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Book Review + Giveaway: Simply Sublime Gifts

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Do you aspire to make gifts for everyone this holiday season but worry about all the time it will take? Simply Sublime Gifts: High-Style, Low-Sew Projects to Make in a Snap by Jodi Kahn will show you how to make amazing gifts that are fast to make! Jodi has tons of ingenious tips to help you save time. From reusing wrappers or choosing inexpensive materials (a dusting cloth turns into kids jammies!), you’ll find yourself enjoying her bevy of crafting tricks. Some of my favorites are the Handy Hand Towels (perfect for a housewarming gift), the Wonder Bread apron (featured on the cover) which uses old bread wrappers, and the Photo Baseball where you can print one of your favorite photos to create a plush baseball. Speaking of photo projects, there are quite a few great ones in this book. I love the stuffed photo ornaments that are great easy stocking stuffer gifts for the extended family. This book is definitely worth to have in your craft library for any event. I see it as the perfect “go-to” craft book for quick gifts!
Book Giveaway Time!
Three lucky CRAFT readers will each receive a copy of the book, Simply Sublime Gifts. Just tell us why you would like this book in the comments. All comments will be closed by 5pm PST on Friday, October 8, 2010. The lucky winners will be announced later on the site. Good luck!
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294 thoughts on “Book Review + Giveaway: Simply Sublime Gifts

  1. says:

    I love so many of the projects in this book — the knitted baskets, the My Name Is onesies …. would love to win this book! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  2. l.short.1230 says:

    I would like this book because I’m attempting to make more gift this year rather than buy them. This is absolutely lovely. Thanks so much for the giveaway

  3. says:

    I love having stuff around to make quick, easy gifts. I would also use it to give inspiration to my beginning sewing students, showing them that awesome gifts don’t need to be complicated. It sounds like a great addition to my library!

  4. Susan says:

    Yeah, I’m so busy and by the title I could already see that I NEED this book! I’m homeschooling 3 of my 6 children and needless to say, there just isn’t enough time in the day to do the complicated gifts anymore.
    I have a reputation to uphold!!!!!! Agggghhhhh! HELP by picking me to give this book to!
    Thanks so much in advance!!

  5. Lisa says:

    I totally need this book because I LOVE to reuse items to make gifts. I am constantly looking for new ways to reuse well…just about everything.

  6. Marissa says:

    I love making handmade gifts so much more than shopping for them, and I am always looking for funky new projects.

  7. Cheaplazymom says:

    Every summer when dear friends visit we make secret friend gifts for each other. They are so great we decided to do the same thing for Christmas and a make all our gifts. So, we each have to make 5 for each other plus miscellaneous friends and special teachers. Lots of crafting! This book would make a great addition to our library and give us some inspiration.

  8. Crystal Keyzer says:

    I am just learning how to sew ..these easy ones would be a great way to start!

  9. JMM says:

    I am attempting to make all of my holiday gifts this year, and it looks as if this is the book that will help me achieve that goal! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  10. Owlbert says:

    Why would I like this book? Because it’s awesome, innovative and green!

  11. Doris says:

    Now I could really use this book and it would be a great addition to my library – trying to get everything done in a timely manner – like finishing making your Christmas cards on 12/24…sad but true…

  12. PenguinBot says:

    I’m planning on doing a handmade holiday season this year, so I think this would be a good way to get a jumpstart on that!

  13. Meg says:

    I could use a crafty jumpstart right about now. I’m stalled out!

  14. Cheri says:

    I’d like a copy because sometimes it hurts when a handmade gift isn’t well received. The less bonding time I have with a project the better :D

  15. melindasr5 says:

    this book sounds perfect for my crafting needs – thanks for the chance to win

  16. csagray01 says:

    Hello Craft…we just went from a two income house to a one income house. I desire to make holiday presents this year but am still learning how to sew. This book would be a great asset to me this year.
    Also, in my time at home, I desire to serve people and making presents will allow me to do that. THank you for the great giveaway opportunity!
    Take care!

  17. csagray01 says:

    Hello craft, We have gone from a two income family to a one income family. NOw that I am at home with the boys, I hope to make holiday presents for family and friends. Please consider me for this giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity!
    Take care!

  18. jojoebi.designs says:

    for the last three years I have made most of my gifts for birthdays and Christmas, it would be lovely to have some fresh ideas.

  19. Sleep Goblin says:

    This sounds perfect for me. Simple, since I’m learning to sew as we speak, but stylish, because I don’t want to look like a ragamuffin…

  20. Charmedseed says:

    As a teacher, this is just the kind of thing I need around! I attempt to bring arts and crafts into everything, and for my elementary students, the simpler the better. Making projects easily accessible to all my students helps them learn and retain the REAL learning behind our projects! Any help I can get doing that is huge!

  21. Rosy says:

    I’ve finally planned ahead to make presents for friends and family this year! I need inspiration!

  22. Merisusa_G says:

    I’ve spent the last couple of christmas without gifting anybody and I’m planning on this Christmas to be different and I wanna go DIY of course. This book would really help!

  23. lauriewoo9 says:

    I love to make gifts for friends and relatives and am always looking for new, fun ideas. I would love this book!

  24. Beth says:

    This book would be SOOO helpful when it comes time to start on my Christmas projects!

  25. kelseyrar says:

    I’d love a copy of this book. I just moved across the country, and would love to send home handmade gifts this year!

  26. Sativa says:

    I just got a Janome Hello Kitty sewing machine and I’m really having fun with it! However, I’m stuck finding fun and gifty patterns that I can give away. A book like this could catapult me into the next level. I also knit and crochet. I would dearly love to be one of the 3 winners.

  27. Hilary says:

    I’ve been trying to make most gifts for the last couple of years and this year I’ve been making more than ever.
    I don’t want to keep giving friends and family the same old same old … would love some fresh ideas — this book looks great!

  28. jalphaiv says:

    The holidays are coming soon!

  29. Elli says:

    I am making 90% of the Christmas gifts this year, and a book chalk full of new ideas would certainly help!

  30. says:

    would love to win, thanks!

  31. says:

    I love to win, thanks!

  32. Jude Dickson says:

    Every time I go near one, it freezes up and tangles it’s threads. Help. Please send me this wonderful `low sew’ book. It’s a medical emergency…;)

  33. benses says:

    I already make all my gifts! I just have such poor time management skills and such high ideals that some people don’t get their gifts until February. Or July.

  34. elaine says:

    I love sewing gifts, but with 4 little ones, I don’t have much time to do so! This book would be perfect!

  35. allysonelizabeth says:

    Alphabetically: Baby shower, birthdays and Christmas – all in the next 2 months! And I’ll add myself on there too, because boy would I have fun with it!

  36. Merideathx says:

    Saving up for my first home, everyone is getting handmade gifts this year. Help!!!

  37. Merideathx says:

    Saving up for my first home…everyone is getting handmade gifts this year. Help!!!

  38. The8thChild says:

    I am just learning to sew and would love some projects that don’t overwhelm or frustrate me.

  39. Emma says:

    because every single christmas, i promise myself i am going to make all of my christmas presents, and then christmas comes a long and i run out of time. I need a book that helps me do the job quickly and easily!
    emniesl at gmail dot com

  40. Kim O says:

    I love giving!

  41. Blanca says:

    Because this IS the year I’m making all my presents… and even though I’ve been knitting non-stop, I need serious help with my sewn presents!

  42. says:

    Homemade gifts mean more! I’d love some creative new ideas!

  43. liz kramer says:

    I recently moved to Chicago to pursue my dream of being in a more design- and making-oriented profession. Unfortunately, that means I live in a more expensive city and am currently hunting for more employment. This book would help me not only expand my crafting this year, but help me out saving money on gifts for all the people who I really want to show my love and appreciation for. I want to keep my inspiration level high!

  44. Stacy says:

    I’ve had this book on my wishlist for ages! I’m hoping to make more Christmas gifts for friends and family this year.

  45. gettobuny says:

    The magic of the holiday season awakens the excitable creator in me! I would love new ideas and learn how to save time in the process. I am a stay-at-home-super-mom :) and love using my time wisely to create things. Please consider me for this generous give-away!!!

  46. selysia_1 says:

    I would love to win this book! The ideas are spectacular and as a busy mom and “full time volunteer” at our local elementary school I could really use some simple, home made project ideas not only for our family but for our school community. Please pick me – I promise to share it around!

  47. whereisshannon says:

    I’m in desperate need of ideas for fun and quick Christmas gifts, and this is the PERFECT book for that! Pick me, please!

  48. megsny says:

    This book is perfect for me, because I love making handmade gifts, but, sadly, high-sew projects seem to wither around here. Low-sew projects will actually get done! In a snap!

  49. megsny says:

    This is great for me, because I like to give presents that I have made, but high-sew projects seem never to be finished around here. Low-sew projects will get done for sure! In a snap! Sounds perfect.

  50. Caitlin T. says:

    i have lots of gifts to make between now and the holidays–and not a lot of time–and this book would be super helpful!
    thanks for the chance!

  51. snaffy says:

    I would love to make some homemade gifts this year and this book looks like it would have wonderful ideas!

  52. says:

    I love receiving hand-made gifts so I wanted to also try making them for others.

  53. Cnkcnk says:

    i would love more ideas for gifts to make that are less complicated as I always seem to do the last minute thing!

  54. says:

    A book like this would come in handy so many times! Somehow birthdays and holidays always seem to approach too fast, and this book would be great to whip-up some last minute hand-made gifts instead of turning to the good old gift cards when you’re in a pinch.

  55. runa says:

    What a nice thoughtfully compiled book…I spend days working on one gift as I’m very slow at sewing :) such a book would be so helpful to get my list of gifts done quicker. I’d love to win this book.

  56. domathy says:

    I want it because it looks awesome! plain and simple. :)

  57. Just-in says:

    … I always try to add a handmade gift to the presents I give, and this book will be a great source of inspiration for me. And in this way will definitely make my friends happy :)

  58. Barbara says:

    I would love to have this book as I have tons of gifts to make, and Simply Sublime Gifts would be a great source of inspiration!!

  59. Adélia says:

    Need it…
    Looks amazing and full of great stuff to do on the cold nights that are coming…

  60. mirja says:

    What a neat book, I would love it! Thanks for the giveaway

  61. quiosquedetrapos says:

    because I’m a rookie-crafter in need of good ideas to make most of my xmas gifts.
    thanks so much for this great giveaway!

  62. addlabels says:

    What beautiful little packages, I would love this book! Minimal sewing would be about my speed!

  63. kmstoc3 says:

    This book looks awesome. I am wanting to make everyone’s Christmas present this year instead of buying them and this looks like the perfect place to get ideas.

  64. papelhilo says:

    i love to make my own hand-made gifts, especially for Xmas, but I don’t always have ideas, so with this book, I would know what and how to do !

  65. ~Heather says:

    Because I wear jeans and converse, but I need a snazzy little apron (like the one on the cover) to round out my wardrobe.

  66. Laurpud says:

    Would love to win this & make Christmas presents-what a great idea by I.short1230!

  67. clorofila says:

    I have a big family and i always wanted to make presents to each one of them, this book will help me and they will be happy, because i ll also make all that presents

  68. Mary says:

    this book looks great! I love simple projects and making gifts!

  69. clzjjw says:

    I am an American living in S. Korea where I teach at an International School. I am having a hard time locating accessible crafting supplies. I have, however, been stashing items I think could be refashioned into something else. I would love to have a book that encouraged and inspired me in that direction. Thanks!

  70. says:

    This book would make my christmas gifts soooo much better! Really, I need it! :)

  71. says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. I try to make gifts whenever possible – its so much more personal than a purchased gift. And often you get a better product for a lot less when you DIY.

  72. abokansas says:

    Me Me Me Please!!! love love the book and all the projects it describes!!!

  73. sarahapple says:

    This week I began my handmade Xmas bonanza with a pair of mittens that are super tricky. Meaning? One person gets a mitten, and I’ll need the book for everyone else!

  74. aolivier says:

    Yes, yes and yes,yes!!! I would love to make simply sublime gifts for x-mas:)

  75. punkmama says:

    i think a good thrifty craft ideas book is always welcome!

  76. Mme622 says:

    I’m always looking for new projects & I know that this book will help me out :) Thanks for this contest & I hope I win! :)

  77. kristingeater says:

    This would be perfect for all of those Christmas gifts I need to get going on!

  78. Brian says:

    I need to win this book for my wife. She’s already making Christmas gifts and is always looking for more cool handmade gifts to make. Pick me!

  79. Tracy hanson says:

    I would love to Create The Wonderful Wonder Bread Apron-
    The calorie free Wonder bread Treat!!!

  80. jessiferrr says:

    every year i make gifts for christmas and usually everyone on my list ends up with the same “project of the year” in various color schemes. it would be fantastic to be able to tailor the gifts in more than just one way and maybe even find some good gifts for boys to make!
    pretty pretty please and thank you!

  81. Sara says:

    I’d love to win this book because maybe–just maybe–if I started gift-making in October, I’d actually finish in time for Christmas this year!

  82. Amanda says:

    I’ve been inspired to attempt a 100% handmade Christmas. I work 2 jobs which takes up about 60 hours a week. I think this goal is a little crazy, but what fun is life if we don’t mix in a little crazy from time to time? This book will definitely help stoke the creative juices!

  83. Elizabeth says:

    Everyone on my gift list this year has a quilt already. I need this book so my friends and family can get some 3D items instead of flat quilts. Please pick me!

  84. TuesdayK says:

    OH MY, I neeeeeeeeeed this book to liiiiiive :P
    I need it because I’m running out of ideas and inspiration :P

  85. says:

    I could use this book because I have a terribly tendency to wait until the last minute to work on gifts!

  86. joan says:

    I am grandmother to two darling granddaughters for whom I like to make handmade gifts not only for special occasions but for “just because” surprises. Since I am also a busy grandmother – part of several organizations and do several volunteer projects, time to create is always a factor. Would love a book with “quickie” but good projects.

  87. jules says:

    Wow! this book looks fantastic and I’d love to get it now before I procrastinate any further with Xmas gift ideas.

  88. Jenzilla says:

    While I love working with stained glass and beaded jewelry one thing I have always wanted to embrace is sewing. I have been nervous about being able to complete many of the projects I see on here for their difficultly level. This book looks like an amazing way to introduce myself to sewing projects and build my confidence. Plus then my friends and family will get a different kinds of gifts than the ones I usually do!

  89. Misty Bourne says:

    I’m going to get a sewing machine this winter (if not for Christmas then I will be buying one for myself) and I need a beginner’s project book desperately. I don’t know the first thing about sewing but I really want to learn, so this would be the perfect book with which to get started. :)
    Thanks for having this giveaway! :)

  90. Nicole says:

    I’ve always wanted to craft things as gifts for Christmas, but I’m not good at deciding what to make! I would love to have this book and be able to make many things :)

  91. sparrow1929 says:

    I love to make gifts for friends and family. This book looks like it has many fun ideas in it.

  92. ndawkins says:

    I love making handmade gifts… but I usually leave things for the last minute and often end up biting off more than I can chew! I need this book!

  93. Amy says:

    This would be great for birthdays, Christmas, gifts for myself…my fingers are very, very crossed.

  94. annannanna says:

    After stocking everyone in my family and friend group up with scarves, I would love to have this book to add to the Christmas-gift inspiration pile!

  95. jennyc.no3 says:

    I’m always on the look out for tutorials or projects I can use to make personalized gifts … this would be an awesome book to win! You guys rock!

  96. FashionistaNot says:

    I just love something that doesn’t take a lot of work but yet i could put a s[pin on thi8s!

  97. Maia Bee says:

    As a college student I dont really have the money or the time to create something nice for my friends for birthdays or party favors! :( I would love to be able to quickly whip something up and not have to buy something tacky instead.

  98. emily f says:

    this looks so wonderful! with my limited sewing abilities, but love of creating, this book looks just perfect!

  99. cericericeri says:

    Maybe this would inspire me I have run out of ideas for crafty xmass

  100. Siobhanbt says:

    Low-sew? Sounds fantastic! I love making gifts and I could use some fresh ideas.

  101. allie says:

    So cute. I definitely need this book!

  102. Lester says:

    I am making gifts for Christmas, and this would be a great source for inspiration.

  103. lulupanda says:

    i’d love to win this book to get some crafty ideas for christmas presents!

  104. onlymr2 says:

    Why? so I can save on Christmas gifts :)

  105. Sezouli says:

    I would LOVE to have this book!! Gifts are good, crafted ones are better, cheap and stylish crafted ones are best!

  106. Sezouli says:

    I would LOVE to have this book!! Gifts are good, crafted ones are better, cheap and stylish crafted ones are best!

  107. AndisDandies says:

    I would love, love, LOVE this book! I just graduated with my masters and I promised my family and friends that when I was done, I would be a much better mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. This is just one way I can do that: by making beautiful, thoughtful gifts for the people I love. Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  108. zinnamone says:

    I’m reading this site weekly and just as reading the story before the give away info thought that I as a minimalist scandinavian would need that kind of instructions that book has. That’s why :)

  109. mojothemonkey1985 says:

    I need this book please, having moved to another part of the country to be with my family, this book would help me create some personalised, thoughtful and meaningful presents for christmas to let them know I’m thinking of them! Thanks. :D x

  110. says:

    Always looking for new ideas for gifts to make!

  111. Alba says:

    Wow. I really need this book as I want to make all homemade gifts for the holidays this year. This would help a ton!!! Thank you!

  112. Beckysews says:

    I need more ideas for Christmas Prezzies!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  113. Melissa Lindley says:

    I love being able to finish a project in one session. It helps fuel my motivation, and I love crafting gifts for people-they love ’em and they’re usually much cheaper than buying something!

  114. mairekc says:

    this is exactly what i need to start planning x-mas gifts.

  115. Sezouli says:

    I would LOVE to have this book!! Gifts are good, crafted ones are better, cheap and stylish crafted ones are best!

  116. rebslee says:

    I’ve been waiting for awhile for this book from my local library. I’d much prefer my own copy so I could have it as a reference!

  117. Laura says:

    I just bought my first sewing machine, and at the same time I have entered the wonderful world of homemade gift giving! I would love to have the help and ideas presented in this book to make this Christmas a successful one!

  118. Kate Lew says:

    What a great giveway – I love simple and fast ideas for gifts and this sounds like the perfect fit!

  119. jenne_girle says:

    This is exactly what I need! My budget requires handmade gifts for all this year, but I’m having a baby in early November, so I know I’m going to be short on time and inspiration!

  120. Laura says:

    I just bought my first sewing machine, so every crafting idea is new and shiny to me! I would love to have the help and ideas presented in this book to make this Christmas a successful one!

  121. Fat Robin says:

    As a busy farm woman, simplicity is the key. And handmade is the best. A little guidance in the form of a lovely book is always welcome. Pick me!

  122. KatydidandKid says:

    As much as I’d like to labor over elaborate patterns, I’m usually up for the quick fix. This book seems right up my alley.
    katydidandkid at gmail dot com

  123. Sarah Hardy says:

    I haven’t figured out what I am making everyone for Christmas this year. This book would really help, and be a great addition to my craft books. Thanks!

  124. Lindsey says:

    I am all about handmade gifts so this is right up my alley!! I would love this book!

  125. loura says:

    I would love to have this book because I love to give handmade gifts and having 6 kids, running a homestead, and working I can use anything that lets me be creative, thrifty and save time.

  126. Mishaps says:

    I’ve been in a sort of a creative slump and this book would provide me with some much needed stimulation…and on top of that my friends will get some great hand-made love!

  127. malia says:

    I am going to school full time and working too. My small budget requires me to make my gifts. I am have run out of ideas and by the look of this cover, it seems to be the antidote to my problem!
    Thanks for offering this!

  128. Christine's Curiosity says:

    I am a short sew-a-holic! This is exactly the realm that I am trying to break into! I would love this book!

  129. drainl says:

    I love making homemade gifts! They’re not for everyone, but I try as often as I can.

  130. schnetzy says:

    All my life I have preferred to make gifts for my family rather than buy them. I search online and in stores for patterns and directions for fun unique things to make and then a couple months before the holidays I begin my big diy-fest to get things made for everyone. Well, this year my time is being swallowed up by my 2 month old baby girl! I don’t want to skip making gifts for my family though so if I had this book I would be able to skip the searching for ideas and jump straight into the making. This book has a number of things I would make right out of the gate and now having to juggle my time with baby, simple low-sew gifts would be amazing! So please pick me!

  131. Marie Cross says:

    I am new to sewing, and I would love this book to start making some nice gifts for the holidays!

  132. IrishMcc says:

    I would like it b/c I would like to win one for once. If I win & you ask I’ll tell u what I mean. :-)

  133. polkaostrich says:

    Well, I’m not a very good sewer, but I think this book would be just the thing…

  134. ammieloris says:

    In high school I wore a sort of grunge wonder bread spoof tee. How did I go from that to sporting aprons? Hmm. . .
    Well, this book would certainly bring back old memories, as well as foster new ones. Thanks!

  135. ricciolina says:

    It would inspire me to make handmade gifts for friends and family this holiday season!

  136. sarahkristen says:

    This would be great this close to CHristmas. I would still have time to make several of the gifts mentioned therein for my friends!

  137. malilies says:

    I love to sew but I dont have a sewing machine. So, I either do it by hand or go to my friends’ house to borrow theirs. So, I am all for low-sew projects :D

  138. Ranjani says:

    I always make gifts. This book would give me so many new and fresh ideas!

  139. Natalie Zee Drieu says:

    Entering in Elana Kehoe.

  140. christine says:

    i would love this book! i’ve been eyeing it for awhile… for the past few years i’ve been trying to make as many of my holiday gifts as possible.. but i’m running out of ideas!

  141. pedilu says:

    I’ve made up my mind, that I’ll craft all xmas gifts by myself. Therefore I do neeeeeeed the book!

  142. Dorion says:

    I’m always interested in new ideas, styles and techniques. I’d love to have a copy of this book.

  143. Hanna says:

    I have taken the Handmade Pledge to only give gifts that are handmade. The projects are so great in this book and would be great inspiration! I believe handmade is always better. I love this giveaway! Thanks so much.

  144. MaryK says:

    This books looks perfect for projects for christmas to break in my new machine.

  145. albuquirky says:

    I really want to make all of my Christmas gifts this year. Every year I fully intend to, but always run out of time. Maybe this book would help keep me on track!

  146. craftylibby says:

    I want to give a copy of this book to my crafty friend Lisa for her upcoming birthday.

  147. Natalie Zee Drieu says:

    Entering in for Melody Johnson from Friday A.M.

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