Book Giveaway #9 – Four Sewing Books from Lark Crafts

lark sewing booksTHE PRIZE

One reader will win

1. Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase by Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott
2. A is for Apron by Nathalie Mornu
3. Pretty Little Pillows
4. Pretty Little Mini Quilts

MY REVIEWS

Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase

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I am in love with repurposing, and this book has so many great easy easy projects. My husband has a closet full of woven shirts that are too small or old and I’ve been reusing those even more than pillowcases.

I made this hat with one of his old shirts and a small piece of fabric I had, so you don’t have to repurpose fabric but it’s always a thrill for me if I can.

Some of my other favorite projects include the pillowcase pinafore, superhero cape, and lavender tote. The section on “pillowcase basics” is also fun and helpful with standard pillowcase dimensions, thrift/vintage shopping tips, hand and embroidery stitches, and other essential basics.

All the necessary pattern templates are included in the back of the book and each project has very straight forward and detailed instructions so anyone can make these fun and cute pillowcase projects!

A is for Apron

a is for apron pictures samples

Nathalie Mornu has done does a great job adapting plain apron patterns and adding different shapes and textures to make your grandma’s apron fresh and fun. She uses scallops, pleats, gathers, decorative trim, and more to really transform a basic apron into something much more fashionable.

Right now I’m working on the apron pictured in the bottom center called Twirl, Girl! The instructions are great and easy to follow and it’s just a matter of getting it finished. More details on that later this week…

One can never have too many aprons, and A is For Apron has plenty of patterns to keep you stocked up for a life time!

Pretty Little Mini Quilts

pretty little mini quilts book

Pretty Little Mini Quilts is a great book with 31 mini quilt patterns to keep you quilting year round. The quilts are…mini!, so perfect for crafters with short attention spans (like me). I love quilting but I often get tired of working on the same project forEVER and these mini quilts are fun AND quick to make.

The book starts out with a thorough explanation of all the basic skills, tools, and techniques you’ll need to complete the projects in the book along with some ideas for fun embellishments using ribbons, rickrack, trims, buttons, eyelets, and snaps. And of course instructions on binding including lots of different ways to do corners, turning and hanging a quilt, machine quilting, and tying.

The actual patterns include lots of small steps and diagrams to make sure you’re on the right track.

This books is full of fabulous projects – my favorite is probably the Spinning in Orbit in the bottom right picture, but there are so many to choose from!

Pretty Little Pillows

pretty little pillows pictures samples

Another title in Lark’s “Pretty Little…” series is Pretty Little Pillows, and this book makes me wish I had way more couches to smother with pillows. I took pictures of my favorites above and I plan to make them all eventually.

Just like Pretty Little Mini Quilts, this book gives you everything you need to know about making pillows from start to finish and includes lots of different kinds of covers and techniques. I didn’t know there were so many ways to make pillows!

The patterns are all included in the back of the book and I particularly love the Marvelous Muff “pillow”that would be so perfect for a costume party or a fancy ball. The Cathedral Window and Twist-n-Tie pillows are favorites as well.

Thanks so much to Lark Books for sponsoring this giveaway – happy crafting!

GIVEAWAY RULES

  • Visit LarkCrafts .com
  • Make a comment on this post telling me why you’d like to win before midnight Sunday, October 10.
  • A winner will be selected and announced at the top of this post on Monday.
  • Only one comment per person unless you earn extra entries.
  • Giveaway open only to residents of the continental United States…sorry.
  • Winners must email me to claim their prize within 5 days.

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1 Emillie October 4, 2010 at 6:43 am

Would love to win! I am just getting back into sewing and these would really help out!

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4 Kaye October 4, 2010 at 7:55 am

I’m always looking for apron ideas.

5 Danielle E. October 4, 2010 at 9:16 am

These would be a lot of fun to try. I love to do many different crafts and would love to get back into quilting and the mini quilts book quilt would be a great way to do it.

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10 Melinda Wilson October 4, 2010 at 10:21 am

I love getting ideas for sewing from books. I will leave my books in the living room and occasionally look through them. This motivates me when it is time for gift giving.

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12 Anne Haun October 4, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Wow these are great books – love aprons!

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14 Barbara H. October 4, 2010 at 1:59 pm

These look like a lot of fun.

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16 Jennifer T. October 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I visited LarkCrafts.com. I would love to win any of these books. I don’t sew as much as I’d like to because I’m not much for imagining projects. I need detailed instructions. I think these all look great!
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22 Patti October 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I love making aprons and would absolutely adore the apron book. They make great gifts for any occasion. I especially like the frilly aprons, they are so feminine.

23 Sandy L October 4, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I’m intrigued by several of these books, and I know that they would be well read and well used!

24 Vicki October 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm

What fun sewing projects!

25 Amy L October 5, 2010 at 5:16 am

Larkcrafts.com has Free Projects on Fridays. I’m bookmarking their site. Thanks!

26 Amy L October 5, 2010 at 5:33 am

I’d like to win this for my daughter. She loves to sew, and is always looking for new ideas.

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28 Megan October 5, 2010 at 8:02 am

Any new craft ideas are always appreciated at our house!

29 K Stansbery October 8, 2010 at 6:07 am

I would love to win because some of these ideas would be great for Holiday gifts. Let’s face it, we’re still in a recession and making something amazing for a loved one with a minimal cost would be win, win!

30 Kimberly October 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I would love to win these for my daughter. She loves sewing and crafting and is always looking for new stuff to do.

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