Favorite fun and easy sewing projects

Posted by on March 27, 2014, in quilting & sewing,

Sew Practical - 13 Fun-to-Sew Designs for You and Your HomeDo you have favorite patterns that you find yourself sewing again and again? What makes your go-to patterns worth repeating? Are they fun, quick, pretty, versatile? Just plain useful? All of the above? Well, here at Martingale we have our favorite fun sewing projects too. And because no quilter or sewist can ever have too many easy, all-occasion patterns, we’ve gathered several from popular Martingale books and packed them into one value-priced book, Sew Practical: 13 Fun-to-Sew Designs for You and Your Home.

Whether you’re looking for easy sewing projects for gifts or you’re itching to stitch useful items for your home, Sew Practical offers a treasury of fun sewing patterns. Let’s take a look!

Knitting-Needle Case from Sew Practical

Dogwood Blossom Knitting-Needle Case. Says Sew Practical: "This pretty case has pockets for 16 sets of double-pointed knitting needles up to 7″ long, 4 sets of circular knitting needles, and there’s even a smart little zippered pouch for notions built right in. Now you’ll always have the right-sized needles on hand. This case would also be perfect for crochet hooks or colored pencils, making a great gift for your favorite crafter."

Curling-Iron Cozy and Craft Apron from Sew Practical

Above left: Curling-Iron Cozy. Says Sew Practical: "This easy sewing project is perfect for a friend who travels. The Curling-Iron Cozy does double duty, also storing a curling iron at home. With the cozy’s thermal batting, you’ll no longer need to set your warm curling iron out to cool near the bathroom sink. Just place it in this handy case and keep the clutter off the bathroom countertop." Above right: Pretty Crafty Apron. Says Sew Practical: "Whatever type of project you’re working on, you can just put the items you’re using into the pockets of this utility apron and they’re always at hand."

Sewing-machine cover and zinnia pincushion from Sew Practical
Chrysanthemum Sewing-Machine Cover and Zinnia Pincushion. Says Sew Practical: "Does your sewing space need a makeover? A new sewing-machine cover and sweet pincushion might be just the thing. The pincushion is a quick and easy project to make for holiday gifts, and the design possibilities are endless—use different colors of felted wool and other styles of beads for an entirely different look."

Sewing Tool Case from Sew Practical
Cool Girl’s Tool Case. Says Sew Practical: "A companion to the pincushion shown above, this tool case is made from gorgeous hand-dyed wools. Pamper yourself by making this carryall to hold all of your little notions. With the matching pincushion, it’s a fabulous gift combination—and so fun and fast to whip up."

E-Reader Cover from Sew Practical

Literary Genius E-Reader Cover. Says Sew Practical: "If you’re a gadget geek—or know someone who is—you’ll enjoy making and using this handmade case. This clever, simple cover is a great way to protect your e-reader. It feels nice in your hands when you’re reading, it’s a wonderful showcase for a favorite fabric, and it’s quick enough to make that you can outfit all the members of your book club with custom covers of their own."

Aprons from Sew Practical

Above left: "Charming" Waist Apron. Says Sew Practical: "This waist-tied apron is made from scraps of all kinds—it’s the perfect clean-up-the-sewing-room project! Charm squares are an easy and precoordinated choice, but any grouping of squares from your stash will look wonderful in this easy apron. This simple project can be whipped up on a weekend afternoon and be ready for cooking on Monday!" Above right: Apron Strings Waist Apron. Says Sew Practical: "This vertically striped apron combines design elements from a few different vintage aprons. A pretty apron is a great place to showcase that new fabric you couldn’t resist buying."

Tote and Grocery Bag from Sew Practical

Above left: Collector’s Item Tote Bag. Says Sew Practical: "Use your favorite fabrics to make the custom-covered buttons that decorate this simple shopper-style tote. You could also display a selection of antique buttons, 1″ pins, or charms. Best of all, once you’re finished sewing, this tote is the perfect size to take to the fabric store or the flea market when shopping for additions to your favorite collection." Above right: Dinner Party Grocery Bag. Says Sew Practical: "With its water- and mess-resistant oilcloth lining, this roomy tote makes a perfect grocery bag. It also stands up quite nicely by itself, which all combined makes it a cut above your average brown paper bag or canvas tote."

Place Mats from Sew Practical

Above left: Pocket Place Mats. Says Sew Practical: "A cute addition to the dining room table, a set of these place mats would also be really handy for a picnic. And if you’ve got kids around at dinnertime, the fun pocket just might make it easier to get help setting the table. Above right: Woven Patchwork Place Mats. Says Sew Practical: "These simple yet colorful place mats are a great way to jazz up your table for a dinner party, or even an everyday meal, adding character and a celebratory feel no matter the occasion."

What’s your preferred practical sewing project? Share your favorite in the comments and you could win the Sew Practical eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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

“These are all wonderful designs. My favorites are the Knitting Needle Case and the Collectors Bag. I am also in need of a new sewing machine cover and the one in this book catches my eye. Thanks for offering a giveaway.”

Audrey, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


  • I make journal covers, e-book covers, and iphone covers as gifts for my family. Looking for new ideas….this book sounds great….thanks!

    —Connie on March 27, 2014
  • So are to choose one, the book would be fun to own, I definitely love the tote bags and would make one for my three daughters.

    —Catherine Stiele on March 27, 2014
  • My favorite is the cool girl tool case.

    —Claire on March 27, 2014
  • dinner party grocery bag. although all patterns are great!

    —Ruth Kido on March 27, 2014
  • dinner party grocery bag!

    —Ruth Kido on March 27, 2014
  • I love the sewing machine cover and Zennia pincushion. I would love to make these for my sewing room.

    —Barbara Coulter on March 27, 2014
  • It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I would have to say the placemat with the pocket for the silverware. That pattern would be so versatile. You could really dress it up for more formal dining or you could make it very casual and fun for picnics.

    —Annette Blevins on March 27, 2014
  • How can you pick just one? I love the collector’s item tote and the apron strings apron. What a fun collection of patterns!

    —Marguerite Guinn on March 27, 2014
  • Love the projects in this Sew Practical book!

    —Janey Chism on March 27, 2014
  • Pocket placemats

    —Sharon on March 27, 2014
  • I love the tote bag with the covered buttons! Practical and different!

    —Chris on March 27, 2014
  • I love these 2 beautiful Aprons.Simple and nice!

    Irena on March 27, 2014
  • Thanks for the great giveaway. Always looking for an easy pattern.

    —Nancy on March 27, 2014
  • My preferred project is the Log Cabin quilt.

    —Nora on March 27, 2014
  • I don’t usually make projects. For some reason I get Ii all mixed up. But these are so cute. If i winthe book I would start with the cool girls tool case

    —Eileen smith on March 27, 2014
  • I have 2 patterns that I keep repeating…and repeating. First is the Braided runner. I’ve made that in so many different sizes. Great for gift giving. The other is Magic Tile pattern. Again, great for wedding gifts, charitable donations. Gotta love a pattern that you feel so comfortable with.

    —Sandra on March 27, 2014
  • Love all these wonderful projects! I can see a use for everyone one of them!

    —Barb Wilson on March 27, 2014
  • I love the curling iron cozy – what a great gift idea.

    —Diane H on March 27, 2014
  • Tote Bag’s are my favorite…..
    A million uses for these bags.
    OK, maybe a slight exaggeration.

    —Darlene Thompson on March 27, 2014
  • I love making tote bags and placemats. Always nice to give as gifts!

    —Linda Cartwright on March 27, 2014
  • I’m in love with the pocket placemats – great for summer alfresco dining. Because summer is coming this year, right? Thanks for the giveaway!

    Amy Clausen on March 27, 2014
  • anything with polar fleece is my preferred sewing project. my preferred prcatical sewing project is shopping bags & tote bags. 🙂

    —Marlene on March 27, 2014
  • oops! practical. lol

    —Marlene on March 27, 2014
  • Toss up between the sewing-machine cover and the crafty apron! All are great ideas 🙂 I personally lean towards pillowcases, runners and kitchen towels; easy & good for giving.

    —Christine Breazier on March 27, 2014
  • Love the worn placemat and the covered button tote.

    —Annette on March 27, 2014
  • I am picking the sewing machine cover. Would love to make this from some of my scraps.

    —Debbie G on March 27, 2014
  • I’m fairly new to sewing, so I have’t done many projects, but I have made a few dog collars and a dog leash. I also make neck cooling wraps for the family before we go on vacation.

    —Natasha Goforth on March 27, 2014
  • a nice big tote bag that I can take to quilting shows with me one to show off and two to carry my new goodies!

    —Kathy Luehrs on March 27, 2014
  • Love that collector’s tote bag! What a great design to show off some fun buttons!

    —Ilene Miller on March 27, 2014
  • I enjoy trying our new blocks and making placemats with them. Usually make 2 of the pattern I like 🙂

    —Bernadette Schultz on March 27, 2014
  • I love to make aprons. The only problem is, they are so cute I hate to wear them. I wouldn’t want to spill anything on those beautiful fabrics.

    —Mary on March 27, 2014
  • Too many that I like to choose one! I love the Woven Patchwork Placements, but I like to make flat-bottomed totes and these are great designs!

    —Nancy G on March 27, 2014
  • I love the Crysanthemum sewing machine cover!

    —Edie Scott on March 27, 2014
  • This are all wonderful designs. My favorites are the Knitting Needle Case and the Collectors Bag. I am also in need of a new sewing machine cover and this one catches my eye. Thanks for offering a giveaway.

    —Audrey on March 27, 2014
  • My go to is the reusable shopping bag. I love the square base, so easy to load.

    Linda on March 27, 2014
  • These are all wonderful designs. My favorites are the Knitting Needle Case and the Collectors Bag. I am also in need of a new sewing machine cover and the one in this book catches my eye. Thanks for offering a giveaway.

    —Audrey on March 27, 2014
  • Can’t wait to make the beautiful sewing machine cover -and another -and another -until I’ve covered all six of the machines that I keep in my studio so my friends can join me for our favorite charity quilt workshops. I’m imagining matching cushions for their seats too.

    —Kris P on March 27, 2014
  • Would love the knitting needle carryall…. my current favorite? I have recently come across how to make a sewing notion can for our sewing tables, with pockets on the side and room inside. It also works out for office use. I’m using a vinyl remnant for the inside as it’s easily washable, and some orphaned quilting squares for the outer pockets. Cute! one for me, one for my daughter, and an office version for the other daughter!

    —Sharon on March 27, 2014
  • I love the Chrysanthemum sewing machine. Since I have cats I usually drape a towel over it.

    —Katherine Sarlay on March 27, 2014
  • I lilke the tote bag

    —marion moore on March 27, 2014
  • My favorite project is zippered bags of all sizes. I can’t have enough of these!

    —Ann O on March 27, 2014
  • I like making table runners, placemats & totes.

    —Karon Henderson on March 27, 2014
  • It has nothing to do with quilts or fun projects. About 40 yrs ago I made a pullover shirt for mu husband that he loved. I have used the same pattern to make cotton shirts, flannel shirts, and now chamois shirts. I finally had to make a light pellon pattern as the old one wore out. I’m sure you could not find this shirt pattern anymore. After I got my embroidery machine I began to decorate the pockets. He still gets compliments on the shirts and people want to know where he ‘bought’ them. Excuse the length of this comment.

    —venita on March 27, 2014
  • My go-to project is potholders or mug rugs. I usually paper piece them.

    —Candy S on March 27, 2014
  • I need to make a cover for my husbands e-book. Looks like an easy one in your book. Thanks for the chance to win one!

    —Marge buck on March 27, 2014
  • Love the colorful placemats!

    —Cindy Weeks on March 27, 2014
  • I make bags and purses, and hot/cold bags for everyone; all these smaller things are fun to do.

    —Judy S on March 27, 2014
  • It’s so hard to choose just one! I want to make them all. I’d like to make the sewing machine cover, pin cushion, and girlie tool kit as a complete set to give to crafty friends for Christmas.

    —Sharen B on March 27, 2014
  • The collector items tote is my favorite because of all the neat things you could decorate it with 🙂

    —Amy Caldwell on March 27, 2014
  • I make night gowns for my grandchildren with matching beanies. My daughters tell me that they love not fussing with snaps for those nighttime nursing visits with their newborns.

    —NanMartino on March 27, 2014
  • I love to make bags and totes, to give as gifts, and to keep for myself. Some of these patterns look great, too, especially the aprons and sewing machine cover. Would love to make the patterns in this book! I’m always looking for new ideas.

    —Karen on March 27, 2014
  • I love making tote bags… both for carrying quilt projects to meetings and for gifts. They are always well-received and made with lots of TLC! Not to mention the fact that they are one-of-a-kind.

    Susan Mulvihill on March 27, 2014
  • I am so into aprons. Love these ones. Would also like an easy full apron.. Hint, hint. How soon can that be available?.. Lol. Thanks for the opportunity. All the projects are great

    —Freddie Lloyd on March 27, 2014
  • I can’t get enough of tote bags. All sizes from something to hold my lunch to sewing projects to market bags!

    —Meghan O'Connor on March 27, 2014
  • I love the cool girl tool case. It is my favorite eventhough there are many beautiful things in the book I would love to make.

    —Pamela on March 27, 2014
  • All are indeed practical and beautiful, but the e-reader cover is my favorite.

    —Rivka Hamdani on March 27, 2014
  • I love the zinnia pin cushion! And the market bags are wonderful!!! Looks like so many cute projects.

    —Judith on March 27, 2014
  • I am obsessed with tote bags. I have oil cloth in my stash calling out to be used for those market/grocery bags.

    —Sandy on March 27, 2014
  • Totes and placemats. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Janie on March 27, 2014
  • The Aprons. Both are beautiful and remind me of my Grandmother.

    —Sara on March 27, 2014
  • I make bags to carry groceries in – that way I don’t have to worry about the bottom coming apart when the sack boy (my husband) overloads them!

    —Carolyn Young on March 27, 2014
  • Potholders are quick and practical. I made 19 of them as Valentines for our church women. (They’re also a good way to use orphan blocks.)

    One Christmas I made draft stoppers with patchwork covers. (The covers were removable so they could be used at other times of the year.)

    —Nann on March 27, 2014
  • I love to make hot pads and placemats. I’ve made a lot, but always find a new one to try. 🙂 Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts on March 27, 2014
  • I love the Dogwood Blossom Knitting-Needle Case, looks like a great way to carry & store your knitting needles & supplies, I would also make one for crochet hooks!

    —Carla Ferrier on March 27, 2014
  • I make triple zip pouches regularly. They are great for using up scraps of material, they are the perfect size to give as a small present,and they have a wide range of use, from travel make-up bags to holding sewing supplies.

    Hilary on March 27, 2014
  • I love makeing notebook covers or totes for fairly qilt gifts for people

    —Sharon on March 27, 2014
  • My favorite is the shopping bag! Or the crafty apron, or both…

    Sophie on March 27, 2014
  • The curling iron cozy! What a great idea for traveling!

    —Debbie on March 27, 2014
  • I love making totes and purses, but if I could only do one thing it would be quilts.

    —Peggy Moller on March 27, 2014
  • The curling iron caddy is going to come in so handy. Can’t wait to get the book so I can make some.

    —LeAnne L on March 27, 2014
  • I made a ‘book bag’ for my sister and liked it so much that I made another for me, but using a different, fun, print. I have also made some purses and after looking at the projects in this book, it has inspired me to make other ‘practical, pretty’ things. I enjoy getting the Martingale newsletters and all of the creative ideas that you have.

    Priscilla Corsi

    —Priscilla on March 27, 2014
  • I love making placemats and tote bags! I assign a different bag to each of the groups I attend. Between meetings I put items in that need to go to the meeting- helps keep me better organized!

    —Nancy on March 27, 2014
  • Wow so hard to choose a favorite! I love making gifts that are different – this book looks great!

    —Debby E on March 27, 2014
  • I am really liking the grocery totes on the front cover. They grabbed me at first glance.

    —Annette on March 27, 2014
  • My favorite practical sewing project is making napkins. I love using cloth napkins instead of paper. And with the wonderful selections of fabrics out there, I can make them seasonal, or to match my or someone else’s décor. I shop the clearance section, 1 yard makes 4 nice sized napkins – just cut into fat quarters! Great gifts, great for my own use.

    —Anita on March 27, 2014
  • I really live the pocket placemats! And the Zinnia pincushion, and the I reader cover, and the market bags, and the aprons and the totes, oh heck yeah! I love them all!

    —Page Wilhelm on March 27, 2014
  • I love the grocery/tote bags!

    —Cathy R on March 27, 2014
  • would have to say the woven patchwork placemats

    —TRACY DVR on March 27, 2014
  • So many fun projects! I love the tool pouch and curling iron sleeve. All of these projects will make great gifts!

    —Sarah Hurley on March 27, 2014
  • The pin cushion looks a fast and easy project.

    —Patricia A Paola on March 27, 2014
  • I love all the projects shown! I am always making bags, runners, aprons for friends. I am about to make a new sewing machine cover for a birthday gift 🙂

    —Melinda Harman on March 27, 2014
  • I l-o-v-e the Collector’s Item Tote Bag!!!!!!!!! If i will i’ll get started on my Christmas list for this year.

    —Peggy on March 27, 2014
  • Cute bag with fabric covered buttons! I enjoy this blog and the posts

    —Shannon on March 27, 2014
  • I like the crafty apron. I have been thinking of making something like this for some time. I need one to use at craft shows when I am busy at my booth- to hold tools, money, etc. This one looks simple and so cute.

    —Karen Funk on March 27, 2014
  • I love to make tote bags. I have so many but find it really hard to part with them.

    —Linda Webster on March 27, 2014
  • Tote bags… practical but fun.. one year I made needle case/scissors case/floss bag/scissor fob and tote bag gift sets.. never did make one for me 🙂

    —Carol on March 27, 2014
  • I absolutely LOVE a bag pattern that I found as a freebie on the internet. It takes 2 x 1/2 yards of fabric and can be made in under 30 minutes. My favourite part was when I worked out how to use the left over fabric, which is cut away to form the handles, as pockets.

    I gave them to my girlfriends at Christmas and they all tell me they use their bag all the time 😀

    —Kayt Deans on March 27, 2014
  • Shiny fabrics free motion quilted with feathers as practice, make gorgeous reading glass cases. Plain fabric practice pieces also make flashy sides for totes.

    —Helen Ducker on March 27, 2014
  • Hi, I love quilting but have never been into making these smaller projects. However, looking at these photos there are so many which I’m thinking would be gorgeous gifts for quilty and crafty friends, that I am changing my mind and wanting to have a go. They are just delightful and so pretty. I would love this pattern book.

    —Linda Beyerle on March 27, 2014
  • My favorite is the full-coverage unisex apron, my go-to gift for birthdays. Works for the BBQ man, the dainty hostess, and even the niece learning to cook. Done in denim, it can look macho enough for anyone. Done in warm quilt prints, it makes a fashion statement. Done in bold prints, it fits the practical cook. This apron style has so many possibilities, I need more people to make them for!

    —Lynne on March 27, 2014
  • I make bible covers with handles.

    Rita McCart on March 27, 2014
  • I especially like making bags and like both included in this book. The knitting needle holder is also very interesting as is practically everything in the book. You did well in selecting these patterns!

    —Diane on March 27, 2014
  • it changes with the seasons- made my girls fold up grocery bags, pillowcases for 12 days of Christmas,pj bottoms for their birthdays,and flannel rag quilts with the pj leftover fabric and burp cloths- hate to waste fabric!so always busy with projects.

    carol on March 27, 2014
  • I love making totes, but the knitting needle case looks like fun, too.

    —Kathy on March 27, 2014
  • I really like that collector’s Tote bag! Great idea for gifts.

    —Darlene Crosby on March 27, 2014
  • I make quilts and I’m not afraid to use them! Thanks!

    —LisaT on March 27, 2014
  • Purses!

    —Jane on March 27, 2014
  • Purses and potholders!

    —Jane on March 27, 2014
  • I’m kinda turning into a bag lady lately. hehe. But really, I do love all the wonderful bags!

    —Sara on March 27, 2014
  • What a fantastic book. Wonderful items for around the house as well as great little "thinking of you" gifts. Love the button tote!

    —Peg Gilham on March 27, 2014
  • I love the cover for a sewing machine. Mine needs one.

    —Marianne on March 27, 2014
  • My go to pattern is Lucky Stars by Terry Atkinson. You can’t mess it up and it can be done in a group no matter what your/ their 1/4 " is!. It’s quick and beautiful and looks so different with different fabrics.

    —EdieS on March 27, 2014
  • I love the waist apron. What a great use for those odd charm packs. These aprons would be a great hostess gift for just about anyone. Hugs and happy stitching,

    —Lynn M on March 27, 2014
  • I think the Knitting Needle case is fantastic! I made a tote for a friend to carry her knitting, and this would be a great addition to it!

    —Barb Johnson on March 27, 2014
  • I love everything shown but especially the e-reader cover!

    —Sandra Adams on March 27, 2014
  • Re-usable grocery bags are my favorite! I have made two already, but really need some more 🙂

    —Barb Colvin on March 27, 2014
  • Im fascinated with Sew Practical collector’s item tote bag. Its the perfect solution to display my many years of collecting charity badges purchased from street corners most Fridays.(I would need to make a few bags!). I can see in my minds eye a theme for each bag.charity. Mick, South Australia.

    —mick on March 27, 2014
  • I love the pin cushion since I am beginning to collect them. But actually I love all the patterns!

    —Lois on March 27, 2014
  • Baby quilts made with charm packs!

    —sue c on March 27, 2014
  • I like totes, aprons, and sewing machine covers.

    —Cindy Dahlgren on March 27, 2014
  • I make quilted scrapbook covers for all friends new babies and grand children. I have so made covers/holders foe my knitting needles and crochet hooks. My latest craze is Mug Rugs and Mug Bags for my woman’s group, and plan on making a special Tote Bag for my sister’s 70th birthday next month.

    —Elizajane on March 27, 2014
  • I love all the projects shown. I’m big on making Grocery bags so that would fit right in with my gifts.

    —Chris on March 27, 2014
  • I guess it depends on what is needed at the time. Being a retired teacher I have more tote bags than I’ll ever need. What I did make for my sister last summer were pot protectors for her new pots and pans. They camw with cardboard pieces in between each stack, so while she was out of town spending time with her grand children, I took the cardboard and used them as a pattern to make the fabric pot protectors. She was pleasantly surprised when she returned. Now her daughter, my niece, has recenlty moved back to California and is staying with her mom. When she saw the pot protectors, she asked me to make her some for her B-Day. Eventually I will make some for her, but for now she and her husband and children are looking for a new home so their things are in storage until they find the right house.
    Another practical projects I made was a tissue box for my sister’e Prius. We all have allergies and the people that design cars, men, don’t design features for women. It contains two boxes, one for tissues and one as a waste basket. I put velcro on the bottom so that it sits on the carpet in front of the center console. It was so successful that she asked me how I did it so she could make one for a friend!

    —Rosemary on March 27, 2014
  • The Grocery Bags and aprons are great. I also like the bag covered in buttons because it’s so different. All of the items would make wonderful gifts.

    —Marsha Nelson on March 27, 2014
  • There are so many great patterns but I love the Dinner Party Grocery bag.

    Christine M on March 27, 2014
  • Hard to pick a favorite, but I am new to sewing and would love to learn to make tote bags, and a cover for my sewing machine.

    Diana Larsen on March 27, 2014
  • I’m torn between the e-reader cover and the sewing machine cover, both for gifts for someone who has not purchased either yet, but is wanting to purchase them both. 🙂

    —Penny M on March 27, 2014
  • My preferred practical sewing project is hot pads or, as we call them here in Australia, pot holders. I love patching together scraps and turning them into these handy items which everyone needs. And they wear out, so you always need more! But what I really love about them is that they are a great way to use scraps and also those practice quilt blocks which didn’t quite make the grade. And when I’m using scraps, I have fun just randomly combining fabrics without thinking about how they will work together, and often I’m really surprised with how fabrics can unexpectedly make a great combination – a great way to experiment and learn about how colors and values fit together. As if that’s not enough to love about hot pads, they are so quick to make!

    —Eril Ford on March 28, 2014
  • My favourite is the e-reader cover. What a way to read in style!

    —Sarah Jane on March 28, 2014
  • My favorite sewing project changes over time. Right now I’m sewing aprons and having fun picking fabrics for the apron and pocket, and I’m adding applique’s too. I’ll give these as gifts so am looking for appliques to go with the person the apron is for. A few years ago I was making grocery bags and had fun finding fabrics that looked good together for the three parts of those bags.

    —Debby T on March 28, 2014
  • Pillowcases – quick, personal, useful – wonderful as gifts or for special days/holidays/trips

    —regina on March 28, 2014
  • Great little knitting needle case!

    —Mary on March 28, 2014
  • I like to make things that are practical for friends, gifts, charity and family. My favorite the one I see later being used and enjoyed.

    —Kathy Jenks on March 28, 2014
  • My favorite sewing projects are journal covers, microwave bowl potholders, bags, and fabric scrap baskets. I love the projects in this book and could really use it to make gifts for friends and family.

    Susan Paxton on March 28, 2014
  • The dinner Party grocery bags are really cute and I can think of a lot of people I could make those for!!!

    —Lisa on March 28, 2014
  • My favorite way to spend time sewing involves piecing blocks together for quilts…all sizes! I love thinking about the person I am sewing for when making them a quilty gift.

    Loris Mills on March 28, 2014
  • I like making aprons for gifts, Id like to make some matching pot holders as well.

    —Sunnie on March 28, 2014
  • My go to is tabletoppers or table runners, bags & potholders. Depending on my mood

    caroline Rohrer on March 28, 2014
  • Great projects. I especially like the craft apron.

    —Anna Marie Werner on March 28, 2014
  • Definitely the oilcloth stand-up bag. Can think of a million and one uses!

    —Donna V. on March 28, 2014
  • I am working my way through "Everyday Handmade," another Martingale publication, starting with that linen bag with the covered buttons that’s one of the pictures above. One of the projects is a wrist bag made with printed selvages. I’ve trimmed so many that I’m now looking for other projects and coming up with my own ideas. Creativity begets creativity.

    —Fran on March 28, 2014
  • I love the tote/grocery bags. They are so pretty and you are not advertising for the store for free. I’m seeing more and more of them being used.

    —sybil williams on March 28, 2014
  • Love to make yo-yos.

    weezie on March 28, 2014
  • What a great book! I have started sewing small gifts for Christmas, to give to special friends, hostess gifts, etc…
    These are great ideas. Thanks

    —Cheryl on March 28, 2014
  • When I’m not making quilts, I love making curtains for all the windows in our large home, purses, totes, book covers,pillows covers for all seasons, aprons,tons of potholders, reupholstering chairs, and pj’s for all our grown sons(5), and grandsons,(6). Hope to make them also for granddaughters (3). Love the sewing machine cover!! LOVE to sew and quilt.

    —Norma on March 28, 2014
  • From this book, I would make the sewing machine cover, one of the placemats (too hard to decide now!), and the dinner party tote bags. No one can have enough bags! Thanks for the chance to win the book.

    —Jane C. on March 28, 2014
  • I love practical things, oven mitts, casserole carries, aprons, book covers, any sewing project really, the more useful the better. What I need most though is more time and I think I go to book with all those things it would definitely save me time.

    Deborah on March 28, 2014
  • I could really use one of the knitting needle cases. I recently inherited a couple of cans of old buttons, so the Collector’s tote would be a good project.

    —Pearl on March 28, 2014
  • I like to make aprons and placemats for myself and for gifts..something everyone could use. Nice book! Thanks for the chance to win.

    —mildred plaskett on March 29, 2014
  • Pincushions! Love making them, giving them, and receiving them.

    Cindy A. on March 29, 2014
  • Easy quesiton, although I saw several projects I want to make. I have a kindle and have been looking for a pattern for a cover. Most just do not doit fo rme, but the e-rader cover here was great with additional pockets. Love it!

    —Julia on March 29, 2014
  • I see myself making all of these great projects, but my favorites have to be the curling iron case, the e-reader case and the tool case. But the button bag is adorable…and the aprons are too cute…just too hard to choose!

    —Renee on March 29, 2014
  • I see my hands making this cute proyects: My favorites have to be the e’reader case,needle case, machine cover, love it

    —Rosa on March 30, 2014
  • There are several practical projects which seems fine to me. Above all ars the aprons, the e-reader cover and all projects related to sewing and other crafts. I’m a real crafter.

    —Marthese on March 30, 2014
  • I LOVE the grocery bags! Plan to make one for each of my 4 girls, maybe more! All the items look so easy and SO practical! Right up my alley.

    —Marta on March 30, 2014
  • Bags, bags and more bags!! I love to make them. And this book has some cute ones!!

    —Christie on March 30, 2014
  • I love making shopper-style totes. Not only are they practical, they make great gifts. Thanks!

    —Debra on March 31, 2014
  • ‘Childrens placemats keeps them busy at the table

    lynne mulcahey on March 31, 2014
  • I love the ‘tube’ pillowcase pattern! It’s easy to figure out and rewarding. Also, my ears get cold at night, so a chubby flannel feels SO nice on my pillow! Also, something that can be sewn in 2 hours or less is so satisfying since my quilts take a long time. Good luck everyone!

    —Wendy M on March 31, 2014
  • I think I’ll make some of the bags with oil cloth lining, but it’s hard to pick a favorite.

    Carol on March 31, 2014
  • It has always been aprons (remember kabuki aprons) but I think it’s time to branch out to totes and reader covers, but I like the apron patterns a lot.

    —Carol on March 31, 2014
  • What a wonderful collection of patterns. I enjoy making my gifts for my friends. This book is full of wonderful, very useful ideas, that would make quick useful gifts for my friends. Would love to own it.

    —Mary Bornhoeft on April 1, 2014

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