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Kid’s Fashion Giveaway: “The Fashion Designer’s Handbook”

You could win this adorable kit for someone special this holiday season.

The holiday season is approaching quickly, and for this holiday season, Threads is giving away The Fashion Designer’s Handbook and Fashion Kit by Marjorie Galen (Workman Publishing, 2011). This would be a great holiday gift for your 7- to 12-year-old daughter, granddaughter, niece, or anyone you know who loves to design, style, and express themself through fashion.

Galen starts with the fundamentals, showing readers how to complete basic stitches, utilize different fabrics and sewing tools, and create a few simple, no-sew items. Diving into this book, girls will be able to come out making cute outfits such as a “Princess Party Dress,” a mod mini skirt, and a Chanel-inspired “Coco Jacket.” The kit includes all the tools your fashionista will need to design and sew clothes for her 11½ inch dolls and herself such as: a doll-sized dress-maker dress form, an instruction book, 27 patterns, ribbon, measuring tape, thread, and 3 different fabric prints.

Do you know someone who you think would love this as a holiday gift? If so, leave a comment explaining why, and you will be entered into our drawing for this kit. The deadline for your entry is December 11 at midnight, and the winner will be chosen the week of the 17th and will be notified via email. Good luck!


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  1. delsrio815 | | #1

    My grand-daughter would LOVE this kit! When she was only three she would look through the little girl patterns and say: "that's not my style; that's not my style; now that's my style!" How did she even know what style was? I really hope we win!

  2. horseygal | | #2

    My 8 year old niece got her first sewing machine last year for Christmas and she would really love this kit. She loves making crafts and would have so much fun making the projects!

  3. Afletcher770 | | #3

    I've been in the hospital for almost a year and 3 surgeries in the last 2 years... Now my daughter and I are bonding with sewing... This would be perfect for her! I hope she wins it :-D

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    JanieeDee | | #4

    I'm just about to start teaching my goddaughter how to sew and this book would be fabulous.

  5. Lise_the_hobbit | | #5

    My 11 year old has started watching Project Runway with me - and has definite opinions on what she is seeing. She is also doing some basic sewing these days.

  6. susi | | #6

    WOuld love to win and give to my daughter!

  7. Pollydee | | #7

    Oh Wow, my niece would love this kit...It would give her Barbie Dolls a rest!

  8. slkowalski | | #8

    What a wonderful prize! My daughter would love this, and would really enjoy learning and making the projects! Thank you!

  9. SM2 | | #9

    My daughter would L-O-V-E this book! She's a fashion star :)

  10. EmeryLiz | | #10

    I neice would love this book. She's just learning to sew and loves to make outfits for her sister's dolls and stuffed animals.

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    georgegabrielle | | #11

    This is so adorable! My 8 year-old daughter would love this. She loves messing with my fabrics and thinking of design ideas.

  12. wannasew2 | | #12

    My vision and dream is to teach neighborhood kids how to sew using my own resources.

    This book would benefit both myself as a potential instructor and kids.

    Kit looks very appealing for young sewers! :-). Thank you.

  13. moviedoll | | #13

    I would LOVE to win this for my girl friends daughter. she has a folder full of literally hundreds of fashion illustrations. i've taught her A little bit of sewing, but she had more fun draping on my 1/4 sized dressform. I think this would help her creativity even more!

  14. Liz_D | | #14

    I have been teaching my granddaughter to sew. She would love to find this under the Christmas tree.

  15. courtneybrown12 | | #15

    my daughter has been watching me sew her entire life and emulates me all the time, I would love for her to have something that is all hers and this would be wonderful!!

  16. PenPalAnns | | #16

    This is so cute. Forget the kids, I would love this!!!!

  17. wolfkit | | #17

    I have to get my own xmas presents [if I'm to get any at all] and my book collection seems to have a hole in it.

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    auschick | | #18

    Omg, I would have LOVED this as a kid. I was always making clothes for my barbie dolls! But, now I have my own daughter so my hope is that she would love sewing some day as much as her mommy :)

  19. natsunoyoru | | #19

    Hmm,,,I want this for myself! I love sewing and stitching but never tried making for doll-size, it looks so fun, I'd love to have this !!

  20. debmct45 | | #20

    My daughter would love this!

  21. AmiLynn | | #21

    This is really cute. My niece is always asking me if she can help and why I am doing this or that. I did the same thing when I was here age :-)

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    sweetrain | | #22

    This is so cute!! My grand daughter would just love this. She would stay on me her grandmother until it was completed. Or knowing her the way I do. She would try and do it herself. Katherine is very,very leader material. She will get with someone who knows what they are doing and once she has it for herself, that's it. She gone. I hope this part of her never changes.

  23. twoclumbers | | #23

    This is too cute for a little fashionista! i hope she falls asleep ealry so I can play with it too!

  24. jennieMB | | #24

    I would love this for my niece, she likes to play with all my notions and buttons.

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    aunty_em | | #25

    this would be great for my granddaughter. would like to get her interested in sewing. she loves clothes. i started sewing at her age.

  26. sewgramms | | #26

    I'm teaching my 10 year old granddaughter to sew. She'll love it.

  27. cecine | | #27

    I'd love to win this book to teach my niece how to sew for her and her doll and developpe her own design throught the book. Thanks

  28. AnniePC | | #28

    This took me back 50 years to my childhood when my older cousin would design and make clothes for her Muffy dolls. It inspired me to learn how to sew and now I'd like to give this to her granddaughter as a thank you to my cousin and to inspire the next generation to carry on the sewing tradition.

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    Sewista | | #29

    I would love for my v. eager grandaughter to win this book. She would just love it.

  30. daglag | | #30

    My niece would love this! She is very creative, and is very particular about what she wears. If she learned to sew, she could create outfits that suit her style.

  31. emsmimi | | #31

    Need to get this for my daughter so she'll learn sew it for her daughter, my little emmy who's almost 2 ...

  32. BusyGirlCreates | | #32

    Pick me! That is a great gift for my niece.

  33. nani | | #33

    What a great idea! Please enter me in the drawing.

  34. Sewinator | | #34

    Would love to own this for my granddaughter who is nine years old and has been sewing with me since she was three. She has her own machine and makes Doll clothes for her American Girl doll. She frequently asks me to help her design the outfits to match the ones I'm making for her.
    Thank you for running such great contests! (I wasn't aware this existed until the contest.)

  35. shananava | | #35

    Have a special girl in my life that would love to learn. I'm a newbie myself so it would help us both! Thanks!

  36. ragdo2023 | | #36

    I would love this for my granddaughter who is learning to sew.

  37. betsysmom | | #37

    My 12 year old grand daughter would love this present!!

  38. pkibbee | | #38

    I have a beautiful little step-granddaughter who is just learning how to sew who would absolutely love this. She made herself a dress for her sixth birthday party a few months ago.

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    elizabeth001au | | #39

    My 2 daughters love to 'copy' me as I am constantly designing on the stand (dress form). This would be perfect for them , with their own mini stand!

  40. CarolynSoto1 | | #40

    Wouldn't I have loved to get this when I was a little girl!

  41. etoe | | #41

    What a great motivator this would be for my 13 year old niece. She received a sewing machine 2 years ago from her grandmother but I don't think she's done any sewing yet. I would love for her to have this. Please pick Kara and me for your book. etoe

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    MamaEuny | | #42

    Two girls at our house would love to win this! They already "drape" their dolls with fabric and trims. This would be perfect for the budding designers!

  43. ammasew | | #43

    This would be a GREAT project for my 7 year old granddaughter when she comes to visit me. She is very creative and loves fashion and fabric, as do I. It's our common thread...so to speak.

  44. waves_gulls | | #44

    When I was 7 I received a similar kit that started a lifetime of sewing! I made all my clothes when I was in high school, started a sewing school when my children were young, and I'm still sewing many years later. It would be great to continue this tradition by giving my 7 year old great-granddaughter this gift.

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    mjvorres | | #45

    I would have loved one of these when I was little! Dressing up dolls was one of my favorite activities.

  46. 7armadillos | | #46

    My special little girl is about 9 years old, and her father left acouple of months ago. She took it hard. Creating clothes for her dolls would help her feel better about herself, and give her something to think about that has nothing to do with the family problems. Please consider her for this prize as i think it would do her a lot of good.

  47. skeeters | | #47

    My grandaughter gets "it". As a toddler she would find scarves and wrap them around her in the most amazing ways.
    I have collected a boat load of second hand dresses and lingerie in a chest and play fashion model. She invents a plethora of different looks..and models them for us..to a round of oo's and wow's and thunderous applause! The family knows this kid is going places..She would be so surprised to get this designer kit!SHE GETS IT!!!

  48. maltesergr8 | | #48

    I know a lot of people want to give this to children... Not me! I'd LOVE to win this Handbook for myself!!

    So, please Pick Me to win!!! ;)

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    Eunique | | #49

    Love, love, love this. The real gift here is the bonding that will come from sharing. Sewing has been handed down for generations, and this is a very fun way to continue that tradition. I have the perfect person who will cherish this.

  50. ckartist | | #50

    I am compiling a "sewing kit" for my granddaughter and searching for an appropriate book to go along with it, peek her interest and get her started. This looks like a great addition to what I have in mind. It's in a family tradition of sorts, as well. My mother had a "Peggy" doll with patterns and notions from early in the twentieth century.(I don't know what happened to it and wish I could find it or one like it.)

  51. user-2283473 | | #51

    I would love this book for my Great-grand daughter Lexi. She with me and her grandmother and is very artsy and creative. This would be a great inspiration for her.

    I am so blessed to have seen my children, grandchildren, and now my great-grandchildren grow.

    Really hope we win.

  52. Delores10550 | | #52

    When my granddaughters come over and we go to the sewing room, they like to get scraps of fabric to put on a metal dress form that I have in my sewing room for decoration. They love to play dress up as well.

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    slmendes | | #53

    What a great kit! I would love this as a child, and what a wonderful gift to give to teach a youngster to sew and design.

  54. ozparker | | #54

    I learned to sew from my Grandmother and Mom and I would love to share this with my grandaughters.

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    curleyque | | #55

    This would be the perfect gift for my 8 year old granddaughter. She just moved in with us, and wants grandma to teach her to sew.

  56. socindysew | | #56

    My 8 year old little niece, Claire McCarty, got a toy sewing machine last year for Christmas. She asked for one, but as we know, a lot of those toy sewing machines are not that great to put it mildly. Well, my mother-in-law (Claire's grandmother) has a new quality machine and has been sewing with her this year. They have both had quite the good time together. Claire just loves to sew and just loves clothes. She would so LOVE to have this kit. I'd love to see her win it!

  57. Barbilee | | #57

    Thank you for all of the knowledge you share in your magazine and on the blogs. I have recently gotten my first dress form and still need to adjust it to match my measurements, a rather scary thing, but I'm looking forward to getting some garments to fit and be flattering.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you at Threads and fellow bloggers, this is one of my very first blogs.

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    Missahope | | #58

    My nine year old granddaugter and I have begun the fabulous journey of teaching her how to sew. I know she would love the kit!

  59. sew_classyt | | #59

    What a wonderful giveaway! I'd love to win this for our fundraiser in February.

  60. DrivesSewMachBest | | #60

    oooooooooo-eeeeeeeeeeeee, I would love this!

  61. sandipratt | | #61

    My granddaughter would love this after watching her Mom sewing
    and always wanting to help. What a great way to learn ! Its adorable !

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    CZemke | | #62

    This would be great to use with my three young students.

  63. sarahsews57 | | #63

    This is soo cute. Both my girls and my boys would love this. Much more detailed than most kits too.

  64. bajjmayer | | #64

    My 11year old neice has been wanting to come visit me so I can teach her how to sew....she is still playing with dolls and Barbie dolls and this would be perfect for all her interests!

  65. hpsauce | | #65

    My daughter has already made her first skirt and a fleece poncho. This book would be a great next step! She is a 6 year old budding fashionista!

  66. sarahsews57 | | #66

    this is so cute. I saw a similar one at t.j. Macs.

  67. gracielasews | | #67

    i most definitely would love a chance to win this.. i have children from church wanting to learn how to sew and i am willing to teach them for free..and this would be an excellent gift for one of them.. please let me know how to get one if i am not able to be a winner.. i have just entered my info to be able to gain more knowledge and hear from others who have this same passion as i do. THANKS BUNCHES.. GracielaSews

  68. SEGnesa | | #68

    What a great beginning for little sewers. The little sewer-to-be who lives with me would love this so that she can sew along side her grandma.

  69. bWhitehawk | | #69

    My grand-daughter would also LOVE this! At 9 yrs. old, she has already started a collection of fabric - just like mamaw! She sketches designs on her sketchpad and wants me to help make the creations. This book & kit would be an excellent additional help to her, as I cannot be with her very often.

  70. Liberty1889 | | #70

    It would be so much fun to work with my young niece with this kit! Great giveaway!

  71. togorose | | #71

    I would like to win this book for my granddaughter. She is interested in sewing and I have been trying to teach her all I can. She is only six years old, but is trying so hard to learn. She wants to help in making a dress for herself and her little friend, but she cannot decide what pattern to pick out of all the patterns I have in her and her friends size. I'm thinking I would like to start her sewing a simple shift summer dress. I think she would treasure any sewing book she gets. Thank you.

  72. pewb | | #72

    This would be great for the times my niece comes to visit. It would be a good way to spend a summer afternoon.

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    user-2428990 | | #73

    I would really love this book! Having a toddler son I find it hard to find fashionable fun pieces. Having already a negative understanding on needles due to his frequent hospital stays I would love to redefine the term for him the way his great grandfather understood it as a tool to make great things happen through the world of sewing!

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    LillieConlon | | #74

    Its a great kit! I want this for my nephew!He would love this!

  75. User avater
    Mendez123 | | #75

    Where can you buy it?

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