Calling all sewists: irresistible sewing-themed projects ahead (+ giveaway!)

Thread love, needle love, button love—sewing love! We are so excited to give you a sneak peek inside Sew Many Notions!

Sew Many Notions

Profess your love of sewing with these warm-and-fuzzy projects that are quick to put together and fun to display or give. Each sewing-themed project is perfectly portable for on-the-go stitching, and author Debbie Busby (of Wooden Spool Designs fame) shares all her tips for appliquéing with wool and embroidering in her primitive style.

Sew, A Needle Pulling Thread collection
Sew, A Needle Pulling Thread collection: wall hanging, pincushions, and needle keepers

Stitch wall hangings, pincushions, a sewing kit, a framed stitchery, plus an entire collection of tomato-themed sewing notions (SEW cute)! You’ll love making and giving these sewing-inspired gifts to all of your sewing friends—the sweet embroidered sayings about sewing will tug at their heartstrings, and yours.

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We’re happy to have Debbie here as a guest writer today—here’s what she has to tell you about her new book!


Debbie BusbyTrying to imagine my life without sewing is impossible, and even more so without the right tools or notions.

I spend a lot of time in my sewing studio surrounded by the notions I need to stitch up my projects. The notion collections I’ve acquired over the years inspired me to create the notion-themed projects in Sew Many Notions.

Glass jars filled with buttons, bins of old wooden spools, jugs of red tomato pincushions (and shelves of other pincushions), and mugs filled with old scissors are a few of the collections I have, and they remind me of my grandmothers and great aunts.

The projects in Sew Many Notions are created with beautiful wools and cottons. They are fun, quick, and easy to make. There are projects with motifs that are wool appliquéd to wool, as in the A Stitch in Time Saves Nine collection:

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine collection

And there are projects with motifs that are wool appliquéd to cotton, as in the Button Love Wall Hanging.

Button Love Wall Hanging

When I put the book together I imagined the projects being made by sewing groups, in classes, and as personal gifts to give to your friends. I encourage you to change the colors to your own personal favorites and to go with your decor.

One of my favorite projects is the button pincushion set. There are no limits to the colors of buttons you can create and give to all your stitching friends. I am planning on making one for each of my stitching buddies for an upcoming gathering.

Button pincushions

Another of my personal favorites is the tomato pincushion collection! Who can stop at owning just one? Make them from cotton and wool, add them all together in a bowl, and you’ve got an adorable centerpiece for your next sewing bee.

On Pins and Needles Collection

I hope you find joy in creating these notion-themed projects and using them in your sewing space.


Sew Many NotionsDebbie, thanks for sharing your nifty, notion-inspired projects with us!

Who might you make a sewing-themed project for: a friend, a sewing group, yourself? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of Sew Many Notions! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Susan, who says:

“I always take a basket full of snacks and, of course, chocolate, every time that I go in for chemotherapy. The patients, their families and caregivers, and the staff, always appreciate it. I think that I would like to make some easy sewing notions that have sayings like "You are sew special." I could work on them (hand sewing) while receiving my treatments also. I think that the staff would appreciate little needle books as everyone has times they need to do an emergency repair and I could add safety pins, threaded needles, and of course, a special message on top. Being surrounded by so many seriously ill people in the chemo room as well as though who truly care for us and help us through these difficult times, makes me appreciate the many blessings we still have. I would love to win your book and get started with some projects as my last week’s chemo has left me bed bound and hurting. Distraction, especially sewing and crafts, is my favorite way to deal with (or rather ignore) the pain. The projects will also give other’s joy and comfort too. Thank you for the chance to win your book—It’s so cute!!! If I win, I hope to take two baskets of goodies next time! You are sew clever!!!”

We’ll email you about your prize, Susan—congratulations!

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