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As a recent transplant to the city I have been busy trying to make my apartment more livable.  After the basics (bed:  check.  sofa:  check.) come the personal touches, which is why the book's arrival has been so well-timed.  Every time I flip through the pages my list of sewing projects seems to grow...

First up:  pillows.  There's nothing like a simple cover to instill confidence and that can-do attitude in a home sewer.  Stitch a few seams, clip the corners, stuff an insert, and voila.

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(More pillow ideas can be found here)

Next:  tackling that pesky wraparound shower rod...

Want a copy of the book to call your own?  In fifty words or less, tell us about your favourite sewing project (past, present or future).  Don't forget to include your full name and email address.

All comments must be received by 6pm 3/25/2010.  Two people will be chosen at random to win a copy of Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts.

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Comments (176)

  • My favorite sewing project at the moment invloves refashioning an old mens dress shirt into an adorable summer dress for my daughter.

  • My mom taught me to cross-stitch in the second grade, when we made my First Communion pew banner together. It led to a life-long love of craftiness, so it's probably my favorite project!

  • I am a reasonably competent crafter, but this is an area that I am VERY interested in but a little intimidated by! There are several projects I’ve been procrastinating – there is a great craft listed on the site for kids rooms that look like giant pumpkins. I desperately want to make one for my daughter! (And I imagine I would do that before I’d do anything else!) Some hints, tips, and general instruction on fabric crafts would be appreciated!

  • I made a large quilt for my mom and dad for Christmas this past year. I spent 6+ months working on it off and on, and the final product was beautiful.

  • I am hand-sewing a weather themed mobile for my son's room. A big sun, 3 clouds, and lots of rain drops. All stuffed slightly and hanging from lovely ribbon.

  • My favorite sewing project so far was my first pink and fun! It's on my couch right now and just makes the room so much happier.

    Plus, it gave me greater respect for quilters.

  • My favorite recently completed project was a pillow I made for our new bedroom set - a large, flanged pillow. I didn't want a regular flange so I ruched the flanged edge and it looks beautiful on our new bed!

  • I can't wait to read how you tackle that wraparound shower rod, making a shower curtain is on my to-do list. I haven't been sewing for long, but so far my favorite project has been a much needed laptop sleeve. I'd love to have Martha's book to get more ideas for future projects!

  • My mom recently came to visit and taught me how to quilt. I only made a small sampler but it is one of my most favorite projects ever!

  • My favorite sewing project thus far has been an Amy Butler bag:
    I'm very new to sewing and it was my first major project. It makes me so happy every time I use it!

  • I just finished some pillows for our master bedroom. It's my favorite project so far because they really pulled the room together and made me feel accomplished for such a simple project!

  • My favorite most therapudic sewing project was a hand-pieced wall hanging, hand stitched when I could not sleep due to a family situation. Each stitch helped keep my hands and mind busy so that I did not worry myself sick. It is finished the problem worked itself out.

  • One of my favorite sewing projects was Christmas tree wine bottle covers, that were demonstrated on Martha's TV show. They are great gifts and also look nice on the fireplace mantle.

  • I made a thrift store pieced quilt top (not a quilt) into living room curtains. Simple sewing but a challenge for me!

  • my favorite sewing project right now involves children's clothes. I started sewing for my new grandaughter and have also made several smocked bishops and john-johns for baby gifts. The new mothers love them and are thrilled to have something handmade!

  • I am a beginning self taught sewer and would love this book! My proudest sewing moment is when I made a beach towel poncho for my daughter. It came out so cute! Here is link.

  • My favorite project was sewing a bunny out of a sock with my grandmother many years ago. She helped me embroider a sweet bunny face and together we made he most charming orange gingham dress. My grandmother instilled in me a strong love of the domestic arts...well, except for the cleaning gene.

  • My favorite projects are ones that I admire in stores and then copy at home for a fraction of the price. At an upscale boutique I saw these adorable owl purses for $30 (!). I went home and made one for my daughter as well as a few to give as presents all for about $5 each! Talk about satisfaction!

  • My most recent sewing project is currently my fav. I found a vintage hand-sewn dress w/ a beautiful floral motif. I've altered it for a more modern fit. It's perfect for the spring. Plus, I love that it was hand sewn by another sewer, probably looking for a beautiful dress to wear for easter. It's pretty great.

  • I'm not an expert sewer, but I tend to jump into a sewing project and just work my way through it. My favorites so far have been baby gifts for friends. My first was a simple quilt, and my second was a sewn bird mobile. They both were really appreciated, and I got great pictures of the babies enjoying them!

  • My favorite sewing project is also my first -- a tote bag!

  • i want to sew some shorts for the summer.

  • I am sewing some new accent pillows for my couches from a Martha template. I love sewing home decor.

  • I love making doll quilts and softies!

  • At a friend's party a few weeks ago, she had a sewing machine sitting in her living room. Everyone was supposed to sew the edges of their portion of a bunting flag. Never having sewed anything in my life, I was sweating profusely. But once it was finished, I was in love. I wanted more! I am now on the hunt for my very own sewing machine and can't wait to get started on some fun, simple projects!

  • I would love to learn to sew so that I could make some curtains for my windows. I have no idea where to start!

  • My daughter has a handmade doll that needed a lot of T.L.C. I ended up completely taking it apart, and redid it. Wow, that was so much fun that I ordered up more materials so she and I can make them together for kids who can't afford a doll.

  • I love fabric Crafts

  • The sewing project I'm working on is quickly becoming my favorite. I'm making my two year old son a quilt. The fabrics feature all of his favorite things, so it's extremely colorful and fun. He's very excited and loves watching it come together. We can't wait to snuggle under it.

  • I have too many favorite sewing projects. I've been making leg warmers for my girls out of women's knee highs, repurposing my cloth prefolds into training pants for my son, reworking some capris into skirts of me. But this week I start easter sewing so that will be my favorite for the week!

  • My current sewing project is a doll for my niece. It's my first doll and I'm planning different outfits and accessories to give her for her second birthday.

  • My favorite sewing project was a quilt that was given away as a gift. It's such a great feeling to give someone something that you made, and that they love!

  • My favorite sewing project so far has been the "skinny scarves" I made for my girlfriends for Valentines Day. It might have been due to the goreous Heather Bailey fabric I used though.

  • My favorite sewing project has not yet occurred, because I only just received my first sewing machine yesterday (for my birthday) but I plan to make some curtains and pillows for my apartment first.

  • I hope to make small soft toys as gifts since 4 friends are due this summer.

  • I am a self-taught sewer with much to learn! My favorite project was making a denim patchwork coverlet for my son (10 years ago)- it went so well that my other son got one, too. Now a few years later, he has requested another, larger one, and one for his dog. That's a lot of saved old jeans!

  • My favorite sewing project would have to be the one that I am going to be learning in a class I am taking this Thursday. We are learning how to make a lunch bag! I am a newbie to sewing and excited about the adventure!

  • My current favorite sewing project is felt food. It's adorable and portable, makes great gifts, and kids love to play with it!

  • One of my favorite sewing/embroidery projects was a reproduction Victorian three dimensional globe.

  • I was at a loss for a Christmas gift for my husband so I made a remote control caddy to go over our sofa arm. I was able to match the color/pattern with our living room and he uses it everyday.

  • My favorite craft projects right now are some appliqued items I am donating to a friend who is doing a fundraiser for her local MOPS chapter. Making cute "mix tape" appliequeed jackets for baby boys, and cupcakes for girls!
    Sarah M

  • Natalie's Doll which I submitted to the contest was my last big sewing project and I loved it!! I have two more dolls started that I am in the process of completing at this time.

  • I don't actually sew myself... but my Mom does and I know that she would love this book. She loves to sew doll clothing, doggy coats, home decor items, handbags and she makes my family clothing as well for gifts. She would adore this book.

  • My favorite sewing project has to be my first machine-sewn quilt. I was so proud of it, not only for finishing, but also because I chose the colors myself, going against the teacher's advice for fabric choice(she claimed she was a color "guru") and it came out beautifully!

  • This Valentine's Day, I made my boyfriend a "love-bot". It was a stuffed robot with a big heart! I sewed most of it by hand in a hospital waiting room and was overwhelmed by how many questions I got. I guess people don't sew in public very often!

  • My favorite sewing project was probably the quilt I made for my daughter before she was born. The day I found out I was having a girl (I had 2 boys already), I went to the quilt store and picked out some girly fabrics for her quilt. She's 5 now and she sleeps with that quilt every night. She says she loves it because I made it for her.

  • My favorite sewing project was one I made for mother's day when I was probably 12 or so. I made a fabric bedside organizer that tucked in between the mattress and the box spring and had pockets for books, pens, etc. It's almost 20 years old now, but my mom still uses it!

  • Looking forward to the wraparound shower rod. I have been sewing since 8th grade (almost 30 years). My favorite projects are pillows, but lately, I have nly been doing costumes for my daughter's plays. I’d love to have Martha’s book to get more ideas for future projects!

  • I just finished making blue and yellow curtains for my sewing room. I had this fabric for a couple of years and I am so happy to see my vision become a reality. I also have matching plaid fabric that will become a lampshade and a bulletin board to complete my dream room.

  • I just finished a quilt top made from fat quarters from the entire collection of heather ross' far far away line. it looks like rainbow sherbet! i LOVE it. now searching for the perfect backing... thinking one of the voile dobby's from anna maria horner.
    i would LOVE martha's new book!
    fingers crossed...

  • For the past few years I've been sewing baby gifts to give to family and friends but I finally took the time to sew some things for myself when I was expecting my son who was born last spring. I love that he'll have those things for a long time.

  • i would love to see more projects that can be gifted now that mothers day and fathers day is coming up! also, summer crafts like beach accessories, hats, etc. would be wonderful.

    thanks for the giveaway :)

  • I made a Raggedy Ann costume for my daughter this past halloween. She was so excited about that costume! I think that's my favorite sewing project to date.

  • My Hubby an I are renovating a home, and our windows are so lonely, not to mention the "fishbowl" effect at night. I'm eager to make some window coverings and other home decor accessories to add the finishing touches to our "new to us" home.

  • It is fun to change the decor with the seasons!

    I also want to make pillows for my sofa. I was thinking 2 with appliques and 2 with ruffles.

  • It's utterly practical, but my favorite sewing project is actually hemming my pants. I finally learned how to do it after so many years, and not having to pay to have the tailor hem them is nice!

  • Last Christmas, I made strawberry ornaments for a group of blog friends. They turned out so cute!

    It was an ornament exchange and it was fun because I got to receive 7 different ornaments. All of them unique and beautiful!

  • My favorite sewing project is a dress I made for myself years ago. I just saw something on TV and decided I can make it. And I did LOL I am not so brave now - now I need patterns LOL

  • I'm a beginner, but I really enjoyed making little shoes/slippers for my baby girl. They went fast!

  • I just recently sewed a protective skirt to go around our guinea pigs cage, to keep her from throwing all of her hay and other things out of her cage. It is practical, but super cute too and I'm soooo happy with how it turned out.

  • My favorite sewing project was a yellow sun dress I sewed almost 30 years ago.

  • I'm dreaming of warm summer weather, and shirred, tube top dresses to wear.

  • I'm excited to make some pretty napkins as a mother's day gift. They are cut--now I just need to sew! And next up, some cowboy pajamas for my 3 year old.

  • Well I just got my first sewing machine 2 weeks ago, so all I've made is a pillow. So that is my favorite for now. :) I am so excited about learning to sew and will hopefully have lots of favorite projects one day.
    michelle horton

  • Oooh, favourite project... probably the "Katie the Kangaroo" costume that we had to take apart and duplicate in our costume shop :) Teamwork is fun, and the end-results were fun to play with, too!

  • probably the only thing ive ever sewed, a pillow

  • I like making dresses for my daughters.

  • My favorite sewing project is the t-shirt quilt I made for my sister for her college graduation. I had her pick 20 of her favorite shirts and it really was a great gift. I love my sewing machine and would love to learn how to make more crafts!

  • I made a great quilt topper in a log cabin pattern. I just need to finish it up. I'm excited to learn how to applique.

  • I am making a home made quilt with reverse seams out of many different squares of flannel looks so cool
    I would love to win this Thank You for this great giveaway

  • My paternal grandmother's quilting stands out to me. I have a wedding ring quilt she made decades ago.

  • I would love to make a purse with funky, retro fabric.

  • At the moment, I am making cute, girlie nightgowns for my little Grand daughters. Love Martha Stewart!

  • My fave project is a gingerbread man ornament I stitched from felt & floss when I was in Brownies (3rd grade) - that turned out soooo ugly. I wanted to throw it away, but my mom said, "one day you will love it". And I do so love it now!

    Mom is always right.

  • My favorite sewing project is a tote bag that I made in high school. It turned out so cute and I could easily do it by hand, which is a plus since sewing machines intimidate me.

  • My second son is named after my grandfathers, who have both passed away. I got a few of their old shirts and I am incorporating them in a quilt for my son. The well-worn, faded pieces are beautiful and soft.

  • I hand sewed a handmade paper quilt for an art class last year. Now that I have a sewing machine I'd like to attempt a fabric quilt!

  • My favorite was a hanging organizer I made for my MIL out of a quilted placemat. Easy and cute !

  • My favorite sewing project of all time was when I was 10 and involved with 4H. I sewed a jumper for the Evergreen State Fair and won a blue ribbon!

  • I'm not a very experienced seamstress, but I did make a tinkerbell costume for my daughter on halloween. I used a pattern, messed up a few times, but it still turned out quite nice.

  • I'm crafty in most areas, but sewing has eluded me. I hope to win this book!

  • When my daughter was little I made her many dresses. Now that she has her own children I have taught her how to sew. We plan to make the kids some summer outfits together this spring.

  • My favorite project currently is sewing little baby gifts for friends that have newborns. I buy basic cotton diapers and sew great fabrics (like Amy Butler or Heather Bailey) and ribbons on them to make cute burpie sets, I also make little stroller blankets out of coordinating fabrics,etc. Add some blank onesies and silk screen them and it is a perfect baby gift and it means so much because you made it!

  • I have just now got me a singer sewing machine, and I am just now learning to sew. So I do not have many stories to tell. I have made several pillows. And I am getting so much better at it. Would love to win and learn more about sewing.

  • My favorite sewing project, which has been in-progress off and on for the last year, is my first quilt. It is for my son. Originally it was going to be crib sized, but now he's in a twin bed, so I've had to make it bigger.

  • My favorite pillow project is Amy Butler's Snow Mum. It's a little labor intensive since it requires cutting out individual petals and sewing them on, but it turned out so beautiful. I made 2 as christmas gifts in 2008. My sister thought I bought it!

  • When I was 12, my mom taught me to sew placemats. I gave them to my grandma and she still has them.

  • I like to sew blankets for my upcoming baby girl. She has so many blankets right now.

  • Making little skirts for girls is real easy. I like to make it with different fabric patterns.

  • I would love to learn to sew...I have a Singer sewing machine from over 30 years ago but for some strange way am scared to try but I do all kinds of other paper and garden crafts and hobbies thank you

  • My favorite sewing project was a fleece coat that I made for my little dog....very cute!

  • I am currently making some beautiful layer dresses for my 6yo this summer. I love making easy summer dresses for my "not so little" girl.

  • I have recently started making my first quilt. I'm surprised at how easy yet time consuming it is!!

  • I really want to make curtains for my apartment that I am moving into in August. I have never sewn anything before, so it will be an adventure but I know if I try I can do it! I also want to make pillow covers for my couches! Thank you for this giveaway!

  • My favorite project is usually the one I've just finished. I made a pillow using the tulip quilt pattern that my grandmother used many decades ago. It's for my book club convention,, which takes place in Amsterdam next month.

  • Probably a simple but well finished child's apron that I made for my son (although it needs to be improved).

  • I made an old-fashioned, flannel nightgown for my 4-year old daughter. I couldn't find one to purchase, so I decided to sew. I had never made anything so complicated... but the look on her face when she opened it at Christmas made it all worth it!!

    sarahdmertz at yahoo dot com

  • This just reminded me that I shoved the ugly pillows we got free with our couch in a closet upstairs! I would love to sew some covers for them!

  • I am new to sewing, but I have been wanting to learn how to quilt for ages! I want to make a luxurious and soft quilt for my family in beautiful blues. This is what I hope to learn when I get my first sewing machine next month! This book would be a fantastic learning tool for me.

  • I love making pullover fleece sweaters for people. They used to be a challenge, but I can whip one out in about 2.5 hours now and everyone loves them!

  • Your pillows look amazing! My favorite sewing project was a pillow. It was an owl pillow that was so great I don't think I could make another one because I just know it wouldn't be as good as the original.

  • hi my favorite thing to sew right now is doll clothes for my daughter thanks

  • A first and only attempt at Smocking would be my favorite sewing memory. I made a spring dress for my daughter when she was a toddler. It was beautiful and fun to make. I just got SO busy with kids, I haven't done much sewing since! Give me a nudge!

  • My favorite sewing project was the yellow brick road quilt I made as a kid, it was my first time sewing. It really helped me get the hang of things.

  • My husband and I have now been married for 6 years. However, prior to getting married we dated for 11 years!
    I was a single mother and he was just plain shy and as a result neither of us ever married when we were younger.
    We met when my daughter was 12 yrs old and just lived life. We finally married in our mid 40's for the first time!
    In Texas it can get very hot outside and then in airconditioning you can get a chill. My bridesmaids gowns were sleeveless and I wanted to give them a wrap to go with the gown. I found some lovely organza fabric and some fringe that matched the gown perfectly. I immediately ran into a problem with organza fabric being so slippery. To solve the slippery problem I must have searched in the fabric store for hours for a solution and I found tear-away fabric stablizer.
    That stuff was so great, I not only made my bridemaids the wraps but I also made each of them a small purse that is a circle with a draw cord that also matched.
    I think the reason I like this project so much is I found the solution without help and it worked!

  • I made my sister's wedding gown in less than 5 days and for just under $200. She was gorgeous. Thanks.

  • I sewed some curtains using vintage rock tee shirts. Came out very nice, unique.

  • I love crafts of all kinds! Nothing better than homemade

  • I have to say that my favorite project was probably my first - a raglan sleeve sweatshirt - that I made in 7th grade home ec class - just because it was so exciting to sew something myself! My mother sewed often, and made us many of our clothes when we were young, but she hadn't taught me to to sew.

  • My favorite sewing project was making a n anniversary double wedding ring quilt for my grandparents with my great-grandmother. It turned out beautiful.

  • I sewed some really lovely curtains a few years ago. i wish I still had them.

  • My favourite sewing project was a belt my grandmother helped me with one summer. I still remember the pleasure of spending time with my grandmother, as well as the pride of accomplishment when the belt was finished. By the way I still have the belt.

  • My favorite sewing projects are when I am making costumes for a local community theater group. I enjoy sewing the designs from the different eras. I love to watch the fashion and design come alive as the actors wear the costume on stage and perform.

  • I have a friend who would absolutely love this book. Her email and every id is realquilts.

  • Mine would be a quilt I made with a block of the month kit, love it!

  • I did an embroidery of the nativity scene several years ago. I took white material and covered 'all' of the white with embroidery stitches. It is around 4 foot square, under glass. There is a large star in the night shining down on the manger scene . Over on the upper right hand side, I have the wise men coming across the desert. Over on the upper left hand side, I have the shepards tending the sheep out in the meadow. All the sheep are done in french knots.

  • My favorite sewing project is whatever I'm working on at the moment. I love to make handcrafted gifts, Halloween costumes for friends' children, doll clothes (my first ever sewing project, baby quilts, etc. A finished project just warms your soul!

  • My favorite project was making curtains for my Dad's garage windows. Dad never asks anyone to do anything for him, so I was tickled pink to be the first! Simple and easy but useful projects are the best.

  • My favorite past project was a Robin Hood costume I made a loooong time ago for my little brother. Since then I've been sewing a lot of paper crafts but I'd really like to start sewing clothes. This book would be the perfect way to get started!

  • I made stuffed dogs for my neices and nephews years ago for Christmas out of fake fur. As new babies came along I would make them one also per request from the new parents. They were definitely a hit.

  • A quilt made from pieces of baby clothes my daughters had worn.

  • I just finished a special apron. I inherited my nana's scarfs and many peices of her jewlery and beeds. So I used them to make a craft apron, I cut the scarfs and sewed them on to make ruffles on the bottom. Everytime I will use it I will think of her!

  • My fave sewing project to date was my first, making curtains for our home.

  • My favorite sewing project was my first (and last) quilt. I made it with my mom for my wedding. It turned out beautifully but was the hardest thing I've ever made (hence it being my last).

  • I'm making a quilt right now for a friends baby

  • In my youth I worked as a sewer in a textile factory and eventually it soured me to the artform. I relegated myself to just mending. Soon I retire and my battery will be charged as I take on more projects.

  • I spend my days designing on a computer, so when I get home at night I gravitate towards more tactile projects ~ like knitting, crocheting, felting, and embroidery. While I do hand sewing to finish these projects, I plan to make use of my new sewing machine in the near future.

  • Love it, love it, love it!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I just got back into sewing as a hobby after quite a few years so I need some confidence-building and this book would be very helpful. My first project would be some lightweight drapes for a very large patio door.

  • My Tudor dress. I am a medieval/Ren re-enactor, and this dress represented a great accomplishment for me.

  • My favourite sewing project (future) will be the one I make in my own home, using my new Singer sewing machine.

  • I made duvets and bedskirts for my four teenage daughters for Christmas last year. The girls picked the colors and are very happy with the outcome.

  • my favorite sewing project was making Halloween costumes for my kids - in particular a dinosaur costume for my son about 20 years ago! hadn't sewn in years but remembered what i learned in a sewing class my mother signed me up for when i was 12. the costume was amazing! (check it out: )

  • A baby patchwork quilt.

  • my favorite sewing project was making cute skirts for my 2 girls from old blankets and duvets

  • fantastic prize

  • I made a little ninja and decorated my son's shirt. Then I made a matching stuffed ninja doll and a finger puppet. They turned out so cute.

  • I want to create large throws for the couch in my living room. I want to create a heavy brown pattern with flowers to match my sofa.

  • ages ago before home embroidery machines existed, I made my father a bright red tie for Christmas. On it, I had machine embroidered a Christmas tree with lots of brightly colored balls and a star! I used all my wonderful metallic threads, and it really came out nice!! He always gets comments on it when he wears it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • My favorite project was when I took some fusia raw Thai silk that I'd had sitting around for 20 years and made my husband a huge heart shaped pillow on the spur of the moment Valentine's Dat morning. He uses it everyday on the couch!

  • I love having patches sewn on things. Especially retro patches from the 70s.

  • This last Christmas, I made my kids the cutest superhero capes. Chinese symbol on the back for my son and the girls got flowers.

  • I made my mother a beautiful embroidered tablecloth. She lent it to me and I won a ribbon at the county fair.

  • My favorite sewing project was making a gown in Home Ec.

  • My favorite sewing project was/is/will be making stuffed animals for all children I know.

  • i don't sew, but my mother in law does, so i want to win it for her

  • my fav. sewing project was my 1st baby quilt! I took classes at the local shoppe, but the greatest joy is the women i've become friends with and I look fwd to our Monday nights together.

  • My favorite sewing project was when I made curtains, crib ruffle, quilt, and bumpers for my daughter's room before she was born!

  • My last was nothing special but very useful. I used mnsects.osquito netting curtains for my doorway. So my dog may go in and out without getting the house full of i

  • When I took a bunch of my daughters old cloths and made her a patch work skirt.

  • I learned how to cross stitch when I was really young, and I loved making a vintage Rainbow Brite Sprite pillow.

  • My favorite sewing project is a quilt I'm making for my friend.

  • I made a dress for my daughter when she was in grade school and it had a smocked top. I was so happy with the way it turned out.

  • I made my boys matching quilts two years ago, and smile every time I walk into their bedroom and see them! Perfect? - no - but homemade with love! :)

  • I do in-home elder care. I recently made custom bibs for my clients. They have pockets and are appliqued, but very adult, not childish. Even the men like them.

  • Making pillow "covers" was my first and still favorite sewing project: such a fun (and relatively EASY) way to express your creativity AND brighten/energize your rooms (even on a tight budget!) Right now I'm working on an ADVANCED "pillow" cover: a new "slip-cover" for our "cats' beds" (two.) Wish me luck!

  • My favourite and most cherished sewing projects were done for my weddings. I made personalized clutches for my maid of honor, the women in my family and my close friends. In addition, I made a liberty floral bolero to wear at the reception.

  • I'm in the process of shortening the bedroom curtains for the guestroom and I've been teaching my daughter how to sew these past few months.

  • My favorite sewing project was a set of three quilted holiday stockings. I found out I was pregnant three days before starting and my nesting instincts just kicked in.

  • the more ideas the better the outcome

  • I made a pair of overalls that I loved.

  • I'm all thumbs, this prize would be of great help.



  • My daughter just bought her first sewing machine. I started sewing when I was her age and had two little girls, just as she does. My first endeavors were sweet little nightgowns for them and then on to sundresses. I sewed for them up in to the early high school years. I would love to see this tradition carry on through the generations.

  • I am moving into our first house next week. I can not wait to buy my first sewing machine and make new curtains and shower curtains for all 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms!

  • My favorite sewing project were the Roman blinds I sewed for my office. They were easy to sew, and still look fabulous and chic. They make me smile.

  • My favorite currently is a dress I am making for my daughter out of one of my old (and sadly long outgrown) band tees from high school. I have one sleeve left to attach and I'm finished too!

  • My most favorite form of sewing is by hand. Just stitching, embroidery, hemming, or even just attaching buttons. Machines are great but I really pefer handwork.

  • this book would be very helpful

  • When my mother was teaching me to knit we decided to make a giant blanket. We'd go to various craft stores and thrift shops to look for materials. It was such a crazy but beautiful blanket and I could see how my skill increased over the course of it.

  • I just started helping the women in my area make pillow case for a Christmas project for kids in the area in need....

  • My favorite sewing project was my first white skirt with a yoke, and flounce that I had to learn how to sew w/ a pattern (that was sized bigger so I had to figure out how to shrink it), and I had to learn all the terms, through online, youtube, and calling my mom back at home, many states away :) It came out shorter than I wanted, but very nicely done, even considering I sewed on the invisible zipper by hand and was worried it would come out weird. It was frustrating at times with the hours, but it was my favorite b/c of the accomplishment and what I learned.

  • oops. I misread the date for it to be due by :) Nevermind!

  • I would like to sew a quilt & add embroidery for my grandsons along with doing embroidery on some of the shirts I'd like to sew for them.

    A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

    For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.

    In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000.

    He asked her about the contents. 'When we were to be married,' she said, ' my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.' The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

    'Honey,' he said, 'that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?'

    'Oh,' she said, 'that's the money I made from selling the dolls.'

    A prayer for women everywhere......

    Dear Lord, I pray for Wisdom to understand my man;
    Love to forgive him, and Patience for his moods.
    Because Lord, if I pray for Strength,
    I'll beat him to death, because I don't have time to crochet.

  • What lovely pillows! I'm currently working on several quilted pillows made with hourglass blocks and a moda layer cake. So fun!

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