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Today is the debut of Anna Maria Horner’s new book, Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby. In a craft profile last year, Anna mentioned to us this new book and we are so excited to be the first stop in the blog tour!
This baby book is for sewers of all levels. I love how this book is organized too. There are 4 main chapters: Mama Sewing (maternity/nursing dresses and tops), Baby Sewing, Family Sewing (projects that incorporate the family), and Nest Sewing. Within each chapter the easier projects are at the beginning of the section and more advanced ones are at the end. (Take a preview inside the book here.) The baby projects of course are super cute! The baby booties as featured on the cover of the book will make great baby shower or welcome baby gift. As a mom, I will also like to point out that the quick change trousers are a great project to make because they are also reversible! You will need lots of these kinds of pants that easily slip off to change diapers. Other projects high on my list are the Dad bag (a great messenger style bag for Dad), Patchwork Sleeping Sack, and The Hide and Seek Spectrum Quilt. With Mother’s Day coming up, this is the perfect book for the crafty new mom or mom-to-be!
Book Giveaway Time!
Two lucky CRAFT readers will each receive a copy of the book, Handmade Beginnings. Just tell us why you would like this book in the comments. All comments will be closed by Noon PST on Friday, May 7, 2010. The lucky winners will be announced later on the site. Good luck!

Watch this video of Anna Maria Horner describing the inspiration and projects behind Handmade Beginnings.


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Visit the Handmade Beginnings site to find out how to enter the sweepstakes where you could win a Singer sewing machine, a signed copy of the book, and more! You can also download this cute Nesting Cubes pattern.
Here are the dates and sites for the rest of the Handmade Beginnings blog tour!
May 4 Indie Fixx
May 5 Sew Mama Sew
May 6 Pink Chalk Studio
May 10 Wise Craft
May 14 House on Hill Road
May 16 The Purl Bee
May 18 All Buttoned Up
May 19 Alabama Chanin Journal
May 20 Homemade by Jill
May 21 True Up
May 22 Oh, Fransson!
May 23 Prudent Baby
May 24 Sew Liberated
May 25 Handmade by Alissa
May 26 Hazelnuts
May 27 Petite Purls