Wow, what an amazing response! Thanks, everyone, for entering the giveaway and giving me input on the bias tape you use. Since I had so many comments, I decided to make the giveaway even better!


For our first winner, I added a mostly-full spool of ribbon that matches the dots bias tape exactly. Seriously. It's uncanny. I found it in my stash and nearly squealed when I saw how perfectly it matched. The winner is #215, Genevieve!


Our second winner will receive two adorable packs of Christmas tree binding tape (not cut on the bias). The winner of this set is #21, Margaret! Congratulations! I'll send you each an email to get your mailing address shortly.

If you weren't one of the lucky winners but you still want some pretty bias tape, we're having a 10% discount on the entire store through the weekend. Use the coupon code SMSDEC10 to get your discount. I'll be adding more inventory daily, so make sure and check back often!

I learned a lot from all of your answers. One of the most common answers was that many of you aren't familiar with how to use bias tape or aren't sure if you're using it right. I'll pool together some bias tape resources about different types and how they are used. You also had some great suggestions (gingham bias tape, anyone?). Be on the lookout for some exciting additions to the store soon!
** Giveaway is closed. Winner to be announced soon! **

Sew, Mama, Sew! has coordinated another fabulous giveaway day. I’m so exited to participate for the first time. I have a really fun prize to give away. But first, let me announce…

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my brand spanking new Etsy shop, Slightly Biased, which carries handmade (by me!) bias tape. I’m going to be focusing on cute prints, including designer fabrics, for those crafters who don’t like or want to make their own bias tape. I’ll be building up inventory over the next few weeks, so check back often!
And now for the giveaway…

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Yep, you guessed it. Bias tape! And even better, it’s Christmas bias tape! Three yards each of two different prints, dots and snowflakes. The dots weren’t actually cut on the bias, so I guess technically that one is binding tape, but it’s still super cute. (It’s the same bias tape that I used on my table runner.)

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So what do you have to do to enter the giveaway? Leave a comment below answering one or more of the following questions:
  • What width and length bias tape do you usually use?
  • Double fold, single fold, or quilting (just folded in half) bias tape?
  • If you make your own, do you prefer it to be cut on the bias, or does it not matter for your usage?
  • What would you like to see in my shop?
The winner will be chosen randomly; one entry per person, please. This giveaway will be open until noon central time on Friday, December 17th. Sorry, no international shipping. Good luck!

 

Remember this cute reversible bag I made a few weeks ago? You can enter to win it at think liz for Day 8 of 12 Days of Handmade Giveaways. While you're over there, check out the other days as well. There are some really great prizes to be won!
I'm still working on my quilt, but I also got to attend my friend Rebekah's baby shower on Saturday, so I did a little bit of sewing for it. I already had some burp cloths set aside, ready to go, but I wanted a little something more, so I decided to sew up a cute little swaddling blanket. Rebekah and her husband are waiting to find out the sex of their baby, so I chose some cute neutral prints - dinosaurs in flannel and a green and cream polka-dot in cotton.



I did the top-stitching in a leaf pattern that mimics the leaves around the dinosaurs. These are my favorite types of sewing projects - fast, easy, and beautiful!


On a side note, I won a giveaway! Tiffany at TiggleGiggles ran a giveaway for Make Your Own Contemporary Quilts and a few fat quarters. This book has so many beautiful ideas for quilts! I love it! I'm going to save the fabric for a future quilt. Thanks, Tiffany!

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Last week was not only my husband's birthday but also a friend at school's birthday as well. I asked her to look through my free patterns list to see if there was anything she liked, and she requested a laptop sleeve out of a geometric print. She's not a fan of pink, which seems to be the overwhelming color in my stash, but I found this great blue and green dot print at Hobby Lobby that I thought was perfect. I used this laptop sleeve tutorial by Oh, Frannson! for Sew, Mama, Sew!, and it turned out really well. I had no idea what to expect since this was my first time using fusible fleece, but it's a lot sturdier than I would have imagined I could make at home. Yay! I really liked the pattern and would definitely recommend it. She'll get to try it out today and make sure it fits (fingers crossed). (Edit: It fits perfectly.) Happy Birthday, Andrea! And I got to use my walking foot for the first time. That thing is loud. But it sure does work. :)

And in other news, remember the Sew, Mama, Sew! giveaway day?



I won!



I actually won two (I know, crazy!) but they were both from blogs overseas, so I just now got the first one in the mail yesterday. This giveaway was ran by Lisa of The Princess & the Monkey, located in Australia. The wrapping was too cute.



And the clutch is even cuter. I really love the embroidery in the bottom corner that mirrors the pattern in the print. Thanks, Lisa! I love it!
Yay! This was a local contest, and I entered on Sunday and got a call on Monday that I won! I sold the tickets on stubhub, so I'm probably going to use the cash to buy sewing stuff.... maybe a rotary cutter? Fabric? Hmm..... Maybe I'll save it until I get some of the projects done that I already have materials for. We'll see!
I won again! Today I won a $25 JCPenney Giftcard from the JCPenney Feel the Joy of Giving Sweepstakes. Apparently this is a really good time for sweeps; companies put out a lot during the holidays. You can enter this one 10 times a day, so give it a shot, and see if you win!
I forgot to post this - on Sunday, I won a pedometer from the Splenda: Operation Get Sweet Sweepstakes. Every six months or so, I've wanted to buy one, so I'm excited to get one for free. I also won a coupon for a free Pace Salsa from the Pace - Under the Lid sweepstakes last night, but I was on my laptop and printing to my printer wirelessly didn't work, so I lost the coupon. :( Oh well, at least it was only salsa!
Enter in the Aquos Experience Sweepstakes to win an LCD TV and they will donate $1 to the Hope Program, which "will be launching the Green Collar Project, which will prepare HOPE students for jobs in an environmental field that provides family sustaining wages, safe working conditions and chances for advancement. The Green Collar Project includes jobs in construction, energy, horticulture, building retrofitting, transportation, manufacturing sectors and more."
I won again! I won a movie ticket to any movie at any theater that takes e-movie cash from the Jacob's Creek Sweepstakes. It is good until the end of April, so I have plenty of time to pick a good movie to use it for. Woohoo!