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. Jodi G. says:

    What a lovely and inspiring book. Love the title! Sewing should always be fun and a delight. I’d love to make the bag on the cover first and sew my way through the book.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win an awesome book.


  2. Maria Leandro says:

    Love your work & this book is already in my wish list =D
    all the best

  3. Jen B says:

    The projects look fantastic. Looking forward to seeing the book!

  4. Laurie says:

    The projects in this book look wonderful and I would love to begin sewing a few dresses for summer. Fingers crossed……

  5. Gail says:

    Thank you so much for offering your sweet sewing book as a give away. The projects, I’m sure are as fresh and delightful as all your fabric lines and patterns. I’m so happy that Barefoot Roses is returning! Love it!!

  6. What a fantastic competition! Thanks for the opportunity! I just love Tanya’s designs, they are fabulous…such gorgeous colours and modern patterns! Thanks for all the inspiration…
    Jahna x

  7. Connie De Grandis says:

    Love the ideas in this book! ;)

  8. Stephanie says:

    Love the patterns in this book. And I am a fabric junkie, so I look forward to fabric news from True-Up!

  9. Michelle says:

    I love Tanya’s fabrics. Her book looks great, seems like lots of projects I would definitely make.

  10. Michelle says:

    Looks like a great book!

  11. Kim S. says:

    Love her fabric. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Michelle Pomfrey says:

    Would love to have a copy of this book! Such pretty fabrics!

  13. Amanda says:

    These are some fabulous-looking patterns! I would love to win!

  14. Anne Marie says:

    Tanya’s fabric is great and I’m sure the book is too.

  15. Judy says:

    I would love to win. Wonderful projects and beautiful fabrics.