Review and giveaway: Sew Liberated

coverIf the word “applique” conjures up images of Sunbonnet Sue and gingham-checked Scottie dogs, then you haven’t seen the new twist on applique by modern sewists.  

In Sew Liberated: 20 Stylish Projects for the Modern Sewist, Meg McElwee captures the spirit of this new approach with a handful of projects that use simple applique patterns to create items for the home, items to wear, and items for baby. 

Flipping through the book, I found myself saying, “Oh, I am SO making this!”  again… and again… and again.  Standout projects for me were the Capture the Moment camera bag (the color and texture are such a happy departure from the typical black canvas camera bag), and the Funny Animals Children’s Tote (ribbon legs for the critter – oh my!).

As much as I want to keep this book for ever and ever, I’m giving away my review copy to one lucky Craft Gossip reader.  Leave a comment on this post to enter. 

Deadline for entry is midnight CST on February 15, 2010.


  1. says

    It sounds so much fun and I obviously need it becaue my first thought was… what’s wrong with gingham-checked scotty dogs? *g* 😀

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. Tong says

    It’s so kind of you to offer this giveaway! I’ve been wanting this book for so long, it looks amazing! Thank you so much for the generous giveaway!

  3. Shelly says

    I’ve just found Meg’s blog and have really enjoyed her work. I would love to add her book to my library and get to work making her awesome projects!

  4. Laura says

    How perfect! I would love to have a copy of it! Sounds like the perfect thing to keep be busy and create a few fun pieces for spring!! =)

  5. Megan says

    Oh, man. I saw this book at Barnes and Noble and fell in loooovvvvve, but my wallet was all, “Uh, how about groceries, moron?” So now I’m well-fed and ready to craft my ayuss off…with that book?

  6. Michelle says

    I’d love a copy– I’m learning to sew and have spent a lot of time with Amy Karol’s book– and I’ve been hunting around for new challenges to tackle!

  7. says

    ooh- I was just looking at this on amazon! It came up after I bought Betz White’s “Warm Fuzzies” (which is incredible). It’s definetly on my ‘to get’ list

  8. says

    This book would be worthwhile just for the pattern for that camera bag! I use lots of recycled denim and I can ‘see’ that bag in denim. It sure would be a great book to win!

  9. Crystal Conklin says

    This book sits on my amazon wishlist waiting to be purchased. It would be great to WIN it instead!!! Thanks for the opprotunity.

  10. Melinda says

    Everytime I go to the book store I flip through this book. It looks so cool! I really shouldn’t buy anything else until I finish what I have soooo…I should win it instead! 😉

  11. Cori says

    I saw it at the craft store this weekend. Unfortunately hubby made me choose between the book and fabric! This is my shot to have both. Thanks!

  12. Angela Scrofano says

    I really enjoy looking and dreaming about the projects in this book everytime I browse through it at the fabric store…I really want it!

  13. Amanda Calloway says

    Cool book and projects. I would love to curl up with it. With so much snow coming again to MD I need something to read!!!!

  14. Kelly says

    I have a hold on it in our library, but it is taking soooooo long! My grown daughters and my 15 year old son decided that this would be the year they all learned to sew. We would get a lot of use out of this book.

  15. Karon says

    Wow I’ve been looking for good books on sewing, but they’re hard to find. Looks Good, and even a chance to win! Cool!

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