Book Review and Giveaway: Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner


I was so happy to receive a review copy of Anna Maria Horner's new book, Handmade Beginnings:  24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby.  It couldn't have arrived in a more timely manner!  As my regular readers know, I am expecting baby #2 in just seven short weeks, and while I certainly don't need any help adding to my ever-growing project list, this book is nothing short of inspiring.

First of all, Anna Maria Horner must be some sort of motherhood goddess, because she wrote this book while she was pregnant with her sixth child (my hero).   In the introduction, Anna talks about how all the sewing (her form of nurturing), was so beneficial to her pregnancy.  I especially liked when she said:

" ... sewing while expecting has kept me healthy and centered on what matters - more joyful than not."

I find that true for myself as well.  All of the projects I've been working on for Ruby keep my mind on the excitement of a new baby, and away from worrying about all the potential "what ifs."  Plus, I like the late night sewing sessions, just the two of us, when I can feel all of her little wiggles (and sometimes backflips).

Anyway, back to the book!  It really is a wonderful collection of projects that includes the whole family in getting ready for baby - there are sewing projects for mama, baby, dad, siblings, the home ... she just about covers it all.  Can you tell I like this book?  The projects are clever, the instructions are clear, and the photography is to-die for.

The first project to catch my eye was the Baby-in-the-Hood Jacket:


Isn't that baby just delicious?!!  The jacket is gorgeous, too ... I had to make one.   Here is my first attempt:

This was one of the more complicated baby projects, but the instructions were so clearly written, it was easy to follow.  I picked fabric that was neutral but still playful and really like how the jacket turned out.  When I compare it to the jacket in the book's photos though, I can't help but think I need to make a second jacket in bold, vibrant colors.  Yes, a second jacket is definitely on the to-do list.  A girl needs options!

I have fabric cut for about 4 other projects from the book, but another one I wanted to specifically mention is the Nesting Cubes:

So cute!  You can try it out as well, because this project is available as a free pattern download here

In addition, Wiley Publishing is running a drawing for 1 SINGER® Confidence™ 7470 sewing machine, 5 yards of Anna Maria Horner fabric, and a copy of the book Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby.  Just click here to enter.


Finally, you can read more about the book (and find more book giveaways) on Anna Maria's blog tour. Here's the schedule:

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 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


This giveaway is now CLOSED.  Thanks for entering!

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Lotsie said...

Oh I would love a copy of this book!! I'm pregnant of my first, 17 weeks to go!!!

Jessica said...

What a great book! I would love to win a copy!

Christie said...

What an adorable jacket! I'd love to win! I shouldn't comment very first since #1 rarely wins, ha ha! But I'm still up and probably won't be able to remember tomorrow:). You are so talented Jill!

megan said...

I would love to win! I love the jacket.

Tatkis said...

What a sweet book! I'd like to win a copy too :)

Best wishes,
Tatyana

mamawulf said...

Super cute! I just had a sweet little girl and I love have so many projects I want to sew for her, but they are mostly online tutorials, I'd love to have a book!

Amber said...

Love the jacket! Super cute!

carmel said...

this looks like a great book
i would love to win!
thanks!

Jo's Place said...

I would really love to win a copy of this fabulous looking book. I so love the wee baby jacket you made :)

Jūlija said...

Book looks really nice, will be happy, to look it all!

Camilla said...

WOW!!
That's EXACTLY what I need to fill up my babies´ closets...
We are expecting our 3rd Wonder every day now, and I would JUST love to win a copy of this book.

So... "pick me - pick me"!! ;0)

Hugs
from Switzerland

k. davis said...

wow, what an awesome giveaway! If I win or not, this book is a must have!

Connie and Amy said...

Cute jacket, baby ruby is gonna be a little fashonista! I can tell already ;)

Carly said...

I would love to win. Have a cute 3 mo old I would love to make some stuff for!

D'Anna said...

I have so many friends who will be having babies this Fall - would love to have this book for gift ideas!
Thank you!

Lyanna said...

Nice job with the jacket. Would love to win the book, can't tell you how much I love sewing books!

Mariló said...

Great book. I would love to win a copy. Thank you.

Gena said...

That books looks awesome. I'd love to win a copy! grbuie@gmail.com

Kristy said...

I have been semi following thr blog tour of this book and am liking it more and more with each new review and detail.

I'd love to win a copy and get crafting!

Melissa@Vidastyle said...

I love the look of this book, so many great projects.

Craft Bird said...

I'd love to win the book! I have a little girl I love to make stuff for!

Nice work with the jacket!

Steph said...

I agree, anyone who has that many kids and still has a booming business with their sanity intact is truly a super-woman! Love the cute jacket, I like the colors you use. Can't wait to see what is next!

Carolyn said...

Such a fun book! I'd love to have one, even though I don't have kids... yet. carolynhwilcox@gmail.com

Tab said...

Put me in the draw! It loos like the best book!! I'm going to have to buy a copy if I don't win. I'd rather win it, lol!!

pzy001@gmail.com

Kristi @ Creative Kristi said...

I'm due with baby #2 any day now & would love a copy of this book! I saw it on 'pre-order' on Amazon a month or so ago but didn't reserve a copy because I wasn't sure if it would be worth the wait...now I see it would be!

Kimmy Findlay said...

What a charming book - thanks for sharing Jill!

The Coxes said...

I'm pregnant with baby #2 as well and this book would be awesome. I need inspirations for some new projects. Thanks for sharing!

ap_lemos said...

I would love to win this book. You did a wonderful work with the jacket; it's really cute.
Thanks for the giveaway!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

Keri said...

Love the book and the ideas. I'd love to have one of my own.
bryannkeri@yahoo.com

Lenka said...

Wow, the book looks good! I just started to learn to sew, and while I do not have kids of my own yet, I am excited to make something for the friends who do...Lenka
zavinacik@gmail.com

Beth said...

I need this book! Even if I don't win, it's going on my wish list. :)
bethstephenbruce at gmail dot com

Christina said...

This books sounds awesome. I would love to win and make the jacket! I just had a little boy a few weeks ago and love crafting. Which remind me I am waiting on some inspiration for the car play mat!! I'm a very dedicated reader, thanks for the great ideas.

Lynette said...

Oh, Oh, Oh, I want to win!!!

lynetteloveridge@gmail.com

Jana Floyd said...

I have a 9 month old son, and a new nephew on the way. I would love to create handmade gifts for them!

jill said...

I so need this book...I am expecting my first grand baby in 5 weeks, and am so excited to make lovely things for him or her.

Rebecca said...

I am on week 26 of pregnancy, leaving me with 14 more weeks of creative opportunity! If only I could get this book!

sgrbear724 @ yahoo.com

Maggie said...

I'm 5 months into my first pregnancy, even at my rate I reckon I could finish a couple of projects before then. Thanks so much!

jenn said...

I love Anna Marie! Her book looks fabulous! I love that jacket!!

erinmalia said...

oh gosh. i know i won't win, but i can't help but enter. i so want that book!

Randi said...

Love her and love the look of that book ... I'm crossing my fingers to win!

Brad, Brooke, Abigayle, Rebekah and Indy said...

I was just getting ready to look at the reviews for this book! Thanks for making that job easier! :)

kangy22 said...

The book looks amazing. Please enter me in the giveaway.

Tricia said...

Would love to win a copy of that book! Thanks for the review. So many times patterns in books are hard to follow and have so many errors. Glad to hear your first project went well!

Jessica said...

What a neat book! Your baby jacket looks great.

Catherine said...

Would love that! Baby # 2 will be here in 2 weeks for me so 'getting ready for baby sewing' wouldn't work but 'baby is here' sewing is a yes!
spottedwhale(at)hotmail(dot)com

Clare said...

Thanks for such a sweet giveaway!! I actually went out and ordered the book already, but I have the perfect friend to give it to! :)

Nanna said...

Would love to make some of these things for my second grandchild!

Janel said...

Oh My Gosh! this book looks amazing!!! Everyone I know is pregnant right now and this would certainly help with those baby gifts!!!!!

mackenziescraftymom@gmail.com

Christina said...

Oh wow, that looks like a great book!! If I don't win, I think I might just have to buy it anyways!! I'm not expecting baby 2 yet...but I hope to be soon!!

Thanks for an awesome giveaway & keep up the ADORABLE crafting!

Ally said...

I'd love to win this book! I am expecting my first in October. :)

Tiff said...

I've been wanting to check this book out! Love the jacket and would love the book :)

MommyMert said...

Im interested! :) Im on week 22!

malea said...

I hope this giveaway is open to international posters, i'd love to make some things out of this book for my newborn daughter & lots of pregnant friends babies!

katevet said...

Is it also for international crafters? if so - please count me in! Thank you!

StressTheSeams said...

I want to win! I love her stuff!

Erin said...

That book looks fantastic!

aggierudy3 said...

If the rest of the book is as inspiring as the nesting blocks, I'm going to have to dig out my sewing machine!

CourtneyMc said...

I'd love to win this! A fellow Nashvillian! Awesome stuff.

Sharon said...

would love to win this wonderful book!

Summer Lewis said...

What gorgeous stuff!

BERRETTS said...

I would love this book, the stuff looks great!

Amber W. said...

I love the idea of this book! I'm not expecting, but I would love to have this for when I have my next baby. It would also be great to have it so I can make gifts for all of my friends that are having babies. I hope I win!

Jill said...

Ohhh I would love to win this book! Not that I don't already have baby projects piled up on the sewing table... :) But it looks awesome! Thanks for the chance to win, Jill!

Jamie said...

Great giveaway! Such adorable projects and I love Anna Marie Horners fun bold fabrics!

Nala said...

i'd love a copy of that book!

Sarah said...

I'd love it! How fun is that!

Leigh M said...

That book looks so cute!

ummashin said...

Adorable jacket, would love to win the book!

Melissa said...

Yay!! I want this book so bad!!! I'm pregnant with my 3rd right now and my first baby girl!! How fun would this be!! :)

amy said...

I would love to win this book! I have a 21 month old and a 7 month old, and we're already talking about baby number 3. :o)

Deb said...

What are the chances of winning? It's worth a shot... what a darling book to celebrate baby!
(debnjason@msn.com)

Hammond Bride said...

I have just fallen in love with sewing and would LOVE to have this book! WOW! What a treasure trove!

Suzy said...

Cute! I'd love to win a copy!

The Oxford Family said...

Love that jacket! It turned out great! Would love a copy of the book too :)

Amber said...

My son needs that jacket! The book looks awesome!

The Boddies said...

I would love to win this book! rheannong@yahoo.com

Allison said...

I need a boost in inspiration and great ideas. I would love to win this amazing book. And from your comments...the photographs are just worth it!

Crafting is my Therapy said...

I would love love love this book! I am always looking for new projects for little ones (mine and others)! Thanks for reviewing it. Your jacket is just simply adorable! I cannot wait to make one myself!

kylee said...

That looks like a great book!

shelly said...

I love sewing baby things and want this book so badly! I'm holding out for all the giveaways, but if I'm unlucky, I'm just going to have to buy it!

Rai said...

I would love this book! The jacket is so cute!

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

Oh i would love this! I have a very good friend who is expecting and it would be so much fun to make her things from this book!

Lisa said...

Cute jacket. Please enter me.
iluvchrisnlevi@aol.com

Andrea said...

what a great giveaway! I would love have this book.
Your jacket came out super cute.

Andrea

aaleland@yahoo.com

BBaker said...

That book looks so wonderfully inspiring!

V Mom said...

I love your neutral colored jacket, but of course it never hurts to have 2! The book looks like tons of fun!

Jen said...

I'd love to win and make things for my friends who are having little ones!

Brittany Hamman said...

I am 20 weeks with baby #2 and am so excited for this book. I too find myself through sewing esp. for my baby!

Crissy said...

I've got 2 weeks to go with my second boy and I'd love to shower him with some of these cute ideas! Thanks!!

crissy_hartl@yahoo.com

Ramona said...

This book looks so lovely. I love the cute jacket you made. I would love to have the opportunity to win.
ramona_murrayatcomcastdotnet

Jen said...

This looks like a great book! I would love to win!
jenlea2000@hotmail.com

Trista said...

Looks like a great book!

mrspelly said...

I hope I win!

Mackenzie said...

that jacket is precious. i would LOVE to have that book!

carolyn said...

I would love to win this book!

Jennifer said...

Such thoughtful and useful projects, I would love to own this book.

Ashley said...

Ohhh...I think I need this book!

Sufoot said...

I'm expecting my first in December...plenty of time to pop out a few of those jackets!

DallasJenn said...

What a great giveaway! I'm expecting in July and would love to add more handmade touches as I prepare!

Heather said...

This book is at the top of my wishlist :) Would love to win it! Thanks for the chance.

Kelly Fox said...

I'd love to win, so cute!

Jenny said...

Would love to win this book!

Mandy said...

wow! I was just asking for great craft book recommendations on my blog today - - thanks for the great giveaway! Mandy, www.craftedition.blogspot.com

Meghann said...

This is a great giveaway - the book looks amazing. And, Friday is my birthday and we're trying for baby number 2. What great timing!

Brooke Crook said...

WANT this book!!!

tong said...

I LOVE Anna Maria Horner, would love to win her new book! Thanks for the giveaway!

Ali said...

Looks like a great book! I love the Baby-in-the-Hood jacket too! :)

Veronica said...

What a cute book! I love the jacket you made!

veronica12487@gmail.com

make it perfect said...

love your jacket and would love to win a copy of the book!!

Nancy said...

This if my first time leaving a comment on your blog. I do enjoy looking at all your projects, they inspire me to get crafty! It would be wonderful to win this book; thanks for the giveaway!

Brooke said...

Love, Love, Love, Love, Love.

Love.
Thanks for the review. If I get chosen, I will be one happy kiddo!

Brooke

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

I love making baby gifts! What a wonderful book!

Dawnell said...

I'm not currently pregnant but have many friends who are. Pick me!

Mattandme said...

After two miscarriages, I'm expecting my first baby boy in October. I'd love to make him things from this book!
Deanna

Jo said...

my fingers are crossed!

czstout said...

There are some super cute ideas in here :) Good luck with baby, I am due in 13 short days!!! I can't wait :) Anywho, I'd love to win!!

stoutfamily@rocketmail.com

Heidi said...

Looks like a great book!
friedturtle@hotmail.com

Auntie Fafa said...

With 12 pregnant friends all due in July/August, I'd better get crackin' on gifts!! This would be so perfect. Thanks for the giveaway!

MDB said...

I love to win this book since I hopepully will have a positive pregnancey test by next weekend. It's our second ivf-teatment (our first resulted in eary miscarriage) and I have a positive feeling this time... :-)

That jacket looks sooo great!

Kayla said...

Wow! I would love this book so I can make some cute things for my daughter and my adorable nephew and baby showers of course!

Ashley said...

Oooh Oooh pick me! Pick me!

I absolutely love your blog. Keep up the awesome work!

just me said...

oh i LOVE that jacket! i would love this book - my sweet sister is expecting her first and i am looking forward to spoiling my niece like crazy!!

akrosell said...

I just had a baby boy and like your blog for that reason - boy projects! So please keep it up. I'd love to win a copy of this book and try a few more things.

Christine said...

Oh, please pick me!

Marie said...

I love how your jacket turned out! Very classic, but so cute at the same time! I've been eyeing that book as well, but I'm not expecting, nor are we having any more children. But it kinda makes me want just ONE more baby!

Brienne said...

This book looks excellent! And spiral bound is the best. Hope I win!

The Dark Family said...

count me in! I'd love to win!

Kathleen said...

I would love to try it out!

Angela C. said...

I would love to win! I have many pregnant friends currently.

accoupons at gmail dot com

Jennifer Ladd said...

This book looks wonderful! I'd love a copy so I can try out some projects for my new baby girl! We JUST received our referral for her yesterday (she's from Ethiopia) so we're all in baby euphoria in our house!

jennifereladd at yahoo dot com

mama dub said...

Looks like a great book. I'm a grandma that loves to sew for the babies!

Leigh Ann said...

I am in love with this book! I have been coveting it for a while now. I so enjoy your blog and your super cute personality. I love everything you make. You give me so much inspiration!

Aimee said...

awesome book!
and cutest jacket!
aimeembryan@gmail.com

Debi said...

mmm...yes please! my baby twins will love it.

Hannah said...

OOOO!!! PICK ME!! I'd love to win. I'm 11 wks preg with my first and can't wait to find out the sex so I can get to work sewing fun little things out of this book!

Paula said...

That book looks amazing. I love your jacket you made!

Stacy said...

I have an 18 month old and my husband and I are trying for baby #2. I love to craft and have done some sewing projects before but nothing too complicated. I would love to have a book like this!

sue said...

I would love a copy of the book

Kristin said...

I would love to have a copy of this book! My friends and I are about to embark on expanding our families and this would be perfect to give as gifts!

Rebecca said...

What a great giveaway! I would love this book, I could use a few new projects for my new baby.

charlotte said...

i am super excited about this book... thanks for the chance to win it!

Holly said...

Oh, how I want this book. I have been holding off because I want to see what sort of projects it offers. That jacket sealed the deal.
Thank you for sharing.
Also, love the name "Ruby". My favorite stroller company has a gorgeous colour in their line also called Ruby.

Carla said...

Oh I love her. Her projects, her fabric, everything!

Thanks for a chance to win a great book!

Liz said...

Oh I would love to win this book! My favorite things to sew are baby shower gifts! They are just so much fun.

Cindy said...

I would love to have this book. I will have a new niece soon that needs lots of things sewn by her auntie!

Katherine said...

Oh boy! I want this so bad!

katherine@liggitt.net

Nana said...

I would love to win this book -- I have several grandchildren (present and future) that I could make lots of cute projects for!

Connie

Megan A. said...

I would love to have this book!

Nicole DeCamp said...

Just adore that little jacket. I would love to make one for my little boy at home. Love Anna and would love to own a copy of her wonderful new book!

Heather said...

oooh! I would LOVE to win this book! thanks for the chance!

Michelle said...

I have never owned a swewing book and this one looks like the perfect one. Thanks for the giveaway.

Heathere Willoughby said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing!

Jess said...

That jacket is adorable! I'd love to see what other projects are in the book!

nuttbutts said...

It would be fabulous to have a copy of that book. I enjoy sewing and need some new inspiration!

Mandi said...

with three girls, Im done having babies...BUT I have 5 friends that are pregnant now! so this book would be lovely, to ive me some wonderful ideas for handmade gifts for them :o)

Justin and Coralie said...

I hope I win! What a cute book!

lydia said...

hi! i'd love to win, i'm very new to sewing and have been inspired by your blog, i've been making your bibs and burp cloths for baby number 2 who is due in october and this time around i want to make everything myself and this book would be perfect! Thanks!!

winnie said...

I would love this, there is always someone having a baby!

devinkirsten said...

I've had my eye on this book for a bit now. Can't wait to see who wins!

Midwestern Gone Idahoan said...

FUn!! I would love to win!!! I am done having babies - I have 5!!! But I am still making baby things for everyone else!!

suzannebake@gmail.com

Brandy said...

Oh, My Gosh, Oh, My Gosh, Oh, My Gosh!!!!!! I would love to win this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got so excited win (he,he) I saw this post! Congrats on #2 AND #1!!

Eva said...

cute jacket :), Love the title of the book, I'd like to win a copy :)

Mindy said...

Oh how I would love this book! 3 of my sisters are all pregnant right now and I would love new ideas for making baby things!

Are we there yet? said...

I love Anna's books! I would love a copy of her newest!

SoniB said...

I've had my eye on this book. Baby #4 on the way and it's been a while since the last one . . . need to get some sewing done! Thanks for the chance.

Shannon said...

These kind of books are so nice to have. Best wishes for your new baby girl. They're so fun!

the Jernigans said...

Oh I love this book and would love to get my hands on it so I can get my hands busy! :) Anna Maria Horner is so inspiring! :) I'd love to win!

kalina said...

Am always looking for more baby projects--expecting #1 in 15 weeks!

Me said...

Hello my name is Wendy and I am a lurker. There, I've said it. I've never won anything before and I have no reason to covet the book other than it is beautiful. My two girls are no longer babies - one on the brink of discovering the school world and the other a fully-fldged toddler. If I do win,some of my other friends with babies on the way will receive lovely surprises inspired by the book.

Christina said...

Oh, I love the jacket! And I'm selfishly really hoping that I win. : ) Not only do I make practically all the baby gifts for my friends, but also I'm beginning to have a sneaking suspicion that #3 just might be on the way. But shhh...no one knows yet. ; )

Alicia said...

I would love to win! I love your blog! you are so talented!

Vivian said...

I would love this book! I've just recently rediscovered the joy of sewing and have a brand new little one that would love some new things!

peliroja_15@hotmail.com

Robin and Josh said...

Oh how cool! I would love to win! I know 10 women that are pregnant right now(And that is NOT counting the ones that have had babies in the last few weeks) so I would love this book! I am running out of baby patterns and need some new ideas desperately!

Amy said...

You jacket turned out sooo cute. I would love to win a copy of this book. I have several friends with new borns or who are still expecting. I would love to make them some cute baby gifts! Thanks for the chance to win!

Riece said...

I've got my fingers crossed! This book looks amazing! And since I'm LDS, I'm always either having a baby or going to a friend's baby shower. HA!

David/Brianna said...

That book looks terrific! I would love it as I am 3 months pregnant! I have a lot of time still so I could do a lot of crafting! :)

Brianna G.

Christina said...

I love that little jacket. Simply adorable! I'm selfishly hoping that I win the book because not only do I make almost all handmade baby gifts for friends, but also because I'm beginning to suspect that #3 is on the way.

Emskyrooney said...

Great job on the jacket- it's so cute! I'd love to win a copy of the book- every mother in our playgroup is expecting her second within the next 6 months so I'll be pretty busy churning out baby gifts!

water works said...

I love this book and all AM's works. Thanks for the giveaway.

Audra said...

Great jacket - that's satisfying sewing.

Michelle said...

Looks like fun

marin said...

Love that jacket! Thanks for this great giveaway!

AZBelle (Sandy) said...

Looks like a great book, I would love to win it!

Charlotte said...

I would love a copy of this book, I have been seeing it mentioned everywhere lately and would love to make those nesting cubes!

Lele said...

I LOVE Anna Maria Horner! I just made some of my nursery bedding (expecting in about 5 weeks) out of some of her fabric!

Better Life Bags said...

What a cute book! Perfect timing as we just found out we are pregnant with #2 (babies will be 15 mo apart :0)

Zach 'n' Jack said...

awesome! I would love to have this book! Fingers crossed.....

mle said...

Wow, this is awesome! I've been drooling over this book since Anna Maria first mentioned it on her blog!

Carrie said...

I'd love to win this! I am due next week with my 2nd little one... can't wait!

*Sarah said...

I totally want this!!

The Wifers said...

This book looks So perfect. I'm 22 weeks along with my third child(and first girl. wouldn't that book be perfect?

Chiska said...

I love the jacket you made! So Darling.

The Cowgill Family said...

What a great book, I would love a copy!!!

Sara said...

Oh, adorable jacket! I would love this book! Hopefully I can sew some things for another little one soon!

Elisabeth said...

Ooooo! I'm 6 months pregnant and I'm having so much fun making baby clothes - I would LOVE this book!

Bonnie said...

That book looks AMAZING! I'd love to own a copy.

emedoodle said...

I already have a copy of this book so I don't need to be in the running for the giveaway....

But I had to comment anyway; I love this book! It's such an inspiration in sewing and family life! :) And such beautiful projects!

Somer said...

So cute. I love that jacket.

Abby said...

Looks like a great book, full of lots of fun projects. I would love one.

Michelle W. said...

I would love to have a copy of this book!

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