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. Angela Thee says:

    I love the book. I have already picked a few projects I want to do right away. Thanks for inspiring me and thanks for sharing with us and the give away.

  2. elsa says:

    Oh, this looks like a lovely book! Really like the bags and the little foot stools! Thanks for the chance to win this lovely book!

  3. Misty says:

    This is the first time in probably over a year that has inspired me to start sewing again. She has such cute ideas in her book, I would love a chance to get my hands on one! Thanks

  4. erin jewell says:

    I really want to win this one, he dresses on her website are gorgeous and I am hoping if I win I can make one of them for myself. Fingers crossesd.

  5. bonnie says:

    this looks so wonderful, i would love a copy of her new book! thanks for the opportunity!

  6. Molly says:

    I’d love to win this book. Love her fabrics!

  7. Frau Mayer says:

    Oh, this is my third try to win this lovely book! Thanks for the chance – keeping my fingers crossed!

  8. Robin Horne says:

    Love Tanya’s designs! Thanks for the chance.

  9. Sandra Davidson says:

    I love the look of this book and I am sure the patterns won’t be so difficult that I won’t want to try again or they become ufo’s. Love your work Tanya.

  10. Michelle says:

    Looks like a great book to add to the collection

  11. Kathie L says:

    Sew What do I have to do to win this interesting looking book. I’m always looking for new inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway. Kathie L in Allentown

  12. Mary says:

    I’m a great fan of Tanya’s fabric lines so can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this, it sounds wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win

  13. Pattie Crum says:

    Love her style. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Bronwen says:

    This looks like another ‘must have’ sewing book for me! Good work!

  15. Amber says:

    I can’t wait to get this book! Whether won from your giveaway or not, I will be reading it and trying out some new projects. Thanks!

  16. Meryl Ann says:

    This book looks like lots of fun! Thanks for doing a giveaway!

  17. Jera MacKenzie says:

    What a fantastic book. I would love to sew many of these projects! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  18. shelley says:

    what a beautiful book

  19. MarciaW says:

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this lovely new book. I’m looking forward to the re-releases of fabrics too.

  20. Jill McKenzie says:

    Thank you for this chance. I have made several Practical Bags and enjoy her patterns. Would love her book!

  21. Vanessa Gowans says:

    This book is devine. Good luck Ladies

  22. Rosalyn says:

    Just getting started with sewing and I was so excited to see how easy these projects can be! I hope to add this book to my collection and sew for many years to come!

  23. Mon Edginton says:

    Beautiful book, and some gorgeous fabrics!

  24. Pam says:

    So enticing. Here’s hoping…

  25. Nat Mc says:

    I am so pleased Barefoot Roses is back on shelves and her new book is divine!

  26. Jess says:

    These all look fantastic! Especially love the pillows :)

  27. Beal says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    Ooh I love the yellow bag in the first picture-it would be perfect for my stuff & the toddler stuff I lug around!

  29. Claudia says:

    Your book sounds wonderful. Looking forward to reading it and making some projects!

  30. Tiffani says:

    What a great book and a generous giveaway!

  31. Adrianne says:

    Please, please pick me! I so would love to sew what I love!

  32. Allison says:

    This looks like such a great book! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  33. Rebecca says:

    Eeek!! I’ve had this book on my wish lost since I first heard that it was scheduled to be published!!

  34. Sherie says:

    So excited. I hope I win. I have been a fan for a while now.

  35. Fran says:

    I love Tanya’s fabrics & her bag patterns are gorgeous as well. Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

  36. Amanda V says:

    So many beautiful things to make. Thanks for the opportunity :-)

  37. kristel says:

    Sounds and looks wonderful, fingers crossed!

  38. Claire says:

    The book looks great, so many projects I want to try!

  39. Carole says:

    Book looks inspiring and that’s just what I need. Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. Meridith says:

    Loving the looks of this book, and will be searching for the fabric line as well!

  41. Denise says:

    Looks like a great book for project ideas

  42. ana oliveira says:

    Great book! Love it! Want it!

  43. Kim Lunsford says:

    It would be awesome to win this!!! Such a huge fan!

  44. Katrina H says:

    wow! This book is definitely going on my wish list!

  45. Emily Deshler says:

    I would love to win…might be the push to make my very first handbag :)

  46. Meghan says:

    Those dresses are lovely — and one of my goals for this year is to sew a dress and wear it.

  47. Sivje Parish says:

    Oh the book looks fabulous. And the new line looks lovely. I would love to make. Pretty raincoat with some of the laminate right now! It is pouring down rain! Happy Sunday! Thank you for the chance.

  48. Bonnie G says:

    I am already getting inspired by the book, and I havn’t even seen all of it! The light green dress with the red belt reminds me of the early 1960′s when all the girls in high school had to have one of these! Just beautiful!

  49. Dana Harris says:

    What a great book! Lots of lovely patterns. I would really like to make the bag.

  50. annmadeinbrooklyn says:

    wow! this book looks fantastic. definitely need to check it out and her fabric collections (even if i don’t win the contest)!