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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Corrine said...

Can't wait to get my hands on that book!! Is it available in book stores yet? Or when does it come out? In case I don't win of course :)

melaniet42 said...

How awesome! And timely for me as well; we're expecting our second girl in early September!!

Megan said...

I just put this book in my cart on Amazon...going to wait to see if I win it first though!

Lovely Lizzy said...

Sweet! That looks like a fantastic book.

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JJ and EJ said...

Hoo boy! Lots of comments! Maybe I'll be the lucky one. I'd love to get into sewing. I'll be a stay at home mom starting this fall and sewing sounds like a fabulous hobby to get into more!

CraftyLady81 said...

Perfect timing for a book like this! Just had little girl #2 ten days ago and I'm already missing my sewing machine :) So ready to start making summer clothes for my little fashionistas!

Cristi said...

I would love a copy of this book!! It's really a beautiful collection of sewing projects!!

whimsyquilts at gmail dot com

heather said...

The book looks amazing! And your jacket turned out so cute!

Jones said...

I just found out that I have a new nephew on the way in 8 weeks! I need to get a sewing. Pick me, pick me!

Michele said...

This book is on my wishlist! Love the little hoodie, too cute.

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Alej said...

I have many friends that are now pregnant and this book would be great for gifts!! And for myself... I just found out I'm pregnant!!

Jaime said...

oh this has got to be the best giveaway!! I am due on Wednesday and I want this so darn bad!!
JloMamaJama@aol.com

devon said...

looks like a fabulous book!
judahsmama@gmail.com

Jane said...

Here's hoping I can win such loveliness!

Jill said...

Would love to win! =) Your projects always turn out looking amazing Jill.

Elizabeth said...

What a great book with so many ideas! I would LOVE to have that book...thanks for sharing!

Escalante Family said...

I loved this post! I have taken up sewing during my current pregnancy as well and have found it to be very therapeutic/nurturing. - Theresa

Watashi no Uchi said...

I came across that book the other day in searching for some things to make for my baby, which is #2 and I'm due about the same time you are! I LOVED the jacked and would love a copy of this book! I downloaded her nesting cubes pattern from her site the other day too! I love her stuff, she is certainly an inspiration! Thanks for posting your own work from the book!

Brandi said...

Oh PLEASE PLEASE let me win! I'm pregnant with my 3rd, and have lots of pregnant friends and family right now too. I'm sure I could sew up some wonderful shower gifts if I won!

felicia said...

I love this book! I have looked at it several times in the bookstore.

Shermanators said...

Oh, I just had my first 6 weeks ago...those projects look adorable!!

Jessica said...

Oh this book looks amazing! I hope I win!!!

Rachel Anderson Smith said...

Jill, your blog makes me believe I can make anything! Thanks so much, I would love this book to give to my best friend. She is pregnant with her first and is on bedrest for the next 3 months an I know she would appreciate having something to keep her mind off the 'what-ifs'.
Rachel Smith and03020@yahoo.com

shan19 said...

That book looks so cute!! I love the little jacket.

charlyn said...

What a great book! I'd love a copy for myself!

Bre said...

What a neat book! I would love one!

The Stoddard Show said...

so cute! congrats on your soon to be arrival!!

i just made it in time, whhh!

Tracy said...

I'd love love that book! Your jacket is so darn cute!
Tracy
tracyhong@comcast.net

Shellie said...

Darling jacket! This book has cute ideas even for grandmothers! My daughter-in-law is also expecting her second and this would be great to use for gifts! Thanks for sharing such great ideas!

Clares Place said...

please enter me!

Cara said...

As of today, I have 6 more weeks to go for babe number one. I'm still finishing her two quilts and I've only made her two nightgowns. I really don't need another baby pattern book, since all I want to do when I get home from work is lie down. But, I can't stand it. I'm going to end up having to get that one. Everything I've seen is so stinkin' cute. I'm just going to stick with my ridiculous fantasy that I'll sew while I'm on maternity leave.

Marta said...

I would love to have this book!

Lynne said...

I would love this book to sew for the grandchildren.

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Great projects in this book! Speaking of projects, have you visited www.WeAllSew.com to see all the great sewing links?

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