Handmade Beginnings book review + a giveaway!


One of my favorite things to do is to curl up with a good craft book. Whether it’s on the couch with a cup of tea in the winter, or on a chaise out in the yard with a glass of lemonade in the summer, there is not much better than whiling away an afternoon drooling over some eye candy of crafty how-to’s and projects.ย  So, when I was asked to part in the blog tour for Anna Maria Horner’s new book, Handmade Beginnings, I thought of the wonderful afternoon I would spend reviewing it out on my deck and said yes.

Now, as you would expect from a book entitled Handmade Beginnings, a lot of the focus is on projects for welcoming baby into the world, but the book is actually more inclusive than that. It’s broken into 4 sections: Mama Sewing, Baby Sewing, Family Sewing, Nest Sewing and actually has a lot of projects that folks without little ones would be interested in as well. The Thank You Notebook, a fabric portfolio for storing correspondence supplies; the Here We Go Bag, a roomy wide strapped diaper bag that minus the changing pad is the prefect tote; and the Dad Bag, a messenger-style shoulder bag, are all projects that would work for those with kids and those sans kids.

But for those with kids (or those gift-giving aunties of the world) this book is chocked full of fun projects for the smallest peeps among us. And never fear, each section includes projects ranging from those that are suitable for novices on up to those for experienced sewers. As a very, very novice sewer, I found the projects to be clear & easy to understand and I even loved looking at and reading the more advanced projects.

My favorite projects included: Here We Go Bag, Four Corners Blouse, Patchwork Sleeping Sack, Center of Attention Quilt, Scrappy Nap Pillow, Daydreams Mobile, Henny Penny plush and Writing on the Wall. There’s even a sample project & pattern available for you to test out.

And here’s some more Handmade Beginnings fun:

  1. Enter to win a copy of Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner. Just leave a comment on this post with why you would love to win a copy and I will pick a random commenter to win a copy. This giveaway will end Friday, May 15th at 11:59 pm EST. One entry per person, please.
  2. Enter to win a Singer Sewing Machine and a signed copy of Handmade Beginnings, sponsored by Wiley Publishing, Inc.
  3. Finally, make sure to follow the Blog Tour for the book. Most blogs will be doing giveaways of Handmade Beginnings, so you can increase your chances of winning a copy by visiting all the blogs. Here’s a schedule of the tour:
    May 3 Craft
    May 4 – Indie Fixx
    May 5 – Sew Mama Sew
    May 6 – Pink Chalk Studio
    May 10 – Wise Craft
    May 14 – House on Hill Road
    May 16 – The Purl Bee
    May 18 – All Buttoned Up
    May 19 – Alabama Chanin Journal
    May 20 Homemade by Jill
    May 21 – True Up
    May 22 – Oh, Fransson!
    May 23 – Prudent Baby
    May 24 – Sew Liberated
    May 25 – Handmade by Alissa
    May 26 – Hazelnuts
    May 27 – Petite Purls



  1. My best friend ever in the whole wide world is about to have a babe and I’m sewing up a storm for her! Hubs and I are ALSo thinking about procreating… so this would come in handy!

  2. Hi there!
    I would love to win this book for my friend who has just been ordered to bedrest for the final 5 months of her first pregnancy, and desperately needs things she can do to get ready for the baby whilst following doctor’s orders!

    Thanks for the chance.
    H x

  3. I would love to have this book because Anna Maria is my ultimate favorite fabric designer.

  4. The best gifts are handmade with love & Anna Maria Horner is a constant reminder of that. What better legacy to leave than the inspiration to hand craft sweet gifts for beloved babies and moms-to-be? I’d love to get my hands on this book (*Seams to me* was my first sewing book ever!).

  5. I would love to have a copy of Anna Maria’s book. I am a faithful fan of her blog and fabrics and love to craft for little ones! This book would be the ultimate MAKE ME HAPPY one!!!! Crossing fingers here! xxx

  6. I have been dying to get my hands on this book! Plus with a baby on the way it’s time to get started creating.

  7. Hi there! I taught myself to sew last year while I was expecting my (now 4 months old!) son. I loved sewing little things for him and now enjoy gifting hand sewn baby items to friends. I’d love to try some new projects from this book.

  8. I have one baby and would love another (or two…), so I know these projects will be used many times in the years to come!

  9. I love sewing, and especially sewing for baby! I never win anything… but I guess you don’t have a chance if you don’t enter, right??? So, here’s my chance! Thank you!

  10. so much cuteness! i would love to be inspired by this book. thanks for the chance!

  11. It looks like there are so many cute ideas in here! I’m expecting my 2nd baby in August and would love some projects to work on.

  12. I would love to win this book! I adore AMH and her fabrics and would be honored to get her newest book! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  13. I have two kiddos and love making things for them, I would love to make something new for them!

  14. I just found out I’m expecting a child in December… this book is perfect for me right now and for the baby that’s coming!!

  15. i have her first book and would love to win her second, also her fabric is awesome

  16. I’d love to have a copy, it seems like a fun book to learn a bit of sewing

  17. Oh to win! I drool over the beautiful pictures in this book and would love to make items for my 7 month old daughter.

  18. I am so excited about this book! Her first one, Seams to Me, is so wonderful, I can’t wait to make more of her projects.

  19. I’d love to win this book since I’m expecting baby #2 in September and I love to sew.

  20. I love that the book focuses on more than just ‘baby things’. Anna Maria has really included everyone in welcoming an addition to the family.

  21. Thank you for this awesome giveaway! I would love to win. I adore Anna Marie Horner, and this book is on the top of my wish list. I’ve just started sewing for my kiddos, and the projects in this book look amazing. Cute and practical. What more could a girl ask for?

  22. I am at an age where everyone is getting married and starting a family. I have been sewing since early days, making clothes for my dolls and curtains for the dollhouse windows… I would love a copy of this book because of course I love to sew, I love to make handmade gifts and I simply love Anna Maria!

  23. I am always sewing projects for my family and friends and would love to add this beautiful book to my collection. Thanks for being part of the tour.

  24. My baby is due at the end of summer! I’d love to make some of these projects for her and me!

  25. I love Anna Maria! Making gifts for babies is so wonderful, and these projects look especially fun!

  26. my husband and i are expecting our first child the end of july and i would LOVE to make all kinds of goodies for the baby from this book. i am a huge fan of anna maria’s fabric and am so excited about the book!

  27. This would be great as my Sister in Law is trying to get pregnant, and both she and I love to make stuff.

  28. These fabrics are so vibrant. Every baby needs bright and bold handmade clothes to wear. Every mama needs a vibrant inspirational book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. What a lovely looking book — I love the idea of a book with bag patterns (my weakness) as well as baby and mother clothes. Looks so sweet.

  30. I am a new mother and hopefully will be a new mother to many more babies in the future! I am a huge admirer of Anna Maria and am so inspired by all she is and does! I would love to win the giveaway to make my children each something out of the book! And to make gifts to welcome other babies into this creative world!

  31. I would love love love this book!!! I am dying to see what else is inside.

  32. I’m expecting our first baby any time this month and would LOVE to win a copy of this book to make my sweet baby more hand made things- and to make other mommas hand made things for their little ones ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. I would just love to have a copy of Anna Maria’s new book because I love making little keepsakes for new babies and their mom’s. And the first book was great, this one looks equally wonderful!

  34. I love to make welcome gifts for new babies and this book seems perfect for that!

  35. I would love to win this book! I have a two year old daughter, and most of my friends are having/have had babies! I love making presents!!

  36. My sister and college roommate are both expecting this summer and this book would be perfect to make them something special!

  37. I would love to win this book so I can sew tons of great stuff before baby #2 arrives in November! ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. I would love to win this book because I have two babies myself who I make things for all the time. I also have quite a few friends just starting the baby process ๐Ÿ˜‰ and I always give handmade gifts over store bought ones.

  39. I have two new grandbabies coming and would love some new ideas for making baby gifts. I just love Anna Maria Horner and her great ideas!
    Laura T

  40. I just had my third boy and I love to make things for all my kids. I also have a lots of friends having children and I’d love to make them gifts.

  41. I keep hoping my daughter will be getting married and have a baby. That’s all she really wants out of life. I think it would be so neat to be able to shower her with oodles of goodies we can all ooh and aah over.

  42. I loved her first book and I have plenty of friends to make baby gifts for!

  43. …because I LOVE Anna Maria’s Seams to Me book and would absolutely LOVE to add Handmade Beginnings to my sewing room as well! Thanks for running this contest and congrats to Anna on what looks to be another treasured and inspiring book! ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. I would like to win this book, just because I would like to win for a change (LOL). Because I always enter but never win (SIGH).
    Kind regards from The Netherlands,

  45. Anna Maria Horner’s fabrics are so gorgeous. I just made a baby blanket with one last night! I’d love to make things for my future babies out of such a lovely book! (And things for myself too!)

  46. I’m just starting to learn to sew, but there are so many things in this book that I can’t wait to learn how to make. I seem to be stuck in the midst of a baby boom. So even though my kids are nearing pre-teen status, I so want this book. ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. How wonderful! I would love to win so that I can craft away not only for my little ones, but for the loved ones around me that are having little ones too. Looks fabulous can’t wait to get my hands on it thanks for the chance!

  48. I will be 75 years old come July…..
    Many years ago I sewed all the cothes for our
    five children…My Great Beginnings….
    Then I sewed for all my 13 grandchildren.
    What fun that was and is.
    Now I hope and plan to sew for my Great Grand
    I have at least 20 good years left to
    sew, sew, and sew some more…
    How is that for a great life..
    Live Happy……xox jody (*j*)

  49. With the hopes of having a baby on the way soon this would be a fabulous project book to have!

  50. I would LOVE to win…I’m preggers with my 5th child, and have 6 friends that are due soon too!! thank you!!!

  51. I am just learning to sew, I’m about a year into it, and LOVE it! I’m ready to take on some new interesting projects and from the pictures there’s so many there I’d like to try.

  52. All those projects seem so lovely! And the book would certainly come in handy, as I am pregnant with my first baby! (Due August 25th!)
    And I would love to make her some unique little things.

  53. I love Anna’s style. Her designs and fabrics are beautiful and functional. I love to make bags and baby quilts. This book looks like a pure delight! Thanks for the chance.

  54. I would soooo love a copy of this book. That woman’s design aesthetic is so inspiring!

  55. I love making baby gifts, now that my kids are teens they are gifts until the grandbabies come along.

  56. I love making gifts for my friends but need some more quick and easy projects as they’re now starting to have their 2nd child and I can’t reproduce the 1st gift as they already have it!

  57. I own Anna Maria’s first book, and have loved sewing some of the projects from it! I would love to try some of these new ones!

  58. I would love the chance to do some of the projects in this book for my little ones and friends. Anna has such great ideas.

  59. I would love to win this book! I recently started sewing and I am interested in baby projects, since weยดre having our first baby this month!!

  60. Expecting our first child! As an artist, I plan on crafting everything myself for the nursery. This book looks like it has some beautiful projects!

  61. My niece is pregnant with her first and I would love to have this book for patterns and inspiration for gifts.

  62. I’m not expecting but have young children and more nephews/neices to come. I love the look of the projects. Please pick me!

  63. Love your blog! I am planning on teaching my kids to sew this summer, and these look like fun projects! Also, I love sewing up fun stuff for my friends with babies. So here’s to a creative, project-packed book!!

  64. I don’t have a baby to sew these for, but i’d probably make those cute little booties on the cover because they’re that adorable. All the projects sound awesome!

  65. I’m expecting our 2nd in October and would love some new sewing ideas to prepare for our little one’s arrival!

  66. Yay, what a lovely looking book! I would love to have a copy to inspire my sister and me for creations for our soon-to-be-born nephew!

  67. my sister is pregnant with TWINS! i can’t wait to meet them and i’m already planning on making tons of cute handmade things for them. i’m a novice sewer too and there’s a lot i want to learn!

  68. We are in the middle of having children ourselves and almost everyone I know is having babies! This would be the perfect way for me to expand my sewing abilities!

  69. My friends have all been bitten by the Baby Crazy Bug & I know that I’ll have lots of little ones soon to make things for!

  70. I would love to win this, because I LOVE sewing baby items. And her(Anna’s) books have great photography and patterns.

  71. oh I would love to win. anna maria’s fabrics are so beautiful and these patterns look great.

  72. I’m so excited for this book! I have a one month old that I’m dying to try stuff out on! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  73. Anna Marie is so talented! I would love her book to get inspired to get into sewing again!

  74. My first grandbaby will be here in September and I would love to add some of Anna Maria’s projects to the evergrowing gift list. Handmade gifts are the BEST!

  75. Six of my co-workers are pregnant or gave birth within the last couple of months…I’d love to get some new patterns!

  76. I love her use of color! Also, I have a bunch of friends pregnant and hopefully eventually will be having another baby myself…and who doesn’t love making things for babies?? Thanks!

  77. I love to give handmade items for baby showers and welcome home gifts. They make the most unique and treasured gifts because theyโ€™re made from the heart.

  78. i’d love to win one for my sister. she is constantly crafting. i can only imagine the fun she’ll have with this book. ::crossing my fingers for luck::

  79. I would LOVE to win this book. My best friend just had a baby girl and I need some new projects just for her!

  80. Great sneak peek to all the projects! When you have 12 pregnant friends… the same ol’ receiving blanket gets slightly monotonous, at least for the one making them. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  81. I am having baby #3 this December and can’t wait to make him/her sweet baby clothes and accessories!! I *need* this book!!!

  82. I have her first book – it is amazing! I have so many babies in my life now/soon to arrive, this would be spectacular!

  83. I would love to win this! I’m pregnant with my first baby and I can’t wait to start on cute sewing projects!

  84. I would love this book because baby number two is due for us in September & I would love some of the maternity patterns. I also made a lot for my daughter and would like some new projects to try out for this little one. Thank you for the chance to win.

  85. yay! i love anna marie horner, and would love to start working on some of these new baby projects for friends and family!

  86. I am hoping to become pragnant very soon and would love to have this book to help my prepare for baby!

  87. All my cousins are having babies, I need ideas to keep up. OH I love the colors, the fabrics are to die for.

  88. I adore Anna Maria Hornerโ€™s fabrics!

    I have a newborn and few pregnant friends that I would LOVE to sew some handmade baby gifts for. I am super excited about this book!

  89. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! I never get tired of sewing for my babies! And Anna Maria is just awesome. I love her other patterns and her blog is a wonderful read.

  90. I am one of those gift giving aunties and would love to win a copy of Anna’s book. Can’t wait to see it in person!

  91. Super excited to have my first sewing machine, and of course baby due Sept 10. This book would be put to excellent use!

  92. I am a beginning sewer and dream of making little things for family members who are expecting, as well as my own future children.

  93. I would love a copy of this book – I’ve been making home-made stuffed animal projects for friends with babies from calico fabrics and I really love inventive combinations of pattern prints. These projects would be fantastic!

  94. I am a huge fan of Anna Maria Horner, and I think there will be great stuff in there for my baby daughter (and nieces). Thanks!

  95. I would love a copy of Handmade Beginnings! The husband and I are expecting our first.

  96. I am so excited about Anna Maria’s new book! I am pregnant with our 7th baby and could not be more excited to be sewing again.

  97. I’m expecting my second and would love to be able to make more stuff for the baby and maybe that messanger bag for my hubby! Would LOVE this book!

  98. I have young children and friends and family having babies. AND I LOVE TO SEW!!!

  99. so excited to see her new book. we’re getting ourselves in gear to have another baby so this would be soooo perfect! thanks.

  100. I’m getting #6 grandchild in August and with 5 other little ones, I love sewing for them!

  101. I love to craft handmade gifts for friends having babies! Anna Maria’s book looks just lovely!

  102. My sister is having her first baby in December and I bet this book is full of projects I would make.

  103. I love Seams to Me, I look at it over and over and I’ve really enjoyed the projects I’ve tackled. i have two little boys and pretty well our whole lives are about babies and toddlers and so on these days -it’d be so cool to have some beautiful new projects for welcoming babies. Thanks for the opportunity!

  104. oooh please pick me I am so in love with this book. Mind you I am terribly clucky and this book could push me over into baby no. 3.

  105. please count me in…I found your blog via anna marias and Im so glad I did…going to browse around now…

  106. I’m about to give birth to my second daughter, and have just started really sewing with them (and other babies I love) in mind. An inspirational book would be well loved in my house. ๐Ÿ™‚

  107. Oh,I would love to win Ann Maries new book “Handmade Beginnings”. It has so many darling thing to make. I am a grandmother and just retired. So I have a lot of time to make gifts for family and friends.

  108. I would love to win a copy because…here in the NW, it is still gray and rainy. Her book is so full of COLOR! Perhaps I can be inspired!!!

  109. I would love a copy of this book. I adore AMH and I just found out I am pregnant! I would get a lot of use out of this in the next 8 months. ๐Ÿ™‚

  110. Oh..mainly coz I’d love to feel the happiness of winning and I adore her, her work and style.
    And if it means chasing this tour..so be it!!
    (no offense meant. I’m looking forward to discovering the new blog links) Really. ๐Ÿ™‚

  111. In the spirit of hoping to have grandchildren someday, I would love to have a copy of this book from which to make adorable projects!

  112. I own the Seams to Me book and loved all of the projects. I have just started sewing for some friends’ babies and would love to get my hands on a copy of the new book!

  113. I love to sew. As I desire to get married in the coming years, I would love to be able to spend my time on some projects that I can make for many of the women in my church who are pregnant and for my future family. What a great book with beautiful ideas for projects! I would love to delve into it!

  114. I’ve been oogling this book for months! I’m expecting my second in November, and would love some fun ideas for all the nesting that’s surging through my veins. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  115. I am anxiously awaiting my third little blessing and would love to try may hand and some things for him/her and for the rest of the family!

  116. I absolutely adore Anna Maria’s fabrics, her blog, and I own her first book! I would love to win this book mainly because I just think AM is a fabulous woman who always puts a smile on my face, and although I don’t have children of my own I know lots of people who do and would love to make them some cute things using this book!

  117. I don’t know if your international fans can enter but I’m giving it a whirl. I have several friends at the moment either pregnant or trying and I’ve made a pact with myself that all my gifts will be hand made. This book looks lovely and sounds amazing. I would love to be the lucky winner.

  118. Although I’m not pregnant and do not know anybody who is I still feel like this book will be handy.
    I too looovvvvee looking through craft books imagining all the pretty things I can make. And hey, when me or one of my besties has a bun in the oven I’ll already know how yo make everything ๐Ÿ™‚

  119. I have a 10 week old and would love to do some crafting for my family. I am starting to get the hang of being a mom and have findin ways to include sewing time in my day.

  120. I would love this book. I have a little niece and newphew that I would love to sew for.

  121. I am expecting my first child, and I can think of no better way to spend the time waiting for baby’s arrival than making things for him. I would love to have this book!

  122. Even though I’m done having kids, I would love this book because Anna Marie Horner is my favorite designer!!

  123. I’m a novice sewer and I think this book would be perfect to make some projects for expectant friends. I’d love to win!

  124. Baby #4 on the way – I’d love to get some sewing done before they arrive! (and make a few things for my toddler, as well)

  125. I have a couple of friends who are about to have or adopt new babies, and I am ready to make something for them. One day down the road, it should come in handy for my family too!

  126. I’m expecting our second baby next month (eek!) and I would love some new inspiration so that he gets some new stuff!

  127. I’d love a copy of this book! My sibling and cousins have just started producing offspring, and I’d love to create things from this book for them.

  128. I would love to make some things for my new niece or nephew on the way, and if I get pregnant again it would be nice to make some maternity/nursing clothes for myself.

  129. I’m up to my ears in babies- my own, my siblings…..so many things to create!!

  130. Thanks for the giveaway! My kids are approaching teen age, but I never stop making baby gifts for teachers, coaches and friends. I’d love some new inspiration!

  131. I just had my first baby and just got back into sewing after 10 years ๐Ÿ™‚ A book that can coach me through projects for my new little baby, myself and my husband would be great!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  132. I have so many friends who are pregnant right now! I’d love to craft a cool gift.

  133. Well, I am expecting my first child in September, and I am so excited about sewing little things for my little bundle!

  134. LOVE AMH and this book looks wonderful, especially since i just had my first and have many pregnant friends!

  135. Oh the wonderful things I could make for my darling daughter from this book!!

  136. I love Anna Maria Horner’s fabric! She makes the most genius designs, and I can’t see what she does with them in her new book! I’m going to have a baby any day now, and I hope I have time to whip up a couple of special sewn things for him before he arrives! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  137. just found out i’m preggo & can’t wait for all the homemade DIY stuff i can do for a little on the way!

  138. I love Anna Maria Horner! She is my favorite fabric designer and I can’t wait to get this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  139. I would love to win a copy of this book because my husband and I are trying to conceive and I have lots of friends in the baby stage that I’d love to craft for. Thanks for the giveaway.

  140. I have many friends and family back in Australia who are having/expecting babies and I’d love to send home some handmade love. Love Anna’s fabric and blog, this book looks fabulous!

  141. i have a wee one of my own, a cousin with new twins, and several pregnant friends…..also, love AMH fabrics!!!

  142. I LOVE Anna Maria Horner, I love handmade baby stuff, and I love seeing my baby wearing clothes I’ve made. I need this book!

  143. I would so love to win this book! I have her first one and love love it! Plus my best friend just had her first baby girl! I would so love to surprise her with something handmade!

  144. I would love to win a copy of Anna Maria’s new book to make projects for friends. I don’t have a baby anymore, but I love to give handmade gifts to friends and family when they have new little ones arrive.

  145. I have lots of friends who are having babies and would love to have fresh ideas of gifts to make!

  146. I would be the best choice for this! I am just starting to sew and I also just had a sweet baby girl! She needs some cute clothes and trinkets! YAHOO!

  147. I would love to win this book because all of the projects I’ve seen are adorable and practical.

  148. I am expecting a baby girl and her entire nursery is outfitted in Anna Maria Horner fabric — now I just need this book for fun craft ideas to use with the leftover fabric scraps!

  149. I have a new niece on the way, plus my own little one to sew for, so I’d love to win this book. All the patterns look great, but I especially like the hooded jacket and the daddy messenger bag.

  150. Yay, this seems like such a fun book! With 3 little ones 5 and under and contemplating a 4th, I’m excited about the fun projects for kids AND mamas! ๐Ÿ™‚

  151. I’d love a copy of this book- so many of my girlfriends are having wee ones- my knitting can’t keep up! I think that I need to branch out into sewing instead! this book would be great!

  152. I used to sew for my 3 daughters when they were young, and now that I am a Nana without a job I am finding I have time again to sew – but I need “up-to-date” inspiration!

  153. I would love a chance to win, I have 5 nieces that I sew for and this would be a great resource!! Thanks for the chance.

  154. I’m in love with so many crafting blogs and Annamaria’s is one of them. Would love to win the book ๐Ÿ™‚

  155. I am a new mommy who is just getting into the whole “crafts” scene and digging it! (Plus I have taken a vow not to buy any new books–I am a recovering book buying addict–and this would be a great way to obtain a NEW book without purchasing one… which doesn’t break the rules!)

  156. OH I really really really want this book! I am 8 weeks pregnant and love sewing! I’d love to win this book so I can spend the otherwise used money on fabric!!

  157. Hmm…I think my first comment didn’t work. Anyway, I’ve been loving the sneak peaks of this book and would love to own the real thing!

  158. I would love this book! My friends are going to start having babies soon, so this book would be perfect!

  159. i’m at the age when lots of my friends are starting to have kids and i’d love to give them some handmade presents.

  160. I would LOVE a copy of this book. Our daughter is 4 months old and she’d really like a quilt. Also, we live in Nashville & think Anna Maria is awesome.

  161. I’m of that age where everyone I know and am related to is having a baby. I am known for making handmade presents (and I love it too) so this would be a great addition to my usual baby fare. Plus Anna Marie Horner’s fabrics are awesome!

  162. O how I would love this book! A couple of my friends have babies on the way and I would love to create something precious from them.

  163. I’d LOVE a copy – even if I didn’t plan on creating some of the projects, that book is just begging to be on permanent display on my coffee table. Beautiful!

  164. I’d love to win this book because I’m a craft & sewing junkie and particularly love anything Anna Maria!

  165. I love her fabric and her adorable crafts. We are expecting and would love to make the crafts from this book for our little one.

  166. Wow, I would love to win this! I don’t have any kids of my own (yet) but I have a bunch of friend who are pregnant or who recently gave birth. It’s always a challenge to find cute and unique baby gifts, and this book looks like it has a ton of great ideas to help me out!

  167. I love everything Anna Maria Horner. I am dying to see this book in person.

  168. Ooh, pick me! I LOVE AMH, I have a 4 month old little boy, and tons of friends who are pregnant. I need this book!!

  169. I love to make handmade baby gifts for all of the special babies in our family. I have a new niece who is just one month old, and she “needs” one of these beautiful projects!

  170. I would LOVE a copy of the book. We are expecting #2 and I love the idea of making most of the babies things!

  171. I would love to win this! What better combination- Anna Maria and babies! So loving her quilting projects lately.

  172. I just want to swoon over all the fabulous ways that Anna Maria Horner puts her amazing fabrics together to create such works of art – what an inspiration!

  173. I cannot wait to flip through this book! Because of the “blog world” and creative women getting their ideas and inspiration out into the media world – I have fallen in love with everything handmade. I’ve also found myself in what I lovingly call “the reproductive years” where not only me, but many of my friends and family are having children. My daughter is 16 months and it makes me so happy to craft for her. I’d love a book of new inspiration and more eye candy of Anna’s fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway!

  174. My sister is trying to start a family and I dream about sewing cute things for the little one like the projects in Anna’s book!

  175. this is exactly the book I’ve been looking for! I love that it has maternity and baby items, just what a 5 months preggers lady like me needs! Love Anna Maria’s fabrics, can’t wait for this book!

  176. I would love to win this book! I love all of AMH’s prints and since we’re expecting baby #2 this summer, I need the book to make some wonderful little things for him.

  177. I’ve been in love with the fabrics forever and love to see them made up in projects. Lots of nephews and nieces to sew for!

  178. Her fabrics are beautiful and feel nice. They make sewing such a joy! I’d love this book to make some more items for my lovies!

  179. i’m not even close to having a baby, but my best friend is a few months out and was eyeing this book this weekend!! i’d love to bless her with it ๐Ÿ™‚

  180. What a great great giveaway! I’d love to win it =) I am at my 25 weeks now, and expecting baby girl!! This monthe I have learned to use sewing machine the first time and I think it is an awasom new virus!!!
    Thanks for this chance

  181. I love a chance to get my hands on this. I’ve fallen in love with her fabric, so this would be fabulous. Thanks for the chance.

  182. beautiful!! my best friend is pregnant – i can’t wait to spoil her with some of the great projects here.

  183. I would love a copy of Handmade Beginings because it looks like a cute book to have and one that I will be able to use many times and not just when I, or someone I know, has a baby.

  184. I would love to win a copy of this book. I’m not that close to starting a family but I’ve still found myself nesting more and more. I think this book would be very interesting to read and try out some of the patterns.

  185. i would love to win this book! anna maria horner’s fabrics are among my very favourites in the wide world of fabric. the way she pairs colour + pattern is simply wonderful.
    i have four friends who are expecting right now, so this book would be great for me for baby gifts galore!!

  186. wow! i love that colorful stuff! i’d like to win one- to make happy baby stuff for all my friends!
    ps: some of the links are not working.

  187. I am a novice sewer who needs to branch out using my machine for more than paper, lol.
    I really want to make some bags/totes AND I have three little ones.
    So you see, I NEED this book. I really do.

  188. yay! i am the first to enter your giveaway…i think?

    i would love to win this book because i currently have 12 friends that are pregnant (that’s right 12). and i have been looking for various homemade creations that i can make for their baby showers. this book would be perfect!

    i am crossing my fingers!

  189. I have a nephew on the way – I would love to sew him some things from this book, especially the little flannel lined jacket! Thanks so much!

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