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. Rebecca says:

    This book is on my wish list, thanks for the chance at winning it!

  2. Lisa says:

    Super cute projects! I would love this own this book. mcgulisa(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Laura M says:

    Oh I already see a bunch of projects that I’d love to make. Pick me!

  4. Allison says:

    Thank you Tanya for the giveaway and congratulations on your new book. I love the sweet dress pictured top right and especially those fabric poufs!

  5. Anna Veit says:

    Super, super cute projects. I would love to add this book to my collection. I promise to read every page! Hope there is a cute pincushion design.

  6. Carol says:

    Love sewing what I love. I’m a big fan of that. Me, please!

  7. Becky says:

    This book looks so great! Super excited about there being adult garments as well. I hope I win!

  8. Eva says:

    This book looks really good, thanks for the chance to win it.

  9. oh, wow, I love that red dress! Thanks for the giveaway Kim and Tanya!

  10. MollyP says:

    Love this! The photography is just beautiful. The variety of projects offered in one book is just great. Thanks, ladies!

  11. Chris C. says:

    Those dresses look super-cute! I hope I win!

  12. Liz Mouse says:

    Sounds like a lovely book. I appreciate all the adult clothing options!

  13. Anne Marie says:

    Would love to win this book – sounds awesome.

  14. shannon says:

    so many cute things I want to make!!!

  15. Lisa P. says:

    This looks great! I admit that I do have more confidence in making kids’ clothes than clothes for myself. If you mess up a kid’s garment, they still look cute. If you mess up your own….well, not so cute. Can’t wait to look at this book. Thanks for the chance to win one!

  16. Alli says:

    This book looks great! I wish I had room in my house for those cute, big floor cushions!

  17. Holly says:

    What a wonderful book! This one is going on my wish list.

  18. Virginia says:

    I’m drooling! This looks like a beautiful book with amazing projects! Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Christa says:

    This book looks great and I just love her fabric lines

  20. Allison C says:

    Looks there are lots of great projects!

  21. Catherine says:

    I love those floor cushions too!

  22. Oh yes please Random Picker Machine…pick ME! I LOVE everything Tanya Whelan creates! ;-)

    ~ Mary Carole

  23. Wendy says:

    Love the dress designs!

  24. Jill B says:

    This book looks great!

  25. Pamela says:

    Absolutely lovely – here’s hoping and thanks!

  26. Roz says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! Tanya Whelan has amazing taste with all things quilting! Fingers crossed….

  27. Donna B. says:

    This book look like a must have to me ;-) Love the dresses……..

  28. Susan says:

    It looks like an adorable book! Would love to win! Susan

  29. Elizabethdx` says:

    I just love the bag on the cover of the book! And I have lobed Tanya Whelan’s fabrics…. Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. Addie says:

    this looks like a ton of creative fun! thank you for the giveaway and interview.

  31. Patty says:

    Really cute projects!

  32. TdelaP says:

    I’m really excited about his book. The dresses are adorable!

  33. Leaine Rush says:

    Wow, you have fab looking book and love love love the ladies apparel stuff. Would love to add this to my collection.

  34. Gwen Windham says:

    I would so love to win a copy of “Sew What You Love”! Thank you for the chance! :-)

  35. Debra Lee says:

    I would love a copy of this book!

  36. sarakenobi says:

    !!! I Want this book! !!!

  37. I loved Tanya Whelan’s last line, Delilah, and Sugar Hill looks divine! I’ve been checking out this book and I see several projects I would love to try. Lots of sewing fun!

  38. mo says:

    I’m a big fan of Tanya Whelan and would love a copy of this book!

  39. Penny says:

    Wow I have been out of the loop for a few weeks and had no idea this book was out! The projects look wonderful! Thanks so much!

  40. amye says:

    so excited to check this book out! thanks for the info – looks lovely!

  41. looks like an awesome book – would love to win it

  42. Courtney says:

    I need some new projects. The book looks great!

  43. Angela says:

    Oh I love that red dress in particular. And on a side note, I’m totally impressed that she used another designer’s fabric for the cover of the book. Kudos to her.

  44. Hueisei says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this book! ;)

  45. Kellie says:

    Would love love love to win this. Thanks for the chance x

  46. Carole says:

    Your new book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway

  47. Chris says:

    Thanks for the opportunity! This book is on my wish list.

  48. Yael says:

    I love this book!!! Would love to win!

  49. Sam says:

    Would love to win this book. So many beautiful things to make :-)

  50. Tong says:

    The book looks amazing, I already see a bunch of projects that I’d love to try! Thank you so much for the giveaway!