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BOOK GIVEAWAY: “Sew What You Love” by Tanya Whelan

You could win this fabulous book!

I love the title of this book. Don’t we all want to sew what we love?

Sew What You Love by Tanya Whelan (Potter Craft, 2011) is a terrific book to add to your sewing collection. It includes many stylish patterns for items such as handbags, clothes and toys for children, adult garments, and home décor items. You’ll find plenty of sewing inspiration, and while many of the projects are easy enough for beginners, there are also more challenging items for intermediate and advanced sewers. Three pattern sheets are enclosed in a pocket at the back of the book that provide everything you’ll need to complete each project. The step-by-step instructions are clear and easy to follow. Often additional tips and guidelines are also included to help you avoid pitfalls.

You could win a copy of Tanya’s useful book by simply leaving a comment at the bottom of the page. Tell us why you’d like to have her book. Leave your comment on this post before the deadline–11:59 p.m. EST, Wednesday, June 13, 2012–and you could win a copy of the book. The winner will be randomly selected and announced during the week of June 18, 2012.

Good luck!


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  1. suzimae1 | | #1

    Hi - i'm very new to the "sewing world". I am trying to learn everything I can to make projects for me and my 15 year old daughter. I would love to win a copy of this book to add to the many projects we have planned and to learn tips from the "experts".


  2. moviedoll | | #2

    I'd love to win this book as I have been looking for a book with "workbook" projects to do. I like that it has a range of easy, intermediate, and advanced projects.

  3. IamLilyMunster | | #3

    I'd love to win because I love her fabrics and this book looks great.

  4. jennieMB | | #4

    I would love some new projects for the summer. The picture with the cone and stacking links is so smart, just like that plastic rainbow stacking toy everyone had.

  5. Judyta | | #5

    Hi Everyone,
    Boy O Boy O Boy O I sure would love to get this magazine. I follow the Threads on my computer "Feed" and get lots of good ideas but my skills are so lacking. I can sew a straight stitch and that's about it ! ! Thanks to my Grandmother's patience with me with one of the first original Singer electric machines. Now at home full time I would love to "Get Creative" ! ! Thanks.....Judyta in Pittsburgh

  6. mo_luv2sew | | #6

    I teach sewing, and I always tell my students to make something that they want to have or wear. Even beginners can make more complicated projects, with a little more time and guidance, and at the end of they process they have something they really want. Sew what you love!!


    Hello from San Diego! I hope this finds you well and happy! You can never have enough books. Never! All the sewing books in my library are treasures and I enjoy and use them constantly. This brand new gem would surely be a welcomed addition due to my hearts desire for a handmade Christmas in 2012.

    I hope to win, but if I don't my sewing machine will be working overtime this summer. My love of sewing makes me a winner too!

    ~hugs to the moon and back,

  8. misssarcastica | | #8

    Looks like a good book! The blouse in the one picture looks darling and I'd love to try it.

  9. jsnoble | | #9

    I love the premise of the book. At this point in my sewing life, it is all about sewing what I like. The few projects I have seen from the book seem quite adaptable to my tastes. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. sewhapie | | #10

    There are so many things you can make without buying yet another pattern. It appears that Tanya Whelan has taken thaken that to heart and come up with some of the patterns for us--all in one interesting-looking book. Thank you Tanya!

  11. Boosews | | #11

    Hi, I would enjoy a copy of this book because it has a lot of different projects to make. Ruth B.

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    elizabeth001au | | #12

    The cone stacking links (for 18 month old) and the "Zoe" bag (for me of course!) would be on my list. I love inspirational book like this

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    susan1006 | | #13

    I am all about sewing what I love. Garments, decor, bags... and especially refashioning things into other things. The only thing I like doing nearly as much as designing and sewing is reading about designing and sewing.

  14. diamondgirlz | | #14

    I'd love to win this book! I'm trying to sew up my stash of fabric, and I'm always looking for new ways to use it up!

  15. SaraZoe | | #15

    Nice, elegant and stylish designs! Way to go! Thanks so much for sharing it.

  16. memarston | | #16

    Wow, this looks like it would be a creative and fun resource!

  17. JlAck | | #17

    My daughter is getting g married soon and wants a sewing machine. This would make a great addition to her gift.

  18. matrice43 | | #18

    I love the purse on the cover and would love to make it.

  19. sewingmania | | #19

    Hey, I'm from South Carolina and I've been sewing for years and years. At first out of necessity, but now out of a love for the Art. I would love to have a copy of the book, Sew What You Love, simply because I would love to sew the great projects featured in this book. I just recently mailed in the card for a subscription to Threads, because I picked up the most recent issue at the cloth shop. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas and instruction in your magazine. The instructions are very clear and concise.I have a special place reserved for this book, should I be fortunate enough to win it. The ability to sew is a wonderful talent and gift and we must do everything we can to encourage new sewers and share ideas that make sewing so much fun.

  20. Kate_13 | | #20

    I love a well finished sewing book. They can be such a great inspiration. This looks like it's full of lovely patterns and design items.

  21. Tsetsgee | | #21

    OMG, How great giveaway. I'm writing from Mongolia. If the book is selling in my country I'll buy it. But the any sewing book isn't selling in here. I love sewing and crafting. I search in internet about related news. I really wanna it. Pease me that lovely book:)

  22. cecine | | #22

    I would love to win this book. The cover of this book promise lots of beautiful projets. Thanks for given me the opportunity to win.

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    LF_Studio | | #23

    I would love to have this as a gift for a sewing student.

  24. tshipe | | #24

    I Love the purse and some of the toys.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. SWoerner | | #25

    I have only been sewing "repairs" in the past 20 plus years and I now have time on my hands and want to get back into the sewing world. Unfortunatly, the techniques I learned more than 30 years ago are outdated and time-consuming. I am always searching for new ways to do projects, altering and would like to try my hand at designing. So, I would greatly appreciate this book to boost my knowledge and get me there.
    Thanks for the opportunity,

  26. marrvalus | | #26

    I love sewing books that offer unique, challenging and fun projects. Sewing is an art as well as a practical skill. What better way to learn and practice creativity than to employ those skills making projects that you'll love as the book promises!

  27. ldedo1 | | #27

    what a great book to have. I am always looking for more projects. The only problem that I have is a lack of fabric stores in my area.

  28. cdeolive | | #28

    Love the La Dolce Vita Blouse and would like to make it, perfect for hot summer days. (The gaterhing at waist gives it nice shape.)

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    ctdamsel | | #29

    I make gifts for family and friends; this book has great ideas for that.

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    LittleLaura | | #30

    What a fun book for ideas.

  31. user-1136562 | | #31

    Hi, I am returning to sewing after feeling quite hopeless because I can't seem to make anything wearable from the patterns I have. Is it just me? Or do patterns seem confusing to a lot of novice sewers? I think this book sounds perfect because of the 'step by step instructions which are easy to follow and the extra help to avoid pitfalls'. Wow!!seems too good to be true.

  32. Carly_Sue | | #32

    I would love to win this book. It looks like it is full of wonderful ideas and things to construct.

  33. Mizmash | | #33

    Looks like fun! I haven't anything like it yet and will enjoy trying out something different.

  34. rrjane011749 | | #34

    I would love to win this--pick me--pick me!

  35. ThereseDK | | #35

    I love to sew. I would love the book. I'm always looking for new projects. I love that the book is spiral bound so opens flat on my sewing table.

  36. doodlebug67 | | #36

    I would love to win this book. It would be a wonderful resource to own

  37. Jorey | | #37

    I really love all kinds of sewing but have to confess hardly ever love what I have sewn!! Especially clothing. I recently purchased some lovely, really pretty material, cotton batic, and was assured this material was o.k. for my pattern. Alas, the material should have been very stretchy, the size I used was 18 and without a word of a lie it would not fit a nine-year old, actually it would have fitted if she could possibly have got it over her shoulders and arms. I thought of putting a zip in the side, or even cutting it right down the middle of the front and adding the necessary facings but I was so cross and disappointed and had made my original facings so perfectly (in my eyes) I just got more and more enraged. It was no use even for a charity shop, except it could be cut up for fat quarters, but I could do this myself (with great pain) and I really loved the fabric. This has not made me give up of course, the sewing that is, and I do not mind how many other things I make that I do no specially approve of, and actually I very occasionally like something I have made. So, I think I should be a suitable candidate for your book. What I need now is plenty of inspiration!

  38. cnewpower | | #38

    I am a novice sewer and her projects look very approachable. I would love to win her book. Thanks for the giveaway and such a great mag and site!

  39. 247kath | | #39

    Love books with ideas for gifts and ways to use up small pieces of beautiful fabrics!

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    nlbr | | #40

    This looks like a great book. I would make these items for gifts.


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    lyntrinh | | #41

    I just started sewing my own clothes and would love to learn much more. It's been so much fun so far!

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    GreyElephantStudio | | #42

    I would love to win and learn some new techniques! One of the things I enjoy most about our creative little sewing community is the willingness and enthusiasm to share our work and ideas.

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    Derenda | | #43

    I have grandchildren from 23 to 12 years old and I'm sure this book would provide inspiration to sew for all ages. I would love to have it!!

  44. raffmom | | #44

    My daughter is just learning to sew (she's very interested in fashion design right now) and this book would be great for both of us!

  45. gailete | | #45

    Sew is my hobby and if you can't do what you love and make what you love with your hobby, when can you? Love the name of this book and would love to own it.

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    BLoves2Sew | | #46

    I love sewing (my email address shows this)!! I alsoI love the name of the book! I have two new grandchildren an dwould LOVE to make the stacking rings for them!!! Looks like this book has lots of ideas for gifts and fun things to make.

  47. waves_gulls | | #47

    Love the title and this book would be a good addition to my library - and a nice Birthday present too!

  48. bajjmayer | | #48

    I would love this because it would help me with motivation and creative ideas since I am trying to get my sewing skills back after many dormant years

  49. ClareeW | | #49

    Sew What you Love
    I would love to have this book so that I can Love to Sew from Sew What You Love.

    This book sounds absolutely inspirational, I hope it comes my way.

  50. KathfromOz | | #50

    I have fabric in my stash that's shouting out for this book. One buys fabric that appeals to them but sometimes is a challenge to find the right patterns or ideas that appeal too. This book is it. Thanks.

  51. susan718 | | #51

    what a great book! I would love to learn some new techniques and have some interesting new projects to work on. I just need someone to nudge me to finish them. thanks for the giveaway.

  52. Penkee | | #52

    I live the idea of the soft cone stacking links. I can't even count how many times I've been "attacked" by the plastic ones. May have to buy the book just for that pattern

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    Clairinette | | #53

    With the included patterns, this book seems to be a very nice addition to any beginner seamstress. I would love to win it, especially since my sewing library is still non-existent (thanks to the books I borrow from the public library).

  54. kjsp | | #54

    Really like to sew different things, not just clothing.I think this book could be a real inspiration.

  55. kjsp | | #55

    Really like to sew different things, not just clothing.I think this book could be a real inspiration.

  56. kabodle | | #56

    Hello-------------This book looks like so much fun I know I will enjoy and learn from it if I will thank you for the opportunity to enroll in this .

    thanks, katiebodle1@yahoocom

  57. rijacks63 | | #57

    My youngest daughter is a handbag junkie and is also learning how to sew. I'm sure there are lots of projects we could make together.

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