Our top ten Craft books + blog birthday giveaway (CLOSED)

A double whammy of awesome for you today, We have curated our Top 10 Craft Books and because we are lovely and it is our blogs 4th birthday (where has the time gone) we are giving you the chance to win the lot! Stick around until the end for your chance to win and in the meantime, lets get into the Top 10.

We have a mix of slightly older titles and new ones too, one of which has only been out for a week! But it is that good we couldn't not include it in our ten.

We have two books in the top ten from the Queen of crafting magazines Mollie Makes (you know how much we love the team at Mollie) the first is Making it! The book you need if you are embarking on a career in the craft industry. Packed with great tips and seriously useful information for anyone looking to make it big in the world of crafts.

This is the super newbie we were talking about and it is also the second from the Mollie Makes team. We knew as soon as we saw it, it was going to be a winner for us.so much so that Sammy pre-ordered two copies knowing that it would be featuring in this top ten. Sammy love's the Paper book-zine that the Mollie team had published a few times in the past and she had a feeling that this was going to be all that and more. It did not disappoint. It is packed full of awesome projects using paper of all kinds. Sammy is going to love working her way through the projects in this one. 

We reviewed Craft, Show and Sell on the blog last year and it has been a go to tea-break read ever since. With it's beautiful images and useful storage and selling tips it is a great read for all kinds of crafters. 

The second book from the lovely Kate (the Makery) We have a full review of this coming soon, but spoiler, We love it. We loved the first offering from the Makery which we reviewed back in 2013 but we think we might love this one even more. We suppose because we are sewest at heart, the projects in this book are some of our favourite's.

The beautiful Makers Spaces by Emily Quinton is a must for any Top 10, crafty or otherwise. If you love interiors this book is an equally joyous read. Pages filled with gorgeous photography of makers homes from all over the world, 'Home Goals' on every page! 

We were lucky enough to be chosen to be Cut Out and Keep Superstars earlier in the year and you may have seen our review of the book that takes you on a tour around the USA with different crafty projects along the way.  We love the quirky projects in this book and Cut Out and Keep in general really, they rock!

Hoarders like us will LOVE Pretty Organised. You can tell, we hope, that we really only end up recommending books we love, because we reviewed Jane's book back in March. We loved it then and we still love it now, with loads of creative tips and again, beautiful photography, this book is a must for crafters and hoarders alike. 

1980's Bumper activity book was a book Sammy received as a birthday gift a while ago and enjoyed it so much she has since re-purchased it as gifts for so many of her friends! It's jammed with fun projects and activities that will have you reminiscing about your mis-spent youth for weeks! (even if you were born in the 90's)

One of our favourite people on the internet is the lovely Katie Allen and her book Just Sew Stories was always going to be in our top 10. Packed with achievable, cool, trendy projects. All of which you would actually want in your home/wardrobe and that you would be proud to give as a gift. 

Another of our fave people is Tilly (and the Buttons) Walnes. We kind of knew, didn't we, if you had been reading her blog for a while (like we had) when we saw her on the first season of the Sewing Bee that a book was on the cards. Her sweet personality and enviable style shines from the pages. Each project is wearable, would fit in anyone's wardrobe and as it is with her blog, her tips and techniques are great for beginners and more experienced sewers.

Now for the fun part! For your chance to win all ten of these amazing crafty books, all you have to do is comment on this post below telling us your favourite craft book that is NOT on our list. Don't forget to include an email address, twitter or Instagram account so we can contact you if you win.  
The Giveaway is open until Midnight (UK BST) on Friday the 3rd of July and the winners will be announced and contacted shortly after this.

H & Sammy


Your name will only be counted once, but please do feel free to comment as much as you like.
You don't need a gmail account to comment. Just go to the drop down box below the comment section and you can post as your name or anonymous (just remember to put your contact details in the comment box).
Only replies on the blog to this post will count.
The winners name will be chosen at random.
All ten books will be posted to the recipient after the closing date.
The competition is open to everyone, in the UK and Worldwide! yey. 

Disclaimer: These books have all been purchased by ourselves, with the exclusion of the Cut Out and Keep book, which was sent to us for consideration. We fell in love with it and had a spare copy which we have chosen to give away as part of this competition.

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  1. I recently bought RETRO MAMA SCRAP HAPPY SEWING by Kim Kruzich. It has 18 sewing projects to help use up some of your scraps :)

  2. Crochet Boutique by Rachel Oglesby!

  3. oooh what an amazing giveaway! One of my favourites has to be Making an Impression by Geninne Zlatkis, such a beautiful book about stamp carving.

    Instagram @RaspberryFinch
    Email raspberryfinch@hotmail.co.uk

    Fingers crossed!

  4. Handmade For Baby by Charlotte Rivers.... need to get making stuff for baby :)
    My email is wemakelondon@googlemail.com

  5. Clare Young, Scandanavian Needlecraft, love all the beautiful projects!

  6. Pattern Fitting with Confidence by Nancy Zieman. Great book! steameverdine@gmail.com

  7. Printing by Hand by Lena Corwin is a brilliant book for inspiration and detailed step by step instructions.

  8. Thanks for the giveaway girls! My current favourite is Learn to Knit, Love to Knit by Anna Wilkinson. After years of being a crocheter this book has lured me to try knitting - it's beautifully styled and has some great projects, I'm currently working on the hand warmers.


  9. I really like Kirstie Allsopp's Christmas craft book - I'm a sucker for festivities, so this is right up my street!


  10. My favourite is Liberty Love by Alexia Abegg, I've made so many projects from that book :)

  11. I just discovered your blog, and it's definitely going to be pinned to my favorites bar ;) and what a great giveaway!! fingers crossed I win...
    My favorite craft book to date is "Handmade Weddings" and I've done a few crafts from there for my own wedding, as well as for some of my friends :)


  12. I love Courtney Cerruti's Wash tape 101+ ideas book! Lots of fab creative ideas for using tape! @hannahcooke_mixedmedia xx

  13. Love your blog! Courtney Cerruti's Washi Tape 101+ ideas book is great with lots of fab ideas for creative ways with tape!! @hannahcooke_mixedmedia xxx

  14. Okay - you girls have just sorted my birthday wish-list, thanks so much! It's not til September though so I would totally love to win these now, lol!

    My favourite is 'Home-Sewn French Style' by Amelie Morin-Fontaine. It has 35 amazing projects with easy to understand directions as well as all the templates you need. All the projects are beautifully French, but change up the fabrics and they work in a totally different way - an abstract or graphic print makes them instantly modern and they'd suit any home. Except the baguette bag - that's just pure French! Lol!

    I'm still waiting on buying my first sewing machine (wish I still lived in Maidenhead so I could come by the shop for your advice! Incidentally, a post on what to look for in beginner sewing machines would be amazing!) but as soon as I do, I'm going to be working my way through it. Highly recommend to anyone keen on the french or country look. x


    1. Hi Anna,
      Love the sound of that book, I'm off to Amazon to add it to my wish list now!

      Funnily enough a 'What to look for in a Sewing Machine' post is on my to do list as we speak.
      Watch this space!

      Sammy xxx

  15. Love all Debbie Shore books. So inspiring. :-)

  16. This is an amazing giveaway!
    I love the Cath Kidston SEW book. And also not technically a craft book but I love The Handmade Marketplace and Grow Your Handmade Business by Kari Chapin.

    1. Forgot to include my contact details!
      Info@emmamargaretillustration.co. uk
      Or twitter @emmamargaret23

  17. Man this giveaway is Ahmazing! I think I'm going to be buying a few of these books even if I don't win - oh but my bank balance would be happy if I did! Thanks for an awesome giveaway girls xx

  18. Darn I forgot to say my favourite craft book! Okay well, as I've recently got back into sewing, Sewing Machine Basics by Jane Bolsover has been a fantastic book for me to get to grips with everything again. Cute and Easy Knitting by Fiona Goble, because the knitting projects are just gorgeous and finally Scissors, Paper, Craft by Christine Leech. Oh there's so many! My email is emma_peake@hotmail.co.uk or find me @emmalily84 if I win! xx

  19. My favourite craft book is a Singer sewing guide from the 50s that my Grandad gave to my Granny as a birthday present!
    Instagram: em_makesandbakes
    Twitter: emmakesandbakes

  20. Oh great books! I really like DIY Fashionista by Geneva Vanderzeil, its full of simple ways to refashion clothes.

  21. When I started knitting, my favourite book was Knitty Gritty: Knitting for he Absolute Beginner

    Lots of small projects to get started with, and close up photos of each step. I made loads of knitted booties and hats that summer!

    Instagram@ alisonwonderland_uk

  22. My fave so far is the simple DK a little course in sewing, it's been so helpful while I've been teaching myself what to do again, before last year I hadn't really sewn anything since I was small and I didn't have the foggiest!

    It's really helped refresh my memory as well as learn new skills and build my confidence :)

    Next on the list - dressmaking eeeek!

    Contact details - cj_omalley@hotmail.com :)

  23. Oooo I have so many craft books but I think my favourite to paw through is Made By Hand by Lena Corwin. It is full of a variety of different crafts and projects.

  24. The flow DIY book with lots and lots of extra's ! Love it !
    Congrats with the anniversary !
    Xoxoxo Bo
    (Instagram: studs_or_pearls)

  25. this is such a generous giveaway! one of my favourite crafty books that isn't on this list is find and keep by beci orpin. so fun and colourful!

    you can contact me via @cardboardcities on twitter :) and email is hello(@)cardboardcities.co.uk

  26. What an awesome giveaway!! My favourite craft book is Craft Bomb Your Bike :)

    My email is claireabellemakes@gmail.com


  27. I have DIY d the Overlocker Technique Manual really helpful @vickymcreations

  28. The stylish dress book by Yoshiko Tsukiori is one of my favourites, it's so lovely to look through and the patterns are great. In fact, I love most Japanese sewing books, they're just so pretty to look at!