I mentioned in an earlier post or two that I made some Christmas gifts from this book, 1, 2, 3, Sew, by Ellen Luckett Baker of The Long Thread. The really wonderful thing about this book is that not only is it perfect for beginners, but also has more challenging projects as well. Each section of the book has three projects in which each builds on the techniques used in the project before. What I really love is that it is packed full of great gift ideas to make, from items for the kitchen and home to kids and babies. There are a total of 33 sewing projects! And the instructions are clear with great suggestions on how to customize the projects.
My favorite project of the two I made is this potholder. It uses thread to create a design on the front of potholder. It was a very easy and quick project that produces a truly impressive result! (My project is the pictures on the right, Ellen's book on the left.)
I also made these little pouches, though I didn't use the stamping technique she explains for the one in the book. A cute and easy project, this was the intermediate project in the pouches section. The first is for an eyeglasses case and the advanced is a cosmetic bag. (And, for those who are interested, I used linen and fabric from Lecien's Fabulous Blooming collection for mine).
Near the top of my 2012 sewing projects list are these two projects from the book: Mouse Pincushion and Change Your Mind Skirt.
Now, onto the giveaway! Ellen has generously offered to giveaway a copy of 1, 2, 3 Sew to one of the readers of this blog! The giveaway is offered to those with US addresses only.
Leave a comment on this blog post about what you might like to make from this book. You can see more images and the table of contents here. Giveaway closes Sunday, January 15 at 10pm Central Standard Time. Winner will be announced on Monday. Good luck!
[Disclosures: My copy was given to me as a gift by Ellen with a request, but no obligation, to do a pattern review. Links to the book in this blog post lead to my Amazon Affiliate store from which I receive a small commission on items purchased through that link.]