screen Shot 2 Enter To Win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis!The section on cotton has eight projects. Tote bag, gauze tent, rug, apron, Furoshiki a Japanese carrying device, chair cushion, pillow, bedding and small purses.

Wool

Screen Shot 3 copy Enter To Win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis!Projects include hand dyed guaze panel, overnight bag, wool blanket pillows, pet bed, a pouffe (not a chair, not a cushion but a pouf!) and oven mitts.

Silk

Screen Shot21 Enter To Win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis!The lovely silk projects include the following: silk wheat bags, sachets, kimono silk quilt, sari curtains, tea stained drawstring bags, and a shawl.

Hidecloth leather screen shot  Enter To Win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis!The Hide section is particularly nice bringing attention to working with leather and sheepskin. There are five projects here; a journal, 3 bags, and a covered ottoman.

LinenScreen Shot 4 Enter To Win Cloth by Cassandra Ellis!Headboard or curtain panel, hand dyed cushions, slippers, duvet cover and pillowcases, Hemp napkins, and how to reupholster chairs.

All the projects in the book make the most of the textile being highlighted. The instructions are easy to follow and there is a wonderful resource guide that contains links and addresses to further research textiles, antique fabrics and sources to find extraordinary fabrics to use for your own projects.

Cloth would be a welcome addition to any sewing or home decor library. If you would like to be entered to win a copy of Cloth please make a comment on what your favorite textile to work with is. One winner will be picked and announced next Friday.

Good Luck!

Cloth by Cassandra  Ellis  – Published by Abrams | STC Craft – A Melanie Falick Book

ISBN  – 978-1-61769-109-6

And, last week’s winners of the Cuddle Fabric Kit giveaway are Sandi G and Sue C. I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you how to get your prize!

 

 

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Fashion Sewing Competition – 1/2 Scale Challenge from American Sewing Expo

ase contest Fashion Sewing Competition   1/2 Scale Challenge from American Sewing ExpoRev up your sewing machines there is a fantastic sewing competition produced by American Sewing Expo and Designer Joi Mahon of Designer Joi. 

The 1/2 Scale Challenge is a ½ scale sewing and design competition produced by ASE and Designer Joi, themed “Fashion Icons thru the Ages”. Contestants will create a garment in half scale of any fashion icon they choose.

The competition is enhanced by an online tutorial taught by Joi Mahon of Designer Joi. Contestants will learn how to find inspiration, create a story board, draping on a ½ scale dress form and how to make the basic patterns. Those interested will also be able to ask Designer Joi questions as they work through the process of the tutorial.

All contestants are required to purchase the official Fashion in ½ Scale kit that includes a professional ½ scale dress form and the promo code to view the tutorial for FREE. The tutorial is available every day at any time through the contest deadline. Contestants must be at least 18 years old to participate.

Entries for the competition are to be mailed to ASE no later than August 1, 2014. All ½ scale garments will be on display at the 2014 ASE in Novi, Michigan September 26 – 28th. Prize winners will be announced at the event.

For complete rules and application go to: www.AmericanSewingExpo.com/contests.html

Sponsors of this contest include  Baby Lock, Islander Sewing, ASE, Designer Joi, Mettler, Schmetz Needles, YKK, Fashion Supply, Inc. with more to come.

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Learn to Sew a Zippered Cosmetic Bag with Jessie!

Tomorrow, our editorial assistant Jessie is hitting the road and heading to Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Atlanta at the Gwinnett Center! Jessie will be in Make-It Center Thursday through Saturday. Here’s Jessie in Fort Worth, TX last year with one of our visitors to the Make-It Center. As you might be able to tell by the photo below, Jessie is a ton of fun to sew and hang out with!

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At the Expo in Atlanta, you can come and stitch up a mini version of one of our favorite projects from Sew it All, Season 7. In Episode 704, “Box Bag,” Stacy Schlyer of the blog Stacy Sews shows how to make an adorable zippered bag with a clever handle that lets you hang up the bag on any hook or doorknob. (Find the FREE tutorial here!) DSC 0409 1024x685 Learn to Sew a Zippered Cosmetic Bag with Jessie! It’s such a quick and fun project that also makes a wonderful gift. Depending on the fabric you use and the recipient, it makes a great travel make-up bag, shaving kit, pencil bag or portable bag for your sewing supplies (my favorite use!). It also takes less than a yard of fabric, so it’s a great stash-buster too!

Today Jessie got some teaching practice by showing me how to make the mini version of the bag that we’ll be sewing in the Make-It Center. It’s fun and easy and sews up quickly. Here’s my finished masterpiece in very elegant and sophisticated doughnut-print fabric! boxbag 1024x986 Learn to Sew a Zippered Cosmetic Bag with Jessie! It’s also great for travel because you can just hang it up in the hotel bathroom and save counter space. hanging 789x1024 Learn to Sew a Zippered Cosmetic Bag with Jessie! So handy! If you’re not in the Atlanta area to visit Jessie this week, Original Sewing & Quilt Expo makes a ton of stops all over the country throughout the year. You can find the full schedule and a list of locations here. If you’re in the Chicago area, I’ll be in the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Make-It Center in Schaumburg, Illinois from March 27-29. We are so excited to meet you!

 

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Fun With Cuddle Fabrics – Infinity Scarf Tutorial & Giveaway!

twistytwirlyscarf 500 Fun With Cuddle Fabrics   Infinity Scarf Tutorial & Giveaway! Shannon Fabrics has a lovely line of Cuddle Fabrics with prints and selections that will please anyone on your sewing “To-Do List”. It’s not just for baby blankets, but can be made into chic scarves, capes and luxurious wraps. So, not only do we have a tutorial to use Cuddle fabric in a classic infinity scarf but also a giveaway!

Leave a comment here on the blog if you have or have not used Cuddle fabric and what you made or would like to make. Two lucky winners will be picked to win Shannon Fabrics Twisty Twirly Scarf project which includes directions, notions and fabric to make a Twisty Twirly Scarf as seen below. Or use it to make an infinity scarf or even two. The Cuddle Fabric shown below is from the Soft Cuddle Collection, see more of their line HERE.

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SN 500 Square Logo tutorials 300x300 Fun With Cuddle Fabrics   Infinity Scarf Tutorial & Giveaway!Here is an easy infinity scarf tutorial that is easy to make with Cuddle Fabric and is great as a gift or make one for yourself. The scarf made below is made long, but the scarf can easily be made shorter to accommodate personal taste.

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First a few tips when sewing with Cuddle Fabric.

  1. Cuddle fabric does shed. Shake the fabric out once you get it to free loose ‘fur’. If you have a hand vac for your sewing room use it to pick up excess fur around your sewing area or use a lint roller to pick up fibers.
  2. This fabric does shift, but takes well to pinning so don’t hesitate to pin to keep layers from shifting.
  3. Use a ball point needle when sewing Cuddle fabric.
  4. Don’t use an iron without a pressing cloth, if you do use an iron keep the temperature low.

For more great tips on sewing with Cuddle fabric check out the Cuddle Tips and Tricks page from Shanon Fabrics, and find more tutorials for this super fun fabric!

Supplies for an Infinity Scarf

Long Scarf – finished, scarf measures 47″ around and 14″ wide

  1. Fabric – 15″ x 84″ of Cuddle Fabric
  2. Straight pins
  3. Matching thread
  4. Removable fabric marker

Sew It

  1. Fold fabric in half, with right sides of fabric facing each other and matching long cut edges. Pin together.
  2. Beginning 2″ from one end, stitch long edge in a ½” seam. Stop stitching 2″ from other end.
  3. Turn scarf right side out.photo7 225x300 Fun With Cuddle Fabrics   Infinity Scarf Tutorial & Giveaway!
  4. Open short ends of scarf.
  5. Place short ends with right sides together, lining up cut edges. Pin.
  6. Stitch short edges together in a ½” seam.photo3 225x300 Fun With Cuddle Fabrics   Infinity Scarf Tutorial & Giveaway!
  7. Turn scarf so that seam allowances roll to the inside.
  8. Slip stitch opening closed.

Shannon Fabrics has a great kit with all you need to make for a infinity scarf, or follow the tutorial included to make a Twisty Twirly Scarf from Shannon Fabrics Cuddle Fabric.

Again, I made this infinity scarf extra long, but it could easily be made half the length for something short and chic. finished 1 Fun With Cuddle Fabrics   Infinity Scarf Tutorial & Giveaway!

Hope you like the tutorial and post pics of your creations on the Sew News Flickr page. We’d love to see what you’ve made with Shannon Fabrics Cuddle Fabric!

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And, the grand prize winner of 13 Days of Giveaways is…

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Might not be as big as the Oscars but we want to thank everyone who participated in our 13 Days of Giveaways and all the great comments.

And, the grand prize winner of 13 Days of Giveaways is Roza!  Don’t trip on your beautiful couture gown as you come to accept this glamorous prize and please keep your speech to 30 seconds.

Thanks everyone for joining the 13 Days of Giveaways it was a lot of fun and we hope you enjoy the next season of Sew It All!

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Roza I will be in contact with you on how to claim your prize.

Thanks,

Jill

 

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Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways, Day 13: Win a Season 6 DVD!

It’s Monday. But don’t worry, we’re giving away another prize!

In case you’re just joining us, we’ve been giving away a prize a day for the past 13 days to celebrate Sew it All TV season 7 airing on PBS in March! Yesterday’s prize was a 3-pattern pack from Lindsay Wilkes, The Cottage Mama, who appears in episode 710, “Collar Cuties” to teach you about making your own piping and Peter Pan collars, as they apply to kid’s clothing!

The winner of 3 Cottage Mama patterns is: Sandy H! Congrats on the soon to be granddaughter, and on winning the prize! Lindsay will contact you via email so you can choose your patterns!

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Today’s prize is a biggie. A copy of Sew it All TV Season 6 on DVD! Watch and rewatch all of our great guests teach quick and easy projects and techniques, such as Amy Alan who teaches you all about plaid and tips for easily matching the tricky pattern, and Kristina Saccone (The Nerdy Sewist), who teaches you about handbag hardware and how to use it.

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Kristina Saccone, The Nerdy Sewist

Even if you don’t win, or if you want to have all past seasons in your library, visit Shop Sew it All and get them all!

To enter to win this prize (A $30 value!) simply answer the following question in the comments section below:

What has been your favorite episode of Sew it All TV to date? You’ve got six seasons to choose from. Browse the full episode listing at and brush up on your favorites at sewitalltv.com.

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Rhonda Buss

Check your PBS schedule and set your DVRs so you don’t miss the new season! We’re bringing you guests such as the lovely Rhonda Buss, blogger at Rhonda’s Creative Life and frequent contributor to Sew News! Rhonda appears on episode 709, “Travel Top,” to teach you how to make a convertible dress that you can wear four different ways, all without a pattern.

Good luck! One winner will be contacted via email by tomorrow afternoon.

Thanks for your continued support of Sew it All TV and we hope you enjoy Season 7!

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Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 12: Win 3 patterns from The Cottage Mama!

Happy Friday sewists! Are you looking for inspiration for your weekend sewing adventures? Look no further.

Get full instructions and patterns for ALL past episodes of Sew it All TV at sewitalltv.com! Don’t forget to check back on the site on March 1 to get all the info on the new season, which begins airing on PBS at the end of March! Check your local PBS station schedule at pbs.org. Your local PBS doesn’t carry the show? Call, email or write them to request it! They listen!

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Yesterday we gave away FOUR subscriptions to Sew.Tv, where you can watch episodes of Sew it All TV anytime. These fabulous subscriptions will provide the winners with an entire year of episode viewing. The lucky winners are:

Kelli

Constance

Judy M.

and Betty D.!

Check your emails winners, your prize awaits you!

Today we’re giving away a 3-pattern prize pack from Lindsay Wilkes, aka The Cottage Mama. Lindsay appears in season 7, where she teaches you to make your own piping, insert it into a kid’s Peter Pan collar, and attach the collar to a shirt!

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Choose ANY 3 patterns you like from The Cottage Mama store, such as the two adorable girls’ dresses below, and get them in PDF form right away!

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Really, everyone’s a winner, because on sewitalltv.com, you can find instructions for projects by sewing names such as Althea Harper, Katrina Walker, Sue Hausmann and Patti Wilkinson, just to name a few. Browse through the library of episodes for endless inspiration!

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Enter to win this 3-pattern pack giveaway simply by answering the following question in the comments section below:

Do you sew for kids? Your own kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews? Smaller parts might mean harder to see, but it also means less fabric! Plus kids LOVE wearing bright, fun prints, so you can go wild!

Come back on Monday, March 3rd and enter to win the Grand Prize, a copy of Sew it All TV season 6 on DVD! A $30 value!! Purchase DVDs of all past seasons at shopsewitall.com.

Good luck and have a great weekend! Happy sewing!

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Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 11, Win a Sew.TV Membership!

Happy Thursday and Happy Day 11 of the 13 Days of Giveaways!

First off, let’s announce the winners of the fabulous sewing patterns from Kay Whitt at Serendipity Studio. Congratulations to Nancy and Karen Y.! Check your email for a message from our team. Yesterday we asked, what is your sewing pet peeve? We learned that Nancy hates that she can’t repair her own sewing machine and always has to take it to a dealer. Karen Y. shared that she is often too impatient to pre-wash fabric. Thanks to everyone for their phenomenal comments!

DSC 0877 1024x685 Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 11, Win a Sew.TV Membership!Onto today’s giveaway and brief look at an episode of the upcoming season 7. We were lucky to host Stephanie Chan! Stephanie keeps up a delightful blog, The Silly Pearl and mothers her twin daughters. She visited the Sew it All studios to teach us how to make clock pillows. The project is super cute and the perfect gift for a little one.

sewtv logo Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 11, Win a Sew.TV Membership!To celebrate Stephanie’s episode, we’re giving away 4 one year subscriptions to sew.tv! Haven’t popped over to sew.tv yet? Well, you’re missing out! You can watch episodes of Sew it All TV day or night. These fabulous subscriptions will provide the winners with an entire year of episode viewing, including the “Rock the Tote” episode with guest star Rashida Coleman-Hale. Learn to make a marvelous toDSC 0600 300x200 Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 11, Win a Sew.TV Membership!te from Rashida’s episode or her article in Sew it All, vol. 6 (available at shopsewitall.com).

You could be one of the four lucky winners today! To enter the giveaway, simply answer the following question in the comments section below:

What’s your next sewing project?

We will select four winners from the comments and email them to inform them of the win. Come back tomorrow for another giveaway! Be sure to join us March 1, 2014 for the final giveaway and a comprehensive sneak peek at season 7 of Sew it All TV.

 

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Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 10, Win a Pattern Pack from Serendipity Studio!

Welcome to Day 10 of the Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways! It’s been a great run so far, as we work toward the final day the prizes just get better and better. Before we move on to today’s fabulous prize, let’s reveal the winner of yesterday’s super-great prize!

Yesterday Caroline Hulse was featured from sewcaroline.com. Her new dress pattern, the “Out and About Dress” was offered as a giveaway. The lucky winner is Darcie! Check your email for details on how to receive your prize if you happen to be Darcie. Thanks to everyone for their great comments.

DSC 0612 200x300 Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 10, Win a Pattern Pack from Serendipity Studio!Today we’re featuring the episode starring Kay Whitt of Serendipity Studio. Kay is a designer, expert sewist and all around fantastic lady. In her episode she provided tips and tricks to for working with sheer fabrics and demonstrated the tips while stitching up a cute party dress.

Photo 225x300 Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 10, Win a Pattern Pack from Serendipity Studio!Kay is the author of several books including Sew Serendipity Sewing Workbook, Sew Serendipity Bags and Sew Serendipity.  She has also designed and drafted a variety of sewing patterns. From her delightful bags to her charming frocks, these patterns are super fun to sew. In the fall of 2013 she introduced 4 new patterns: Ramona Wrap Dress, Zip to it!, The Jordan Jacket, and Fashion Formula Skirts vol. 3. All of these patterns are available at Serendipity Studio, be sure to pop over and check out all of her sewing patterns.

Today two lucky people will win two of Kay’s patterns! All you have to do to win is answer the following question in the comments section below:

What is your sewing pet peeve? Do you despise darts? Does ironing get you down? What’s the one sewing task that you just can’t stand?

We’ll choose two lucky winners from the answers and email to inform them of the win. Watch for the winners tomorrow and be sure to keep checking back over the next few days as we count down to the Sew it All TV season 7 sneak peak on March 1.

If you want to watch past episodes of Sew it All TV, visit sew.tv or purchase a DVD from shopsewitall.com.

 

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Day 9 of Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Win SewCaroline’s new dress pattern!

With Day 9, we’re getting close to the end of our 13 days of giveaways, but you still have a few chances to win! The lucky winner of yesterday’s giveaway of a fun apron kit designed by guest Sharon Madsen is Carol A.! Congratulations, Carol–please check your email so we can send your prize!

Today we’re highlighting another fabulous episode of Sew it All, Season 7! The lovely Caroline Hulse of the great sewing blog SewCaroline.com is featured on Episode 705, “Chevron Chic,” demonstrating how to make an adorable chevron-pieced tote bag from pretty solid-color fabrics. Really, who doesn’t love a tote bag–especially one this cute!

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Caroline has just recently introduced her first PDF pattern on her blog: the Out and About Dress. So exciting! It’s a must-have dress, perfect for about a million different occasions, and also very simple to stitch up in a comfy knit fabric. I can’t wait to make one myself! She enlisted several other great sewing bloggers to test the pattern and make an Out and About dress of their own, so be sure to check them out! Caroline’s generously providing the pattern as the prize for one lucky winner of today’s giveaway. To enter, answer the following question in the comments section below: What is your favorite type of garment to sew? 

And if you’re inspired to make Caroline’s cute tote bag from her episode, why not make it even easier by getting a kit? Find the Gone to Pieces kit on shopsewitall.com to have instructions and all the fabric at the ready to make a tote exactly like the one featured on the show and in Sew it All magazine.

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Go to sewitalltv.com on March 1st for a sneak peek at all 13 episodes of Sew it All 7, including full instructions and free patterns! Don’t forget to check pbs.org to find when your local station airs Sew it All. If your local PBS doesn’t carry Sew it All TV, email or call them to request it! And come back tomorrow to find out the winner of today’s prize, and what’s in store for the next amazing giveaway! Good luck!

 

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