Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!


Welcome to Day 25 of our Holiday Giveaway! 5 winners will get a copy of Sweat Shop Paris! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Tuesday, December 27th to be entered to win!

The Sweat Shop Book brings the namesake Paris Sweat Shop founded by Martena Duss and Sissi Holleis to North America with more than 50 DIY fashion and home projects, including instructions and more than 200 helpful, inspiring full-color photographs. The first “café couture” sewing shop in Paris, the Sweat Shop was named to highlight the questionable nature in which store-bought clothing is sometimes made. Instead of rewarding dubious labor practices, the Sweat Shop and The Sweat Shop Book inspire crafters to make something unique with their own sweat equity and creativity.

Comment to Win: What is the craftiest project you have ever put together?


This giveaway is sponsored by Sweat Shop Paris

*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 rules. 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 12/27/11] – Congratulations to members damanch, huddybuddy, thejam, rshelly13, and sewmyway for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 25!


  • Dsci0410_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 07.42 PMby momsgotanewhobby

    I was asked to do wedding decor: 10 centerpieces, bouquets for the bride and her four bridesmaids, bouts for the groom and his groomsmen, flowers for mothers, the alter-pieces, ring pillow, fabric draping for some of the tables and the alter, flowers for the end of each pew. All for less than $200! I wrung every cent out of that budget, up-cycled all kinds of stuff, when I started running out of foliage for my alter-pieces I went “shopping” in my mom’s yard with a pair of pruning sheers. Got it all done and it came out pretty nice-I however was exhausted…

  • Baba_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 07.24 PMby cucperson

    I have recently been making felted tea cozies. The latest has a felted canoeist in his felted canoe with felted paddle and has a leaping trout on the other side. Topped with snow capped mountains on a turquoise mountain lake. Intense.

  • Missing

    Dec 26, 2011, 07.21 PMby Ebchar

    Every time I successfully complete a lined dress with zipper I feel like a little magic was involved.

  • Wenlanskirt4_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 07.10 PMby elisabetsy

    Anything that I’ve ‘upcycled’ is pretty crafty—usually combines draping and pattern pieces. Also made a baby quilt with animal figures that incorporated embroidered, crocheted and knitted elements.

  • Img_3334_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 07.07 PMby Jodi Wade

    The craftiest? I don’t know. Maybe the little minature gardens I used to make as a kid

  • Missing

    Dec 26, 2011, 06.33 PMby Carnold1

    I replaced the buttons on a sweater that is now my favorite sweater, and upcycled a hat given to me and gifted it to my grandmother. Most recently I made this beautiful coat/cape that is a vest with a detachable, reversable cape. It’s black and white polka dot, and it so great. I’m really proud of it.

  • 82dd01fc275b4a587482045b0190fe093d5babea_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 06.20 PMby uglybeat

    My project recently was a purse made out of vintage muu-muu material that’s totally psychedelic!!! I have been wanting a new purse for ages, but I kept putting it off, thinking I wouldn’t be able to make anything worthy enough. It far exceeded my expectations, and now I have renewed confidence in what I can do! Heck, it even has an interior zipper pocket!!!

  • A_small_place_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 05.15 PMby BahamaDip

    My craftiest project has to be a small dress that I converted into a lovely top. I loved the print of the dress but HATED THE DRESS. So I tore it up and put it back together into a small, red, fire blazing blouse that was perfect for any event.

  • Missing

    Dec 26, 2011, 05.10 PMby Rachel Bain

    I don’t know; I craft a lot. Probably my Halloween costumes, though, because I tend to be more resourceful when looking for supplies.

  • Photo_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 04.56 PMby mckenzieclark

    My craftiest project this year has been the belt hanger/organizer I made for my room. It began with a cork board and I Mod Podge’d pages of an old book onto it. Then I drilled holes for hooks to hold my belts individually. It’s adorable and functional!

  • Missing

    Dec 26, 2011, 04.51 PMby krdrox

    hmm, the craftiest would have to be all the different key hook boards, artwork and furniture I created from the wood on the walls in my garage we had to tear down.

  • Raw_0468_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 04.51 PMby aluckmann

    Last year I saw a pair of ginger bread oven mitts at Macy’s that were quite pricey – but I still wanted them. So I found some brown fabric in my stash and made a pair for next to nothing. I think they are darling and fun to use.

  • Butterfly_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 04.42 PMby monikago

    I modified a costume for a Spartan warrior in a very modern version of Lysistrata. It involved taking thick leather panels apart and sewing them together in a different shape. I liked working with leather but it took some strong leather needles.

  • Pict0057_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 04.30 PMby miaow

    all my projects are pretty crafty!

  • Img_9757_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 04.28 PMby nettie

    I don’t know. I guess the first time I made something with a pattern? I am more of a cut and whack together sewist, so sometimes working with patterns is really hard for me.

  • Img00144-20110602-0605_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 04.20 PMby flashabou

    Probably felted slippers from roving and homemade feet lasts

  • Camillaakransmayatetter_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 04.13 PMby monstery


    I made an epic vision board last year that took me half the week…but I think making mountains and snowmen out of wet baking soda is pretty unique and creative for a 4yr old!!

  • Enlarged_hilarity-copy_edited_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 04.10 PMby Testosterone

    Well, I made a denim patchwork purse for a young niece, and attached a paper-clay nose I had made some years prior (with a button stuck in the back of the nose for ease of attachment). The poor dear found the purse, “disturbing”, and ripped off the nose.

    Sadly I learned, one simply can not influence another’s appreciation for the crafty avant-garde.

  • Shrek_2_01_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 03.31 PMby lisbeth-s

    I knitted several scarfs. I also made a costume of some caracters in a video game, and there wasn’t really a pattern, so I had to do most of it by myself, including embroder a motif on the pockets and making a jewel from scraps. It was fun.

  • 448dd87d25d5c5e2183b3bf28647e8ac07032493_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 03.24 PMby sondraleigh

    I guess that would have to be all the halloween costumes I’ve built over the years for my son. They are pretty elaborate. He was a very convincing Wild Thing that won a prize from Threads a while back. But my favourite was the Blue Meanie (from Yellow Submarine). This year he was a Pumpkin Goblin (his own design) with a jack-o-lantern head that actually lit up. We start early and go all out for Halloween.

  • 31a3d3dab9f12ff376e130492a6a89f07ca1a954_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 03.10 PMby bitterbunny

    forty stuffie owls for my friend’s wedding table decorations ( and they had to be done in two weeks). it was stressful and fun at the same time

  • 2d4716196467fcb03fbbe23c1458929b0254f5a6_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 03.02 PMby peach

    My craftiest project would have to be the current revamping of my laptop. I took it apart to have it spray painted lime green, made stencils, sand and buffed it so that it would look like G.I.R. from Invader Zim. One that I have already completed was a costume of a Greek goddess made from bed sheets. Everyone thought I bought the costume and no one ever suspected that it was made from sheets.

  • Img_0009_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 02.37 PMby Cassandraj16

    I just finished a boned bodice and skirt all in beautiful white satin. It fits amazingly! With a petticoat underneath it will be my favorite dress so far!

  • Missing

    Dec 26, 2011, 02.16 PMby mcgjean

    One of my favorite projects was a full police /bomb squad costume for my nephew.

  • Missing

    Dec 26, 2011, 02.05 PMby SoPark

    My craftiest project was when I was 12 and made a stuffy for my newborn nephew. I had never sewn before and didn’t know anything about patterns, so I drew my own pattern and had my mom thread the machine for me. After I had sewn and stuffed it, I hand embroidered a face on it — another first for me as I had never embroidered before either. It actually came out pretty good.

  • Missing

    Dec 26, 2011, 01.58 PMby teejay502

    Paris has always been an inspiration for sewing ideas

  • Missing

    Dec 26, 2011, 01.58 PMby arwencayton

    This year would be the scrap wreaths, kids loved doing them as much as I did.

  • Bee_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 01.48 PMby Seeks Corey

    I feel like I’m compelled to craft, but I’m always proud of the unexpected and the well-loved: accordion books, quilts, small toys of bugs.

  • Lacey_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 01.31 PMby joen

    My peacock feather pins and handbags have been alot of fun to create.

  • Picture_146_large

    Dec 26, 2011, 01.22 PMby squarebob

    a batik printed tee with layers of colour x

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post


  • Editors' Pick
  • Pattern Collections
  • BurdaStyle Academy
  • Burda Challenge
  • Backstage Report
  • Fashion & Trends
  • DIY to Try
  • Tips & Techniques
  • Member Highlights
  • Sewing Projects
  • Outta Town
  • Contests & Competitions
  • Archive
  • Guest Columns
  • Videos
  • Meg's Magazine Mash Up
  • As Seen In
  • Podcast
  • Holiday