Handmade Beginnings

I was so pleased to be asked to be a part of the blog tour for Anna Marie Horner’s new book, Handmade Beginnings.


At first I thought “hmm… I’m not pregnant and I don’t have any babies (yet!)… will this book be of any use to me?” The answer?  Yes – absolutely!

First of all, we’re all swamped with baby showers and sometimes there just isn’t time to get a whole quilt made, but you want to bring a personal handmade gift.  There are many wonderful options in the book that are certain to be big hits at the next baby shower you head to!

How about some adorable bebe shooooes??


Or a cozy cozy sleeping sack??


And OMG I can’t handle how cute this photo is.  Makes me wanna make loads of little pants for babies this instant!!


And then there are patterns in the book that can be made for anyone – not just babies. Check out both of these bags.  They would work for any number of things non-baby related!



Overall a great book with loads of modern, interesting and varied choices.  Oh and did I mention the photography?  It’s so so good.  Really – it gives the book a wonderful warm and personal feeling that makes you want to sit down to your sewing machine and dive into one of the many included projects!


Maggie agrees completely.

Do you want a copy? Wiley Publishing were generous to get me an extra for you! Leave a comment here and I’ll pick a winner tomorrow morning.

Also, click on over here if you want to enter to win a sewing machine!

The blog tour is coming to a close soon, but you still have a couple places to check out. Here’s the details of the whole 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

273 Responses to “Handmade Beginnings”

  1. Jessica May 25, 2010 at 10:44 pm #

    Oh so cute! I’ve seen various reviews of this book, and I want it so bad! My daughter is 26 months now, but we hope to get her a baby brother soon ;D so it would sure come in handy!

  2. Shannon May 25, 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!

  3. Annamari May 25, 2010 at 11:24 pm #

    Anna Maria’s book makes me want to have more babies! More!

  4. tara May 25, 2010 at 11:46 pm #

    i would love to win this book.
    twrightgirl at hotmail.com

  5. jackie May 26, 2010 at 12:57 am #

    i hope i am not too late coz i would love to win.

  6. beetle May 26, 2010 at 1:46 am #

    Hi Alissa,
    I would love to win this wonderful book!
    My goddaughter who will born on October would appreciate it so much :)

  7. Silvia May 26, 2010 at 1:50 am #

    Oohhh, how I would loooove to win a copy!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  8. Fern May 26, 2010 at 3:00 am #

    I would so love to win this book!

  9. Karen May 26, 2010 at 3:17 am #

    There is so much sweet goodness in this book.

  10. Jesse Solomon May 26, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    oh, I just love the photography in this book. would be bliss to win it and make up some baby things. starting with those cutie-pants!

  11. ramona May 26, 2010 at 4:15 am #

    I am always making baby gifts and would love to have a copy of this book. momik97ataoldotcom

  12. lumiere May 26, 2010 at 5:52 am #

    I would love to make my baby girl those little sweet button booties!

  13. Sylvia May 26, 2010 at 5:59 am #

    We are awaiting our second grandbaby, a girl, and I would love to have a copy of this book to spoil her!

  14. Heather May 26, 2010 at 6:04 am #

    This book looks fantastic! I love making baby stuff and I’m new to sewing so I don’t have any pattern books. I would love to win one!

  15. jenn May 26, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    I have the same feeling…my babies are almost all grown up. so not really an excuse to buy the book. except there are always baby showers. and someday…grandchildren. I could get an early start.

  16. Margie May 26, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    I’d love to win a copy of this book. I’m not sure what’s cuter the patterns or the photos of those adorable children!

  17. Amber W May 26, 2010 at 6:16 am #

    Cant wait to try some of those patterns for my two little guys!

  18. Lynn May 26, 2010 at 6:26 am #

    Would just love a copy of this to make stuff for me,my daughter and grand-daughter!!

  19. Raylene May 26, 2010 at 6:38 am #

    I love how this book has a little something for everyone!Thanks for the opportunity to win a book of my own :0)

  20. Brooke May 26, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    I would love to get this book!

  21. Amy May 26, 2010 at 6:41 am #

    I wouldn’t mind winning a copy, go ahead twist my arm…

  22. jolesulprato May 26, 2010 at 6:53 am #

    this book is so beautiful…i really, really hope to win the copy!

  23. jolesulprato May 26, 2010 at 7:03 am #

    this book is so beautiful …it will be so nice to win it!


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