If you follow many sewing blogs, you might have seen an increase in projects crafted from craft books recently! In September, I hosted a fun event called Craft Book Month to highlight all kinds of DIY books and encourage people to make a project from a book and blog about their experience.
|Top Left: “Wallet” from Bags: The Modern Classics, made by Sew TaraTop Right: “Urban Carryall Bag” from Bags: The Modern Classics, made by Gutsy DesignsBottom Right: “Urban Clutch” from Bags: The Modern Classics, made by Dodging the Butterfly|
Throughout this post, I’m going to feature some of the inspiring projects our readers created from Stash Books titles during Craft Book Month. There were 20 Stash Books projects linked up by our readers, with Bags: The Modern Classics and Zakka Style as the most popular book choices across the board.
For several months, I’d pushed myself toward the goal of writing a craft book. I realized that there wasn’t much information in blogland about the actual process.
How do you write a craft book proposal? What’s the best way to research and connect with publishers who might be interested in your idea? Do you need to hire an agent? I figured that the process looked a little different in the crafting field than it did with other types of publishing, but I had to do a lot of digging to find answers.
Left: “The House Pouch” from Zakka Style, made by Habala Style
Top Right: “Pleated Coin Purses” from Zakka Style, made by Shape Moth
Bottom Right: “Patchwork Pot Holder” from Zakka Style, made by The Plaid Scottie
Top Left and Bottom Right: “Orbit” from We Love Color, made by 13 Woodhouse Road
Top Right: “Think Big” from We Love Color, made by The Littlest Thistle
I had so much fun hosting Craft Book Month this year, and it only solidified my love of the great Stash Books authors and their work! To see so many great completed projects made from a variety of books is inspiring to me, and I hope it will also inspire you to pick up those sewing and quilting books that you love and use them to make something great.
We had great feedback from this year’s craft book experts who agreed to take the hot seat and answer some of my questions. Stash Books author Angela Yosten and C&T art director Kristy Zacharias were two people we were so happy to feature!
Top Left: “Birthday Board” from Simple Home, made by A Prairie Sunrise
Bottom Left: Cover quilt from Modern Mix, made by Grapes and Hearts
Top Right: “Planetarium” from The Practical Guide to Patchwork, made by Sukie
Bottom Right: Embroidery from Little Stitches, made by Rebecca Mae Designs
Have the Stash Books authors inspired you in your own sewing and quilting?
If you’ve made a project from one of the books mentioned above or any Stash Books titles, please leave a link in the comments section. We’d love to see it!
For quick links to the Craft Book Month experts, including interviews with authors, editors and more, visit Business Tips at Craft Buds. And if you have any questions for Lindsay, you can e-mail her or visit Craft Buds on Facebook.