GIVEAWAY: “Seamwork, I’ll Be Home”

Thank you for dropping by my Raising Jane Journal to participate in my giveaways! We’ve chosen a winner for this giveaway already (click here for details), but don’t be afraid to leave a comment anyway. I love reading them. And stay tuned for more great MaryJanesFarm giveaways.

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.


Leave a comment 169 Comments

  1. Jenny says:

    I have followed you since you started maryjane farm. I read, and share you stoires snd how toos with my daughter s. They too follow and we have kept so much of the simple life alive for the ndxt generation!

  2. Robin Crittenden says:

    I like to quilt and making any quilt brings joy. Their beauty and practical use are so comforting.

  3. Debra Bucklen says:

    I love to make costumes for our local theater troupe. My favorite so far has been a lavender satin gown with black beading that I made for last spring’s production of Jane Eyre. Though the crushed velvet gown for the white stag in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a close second.

  4. Jessica Merritt says:

    My favorite sewing Project would definitely be a custom diaper bag I made at 9 month pregnant with my twins who are now 7 years old. I couldn’t sit up next to the table because my belly was so big, but somehow I managed to get it completed and it was exactly how I envisioned. It had custom pockets for my cloth diapers, reusable cloth wipes, and a water bottle holder for this thirsty mama. My daughter uses it now for her dolls and their clothes when we go on trips.
    I also made a pair of pants when I was in high school, I was so tall and couldn’t find any nice pants that didn’t cost a fortune that would fit me. So I sewed them. They turned out great! They’re high up on the list too 🙂

  5. Sunnie says:

    Wow, this is a great giveaway, we haven’t been sewing lately due to selling our house and just focusing on that. This would get us back into it!

  6. Opal Kunz says:

    I taught my adult daughter how to sew. She made flannel pjs for her husband and son. She sewed the crotch as the legs and legs as the crotch. I laughed so hard I had the same thing when I started seeing 59 years ago

  7. Becky Lickfelt says:

    Every year my kiddos ask me to make them something for Christmas. Typically it is a stuffed toy or a blanket, maybe pajamas. My favorite that I’ve made is a felt toy piece of sushi that can be turned inside out into a goldfish. My daughter loves it. 🙂 My other favorite is the felt turtle my daughter made me– she is still learning, so it has no arms or legs, just a shell and a head– it is still adorable!

  8. Susan Harmon says:

    My favorite sewing project is always whatever I’m working on right now. Currently it is upcycling the sleeves of a boiled wool jacket into a purse.

  9. Vicki Allen says:

    I make 18″ & 15″ doll clothes and my favorite is a Dorothy wizard of Oz outfit and her little dog Toto

  10. Teresa says:

    My favorite sewing project this year was the Geranium dress I made for my 3 month old granddaughter. I was beginning to accept that I would never have grandchildren, but my son and his wife are adopting a beautiful baby and she’ll be “ours” legally next week. What a great gift!!

  11. Jacqueline says:

    One of my favorite memories is my high school home economics major sewing project that we did for the final year end project.

    I fell in love with this beautiful material with floral prints on a sky blue background. The flowers were different shades of teal to aqua, and a beautiful rusty colour of leaves. There was also spots of white, almost something like clouds. I decided to make a knee length dress with a collar, long sleeves that had cuffs, and at least 24 – 30 small fabric covered buttons.

    Being this was the first major sewing project I ever did, the teacher said I should really think about doing something a little less challenging, so that I would be able to get it done. I stuck to my guns and made it! Not only did I finish it, I was one of the top graded students on my project!!!

    I’ve never looked back at doing anything with any type of sewing – clothes, blankets, etc., to cross stitch, embroidery or anything for that matter. If I like it and haven’t done it before, I’ll do it.

  12. Avis says:

    I am still learning to sew. I am looking forward to making a wheat bag for my son for Christmas. He is away at Univetsity so it will be nice to have him be able to have the wheat bag to warm up when studying late into the night!

  13. Dusty Cannon says:

    I have a new found love for piercing quilts! I don’t know how to hand quilt yet but hoping to learn!

  14. Susan says:

    Over the years, I’ve made Christmas presents for the kids in my family. Every year one of those projects is my favorite even when I’m madly sewing at the last minute. They stretch my creativity and bring out some whimsy.

  15. Dolores says:

    Always looking for new ideas to use on my machine and serger…..

  16. Julie Kram says:

    One of my favorite projects was a maternity top for my youngest daughter. I was so proud when she showed it off and told people I had made it for her.

  17. Claudia Bell says:

    In 1986 I sewed together the pieces for a log cabin, king sized, quilt. It hung on a quilt rack made by my son-in-law for about 30 years. My daughter Andrea, knew I would never get to quilting it, as I was very busy running our business. One time when she was visiting, she took the top to a friend of hers who has a quilting machine. It is now quilted and finished. Andrea did the blind stitching to finish the edges. It is absolutely beautiful. I never thought I would ever get to use it and it is now on our bed. What a wonderful present from my very thoughtful daughter!

  18. Pearl Maxner says:

    I just taught myself to make fabric baskets! It was really fun and not as hard as i imagined. They have made wonderful gifts for my family and friends.

  19. I am a quilter and each one of my 8 grands have learned to sew starting by sitting in my lap. Such great times, recently stayed with oldest granddaughter and she brought her first quilt out to share with everyone.

  20. Allison Kahle says:

    While I haven’t much experience sewing, my favorite sewing project was a Personality quilt for my In -Laws. Each adult child and grandchild decorated a square in whatever (washable) way they wanted. I assembled it , and it became a wonderful and prized possession!

  21. Brenda says:

    My most recent favorite sewing project was a Prom dress for my daughter. It turned out really well!

  22. Wanda Irvine says:

    I love vests, always looking for new patterns. They become like new friends , dressing up a outfit or simply keeping my shoulders warm!

  23. Ambrosia Blasier-McCollum says:

    My favorite projects are clothes for my daughter’s favorite doll. It’s all the satisfaction of sewing an outfit (picking the pattern, choosing the fabric, etc), but done in a fraction of the time. I love big projects, but the almost-instant gratification of making doll clothes always keeps me coming back.

  24. Kathy Spofford says:

    I love the options I have with seeing for my two girls that are three years apart. While I don’t necessarily want to dress them alike, I can use the same fabric but with different styles that are appropriate for each age and they coordinate!

  25. Diane says:

    I still make thing for my adult daughters. Now they are things for their homes and fun bags and accessories.

  26. Sandi King says:

    I made aprons. A half apron of green polished cotton. Loved it.

  27. Denise Park says:

    A couple of years ago I joined a quilt a long and actually finished my first quilt. It wasn’t perfect but I love it. I used a color I usually don’t like (orange) and with all the other colors it looked great. Always wonderful to learn a new thing.

  28. Deborah says:

    When my niece, who will be 20 this month, was born, I sewed all the accessories for her baby room. There were curtains, a bassinet cover, a blanket and other small accessories. It was all red, black and white plaid. It doesn’t seem like 20 years have past since I made these things.

  29. My favorite sewing project was when I was asked to make historically correct under garments for the Fort Bridger State Historic Site’ Living History program. Researching and developing patterns that were period accurate was both a challenge and a delight. In total, I made twelve sets of chemise/drawers sets and twelve corset covers. Many of the pieces are still in use today.

  30. Angie english says:

    I designed and sewed my beautiful daughter’s wedding dress! She would have it no other way! At the time I was doing this I did not see her at all! I live in Idaho and she in Connecticut. What a wonderful, amazing, daunting challenge and she looked gorgeous on her special day!

  31. Suzanne Botts says:

    Vintage linens make me so happy! Picked up embroidery needle again and remembered how much I enjoyed it! Voila! Vintage monogrammed cocktail napkins! How cool!

  32. Carolyn Zewe says:

    My first swing project was my most memorable. I made a drawstring bag for my Scottish Dance shoes.

  33. Leisa Joan says:

    Too many to count…I made a lot of dresses for my 2 girls, matching doll dresses, and Halloween costumes…my current favorite would be my long black wool coat that I rock out for going out to dinner! it has a lovely striped satin lining. People find it hard to believe that I made it myself.

  34. My Grandmother was a seamstress and managed to farm, work and still make clothes, quilts and other items for friends and family. She taught me to sew as a child and I sewed doll clothes and other items as a child. I didn’t sew much as a teen but in my twenties as a new mom I went back to my grandmother and asked her to help me with a Christmas outfit for my toddler, who is her namesake. We worked together to pick the pattern, and the fabric. I cut and pieced and she sewed. It wasn’t the only item she made for my daughter who is now 27 but it is the most precious to me. I thank her every time I sit down at her machine to sew.

  35. Cheryle Duffy-Lehrer says:

    Upcycled lounge pants made from super soft vintage bed linens. They are cheerful and comfortable!

  36. Aprile Wicker says:

    My favorite sewing project was a lined wool trench coat! I made this coat years ago! But it still hangs in my closet!

  37. Melva Vick says:

    I love the sound of a sewing machine. It always give me comfort – it reminds me of the times I was with my Grandmother sewing on her Old-Time (electric) sewing machine . She taught me to sew. I want to start sewing again. It is so relaxing and a good way to be creative.

  38. Victoria Lemberger says:

    Mom taught me to sew when I was 6. I’ve been sewing ever since. I think my favorite item was a romper with reversible wrap skirt when I was about 12. Loved the outfit, even put the zipper in by myself.

  39. Alvena says:

    My favorite sewing project was a pioneer dress for my daughter and a shirt of matching fabric for my son.

  40. kim says:

    I just put in an invisible zipper for the first time! woo-hoo!

  41. Darrylene sadler says:

    I love sewing rag dolls and characters like bears, rabbits, cows etc. Always lots of fun giving them individual personalities

  42. Kayln stokes says:

    Mittens, mittens, mittens … warming hands and souls with my home mitten business.

  43. Karen Wasinger says:

    I’ve sewn pretty much everything from the very basic to formal wear. l loved every minutes of all of it. I think my favorite project would be a toss up between my oldest daughter’s wedding gown and my youngest daughter’s prom dress. They were both gorgeous, detailed pieces of art. The happy smiles on their faces when wearing them was the best!

  44. Janine R says:

    Probably my favorite sewing project ever was the christening gown and bonnet I made for my first granddaughter. Full of embroidery, vintage lace and pearl buttons.

  45. Debi says:

    My favorite accomplishment was a tailored silk skirt and blouse outfit to wear to a high school reunion. It was my first attempt to use silk and it turned out beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to win the subscription.

  46. Linda Mundell says:

    I recently made 9 crib sheets for my new grandson. I made a matching quilt to all crib sheets, by using the square cut outs from the crib sheet corners. So cute!!!

  47. Janette Neal-Zopp says:

    I have sewn as long as I can remember making my dolls clothes at age 5 with my grandfather (an original Mr Mom in the 1950’s who taught me to sew and embroider ). When I was expecting my first child I saw an add in the paper for a trundle sewing machine for $10, the date on the plate was my birth date 100 years earlier, was meant to be and still have it. there are so many memories of all my children’s clothes, Halloween costumes, grand children’s clothes, gifts, and pre 1840 re-enactment clothes, it would be hard to chose just one. but if I had to chose it would be the memories of passing this skill unto my children and grand children female or male.

  48. Liz W says:

    My all time favorite thing I made is my daughters wedding dress. She designed it, we bought the dupioni silk at Brighton’s in downtown San Francisco and then I got to sew it for her. It was the most beautiful shade of RED.

  49. Vera-Ellen Turner says:

    I have been making my own re-enacting clothes well over 20 years. I love finishing my outfits with handmade accessories. The time periods I participate in show how clothing evolved. From the Rev war to Jane Austen, I immerse myself in their clothing and their values. It is fun teaching the public about the ways of certain time periods. It is exciting to see the wonder in the eyes of those who visit either a historical site or event I am participating in.

  50. Jimmie Williams says:

    I love to make items to sell at farmers markets and flee markets.

Leave a Reply to Susanne Cancel Your Response

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *