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Believe me, you have no idea how excited I was to receive Amy Karol’s second book, Bend the Rules with Fabric. Amy shows you how to personalize your fabric with stencils, stamps, dye, photo transfers, silk screening, and more. There are a great variety of projects for all different levels, including 9 no-sew projects for those that have yet to take the leap. A few of my favorites (pictured below) are the Painted Toile, the Lunch Bag where you print your own fabric, and the Aunt Sarah and Uncle Pete Dolls (how hilarious and fun!). Templates and patterns for the project are in the back of the book. In addition to projects, Amy also goes in depth on techniques. I love these as they are peppered in between projects. They are things that I’ve always wanted to try out such as printing images on fabric sheets, using Bubble Jet Set to make your own, or screen printing with Photoez, just to name a few. Amy includes a short bullet-list of benefits as well as drawbacks to each technique, so you can keep them in mind as you test them out. I could honestly stare at the pretty project photos all day. This is definitely a book for your craft collection!
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Book Giveaway Time!
Three lucky CRAFT winners are going to win a copy of Bend the Rules with Fabric and a box of the Bend the Rules Gift Labels (pictured below). Wowza! Just leave a comment to this post and tell us why you want this book. Make sure you enter in your email address in the form field (won’t be published). All comments will be closed on Friday, September 4th at Midnight PST. The winner will be announced next week on CRAFT. Good luck!
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536 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: Bend the Rules with Fabric

    I’ve been drooling over this since I started seeing it around a few days ago. I love embellishment techniques and I’m just starting to get back into sewing seriously, and my daughter loves sewing dolls.

  2. Wow–thanks for the giveaway! I loved Amy’s first book and have made quite a few of the projects in it. I would love to see what’s in the new book. And those gift tags are so cool!

  3. Just looking at these projects is making me drool!
    I’ve just bought a sewing machine a few months ago and I’m on a roll. I can’t wait to break the rules before I’ve learned them.
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  4. how cool is THAT?! i would love to be less afraid of my sewing machine – looks like the projects in that book would be just the right thing to kick me into gear!

  5. my mom sews & has been raving about this. her b-day is in 3 weeks and i know this would be the perfect gift for her!

  6. Why do I need this book? Because I teach high school English in the inner city of Brooklyn, NY, and, after a long day of trying to help my kids read and write better, I love to come home and lose myself in the world of crafts for a few minutes. This book looks like the perfect way to do so. Plus, when I make something from it, I can take it to school, and the kids are always really intrigued by the concept of making something. Maybe they’ll start to make stuff too!

  7. I need this book for inspiration. I have been in a major creative rut lately and I could really use the pick me up!!!

  8. I love crafting with fabric, and would love to have this as part of my craft book collection! Fingers crossed.

  9. I just tried my hand at fabric marker transfers the other day, and while a moderate success I could definitely benefit from some more guidance.

  10. I would love to have this book – I am always looking for new ideas for things to make. The projects look like a lot of fun!

  11. I love the ideas in this book. I like to do projects that are just a little left of center, and the things I could learn with this book are just perfect!!
    I’m crazy about the gift labels too! I send lots of little gifty things to my BookCrossing friends as RABCK (Random Acts of BookCrossing Kindness), and these labels are perfect!!

  12. I’d love to get my hands on this book & the labels!! Oh the possibilities…my head is already spinning.
    I don’t know where I’d start…probably working on one of the many existing boring cardigans I own

  13. I would LOVE this book so that I can learn how to give my wardrobe and household linens a fun makeover by stamping, screening, dying, etc.

  14. i’d love to win this book! it’d be a great birthday present for myself! :) i’m always trying to find new ideas and techniques… and the help of this book would be wonderful!

  15. My husband just started law school and I have a lot of alone time while he studies. I would love to get going on these projects!

  16. I love learning new things and I think this book would inspire me to start some crafts using fabrics (the one area I haven’t really tried yet).

  17. What a great resource for both planning holiday gifts and trying new ideas for myself and family. Thank for the give away opportunity.

  18. I want this book because it’s been blowin up my google reader from many different blogs! Plus I am a very poor college student who can’t afford books (except textbooks of course, boring) and who knows when this pretty tome will be available at the library.

  19. I’ve been drooling over this book since I first read about it and this is my second attempt to try and win it.
    one main reason i want this book is cause i love the projects in it and also it would give me so much inspiration and help on making my plushies even better with embellishing them.
    I love your blog I follow it constantly to see if theres any new and wonderful posts and right now i’m unemployed and can’t even think of affording a 5 dollar purchase so a book is way out of reach but if I won this I would be more than thrilled.

  20. Amy’s last book was one of my favorites when I was on maternity leave & had plenty of time for sewing! I’d love to have this one now that I’m back to work…

  21. This book looks user-friendly for those with limited sewing skills [me], and who doesn’t like bending the rules?

  22. I’ve been hoping to try some stuff with fabric to spruce up our bland apartment, and this would be such a help!

  23. I would love to win this book because I love all of Amy projects. She always presents them in such a do-able, non-intimidating way!

  24. Amy’s first book got me excited about sewing again. I would LOVE to see all the inspiring projects she’s got this time around.

  25. I just started sewing back in April and have fallen . in . love. Ive started making Fleece Genki Hats, and really would love to learn to sew more challenging things.
    I also love cosplay, and love the challenge of sewing and creating my own costumes. The screen printing and dying in this book would help me out wonders with those few tasks that just keep eluding me.
    In this economy, this book would also help me expand the items I can make and sell to people who might not otherwise have access to things like I make, helping both them and me out. As well as the fabric printing it offers! Perfect for figuring out how to make those DIY fabric tags for my items that I just cant seem to get down.
    My sister is also a teacher of young children, and this book would offer tons of ideas for her classes, not to mention giving me the ability to come up with more clothing ideas for both her toddler, and my older sisters toddler.
    This book just seems like exactly what I have been waiting for! With it, I think my sewing machine and I could conquer the world :P
    Zen And Coffee/ Wren M.
    Thanks so much for this give-a-way! Its fantastic! Definitely a book I could put to endless use!
    (sorry the post is so long :P)

  26. Because my mother’s sewing machine hates me, this book would make it relent a little and be mediator between us. It would the start of a beautiful new relationship

  27. I am really excited about this book. I am feeling so stagnant with my crafts and knitting and I think this book is going to jump start things for me. I’m anxious to get things going for Christmas. This might be just the ticket!

  28. Of late I have been on a fabric binge, and now have oodles of lovely fabrics that I’m unsure what to do with. This book seems an interesting compendium of ideas!

  29. I would love to have this book! It seems like a great addition to any sewer’s library, and I’m always into new inspiration, which it looks like its chock full of!
    Pick me, please!!!

  30. I have her Bend the Rules Sewing book and I love it, so many lovely things, to win this one would be icing on the cake, thanks!

  31. I really want this book to learn new stuff and make something new with it :) I think it’ll be a very interesting reading and I’m sure I’ll learn something!

  32. I want this book because I LOVE Amy. Her last book was brilliant, and this one looks so cool!
    More specifically, I want to WIN this book so I don’t have to wait for Christmas!

  33. This is a very lovely giveaway and I can only hope to win this!
    I would love to have this book because it would be a great addition to my craft books, especially since I don’t have many dealing with fabric. I bought my first sewing machine back in May and I still haven’t used it because I’m new to it, but mostly because I have no idea what to create. This book seems like it would be a great start to start experimenting with fabrics I’ve been buying over the last few months :) I also started classes today, so I can’t wait for the weekends to craft and take a break from all my schoolwork.
    Good luck to everyone else! Autumn means good weather for crafting!

  34. This looks like a fantastic book — we’ve had so much fun with freezer paper stencils already that we would LOVE to have some new inspiration!

  35. For the posted comment below, which reads like this:
    “This is a very lovely giveaway and I can only hope to win this!
    I would love to have this book because it would be a great addition to my craft books, especially since I don’t have many dealing with fabric. I bought my first sewing machine back in May…”
    I forgot to put my e-mail! I apologize, I clicked the button too quickly.

  36. I would love to have this book! I am in the process of attempting to make everything that I need in my life, and learning how to bend the rules with fabric would certainly help me out.

  37. I would LOVE to win this book! I have all kinds of sewing aspirations, but I need an extra kick in the pants to get started on some projects… This would be just the right amount of inspiration!

  38. This book looks incredible. I love to sew and do crafts but I never think of pushing the fabric in new ways. I see pictures like the ones from the book and wish I knew how to do that. This book would make my day! It just looks so fun and exciting!

  39. I have been loving everything I’ve seen about this book. There have been so many great fabric projects that I never thought of and I’d love a little guidance. Plus the gift tags are just too cute.

  40. I absolutely LOVE Amy! As a newbie sewer, I am totally hooked on her first book and have been waiting and waiting for this one to come out. I can’t wait to get my hand on it. Thanks for giving us a chance to win one!

  41. I want this book because I have been in a total crafty slump lately. I am just inspired to do anything and that leaves me sad and feeling useless. This is exactly what I need to give me lots of cool inspiration and to get the crafty juices flowing again. (:

  42. Hi there! I just moved to Savannah, GA on Thursday for my masters degree at SCAD in graphic design! I’m super excited, but also pretty nervous about the whole new city/new school thing! I’m setting up my apartment with my boyfriend and need some inspiration around this place and in my new place wardrobe! Something to keep me occupied when I’m homesick or nervous!

  43. So many reasons to want this book! Her first book was excellent, and I’m at the stage with my stuff where branching out beyond simple projects is what I need. Thanks for offering these great giveaways!

  44. Awesome. I’d love this book because I’ve wanted to get into dyeing/stenciling but have been too intimidated and I know Amy will make it approachable. Woo!

  45. Hello!
    I’m a textile and art & design major at nc state university.
    I am also the president of a fiber’s club and am always looking for new projects and techniques to share during meetings, this book will be very helpful!
    My roommate (and fellow crafter) and I collect all kinds of craft books that we share with our design classmates and friends.

  46. I suck at following the rules at the best of times, often to my detriment, so a book that says it is ok to bend them would be right up my alley!

  47. The year Bend the Rules came out, so many people on my gift list received a copy whether they knew how to sew or not. This book will be right there in the permanent craft library!

  48. Do you mean I no longer have to covet my fellow crafter’s Gocco? Amy’s tips on silk screening and photo transfers are a MUST have on my list! With Amy’s book, I won’t just get to “Bend the Rules with Fabric,” but BREAK them! I CAN’T WAIT TO GET STARTED!

  49. I’ve always wanted to try Bubble Jet Set. Can’t wait to see what great sewing projects she has with it.

  50. In the words of Will Ferrell, this book is simply “Scrumtrellescent” and I need all the scrumtrelescence I can get! yaa haw and thanks!

  51. Oh my, this looks great! I want this book because I love doing unusual things with fabric, and I never quite play by the rules or patterns!

  52. This book looks awesome. I would love to win because the holiday gift giving/making season will be here before we know it.
    Thanks & Good Luck!
    Jamie G

  53. I want this book because I am just starting to learn to sew, and I want cool and interesting projects to do.

  54. What a fantastic giveaway! I’ve been experiencing DIY project withdrawal since our June wedding. I’m itching to take up a new craft… Amy’s book would provide me with great inspiration and motivation!

  55. I loved her last book, and this one looks even better.
    I’m a hobbiest male stitcher, and the world of fabric decoration beckons. :-)
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  56. Ooh, this book looks terrific! I’d love this for some inspiration to shake things up in my crafting (and give me something to do with some of my fabric stash)

  57. I want to win the book and labels because (a) I’m just learning how to sew, (b) I *love* the labels and (c) the day of the drawing is my birthday! I’ll be 39 for the first time!

  58. I need this book so badly! I’ve been following Amy for quite some time. I have no extra $$ for books so I go to the library & borrow them but I really want one of my very own.
    I really want to bend the sewing rules!!!

  59. I’m a beginning sewer, I just started my class last week, and I’m already dying for some projects! This book looks original and exciting and I would really love to get my hands on it so I can try something new and get started on some Christmas projects!

  60. It would be wonderful to win this book. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to win something online, usually scholarships, thinking “Well, somebody has to win, why not me?” Of course, it never has been.
    While this book might not help me pay for college, it might help me a little bit if I won it! (So I won’t have to go buy it, ha ha.) It looks like a veritable fountain of ideas would really help stimulate my own creativity again.

  61. I would love to have this book in my collection (a) to look at, because it looks fabulous, and (b) for inspiration, because I am currently very curious about these sorts of things!

  62. Every year I theme my Christmas gifts for my friends and family – last year it was books (was heading overseas so didn’t have time to make), the year before it was bags (all handmade). This year I think the theme will be “prints”
    . Because it’s gonna be a handmade year, I need to plan ahead and get making early! This book would definitely get the creative juices flowing.

  63. I have Bipolar disorder and severe anxiety disorder. Whenever I am stressed, anxious, feel depressed or feel overwhelmed and on the verge of a mania I craft. Nothing makes me feel better than being able to focus on creating something and enjoying the pride that comes with making something I can hold in my hands. I would love to have this book. There’s already a spot in my alphabetically arranged by author book shelf for it (did I mention I also have OCD?).

  64. i have been on jury duty for a nasty case all week, and this would be the perfect cheer up after a long week. besides that, it just looks like so much fun is packed in there!

  65. I would love to win this book because I absolutely adore Amy’s first book and cannot wait to be inspired and get crafty again. Her Bend the Rules book helped me get over my fear of messing things up when using the sewing machine, a fear that kept me from sewing anything but straight(ish) lines….and even that rarely happened. Now I looooove to sew on the sewing machine and make clothes and presents galore!!!!

  66. I love Amy’s first book (just found it at the library a few weeks ago) and then I found out about this one! As someone who loves to collect fabric, but sometimes feel unsure of what to do with it beyond the project it was intended for, this seems like the perfect book for me! Would love to win one of Amy’s books plus those gift tags ROCK!

  67. Eeek! I definitely need that book. I’m trying to get better at sewing etc but I’m coming at it from the wrong end – my mum taught me enough that I know the basics, but I don’t know enough to not be intimidated by commercial patterns.
    Plus, I find the best way to learn the rules from behind them, anyway! :)

  68. Amy’s first book has been on my wish list for a while, and now I might want this one even more. Looks great!

  69. I’m always looking for new fun ways to use my extra fabric! I’m also looking from some new ideas on what to do to cover up holes in my otherwise nice t-shirts! I would love to add this book to my library!

  70. I would love a copy of this – I loved her first book and have so been looking forard to the release of this book. Amy Karol is my hero! :o)

  71. My son’s first birthday is coming up. I would LOVE to make him a set of stuffed dolls with the faces of all his aunties and uncles on them. Amy’s book looks like it has fresh new ideas for using items I own (scrap of toile languishing in “can’t-throw-away” pile meets “couldn’t-pass-it-up-at-yard sale” picture frame). I hope I win!

  72. I once bought a couch off of a former roommate and spent an entire summer reupholstering it. The old ladies at the fabric store gave me grave, fearful looks, but I showed them! I can get crazy with fabric!

  73. I’m so excited that Amy has a new book out! I loved her last one so much, I was slightly obsessed with it for a while and made almost all the projects. I’ve just had to give up my job as we are moving halfway across the country to start a brand new life away from the city, and until I get a new job there’s no money for books or other nice things, so I’d be overjoyed to win a copy :)

  74. I love Amy Karol! I follow her blog and have wanted her books ever since I saw them. Last year I taught myself to sew enough to make sock creatures, but now I have made my first ever cushion cover, I’m ready to dive into the world of textiles! The didn’t teach textiles at my school, which I was gutted about because I always think it would have been my favourite subject. This book would make my year!

  75. I want this book because I need to be inspired to be less technical in the way I use fabric and make sewn projects. I have Bend the Rules Sewing and that helps some :)

  76. Wow that book looks amazing! I totally need it so I can bring some more pizazz to my projects! It’s awesome that it includes some patterns as well!

  77. I love Amy Karol!! I’m a devout reader of her blog and she simply has the greatest ideas and she’s hilarious!! I’ve only just started using my sewing machine and am beginning to get addicted! This would be a great book to start me off!

  78. My daughter has taken up altering her wardrobe to make it more her style and unique.
    This book would be a perfect present for her(after I have read it of course) Great give-away, thanks!

  79. This book looks amazing! Just what I need to re-inspire me to start up some fun fabric projects again!

  80. This book looks amazing! I would like to win as I need to transfer my stash of fabric into some amazing projects!
    x x

  81. It looks so cool! I don’t have much crafty time, what with work, family, etc., so little bitesized projects are great for me. If I don’t win, I’ll just get the book from my local library :)

  82. Oh wow! That is so excellent! You can’t even imagine how much complicated it is to find that creative ideas and books where I live!!! ^^ As a mom, this is the perfect book to create cool looking and unexpected gifts for all the (huge) family and craft all together! :) I guess we all SO need that book! Haha! This is gonna be awesomely creative!
    (Congrats to the author anyway, and this blog is a daily inspiration for crafting and websurfing! Thanks!)

  83. I would love this book because I thought her first book was brilliant — simple, easy to follow, and made sewing clear.

  84. Because I was taught by traditionalists, and I think I need to let loose and bend some mother-crafting rules!

  85. this book is so amazing i want to have it because i will have lots of free time in oct and a new home i want to utilize ideas in this book for my home decor. I love using fabric in home decors because its washable and i can always keep things very tidy

  86. I am the threadless warrior—
    armed with scissor-blades.
    Invisible yarn will charm and darn,
    beware what I have made.
    I am the sewing samurai,
    stitching as I see fit.
    Needles will stick, quilts thin and thick,
    beware you not be it.
    I am the knowledge hunter,
    I seek a teaching text.
    With your gift, my art will lift,
    closer to perfect.

  87. what a great giveaway! Love Amy Karol and her books, would luv to win this one!
    Thanks for the chance!!!

  88. I’m a beginner sewer and I am so drawn to altered clothing techniques. I would love to get some inspiration and instruction from this book.

  89. I’m an avid crafter and am always looking for something to spice it up. This looks like just the ticket!
    And those tags are just adorable.

  90. Oh, yes, please! I’ve got a whole closet full of fabric stash and more coming in this weekend, and I’m going to be looking for all sorts of new ways to use it up. (So I can buy some more…)

  91. I’m into texturizing fabric at the moment and the printing techniques have everyting I need all in one book. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and expect the same with the new book! And hopefully #3 will be in the works soon!

  92. Hi!
    My father have just given me a Singer Serenade. :D Now I just need to learn how to use it.
    Because I already enjoy crafting, by working with that mant techniques would be even more encouraging for a first try.
    I studied how the machine works and I just need some ideas.
    Thank you for this opportunity.

  93. My son just started preschool, so I finally have time to sew and craft again.I’ve also committed to making all my gifts for the holidays this year, and so I’d love a copy!

  94. I want this book because I’m terrible with fabric! This book looks like beautiful inspiration that I could use.

  95. This is exciting. I love learning new crafts. I bought my first sewing machine for christmas 2 years ago and have done quite a few small gifts for people, but I’m running out of new and fun ideas. This book would be perfect.

  96. I would LOVE this book….and my husband would too so that I could get rid of the piles and piles of fabric that I’ve been “saving” to remake into things!

  97. The book looks absolutely wonderful! I’d love to win it, as I have just got my own place and will finally have the space to really get crafty! But I still need to do an awful lot in my home before I can move in. This book would help me stay positive (I hope) and dream about how it’s going to be.

  98. I’d love to have this book because i’ve never been one who likes to follow the rules. I like to think outside the box and come up with things that are totally different. I have a Girl Scout troop and I’d love to be able to share this info with them so that sewing could be seen as “cool”.

  99. I have Amy’s first book and think it is just amazing- would love to get her second! She has so many great projects.

  100. I’m simply obsessed with screen printing and designing my own prints. Any new or easier techniques would be quite welcome! I’m also a sucker for a good layout and those tags are adorable. I’d probably jump around and look like a crazy person if I got a free book, but I’m willing to sacrifice my dignity in the name of fabric :)

  101. I want this because my last comment didn’t post! And as I said in that last comment, I loved her first book and have a need for the second!

  102. this book seems like it would be hours of fun to do with the kids in our V-square group. (young ladies of virture & young men of valor). My husband and i meet regularly with kids from the city neighboorhoods.

  103. I would love to win this book because I LOVE all sorts of print making (stencils, silkscreen, gocco, stamping) and LOVE sewing! How perfect together!
    Thanks for doing this giveaway!
    Lisa M

  104. I would love to win this book because i love Amy Karol i have her first book and love every project.
    Plus my birthday is on the 4th of September so would love to win this on my BIRTHDAY!

  105. First of all, why wouldn’t I want this book? It’s incredible!
    I’m always looking for ways to fancy up my and my kids clothes. It’s like rejuvenating a stale wardrobe! And the more money I can save on buying new clothes the better!

  106. I would love to have this prize. I have always loved doing things “my way” but have trouble being inspired with and original idea. maybe Amy will inspire me. worst that can happy is we enjoy her making projects with her ideas, how bad it that?

  107. I would love to win this book because I LOVE all kinds of printmaking (stencils, silkscreen, GOCCO, stamping) and LOVE to sew so this is a perfect combination!
    Lisa M

  108. I would looooove this book! I’m always trying to use fabric in new & different ways. I love fabric, collect way too much of it, and need some new projects to use it well!

  109. corvus.melloriATgmailDOTcom
    I’ve just recently been getting back into sewing regularly, and I think this book could be a huge inspiration.
    Thanks for the chance!

  110. I love the idea of working on top of toile! I’ve seen such wonderful projects come out of that one concept – I’d love to be inspired by this book too!
    I heart CRAFT.

  111. Would love this book to share projects with my two eleven year old granddaughters, I think they are getting tired of making doll quilts.
    Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

  112. I would love to learn different ways to work with fabric. I saw the lunch bag idea on Etsy and can’t wait to try it out!

  113. no, seriously, pick me, I would love this book. :-)
    I love this blog, it’s one of the first things i check every day!

  114. I’ve seen some of this book’s projects all over the internet and I just cannot wait to try most of them! They seem to be so fun, specially the lunch bag!

  115. This book sounds just too cool!
    It would be great addition to my NEW craft room! I’ve never had my own work space and I am so excited to start making things. Working with fabric is my favorite. From just reading the description of this book, I am inspired! I am really interested in the screenprinting and printing your own patterns! COOOOOL!
    Thanks for the give-a-way!

  116. Im always looking for new craft projects to try, and this book looks like it is full of ones that would interest me!

  117. I would love to receive this book! I am always looking for new and innovative ways to express my tastes! I also have 3 crafty little Daughters who love to watch me create things.. and join in also!
    Please pick me (us)!
    TheDIYninja on twitter and blogspot

  118. I don’t actually own any of my own sewing books, it would be great to have some patterns of my own! I love her style, and she inspires me greatly. My e-mail address is: Thank You!

  119. Why do I want this book and awesome gift labels.
    Well I think the book sounds so so awesome, and I need to start making gifts for Christmas and this book looks like it will have excellent ideas in it. 
    Plus I love the lunch bag thing and would so love to learn to make one for my sons. It looks like a craft that is not so girly but could be made for a boy to.
    I really do hope you pick me, I would love the book and labels.

  120. Why do I want this book and awesome gift labels.
    Well I think the book sounds so so awesome, and I need to start making gifts for Christmas and this book looks like it will have excellent ideas in it. 
    Plus I love the lunch bag thing and would so love to learn to make one for my sons. It looks like a craft that is not so girly but could be made for a boy to.
    I really do hope you pick me, I would love the book and labels.

  121. Hi, this book is worth having, I know that. Book, which is full of great ideas when your head is out of order;)

  122. And I hear she’s not angry at all. ;) I love gleaning ideas from Amy’s fabulous blog, but nothing compares to the convenience, inspiration, and beauty of a lovely, papery, printed book. Thanks so much for another delightful giveaway.

  123. I would love to take on some of these really cool and do-able projects.
    Of course, this is going on the assumption that the Time Gods will suddenly open up their Magical Pocket Watch and give me an extra 3-5 hours a week when all I have to do is amuse myself with fabric, rather than be at my job, do laundry or catch up on sleep. (Otherwise, this book might only be removed from my shelf when my kids pull it down to tell me everything in it that they want me to make for them. Sorry, I had to be honest there.) ~H

  124. I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Amy’s new book! I would love to have it! She is so full of great ideas and inspiration. I am especially interested in printing images on fabric sheets as I have been wanting to make something for my grandmother using a photo of her and my grandfather when they were first married. I can’t wait to see and try some of her projects!

  125. I’ve just recently started trying my hand at fabric embellishment, and I’m looking for technique tips and inspiration. Sure looks like this book would fill the bill. Keeping my fingers crossed, and thanks! Nancy

  126. I would love this book. Although an avid crafter in many ways, I kinda fumble around when it comes to making things with fabric. I’d love some direction and ideas.

  127. I read Amy’s blog regularly… and I adore it. I knew I would love this book from the first time she mentioned it! I love all of her little projects. Either way, if I don’t win it here I will probably go out and buy it anyway :)

  128. I read Amy’s blog and I’ve been waiting for this book to come out since she first mentioned it! I’ve been really interested in doing stenciling, etc. on fabric, and I think this will have some amazing ideas!

  129. I want this book badly and my local library has one copy that is reserved until next year! Please pick me, pick me!!! I will love it, cherish it and USE IT!
    Thank you!

  130. I would love to win this giveaway because I love, love, love Amy’s first book and can only assume the second is just as wonderful. Also, I love, love, love the gift tags. I love her kind of humor.

  131. I have a huge stash of fabrics and would love some ideas for using it, especially the many remnants of earlier projects.

  132. I’ve been looking forward to seeing this book as soon as I heard about it on Amy’s blog. I’d love to win a copy and try out all the projects!
    jennifereladd at yahoo dot com

  133. Why do I want this book and awesome gift labels.
    Well I think the book sounds so so awesome, and I need to start making gifts for Christmas and this book looks like it will have excellent ideas in it. 
    Plus I love the lunch bag thing and would so love to learn to make one for my sons. It looks like a craft that is not so girly but could be made for a boy to.
    I really do hope you pick me, I would love the book and labels.

  134. The Chicago winter is fast approaching and I plan on having lots of one-on-one time with my sewing machine and some wine. I think this book would help to make the winter a bit more bearable.

  135. -Her first book was fab – the quality, photographs and projects.
    – I love playing with fabric and screenprinting, and this book sounds like it’s right up my alley!

  136. I began sewing last month and decided to borrow a book from the library and I picked Amy Karol’s other book Bend the Rules of Sewing and have been addicted ever since!!! I have been making her projects like crazy! I NEEEEED this book to feed my new need to sew and hunger for fabric!!!

  137. This book seem to be a must have on my shelf!
    I really want to flip through it! I’m doing a craft room and dining rom makeover, a d I hope to have this book handy to make some of the projects in there.
    Thanks for this chance to win it!
    here’s my email address:

  138. I’ve never read Amy’s book. But the crafts presented are of great interest to me. I started making cocktail napkins and it would be great to learn how to personalize them more with screening.

  139. I think this book would be a good thing for me > Why I am 67 and still crafting. I could really use some new and exciting
    ideas. I dug out my 35 year old Elna that was state of the art many years ago and am ready to play! I have been selling my crafts so I don’t have to go back to a 9-5 job.. and besides my birthday is coming up so what a great gift. Keep up the great works.

  140. looks so cool. I love what I’ve seen so far and would love to check out the rest and incorporate more interesting ideas into my ongoing sewing projects! Thanks!

  141. My aunt just gave me a serger and I am learning how to sew. I would LOVE some ideas on how to jazz up my boring wardrobe and add some fun to my little girls'(ages 3 and 5) clothes as well.
    BTW I look forward to the newsletter every day – I would never have been able to find all the great ideas I’ve been given since I’ve signed up! Thanks!!!!

  142. sorry – i entered twice cause i got an error message – but it looks like the first one actually worked! i don’t think i can delete this one!?!?

  143. Not unlike everybody else! I’m a textile artist, always looking for new ideas and techniques to turn “plain” fabric & clothing into works of art. This would be another jewel in my collection of much used books about fabric, design, and breaking rules.

  144. Amy’s first book was the first sewing book I ever picked up! I was forever hooked…I’d love to win this new book and see what new great projects Amy has to offer!

  145. I am always looking for new projects that are different, or that I can used upcycled materials for – I would love this book, I think I’m drooling a little just thinking about it :-)

  146. I am in love with fabric, have been ever since my grandmothers taught me how to sew when I was a tiny girl.
    I do lots of crafts with fabric… quilts, embroidery, fabric covered journals, re-usable grocery bags, skirts, etc…
    I am ALWAYS looking for new ideas for fabric crafts, and I think this book is just what I’m looking for!
    Thanks for having this blog, it is undoubtedly my favorite!
    Holly :)

  147. Amy’s new book looks like such a treat! I follow her blog and have loved hearing about the new projects in the book. I would love to try out some of the techniques! I also love the gift tags. They are funny! ( Fingers crossed for good luck!)

  148. so i basically started sewing upon discovering amy’s awesome blog “angry Chicken” her new and happening projects are easy to do!! i adore her first book and absolutely NEED to own the this one :)
    PICK ME!
    and all your dreams will come true…..

  149. I would love to get into sewing again. I see all these beautiful designs and I just need to set my imagination free.

  150. This book has such great variety. It’s great to be able to make things to go all around your house, especially when you live in a small space and don’t have alot of time.

  151. I am super interested in this book, because I already have Amy’s first Bend the Rules and I love it. Thank you for the giveaway!

  152. Oh, I so want this book! I have Amy’s first book and LOVE it, and this looks just as good. And those labels are just so darn cute.

  153. i LOVE the cover, the colors kind of suck you in. it’s the kind of book that catches your eye when you’re walking past the shelf. i’m looking for a good lunch bag pattern, and i’ve been wanting to learn more about photo transfers..:)

  154. I’m a huge fan of Amy’s, I’d love to win this book. I too have the first one and read her blog religiously.

  155. I was recently given my first sewing machine as a super early Christmas present from my parents and don’t want to to the usual sewing projects that everyone starts off with, so this book would be perfect to try it out with (even if they’re hand-sewing projects!!). My parents would definitely appreciate some cool gifts too and deserve them after such an awesome gift (and 23 years of me, haha!).

  156. Holy Cow! Since I adore Amy Karol, I would LOVE to recieve anything from her. I discovered the Angry Chicken while searching for embroidery and sewing sites. I really like the way she presents information so informally and easiliy. It makes me want to sew more. And her video tutorials help ALOT!!!! So, yes, please, I would like a copy of her Bend the Rules with Fabric book.
    Grace Bader
    PS. I had trouble logging in, so I had to got in anonymously. :(

  157. I was recently at a book store and saw this book on the shelf, so I started to look at it. Unfortunately there was a guy next to me who I guess didn’t want me in the same aisle as him. He started coughing loudly (not covering his mouth) and making all sorts of loud, gross, phlegm noises. Needless to say I put this book down and quickly left the aisle, defeated by the phlegm guy!! What I did get to see of the book I really liked though and would like the chance to read it without any more rude interruptions!!!

  158. Who wouldn’t want a copy of Amy Karol’s latest book? Everything she does is fabulous! Please put me in the running!

  159. because there is always so much to learn and be inspired by – and from the previous comments this would be a good good book

  160. I love reading Amy’s blog and want to learn how to make cool fabrics, since really cool fabrics cost so much. My library doesn’t carry Amy Karol’s books, so I’d like to win one for myself. I’m pretty new at sewing, so any help to not look too grandma-ish would be useful.

  161. On August 20, 2009, my new YA fantasy novel, Gateway to DreamWorld was released.
    Synopsis: On their way home from baseball tryouts, Brad Colby and his two sons are involved in a terrible car accident that leaves six-year-old Pete in a coma. When Pete awakens, the family is crushed to learn that he is paralyzed.
    Meanwhile, Pete’s eight-year-old brother, Jason, has been having powerful dreams that lead him to a mysterious realm known as DreamWorld. Jason discovers that all of his desires can come true in DreamWorld, but the time is fast approaching when he will have to choose between his two worlds.
    And when more devastating news strikes at the heart of the Colby family, Jason and Pete set out on a desperate attempt to find the Gateway to DreamWorld and save their family. With time running out on their dangerous path, will Jason and Pete’s fear of the Unknown keep them from reaching the paradise of their dreams?
    I invite you to order your copy now from or Barnes& at a discounted price.
    Please help by spreading the word to your friends who enjoy reading a good book and be one of the firsts to pick up your copy of Gateway to DreamWorld.
    Thanks for your time and I hope you enjoy the fantasy.
    Brenda Estacio

    I am a big, big, big, big, big, big, very big fan of Amy’s work…..I getting into a sewing groove right now, though its coming on slowly…..Good luck to everybody!

  163. I just loved the first book. It was the first sewing book I bought for myself and gave me sooo many great ideas. Can’t wait for this one =)

  164. That is so cool! I’m just beginning to sew and would love a book with such neat ideas to practice my new skills.
    jeannerlopez (at)

  165. I have to have this book! those dolls with iron-on people are hilarious. plus, the stuff about at-home printing and silk-screening is right up my ally.

  166. Amy’s first book was such a joy to do all the projects. She makes you feel like nothing is impossible, and everyone can find their creative side. I would absolutely love to win her new book!!! Thank you for the chance to win!!

  167. I’ve been reading Amy’s blog for over a year now. She is such an inspiration, and she has such a way with words that makes me want to try so many new things (like making my own yogurt or butter or mayonnaise!). The way she explains how to do her projects just clicks with me, where other books, how-to’s or tutorials have failed. I’ve always wanted to silk screen or use stencils, but I’ve never had the guts to try. I’d love to have Amy’s book to help me take that first step. Amy helped me take my first step with sewing, so it’d be great to have her there for embarking on any new crafting endeavors I have in the future too!

  168. I need some bend the rules sass applied to my boring wardrobe. A giant boost of new energy and life!

  169. Can I please be in the running for this giveaway. I am very interested in stamping and dyeing fabrics but do not know anything about it and have recently been trying to find a book that will help me do this. Congratulations Amy… and by the way, I love your first book.

  170. I seriously need this book to further my goals of world domination through funky art, clothes, and all other fabric based accoutrements.
    If you give it to me, you will be on the good list once I rule the world.

  171. I neeeeed this book because I devoured Amy’s last book. She inspired me to be brave and just start sewing. I can’t even imagine what sort of crazy crafty things her new book will inspire me to do!

  172. I’ve been waiting sooooooo long. But hoping that my library picks it up because I am now an unemployed graduate student. Would love a copy. Pleeeeaaase?!?

  173. I LOVE Amy’s stuff. I’ve never tried to personalize my fabric and I know this book will help me try. Also, those book labels are awesome!

  174. My friend and I just saw this book on display at a local bookstore. We spent most of our time there looking through the pages. My friend was especially enamored with the cute card holder/wallet and I liked the iron-on face dolls. I would love to be able to give this book to my friend to help her through her lately stressful work situation.

  175. I tried to make a doll for my daughter with her face on it, and it was… well … lets just say it.. pathetic, but my sewing skills are increasing and I’m less sleep deprived now, I’d love another try at it… please bless me with this book. With sugar on top.

  176. oooh, i was ogling this book at the bookstore the other day, i wanted it so bad! sadly, i’m moving this month, so i’m not allowed to buy any more books… winning it would be amazing though!

  177. I just sew a copy of the book at a book store today. I managed to flip through it in 20 second while my baby spread breadcrumbs all over the isles of the store. I loved what I saw and would love to own a copy so I can read it at my own leisure!
    langlangcreations at gmail dot com

  178. I have pledged to make all of my Christmas gifts this year so this book would be a great inspiration for me to try some new projects and techniques.
    Thank you for entering me in the drawing.

  179. Well, I think I should win this because I’m getting married on Sunday and I just finished making 90 yarmulkes plus altering my fiance’s grandpa’s quilt to use as our chuppah. Bending rules all over the place!

  180. Saw the book publishing notice on Amy’s blog. It looks like a fun read with lots of good ideas. Labels are very clever as well.

  181. I’ve been looking forward to this book for ages! Why do I want it? Who wouldn’t! But really, I have about 4 books I simply *must buy* next time I go to the bookstore (including BTR) and it would be nice to get one free. :D Also, I need those stickers.

  182. Ive been trying slowly to get into sewing and have done a few things but would love a chance to win this book as I could see it making me sit down and sew even more and really get into it! :)

  183. I taught myself how to sew when I was a little kid, with starter help from my mom. That moment when you figure out a technique on your own is such an amazing feeling! I love to see how other people work, and this book looks like a very interesting one :)

  184. I cant afford to buy this book right now and I will go mad if I don’t have it, the projects seem amazing, I cant keep my hands still, I’m always ready to learn new techniques and make new things, plus the gift labels will come in handy seeing how I’m always making gifts for friends and family just because I don’t have room to keep all the things I make. Please help me keep my sanity!! I need this book!!!

  185. I’ve recently moved to Munich with my hubby and while it’s super fun to wait for job interview requests or rejections, and talk to my cat all day, I NEED some creative, fabric diversions. Maybe you will take pity on me? :-) Looks like a fantastic book in any case!

  186. My sewing is improving a bit and adding stencils, stamps, dye and photo transfers … wow, I’d love to learn all that. This book would definitely be helpful!
    Bye, Kitty

  187. I would love to get a peek in this book! and those labels…I love to label gifts, our lunches, swap squishies, etc.!

  188. this book looks so good! I would want to win it because I’m a crafter that likes to bring some fun to old and boring clothes! (And I’ve also been wondering how to screenprint)
    Hope this book is available at my library…

  189. Golly! There are so many reasons why this book would be a perfect fit with me….
    – I am poor. Yes, folks, I fall under that $16,000 a year bracket EASY!
    – I follow Amy quite closely and love so much of what she does: her blog, her sweet photos and patterns and I managed to get her first book which I have used many, many times. I tried to get this book in a contest she had on her blog, but… so close, yet so far.
    – I am a bit of a hoarder. My father came out of the depression and taught me all he knows. But this can be good because I know how to stretch a dollar and how to make my own gifts.
    – The holidays and birthdays fill the next four months for me. I am really hoping to do almost all homemade gifts with little or no supply shopping. This book would help me to use the supplies I already have to make my friends and family happy.
    You gotta love being happy!

  190. Just sewed my first project ever in my life- curtains for my kitchen! And I think I might be hooked! Looking forward to using this site for plenty of inspiration for future projects!

  191. This book looks amazing….I’ve been meaning to pick up her first book. I love working with fabric but I am always stuck on ideas on how to use it.
    Can I have it? Please?!

  192. I would LOVE to have this book and wonderous set! I’ve many times wandered into a book shop and gazed at it and wished!
    However, I am a rediculously poor textile crafts student and all my money goes on food/accomodation/of course art and craft materials! So it’s a distant dream to own this gorgeous book!
    I’m also starting a stitch and bitch society for my uni, and so if I was given this fabulous set of things I could share them with my fellow poor crafty students!

  193. The reason I want the labels is that I can’t get them at my local bookstore.:-( I called them this afternoon and asked them to special order, but they say that it’s showing “out of stock.” So sad! So please, please, please pick me!

  194. I love finding great new things to make with the often large scraps of fabric I accumulate at work where I make draperies professionally. This book looks perfect for that!

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