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Book Giveaway: Bags in Bloom

Turn any handbag into a work of art with the designs in Susan Cariello’s Bags in Bloom. Step-by-step instructions for these of beautiful floral motifs will let you jazz up any purse design. Bags in Bloom is cleverly organized by season. Coordinate each eye-catching design bag to your wardrobe and the weather.

The projects contain only twelve different stitching techniques, all explained in the book for embroidery beginners. The first section of the book gives an in-depth guide to the techniques and materials used throughout the book to create the twenty gorgeous projects featured.

The possibilities don’t end with the twenty featured projects. Bags in Bloom features six purse designs and dozens of motifs allowing for endless combinations. Create your own beautiful floral design!

We’re giving away TWO copies of Susan’s terrific book, Bags in Bloom!

Leave a comment on this post before the deadline—11:59 pm, August 10th—and you could be one of the TWO lucky winners who will be chosen at random and announced on August 11th.



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  1. kwtxn | | #1

    Please enter me to win the book. I have a few books on bag/purse makeing and am always inspired by new ideas.
    I love Threads, and save all the newsletters. Keep up the very good work.

  2. marymary | | #2

    I love making handbags, especially when I get compliments from strangers. I am always looking for new ideas to expand my bag wardrobe. I make unconventional knitting bags as well. These are the bags I want to make but don't have the courage to carry as a handbag because they may be a little outrageous. As long as I call it a knitting bag, I am not self-concious. I embellish bags with bits and pieces of things I collect.

  3. jacesgrammie | | #3

    Working on a felted bag that will need some flowers, this would provide great ideas.

  4. Adianan | | #4

    Please enter me to win the book

  5. vwren99 | | #5

    I would love to win this book. I have just started delving into the challenges of bag design, and these look like such fun inspiration!

  6. TnSewingNewbie | | #6

    i would love to win this book, I love making handbags. This book looks like it would open up an entire new world of ideas to me! I love to embellish, never thought of doing it on handbags :)

    thank you for offering this giveaway.


  7. halifaxfaye | | #7

    I would love nothing better than to win this book as I have only recently started making purses. The cover and attached details are inspiring and make me want to become more proficient.

  8. cheriev | | #8

    What a beautiful book, I'd love to be entered in the giveaway.

  9. amp06 | | #9

    I would love to win this book. It looks like a lot of fun!

  10. SewJudie | | #10

    Please enter me to win!
    No books
    no handbags
    I could really use this!

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    Mary_Moon2010 | | #11

    Please enter me to win!

  12. ShariK | | #12

    ooooh!! I just love bags. Looks like some cool techniques

  13. Westcoastrose | | #13

    The book sounds great - I have lots of boring bags in the closet and I love flowers. Please enter my name to win a copy. :-)

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    LadyRay | | #14

    Looks like a wonderful book! Thank you for the opportunity to win. :-)

  15. Zippylady | | #15

    Looks like a beautiful book. It would be a nice addition to my library.

  16. thimbleina | | #16

    Ooh! a book...full of bags! Doesn't get much better than that!! :0)

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    WillaMcNeill | | #17

    Please include. Love making bags.

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    Balazs | | #18

    I am obsessed with bags and purses! I would love to win this book :)

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    Stitchinfits | | #19

    Threads is my favorite sewing magazine, so any book promoted by them looks very appealing to begin with... the cover of this book would look appealing to me even without Thread's endorsement, because that bag look gorgeous! I've never made bags before, but this looks like a book that would inspire me to start!

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    sewinheaven | | #20

    I'm always looking for different ways to create beautiful homemade gifts. I would like nothing more than to win this book to make georgoeous bags for Christmas gifts. Please enter me. Thanks.

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    sewinheaven | | #21

    I am always looking for gift ideas. Would very much like to make these bags for Christmas gifts. Please enter me to win. Thanks

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    sewinheaven | | #22

    Nice Christmas gifts! Please enter me. Thanks.

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    sewinheaven | | #23

    Nice idea for Christmas gifts! Please enter me. Thanks.

  24. creativejen3 | | #24

    This bag looks gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. sewdemon | | #25

    Please enter me to win this gorgeous book! I have a new bridal accessories business and this will be a great addition to my sewing library. I love Threads and have a folder for all the newsletters that are sent to me. Thank You! Lamar Yvette Designs

  26. gmhsews | | #26

    This book looks fabulous! Would love to see the beautiful bags inside of it.

  27. purik | | #27

    It´s a beautiful book, and I´d love to have it, please enter me.

  28. vabney | | #28

    Would love to have it!

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    bushbunny | | #29

    Hats and handbags are my favourite accessory projects, so please do enter me to win a copy of this new book in the giveaway.
    The hat in my avatar is from a pattern in Threads #56.

  30. stitchwidth | | #30

    I would love to own this book. Bags and flowers, 2 of my favourite things.

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    etchedinthread | | #31

    Love bags and love embellishments, what a great combo in a book!

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    sewinheaven | | #32

    Nice idea for Christmas gifts! Please enter me. Thanks.

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    emmyjay | | #33

    I spent all last weekend reorganizing my workroom and found a treasure trove of canvas and embroidery yarn -- winning this book would be serendipity, don't you think?

  34. SewinLoveinMI | | #34

    These bags look beautiful and fun to make. I love hand work. Please enter me to win this great prize.

  35. bobbie3 | | #35

    Please enter me to win the book. I have been a subscriber to Threads for quite a few years. I have recently gotten my very first steel sewing machine cleaned and have started to teach my 10 year old granddaughter how to sew. The past issues of Threads have been very helpful to not only show her how, but as a reference later when she gets stuck.

    Thanks alot for sharing all that you do.
    Barb Merrill

  36. Shelleydar | | #36

    Please enter my name also.

  37. Catlynn | | #37

    Just in time for holiday gifts! How perfect!

  38. Joantheflorist | | #38

    How wonderful! Finally finding the time to sew lots this summer, and bags have been my mainstay...but I'm getting bored with my old stand-bys. This book would renew my creativity!

  39. jebeitz | | #39

    I love making purses because I can have pockets and dividers in places tha make my purse "just right".

  40. InTheBag | | #40

    My business partner and friend is getting married next year. What a spectacular gift an embroidered bag would make!

  41. dessie10 | | #41

    Looks like a great book, always looking for new ideas.
    [email protected]

  42. MPurnell | | #42

    The bags featured on the cover of this book are gorgeous! I would get so much joy out of creating them...would love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity!

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    awami | | #43

    I'd love to get one of these, it looks perfect for this stitching beginner!

  44. silkroseclare | | #44

    What a wonderful looking book !!

    I am doing a workshop on this Saturday to encourage Mothers and Daughters to learn sew together....and the workshop is " Make A Summer Bag "

    How I wish I had this book to use at it....

    Is it available in the UK?

    Thank you


  45. LoracC | | #45

    I love, love, love books. Especially books on purses. Always on the look out for new ideas with purses. Would love to have this one.

  46. smyoker | | #46

    the book looks great! a good addition to my library !!!

  47. PatsyS | | #47

    This adds a new dimension to my purse fettish! Rather than using a print as the embellishment, this will spark my creativity to add my own embroidery designs to create a one-of-a-kind creation by me! Love it!! Can't wait to let the creative juices begin flowing!

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    LebecEgirl | | #48

    Truly enjoy making handbags...hope I win so I can continue on!

  49. darlen0383 | | #49

    bet the book is great for any sewing enthusiast

  50. darlen0383 | | #50

    bet the book is great for any sewing enthusiast

  51. darlen0383 | | #51

    bet the book is great for any sewing enthusiast

  52. nonnina | | #52

    would love to win this combo, a great book and a great bag!!!,,, since I'm on a fixed income some shopping has to be placed on a back burner or just not buy some favorite items. Love the mag.

  53. j_Ann | | #53

    The bag completes the outfit. I Love the magazine and read them over and over.They are always an inspiration.

  54. orangetul | | #54

    I'm an amateur in sewing. Looking around for such magazines giveway to give bag sewing a try. Hope I'm lucky enough!!

  55. pcurr | | #55

    I love the bags, they would make great christmas gifts for anyone, including men, just embroidery some type of sports and they would be good to go. GO GO BAGS

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    SansSouci572 | | #56

    Oh! I just got a Miracle Stitcher off Etsy! The bag on that cover would be a perfect project to try it out!

  57. sewuk | | #57

    Oh WOW! Owning a book like this means I could satisfy my need for more and more handbags, without upsetting him indoors!! I already have several bags hidden so that he can't moan about the money being spent!!
    BEAUTIFUL book - I hope it's available in the UK

  58. PiePie | | #58

    handbags and flowers...what could be better?

  59. zengeek | | #59

    My two favorite things, purses, flowers and a book. Ok, three favorite things. This book sounds great, I would love to win one.

  60. CovingtonClass | | #60

    Love the book and want to make lots of bags for Christmas this year.

  61. Craftingmad | | #61

    Now I have projects for the fall, can't wait to get started.

  62. KUH | | #62

    There is nothing better than having a one-of-a-kind creation!

  63. Zenmama | | #63

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I have been wantin' to do embroidery!!!

  64. jesselcr | | #64

    I'm in.

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    carolynjh | | #65

    This book looks like a "must have". I love purses!

  66. sewinbiker | | #66

    Does it help to comment every two minutes to win? Hope not. Love this book, purses, and I bet I can use it to girlyfy my biker gear.

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    Katiat325 | | #67

    I'm in. I've been wanting to make a nice handbag for a while.

  68. NezsThisNThat | | #68

    I am in the middle of teaching a serwing class for young girls and this would be a great project that they can do as an advance article. I love purses and this book would really encourge me to make another one.

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    1SavingGrace | | #69

    I would absolutely adore adding this book to my collection. I have several books with vintage techniques for ribbon embroidery and would love to combine the vintage and contemporary together to make a "vin-temporary" bag! Please enter me to win! Thank you.

  70. ladylala | | #70

    I love all kinds of purse, would like to entry to win the making of purse.

  71. CupcakeCatie | | #71

    the book sounds like its amazing! and would be great in my crafty library!

  72. lovetoxstitch | | #72

    Sounds like a great reference and design book!

  73. lovetoxstitch | | #73

    Sounds like a great reference and design book.

  74. thaslam | | #74

    A wonderful accompaniment to any sewing library!

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    cindy_sews | | #75

    I love any book about embellishing. I would love to have this book!

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    eeamende | | #76

    Wow! This looks totally awesome! I've been trying to get more into embellishments to add more interest to my designs

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    Luxiraj | | #77

    Count me in! I ventured back to sewing (after gap of 5-6 years) by sewing a simple bag. Now having switched loyalties back to dresses N more dresses. Guess its time to switch to making some awesome bags....

  78. Robinbird | | #78

    I would love to win this book to have more ideas.

  79. spookymuffin | | #79

    This looks like an amazing book, I would love to add it to my collection!!

  80. pmkurth | | #80

    Looks like a fabulous book, I would love to add it to my library!

  81. Chanelsuit | | #81

    This book reminds me of my embroidery days a la Erica Wilson. It sounds like a great project book, especially the ideas for different seasons. Wouldn't we all want a bag for each season? Thanks for the inspiration!

  82. quiltnut851 | | #82

    Looks like a great bood and would love to own it.

  83. gweneth | | #83

    I would love to have tis book. I hope she suggests sources for handles and hardware. I have had little luck in my searches.

  84. gweneth | | #84

    I would love to have tis book. I hope she suggests sources for handles and hardware. I have had little luck in my searches.

  85. luvscrappin10 | | #85

    I would enjoy learning about this book,I just recently have learned about Threads, great stuff.

  86. tahong | | #86

    the cover looks so inviting! good luck to you all!


  87. kskomer | | #87

    I would love to win the book. Took a class with a friend and we each made a bag. Now we are hooked and want to try lots more. Great gifts!!

  88. seamsewsimple | | #88

    this would be a nice addition to my sewing library

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    thesearethebesttimes | | #89

    My grandmother would love the cover bag. I'm working to get my sewing skills good enough to make her a bag and hat that nice.

  90. knittinglibrarian | | #90

    I am the original bag lady!
    Bags for books, books and books.
    I make bags for my kindergartens
    traveling library. A take home
    reading programme! Love to use
    some inspiration from Bags in Bloom!

  91. lovebug58 | | #91

    I love the two purses pictured from the book. I could really do so many things with the information I've seen so far. I WANT THIS BOOK!

  92. lovebug58 | | #92

    Threads magazine rocks! I have read every issue that I own cover to cover over and over again. I love the designs featured on the cover of this book. I WANT THIS BOOK!

  93. kgr | | #93

    Threads is stil the best sewing mag around. Book looks great

  94. Ga0724 | | #94

    I have really had fun using embroidery to embellish and here it is on another fav project, totes! Love the posies and great colors!

  95. myfirstbambina | | #95

    What a lovely giveaway ! Hand embroidery is back for sure !
    Hope to get my hand in this book :-) !

  96. aussielady | | #96

    I sew all kinds of bags. I would love to have this book to learn from. It is great the Threads magazines puts so much info in their magazines for us to learn from and to enjoy.

  97. SuzOH | | #97

    I would love to win :-) I love bags, and I always want one more, I want to make my own and have them be unique, not what 3 dozen other people bought at the mall.

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    StitchesByJeni | | #98

    What a cute bag. I would love to learn how to make that. I hope I win.

  99. UmeNoHana | | #99

    What a truly unique and beautiful accessory. Would love to have this book. I have sewn for years but embroidery is a new art for me. Thank you for highlighting new and interesting techniques.

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    ajohn075 | | #100

    Wow...what a gorgeous bag! I love creating accessories like bags, hats, etc. and would love to add this book to my "library" of sewing and craft books and publications.

  101. suzannity | | #101

    I have made two bags with increasing challenge and various technique. Right now, I'm working on a bag with the hibiscus motif from Kenneth D. King's Designer Bead Embroidery. I'm a beginning embroiderer and love the look on garments and home dec projects. Bags in Bloom would be a wonderful resource and inspiration.

  102. albasew | | #102

    Bloomin' great projects for me to try this winter! Great and colourful ideas to brighten outfits.

  103. larkspurlane | | #103

    Please enter me for the Bags in Bloom Giveaway. I love bags, flowers and hand embroidery and this book seems like such a keeper.

  104. larkspurlane | | #104

    Please enter me into the Bags in Bloom giveaway. I love bags, sewing, flowers and hand embroidery and this seems like the perfect book.

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    jamama | | #105

    I have been searching high and low for a pretty purse that is made out of lightweight fabric that is easy to tote and will not create a back-ache for me to no avail! This article is inspiring me to make one for myself and to be creative and embellish it! Hope I win the book!! :))

  106. caylalily | | #106

    I have recently started to make purses/bags as well as purchased an embroidery machine. I would love to win the book, and one day I'll be where I can use that book in my current learning curve.


  107. create2 | | #107

    never made a bag. need a good solid book for instructions. also i will be able to be more creative with decorating it. cathy

  108. lmvsews | | #108

    This is just the inpration that I need to get back to some creative sewing. It would be a blessing to win this book.

  109. jmccambridge | | #109

    This books looks really fun! I love making bags and i think it would make an excellent addition to my collection of sewing books.

  110. fibermom | | #110

    I just started teaching some young ladies to embroider! How timely to find such an inspiring book full of beautiful and practical ideas!

  111. dpete | | #111

    I would love to have this book! Handbags are such a guilty pleasure!

  112. VitalityForLife | | #112

    Who wouldn't want this book? The cover
    itself is so inspiring! Would love
    to win it!

  113. camomille | | #113

    this book look like wonderfull !!!

  114. Darkducobu | | #114

    Reading the number of comments, I note that I'm not the only one to love flowers

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