Sunday, 7 October 2012

The Make & Craft Blog Tour and Giveaway

I'm very excited to be part of the Make & Craft Blog Tour for a fab new craft magazine which is being launched on 12 October 2012. Thanks to the lovely Handmade Harbour for passing on the baton to me.

Make and Craft is a new monthly magazine which will feature a wide range of different crafts including sewing.  I'm a bit of a sucker for glossy magazines so its great to know there is a new one to try out. One of the things that appeals to me about Make & Craft is there will be a mini magazine called 'Kids Craft Club' included. This really interests me as my 7 year old daughter Izzy loves to make things and is getting to the age where she can make things without help from me with the right projects. I'm really interested to see what this will look like. We can share the magazine and I will have a great excuse to buy it! Make & Craft have some great subscription offers at the moment. 3 digital editions for £1 or 3 print editions for £3 with a fab free gift for longer subscriptions. They have a great website too which encourages crafters to get in touch with each other online to share ideas, take part in crafty swaps or discuss new craft books in the monthly online bookclub.

The lovely people at Make & Craft have sent me a gorgeous craft book to give away to one of my blog readers.

Its one of the 'Love to Sew' series published by Search Press. This one is called 'Pincushions' by Salli-Ann Cook (£7.99 ISBN 978-1-84448-822-3). Its a lovely book full of fun and quirky pincushions (20 projects in all) which would be perfect to make for yourself or to give as presents. It has great ideas to make decorative pins to put in the pincushions made out of shrink plastic. This is such a sweet idea and really makes the pincushions special.

My favourites are a hedgehog with pin leaves

and the cat with pin fish!

All patterns and templates are included in the book. If you don't win the giveaway, you can always buy it here. You even get free P&P by calling Search Press on 01892 510850 and quoting 'Make and Craft Blog Tour'.

I'm supposed to share a little information about me too so here it goes! I'm a 40 something mum of 2 who is completely addicted to fabric and sewing. I love to write about all things sewing related hence the Sew Scrumptious blog! I make and sell quirky fabric gifts for children (tooth fairy cushions, hair clip tidies, bibs etc) which you can find here.

I also co-ordinate the 'Dress a Girl Around the World Charity' in the UK which encourages people who can sew to make pillowcase dresses for girls living in poverty in the developing world. We have collected over 2,600 dresses so far and distributed them to Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana and India.

So to win this lovely book, just register on the Make and Craft website, follow my blog and leave a comment below. The giveaway will close on Sunday 14 October when I will pick a name from the hat to win.

Make sure you go and see the next lovely blog on the Blog Tour. Its the lovely Georgina Giles blog.


  1. This looks a great magazine - I'll be looking out for it in the shops!
    I've subscribed to their newsletter and I'm a follower of yours!

  2. Great blog. I now follow you here and on fb! The hedgehog pincushion is so cute, would make a lovely gift for my daughter.

  3. I've been following your blog for ages already! Hope you send this book anywhere because I'm longing to make that cat pincushion!

  4. Hi Louise,
    I've registered on the Make and Craft website.. What a fab new magazine. I'm sure Jo and I would find lots of inspiration in there. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    A x

  5. The pincushions look lovely - what a nice idea for a sewing book, pincushions are useful little projects ideal for trying out new techniques and a girl can never have too many of them! I'm teaching my 10-year-old granddaughter to sew so this book could be ideal for her.

    Your makes look lovely and your dress a girl around the world project is inspiring.

    Thanks for taking the baton from me! It's good to be part of a blog tour - I'm really enjoying visiting the different blogs.

  6. Thank you so much for joining the Make and Craft Book Club blog tour. Its lovely to have Sew Scrumptious involved. The book looks wonderful and so many ideas.
    Your shop is full of lovely items to buy and the fabrics you use are gorgeous. The pillow case dresses is such a wonderful way for girls around the world to receive dresses. They are so easy to make.
    The Kids Craft Club is an excellent way for children to be a part of the craft world with competitions, being a product tester and taking part in challenges and lots of projects to make each month. There’s a lot to be added to our website for children too, so keep your eye out for that.
    Katharine, Make and Craft Editor

  7. Sounds like my kind of magazine!! Will pop over and register. AND I can see more of my little frocks in that photo - it's wonderful! x Jo

  8. I'm really impressed your 7 year old has her own sewing machine. My 6 year old is always asking to have a go on mine so maybe you've just provided a birthday present idea! Combined with the mag we might just be onto something!

  9. I have gladly followed you through GFC. I like to sew too, so you will be a valuable resource:) And I really have my eye on that book. I would love to win it. Can't wait for the mag to start. Julie @

  10. This looks good! I am following your blog and I have an account at Make and Craft :)

  11. Hi there! What a great blog! I'm going to look into the pillowcase dresses further as I'm sure I can help with this project! I'd love to win this book as I am always looking for new, quirky gifts to make for my friends. These are so original! I'm registered on the make and craft website already. I've followed you on twitter now too! I'm a prolific tweeter and am looking forward to conversing with you!

  12. Hi Louise. Make and Craft sounds like a really interesting magazine. I've had a bit of a look around their website and have registered on there. I follow you on here and on Facebook.

  13. I think I might be on make and craft but I can't honestly remember. I will have to go and check now. If not I shall be by the time you read this!
    What a great opportunity. I love reading about your dresses. . .

  14. I'm a blog follower, I've registered on the M&C website and I'd love to win the book.

  15. What a cute book!! I love the hedgehog design and might have to snap up a copy if I'm not the lucky winner.

    The 'Dress a Girl Around the World Charity' sounds amazing, I will certainly see what I can do to contribute (I've saved the link to my favourites!!)

    Michaela x

  16. Craft magazines, my favourite and to have a kids craft section too is awesome.
    The hedgehog is adorable so cute :)

  17. I absolutely love the Cat with fish - if I don't win the book I'm going to add it to my christmas list for dure!

  18. I'm so glad to have found your blog again - thanks to Sew La La Fabric Shop! I came across your blog a few weeks ago and forgot to start following before I closed my PC down for the evening... You've so much inspiration on here, and I may have to try my hand at a pillowcase dress for the charity. And of course I'd love to win the pincushion book. Lesley x

  19. I'm so glad to have found your blog again - thanks to Sew La La Fabric Shop! I came across your blog a few weeks ago and forgot to start following before I closed my PC down for the evening... You've so much inspiration on here, and I may have to try my hand at a pillowcase dress for the charity. And of course I'd love to win the pincushion book. Lesley x

  20. so pleased to have found your blog again - thanks to Sew La La fabric shop! Loads of fab inspiration, and I'd love to win the pincushion book. Off to check out the Make & Craft site now. Lesley x


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