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And 'The September Issue' Winners Are...

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From the site, our Facebook and Twitter pages, we received nearly 400 entries for ‘The September Issue’ DVD giveaway! Answering the question “why do you love fashion,” you all inspired us so much, and reinforced why we love this great community.

Sponsored Post: Hip Projects at The Sewing Republic

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You’re always on the lookout for the latest, most innovative projects you can whip up right at your own sewing machine. Finding the time, let alone the inspiration, is often hard to come by. But don’t fret, The Sewing Republic sponsored by BERNINA boasts everything the sewing enthusiast seeks. Whether you’re looking to spice up your closet with a trendy Scarf Dress, mix fun and function with the Juice Pouch, or sew something for your little one, like the Toddler Scarf, The Sewing Republic promises to deliver.

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: Message from a Leader

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Highlighted as one of our most active clubs, the BSC of Brooklyn, New York is filled with super-talented creatives from all sewing skill levels who come together and share their love for all things sewing!

Since it’s inception last year, their club has proven to be extremely beneficial to their individual growth as sewers. The following is written by Valerie (brooklynstitch), the co-leader of their club. If you are interested in forming a club of your own, perhaps hearing a leaders’ own experience will show that it certainly isn’t as difficult as it my seem. In fact, it is an amazing way to have fun with fellow sewers right in your area!

Best of January

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Hey all,
Just wanted to let you know that the Best of January slideshow is up! Did your favorite creations make it in? Did your own creations make it in? Take a look!

Win a Copy of "The September Issue"!

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Enter to win the must-have fashion accessory of the year, The September Issue!

And the "Tweet to Win" Winner Is....

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BurdaStyle member Nuiwida23!

Second Annual Kent State Design Challenge

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On the weekend of January 29 students will compete in the second annual “Project Runway”-type design challenge. Sophmores through seniors will only have two days to create a garment out of materials given to them by the sponsors. The fashion show takes place on Sunday, January 31, so they better be ready. The garments will be judged and the winner of the design challenge will receive a $1,500 scholarship from Coats and Clark and runners-up will receive prizes including a BERNINA activa 220 sewing machine from the Sewing Republic as well as products from Singer® Sewing Co., Haan®, Simplicity Creative Group. One lucky winner will even win an internship here at BurdaStyle. We are very excited to see what these talented, creative students come up with!

Tweet to Win with BurdaStyle!

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On Friday, January 29th, BurdaStyle will host its first ever Twitter contest!

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: Mad Men Headbands

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If you are a fan of BurdaStyle and have also hopped on the Mad Men bandwagon (impatiently waiting for Season 4), you are no doubt captivated by the fashion and accessories splashed across every scene. Alicia Kachmar, expert crafter and blogger, is also a fan and decided to whip these super-cute headbands just for our BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs!

300,000 Members! Woo Hoo!

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We have over 300,000 members, how crazy is that??? Remember back in the summer of ought eight we celebrated 100,000? Oh how we have grown! Keep up the amazing work, you are an inspiration to everyone on the site. We can’t wait for the next milestone, half a million members!

We're Heading West!

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Carol and I are heading out to Anaheim, CA for the Craft and Hobby Associations Super Show. We are going to be checking out all kinds of crafty techniques and products. Though the show is full of awesome crafts (who knew scrapbooking was so big?!?) we will probably be spending the majority of our time in the National Sewing Council Pavillion. We are very excited to learn all the new techniques, shop a little and participate in a few make and takes. Learn more about the National Sewing Council Pavillion here.

Are any of you planning on attending the Super Show? Come meet us! We will be at the NSC Pavilion on Saturday from 10am-12pm, (booth # 929) Just ask for Alden or Carol!

BurdaStyle Survey

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Hey all,
Over the next year, some of you might see a little pop up in the bottom of your screen asking if you would like to participate in a survey, this research is to help us get a clearer picture of our community as a whole. If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to leave comments or shoot us an email! We want to thank you in advance for your participation and we are excited to see these results!

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Project Ideas

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BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs are an amazing way to learn a variety of projects and skills in the company of equally-passionate sewers. If you are a BSC Member or Leader and looking for fun projects to complete, this post is just for you!

Help For Those in Haiti

As many of you know there has been a horrific earthquake in Haiti, the estimate is that between 45,000 – 50,000 people have lost their lives. Aide is just starting to make its way into the country and we just wanted to provide you with options to donate should you want to help out. As a truly international site, our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.

Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization that provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation. This is a great organization, please feel free to read on or donate

Red Cross
Since 1881 the Red Cross offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war and the victims of devastating natural disasters. You can donate $10 to Haiti relief by texting “Haiti” to 90999, though a faster way to get them the funds is by donating online here.

Unicef
Unicef is an organization devoted to helping children trapped in the most dire situations. Donate here

To stay read up on the latest coverage from Haiti here are some good reputable sources:
NY Times Lede Blog (updated very frequently)

BBC

CNN

BSC Quick Project Idea: Bunting Flags

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Are you a leader or member of a BurdaStyle Sewing Club? If so, this project was made just for you!

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