GIVEAWAY: “Seamwork, I’ll Be Home”

In the Dec/Jan issue of MaryJanesFarm, on newsstands Nov. 7, you’ll find a feature about a great website and online magazine called Seamwork ( Seamwork is all about designing and creating your own wardrobe, piece by piece, with approachable patterns that match both your style and your schedule.


A monthly membership to Seamwork offers patterns, hacks, ideas, and inspiration to help you craft the clothes you want to wear. For a chance to win a FREE one-month, premium Seamwork membership, tell me about one of your favorite sewing projects in the comments below (I recently taught my grandgirls how to use an electric sewing machine and they made doll blankets–I loved every minute of it). I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-December.

Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways. If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for $19.95/year.


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  1. Colleen says:

    Although I’ve made everything from clothing, to sleeping bags, to prom dresses, to tents, probably my favorite ones, so far, have been the Halloween costumes I have made for my children. Even though they are adults now, I have saved some for them to show their own children someday.

  2. Deb Ritchey says:

    I made fabric baskets to use for gifts.

  3. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Thirty to forty years ago, I sewed all of my clothing and made clothes for a friend’s little girls. However, once I started a nursing career and had my own family, I never had the time or energy to keep that going. Today, I still have the little Halloween dress that I made for my first daughter when she was 18 months old and my second daughter wore it until it was too small at age 3 1/2. I get it out every year and hang it in the family room for fun.

  4. Deon Matzen says:

    I loved to sew and make hand designed clothing for myself, but I think that the quilted coverlet that I made four our queen sized bed was my favorite all time piece. I had three weeks off at Christmas and started and completed it during that time. The entire piece was made from recycled fabrics. I used tablecloths, curtains, fabrics and dresses from the thrift store. !00% cotton and mostly patterns with yellow backgrounds for one side and with white backgrounds for the other.

  5. Elisabeth Perkins says:

    My favorite thing I made was a sleeping bag, for when we go traveling. It can double as a picnic blanket. I actually just made it like a quilt and Instead of using a zipper for the sides I used Velcro strips. I used Monaluna Organic fabric and also some organic cotton batting.

  6. Lynnia says:

    My all time fav sewing was my first time and I can remember like it was yesterday and it was 54 years ago. I made my daughter a pair of shorts and a long sleeve top out of cotton duck. Shorts were yellow and top was striped in different hues of yellow . Cut out a big giraffe of the yellow and sewed it on the top with a small zig gag stitch. Amazing how good the outfit turned out for my first time ever!❤️

  7. Krista says:

    My favorite sewing project was the green and white quilt/blanket that I made in my high school sewing class. It took me a long time and lots of hard work, but still to this day I am so very proud of how it turned out. I remeber my fingers were so tender from all the needle work and tying of ribbons. Later on I decided to make me a matching pillow with the left over fabric.

  8. susan b says:

    Probably my favorite was the first quilt I did for my first grandson. I machine quilted it and ended up with a tiny hole where I got “jammed up” in the center. I put a little ladybug applique over it and was told no one would notice it. My grandson will not leave that ladybug alone – he has picked the feet and some of the body loose with his teeth!

  9. Jacqueline Ferri says:

    I can’t say it was my favorite but I was proud of this project. My eldest daughter ,when she was ten ,was going to Savannah, Georgia to the birthplace of Juliette Low, Founder of Girl Scouting in this country. She and her fellow scouts were to wear the uniform of that time, 1912. It was like a sailor outfit and blue, it had a long skirt, a top with long sleeves and a shawl collar that ended in a tie . That was the challenging part! Everyone had to make this or find a friend to see it! I was happy that it came out well! Whew !

  10. Elaine O'Connell says:

    My favorite project was my wedding dress. Saved a lot of money and it was a one of a kind.

  11. Elizabeth Greeley says:

    One of my first sewing projects remains one of my favorites. Being a kid who grew up in a rural ranching coomunity, when one graduated eighth grade from the one-room schoolhouse, one had to go “out” for high school. I boarded with with a friend of the family for the first two years, but when my brother was also old enough for high school, my folks rented an apartment and we kids and my mom spent the week in town and weekends at the ranch.
    One weekend, i stayed in town for a school event and decided I was going to make a skirt. I gathered up up all the spare change in my desk drawers and counted up what remained of my allowance and headed downtown to the Idaho Department Store to peruse the pattern books and fabric options. After carefully considering all the possible choicess, I chose a back zipper, fly front straight skirt pattern and a navy blue fabric printed with red, white and yellow stylized daisies. I went home, cut out the pattern (paying no attention to grainline), and started stitching. Things went along pretty well until I got to the zipper; somehow my efforts were not matching the pictures in the directions. I pressed on and managed to get it in, even though both sides didn’t quite line up at the top, and there was a curious little bubble at the bottom I had to stitch and press flat. I decided that a perfect length was 18 inches. This was, after all, the era of the first mini-skirts. Monday morning, I proudly wore my new skirt down the stairs, topped by my best Granny-style white blouse and a red leather headband. My mother looked up from preparing our morning eggs and pancakes. Her eyebrows shot up to get hairline as she asked,”Are you going to wear THAT to school.”
    I proudly said, “Yes.”
    She tsk-tsked and shook her head, but didn’t say anything else.
    I felt extremely stylish, and was so proud when my girlfriends asked where I’d gotten the new skirt, and I said, “I made it!”

  12. Leisa Joan says:

    as a stay at home mom, I used to make all my girls Halloween costumes, my favorite being her Tiger Lily dress, from Peter Pan, confused with Pocahantus…I also made a dinosaur for my youngest girl, and a monkey. I’ve passed them down to various nieces and newphews.

  13. Honey says:

    My granddaughters love to twirl and love skirts or dresses that float away from their bodies as they do so. I found the perfect pattern and have made 4 skirts that already shown signs of wear because they always have one of them on.
    Is there anything better than taking a twirl with skirt that adds to the experience?

  14. Patty says:

    One Saturday when I was in high school (over 50 years ago) I decided to make something to wear to the dance that night. I went downtown, got some bright green print fabric to make a short jumpsuit, with a long back zipper. Managed to get it finished in time to wear that night.

  15. I think this book would be wonderful in any home that sews or creates or loves being inspired in the craft/sew world. I am a sewer/quilter/crafter/fiber lady and love to see
    what other ideas are out there. I hope to win such a book for my home.
    thank you for this offer. Winnie

  16. Margaret says:

    I always wanted to learn to sew.
    My mother could do buttons, cross stitch and crochet, but she didn’t have a machine.
    My oldest sister in law helped me sew my first dress when I was a preteen.
    we found the pattern in the local newspaper.
    it didn’t have a zipper, and only 2 seams
    I couldn’t understand the armhole facings.
    the dress slipped on over my head.
    it was a great first project
    and so much fun in getting to know the newest member of our family.
    thank you and rest in peace, Mary Lou

  17. Christina Burnham says:

    I think the best thing I ever did sewing was to make my own apron without a pattern. Just by taking measurements of myself. Cutting and piecing the fabric together then ultimately Ewing it into my favorite apron by far. Now that my 13year old daughter saw what can be done she has asked me to teach her how to sew.

  18. Starletta Schipp says:

    My favorite project I’ve sewn so far is the First Communion dress I made for my Goddaughter

  19. Barbara Gordy says:

    My favorite project is the pink and white gingham apron I made in HomeEc in 7th grade around 1969. It was awful! But I was so proud of it. I proudly gave it to my Mom as a gift. I never saw her wear it and later she even threw it away. But it didn’t dampen my enthusiasm. Thank goodness my sewing improved over the years!

  20. Cindy Foote says:

    I love to sew and look forward to learning how to build a wardrobe that is easy to sew.

  21. susan b says:

    My favorite sewing project was the first quilt I made for my first grandson. I still love the back of it – I used a cream toile with woodland animals (at that point we didn’t know if he was a he!). I wish I had bought the whole bolt of that material so I could use some on his little brothers’ quilt that I’m currently working on!

  22. Krysti Carlson-Goering says:

    My favorite sewing moment was when my grandmother taught me how to sew on my great-grandmither’s Treadle seeing machine. Previously i had learned to sew in an electric machine so the treadle was weird. It was hard to control at first and my grandmother chuckled as he i tried to get the right speed. She also taught me to crochet which i still do today.

  23. Summer says:

    My favorite sewing projects are teeny vintage barbie clothes! If I need a break from the tininess, I sew period-correct american girl clothes.

  24. Toni Coplan says:

    One of my favorite sewing projects is making a baby quilt. I have made at least 15 of them over the years, often using the same tried and true pattern with different fabric themes, everything from Beatrix Potter designs to circus scenes, and cowboy flannels. I like to use high loft batting which is easy to hand tie. A flannel or Minky backing is cozy for babies and toddlers. This always makes a baby gift that is very happily received!

  25. Denece Vincent says:

    I used to do a lot of sewing all kinds from baby clothes to my daughters’ silk wedding gown. But I think the things i’ve Enjoyed making and using the most were a Bimini top for our sailboat and a little red canvas purse I made with all kinds of pockets, zippers and catches.

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