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Welcome to Day 12 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a Library of Sewing Titles and Canvas Tote from Random House, Inc.! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Tuesday, December 13th to be entered to win!

This prize includes a Potter Craft Fifth Anniversary Canvas Tote, a copy of The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, a copy of Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, a copy of The Party Dress by Mary Adams, a copy of Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara, a copy of Simply Sublime Gifts by Jodi Kahn, a copy of Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal, and a copy of Sweet Stitches from the Heart by Anne Souhier-Fournel, Agnes Delage-Calvet, and Isabelle Leloup.

Comment to Win: Where do you find your sewing inspiration? What books or websites are your favorites?


This giveaway is sponsored by Random House

Please note: If selected as a winner, any personal information you provide to receive your prize in this giveaway is subject to the sponsor’s privacy policy. These may differ from BurdaStyle’s rules, so please review the rules before entering your information. BurdaStyle is not responsible for the handling of your data in connection with this giveaway.

[Update 12/13/11] – Congratulations to member tsedai for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 12!


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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.30 PMby nenasew

    I am inspired to make things by going on Etsy.com and Burdastyle.com but my Burdastyle magazines are my primary source of inspiration. Every month I cant wait for it to appear in my mailbox. My favorite projects come from my Burdastyle magazines.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.27 PMby sewmyway

    Old photos from the internet, outfits I see in old movies or on tv, sewing or thrifting blogs, Burdastyle. I also check out the magazine section of my local library each month- Vogue and Frankie magazine are great sources.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.26 PMby stacystemp

    Blogs are my biggest inspiration. My RSS is a mile long.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.10 PMby lpninpaingmailcom

    Burdastyle is my main website and then several cloth diapering websites because that is what I have sewed the most the last few years.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.07 PMby Jackie Brown

    Inspirations a funny thing, I get it from people I see on the street, friends near and far that are crafty, blogs are a huge inspiration too. Even though she’s more of a crocheter than a sewer, I get heaps of inspiration from Pip of the blog Meet Me At Mikes.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.06 PMby nouvellegamine

    i find my sewing inspiration from movies and tv. films like, “amelie,” “the thin man,” “penelope,” “chocolat,” and anything by wes anderson. and tv like, “mad men,” and “poirot,” as well as various actresses/singers from the past like catherine deneuve and jane birkin.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.05 PMby Bianca Tye

    I look online on peoples sewing blogs to find new ideas

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.57 PMby Misstristras

    I always find inspiration in blogs, pinterest, craftgawker and etsy also in the magazine Burda from Spain …Because of that I need these books!!! :) Love from Canary Islands
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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.55 PMby jadedwish

    Dogstar clothing line, Colette Pattern, Burda Style

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.53 PMby angelical

    I find very great inspiration from history, both medieval, renaissance and more recent history like the 40s and 50s. The historic clothes was (most of the time) flattering, practical and had great affinity to details like embroidery, buttons, pockets, bows and so forth. The internet is becoming another great source for me – sites like burdastyle, pinterest, blogs and online-stores offer great inspiration and sometimes helpful tips to get you started :) I somehow pity my mother and grandmother, both seamstresses, the lack of these great sources of inspiration.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.48 PMby thewildcards

    Sewing inspiration—it sure pops up in strange places sometimes, doesn’t it? Books, blogs, and websites are always a place I go to for ideas, but you gotta be ready for anything that comes up—the thrift store, the schoolyard, the kids and their own artful pursuits. I’ll take inspiration anywhere I can get it!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.46 PMby lizro

    Just got a ton of inspiration at the Bust Magazine Holiday Craftacular in NYC!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.44 PMby lisa g

    i love to look around modcloth.com and anthropologie as well as other bloggers for inspiration. so many times i see things i wouldn’t have thought of myself whether it be techniques, color combinations or interesting silhouettes!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.43 PMby ellenjane

    I love BurdaStyle and Pattern Review for the never-ending supply of inspiration.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.40 PMby justthinkin

    I have just entered back into the art of sewing and I find inspiration while watching everyday people and magazines. Any print material is inspiring and the web is just awesome as well. Since this is my first time blogging…burda style is an excellent place to browse and be inspired.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.38 PMby myhappysewingplace

    Definitely through sewing blogs! I just love checking out everyone’s creative projects!!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.34 PMby eleanna

    From magazines, books, movies, other sewists’ blogs, BurdaStyle, Pinterest — practically from all sorts of sources.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.33 PMby Mosty

    I use my old Burda book Sewing step by step (I have it in Czech), and I also love to read some sewing blogs, for example the Sewaholic’s one.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.26 PMby verypurpleperson

    My inspiration comes mostly from the internet! I can find almost anything here :)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.24 PMby Mia1

    My inspiration really comes from watching what the younger crowd is wearing. I pick and choose what looks good for me, then I add a twist or two to keep it personal.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.23 PMby chetange

    I love old movies and fashion mags I like to see something i like and then try and figure out how to make it with my own spin.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.20 PMby wodnesdaeg

    The project I have in mind right now was inspired by the work of the Quay Brothers

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.19 PMby sharonspils

    My inspiration comes from all sort of places, and I love my burdaystyle subscription as it is ahead of the Australian seasons so I have had the opportunity to see what is happening and get sewing. I follow a lot of blogs both Northern and Southern hempisphere, there is just so much inspiration around.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.19 PMby raving

    Yay, books, I love books! I find my inspiration on websites like tumblr and pinterest where I collect beautiful images to fill me with new ideas. I also look to burdastyle for technical inspiration and ideas on how to make my dream projects a workable reality.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.17 PMby Fenard Laetitia

    antique stores & craft fairs always help generate ideas, as does the Perfect Piece of Fabric :) i also find inspiration while reading blogs… design*sponge is always good for ideas!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.15 PMby floralwhirl

    on burdastyle and any fashion blogs and websites, but mostly in magazines like vogue. i more search for inspiration from what’s trending at any particular time

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.14 PMby karmologyclinic

    I am inspired by vintage patterns mostly. I also love to browse japanese sewing books and searching the web for new independent fashion designers

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.12 PMby starwalker

    I am inspired by music and walks in the woods. I am inspired watchign movies, and reading books. Blogs, especially the Australian blogs, inspire me (but I spend so much time reading them that I don’t have as much time to do my own things!). Burda is a wonderful community but I don’t participate as much as I wish I could. ..but it’s wonderful to know it’s there when I need to belong somewhere.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.11 PMby reLYME

    Truthfully, my sewing inspiration comes from a lot of places. Truthfully, I always go to BurdaStyle.com first and then check out various sewing blogs. I’ll admit, I rarely look at magazines. I do have a couple of books I enjoy like Diana Rupp’s Sew Everything Workshop or Brett Bara’s Sewing in A Straight Line.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.10 PMby rerei

    Polyvore is fantastic for inspiration!

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