And now for something a little different.

My mother is superhip and crafty. So crafty, in fact, that she has had patterns in the very popular One-Yard-Wonders books. Their latest offering was just released upon the world Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard-Wonders book. You are all so creative, I know that many of you dabble in crafty activities, so when the kind folks at Storey Publishing offered to have me participate in their blog tour and let me do a giveaway for their latest crafty tome, I knew you’d all approve. You many be running out of time to whip up a creation before Christmas, but you could use this book to make yourself some well-deserved presents after the holidays craziness dies down.

Their latest installment features different types of fabric- from cotton to corduroy to flannels and everything in between. My mother’s offering is this adorable bunny pillow.

The patterns all use one yard of fabric and run the gamut from bunny pillows to:

Famer’s Market totes to:

Cute cami sets.

I’ll draw the winner on Christmas Eve morning. To enter, leave a comment about the best handmade gift you’ve every gotten or given. This drawing is for US residents only.

In the meantime, check out the other blogs the book is touring. And be sure to leave a comment here!

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38 Responses to crafty goodness

  1. Marlene says:

    My box of Lake Superior from my beautiful daughter, although I cannot win the book 😉

  2. Molly says:

    That is such a neat pillow! This makes me want to get my grandmother’s sewing machine back into working condition.

    This Christmas season I used my knitting as therapy to get through a rough patch of the day job, thus creating a scarf/wrap for each female in my immediate family (6 total), 1 baby blanket and baby hat, and (so far) 2 knitted monsters from this book ( – (monster #3 is on my needles now) and Aiden is BEGGING for some creatures to call his own. Once again, the busyness of my fingers has gotten me through and I can’t wait to see the faces of my niece and nephews Christmas morning!

  3. Erin says:

    My wonderful friend Kate-Monster gave me a most awesome necklace upon her leaving the US to live abroad.!

  4. MollyG says:

    That pillow is sew (haha, get it?) great! I’m not super crafty, but I wish I was! Inspiration from things like this book help. The best hand-made gift I have ever gotten is from my partner’s sister. She is a great artist and has made us awesome cartoons every year that feature our bunny and their dog! We have them all framed and up on our walls. Hope to be getting another in a few days! Happy holidays!

  5. Beth says:

    What a great giveaway! I love the bunny pillow and Farmer’s Market tote. My favorite handmade gift is a gorgeous pink scarf that my sister knitted for me. :)

    Happy holidays!!

  6. Pam Pike says:

    My mother made me a cross stitched old time Santa that she framed. It sits proudly on my fireplace mantel every year and I love it. I would really like to have this new One Yard Wonders book. Maybe I’ll get lucky enough to win it!

  7. Nancy says:

    Back when we were all first married, my sister made pesto for us all – it was so good when we were ready to eat it (pesto in winter is always such a treat!)

  8. Beth says:

    The best handmade gift I ever got was a fluffy scarf, and the best I ever gave was a miniature re-creation of my family’s staircase using business cards that I gave to my brother. As kids we used to play for hours on it!

  9. I make toys for my brother’s girls every Christmas. Last year I crocheted all the yo gabba gabba characters. This year, I have some very fancy unicorns for them!

  10. Becky says:

    The best handmade gift I ever received was from my grandmother, the world’s best seamstress! She made all the girly cousins in the family (and there were LOTS of us) a baby quilt for our dolls. I still have mine. Now that I’m a mom, I appreciate even more the hard work and love that went into those quilts.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Charlotte says:

    The best gift I’ve ever given was a quilt that I sent overseas to a child in a third-world country. :)

  12. DeEtte says:

    My favorite received handmade item are the knitted Christmas socks I have hanging on my mantle every year! My aunt started making them for our family as a young girl and although she has since passed away, luckily her daughter is carrying on the tradition so that each of my children now how one! I love them! Thanks for the chance to win and I love the first book– can’t wait to get my hands on the second one!

  13. Whitney C says:

    The best handmade gift I’ve ever received was a quilt made by my great great grandmother whom I never met. Thank you for the giveaway!

  14. Karen says:

    Hard to pick a favorite. We have always made our gifts and still do. Some favorites would be the hand knitted socks that I treasure and wear on othse days I need a hug…no seams and love in every stitch. Nothing comes close to fitting like hand made socks. Quilts from my mother, afghan from my sister in law, just…so many wonderful treasures throughout my house. Favorite I’ve made…a tough choice but I made my brother and SIL crochet frogs that are about 2 1/2 ft high and all arms and legs…dressed in a pinafore and vest and bow tie. You can tell when you walk into their house if they are fighting cuz one of them will have moved them apart. And when they make up, their arms are back around each other. Been over 30 years….

  15. Dana TM says:

    Our friend is a great knitter, and she has knit great socks for our kids. The most I have made are fabric buckets – some turned out ok, some less so… Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Liz says:

    The best handmade gift I’ve given is a baby name quilt to my friend. It turned out so well! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. SewLindaAnn says:

    My son’s group made cards for women being cared for in a special type of shelter. It is run by nuns for terminally ill homeless women with no insurance and nowhere to go. I made large shawl type scarves in beautiful soft cotton fabrics on one side and warm flannel on the other for them to receive as gifts. This was the most heartlfelt donations I’ve ever made.

  18. Cindy says:

    The best handmade gift I’ve made was probably a stuffed toy cat I made for my Rabbi’s first born son. I put all my love for my teacher into it.

  19. Courtney says:

    My sister is WAY more crafty than me–she would love this book! And, of course, my best homemade gifts have come from her. She makes gorgeous pottery and I have these cute little bowls that she made that are amazing. Well, actually, my mom is crafty too and has made me mittens that I love…I guess I am the only one who missed out on the crafty gene. I am hopeless!

  20. Katina says:

    The best handmade gift I’ve given, that was made of fabric, was my first lap quilt. I gave it to my Goddaughter for her 25th birthday. The teacher in the class kept yelling at me for fussy cutting it but I knew the look I wanted and didn’t change just b/c she didn’t care what our first quilt looked like! I understand she is no longer teaching quilting…

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  21. marisa says:

    I was given a soft chenille blanket for my daughter when she was born. Gorgeous!

  22. amorette says:

    i just completed the biggest quilt I have ever done to give my mom this year- I am so proud of it, and very happy to give it to her! I hope she loves it.

  23. Years ago (when they were toddlers) I made my nephews “quillows”, quilts that fold into pillows. On the pillow section, I drew their faces w/ fabric markers. They loved them!

  24. Stacy says:

    This year I’m especially proud of sewing up a number of leather bags – I broke a few needles, but it was (hopefully well received) worth it!

  25. sharon says:

    I like the farmers market tote–I need some new grocery bags!

    the best gift (or 6) were the quilts I made for each of my nieces and nephews over the past year(turned into 16 months)
    They were all very different for their different ages and personalities ) I love seeing them on their beds even with spilled drinks and crumbs.

  26. Henria O. says:

    When I was in high school, a bestie of mine knitted a beautiful blanket for my newborn sister. It wasn’t really my gift but it meant the world to me. Now my sister is twenty years old and I still have that blanket as a cherished memento.

  27. Mama Lusco says:

    Cute bunny! I’d love the win this book. thanks! mamalusco at ortelco dot net

  28. Becky Greene says:

    Love the bunny pillow! My favorite handmade gift is a set of three angel ornament sfrom my sisters. I look forward to unpacking them every year and finding a special spot for them on the tree. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  29. Katie says:

    I gave a friend an old washer and dryer I had no use for anymore. They gave me a quilted table runner done in fabrics from my favorite football team. I think I got the better end of that deal!

    My sister recently had a child and on the last strictly mother’s day that my mom would have (before she became a grandmother too) I made a quilt for her in mine and my sister’s favorite colors. I had my dad scan in all the drawings we had done when we were 5 and I put them on the printable fabric and used them as part of the quilt blocks.

  30. nicole says:

    My favorite handmade gift that I’ve given was a jean bag that i made out of my friends old pair of jeans.

  31. Dana says:

    I just made little hand warmers out of felt and rice! I sewed little heart shapes together and stuffed them with rice. My family in south dakota will love zapping them in the microwave and having warm pockets!

  32. DebbieKL says:

    The best one I’ve gotten is my quilt from my grandmother. She’s since gone blind so it was one of the last ones she made!

  33. Gwen Windham says:

    Oh my, what a wonderful prize!!! I hope that I get lucky this time!!!! :-) As for my favorite handmade gift– it would probably be something that my daughter made for me when she was very young– she took fabric, embroidery thread and beads and make the most beautiful birthday card! It is truly amazing that she made it at such a young age! I recently bought a really pretty antique (looking) shadow box, and I am going to display that card in it — just need to find the perfect spot to put it! :-)

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