Thursday, December 8, 2011

100 Pretty Little Projects: Book Review and Giveaway

By-Jenny2

How is it Thursday already? AAH! Slow down the countdown to Christmas puh-lease! Anyone else freaking out that it's less than 3 weeks until the big day? I did complete a Christmas gift yesterday, but more on that in a second.

A couple of months ago, our friends at Lark Crafts sent us the book 100 Pretty Little Projects to check out. I am excited to share my review with you guys today and show you the fun project I made from it. If you'd like a copy of 100 Pretty Little Projects for yourself, make sure and enter the giveaway at the end of this post for a chance to win one!

100 Pretty Little Projects Review


100 Pretty Little Projects
Pincushions, Potholders, Purses, Pillows & More


100 Pretty Little Projects is a compilation of favorite projects from the popular Pretty Little series. It features cute and practical projects from fabulous designers and crafty bloggers including adorable pincushions, coasters, patchwork potholders, doll quilts, pretty pillows, trendy clutches and much, much more. The book is organized in four loose categories: Enjoy, Use, Hold and Give.

I think writing clear and concise pattern instructions is an art form. And this book really exemplifies this! Each project takes no more than 2-3 pages of instructions -- including photos -- and they are super straightforward. The book assumes you have basic sewing knowledge, there is no section on technique, it's all projects. But there's nothing fancy or too complicated for a beginner.

When I receive books for review, I usually save them for Sunday morning. I grab a nice, hot mug of coffee, curl up on the couch with the book, and dive in. With this book, I had to get off my comfy spot almost immediately... to go grab some sticky labels. Too. Many. Projects. To. Make! This book is full of great ideas, most of which don't use much fabric or take much time.

Here are some of my favorites (not even half of what I marked as "must make"):

100 Pretty Little Projects Review

100 Pretty Little Projects Review

100 Pretty Little Projects Review

100 Pretty Little Projects Review

100 Pretty Little Projects Review

100 Pretty Little Projects Review

100 Pretty Little Projects Review

I think this one is hilarious (and a little scary):

100 Pretty Little Projects Review

As you can imagine, most of the projects in this book make perfect gifts. I had been wanting to make patchwork potholders for a family member on my Christmas list. (I don't think she reads this blog, so I can show you what I made!) When I saw the Now and Zen pattern, I knew I had found my project.

100 Pretty Little Projects Review

I just love the combination of patchwork and solid, and the mix of straight lines with the circle shape. I decided to go with a Christmas theme and made one green one, and one red one -- using linen for the solid contrast piece.

Jenny: Patchwork Potholders

Jenny: Patchwork Potholders

This project came together without a hitch. The only problem I had was with my own binding skills (properly pinning and stitching). I made the red potholder first and it came out messy and crooked, as you can probably tell in the pics. I figured things out for the green one which came out great, I think! So I'll be redoing the red potholder's binding before gifting. Isn't this design so cute?

Jenny: Patchwork Potholders

Jenny: Patchwork Potholders

Jenny: Patchwork Potholders

In summary, 100 Pretty Little Projects is a fun book full of inspiration and go-to projects. It is the best kind of book to have around the holidays, as it is filled with quick projects that are easy to stylize and customize and ideal for gifting. Put it on your list for Santa!

Giveaway

Lark Crafts is giving away a copy of 100 Pretty Little Projects to a lucky reader! For a chance to win, you can have up to 3 entries:

1. Just leave a comment (and if you'd like, tell us about your go-to quick gifts to make)
2. Subscribe to the Lark Crafts blog, "like" them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter -- and leave a comment here telling us you did so.
3. Blog, tweet or post about this giveaway on Facebook -- and leave a comment here telling us you did so.

Don't forget to include an email address so we can contact you if you win! We'll leave comments open through Sunday 12/11 midnight CST, will pick a random winner and announce it here on Monday. Good luck! Giveaway is now closed. Thank you for participating. Congratulations to our lucky winner Mimi!

100 Pretty Little Projects winner


If you're new to Stumbles & Stitches, welcome! We're so glad you're here. We hope you'll browse and subscribe. You can also "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. And, speaking of giveaways... You'll want to come back on Monday for a fabulous fabric giveaway by our sponsor Fat Quarter Shop!

34 comments:

  1. What a wonderful looking book. It would be great to make things for my daughters and granddaughters.
    hstitt@optusnet.com.au

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  2. This book looks awesome! I would love to be the lucky winner. :)

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  3. I follow Lark on their blog, facebook and Twitter.

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  4. Would love this book. Shared it on facebook. syblit@optonline.net

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  5. Love your review, especially with all the tantalizing pictures! I think this would be the perfect after-holiday-make-something-for-me project! I "like" Lark on facebook, too!

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  6. Thx for the chance to win this book!

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  7. I'm follower on twitter via profile @hueisei

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  8. Tweeted - https://twitter.com/hueisei/status/144903898874916865

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  9. I am a follower on facebook...would love this book ! amcguine@wi.rr.com

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  10. Liked on FB, Yea yanamom@bellsouth.net

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  11. Would love to win! Would make a lovely gift!
    Will post on facebook...
    Gravesgerri24@gmail.com

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  12. This book looks fabulous!! Would love to win it!

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  13. Super Cute Book, I'd love to have a copy!!

    I'm sharing on facebook
    Like Lark on Facebook

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  14. Amazing book!!! Thank you for the opportunity!
    I subscribe to the Lark Crafts blog/follow on Facebook and have shared!
    My favorite go-to quick gifts to make for any Holiday are shopping bags. Quick and easy and always loved!
    seattlehanlons@hotmail.com

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  15. A friend shared your link on FB - cute stuff and nice review of book. It would be fun to get some new ideas. Thanks.
    shannonking@harbornet.com

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  16. Looks like a good stashbusting book. I already follow Lark on facebook, so I doubt that will count, but you can email me at snoopcat99@hotmail.com
    Sharing on Facebook :)

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  17. Great giveaway for last minute holiday gift ideas!

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  18. I love the book! And "love" it on Facebook too...

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  19. What a great book! Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

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  20. I just "liked" Lark on FB. Thanks again!

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  21. I just shared your post of FB as well. :-)

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  22. My go to gift for the holidays are cookies and/or candies that I make. They are usually what I spend most of December planning and testing then execute in the week prior to gift giving. But my got to gift for baby showers are baby quilts, which I am working on two of right now.
    audrey AT planethausfrau DOT com

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  23. what a great book! i would be in crafting heaven :)

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  24. What a great book! My go-to holiday gifts are knitted washcloths and tote bags from my fabric stash.
    owenskim@gmail.com

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  25. Embroidering thrift store finds is my go-to gift. Would love a book to inspire me to venture into new territory...!

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  26. this book is full of cute ideas. and i really need another BFOCI for my bookshelf!

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  27. i just posted on Lark Craft's FB wall. gjsarah AT gmail DOT com!

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  28. i love this series of books! how fun they have this version now! i love making hair accessories as quick go to gifts!

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  29. My go to project is tote bags and cosmetic bags that I make.

    momik97@aol.com

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  30. I love easy little projects like this, it's the instant gratification of the crafting world. (^: My go to handmade gift for holidays is scarves. Nothing fancy, just plain knitted scarves. Usually I double up the yarn, a fancy yarn knitted with a base/plain yarn and that makes the end product look more "finished" so to speak. I try to keep a little stash of pre-made scarves on hand, they are so easy to pull out and wrap in a hurry!

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  31. These projects are so cute! Since all my friends are having babies, I have a stash of knitted and crocheted baby hats to give away.

    Deia

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