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Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts is a must-have for a sewing lover’s craft library. This comprehensive book covers all you need to know for hand or machine sewing, including techniques such as appliqué, embroidery, quilting, dyeing, and printing. The book is filled with over 150 sewing projects (including a few no-sew ones too) pulled from the Martha archives. For me, having all these beautiful projects in one book just makes me so happy! It’s inspiration each time I turn the page. (I’ve already placed a bookmark for the drawstring pants pattern — hello PJ’s!) A lot of the projects also give you the chance to recycle by using up your fabric scraps, old clothing (great used menswear projects), and old sweaters. The book also comes with a CD which includes printable clothing patterns and templates. Mother’s Day is a little over a month away, but I already know that my mom would be thrilled to get this book.
Msbook Applique
Learn or refine your crafting skills with beautiful photos and step-by-step illustrations such as this photo from the appliqué lesson.
Check out some of my favorite projects, get a free project download, and enter the book giveaway after the jump!


Msbook Board Coasters
Ribbon Striped Bulletin Board and Oilcloth Cutout Coasters
Msbook Bunnies Babyshoes
Menswear Bunnies and Felted Baby Shoes
Msbook Sheets Cattoy
Appliqué Duvet Cover with Pillowcases and Catnip Fish on a Pole
Tomatopincushion Martha
Heirloom-Tomato Pincushions
These sewing-box staples are just as sweet as garden-grown tomatoes, and you don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy them. Sew up this heirloom-tomato pincushion that’s a special project excerpt from this book!
Download the PDF (Right click to save the PDF to your desktop. See directions on downloading PDFs.)
NY Book Launch
NY Crafters! Join Martha in New York City for Stitch Fest celebrating the launch of this new book. The $30 admission to STitch Fest includes your own copy of this new book, plus cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The evening will showcase a wide array of projects from the book. Buy your tickets online at Ticketweb.
Book Giveaway Time!
Three lucky CRAFT readers will each receive a copy of the book, Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts. Just tell us why you would like this book in the comments. All comments will be closed by Noon PST on Monday, April 5, 2010. The lucky winners will be announced later on the site. Good luck!
Update 4/5: Thanks everyone for entering! This giveaway is now closed.


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