Win It: Girl’s World by Jennifer Paganelli

We’ve added a new giveaway for the Craft Book Month linky party. It’s a copy of the Girl’s World book by Jennifer Paganelli, courtesy of Sis Boom!

We absolutely loved this book, and you can read our full review of it as well as a fun Q&A with author Jennifer Paganelli.

Girl's World Book

If you like sewing for girls, this book is a must-have. And you can win a copy just by linking up your craft book project this month. Enter here!

Rebecca Dress by Sis Boom

(Also check out Sis Boom’s new patterns, the Rebecca Dress and the Shannon Dress!)

Crafty Bookshelves + Winners

Happy Labor Day weekend! With some extra time around the house, perhaps you’ve been wanting to reclaim your crafty space by doing a little organizing. And what better place to start than the bookshelf.

Craft books

Flickr: Tea & Roses


Here are some crafty bookshelves that we love.

1. New Bookshelf, 2. Cool bookshelf, 3. The coolest bookshelf ever, 4. Wall Crates, 5. Invisible Bookshelf, 6. Clever Bookshelf

Bookshelf Love

How cute would your craft books look piled onto that branch? The invisible shelf in photos 1 and 5 is also a clean, fun look. And you can’t go wrong with simple wall boxes for keeping clutter off the floor and creating a design element and focal point for the room.

Coming up this week . . . our first Q&A of Craft Book Month, where we’ll dive into some of the particular of publishing a book. We can’t wait!

Winners: The winners of the Pattern Patti Giveaway are now posted here and have been contacted via e-mail. We had a total of 114 entries to win these cute sewing patterns. For another chance to win your choice of 2 Pattern Patti patterns, visit the Craft Book Month linky party.

Free Patterns from Books: Home

Some publishers release a free pattern (or two) from a craft book to celebrate a new release. In honor of Craft Book Month, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite patterns that you can download for free online and we’ll feature a different category each week. You can even use one of these patterns to participate in the Craft Book Month linky party through the end of September. Now on to this week’s projects for the home!


From Sewing with Oilcloth (Wiley): Chalk Cloth Table Runner


From Applique Class (Wiley): Petal Pushers Table Runner


From Stash Happy Patchwork (Lark): Bento Box


From 100 Pretty Little Projects (Lark): Scorchin’ Potholder
and Spot On Pillow


From Scrappy Quilts (Wiley): Sun-Drenched Strips Quilt



September is Craft Book Month!

It’s back-to-school season, and September is time to hit the books. Craft books, that is! Big, beautiful craft books. Stunning photography. Crisp, glossy pages. Hard covers or soft. We just love craft books, and we know you do, too. All month long, we will celebrate modern craft books by reviewing new releases, interviewing authors and editors who make the magic happen, and crafting projects from the books we spotlight.

What’s in Store?

Weekly craft book giveaways, a month-long linky party for craft book projects (see below), and a chance for you to learn from our experts. If you’ve ever dreamed of writing a craft book, we also have some fantastic tips on how to get your book published!

The Experts

Find out what catches an editor’s eye from Allison Korleski, Acquisitions Editor for Interweave Books. It may be simpler than you think!

Stay true to your vision while working agents and publishers. See how Shelly and Karen from Patterns by Figgy’s did just that with their first book, Sewing for Boys (Wiley Publishing).

Sewing for Boys book

Learn how to pitch a book with Tonia Davenport, Acquisitions Editor for North Light Craft / F+W Media. She’s got some great tips for aspiring craft book authors.

From blog to book deal. How did she do it? Ask Jessica Levitt, author of new release Modern Mix (Stash Books / C&T).

Modern Mix book

Thinking about opening your own patterns shop, and maybe writing a book, too? Meet Kay Whitt, author of the new book Sew Serendipity Bags (North Light).

Linky Party with Giveaways!

In honor of Craft Book Month, we are hosting a linky party all month long to celebrate. From September 1st through 30th, you may link up one of your favorite craft book projects below for a chance to win some fabric, books, patterns and more. The prizes include:

One winner: Doodle Stitching book + Japanese fabric from Craft Buds
One winner:
Autographed CosmoGIRL Cool Room book + Kona Charm Pack from Craft Buds

Doodle Stitching + Japanese fabric Autographed book + Kona charm pack

One winner: Cloth Paper Scissors book (from Interweave), Paper + Craft book and Fiskars decorative-edged scissors from Craft Buds

Paper Crafting Books + Scissors

One winner: Girl’s World book by Jennifer Paganelli, courtesy of Sis Boom.

One winner: The Practical Guide to Patchwork book courtesy of Dewberry Lane.  (Dewberry Lane is also offering free U.S. shipping on all orders placed during September with the code FREESHIP. Check out her books and patterns.)

One winner: $25 shop credit to My Little Sunshine Handmade

My Little Sunshine Handmade BWS tips button

One winner: 2 sewing patterns of your choice from Pattern Patti
One winner:
Three vintage sewing patterns; selections from Goofing Off

Pattern Patti on Etsy


Ready to share your craft book project? Here’s what you need to do to participate:  (Please read carefully)

  1. Create a NEW blog post. Share one project you’ve made from a sewing or general craft book and let us know which book it came from. The project doesn’t have to be brand new, never seen before on your blog – just something you’ve whipped up in the past that you love.
  2. One entry per person. Everyone who links up to the party with the Craft Book Month button will be eligible for our sponsored giveaways!
  3. Link back to Craft Book Month in your post.  You can do this with a button, just copy and paste the HTML code into your post. 
  4. Share the direct link to your post in the linky below. Right click on your post URL to copy link address, then paste it in the linky.
  5. Visit some of the other craft book projects and be inspired! If you are on Flickr, you may also add your photos to the Craft Buds group pool; however, you must also link up the URL of your Flickr post to this linky to be eligible for prizes.
  6. Random winners from the linky party will be announced on October 1, 2011. Giveaways open worldwide. Stay tuned for additional craft book giveaways to be held each week in September (winners announced on Fridays) which will be open to both bloggers and non-bloggers.

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Fresh Picks for Wednesday, 8.31

Here are this week’s fabulous Fresh Picks! Please stop by tomorrow for a HUGE announcement.

Vintage yarn basket

Catch All: Steph at The Silly Pearl shows off this incredibly cute upcycled yarn basket, decked out with Martha Stewart paints and stencils.

DIY Earrings @ DIY!

Ear Blings: Petra shows off her new earrings, made from cardboard, fabric and jewelry findings. Get the tutorial at her blog, DIY!

Strawberry Balsamic Pizza

Dinner & Dessert: We can still taste summer with this balsamic strawberry pizza with chicken, sweet onion and bacon. Get Jillian’s recipe over at Food, Folks & Fun.

Eye Candy Necklace @ A Creative Princess

Hey, Sugar: Interchangeable candy necklaces would make a sweet gift for a little girl. Get the quick and clever tutorial from Terri at A Creative Princess!

Alphabet Rocks @ Childhood 101

You Rock: Christie combined smooth stones plus paint pens to make these cute Alphabet Rocks at Childhood 101.

Pencil Pouch Tutorial @ Gwenny Penny

Colored Pencils: Learn how to make the pencil-shaped pencil pouch from Gwen at Gwenny Penny.

Thanks for checking out this week’s Fresh Picks!
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Fabric Covered Buttons

I’ve been making a lot of covered buttons lately, to turn into adoption fundraiser earrings. Today I wanted to share with you a basic tutorial on how to make fabric covered buttons. It’s so easy to do as long as you have the right tools!


Dritz and Maxant are two companies that specialize in cover button kits. When purchasing a kit, make sure you pay attention to the size of the buttons (size 18-60, typically). You’ll also want to buy a kit with the mold and pusher (the white and blue pieces), and not just refill buttons.

Dritz Cover Button Kit

The buttons I’m making here are size 20, and they are about a half inch in diameter. Sizes 24 through 45 are common in craft stores and quilt shops, but you will likely need to shop online for other sizes. Take note of the button style, as there are two main types: flat buttons and half-ball buttons, which are rounder like pearl buttons. I’m making flat buttons.

Gather some scraps of fabric. I’m using a thick linen/cotton blend, but you can also use regular quilting fabric to cover buttons. If you discover that your fabric is too thin, you may want to first iron on some fusible interfacing to the back side of the fabric so the shiny aluminum buttons don’t show through.

Button Cover Supplies

You’ll need a pair of scissors, which you may use to cut the pattern piece of the appropriate size from the cardboard back of the button kit. Don’t throw this away; I recommend storing all spare button parts along with your kit in separate baggies labeled with the size.

Covering Buttons

1. Cut a circle of fabric to the size of template on back of button kit box. You’ll want to choose a print that’s the right size for your button. 2. Place printed side of fabric face down on top of button mold. 3. Place button upside down on top of fabric circle. 4. Use blue pusher to move button and fabric deep into the mold, as far as possible.

5 and 6. Remove pusher and use your fingers to fold edges of fabric down. Make sure all sides are even. If not, fabric will poke out the edges of the finished button. If your fabric is uneven, just pop out the button and try again. 7. Once fabric is pressed to the center of the button, place button back on top of the button mold with the loop side facing up. 8. Use the pusher to secure button back to the button.

9. Use your fingers to bend the button mold, and your covered button should easily pop out. Repeat with the remaining buttons.

Covered Buttons Tutorial

You can use these fabric buttons to decorate clothing and accessories or change out the button backs to make jewelry, push pins, and lots more. If making jewelry, you’ll want to find buttons with flat backs, or else you’ll have to remove the button loop with pliers before gluing on your earring posts, bobby pins, push pins, and so forth. Have fun!

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