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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!


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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.51 PMby Stitchgirl78

    A medieval costume for daughter’s high school play.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.49 PMby planet

    the first thing i ever sewed when i was little girl. a little blue mouse stuffed w/nylon hosiery and yarn for a tail. the seams are fading but he still survives.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.09 PMby makroma

    A renaissance costume for my son’s school trip to Cortona.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.07 PMby Lollenx

    All of my projects are very crafty, but my personal favourite was a little monster I made named Henry (http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/henry-2). I made him from scraps of fabric that I had lying around – his body was from fabric I’d used to make a scarf.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.00 PMby KathfromOz

    Miss Sunshine, an arty cloth doll. She began in a tutorial class with visions of being swathed in funky country fashion (is there such a fashion…but then imagination is the game here). Before I got to finish her at home, my sister-in-law, who likes pretty things and absolutely loves yellow, was diagnosed with leukaemia. The chalenge wasn’t so much to part with my very first cloth art doll but to step outside of my comfort zone and dress her in a fashion and colour that just wasn’t me. Cheery Miss Sunshine, all in pretty floral and plain yellow, with lace in all the right places, was born. Now my beautiful sister-in-law has gone, Miss Sunshine has returned to me, and I display her proudly amongst my funky country things.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 11.52 AMby stacystemp

    I made a dress out of recycled fabric.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 11.47 AMby ellesea

    a messenger bag made from denim and zippers-it was and still is awesome

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    Dec 26, 2011, 11.12 AMby sewmyway

    a red tutu with bells… and i helped my friend and her sister make matching ones.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 11.01 AMby lennert

    I find any vintage pattern without any instructions quite hard… I would have to say my 1920’s flapper dress was quite a puzzle!

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    Dec 26, 2011, 10.42 AMby adriprints

    The craftiest project I ever put together would probably be my first dress. I made it in college as a pattern project and I had never sewn lining or chosen my own fabric… it was all very new, and my dress turned out beautifully, although I think I only wore it once. :P

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    Dec 26, 2011, 10.40 AMby stella

    Bags! one is my reversible bag wiht lined pockets wich was my first project with my sewing machine the other is my Diana bag convertible into a backpack.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 09.30 AMby Mai-der

    A few years ago, I transformed a pair of jeans in a skirt. The skirt wasn´t a stylish garment, but for me during many time was a unique stuff and I used it in many ocasions.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 09.07 AMby olele

    I guess my craftiest project has been creating muy fans, building my website and shop on my own. It’s all been made my hand, and I like to consider coding or design on the same level as sewing, pleating and ironing :)

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    Dec 26, 2011, 08.40 AMby marieba04

    The Craftiest project I have ever put together would have to be the mod podge canvas i made my bf for Christmas last year. I scattered vintage music sheets that i tore up and burned and pasted them onto the canvas. A couple of layers of mod podge and a painted music clef note in the bottom right hand corner made a perfect gift.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 08.39 AMby fkmarchefka

    I’ve made a maternity winter coat – with a liitle help from my mum – but still extremely proud of myself :D

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    Dec 26, 2011, 08.36 AMby SewJayne

    Using an existing favoured pair of jeans as a template, I made some tartan pants for my teen son who was briefly into the punk scene. I was shocked when we collected him from a halloween party to find him dressed as a zombie – having cut the jeans down into ragged shorts! Guess he has the crafting bug too…

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    Dec 26, 2011, 07.19 AMby mixtlii

    A handbag out of my old jeans that weren’t wearable anymore…

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    Dec 26, 2011, 06.58 AMby rerei

    A custom padded bag to carry my sewing machine and supplies in style!

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    Dec 26, 2011, 06.53 AMby amberelayne

    My craftiest project was to make matching purses for everyone for grad, based on their wishes, out of material, cord, cardboard, sewing and glue stick! They rocked and everyone was totally happy! And seriously, custom purses for custom dresses would never get used again! LOL

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    Dec 26, 2011, 06.20 AMby sharonspils

    The Christmas-Tree Napkins and gift card holders i made for Christmas presents.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 06.11 AMby gabila

    Craftiest project…hmm…decorating my entire apt. with hand cut snowflakes.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 06.06 AMby rshelly13

    Right now I would have to say a ’67 travel trailer that I am fixing is my most major craft project. I am painting, building, tearing apart, sewing, etc.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 05.55 AMby rita61

    I made a pair of coveralls, that a mechanic wears, out of fleece, for my 1.5 year old grandson. It was awesome!

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    Dec 26, 2011, 05.52 AMby grandmasonnalea

    Among the craftiest project that I’ve made was a Larrry Boy Halloween costume for my grandson. This outfit had “suction-cup” ears made out of red felt. I created this without a patter after watching a Larry Boy Veggie Tails children’s video. I had a very proud grandson.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 05.43 AMby limer

    I made a hat.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 05.39 AMby jrees09

    My craftiest was probably making 100 totes bags for a women’s conference using many different types of fabrics and embellishments.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 05.33 AMby marlagrace

    Im pretty proud of the purse I made from a vintage sweater!

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    Dec 26, 2011, 05.26 AMby Swirlz1

    The Peter pan costume for my daughter’s role in the school play.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 05.17 AMby taiwo .

    A pirate costume for halloween.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 04.41 AMby foursquarewalls

    I made a round pintuck pillow that imitated one sold by Urban Outfitters. Pretty proud of my first attempt at smocking!

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