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Friday, August 2, 2013

stitching for the kitchen | bread basket, review, and giveaway!




 Check out what I made - isn't it cute?!


Can anyone else remember the good old days when Gooseberry Patch sent out those beautiful mail order catalogs?  I just loved all of the country decor and kitchen accessories.  I especially loved all things crafty - I bought a Gooseberry Patch quilting book several years ago and saved it for the day I learned to quilt. Fortunately, I don't have to wait until that day to get my craftiness on. :)

Gooseberry Patch has done it again, coming out with a fabulous new book full of kitchen crafts for the beginner to advanced.  Stitching for the Kitchen is a delicious book - the projects are SO CUTE!  There's so much I want to make - the matching mother-daughter aprons, embroidered napkins, plastic bag dispenser, tote bag, rag rug, and denim placemat.  The quilted wall hanging looks like a perfect intro to quilting for me, and the recycled sweater wine bottle cover is easy enough that anyone can do it!


The other thing I love, love, love about this book is that there are recipes to go with just about every project!

Take the project I picked - the divided bread basket.  Not only do you get full instructions for making this cute and easy bread basket, but you also get a recipe for delicious dinner rolls to fill it.  Yummy!



I have very limited sewing skills, but I still found this bread basket doable in just an afternoon.  I liked it because it required very few supplies - just 2 pieces of fabric, matching thread, and some snaps!

The book recommends an OmniGrid circular ruler, but I didn't have one and didn't want to shell out the expense.  So...I improvised!


I just took the side of a cereal box, poked two holes the appropriate distance apart, stuck a pencil in one side and a pin in the other, and drew my circle!  Voila!  A "pattern" made out of freezer paper - cost me nothing.

From there it was easy to cut circles out of my fabric...


Sew them together...


And finally assemble the finished product.  The only thing I would suggest different from the instructions in the book would be to measure and mark guide lines on all circles before sewing them together - just makes things easier!


I just love my little bread basket.  It was so easy that I am foreseeing lots of Christmas and hostess gifts in my future. :)


So how can you win Stitching for the Kitchen?  Visit the rafflecopter below for a chance to enter. 



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41 comments:

  1. What an awesome blog! I am a GBP junkie & this would be a great book to to help jumpstart for making Christmas gifts.

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  2. love aprons I'm an apron person in the kitchen

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  3. I like the cute but practical projects.

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  4. I love quick cute projects for gifts this book looks like a winner, plus you get recipe's. What could be better?

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  5. I love using something I make or enhance everyday! I love that this book covers a variety of crafts as I do all of the types in the book :-) makes me so happy!! Love the projects and adding personal touches to your/my life!! Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome book!

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  6. Any book that has super cute, yet quick projects that anyone would appreciate receiving as a gift is a winner in my mind. I've seen books that are just filled with gifts for friends but so many of them are of things that more than likely would not be used by anyone or possibly wanted even. I love the projects I've seen from this book during the blog tour so far and don't see even one of them that I would be afraid to give to a friend.

    Plus, my first love is cooking and/or baking. I started making things on my own when I was about 6-7 yrs old. Having recipes in this book is an even bigger plus. My two hobbies rolled into one book is awesome.

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  7. Your Bread Basket is adorable! Thanks for entering me in your drawing!

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  8. Oh my goodness it could be any of what you named!! I am a sucker for aprons though... Thanks for hosting this!

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  9. Oh my goodness it could be any of what you named!! I am a sucker for aprons though... Thanks for hosting this!

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  10. I'd love to learn how to stitch better and the kitchen is my favorite room in the house!!

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  11. I love to use aprons in the kitchen. =)
    This looks like a wonderful book!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  12. I love to cook so my favorite thing to sew is Aprons, too bad I haven't made anything good enough to show off :)

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  13. Love the way you improvised when you didn't have an accessory! That's what I do, too! Thanks for the chance to win such a cool book!!

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  14. Fun giveaway! And the bread basket turned out lovely! :D
    Sewing kitcheny things excites me just because I love matching pretty table runners and potholders to the decor, or just making something useful and pretty at the same time. :) Thanks for the entry!

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  15. I love the patterns for the aprons and the embroidery. I can't wait to start a project. Thanks Cindy

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  16. aprons are always nice to help keep your clothes tidy when cooking in the kitchen. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  17. I love that the projects in this book look like something I could actually do - even with little experience

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  18. I love that the projects in the book look doable for a beginner, but as someone that loves to cook I am excited that there are also recipes included!! :)

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  19. "I think I can...I think I can"....would really love to learn to do some of these projects! Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

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  20. I just love making things, but I especially like making things for the kitchen because when you have company and use them (or display them), you usually get lots of compliments on your project and it makes you feel like you truly accomplished something worthwhile!!!

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  21. I'm intrigue of the cozy cupcake caddy listed on the table of contents. Who doesn't share cupcakes?

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  22. I love GBP and homemade projects and I adore the kitchen! Combing all my loves!!

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  23. Thanks for running the giveaway! I need to make more for my kitchen what a fun book!

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  24. This looks like such a fun book! :) Love the idea in it! :)

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  25. I like stitching for the kitchen because I can make everything match my decor!

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  26. I love making everything match and unique!

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  27. This would help me create a decor that says, "This is me, welcome and get cozy."

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  28. Love this idea....hate when rolls are warm & touch each other :-)

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  29. I like having different things that aren't readily available in the stores.

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  30. It would give me great ideas to personalize my kitchen and make gifts for others.

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  31. Very cute and useful. This a book I definitely want to get love Gooseberry Patch books.

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  32. I have looked high and low for this book but have not found it yet. I would love to have it. I would make the items in for my daughter, she loves it when I make things for her. I real enjoy the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks.

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  33. thinking about the things I can make and pass down

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  34. Love that you can make thoughtful gifts for others

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  35. I MUST have this book. I would just love this book ! I thank you for the chance to win this. Good luck everyone !
    Gloria at gm3@shaw.ca

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  36. I love simple/fast projects after doing an involved piece of sewing -- keeps things enjoyable. Plus the bread basket is just a fun idea!

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  37. all the sweet projects and having recipes to go with them! :) Makes a great gift idea book!

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  38. that above comment was from Sarah Heaston....don't understand all this technology stuff! :)

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  39. I love make different of project,but i love your idea,excellent.Carry on thanks!

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