Giveaway#1 – Sew & Stow by Betty Oppenheimer

by Kelsey Norwood

in Giveaways

sew and stew book betty oppenheimerWINNER!

The winner is Elizabeth! She said, “I would love to win as these are my kinds of projects to sew!”

Send an email to kelsey[at]vanillajoy[dot]com to claim your prize.

THE PRIZE

One reader will win a copy of Sew & Stow: 31 Fun Sewing Projects to Carry, Hold, and Organize Your Stuff, Your Home, and Yourself! by Betty Oppenheimer AND a yard of fabric to get you started.

MY REVIEW

I have had so much fun the last few months reviewing some fabulous books, and this is a great one to start with because it’s all about organizing, something we all need!

First of all, I love how this book itself is organized. The first section contains full page color photos of each project with the page number reference for that project’s instructions. I love that all the project photos are in one place so I can look at them all at once.

The other thing I love is the projects! There are 31 projects and I can’t wait to work my way through every single one of them (except maybe the dog pillow since we don’t have a dog, but it could be great for babies too so…).

car visor organizer
I had to choose a few favorites to start with so I made up this visor organizer first. The project has instructions for a generic, one size fits all visor and also additional instructions on how to customize one to fit your visor exactly which is what I did. The product I made is good quality with no exposed seams or short cut techniques, and it was still easy to put together.

swim suit towel wrap

The other project I completed is the after swim wrap which I made in an evening and used all summer long. This swim wrap is so fabulous for swimming but also for every day (or every-other-day…) bathing. I love having a towel that stays put!

sew and stow by betty oppenheimer

The next few projects I tackle will definitely be the pocket packet holder, knitting needle tote, cozy cushion cover, and bedroll.

I’ve really enjoyed “sewing and stowing” with this book. Thanks to Betty Oppenheimer for all her hard work and Storey Publishing for sponsoring this giveaway!

GIVEAWAY RULES

  • Visit Storey.com
  • Make a comment on this post telling me why you’d like to win before midnight Wednesday, September 8.
  • A winner will be selected and announced at the top of this post on Wednesday.
  • 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.

EARN EXTRA ENTRIES

You may earn 1 extra entry each for doing the following (make a separate comment for each thing you do):

GOOD LUCK and THANKS!

{This product was provided to Vanilla Joy for review purposes.}

{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristen September 6, 2010 at 6:17 am

The patterns look really cute.

2 Kristen September 6, 2010 at 6:18 am

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3 Amy V September 6, 2010 at 6:53 am

I’d love to win. I just started sewing again and would love some great ideas.

4 Amy V September 6, 2010 at 6:53 am

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5 Amy V September 6, 2010 at 6:54 am

I like Vanilla Joy on FB as Amy K V

6 Melissa September 6, 2010 at 7:41 am

I’d love to tackle knitting socks!

7 Some Lucky Dog September 6, 2010 at 8:33 am

I had no idea that there was a publisher dedicated to “country living” books! I saw several in the crafts section that look interesting! I’d love to win this one. I’ve got several little areas that could use some cute organizing help :)

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8 Some Lucky Dog September 6, 2010 at 8:40 am

I’m a facebook fan of Story Publishing (Cindy Brooks)

9 Some Lucky Dog September 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

I subscribed to the Storey Publishing blog via feed reader. (I’d love to subscribe via e-mail, but I didn’t see that option??)

10 Some Lucky Dog September 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

I’m a YouTube subscriber (tinnypin)

11 Some Lucky Dog September 6, 2010 at 8:42 am

I’m a VAnilla Joy facebook fan (Cindy Brooks)

12 Some Lucky Dog September 6, 2010 at 8:44 am
13 Some Lucky Dog September 6, 2010 at 8:48 am

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14 Some Lucky Dog September 6, 2010 at 8:49 am

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15 Some Lucky Dog September 6, 2010 at 8:49 am

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16 Anne Marie September 6, 2010 at 9:14 am

This sounds like such a fun book – thanks for the chance to win.

17 Brianne September 6, 2010 at 9:55 am

What a fun book! I’d love to make a bedroll for my girls!

18 Brianne September 6, 2010 at 9:55 am

I’m a fan of Vanilla Joy on Facebook.

19 Brianne September 6, 2010 at 9:56 am

I subscribe to your newsletter.

20 Brianne September 6, 2010 at 9:56 am

I subscribe to your feed.

21 Brianne September 6, 2010 at 9:56 am

Your button is on my sidebar.

22 Brianne September 6, 2010 at 9:58 am

I’m subscribed to Vanilla Joy on YouTube.

23 Jen T September 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I am looking for a new sewing machine, and will need some new cute projects to try on it.

24 Elizabeth September 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I would love to win as these are my kinds of projects to sew!

25 Elizabeth September 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm

email subscriber

26 Megan September 6, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I love finding new things to sew all the time. I try to sew something new each week…try ;)

27 Jodie September 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I’d love to win because I live to sew. :)

28 Sue D September 6, 2010 at 6:45 pm

It looks like these are projects I could use and would be able to sew. We have other books from Storey Publishing and like them.

29 Sue D September 6, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I subscribe to Vanilla Joy on YouTube.

30 Sue D September 6, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I subscribe to your feed.

31 Sue D September 6, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I am signed up for your newsletter.

32 Sue D September 6, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I subscribed to the Storey Publishing blog.

33 Sue D September 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I made a comment on your post Making Do–Mason Jars.

34 Vicki September 7, 2010 at 12:17 am

I love any kind of organizer or bag.

35 Vicki September 7, 2010 at 12:17 am

I subscribe to your feed.

36 Anne Marie September 7, 2010 at 8:27 am

I am a subscriber/follower.

37 Angela September 7, 2010 at 9:36 am

Fun! I’d love to learn how to make a bag for my scriptures!

38 Jamie D September 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm

This book is fabulous! I just started sewing and I would *love* to have this to get me over the beginner hump!

39 Jamie D September 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Fan of Storey Publishing :) (SweetSparrowBoutique)

40 Jamie D September 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Subcribed to Storey Publishing Blog (and the sparrow flies)

41 Jamie D September 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Facebook Fanned Vanilla Joy (SweetSparrowBoutique)

42 Nicole K September 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I would love to win this because I just started sewing last year and am always looking for new projects. If I could make my own organization tools or bedrolls that would be awesome1

43 Nicole K September 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I subscribe to your feed.

44 Tiffany September 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm

This book sounds amazing and I would love to have it!! I’ve been having this craving for crafts and I’ve been searching the internet for things to do, which is how I stumbled across this website. I have a daughter, 4 nieces, and a nephew all under the age of 2 1/2, that I am trying to find crafts to do for them for Christmas and birthday gifts. The only craft that I have done so far was for my niece Emma, it was the letter pillows that spelled “EMMA”. It was so much fun that I have been trying to find some more crafts to do!!

45 Danielle E. September 10, 2010 at 8:30 am

I love doing projects and I do have a dog so the dog bed sounds like a fun one to try.

46 Danielle E. September 10, 2010 at 8:30 am

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47 Ruth M September 11, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I need purse patterns in a major way.

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