Saturday, September 12, 2015

"Sewing Pretty Bags" Giveaway for a Free Book!

 I love to sew beautiful items of all kinds! From clothing, to accessories, to quilts, to decorative items,  to gifts for any, and all occasions... to surprises for the special people in my life.

But I especially love sewing purses and bags!

I sew at least a half dozen a year. Many are utilitarian and are used for shopping at my local grocery store, to bring things to quilt guild, or to bring items I need in the car, at someone's house, to bring on a special trip.

But when I make a bag for a gift (and a bag is one of my very favorite things to give) I want to give something pretty! And this wonderful book is filled to the brim with very pretty bags to make, for yourself or as a lovely, lovely gift!

"Sewing Pretty Bags" is a new book by the talented sewing sisters, Debra and Cheyanne Valencia. With step by step instructions, they give a fresh, modern take on designing and sewing a variety of  beautiful bags,  with lovely ways to trim and accent them in ways that are both functional as well as pretty and fashionable! 

And as a wonderful opportunity for one of my reader/followers, I want to offer a copy of this book to one of you...absolutely free!

As one a wonderful opportunity from Fox Chapel Publishing, creator of a fabulous variety of beautiful lifestyle sewing and craft books, I have been given the opportunity to review this exceptionally striking and lovely book filled with so many truly pretty bags of all kinds, and offer a reader a free copy!

I am delighted to have been selected from so many others that love creating beautiful things, to be the sponsoring blog for this giveaway!

If you are a reader here, you get a chance to win this book by just leaving a nice comment about me, the book, making bags, giving away beautiful handmade gifts.....anything!

If you are one of my much treasured followers, you get five please comment below and include the fact that you are a follower. And I am offering five chances because I think just two is silly when it takes time to become a follower ;-)

Its easy, so join now, leave a comment and if you are an anonymous reader or shy about leaving a comment do so at: and be sure to have an email listed so I can send you the notice that you win a copy of this book.

Thanks for stopping by, and please do toss your creative hat into the winner's ring to own this truly well written, and designed book on "Sewing Pretty Bags", me a very appropriate title!!

PS: Drawing Info
I'll do the random winner selection one week from the very first posting which was Sept. 7th so winner will be announced on Sept 14th...probably added to this post! Good luck to one and all of you lovely readers!!! Remember, to add in if you are a "follower" so you get all those extra chances. Just as a thank you. I am happy if you come here to visit, anyway, anyhow! Thank you all! It's because of all of you that this blog is closing in on 7.5 million views. Unbelievable!!!!

And the winner of the drawing for this lovely book is Peggy who blogs at "Sew, Rip, Sew"
Peggy is one of my lovely Canadian readers and makes wonderful quilts, bags and other fun items. A kindred spirit for sure and a blog that I've visited many times! Congratulations, Peggy!

Send me your full name and address and I'll get that to the authors and the publisher for your free book!

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares her creative and healing  journey from Alaska to Oregon. Wildcrafting and the textiles arts... sewing, quilting, and creating prayer flags. Join me as I add my healing energies to changing our little project, one gift of sharing from my heart, at a time.