Win a copy of ‘Little One-Yard Wonders’ by Editors Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins, from Storey Publishing!
PHOTO CREDIT: Photo Courtesy of Storey Publishing
I made a one-yard fabric suitcase for the ‘Little One-Yard Wonders’ book edited by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins and published by Storey Publishing in June, 2014. Santa brought me a zippered canvas suitcase of my own one year, and I enjoyed taking it on sleepovers to friends’ houses and on camping trips until it finally wore out in high school. Here’s a photo of my original sample of the ‘Snail Face Suitcase’ project which I submitted to the editors for consideration for publication in the ‘Little One-Yard Wonders’ book. The fabric in this sample is a fun animal print on a light blue background. I think a fabric print such as this one would appeal to young girls as well as boys.
One of my favorite design techniques is adding embellishments to my creations. Here’s a photo of the whimsical snail on the original sample project. He’s made out of rickrack, grosgrain ribbon, buttons, beads, and embroidery floss. I duplicated this design for the photos in the book. My thanks to Dill Buttons of America (http://us.dill-buttons.com/) for providing all the buttons for the snail’s body, head, tail, and antennae.
I used a navy blue 22″ two-slider closed bottom purse zipper from Coats & Clark to make the closure for the suitcase. I like the look of a contrasting zipper because then the closure component of an accessory becomes a design accent. I used Coats Dual Duty XP General Purpose thread for the general assembly of the suitcase with machine quilting thread for the decorative topstitching on the suitcase and handle. A special thanks to Coats & Clark for providing the threads and zippers for the project.
The other project I submitted for consideration for publication in this book was a BINGO card with vocabulary words on one side and numerals on the other side. I made the BINGO cards with machine-embroidered sight words using cotton fabric with colorful rickrack to make the grid. On the opposite side, I machine-embroidered numerals and used rickrack for the grid lines. The editors tweaked my idea by having me remake the game cards for an ‘I Spy’ game. Editor Rebecca Yaker designed the ‘I Spy’ game bag with trinkets that coordinates with my game boards. I used Coats & Clark machine quilting threads for this project. This machine quilting thread really makes the machine-embroidered vocabulary words stand out because of its nice sheen and thickness. Here are photos of the original BINGO cards I submitted for consideration for publication. This is an easy adaptation readers of the book could implement to make the game educational for older children who are learning to read and do math.
Holiday Book Giveaway Contest:
Think of all of the great gifts you can make with these projects designed especially with newborns, toddlers, children, and tweens in mind! In honor of the holiday season, the publisher of ‘Little One-Yard Wonders’, Storey Publishing, has generously offered to give a copy of this book to one lucky seamstress who resides in the United States. There are three ways to enter the contest to improve your chances of winning this $29.95-priced book with pattern pieces included. For your chance to win, post a comment on this blog post, post a comment on my blog, or send me an email (email@example.com) with ‘Little One-Yard Wonders Book’ in the subject line. My contact information is shown below. Contest closes on Tuesday, December 16th. The winner will be announced here and on my blog and Facebook page on or before December 18th. Please note: If you are chosen as our winner, your mailing address will be given only to Storey Publishing so they may ship the book to you. Your personal information will not be posted on the internet.
June McCrary Jacobs, Sewing Designer
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June McCrary Jacobs, Sewing Designer
Website & Blog: http://www.junemccraryjacobs.com
~ About the Author: June McCrary Jacobs has been using and enjoying Coats & Clark threads and zippers since she began sewing in the late 1960’s. Over one hundred of June’s original sewing, quilting, stitchery, and crafting designs have been published in books, magazines, e-newsletters, and blogs during the past eight years. Visit June at her ‘Writing & Sewing’ blog to download complimentary sewing projects and to read her sewing tips at http://www.junemccraryjacobs.com. You may contact June via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.