Jul 302010

Thank you so much Alisa for your Sewing with Knits blogs!!!  I wanted to end the week with a giveaway!

The book Sewing Clothes Kids Love is filled with information!  And it has 10 projects inside too!  (More than one are knit patterns, which I why I thought it’d be perfect for this week!) The no-longer-in-print Feliz pattern is also included in the book.  That is still one of my most requested patterns, and now this book is the only way you can get it.  (A couple reminders of the Feliz Dress below.)  I LOVE this versatility of this pattern.  And the book is the same way.  A launching pad, if you will.

And of course, it doesn’t seem right to not give some knits away this week also.  So another lucky person will win 1.5 yards of Michael Miller Knit fabrics.

You could pick some of this…

or this….

how about this

Two Lovely Chances to win….here’s how to enter:

Tell me something you want to learn related to sewing or an idea for future learning series.

(ie.  I want to learn how to use elastic thread.
How about a series on Quilting? )

Since all the knits are on sale through this weekend – if you have already bought them (or purchase some over the weekend) then your name will be entered TWICE  for your purchase (and once more if you leave a comment!) and you can choose more knits or a refund!

*International players are always welcome to join in the fun!

  75 Responses to “Sewing with Knits Giveaway – Day 5”

  1. I think elastic thread or how to install a zipper would both be great posts (I couldn’t believe how easy zippers are when I first learned, but I know so many people who are intimidated by them!) Also sewing ideas for boys seem to be difficult to find compared with girls.

  2. I’d love to see tutorials on various methods of ruffling, gathering & pleating!

  3. I have really enjoyed this series on knits cause I’m pretty scared of them. I really want to learn more about about fitting patterns. Kids clothes are pretty straight forward, but I’m curvy (big boobs, big hips, little(r) in the middle) and I need to know how to alter patterns to fit me. Or how to lose weight so that I don’t have to alter the patterns, either way.

  4. What a great series! I would love to learn how to sew a zip or how to sew sleeves…

  5. great looking book…id love a series on quilting…would really really love it!
    and a series of picking fabrics for a project…inspirations, color theory and such.

  6. I would love to see uses for Foldover Elastic!!!! And Quilting! I’m new to quilting!

  7. I have a serger, and i’m dying to learn how to really use it to make my kiddos lots of great knits. as soon as i successfully complete a project, those michael miller knits are SO on my list! Would love to win some first!

  8. Sewing for infants and young children (boys and girls) would be a great, useful series.

  9. I’d love to see a series on altering women’s clothes, especially pants. thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I would like to understand more about knits. I know I have all the tools I need, I just don’t know how to use them and I am totally a visual learner so pictures of what you mean would be so helpful ( like the how do you sew with two threads in your machine ). I still don’t ‘get it’!! :) Also, (and this is totally random), I would like to know how to attach a ruffle to something knit so that it will still stretch. I know you mentioned this, but I didn’t ‘get it’. Once I tried to sew a lace ruffles at the top of a pair of knee socks for my daughter, and while they looked really cute, they didn’t stretch very well. I used regular thread with elastic thread in the bobbin. OH, and how to sew elastic into a waistband, instead of just a casing to run it through. Some things are just hard to figure out! The new website and blog look great, and it must be really exciting to take these positive steps forward with your business! Congratulations!

  11. Thanks for the fun series on knits, I’ve enjoyed reading your tips. I’m interested in learning some fun heirloom sewing techniques that I can add to a project to make it look better. Thanks for the blog – it’s inspiring!

  12. I very much want to learn to quilt!! And I want that book so much! Thank you for the chance to win.

  13. I would love tutorials on adding embellishments, ribbons, trims, cording, piping, etc.

    I’ve been oogling this book for some time now it would be awesome to win it and some knits too!

  14. Loved the knit series! Would like to see a pattern making series…or an embellishments series. Thanks so much!

  15. I want to learn more tricks with my serger. I use it for the rolled hem and finishing raw edges, but that’s all! There’s more to it right? :)

  16. I would love to learn the best way to sew using boning…like in corsets, that has always been something I wondered about, sorry if that is kinda specific! marcijdebetaz (at) hotmail (dotcom)

  17. Thanks for the series! I think I would like to see one about making a small quilt. I have never made a quilt and am thinking about making my first one. Any tips would be appreciated! Great giveaways!

  18. I’ve been sewing for so many years (I just figured how many & I ain’t saying) that I don’t think there’s much I haven’t done. But new products keep coming out to simplify things and I’d love to hear about some of them. Also-I love to fuss with patterns but would love ideas about adapting a simple pattern in a different way (beyond embellishments). Don’t know if that makes sense, but that’s what I’m always trying to do!

  19. I want to learn how to sew binding on by machine. How do people sew it down and have it come out so neat? I have to sew it down by hand if I don’t want it to appear as though I was drinking heavily while using the sewing machine!

  20. I have loved this series! I have had such a hard time sewing with knits that I had put it off forever. But after reading your blog this week I feel like I can try it again. And with all the super cute knits out now I’d be silly not to try.

    Lets see, there is so much I would love to learn how to do. Anything to do with quilting, binding, etc. I want to try to make a quilt, but am a little intimidated. I’d also love to learn how to shir (is that how you spell it??). Ooh, ooh, installing a zipper. That’s a good one too!

    Great series! Great giveaway! Thanks!

  21. I purchased some great knits and have been ANTICIPATING making skirts and a baby blanket, so seeing this blog everyday this week has been at the top of my list…and I can’t get enough, would LOVE more help on sewing with knits…maybe a one on one instructor right here!! I’d LOVE to have the book, have 2 beautiful girls who love it when I make them things and a new boy! THANKS
    How to sew with elastic thread would be helpful too

  22. Just learning how to sew and found the store then the blog. Drooling over the fabrics! Would love some knits!

  23. I really want to improve my softie sewing skills – including embroidery. You’d think after so many years of needlework the faces would be the easy part but apparently not. Thanks for a fantastic giveaway :-)

  24. yah, I’d love to see a modern-ish quilt series. And I loved reading Alisa’s knit fabrics series this week. Thanks for a shot at winning the book. I’ve never seen that Feliz dress before…it is cute!!
    ps…I used elastic thread for the first time 2 weeks ago…my daughter now has 3 shirred super easy summer dresses. And it was sew, so easy:) lol

  25. I want / need to learn how to sew a button hole! I would love to win this book!!! And the fabric of course!

  26. Would love to know how to cut the right length of ribbing when making openings on knits for neck, sleeves and waist.

  27. I loved your knits lessons. I can’t wait to try them. I would love to see a series on quilts from the past. I just got one of my grandmothers and it blows me away, How did they do that :) Thanks!!

  28. Thanks so much for this week’s series – it was so helpful for me as I’m just about to start my first projects with knit fabrics! I would love to see a series in the future on some serger uses – like how do I gather using my serger? How do I do a rolled hem and what type of thread do I use to make it look professional? And what kind of sergers are capable of doing an overlapping seam?

  29. I just wanna learn how to sew a straight line!

  30. I just wanna learn how to sew a straight line! That would help me lots :) But since I’m a novice, I’d love to learn anything – like how to make darts, or gathers, or a simple quilt.

  31. I like the sewing with knits series. Maybe some more basic sewing methods, different seams, etc.

    Thanks for the chance!!

  32. i loved this series on knits. My first knit project is sat on my work table waiting for me to get off the pc :).

    I would like to know more about sewing with silky fabrics as I can never get them to stay in the right place no matter how many pins I put in.

  33. I would love to learn about elastic thread, its so intriguing and mysterious to me! Ruffles and pleats would be so helpful too in making my daughters clothes. Thanks!

  34. Love the series on knits…would have been nice to know some of this great info. before sewing my 2 girls their outfits, but the best way to learn is to just do it! I would love a quilting series…that would be awesome!

  35. i want to learn how to use elastic thread!! is that the same as shirring?? i need to learn :)

  36. Whew! I was out all day and almost forgot about the day 5 giveaway!

    Hmm something to learn…zippers…I haven’t been brave enough to tackle zippers yet. =)

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway and this wonderful Sewing with Knits week!

  37. I would like to learn how to use my serger for things other than finishing edges.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. I want to learn to quilt! Absolutely!

    I’m planning on making my little Samantha another Feliz for Christmas, so the picture is very inspirational! Thank you!

  39. I would love to see tutorials with step by step photos – related to sewing clothes, quilts etc.
    Thanks for the chance!

  40. I would love to learn how to sew more boys clothes.

  41. This giveaway rocks! I would love to learn to quilt. Maybe a simple beginner sew-along?

  42. I’d like to see more for boy clothes as well, and I always enjoy learning more about quilting, but would really like to learn about hand-quilting.

  43. I would love to learn how to do an invisible zipper, and maybe just some tips that you have found helpful over your years of teaching/sewing! Thanks for a GREAT giveaway! Also bought me some knit fabric earlier this week…my second go round…they are so BEAUTIFUL!

  44. I have really enjoyed this about knits and already have some ideas of what I could start for my lil girl. Hmmm, what to learn… After my recent sofa cover, I think it would be fun to learn some about re-upholstery. like knowing what to sew, what to staple, how to measure etc.

  45. How to quilt with Minky and keep the corners square and keep it from stretching!

    Alternatives to the cotton backing/cotton backing/cotton patchwork top quilt. Maybe alternative battings for warmer/lighter quilts like fluffy polyester or flannel or canvas for a picnic blanket. Obviously you would finish these differently since you can’t do an allover quilt design on fluffy batting and flannel doesn’t fall apart like batting would. It would be interesting to see how they wash up, even with pre-washing. Anything more modern, too!

  46. Oh, that book is awesome. I have a little girl of almost 5 and she loves dresses and pink and red. It would be cool to make that dress on the cover for her birthday.
    greetings, Renate

  47. I’d love a tutorial on how to use latexfree elastic. For me, it’s a must due to allergies, but it’s a bit on the side of brain surgery for me. The texture is a bit sticky and different to work with. Mostly used for leg holes in underwear, or right under the bodice in woman’s knit shirts for gathering. Most recently, I ‘ve used it in “robie” type shoes for infants, taking out the elastic in at the top ankle, and replacing it with the latex free. fun! fun!
    Thank you for a chance to win this charming book :)
    nsue21702 at gmail dot com

  48. I would love to see some with basic sewing skill tutorials and lingo;} I am teaching myself to sew and have no idea what “in a ditch” means, I have gotten some of the harder things{to me} down like making a ruffle, but just don’t know how to do some of the basics and would love to learn!!
    Thank you;}

  49. I’d love to learn about tailoring/individualizing store-bought clothes. I’ve seen people add fabric to simple tees and tank tops, and other really cute ideas, but I have no idea where to start. I also like to learn how to tailor clothes, including bringing the waist in on jeans.

  50. How about a quilt-a-long? or taking a pattern and showing how to make it all different ways so that people like me who have a hard time “just winging it” can learn how to make our stuff unique.

  51. Love the knits series. I would really get some use out of modifying commercial patterns to actually fit me. That would be awesome. Thanks for the giveaway, the book looks amazing.

  52. i think it would be fun to learn more about sewing clothes without a serger. because i don’t have one, and i hate the unfinished seams so i never make clothes.

  53. hello, i would love to see some tutorials on modern quilting and small projects. im also amazed at making small bags or pouches and how everything is sewn and then when you pull it inside out from a small opening it magically becomes a finished item. im still having a hard time visualizing these things in my head. is there a easier way to figure this out when not following a pattern or instructions?

  54. appliqué quilting would be fun.

  55. I would love to learn how to put in a zipper. I have recently begun attempting some clothing items, but have to get creative on closures until I figure out zippers.

  56. The book looks fabulous. I want to sew for my grandaughter and it looks like I could keep busy with that book. I read through all the ideas and WOW, could you do all of them? Just kidding. Buttonholes and zippers are both a thorn in my side. But any of the things mentioned above would be wonderful. Thanks for a chance to win.

  57. I would love some tips on how to get pants to fit well on kids and adults. That is one thing that I don’t make for myself because my few attempts have never come out fitting as well as what you can buy in the store.

  58. I would love to learn to do appliqué methods.

  59. I would love to learn how to do hems in knit shirts

  60. This book would be wonderful to give ideas for sewing for my grandnieces. Things need to learn about knits: how to make dresses that do not cling so much – you know how it feels when you standup and the dress conforms/sticks to you. Happens to me even with fullness in a skirt.

  61. I want to hear more about the finances of starting and running a sewing business. How do you price things?

  62. I’d love to learn more about sewing for us, mamas! I’ve been sewing lots for the kids but still a bit apprehensive about sewing for myself. How do you pick patterns? Are there different lines that are more suitable for different body types? Thanks a bunch!

  63. This looks like a fabulous book! I would love to learn how to make some fun little boy clothes. Seems like little girls are having all the fun these days. This book looks like the perfect place for me to start getting inspiration!

  64. I’ve loved the knit series! I just love learning about how to contruct clothes my kids will wear! (& about all the cute fabrics, too :))

  65. Adding embroidery work…

  66. I’d like to learn how to sew different types of seams, e.g. french seams.

  67. i want to learn how to do mitered borders (for quilting).

  68. Hey at this point like to just get back to sewing. My hobby has drastically changed since going back to work full time!

  69. I would like to learn more about shirring with elastic thread. Thanks for a chance to win.

  70. I so want this book! It looks fabulous – a feast for the eyes! I would love to learn how to colour coordinate my sewing. I am very into patchwork and quilting at the moment but find it difficult knowing just what colours and designs match well together. Perhaps some advice on this aspect of sewing would be helpful. (For instance would never have thought that the bright and garish fabrics in the book would look so very perfect together).

  71. I just got a serger and have been using it almost nonstop ever since. No worries there, I was trained for that.
    What I would like to learn though is how others create patterns for their quilts. I am new to this and have never really attempted to make up a new pattern but have just followed a tutorial online or use an existing pattern. It is fun but a bit limited. Also, some advice on how others pull together their fabric choice would be appreciated :)
    Thank you for this chance!

  72. i would love to try that fabric out
    and i would always love to see a biggeners quilt along

  73. I would love some tips on circle quilting.

  74. I would love to learn how to make yoga pants / exercise pants from heavier interlock knit fabrics. they are so expensive at the store and it would be nice to make my own in different lengths for the seasons.

  75. I’d like to learn how to sew a zipper properly. The book looks lovely!