After two years in development, my book Sewing in a Straight Line is finally hitting shelves today! Hooray! I’m super excited to share it with the world, at long last. I’ve got all kinds of goodies lined up to celebrate the launch, like a four-week worldwide blog tour, three fantastic web videos showing how to make projects from the book, and giveaways every day from now till August 12. Giveaways every day, people! Every day! So, bookmark this site, follow me on Twitter, and stop by every day to see what kind of sewing stuff you can win.
But first, want to see some photos from the book?
Sewing in a Straight Line is a collection of 26 projects for home decor, gifts, quilts, clothing and accessories that can all be made by simply sewing straight lines. My inspiration for this book came after many years of people telling me they’d love to learn to sew but they just didn’t know where to start. One day it hit me that so much of what I sew is super easy to make — in fact, much of it is sewn with straight lines only. And anyone can sew a straight line! So I set out to make a book that would show readers that they can make cute projects even with very simple skills.
My goal was to design projects that were cute and stylish, but that didn’t look like they were simple to make. I wanted to create a resource of good, basic pieces you’d return to again and again (and learn to customize to your own taste), like curtains, duvets, quilts, small gifts, simple clothes, and accessories. I also wanted to teach readers new skills, so once you get comfortable with the basics, there are lots of projects designed to help you learn new stuff, like inserting zippers, working with specialty fabrics, and more.
The book is available for purchase today, so please check it out at these retailers:
- Barnes & Noble (including a Nook version)
- Borders (including Kobo e-book version)
- IndieBound (independent retailers)
I’m very excited to debut the first of three book videos I made with Rarebit Productions. Each one demonstrates how to make a project from the book, so you can see just how to sew it step by step. First up today, I am proud to present: How to Make the World’s Easiest Zippered Throw Pillow!
Zippers are a subject near and dear to my heart – I just think they’re kind of fun to use in sewing, and I know that some people find them intimidating, but I think they’re actually way easier to install than most people think – and what can I say, I just want the world to know that zippers are worth giving a try. So check out the video and let me know if it inspires you to get your zip on!
Major thanks to the fine folks at Rarebit Productions who created these videos with me, to Molly White for the wonderful music, and to many of my friends for coming out to help in guest spots. Very special thanks to Coats & Clark for sponsoring this video series.
I’m excited to set sail around the world-wide interweb, visiting crafty friends old and new on their blogs. Come, travel along with me and visit some great sewing and craft sites on the dates below (links coming soon):
Tuesday, July 19: Stitch magazine blog
Wednesday, July 20: Design Sponge
Thursday. July 21: Vickie Howell
Friday. July 22: Kristen Nicholas
Monday, July 25: Crochet By Faye
Tuesday, July 26: Prudent Baby
Wednesday, July 27: Craftsy
Thursday, July 28: Nicole Smith
Friday, July 29: The Crochet Dude
Monday, August 1: Coquette
Tuesday, August 2: CraftSanity
Thursday, August 4: CraftZine
Friday, August 5: Ellen Gormley & daughter Chickee
Monday, August 8: Etsy Craft Night
Tuesday, August 9: Linda Permann
Wednesday, August 10: Cal Patch
Thursday, August 11: TrueUp
Friday August 12: Blog tour finale & grand prize giveaway winner announced!
THE FIRST GIVEAWAY!
Let’s kick things off today with the first of many giveaways – an autographed copy of Sewing in a Straight Line and an 18-spool set of Coats & Clark Dual Duty XP Thread.
T0 enter, leave a comment telling me what you’d like to learn to sew. The winner will be drawn tonight, Tuesday July 19 at 11:59pm EST. One entry per person please. This contest is now closed. Please check out the current contest, running every day through August 12!
Check back here soon for more book announcements! xoxo