Twice per year hosts a Giveaway Day. A whole bunch of bloggers get giveaways together, and SewMamaSew compiles a big list. Or in this case, there are multiple lists for different categories. And this giveaway day is actually a giveaway week! You’ll want to head over there to find all the other give aways! But not yet….

Today, I have 4 patterns to give away. All of them are uncut. Some are extras that I won’t use, some are from Sewing Summit swag, and one is a pattern I bought forever ago and have never managed to make. But it’s so cute I think someone should try it out.

The first is a much sought after copy of Simplicity 3835 Built By Wendy top. I bought it as an extra ages ago when I had a very lucky day! It’s the smaller size range from size 4-12. I have hunted high and low for a second copy in the larger size, but have not found it.

Next up are two patterns left from my Sewing Summit swag. I know that I will not have occasion to make either of these, so I’m offering them up to someone with a little girl of their own to sew for.

One is an The Maddie Bee apron style top from Brassy Apple. So cute. (Sizes 2 – 7)

And the other is a modkid pattern… emma. An adorable dress with lots of layers that reminds me of a butterfly costume for some reason. (Sizes 2T – 7)

And finally, The old quilting pattern that I never got to, but someone should! It would be an adorable wall hanging in a newborn’s nursery. It’s the first block from the Giraffic Park series quilt by McKenna Ryan called “Tippy Top“. And in my humble opinion the cutest block from the series… but I have a thing for giraffes.

I’m going to give away each pattern as a separate prize, so I will randomly draw 4 winners after December 16 (Friday), 2011 at 7pm CST. All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment telling me what one of your favorite blogs is and why. (For a second entry, leave another comment telling me one way I can improve my blog.)

First name drawn will get to choose which pattern they want, then the 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Feel free to leave your first choice in your comment. And this one is open to everyone. Even overseas.

I hope you are all as excited about this as I am!


109 Responses to “Giveaway Day!”

  1. Vicky on December 12th, 2011 7:58 am

    A Cuppa and A Catchup, I just love Nova’s style, her use of linen and hand stitching is just so beautiful. A bit zakka, some might say.

  2. mframe on December 12th, 2011 8:38 am

    I love Cole’s Corner and Creations. I wish I had her skills!

  3. ellen on December 12th, 2011 8:53 am

    I’d love the built by wendy one if I win!

  4. Robin on December 12th, 2011 8:56 am

    I’m a big fan of Made by Rae. Her fabric choices are just beautiful.

    I’d love to make the emma dress from modkids :)

  5. Desiree @ Wee Share on December 12th, 2011 9:08 am

    I really like Sewing In No Man’s Land :)

  6. Desiree @ Wee Share on December 12th, 2011 9:08 am

    I don’t see anything to improve right now. Categories are easy to see and I like the buttons at the top to connect on social media.

  7. susan hwang on December 12th, 2011 9:10 am

    my favorite blog is sunday suppers because of their gorgeous food pictures and amazing recipes.

  8. Robyn on December 12th, 2011 9:39 am

    My favorite blog is I like to do a little bit of everything, and that’s exactly what they have. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Lynne on December 12th, 2011 9:46 am

    I love Red Pepper quilts. Love everything she makes.

    Thanks so much!

  10. Kristy on December 12th, 2011 10:02 am

    I love Threading My Way…she’s a super sweet lady, down to earth and very talented! :)

    Thanks for the fun!

  11. Kristy on December 12th, 2011 10:02 am

    I think you blog is very easy to navigate and I love that! Crisp, clean appearance!

    Thanks again!

  12. Shola on December 12th, 2011 10:15 am

    Great patterns! I love Craft Gossip as it gives me the ream of the crop on all the best tutes!

  13. Shola on December 12th, 2011 10:17 am

    No expert on web design but I’d say make it wider, use the whole screen and add some funky fonts:)

  14. Gill on December 12th, 2011 10:25 am

    Thank you for a great giveaway!
    One of my favourite blogs is Vanessa Caban at not just knitting!! and Vanessa is a very talented illustrator!

  15. Gill on December 12th, 2011 10:26 am

    I like the way your blog looks, very easy to read and navigate so I’d say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!!

  16. Taryn on December 12th, 2011 10:28 am

    I love the Sew4Home blog. There has been so many great projects I want to try.

  17. Taryn on December 12th, 2011 10:29 am

    I love the way your blog looks. The only thing might be to make the center part wider so your great pictures can be bigger.

  18. limor on December 12th, 2011 10:32 am

    I’d love to win the Emma pattern. My daughter would love a dress like that.

  19. MBMeadows on December 12th, 2011 10:34 am

    love the Wendy top pattern!

  20. ashley s on December 12th, 2011 10:34 am

    I love adventuresindressmaking. She posts awesome tutorials and always makes cute stuff!

  21. lynn on December 12th, 2011 10:55 am

    soule mama. great inspiration.
    thanks for the giveaway!

  22. meghann on December 12th, 2011 11:17 am

    Oh, I love that Wendy top!

    My favourite blog…oh, there are so many that are so lovely… I go back to ‘Craftiness Is Not Optional’ quite a bit because she does lots of tutorials for clothing for her daughter (who happens to be about the same age as my daughter!) and I like that I’m learning to sew without a pattern… xo

  23. In Black & White on December 12th, 2011 11:23 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    I read a lot of crafty blogs but I think I’d have to say the dog-focused “Two Pitties in the City” is one of my favorites. They’re local to me so I get the added bonus of learning all about doggy activities in my area.

  24. Hueisei on December 12th, 2011 11:44 am

    Sew Mama Sew.
    Lots of tutorials and guidelines..
    Thx for the chance to win ^^v

  25. Tina on December 12th, 2011 1:02 pm

    I absolutely LOVE Sew Retro ( and The Sew Weekly ( as they’re both great sources of inspiration!

  26. Sarah on December 12th, 2011 1:36 pm

    I love The Crafter’s Apprentice, she has such a unique sense of humour and great posts!

    Thanks for the giveaway
    Sarah @

  27. lin on December 12th, 2011 2:19 pm

    don’t really have a favorite blog right now. SMS definetly by far and I like Noodlehead’s blog and Cluck Cluck Sew are ones I check daily.

    Thanks again.

  28. Anne on December 12th, 2011 2:48 pm

    I love so many blogs, but one I keep returning to is Wishes, True and Kind…I just really like her aesthetic. Merry Christmas!

  29. Sarah T. on December 12th, 2011 2:49 pm

    I really love Sally Shim’s blogs (shim & son and sally j. shim). She has a totally gorgeous and clean aesthetic.

  30. Anne on December 12th, 2011 2:49 pm

    As far as improvements…nothing makes a blog like lots of tutorials with great pictures! If I win I would like the Emma pattern.

  31. krystina on December 12th, 2011 3:23 pm

    I love Red Pepper Quilts for quilting and Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing for garments.

  32. marion on December 12th, 2011 3:46 pm

    I love the blog at because they always show nice ideas from lots of different other blogs.

  33. kristin on December 12th, 2011 3:48 pm

    i love smitten kitchen and how sweet it is. They both like the same foods as me!

  34. KeriCan on December 12th, 2011 3:57 pm

    Emma #1 and Built by Wendy #2 – hard choice!

    roguekeri at live dot com

  35. seeks on December 12th, 2011 4:16 pm

    I love the Built by Wendy pattern! Thanks!

  36. Erin on December 12th, 2011 4:31 pm

    Built by Wendy? Yes please!

    I love joythebaker because she has a sense of humor and delicious treats

  37. Bethany on December 12th, 2011 4:46 pm

    I love oldredbarn. blogspot. com. It is fun and it taught me how to quilt…so always a special place in my heart!

  38. Kim on December 12th, 2011 5:03 pm

    I love She’s inspiring and funny! I didn’t even know about those Wendy patterns by Simplicity. How awesome!

  39. Kim on December 12th, 2011 5:05 pm

    To improve your blog I would perhaps have a page of Tutorials cos I always go to that page on every blog I find. It’s either that or Recipes, lol.

  40. Kimberly on December 12th, 2011 5:16 pm

    I love Oh Frannson. I am quilter and I adore Elizabeth. I would prefer the Built by Wendy top pattern. Thank you.

  41. Pam C on December 12th, 2011 5:59 pm

    I would like the Modkid one if I won

  42. anne s. on December 12th, 2011 6:53 pm

    I get excited every time Craftiness is not Optional’s new posts show up in my reader, because often that means a great new tutorial! Thanks for the chance to win!

  43. Rhonda aka Quilter in The Gap on December 12th, 2011 6:58 pm

    I have several blogs that are my favorites but among them are Fluffy Sheep Quilting and kiss kiss Quilt both are great blogs.

  44. Jodi R on December 12th, 2011 7:27 pm

    I have quite a few favourites but Cinderberry Stitches and Sarah Jane Studios are my current favourites as I have a 16 month old daughter and they are full of girly child friendly inspirations.

  45. Jodi R on December 12th, 2011 7:31 pm

    Maybe you could put a short version of your profile info and a picture in one of the side columns on your blog home page. It can be helpful for new people visiting to start getting to know you.

  46. Tawny on December 12th, 2011 8:29 pm

    My fave blog is my bloggy friend Steph’s blog The Silly Pearl: tons of fantastic creative stuff on there. :)

  47. alli b on December 12th, 2011 8:55 pm

    Hmm, the blogs I read the most would probably be:
    - because i love the colours and fabric choices, and all of the projects are something I would make.
    - because the projects and posts are wicked
    thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Tia on December 12th, 2011 8:58 pm

    I love …she has so many awesome tutorials. She is very cheerful too :)

  49. Ann Cardamone Soumar on December 12th, 2011 10:24 pm

    I am head over heels for the Built by Wendy patterns. I already have one, but would love them all!

  50. stephanie on December 12th, 2011 11:26 pm

    My favorite blog is aplainpath, because its my friends. ;0)
    Love the Emma pattern

  51. Sharleen on December 12th, 2011 11:45 pm

    One of my favorite is the Sewing Dork and it it wasn’t for her I would have missed this giveaway and the chance to play as well.

  52. JP on December 13th, 2011 1:24 am

    I love the Coletterie from Colette Patterns!

    If I win I’d love to have the Built By Wendy top or the Modkid pattern! Thanks for the chance to win!

  53. Kat on December 13th, 2011 2:03 am

    I really like my own blog. Is that cheating? LOL… for no other reason that it’s where I diarise anything that is important to me.
    I also like Quilt Story :)

  54. Kat on December 13th, 2011 2:04 am

    I might suggest making your middle column wider to balance the look more & make it easier to view the important stuff. But apart from that it is nice & clean and nice looking :)

  55. jackie on December 13th, 2011 2:57 am

    Did you know that “built by Wendy” has a group of really wonderful sewing books, I got them out of my neighborhood library, they are fantastic!!!!!

  56. Sissy on December 13th, 2011 3:12 am

    I love Beneath my heart.blogspot and they are not quilt blogs (one is DIY and one more family photo and childrens clothing sewing).

  57. Njeri on December 13th, 2011 4:05 am
  58. Njeri on December 13th, 2011 4:06 am

    Your font is a tad small and for someone with eye problems it’s a bit of an issue.

  59. Gina C. on December 13th, 2011 4:39 am

    I do love going to the SMS blogs. Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway! :)

  60. Millie on December 13th, 2011 5:39 am

    I love reading Anna Maria Horner’s blog. It is a lovely mix of work, crafting and family.

  61. Sydney on December 13th, 2011 7:32 am

    I really like I like her sparse, yet personal style :)

  62. Crunchy Con Mommy on December 13th, 2011 8:57 am

    One of my favorite blogs is Wild Olive-she has the cutest embroidery patterns and often has free patterns and tutorials for both embroidery and for stuff to embroider like mug rugs. And she’s funny and nice.

    P.S. I only have a little boy, so if you draw me for the little girl patterns, you can draw again for someone else that they’d be more useful to!

  63. Rebekah on December 13th, 2011 9:14 am

    I love Lilblueboo. I always have, but lately, it has become so inspirational through Ashley’s struggles with cancer.

    ps I’ve been looking for that Built By Wendy top/tunic also.

  64. Adrianna on December 13th, 2011 10:07 am

    My favorite blog is Esme and the Laneway. She is a beautiful girl from Australia with a seriously adorable style! I love her photos and her hair tutorials:)

  65. Michelle on December 13th, 2011 10:53 am

    “Lil Blue Boo” is one of my favorite blogs! I love Ashley’s writing style; very relate able! She is very generous in sharing tutorials and how-to-tips, and her creativity is un matched! :) You can check it out at


  66. Brooke on December 13th, 2011 11:42 am

    My favorite blog is Hopeful Threads. She has new charity sewing project each month. It is so much fun to sew along!

  67. Brooke on December 13th, 2011 11:44 am

    Blog improvements- I think your header needs to be just a little bit bigger. :)

  68. Carly on December 13th, 2011 11:45 am

    Would love the Built by Wendy pattern…have been looking for it! Let’s see, I love to read Diary of a Quilter. :)

  69. carrie on December 13th, 2011 12:07 pm

    sew mama sew is my fav blog

  70. Kristin PG on December 13th, 2011 12:53 pm

    I love that Modkids pattern! So cute.

  71. LucyL on December 13th, 2011 1:50 pm

    My fav website is The Sew Weekly. I got so much inspirations from their posts.

    I love the prize #1 Built by Wendy patterns. I like how she designs her patterns, easy to wear and easy to sew..

    Happy Holidays!

  72. LucyL on December 13th, 2011 1:54 pm

    As for improvement, looks very clean and organized…maybe you could add an category “tutorials”. I’d personally love to dive into tutorials first when I browse a new blog.

    Happy Holidays!

  73. Tanya on December 13th, 2011 4:14 pm

    So many great blogs out there but one of my faves is a fashionable stitch. Thanks for the giveaway!

  74. AnnaPK on December 13th, 2011 4:16 pm

    I would choose the top for me, as my new year’s resolution is to do some sewing for me!

  75. kathy h on December 13th, 2011 6:31 pm

    One of my favorite blogs is Stray stitches.

  76. Samarra on December 13th, 2011 7:50 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’d love that first top for myself! I love because well, it’s fabric porn and I don’t have to hoard it but can sit wide-eyed at my computer with a cup of coffee and oooh-ahhh over collections to myself. :D

  77. Amanda H on December 13th, 2011 8:39 pm

    One of my favorite blogs is Ruffles and Stuff. Great inspiration, and very real.

    I would love the Mod kid pattern if I win!

  78. kathyh on December 13th, 2011 8:53 pm

    Favorite blog is Angry Chicken.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    I’ve got great-nieces who need their auntie to sew for them.

  79. Christy Dixon on December 13th, 2011 11:10 pm

    My favorite blog is Sew Mama Sew! Of Course!! I have learned SO MUCH from there!!

    I love the modkid pattern… emma. I’ve never seen it before but my 2 year old granddaughter would adore that dress! I would have several years to make many different variations for her!

  80. Christy Dixon on December 13th, 2011 11:13 pm

    I’m a new follower of yours so I don’t know how you can improve yet but one piece of advice I can give in general is make sure you keep your page updated. I hate getting excited about something then finding a broken link.

    Oh yeah if I win, I would love the modkid pattern!!

  81. Shanny Gallagher on December 14th, 2011 1:06 am

    My favorite site is I learned about it a few months ago– totally fun!

  82. Tara B on December 14th, 2011 12:18 pm she is so sweet and inspiring.

  83. Sandy on December 14th, 2011 2:29 pm

    My favorite blog is sew many ways, she has lots of great tutorials for making things from home improvement store items. Thanks for the giveaway! I love the Tippy Top pattern!

  84. Sandy on December 14th, 2011 2:30 pm

    I like your blog just the way it is!

  85. Clari on December 14th, 2011 3:07 pm

    I would love the Emma dress pattern. My daughters would flip for momma to make them that dress. I like your blog just fine the way it is. My favorite blog is Sew, Mama, Sew. It has loads of tutorials and I’ve learned to sew just by following them.

  86. Ashley on December 14th, 2011 3:47 pm

    I love It is a real pleasure to read and is always uplifting…not to mention has great ideas.

  87. Ms Muffin on December 14th, 2011 5:00 pm

    My favourite blogs are and

    They are just great, make amazing stuff, are nice and fun people …

    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  88. sangeetha on December 14th, 2011 7:23 pm

    I love design sponge – it has some really cool DIY ideas

  89. sangeetha on December 14th, 2011 7:24 pm

    I love that your blog does not have any sponsor / ad clutter, but would add some color to brighten it up maybe just in the header?

  90. jenny on December 14th, 2011 11:01 pm

    The Pioneer Woman, love the recipes she posts! Thanks for the chance to win!
    okiedokiemama at yahoo dot com

  91. Ann on December 15th, 2011 5:29 am

    AdventureInDressMaking is one of my favourite blog. Great ideas all the time.

  92. Jqluo on December 15th, 2011 6:40 am

    Sew Mama Sew. One stop centre for all the great blogs :)
    Thanks for the generous giveaway and a chance to win!

  93. Jqluo on December 15th, 2011 6:42 am

    Maybe you try to include a links to projects you have completed in a thumbnails icons.

  94. Marguerite on December 15th, 2011 7:50 am

    Even though it’s different from what I normally choose (shiny happy blogs with tutorials and fun projects), I think my favorite is My Cozy Little Whimsy Nook by Marmeecraft. She creates this magical world for herself and it’s just peaceful to see what she’s up to! (Other than that – Grosgrainfabulous, especially when she’s not pregnant and has more time to do stuff!) (These are also the only two blogs I keep in my feed reader even though they don’t include the full posts in the feed. You have to be super-fabulous to get me to keep you that way!) A close third: IkatBag by LiEr, as she’s got great projects and pictures.

  95. Linda on December 15th, 2011 12:12 pm

    Hello, One of my favorites isn’t exactly a blog but I love checking out One Pretty Thing – lots of inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win. Linda

  96. crystal on December 15th, 2011 12:24 pm

    I love MADE!

  97. crystal on December 15th, 2011 12:28 pm

    I like the look of your blog now, its simple and easily navigated. Maybe your pictures could be a little bigger, but really that’s all I can think of.

  98. Susan on December 15th, 2011 12:35 pm

    I love Made by Rae.

  99. Shayla Sharp on December 15th, 2011 7:02 pm

    I would love that Simplicity pattern–should have got it when it came out and have been kicking myself since! One of my favorite blogs is Lily’s Quilts.

  100. Meika on December 15th, 2011 10:07 pm

    I love MADE (Dana Made it). It is so fresh with great simple tutorials and I love her style

  101. dianne mclean on December 15th, 2011 11:26 pm

    I like MADE because her projects are doable and her writing is enjoyable to read.
    jmclean at mts dot net

  102. Mama Bear on December 16th, 2011 1:00 am

    I like Prudent Baby. That’s the site that got me started on this sewing kick. Thanks for the giveaway!

  103. sara on December 16th, 2011 8:14 am

    I love

  104. Sertyan on December 16th, 2011 9:23 am

    I love!

  105. laura on December 16th, 2011 12:37 pm

    My favorite blog is the pioneer woman. not for sewing stuff, but for entertainment, photographer tips and cooking goodies. that lady is hilarious. thanks for the giveaway! and i choose the wendy top!

  106. laura on December 16th, 2011 12:38 pm

    THe things that make blogs interesting to me is: conversational tone (help me get to know you!), good, naturally lit photography, and tons of tutorials! Thanks again! I choose the Wendy top!

  107. Sheila on December 16th, 2011 12:55 pm

    I have a few favourites: In Color Order, Stitched in Color, Food In Jars and The Jealous Curator. All places that I check in regularly. :)

  108. Serena on December 16th, 2011 2:23 pm

    I always enjoy . Always!

  109. Mama Lusco on December 16th, 2011 3:37 pm

    I love Schwin & Schwin for kids tutorials and The Sewing Dork for her fun, frugal sewing. Thank you!