Giveaway Day!

Congratulations to Chiska, whose comment number came up on as the winner of the pouch. Thank you to everyone who commented–I really enjoyed reading about your handmade gifts and memories.

It’s been a long while since the last time I participated in Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Day and I’m pleased to be joining up again. I’m offering this hand-embroidered zippered pouch, with a design inspired by those found on Ancient Egyptian faience (such as this bowl).

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Pens and washi tape not included, but it’s certainly roomy enough to hold them!

I wanted the base fabric to match, as well as I could, the blue-green color usually found in faience, although the color of the objects themselves do, of course, vary. I often find inspiration in art and nature, and I’ve always been drawn to the beautiful, ancient pieces created using this process. I’ll never own any, but I can try to create something inspired by it.

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This pouch measures 8.25 x 5.25″ on the outside and approximately 8 x 5” inside. It’s embroidered with cotton embroidery floss on Kona cotton, with a lining of sturdy 100% cotton and an 8” YKK zipper for durability. Spot-cleaning is recommended for best results.

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This particular giveaway is open to US residents only (due to shipping costs) and I’m not asking for anything more than a comment in return (see details below), but I would love if you visited my Etsy shop, where you’ll find many more zippered pouches, including hand-stamped and hand-embroidered ones. Code HOLIDAY13 is good for 10% off your purchase.

I also publish an e-zine, Art Together, full of information and activities designed to inspire confidence in adults to explore open-ended art together with children. Code HOLIDAY gets you 20% off Issue One: Color, Issue Two: Line, or the bundle of both (available on either issue’s page). If you have kids or work with kids, I hope you’ll take a few moments to read about the e-zine.

To enter this giveaway, though, all you need to do is leave a comment with these two pieces of information:

(1)  Your email address! Please make sure you fill in that field. I need to be able to contact you by email.

(2) Tell me a favorite handmade gift you’ve either given or received. It doesn’t matter if it was made by you or the person who gave it, as long as it was handmade by somebody. This is a hard one for me, because I’ve given so many handmade gifts over the years, but one of my favorites is the doll I knit for my daughter a couple of years ago, which you can see (if you’d like) here.

giveaway_2013_Dec9In accordance with Sew Mama Sew’s guidelines, this giveaway will close at 9pm EST on Friday, December 13. I’ll update this post with the winner’s name and email the winner next weekend, and your pouch will be in the mail by December 20–and most likely well before that. Good luck! And be sure to visit Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Day posts to see all the wonderful items on offer.

68 thoughts on “Giveaway Day!

  1. Amber

    My favorite gift I have given is the quilt I made my sister she loves it and sleeps with it every night.

  2. Lesley

    So cute! My favorite handmade gift is a whole cloth hand quilted quilt from my great-grandmother. My email address is llatham0306 at gmail dot com

  3. BreannaS

    Several years ago I made sock monkeys for all of the young children in my extended family; 11 in total. Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful bag.

  4. Kristin

    My grandma gave me a gorgeous quilt one year. a few years later my step-mom and dad gave me a king size quilt. I love them both! Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Ellen M.

    My husband built a table for my sewing machine. It was definitely a labor of love. Thanks for sharing your work with us!

  6. Anna

    A favorite gift I have made is a chair caddy for my dad. It fits his remotes, books, and a padded pocket for his glasses.

  7. Jen

    I love your pouches!! I have so many favorite handmade gifts…both given & received! For given I’d say the socks I knit for my mom. I’ve started a tradition of making her a pair each Christmas. Picking out the yarn, knitting them & her joy & “surprise” each year at getting them make me so happy. Because she enjoys them my dad wanted in on the tradition too so I’ve made him a pair the past few years. It makes me happy to see the hard work I put into making them so appreciated. For receiving…each year my mom hand makes tree ornaments for all of us. I love seeing what she chooses to make each year & then pulling them out of the box & putting them on the tree!

  8. Susan

    My most beloved gift was a piece of stained glass I received as a wedding gift.
    mcintoshsusan @

  9. Tammy

    What a cute pouch. I love ancient Egyptian things and so do both of my kids. Probably never get to see any of it unless in books and on TV. Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. Moya Z

    A hand turned black walnut bowl with ragged edge rim, kept as a catchall right next to the front door, given on my sixteenth wedding anniversary! Thanks!

  11. Chiska

    They haven’t received it yet, but some friends that have had some serious medical set backs are getting a quilt I made around Christmas. I’m really excited for them to get it!

  12. Carol B

    I made and hand quilted a lap quilt out of vintage feedsacks for my Grandma’s 90th birthday earlier this year. I loved doing it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Joyatee

    The only handmade gift I’ve ever received are a pair of hand-knit socks—you bet I love those things to death!

    Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

  14. Jennifer G

    Beautiful pouch! I haven’t made too many nice gifts but my aunt makes the best gifts. My favorite has been a set of hand embroidered kitchen towels with crochet trim and a matching crocheted potholder. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Heather M

    I love the doll you knitted! My favorite gift I’ve given is an all green quilt for my son, he still sleeps under it every night.

  16. Charlotte L

    My favorite handmade gifts I’ve given are the pieces of clothing or bags that I see the people using often. I really know they like it. Thanks for the chance to win. Looking forward to checking out the ezine as I am an art teacher!

  17. annette

    when i was little my mom made me a fancy strawberry shortcake dress. it twirled and everything! i loved that dress. she also made me a strawberry shortcake quilt. my daughter now uses the quilt.

  18. Katie

    Lovely purse! My favorite gift to give is a pillow blanket in the recipient’s favorite color/pattern.

  19. Pramudita

    The favorite handmade gift I have ever given was a frog amigurumi for My mom’s friend’s daughter. It was so cute that I actually considered not giving it away hahahaha

  20. Amy

    I love to knit afghans for the people I love:) Thanks for the giveaway! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  21. Lori Morton

    Your pouch is Awesome! Love your Etsy shop too…

    Last year my BFF made me a felted purse from a recycled wool sweater! It is soooo cool!!! Use it alllll Winter too!! 🙂

    Merry Christmas!!!!

  22. Vicki H

    When the girls were Barbie playing age, I crocheted Barbie dresses, hats, purses and even wedding dresses.

  23. Hayley

    I want to make my mom vintage bunting for Christmas! We will see if I can finish it in time!

    Thanks for having this! Love that pouch!

  24. Lee

    I made my mother in law a log cabin quilt – about 20 yrs ago and she still uses and loves it! Your knitted doll w/ the overalls is super cute!

  25. Heidi

    My favorite handmade gift has got to be the yo-yo doll, Ramona, that I made for my daughter 4 christmas’ ago

  26. ashley sca

    My friend made me napkins and a matching holder for a gift and it is still one of my favorite things of all time!

  27. Barbara

    It’s always handmade holidays in our family. Some of my favorite gifts are edible. I love it when my daughter makes apple butter. It’s soooo good! Thanks for the giveaway of your lovely pouch. I cross stitch and can see it as perfect size for corralling threads.

  28. Megan Gray

    My favorite handmade gift I have received was an Amish quilt for my birthday about 11 years ago. It was from my aunt and uncle and it’s still on my bed today. Quilts are one of my favorite things!

  29. Melissa Palmer

    I love to give handmade bow ties to baby boys 🙂 Thanks for the chance!
    mjp_0419 at yahoo dot com

  30. Maureen Hayes

    My favorite handmade gift ever was the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls my mother made for me for Christmas the year I was 6. I still have them and I love them today just as much as I did all those years ago. Thank you for the chance to enter to win your lovely giveaway, as well as for reminding me of such a lovely Christmas memory!

  31. shelli : mamaofletters

    I would love to be included in your giveaway. I’m sorry to say my family doesn’t do a lot of homemade gifts. I’m not especially talented in that region either. (Although my boys are good at making cards, and I love to receive those too.) But I do remember that when I was a little girl my sister and her mother-in-law made me a Raggedy Ann doll and a smaller one to be her companion, and they were so special. I hope my mother still has them somewhere!! Thank you for reminding me of this nice memory, which I had forgotten! Now I’m off to buy your Art Magazine. I enjoyed your first one very much, and I’ve been intending to buy the second. Thank you for the discount!

  32. DebbieK

    Cute! My favorite gift was the quilt my grandmother made shortly before her sight got to poor. Thanks!

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