Friday Freebie is Back for December!

For the month of December every Friday, with the exception of December 25 we’ll be hosting a Friday Freebie.

Every week I’ll be having a book gift pack centered on a theme. All you need to do to enter is answer the question in the comments section of the blog and that’s it. On the following Tuesday a winner will be picked randomly and contacted.

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Friday December 4th -  Budding clothes designer. 5 books in this pack all center around a young girl or boy who is itching to learn how to sew, or maybe already knows how to sew and needs a little inspiration.


  • Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion: Design & Sew 5 Complete Outfits by Rachel Low
  • Girls Get Stitching: by Shirley Mclauchlan
  • Sew Fab: Sewing and Style for Young Fashionistas: Lesley Ware
  • The Fashion Design Workbook by Annabel Benilan
  • Custom Couture: 32 Ways to transform your wardrobe with needle and thread by Helene Le Berre

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December 11: Turn someone on to sewing! These books are perfect for the beginner.


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December 18: The art of hand embroidery. These books are all about hand embroidery for beginner to advanced.


  • Colorful Stitchery: 65 Projects to Personalize Your Home by Kristin Nicholas
  • How To Embroider by Susie Johns
  • For the Love of Hand Stitching with Jan Constantine
  • The Embroidered Garden by Kazuko Aoki
  • The Hand Embroidered Haven by Megan Frock

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December 28: Since Christmas falls on a Friday and I know I won’t be here, we’ll do this on the following Monday. These is a bit of hodge podge.


  • Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style: Key pieces to sew + Accessories, Styling and Inspiration
  • Embroidery Workshop by Rebecca Ringquist: A Bend The Rules Primer
  • Stamp Stencil Paint: Making Extraordinary Patterned Projects by Hand by Anna Joyce

mix  Friday Freebie is Back for December!Tune in each Friday and make a comment/answer the question that will be posted on the blog. If you have a niece or nephew or grandkid that is interested in these areas be sure to make a comment!

For today, answer me this: Do you have an young one who is interested in fashion, design or learning how to sew? What do they love to sew, why do they like to sew? Fill me in! You know how I love details!

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24 Responses to Friday Freebie is Back for December!

  1. Chantal says:

    I would love to share my love of sewing with my two nieces, aged 10 and 12. They are very creative and love fashion. What better gift for them than to pass on the love of sewing that was passed on from my grandmother (their great-grandmother) who just passed away in November.

  2. Amanda W says:

    My son is only 2 1/2 but he gets very curious when I bring the sewing machine out to work on projects. As he gets older, I’d love to get him involved to see what his level of interest might be.

  3. Jennifer T. says:

    My daughter and I are getting a sewing machine for Christmas this year. I haven’t sewn for many years, so it’s sort of like starting over. My daughter has never sewn anything before.

  4. Ellee says:

    I look forward to exposing my 19-month-old granddaughter to many avenues of creativity when she’s a bit older. My friends have given me advice on introducing her to sewing, knitting, crocheting, and several other crafts.

  5. Dawn Schoppert says:

    I have a 6 year old granddaughter who asked me to teach her to sew last year when she was 5. She loved it when I let her pick out her own fabric to make a pillow. She cut it out and sewed it while I pushed the foot pedal and held her on my lap. She was so proud. She’s coming for Christmas and asked if we could sew something so we are going to pick out fabric and sew a pillowcase dress!! She’s so excited! And I’m thrilled to know that my love of sewing is being passed down to another generation! Thank you for the opportunity to win these books for my little one to “grow into.”

  6. Linda Craig says:

    I have a very creative 11 year old granddaughter, who loves learning new things. She devours books that teach her how to do stuff. These would be great for her.

  7. Mary Mac says:

    My 12 year old niece loves to come up with fashion designs for her mom to make for her. She will be getting for Christmas a smaller sewing machine to start learning for herself.

  8. Merriday says:

    Developmentally disabled daughter loves to have clothes sewn for her that meet her needs and are stylish as well. She likes to make simple things like fleece blankets and small pillows for breast cancer patients.

  9. Cherie says:

    My daughter likes to sew and collect fabric. She can make cute together have without having to use a pattern.

  10. Karen Watkins says:

    I’m waiting for the first grand-baby to be born in a couple of weeks, but I would love to share these with her mother who is very creative and would save them for her, I’m sure!

  11. Rae says:

    I am teaching my 11 year old grandaughter to sew. She has her late great grandmother’s machine here to use.

  12. Janet Rettig says:

    I have a 6 yr old grand daughter that has started showing signs of wanting to learn to sew. She likes to cut things out that I give her to cut out. Like pattern pieces. She would love a this.

  13. Kris Valle says:

    My 13 year old is very good with fashion and took many sewing lessons from 8 years old to 11, but now she loves to look up patterns and asks me to make them for her. I truly hope she’ll get the sewing bug again – it was such fun watching her create and spending time together.

  14. Marci Green says:

    My 8 year old daughter just started sewing. She is making fleece scarves and clothes for her stuffed animals. She would love this!

  15. Cheryl says:

    My nephew made his first quilt at age 4 sitting on his mom’s knee to reach the machine. It had a picture of a dinosaur on it! Growing up he’d often make or up cycle his own clothes and sew homemade gifts like clothing or bags. Now an adult, he works at a theatre and has been active in costume design (as well as a myriad of other things).

  16. Pam Metsers says:

    Oh how our family loves to sew. I have sewn since i was 8. And now My dancer daughter finally came to learn and love sewing. I am so proud of her enthusiasm, creativity. She loves to create costumes for her dance group. I think these books will only take her love of sewing to the next level. I probably will learn quite a bit from these books.

  17. Kathy Launius says:

    My 10 year old granddaughter has had lessons and has her own machine but I think books like these would her motivate her and give the opportunity to see styles

  18. Lori Nichols says:

    My oldest (22) is starting to learn. My middle and youngest aren’t too interested themselves, but like what I make, especially costumes and cosplay pieces.

  19. Dorothy Scott says:

    I learned to sew at age 13 in New Orleans because I was tired of hand-me-downs. Now I can’t imagine not sewing. My daughters did not want to learn but they still love what I create for them. Always sewing!!!

  20. Maryanne Wilson says:

    My soon to be 10 year old granddaughter Amanda. Loves fashion has a great eye for color. Really wants to learn. Problem Grammy is on PA and Amanda is in SC
    Right now I bought us both subscriptions to Marie Claire and we set up weekly phone chats as we go thru book page by page. which outfit suits her sister her mom me or any other female we decide to dress from magazine. Also how we change an outfit to look better!!!
    I think I’m helping her fashion eye develop a bit more!!!
    Hoping to spend time next summer sewing with her. In the mean time her Mom is looking for. 4H sewing group that she can join in SC

  21. Keri Lyn says:

    My grandkids love to sew. The favorite item right now is quilting (may be genetic), but we have made jumpers, skirts, and even a camouflage home-coming dress. It’s fun to see them turn their ideas into reality.

  22. Sharon says:

    My daughter is 11 and she loves sewing. She makes bunting and has sewn herself a skirt. She had a school science project and she sewed that also.

  23. Joyclin Whelply says:

    I have 2 granddaughters that I have been teaching sewing to. They like to sew simple clothes or craft items. It’s been a lot of fun and they feel so good when the project is finished.

  24. melissa bartmess says:

    I have a granddaughter, Gaia, who loves to sew. she comes to visit me in the summer time and we make purses, doll clothes and we make outfits for her as well. this past summer we tackled a quilted mug rug for her mom for Christmas