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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Book Review/Blog Hop - Because I Love You Sew - and A Giveaway

Today SewCalGal is honored to be participating in a Blog Hop to share insights and celebrate the release of a new book, packed full of #CreativeGoodness.  It is also packed full of fun projects and inspiration for making handmade gifts, which just shout out "I love you sew".

Because I Love You Sew

Because I Love You Sew, by Trish Preston, is published by C&T Publishing.

Trish Preston is a talented sewing enthusiasts who launched her sewing pattern line in 2010, with the name of Two Peas in a Pod Homegrown Designs.  She has also been published in many magazines and also been on the TV Show, It's Sew Easy.  Because I Love You Sew,  is her first book.


Get perfect gift ideas for everyone in your life (and maybe find something for yourself) 

• Make handmade gifts for family, friends, co-workers, kids, or even yourself!
• Featuring 17 gift-giving projects, perfect for all skill levels
• Projects include quilts, bags, holiday decor, accessories, and so much more 

Don’t just say it ... sew it! This charming collection of 17 projects lets everyone in your life know how much you love them. Make quilts, stylish totes, pretty holiday decor, and more! With patterns for all skill levels, step-by-step directions, and plenty of inspiring ideas for personalizing each gift, Because I Love You Sew is undeniably straight from the heart.

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Trish also created a fun Youtube video to share more insights on this book:

There is something special about a handmade gift and Trish has not only created a book with fun projects to make for gifts, she also does an excellent job capturing the spiriting of making handmade and giving handmade gifts.  Thus, I'm truly hoping that EVERY person that enjoys making handmade gifts will get a copy of this book, but also I believe this book is filled with so many fun projects, that have easy to follow instructions, it would also make an excellent gift to encourage others to make handmade gifts.

Of course, many of the projects are items you'll want to make for yourself, but they are all perfect for gifts.  And many of these projects would also be appropriate for teaching kids to sew and give handmade items for gifts.

All of the projects come with well written instructions and create visuals.  A few of the projects have templates which are included in the book.

Did I Mention A Giveaway?
Trish and C+T Publishing have offered to giveaway an e:copy of Because I Love You Sew, to one lucky follower.  This giveaway is open to followers from all over the world.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post.  Maybe you'll want to share an idea for your favorite handmade project to give as a gift, or a recommendation for handmade gifts appropriate for certain age groups.  A winner will be randomly selected on December 19th.  SewCalGal will send them an email to notify them, as well as update this post to announce the winner.

Did I Mention A Blog Hop?

Be sure to visit all of the blogs participating in this hop, where you'll learn more about this book, the very talented author, and also have more chances to win a copy of this book as you'll find more giveaways.

December 3rd: Heather Jones
December 8th: Generation Q Magazine
December 9th: Sew Cal Gal
December 13th: Bernina 

December 15th: Trish Preston

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Linda Nelson said...

I love giving hand sewn memory games to the 7 and younger crowd!


Gene Black said...

I like to make potholders as quick easy gifts. It is also a great excuse to practice my free motion quilting.

Anonymous said...

I need new ideas for handmade gifts. Would love to win this book. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Phyllis said...

Thanks for the chance to win that great book! I like to make pincushions for gifts. I made some wool acorn pincushions, stuffed them with walnut shells and put a real top from an acorn on top.

pippirose said...

Homemade gifts are just so much better--to give and receive. My favourite I ever received was a beautiful wooden sewing box, in the shape of a heart, woodburned with a bunny and flowers, that my (artist) son made me.

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Oh that looks like a great book! I make all my gifts (always have) and this book I would love to win! Thanks.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Looks like a cute book. I love to give something I made, instead of something I bought.

Gill said...

I love handmade gifts - I'm making aprons for all my sisters this Christmas!

Havplenty said...

I like to give lap quilts as gifts. But this year I have sewn up a slew of pillow cases to give to family and friends.


Jodi - usairdoll said...

Sounds like an awesome book and the projects look amazing. I like to give tablerunners or zippered pouches as gifts. Both are usually fairly quick to make.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Looks like a fab boook - my fingers are crossed!!! I like making hanging tea towels

Brenda said...

I think that handmade gifts are more appreciated than anything else. When my mother dies, I found several cards and little gifts I had made for her as a child.

Anonymous said...

Since I've been making mug rugs for this year's gifts, I look forward to getting new ideas for next year. This book should do it for me. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Kathy E. said...

I love giving hand-made gifts like mug rugs, zippered pouches, and mini quilts. Like most sewists, I put a lot of love and warm thoughts into my projects and that is portrayed in the final gift.

Diane said...

This looks like a great book!

Anonymous said...

This book looks aweseome! I like to make flannel rag quilts to give as gifts. Thanks!

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helen-mary said...

I know a couple of guys I could make those cute bowties for.

aus_chick said...

I like making soft blocks for babies!

juliehallfeldhaus said...

I love books of all kinds and have alot of quilt related books:)

Ella and Nesta said...

I think handmade gifts "last longer" because they have a special meaning. I made hand warmers for my colleagues last Christmas and they were very appreciated.

Sarah said...

I loved the little nativity puppets I just made for my little niece. Simple and cute. sarah@forrussia.org

Judy1522 said...

I like to buy floursack kitchen towels and embroider a design on them or an applique design and give them as gifts.

Margaret said...

I like to make zipper pouches and tuck a gift card inside.