Reader Appreciation Week: Two Japanese-Style Craft Books for DIY Lovers Giveaway

This giveaway is in conjunction with Reader Appreciation Week here on Papernstitch. Thank you so much to everyone who reads this blog and has made it what it now is!

You know that I am a DIY fiend, and I know that you are too. So I am super pumped to be bringing this giveaway to you today! Thanks to the lovely people at Trumpeter Books and Shambhala Publications, I am giving away not one but two amazing craft project books that will inspire even the busiest (and craftiest) do-it-yourselfer. Both are from Shambhalas  Make Good Books series, and honestly, I am completely jealous of whomever wins the pair, worth a retail value of $42. I took a few photos so you can see exactly what’s up for grabs.

The winner of this giveaway will receive these two titles…

1. Natural Patchwork: 26 Stylish Projects Inspired by Flowers, Fabric and Home by Suzuko Koseki — This 128 page book is perfect for the girl who loves her sewing machine. Yep, I am talking to you! Natural Patchwork is filled cover to cover with detailed diagrams and full-color photographs of projects ranging from patchwork placemats to pillows and bags.

2. At Home with Handmade Books: 28 Extraordinary Bookbinding Projects Made from Ordinary and Repurposed Materials by Erin Zamrzla — As you may guessed from the title, this book is for the girl whose favorite tools are a bone folder and awl. There are so many great ideas in this one- lots of bookbinding techniques fill this 191 page book.

Here’s how you can enter to win this set of books valued at $42:

There are 3 ways to enter this giveaway (so you can enter up to 3 times). Each entry should be a separate comment”¦

1. Leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite craft project is that you’ve created. Bonus points if you tell me why.

2. Become an email subscriber by filling out the form below. *If you are already an email subscriber, you are automatically entered to win.


3. Twitter, facebook, or blog about this giveaway and leave a link in the comments. *You can use the handy buttons below this post to link via facebook and twitter.

**Giveaway will end on Monday, June 27th at 11:59 pm eastern time.**


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My favorite project would have to be the quilt I made for my niece’s first birthday last year. It was my favorite because I’ve never quilted before, so it was a new challenge. After a lot of undoing and ripping out mistakes, it turned out beautifully. And she sleeps with it every night 🙂


What a rad giveaway! Someone will be very lucky to receive these lovely books. I enjoy making lighting projects for family and friends; there’s just something so cozy and special about a custom lamp. Plus, they’re exciting to make. I made a paper lantern for my grandparents’ fiftieth anniversary; I printed a vintage photo of them on their wedding day on sheer adhesive printable vellum, then adhered that to a large tube of parchment paper rolled up. I accented the parchment tube with decorative cutouts and cut the word “love” in calligraphy with a craft knife, to allow the light to shine through. I made a custom base for the lamp to stand on, and used a low-wattage cfl bulb to prevent the paper from getting too hot. The photo glows in subtle sepia tones, and the parchment has a really nice warm glow also. They loved it, and they turn it on every evening.


I also tweeted the giveaway which automitically posts on my blog and my facebook!

Hannah Hawley

I created a Mad Hatter art doll that I absolutely LOVE! He was a challenge to my skills and came out so fabulously! I really loved the adventure of creating him and he makes me smile every time I look at him!


My favorite craft project would have to be my baskets. I love making baskets. They are great for transporting hot dishes, to give as wedding gifts, and are so customizable!

Hannah Hawley

My favorite project? Hmm … I guess a modular tag guestbook created for the wedding of a dear friend, because it was fun to stamp all the tags and thinking of her and her journey while working on the project, the guests really liked to participate and she loved the outcome. Thankful project in every aspect.


My favorite craft project was a sweater I knit for my friend’s baby. She was having a girl but she and her husband are very rock n’ roll and didn’t want cute-sy clothes. I did a black and white sweater with a skull and crossbones motif and hot pink buttons. It was awesome! Glad it was worth it, because knitting on tiny needles is hard!


I shared this giveaway on fb!


I make kid’s clothes, so my favorite projects are when I get to make something for my son. The is especially fun because the clothes I sell leave and I don’t see them again, but if it is for my son I get to see him enjoy them.


Lovely books! My favorite recently was a set of muslin drawstring bags that I made for “camp week” for my child’s kindergarten class…stamped personalized twill tape tags, wood beads on the drawstrings…lots of lovely little bits. A fun little project.


i also tweeted the giveaway, b/c it is AWESOME!


wow-i can’t type…i meant ‘banners’ not benners. yikes!


favorite craft project? oh tjhere are sooo many! lately i have been having fun using glass etching to customize beer bottles for brewing…but i alo loved the papercraft i did around christmas (ornaments and benners, etc).


I do graphic design and paper crafts as part of my creative therapy used to assist in my pain management. IT REALLY WORKS!!! Here are the links to my posts of your give away too.!/ThatWitcyGirl

I hope I did this right!

Michelle Harris

To date, my favorite craft project is the crib bedding set I sewed myself while I was expecting the birth of our first baby (whose gender we didn’t know until he was born). I sewed the crib bumpers, two sets of sheets, and a dust ruffle from Joel Dewberry’s aviary collection in orange and brown and tan. They are gorgeously gender-neutral, which means I can use them again for our next babies. It was my first major sewing project and I must say they all turned out really well—thank you internet for all your great tutorials! 🙂


I enjoy doing graphic design and paper crafts. I do this for my creative therapy which is part of my pain management.

Crafts and art are a great way to get your mind focused on something other than your physical or emotional pain. I truly believe in the benefits of creative therapy because I’ve actually been able to skip a dose of my pain meds only because my mind was finally so involved in what I was doing and not what my pain was doing.

Of course you should never skip your meds without the consent of your doctor.

Michelle Harris

Fantastic giveaway, thank you!

My favorite DIY is the duffle bag I learned to make at a local sewing studio (The Workroom in Toronto). It was a bit of a learning curve for me but once I got to practicing and making more bags, I definitely got better. The duffle bags are a perfect size and make great gifts.


I made myself a bag for all my sewing stuff



is one of the fav things i’ve done. it was for a magazine and didn’t get published (their loss!) but i just adore it.


My Favorite craft project is knitting doggie neckwarmers! I love this little hand knit project because I donate the proceeds from each sale to my favorite rescue group, The Humane Society of Greater Akron. I love being able to help our four legged friends who can not help themselves.

Tori Tedesco
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