Blog Tour and Giveaway: Sew What You Love by Tanya Whelan

FreeSpirit fabric designer Tanya Whelan, of Grand Revival Design, is now an author too — her book Sew What You Love is fresh on store shelves. I welcome her today to introduce this unique sewing book, which, while infused with her clean, bright, sophisticated design sensibilities, offers an incredibly versatile selection of projects that can easily adapt to any style.

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I so appreciate Kim letting me talk about my new book, Sew What You Love, today. I’m a huge fan of True Up and the inspiration and information it provides all lovers of fabric and design. Just wanted to say a little about what I tried to do with this book. Basically, I wanted to provide patterns and instructions that were really easy but also pretty, stylish and very useful. Things that a reader would want to use on a regular basis, not just once in a while. This is what I kept in mind with every project. I also didn’t want to include projects that could figured out by just looking at them, you know, napkins, drawstring bags, etc. Instead, I wanted to include lots of simple patterns that were easy to use but hopefully offer value in that they would take a while to design if you were doing it yourself (at least they took me a while!) The other thing I really wanted to include were easy, versatile adult garments. I think people are pretty comfortable making a bag or clothing for a child but are a bit more hesitant to make a piece of clothing for themselves. I wanted to show how easy it can be. Anyway, here’s the description and happy sewing in 2012!

Sew What You Love includes 30 projects plus a few extra super fast and easy little projects. It features projects for Little Ones including toys, skirts, tops and bedding. Projects like the Soft Fabric Shade, Apple Pie Ottoman, and Design as You Go Quilt from the Home section are both stylish and useful. The Personal Style section provides patterns and instructions for easy to make, versatile and stylish dresses, skirts, tops and more. And the Bags section includes a variety of stylish options for two totes, a hobo, a clutch, and a structured little bag with old fashioned appeal. Three large pattern sheets are tucked into an envelope at the back of the book. The book includes simple techniques for sewing with knits, using elastic thread, and bag construction. – Tanya Whelan

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Don’t miss Tanya’s brand-new fabric collection, Sugar Hill, which also comes in laminate and flannel flavors. And, you may have known that Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy and Heather Bailey’s Freshcut are being re-released in early spring … Tanya’s first collection, Barefoot Roses, is also getting the legacy treatment!

Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win a copy of Sew What You Love. A second winner will get to pick a free downloadable .pdf pattern for Tanya’s Metro, Monterey or Practical bags. Everyone gets a free copy of the Travel Checkers set from the book! Winners will be drawn randomly on Monday, January 23, 2012, and the giveaway is open to readers worldwide.



  1. Mary C says:

    Looks like this book has LOTS of cute sewing ideas! Can’t wait to get myself a copy!

  2. Susan Alexander/Wilson says:

    I actually think I could make something for myself with this book. And I WANT to. Most sewing books are full of cute projects, but no garments I’d want to wear myself. This looks like it has everything.

  3. christina says:

    I like the stacked donut poofs.

  4. Heidi says:

    Just darling, darling projects here. I especially love the bags.

  5. PJ says:

    Wow – looks like lots of wonderful projects! Especially loving that ottoman. Would love to win this.

  6. Karen McNeil says:

    This books looks full of gorgeous things to make. I love the dresses, they look so lovely!

  7. Jennie P. says:

    I really want to get a hold of that book! I’m wondering, what are the size ranges for the patterns that go in Tanya’s book?

  8. Tamie says:

    This looks like such a good book. It has something for everyone.

  9. Mandy says:

    i would absolutely love this book!

  10. anna says:

    The book looks awesome. I love her designs, that’s the best part, to have simple enough designs so that when you make them in a fabric you love, the project is one you’ll cherish.

  11. Gail Goodhand says:

    I’d love to win this book, I can see many uses for many of the items.

  12. ♥Duff says:

    Can I just say that I love Grand Revival patterns? The practical bag is my “go-to bag” when I need a quick, amazing gift. I have made a few of the flea market bag also and they are just as easy! I would absolutely, positively, adore a copy of this book! If the clothing patterns are as easy-to-follow as the bags, I’ll be making my own summer wardrobe this year!!

  13. liz f says:

    The projects look so cute!

  14. Sandra says:

    What a great giveaway – I’d love to receive this book!

  15. Robyn says:

    What a tempting collection of projects, and all in the one book. I think it would keep me out of mischief for several months!

  16. Connie says:

    Madly in love with Tanya Whelan’s elegant style. So far I’ve made two Monterey Bags, three Ava bags, and constantly buying/using/stashing/hoarding her lovely fabrics. So happy to learn she has a new book. Inspiration to the max! Can’t wait to see it.

  17. Gillian Smith says:

    What a great looking book! Thanks for offering this giveaway. :)

  18. Hannah says:

    That clutch is divine! Also, an interesting ottoman there…I’ve seen a lot of DIY ottoman projects, but most of them require that you have an ottoman already…which kind of defeats the purpose for me. This one looks squishy and perfect.

  19. Jane T says:

    I would love to win any of the giveaways listed. Thanks.

  20. Alexandra p. says:

    I would love to win that book, I’m always looking for some good patterns… Thanks for the chance!

  21. Tracie says:

    I love bag patterns! Please pick me to win the book.

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Love the bags especially! Thanks for the chance.

    Lwghosts at yahoo dot com

  23. Mims says:

    this looks like a wonderful book.

  24. Marion says:

    What à lovely book with wonderful patterns!

  25. Mónica says:

    I like the pink dress so much. I´d really love to have this book. Thank you for this opportunity!!

  26. Njeri says:

    I have entered all Tanya’s giveaways in hope of winning her fabulous book. Hope it’s my lucky day.

  27. Rebecca says:

    Looks a lovely book – lots of things I fancy making! Thanks for the chance to win.

  28. Michelle C says:

    Ah, I love the red ditsy dress and the girls blue one, and the ottoman and stacking cushions and the bag… I have never seen a book where I would want to make so many of the projects. I need to get this book. Need with a capital N.

  29. Montse says:

    That book looks great and what I also love about it is that the photos were made ay Yvette’s house (yvestown blog).
    Thanks for such a terrific giveaway!

  30. Ann says:

    That pink dress in particular is great. I would love to win this book!

  31. beth lehman says:

    Love that bag on the cover! Yum! Thanks for a giveaway, the book looks great!

  32. Great projects I want to try. And my to do list just got longer. :)

  33. katie says:

    I love all of her bags – in the book and the patterns.

  34. Hildy says:

    Wow, this book looks like a must-have to me. Fabrics and picture are stunning beautiful and totally my style! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Greetings from germany, Hildy

  35. Libby says:

    The projects look like a lot of fun. I would love to sew the dresses.

  36. Gill says:

    This looks a great book! I love the bag!

  37. Ileen says:

    I would make each project…very fun and super pretty! Thanks

  38. erin jewell says:

    I sew(haha) want to make those dresses Ilove her style and her prints. I just bought sugar hill, my daughter stole the pink version of birdy hill I guess I need to order more!

  39. krystina says:

    This book seems to have so many adorable patterns in it! I hope I win!

  40. Doris says:

    This looks like a great book. So many new book releases seem to be so much of the same thing redone by a different author/sewist, but her projects look pretty unique. Excited to see this one (and maybe even win a copy!)

  41. Melissa says:

    This book looks fantastic! I’m especially liking those dresses!

  42. Margaret says:

    These patterns look wonderful! I have some girls who would love these :)

  43. SewLindaAnn says:

    So happy to hear Barefoot Roses will be available again. It’s one of the most beautiful lines, and the colors are just perfect! Great giveaway, love to win!

  44. Tricia says:

    What a lovely looking book! Looks very useful

  45. Carmen says:

    Oooh, so cool that there are clothing and household item projects — thanks so much for featuring the book!

  46. Gina says:

    Tanya’s book looks fantastic – so many inspiring projects! Thank you for the chance to win!

  47. Sourkraut says:

    Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway.

  48. Vicky says:

    There are just so many cute stuff to be sewing from the book, I love the dresses especially.

  49. What fresh and inspiring designs!

  50. Lily says:

    It is so long ago I sewed something for myself to wear it is time to start again. I would love this book for inspiration!