Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sew Grateful Challenge: Giveaways and Tutorials

I'm just loving the Sew Grateful Challenge! It's so much fun reading about how various bits from the sewing community (be it a fee pattern, tutorial, fabric, etc) is incorporated into our sewing projects!  I wanted to do two highlights posts to showcase all the wonderful Sew Grateful Challenge participants!  This post will showcase some amazing giveaways and sewing tutorials!

Sew Grateful Tutorials:

The first tutorial comes from Beau Baby.  I just adore Suzanne's blog!  For her Sew Grateful challenge she put together an outfit for her daughter based on the book 'Little Blue and Little Yellow' by Leo Lionni.  She self-drafted the white hooded fleece romper and appliqued the little blue and little yellow dots.  She also made matching blue leggings using the "Sleeping Johns" pattern from the book Growing Up Sew Liberated, which she won in a giveaway.  And an added bonus is that she illustrates how to draft a hood pattern to add to any simple garment with a normal neckhole!  YAY! I'll definitely be using this tutorial in the future!

Suzanne is not alone in creating amazing tutorials!  Ms. Oonaballoona offers up the 'Double Agent Dress' Tutorial.  Using stretch jersey and three pattern pieces that Oona shows you how to make--you can have a fabulous dress that can be worn in loads of ways!  I just love it!

And to show how awesome our sewing community is, The Girl with the Star Spangled Heart used Oona's very own tutorial to sew up her Sew Grateful challenge!  She made the 'Double Agent Dress' from black jersey!  I am just loving the one-shouldered look!  Check out her post on making the dress here...

You are both inspiring me to make this dress!

Sew Grateful Giveaways
I'm delighted that the Sew Grateful week is inspiring giveaways! What better way to show your appreciation than to give something back to the online sewing community?  Check out these lovely giveaways...

Seeks over at the Seek Speak is hosting a fabulous giveaway to give thanks to her readers!  She is celebrating her 200th post!  I just love Seeks' blog!!  She posts a lot of really fun projects and has an amazing resource section on her blog for novice sewers.  Up for grabs in her giveaway is this adorable nightgown/robe uncut pattern from Simplicity in a size 16-18 (large) AND 4 yards worth of this amazing geometric patterned fabric!  The giveaway is open until the 1st of December and is open to everyone, everywhere!

Kat over at Modern Vintage Cupcakes is also hosting a fantastic giveaway!  You may have seen Kat's creations over at the Sew Weekly. Kat is also the mastermind behind two global pattern/notions swaps--such a lovely way to share something special with others in the sewing community!  The giveaway consists of a pattern pouch pocket, about 3 metres of blue lace/hem binding (depending on what you want to use it for), and a cute little belt buckle and the reader's choice of patterns: either Simplicity 8830 from 1970, in size 10 (bust size 32.5″) or Butterick 3037 from the early 1980′s, in size 12 (bust size 34″).   The giveaway is open until the 2nd of December to everyone, everywhere. Enter the giveaway here.

Lastly, the lovely Oona is also hosting a giveaway for the Bacciami dress from Shabby Apple!  The giveaway is open to U.S. readers, but hurry, it ends tomorrow (the 28th of November).  Enter for a chance to win the dress here...

I'm super excited about this next giveaway hosted by Amy who blogs over at Diana and Me.  Back in the spring I hosted a giveaway for several metres of purple corduroy fabric that I had used to make my Colette Parfait pinafore.  Amy won the fabric and look at the fabulous skirt she just made!!!  It gets better--there's still some fabric left!! So Amy is hosting a giveaway for the 1+ metres of purple corduroy fabric left!  It's a sisterhood of the traveling fabric!!  Stop by Amy's blog and enter the giveaway here.  The giveaway is open until the 4th of December!

While we are talking about giveaways, have you heard about coordinated giveaway day hosted by Sew, Mama, Sew? Mark your calendars for the 12 of December (a Monday) and host a giveaway on your blog.  Starting at 6am PST on the 12th, you can submit your link and thumbnail photo on the Sew, Mama, Sew blog for your giveaway!  

Stay tuned for more highlights from the Sew Grateful week.  I'll be posting the projects and reflections posts on Tuesday--so there's still time to finish your project.  Just send me a link and I'll include it! Thank you everyone for participating--it's been really fun to see your posts!


  1. Debi, we should be "sew grateful" for you for being such an active member of the blogging community and for finding & sharing so many blogs! I love that you have a popular blog, but I still get the sense you know almost each and every one of the people who comment here (and would get to know each and every one if you could). Thanks for your welcoming spirit!

    Stephanie's dress is so classy in black and Oona's tutorial is one I've been wanting to try if I can only get me some "oona-tude" and wear such a figure-hugging dress! And the balloon tutorial is adorable :)

  2. Debi,
    Such a great idea! I am SO grateful for all the folks who share their time and talent and from whom I've learned so much about sewing!
    I am having my 1st !! give-away at and would love to have everyone participate.
    Thank you for inspiring me!

  3. I was out of town all last week so missed this until now. What a fun challenge, I love reading the stories about the items that were created!

  4. I second Amanda - you are just the sweetest. And in the spirit of your altruism, there's a little giveaway over at threadsquare this week.



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