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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Gooseberry Patch “Stitching for the Kitchen” Giveaway!

*This giveaway is now closed.*

Have I got a fun giveaway for you today. Gooseberry Patch has teamed up with Sixth and Spring to bring you…..


It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned seamstress or a novice like me, there is something in here for everyone. Do you like to embroider, appliqué? Well then you’ll like this book too. Plenty of projects for everyone.

For fun I decided to recruit my BFF Kathy to help me out. (She rocks when it comes to sewing.) We each picked a project and went to work.

I chose the Denim Placemats (because I finally came to grips that I’m not going to get back in my “skinny” jeans. But that’s another blog post. *smile*) 

These were “sew” easy to make. Get it? *cough* But seriously they were. I decided to add my own special touches to the placemats to show you that the projects in here are totally adaptable to your taste and style.

In the book it called for measuring. Ugh, I hate measuring, so I just took one of my old placemats, laid it on my jeans and cut around it. I know, genius!


Another thing I loved about this project is it only required a pair of jeans to make (assuming you have sewing materials already.)

This is what your jeans will look like when you’re done. The project utilizes most of it, which I love.


Here I have my pieces cut out and placed where they will go when it’s time to sew them on.


I also added binding around the edge for a more finished look. The options are endless on this. 

I had fun playing around with different plates and napkins. Match the buttons and binding to fit your decor’. Have fun with it.

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As you can see I used a different color binding on the other placemat to switch it up a bit. You gotta make it your own. Color outside the lines sometimes.  But all in all these took no time to make. Such a fun and quick project.


Now my BFF made the apron you see on the cover of the book. She used fabric she already had and went to town.

I think it came out beautifully, don’t you?

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She gathered the pocket a little so you could put things in there easily. I’m thinking it would make a great clothespin apron.

Need more convincing that you may want this book? Here are a few of the other projects you can find in it.

  • Cozy Cupcake Caddy
  • Plastic Bag Dispenser
  • Market Tote Bag
  • Appliquéd House Trivet
  • Log Cabin Pot Holder
  • Hanging Pocket Organizer
  • Mug Cozy with Pocket and so much more!

Did I mention that it has the patterns in the back of the book all ready for you? Cool huh?

It also has the classic Gooseberry Patch artwork and yummy recipes sprinkled throughout. That’s just a bonus right there.

If you want a peek inside you can click the picture below and it will take you to Amazon where you can take a good look inside.

I bet right about now you’re wondering how in the world you can win one right? Well I’m going to try to make this as painless as possible by using the Rafflecopter. You can pick and choose how you want to enter or you can choose to do all of them. It’s up to you. (Be sure to answer the specific question in the Rafflecopter if you are going to enter that way.)

Have a lovely day my friends.


*the Amazon link is an affiliate link and I appreciate everyone that’s uses it.*smile*

P.S. Be sure to check out the other reviews for the book. Some of the giveaways are still going on. The links will lead you to their main page but if you look under the corresponding date you should find it with no trouble.

July 23
Momma Young At Home
Craft Gossip

July 24
Glued to My Crafts
Green Eyed Momma

July 25
Sew Serendipity

July 26
Smashed Peas and Carrots
Marsha's Spot

July 27
Wild Olive
Only From Scratch

July 28
Pam Kitty Morning
Blue Nickel Studios

July 29
Old House Homestead
Susie QT Pies Cafe
Prairie Flower Farm

July 30
The Crafty Princess Diaries
Gramma's in the Kitchen
Two Maids A Milking

August 1
Vicki O'Dell
Homesteader's Heart

August 2
A Creative Being
Delightful Country Cookin'


  1. Last thing I had sewn was a clothespin bag!

  2. Last things I have sewn were a table runner & a sun dress for my granddaughter.

  3. Last things I have sewn were a table runner & a sun dress for my granddaughter.

  4. I just finished some mug rugs for some coworkers! Now I am going to make a lap quilt for my dad. thanks!

  5. I helped my daughter sew a pillowcase. I really want to sew with her but I don't know much. Maybe this is the perfect book for us!! Thanks Cindy

  6. working on a table topper right now and I love to sew and would love to win this giveaway thanks

  7. Last thing I sewed was years ago and it was a vest. I'm getting ready to buy a sewing machine and take it up again. There is so much help on the Internet now . I am excited to start. Love you FB and blogs. :)

  8. Last thing I sewed was years ago and it was a vest. I'm getting ready to buy a sewing machine and take it up again. There is so much help on the Internet now . I am excited to start. Love you FB and blogs. :)

  9. Pick me, pick me! I need to make some placemats too! I'm getting tired of the same old, same old. And have you seen the prices for them at the stores? Ack... Your projects turned out adorable! Love that little jeans pocket!!!

  10. Last Sunday I sewed a tote bag. It was very tedious, but worth it.

  11. made a full bibb cooking apron, with a pocket for my hankie and cell phone, in a lovely calico cotton print.

  12. Great placemats.
    The last thing I did was a an outfit for my 1 yr old Granddaughter

  13. "Hello". The last thing that I have sewn was when I was in high school. I have recently bought a new little sewing machine to get started back. The item that I made in high school was a pillow. Thank you.

  14. that last thing I sewed was some binding for a quilt. thanks for the giveaway.

  15. The last thing I sewed was some Christmas gifts! Table runners, etc.

  16. The last thing I sewed was a bunch of baby stuff. But last last was baby pul blocks with ribbon tags :-). I've been hand sewing an english paper piecing hexi project through Wild Olive's Summer Stitching Club :-)

  17. I am still working on a jacket for my granddaughter. Before that it was pajamas for my granddaughter.

  18. Muist have that book!! Wonderful Gooseberry content...

  19. I'm just a beginner so I really haven't sewn much other than to hem pants. Love the ideas that you have shared and especially love the denim placemats. They are adorable!

  20. I would love to win this for my wife.

  21. It's been awhile, but I sewed a big fluffy stuffed snowman!

  22. Altered a skirt and made napkins and table runner-love this new GP book!

  23. This is such a cute denim project!! :D Thank you for sharing!

    I've been doing more quilting than sewing, but the last thing I actually sewed was a pair of pajama pants for my sister with a darling contrasting hemline. :)

  24. I love how your placemats came out....I think you should make some with the red jeans too! Thanks for thinking I'm such a sewing prp, hee hee. Love you my best eat!

  25. I guess I hit enter before I finished saying what the last thing was that sewed ... Can you guess? Yup, it was that apron in your post :)

  26. Right now I am sewing a cover for my ironing board. I would like to know where you got you red and white polka dot plates. Love your blog.

  27. Guess my comment didn't work ... Whoo hoo; love these ideas... must win this book. Gotta have it somehow! I made a couole of summer skirts last week. Nice and cool.
    Gloria at gm3@shaw.ca

  28. I can't wait to get this book. I love your blog.

  29. About 5 aprons with the help from my mom...ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

  30. Ummmm - sewing something?? Oh, I know, I sewed by hand several years ago and made t-shirt pillows for kiddo & relatives as gifts!

    The placemats are SO adorable - good job!! And the apron is lovely, of course. Big you're-a-super-sewer size hugs to you! :) Love you!!

  31. A pair of shorts for my daughter. The pattern (an internet freebie) was awful. I made a few adjustments but still need to make some more to get them to work.

  32. Skirts for my little girl!

  33. Your sample projects are GREAT! and the book looks super too. Hope I win it - but if not, I may just have to go to Amazon!

  34. I am working on several (like 4) quilts at the same time right now!!! I must learn to finish one project at a time!! I love the placemats and think I will start on a set very soon!!!!
    Thanks for an opportunity to win this fun book!!!

  35. I just finished lesson 7 of the "Aiming for Accuracy Quilt-Along". I'm doing double blocks in batiks and 30's retro. Sew Along's are a great way for me to improve my sewing skills.

  36. Last thing I sewed was a Prairie girl skirt and bonnet for my daughter.

  37. I love the placemats! So "Sew" cute!!

    I want this book :)


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