Review + Giveaway: sewExpecting eBook

sewexpectingcoversewExpecting is the new eBook from Leigh Ann Tennent (The Object Project and Strawberry Truffle).  If you’re an expecting mother, or know someone who is pregnant, or just like to have sweet baby gifts on hand just in case, this eBook is for you.  In it, you can find patterns and instructions to make 20 – yes, TWENTY – different projects for baby:

  •  A basic infant bib, plus a patchwork and appliqued version.
  •  A basic toddler bib, plus a patchwork and appliqued version.
  •  A toddler bib with a storage pocket that doubles as a crumb-catcher!
  •  A basic burp cloth, plus a patchwork and appliqued version.
  •  A burp cloth with an innovative storage pocket!
  •  Three styles of changing mats.
  •  A very cool diaper clutch with instructions for 2 looks.
  •  A textured securtiy blanket to keep little fingers busy!
  •  A satin lovey.
  •  A very simple, super-quick quilt!

sewexpecting2All of these projects are boutique-quality, assuming of course that you construct them of quality materials. 

The instructions are straightforward and are geared toward those with limited or no sewing experience.   (Experienced sewers can probably skip straight to the patterns and use the instructions just as a quick reference guide.)  If you’ve wanted to learn how to sew but haven’t known exactly where to start, sewExpecting is a good place to begin.  The beginning of the eBook gives quick instructions for basic sewing, applique, and patchwork skills that you’ll need to create the projects.  Most of the projects are constructed with from simple shapes, with minimal fuss.

sewExpecting is available from Strawberry Truffle for $22.00.

By now, I know there are more than a handful of you who want a copy of sewExpecting for your very own.  And so Leigh Ann has graciously offered to give away one copy of the eBook to a lucky Craft Gossip reader.  Here’s how it will work:

To enter, post a comment on to this Craft Gossip post telling me which SewExpecting project (listed above) you think will be the first one you’ll sew.  One entry per person, please.  Deadline is Friday, August 7, 2009 at 10:00 pm CST.  I’ll choose a winner at random the following day.


  1. says

    My little guy is just starting to eat finger foods.. We could certainly use a few of the toddler bibs with crumb catchers around here!

  2. Pam Guerrette says

    I’m responding to the give away of the SewExpecting book. I would sew the diaper clutch first. I have a friend that just had a baby and she asked if I knew how to make one! Thank you for the opportunity to be in this contest. (I’m new to using blogs)

    Pam Guerrette

  3. Shelly says

    I’d go for the bibs. Not only are the pictures too cute, but we’re drowning in drool over here, so they’d be functional too!

  4. alison says

    What a lovely book. I’d like to try one of the change mat patterns first – I hate the hard plastic thing that came with my babay bag and would like to use something softer with my baby girl.

  5. Mary Jo says

    I’d love to make the diaper clutch! We have lots of friends who are expecting…lots of baby gifts to make! :)

  6. Mimi says

    The first project that I would love to make is the patchwork infant bib… and I know a few babies to make them for too! The book looks awesome!

  7. Katie Komada says

    I would DEFINITELY try the textured security blanket first! My little one loves holding things in her hands – she’s VERY tactile and I think this would be a perfect gift for her!!!

  8. says

    For sure I would make one of the bibs first. I am due any day to have my fourth baby and all the others have been terribly spitty. I’ve been looking for great bib patterns for this new little one.

  9. Melissa says

    I think I would start with the textured security blanket. It may keep my 1st busy when the 2nd is born.

  10. Meagan says

    We’ve been TTC for 22 months, I’d probably start with a quilt to help keep my mind occupied…Maybe do a few mini-quilts in memory of my angel babies.

  11. says

    I think the first thing I would make is the patchwork burp cloth since my 4 month old is teething this would be GREAT! Love the Craft Gossip website it is a daily read for me.

  12. says

    I would love to have this book because I have small children and I’d like to make the small quilt with printable muslin with pictures of their grandfather who just passed away.

  13. says

    Oooh! Great projects! I have two little ones in diapers, so I think I’d go for a changing mat first. I need something better than just a blanket to take with me when we go places. I’d love to keep off the germs in style!

    Thanks for the chance to enter!

  14. Korie says

    I would love to make a changing mat. I have been looking for a good pattern for that for awhile. The ebook looks wonderful. You can never have too many baby patterns!

  15. anna says

    diaper clutch for me! my best friend is pregnant and very creative so it would be lovely to have something orginal and funky to give her

  16. Chandelle says

    A textured security blanket to keep little fingers busy!

    I’m looking up on making me own diaper bag and blankets so… that’ll be the first project!!!

  17. Paula L. says

    I have many baby gifts to make and I think I would start with a changing mat.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. says

    As an expectant mother, I am intrigued by the Diaper clutch. I remember being all too annoyed the first time around carrying a huge bag, and after a while I basically just grabbed up 3 diapers, when on the run, and stuffed in my pocket. I’m curious to see how the diaper cluth can replace and minimize the diaper bag.

  19. Sharleen says

    I’m having a hard time deciding on a first project. I would probably start with the burp with pocket, then the appliqued bib and then the simple quilt. I will need to do several because I have one granddaughter of 5 months and one grandchild due in Jan ’10

  20. Shelbi Smith says

    Love that this book is for beginning sewers, because I am that exactly, but want so badly to do more DIY stuff for our baby due in December and our 2 year old toddler. The first thing I would make is a baby quilt….I’ve wanted to learn to do that for years!!

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