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Etsy Giveaway from Most Precious Gift: 5 Winners!

Today we’d like to welcome Ashton Tennial, owner of the Etsy shop Most Precious Gift and newest Craft Buds sponsor! Most Precious Gift carries a variety of adorable headbands, hair bows and more!

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Ashton was inspired to open her Etsy shop by her three spunky little girls (5, 4, and 2). Ashton says, “I have been blessed to be a stay at home mom for the past two years. I have always been a crafty/artsy person. One day I decided to try and make my own hair bows for my daughters and everything snowballed from there. I really enjoy what I do and take a lot of pride in my work.”

Most-Precious-Gift

Ashton is offering a giveaway to FIVE of our readers to pick out their choice of a headband or hairbow. Just leave one comment below telling us what your favorite item from the shop is. Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, August 17. We’ll use random.org to choose the winners (EDIT: Winners have been chosen, thanks!). And if you want to order something right away, use coupon code FREESHIP25 for free US shipping on order of $25 or more for the month of August.

You’re Invited: The Sewing Party!

Have you heard all about The Sewing Party yet? It’s a really fun online sewing conference on November 8, and today you can enter to WIN A FREE TICKET ($40 value, 5 winners)!

Read more to learn all about The Sewing Party and how you can attend more than 30 classes during this super fun event!

The Sewing Party

The Sewing Party is the first ever online-all-day DIY event in history.

 

On November 8, 2014, thousands of DIY-ers will gather for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes taught online by leading bloggers and educational experts. It’s all about connecting, crafting and creating.

Attendees will have access to more than 30 online classes available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days. There is truly something for everyone! Classes include home décor, fashion sewing, quilting and upcycling, crafting, costume design, techniques for turning your craft into an entrepreneurial venture, and more!

So who’s putting on this party?

Some of the biggest names in the industry are behind this super fun day- take a look!

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This video sums up what The Sewing Party is all about!

Get your Tickets:

Space is limited and likely to fill up fast. Tickets are just $40,  and “The Sewing Party” participants can attend classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products in our marketplace.

** This year The Sewing Party is open to US residents only. They hope to expand in the future.**

** As a gift for you… if you go ahead and register between between July 15 and July 31 you’ll receive a free $20 t-shirt! Just be sure to use the promo code: LETSPARTY when you register. You’ll receive a follow-up email requesting size info and all that jazz.

So how about that GIVEAWAY?

How would you like to win a free ticket to The Sewing Party? Craft Buds has 5 free tickets to give away. Just enter via the Rafflecopter form below!

(U.S. only please.)

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Winners will be announced Monday, July 28th!

To stay on top of the details, be sure to follow The Sewing Party on social media!

Imagine Gnats Sewing Patterns + Giveaway!

Every so often at Craft Buds, we like to feature an indie pattern designer who is working toward making their crafty dream a reality. When I met Rachael Gander, I immediately knew that she had both the talent and the drive to turn her hobbies of sewing, blogging and graphic design into an actual business.

It gives me great joy to share the news that Rachael is expanding her successful PDF pattern business into a run of print patterns! Read more below about how you can support Rachael’s handmade business while also scoring some great goodies for yourself.
Here’s what Rachael had to say about her indiegogo campaign!

Imagine gnats started as a little etsy shop, selling small sewn items to help support my family and also to give me a creative outlet in a corporate world. It’s come a long way in just five years… from a hobby to a full-time job. My love of sewing and design has grown as well, and now my own sewing patterns help and inspire others to create.

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I am proud to have created patterns for garments that are easy to sew and easy to wear. Imagine gnats patterns feature classic silhouettes with a modern twist that incorporate clever details and practical techniques.

Currently, my patterns are all offered as printable PDFs. the money raised on indiegogo will help cover the costs of an initial run of paper patterns, which means sharing my designs with even more sewists and inspiring more people.

For the cost of one pattern, you can help me reach my goal AND be one of the first to get the printed pattern of your choice. for a little bit more, you can get a full set of imagine gnats printed patterns. plus, early bird specials offer even better deals for the first contributors!

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My initial print run will include 500 each of my existing five garment patterns. all of the money raised will go directly to that effort. once patterns are printed, i begin the selling and distribution phase.

I would love for you to tweet, share on Facebook, e-mail your friends and family… anything that will get the word out. Every share helps and is so appreciated.

i heart imagine gnats

Let’s rally around Rachael and make sure her handmade dreams come true!

 

Giveaway!

Would you like to win a set of 5 imagine gnats garment PDF patterns, including the Tumble Tee, Roly-Poly, Meridian for Kids, Meridian for Women, and Bess Top?

1. Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a complete set.

2. If you donate to Rachael’s campaign at any level, please leave a second comment for another chance to win!

International entries welcome, and we’ll choose one winner on February 28 (through the end of the fundraising campaign)!

Congrats to commenter #58, Dana!

Winners! Craft Book Month 2013

We had a fabulous turnout for Craft Book Month 2013, and . . . it’s time to choose the winners! Each winner was randomly selected from all entries using Random.org. Winners, I’ll be in touch soon, but if you’d like to shoot me an e-mail to lindsay.conner(at)gmail(dot)com with info on the prize you’ve won, that would be fantastic!

Without further ado:

#83, Jodie: Sun Print Text half-yard bundle by Alison Glass for Andover

#32 Jess @ The Sewing Rabbit: Roly Poly Pattern and 2 yards of cotton lawn from imagine gnats

#17 Lisa Marie: $25 Gift Certificate for fabric at Owl + Drum

#64, Kirsten @ Gemini Stitches: Signed copy of ‘Growing Up Modern by Allison Harris’ +
1/8″ gingham fat quarter bundle from Riley Blake Design from Fabric Seeds

#74, Joanne @ Rose @ Dahlia: Four PDF patterns from Emmaline Bags:
the Emmaline Bag, the Steph-in-the-City Bag, the Necessary Clutch Wallet, and the Boyd St. Bowling Bag

#37, Norma: 3 PDF Patterns from Clover + Violet

#22, Leanne @ She Can Quilt: Simply Fat Quarters book,

#62, Nesta: Angles with Ease book,

#71, Lisa @ In the Boon Docks: Simply Retro book from Fat Quarter Shop

#73, Mara @ Secretly Stitching: Casual Lady Pattern PDF from Go To Patterns

#65, Diya @ The Hobby Harbor: Volume One for Five & Ten Designs from The Sewing Rabbit

#54, Katy @ The Littlest Thistle: Flip Dolls & Other Toys book, Stitched Blooms book & Stuffed Animals book from Lark Crafts

#14, Debbie @ A Quilter’s Table: Quilting Block + Pattern-a-Day 2014 Calendar and the Posh Retro Reels Planner from Andrews McMeel (U.S. and Canada only)

#23, Beth T.: Becoming a Confident Quilter book and Quilts Made with Love book from Martingale (U.S. only)

#46, Kristen @ Gooba Designs: Sewing for All Seasons book and 1, 2, 3 Quilt book from Chronicle Books

#50, Veronica @ Sew Very: Skirt-a-Day Sewing book and Sewing School 2 book from Storey Publishing (U.S. only)

Giveaway! Fabric, Thread + More

One thing I love about the online sewing community is the  generosity of crafters. It’s hard to keep up with my favorite quilting blogs without hearing about a charity drive, a kind act or a giveaway of some sort!

 

Giveaway at Craft Buds!

 

Did you hear? Alissa is hosting the 4th Annual Action Kivu Fundraiser! Not only does this fundraiser support an incredibly worthy organization which helps women who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo by teaching them to sew. If you give a donation to the, here are some of the prizes you could WIN!

 

I entered the last two years, and last year I won an incredible set of quilt patterns! Today, I’d like to pay it forward and encourage you all to head over and make a donation. Any amount you can give is welcome, no matter how big or small!

Giveaway!

Giveaway!

Update: Congratulations to our giveaway winner, #34, Deborah K.!

1) If you give a donation of any amount to the Action Kivu Fundraiser, just come back and leave a comment here on this post, and you’ll be entered to win:

– 10 fat quarter set of Riley Blake Chevrons
– Olfa Ergonomic Rotary Cutter
– Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread!

2) If you can’t give at this time, please help out the cause by spreading the word! Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, instagram or Pinterest, and you can leave a comment on this post. (Max 2 comments/entries per person!)

Entries open worldwide, and I’ll choose one winner via Random.org after the end of the fundraiser. Please note that you must make a donation or help spread the word by Monday, August 19 at midnight in order to win!

>> Go to the Action Kivu Fundraiser! <<

Don’t forget that you if you donate, you can enter to win bonus giveaways here and here!

 

Sewing Pattern Designs Q&A + Giveaway!

Today, I’m excited to feature my friend Heather of The Sewing Loft and celebrate her patterns being licensed with Simplicity Creative Group. That’s right…the Simplicity patterns you can pick up at Jo-Ann’s or your favorite local craft store!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!

Heather, congrats on your licensed patterns with Simplicity Creative Group! Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you got started in pattern design?

Thank you. To say that I am excited to see my designs hit the store would be a complete understatement. I am still in a state of disbelief to know that a brand I grew up sewing has published my designs… Total “pinch me” moment!

Background: Well, I have been sewing forever. I started when I was around seven, just watching my mother and grandmother stitching away at the machine…. waiting for my turn. Later my passion turned into a career as a designer in the apparel industry and it has been non-stop from there.

Where do you get ideas for patterns and how do you record them?
I am a people watcher at heart! I love seeing what people are doing, wearing and interested in. When an idea strikes, I scribble it down in a note pad. I swear, I have too many to count floating around.

What does the process of designing a pattern look like for you?
Pattern making for me is like a complete rush. I sketch my idea on paper and then if I LOVE it, I can not rest until it is complete. Normally, I draft the pattern on paper or direct on my mannequin in muslin. Then, I dive head-first into sewing. Sadly, I am terrible at jotting down notes during the process. Instead, I am so dialed in on what the finished product should look like that I keep testing and tweaking until I get it right. It’s only after I am happy with the outlook that I realize I need to go back, recreate and develop step by step instructions for others to follow. I swear, you would think by now I would be more disciplined but the creative side of me always wins.

Do you have advice for other pattern designers who are looking to branch out into getting their work published?
My best advice to pass on to anyone interested in having their designs published is to reach out, introduce yourselves to brands and see if they are interested. New talent is being discovered everyday! And the biggest surprise to me was just how long the process has taken. This little labor of love started back in September of 2011 with a simple connection and it was not until last summer that things really started to get rolling. Best advice: Be patient.

Giveaway! Monaluna Organic Fabric from Owl & Drum

Today, we are excited to offer a fabric giveaway from one of our new sponsors, Owl & Drum! At their brick-and-mortar store in Tulsa, Oklahoma, you’ll find modern fabrics galore, including a great selection of organic quilting cottons. They also offer workshops and there’s an online shop for out-of-towners.

I wanted to find out a little bit more about owner Bianca and her creative business. Read on for a Q&A and giveaway!

Bianca, can you tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got interested in fabric and sewing?

Since I was a little girl, I’ve always had an interest in sewing and crafts. My main focus was fashion and I would “attempt” to make myself clothes. It was fun to think about colors and design. I ended up studying fashion design and then fashion merchandising at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. I then took a bit of a break from creating and was a buyer at a Tulsa department store, before moving to Portland, Oregon, to work at Nordstrom.

Living in Portland was very inspiring, so I soon started working from home making jewelry, accessories and home goods–all from recycled T-shirts–under the brand Urban Creatures. I also became very intrigued with the modern quilt movement and soon, of course, I became obsessed with all things fabric!

Bianca (right) and her Owl & Drum business partner Dani (left)

How did you decide to start your fabric shop, Owl & Drum? What’s the story behind your name?

One of my lifelong dreams was opening up my own store. Through the years, ideas would come and go. But with sewing and crafting becoming a big part of my daily life, I decided I should focus my business efforts on something that I love: fabric and craft supplies.

I also wanted to provide a place where people–young and old, beginner or experienced–could enjoy classes, workshops and events. It’s been really pleasing that Tulsans, especially kids, have got a kick out of making things at Owl & Drum. Our instructors have been great, too.

I had been wanting to move back to Tulsa, which has seen really cool developments in recent years, and it just felt like the right idea in the right place at the right time. So, my husband and I took the plunge and moved to Oklahoma and opened up Owl & Drum.

My husband and I are big “Owl” lovers. Our last name is Howell and the owl has always been a family symbol. We thought it would make for a fun-looking logo, too! The “Drum” comes from my business partner and friend Dani Weaver. She’s a drummer, so the name Owl & Drum is a little part of me and a little part of her. Basically, we thought the name would be a hoot!

If you were somehow forced to destash all of your fabric except for only three designers, which ones would you keep and why?

Birch Fabrics – Birch Fabrics are so plush and beautiful. First of all, I love that they are 100% organic cotton. Secondly, their prints are fantastic. I’m really excited about their upcoming Charley Harper collection. I’ve been a fan of his work for a long time so, when I saw there was going to be fabric with his illustrations, I went nuts. We placed the order at the International Quilt Market last month and I had a hard time deciding which ones to choose.

Heather Ross – Who can resist Heather Ross? I loved her designs when she worked with Kokka. The cotton/linen blends were a perfect match for her vintage-style of drawings. I am, however, thrilled that she is now designing for Windham Fabrics. Her new line, Briar Rose, will be launched next week and we cannot wait to share those fabrics with everybody. People will love them!

Anna Maria Horner – As someone who likes to make clothes, I find Anna Maria Horner‘s prints are perfect for apparel.
Her designs are exactly what I like to see in clothing. Skirts, dresses, handbags – they all look good in Anna Maria’s fabrics.

Okay, because 3 is not enough I have to mention a 4th – Monaluna. Monaluna is a fabric line that is also 100% organic cotton. The owners design all of the prints and they are very clever. We recently had a fabric of theirs called Llama Love. It was wonderful! Who knew that fabric with llamas on it would be so cute. Their recent collection, Raaga, is just beautiful. Its Indian-inspired prints are very sophisticated and would look really good in the home.

Giveaway!

One lucky Craft Buds reader will 1 1/2 yards of Monaluna Raaga organic fabric (1/2 yard each of the three prints pictured) from Owl & Drum. To enter the giveaway, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Giveaway! Bag Patterns from ChrisW Designs

Today, we’re excited to offer one Craft Buds reader the chance to win 3 PDF patterns of their choice from ChrisW Designs!

Australia-based designer Christine makes some of the cutest handbags, clutches and backpacks around. Here are the three PDF patterns I would choose if I could pick just three!

The Amy Backpack would be great for a boy or a girl…just change up the fabrics! Includes a large zippered pocket, elastic front pocket and two side pockets for loads of storage.

The Olivia Handbag makes a great everyday purse with metal rings hardware, two front-flap pockets and a recessed zipper in the top to keep all of your belongings safe and sound.

For a simple “grab and go” bag, The Emma makes perfect sense. This cute shoulder bag has a magnetic snap closure and would be great for little girls as well as adults.

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One lucky winner will receive their 3 favorite patterns from ChrisW Designs. Good luck, and be sure to check out Christine’s blog to stay in touch!

Winners! Spring Into May Giveaway

It’s time to announce the winners of the Spring Into May Giveaway. We hope you had fun discovering some new crafty sites to follow, as well as get some inspiration for your sewing stash!

And the Winner is . . .

Debra L.
(5/3/2013 15:25:11)

 

And the Winner is . . .

Abbe C. (5/4/2013 9:07:06)


And the Winner is . . .

Deborah H. (5/8/2013 7:50:04)

 

And the Winner is . . .

Linda M. (5/3/2013 14:28:1)

 

And the Winner is . . .

Mary S. (5/4/2013 23:38:27)

 

And the Winners are . . .

DeAnna C. (5/3/2013 12:17:55)
(Deanna, the e-mail address you listed isn’t working, please contact me at marij4 (at) gmail (dot) com by Monday afternoon to claim your prize!)

DeAnna C. was replaced with Diane H.
Jeanne B. (5/3/2013 10:27:20)
Moe W. (5/10/2013 17:01:18)
Cheryl G. (5/6/2013 22:29:55)
Diane H. (5/6/2013 11:07:58)
Rebekah B. (5/7/2013 18:41:08)
Debra A. (5/9/2013 15:27:08)
Sarah H. (5/3/2013 13:46:19)
Judy H. (5/6/2013 21:12:25)
Edith H. (5/3/2013 18:52:10)

 

The winners have all been contacted and all prizes have been claimed! A huge thanks to all of the great companies and bloggers that made this possible! Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

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