Book Review and a Giveaway: Sewing For All Seasons

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SewingSeasonsCoverThere’s a fairly good chance that if you sew, you’ve heard of Susan Beal. She is the author of many craft books, and her latest publication is just as lovely as the author herself. Susan is one of the nicest people you could hope to meet. I met her when she emailed about including a project in a future book of hers, which will be out in 2014. We met for coffee, talked a lot and I was so honored that she asked me not only to contribute to her next book, but to review her latest publication, Sewing For All Seasons.

The book is bright, colorful and full of fun and useful projects. I love the pages at the beginning of each seasonal change. They are great for getting you in the mood to make something!


I had my eye on two projects in particular. The first one is a coffee cup cozy. I’ve been telling myself that I was going to make one for a long time, because I don’t like the little cardboard sleeves at a coffee shop. I knew it would be a quick and easy project, but I could never remember to save my coffee sleeve to make a pattern from it.


Susan was very kind and gave me the exact fabrics that I would need to make the cozy. If only she’d given me all of the Pendleton wool I would need to make this amazing blanket as well!



I decided to save the coffee cup cozy kit and use a few of my favorite fabrics instead. I have lots of little scraps that I save for small projects, and this was a perfect use for them.

BealbookBI used a slightly smaller scrap with two bicycles on it for the back of my cozy. Now it’s reversible!


I’ve used this many times throughout the past few weeks. I like getting a coffee to go and pulling out my own cup cozy. No more ugly brown cardboard for me!


So many of the projects in this book would make great gifts. If you’re like me, you’ll probably be trying to find the perfect handmade gift for someone that doesn’t take a lot of time. What about a pair of slippers? A great beach bag, or stackable fabric buckets? All of these projects (and many, many more) are included in Susan’s book.

Would you like to win a copy? All that you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Friday, December 6th at midnight PST. Tell me what you’re currently making (or what you’d like to make) to enter. Be sure to include your correct email address when you comment, so that I can let you know when you win, and get your address quickly so you can have the book in time for holiday making. This giveaway is for US residents only. Good luck!

Update:  The winner of this giveaway has been chosen using a random number generator and contacted. Congratulations, Susan!

  • Caitlyn M.

    Slippers sound perfect right about now. I’ve worn out my own, and they’re a favorite Christmas gift to give and receive in my family. Thanks for a chance to win this great looking book (and for putting it on my radar even if I don’t win!)

    • Guest

      Gorgeous book! Always looking for homemade gifts to make and give to loved ones and friends! Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Your cozy is super cute! I like the idea of making these for gifts with all the smaller scraps I’ve been saving for a rainy day. There are so many projects on the “to make” list I don’t even know where to start…I’m looking forward to making some comfy knit tops for myself at some point this winter, and I want to try knitting too!

  • Amber Clark

    My holiday sewing of 7 hooded towels, 3 hotwheel bandoliers, and at least one fancy dress have been set aside for pattern testing a super cute blouse for my daughter. Hoping to get the muslin done tonight so that I can move on to the real one tomorrow during nap time.

  • Rose Marie Mauzy

    Love Susan Beal and really love that cozy! I have just started back sewing after a….well….an over 30 year period. My current project is a simple quilt for my granddaughter who is 2 and won’t mind my mistakes! I would love to win Susan’s book…thank you for the opportunity!

  • Pip Chambers

    Getting back into sewing as the baby has just turned 8!!! Currently making aprons for my sister’s family, with especial love in the ones for her 4 year old daughter and 2 year boy.

  • Currently cross stitching Christmas presents and have a couple little boy car cozies to see before Christmas. After Christmas, I plan to finish up some things for my house and then start something new and fun for me! I just don’t know what yet…

  • Robin

    Love the cozies and the blanket is gorgeous. Only 4 more sewing gifts and I am done. Would love to make a cozy for me. Love your serger class as well! Thank you for the opportunity to win this book!

  • Caroline Sanchez

    My sisters are so hard to buy for, these cozies would be perfect for them as they are major coffee lovers. I’ve been looking for a fairly simple project to teach my 10 year old some basics about sewing. I think this is the one! Thanks so much. And yes, love Susan Beal! Looks like a very inspiring book!

  • Sandra

    Hi Amy,
    Right now I am busy making Xmas presents for my grandchildren. Quilted blankets for my little grandsons that live in Portland, OR and a cosmetic bag for my big grown up granddaughter in college in Ames, IA. I’ve loved Susan from “Stitch”magazine. And how can you not love a women who loves coffee? I’m sure her book would be a treasure.

  • Cheryl

    Amy I am so happy that I remembered to look you up today & signed up for your free Craftsy class. I watched 2 while making dinner & am inspired to really get back into my sewing after months of being immersed in caregiving.
    I did just finish 2 pair of potholders and am looking for more gift-y ideas and you have a contest going for just that –
    I have & love Susan’s Modern Log Cabin Quilting & her new book sounds just as terrific & fun. Sign me up, please!

  • angie

    Amy I hadn’t heard of Susan (hanging my head in shame if you could see me!). I go nuts this time of year with ideas for homemade/handmade presents…. This year I’m just finishing a 1920’s cloche style hat (I have a pattern!) But the enjoyable bit was searching through charity shops for material that would suit-I found a soft red wool jacket (perfect!) bought some piping and set to work. My friend Maria doesn’t have time to sew but values hugely anything handmade.. she also happens to be the World’s Best Recycler so this hat being handmade AND of recyled material has to be for her! I bought three wool coats (yes was I mad?) that were sadly hanging in the charity shop and not expensive and plan to re use them somehow. Maybe I can have a go at that blanket…..???? Thanks Amy!

  • Yolanda

    I usually my a long-sleeved button-down shirt from heavy flannel or corduroy for my husband for Christmas. I have the fabric. I just need to hurry us and get it made!

  • Barbara

    This book sounds like it needs to be on my bookshelf! I have finish a stuffed Nativity set and some ornaments for my “first” great grandchild. My next project is a sewn gingerbread house….I may even get it finished before Christmas!

  • Mary

    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway! I am making presents, cute little wineshades to perch on wine glasses and little quilts with saying like “Let it Snow” which is just did joyfully in Wisconsin!

  • swetamsaile

    Hi Amy,
    What a lovely book and I love your coffee cozy. I need to make a few of these too – they would be great stocking stuffers!
    What am I working on…what am I not working on?!!! I have seven projects going on right now, and that does not include Christmas….sigh. My grandmother died in 1963 leaving a quilt top made of 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ squares cut from old clothing, flour sacking, etc. The top was not finished, it is currently a little bigger than a twin size, my Dad found it in the ceder chest where it had been stored (hidden, lost) for fifty years. I have the honor of finishing the quilt top and making it into a quilt (a gift for my Dad who adored his Mom – he got teary eyed as he looked at the fabrics as it reminds him of his Mom). I am also making three Professional Tote Bags (pattern from Thimbleberry) and a dollhouse quilt for our granddaughter and I have the binding to put on two quilts. Other than that, not much going on.
    Have a great day and thank you for a terrific book review, if my name is not selected on Saint Nicholas Tag, I will have to order it. 🙂

  • Susan

    This sounds like a great book! Right now I am finishing knitting a slouch hat for my grandson, have just started knitting a hat with reflective thread for my daughter who is a runner. Still have a soft scarf to knit for my granddaughter! Just hoping I can get all finished and sent in time for Christmas. Planning on getting back to sewing projects in the new year. This book would be good for some great projects.

  • Elsa

    Hi Amy,
    This looks like a beautiful book! I know someone who would love a coffee cup cozy.
    I just finished 4 tree skirts and 1 table runner for my kids and sisters and now I’m going to do some sewing for myself.

  • Sarah Colebrook

    I have a french press coming to me in the mail next couple of weeks, and also I have knitted a couple cup cozies for my valentine last year. I think the fabric cup cozy and french press cozy would be a nice project to start off.

  • Lynda Gadd

    Gorgeous book! Always looking for unique homemade gifts to make and give to loved ones and friends! Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Sarah

    I am currently making a lap quilt for a very close friend. Her mother and father passed away last year (in their 90’s) within two weeks of each other. When she went to Colorado to take care of their things I asked her to bring home two shirts from each closet. Now I have cut them up into 3 1/2″ and 6 1/2″ squares. The quilt is going to be two sided with one side made up of her dad’s shirts and one side made up of her mom’s shirts. I found a nice blue broadcloth that brings together all four fabrics for trimming the blocks. It is going to be one of those Christmas gifts that makes you cry, but she will love to have it around.

  • kathryn

    We are going to try a denim (old blue jeans) seat slipcover for my husband’s little vw rabbit truck!

  • Laurie M.

    Hi Amy, I have neglected my sewing machine in favor of Christmas knitting. Right now I am knitting a stuffed elephant. It’s adorable but my husband would much prefer a cup cozy!

  • Alyson

    so cute! I am actually working on projects from your serger class (got a serger for my birthday last week!) and am making the zippered boxy bag and apron for my sister as xmas gifts. I’m also going to make her a matching checkbook case, but a matching cup cozy might be a perfect addition to that little set of gifts 🙂

  • Natalie

    I’m working on a quilt for each of my two kids (and probably will be until Christmas Eve!). Bright stripes for my daughter, and Star Wars for my son 🙂

  • D.

    Hi, Amy, I am knitting mittens for my grandchildren. One pair got finished tonight and another pair just got started. After that, it’s back to the sewing machine to work on some little fleece snowsuits for my little grandbaby who is a week and a half old. Wish I could spend every day sewing!