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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, 04.28 AMby leahfranqui

    Probably the jacket I made using fabric I dyed from a tutorial on how to make your own shibori cloth. That was pretty crafty, if I do say so myself.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 04.19 AMby pattisuesews

    My craftiest project is a lace shawl I knit for my daughter when she got married. I had never knit lace before and it was a labor of love and came out perfectly.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 04.17 AMby girlsinitaly

    I made 7 renessiance costumes in 6 weeks with all the trappings and underwear.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 04.17 AMby jocel

    I’d say it was a rag doll for a friend’s birthday. It had lots of different accessories and a dettachable head.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 04.05 AMby Michelle Perry

    I made a shadowbox as a project in 4th grade after reading The Sign of the Beaver. I’ve done some great stuff since then but i was really proud of the clay, paint, dirt and such I used to make the project come to life.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 03.47 AMby dol

    A conquistador costume, with detachable sleeves.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 03.42 AMby livingfabric

    I think the avocado Hallowe’en costume for my friend’s toddler was a frontrunner for Most crafty.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 03.40 AMby taiwo .

    A pirate costume for halloween.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 03.29 AMby Angie Telford

    Defintely the pillows I made for my 2 best friends from high school when we all turned 40. I had never done crazy quilting, but took old letters they had written me over the years and old pictures of all of us and transfered those to fabric. Then did crazy quilting with that yardage and with other fabrics, and added vintage buttons and silk ribbon embroidery. They took forever to make, but were so cool in the end. And a great gift to honor our long standing friendship with each other.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 03.28 AMby blackpearl05

    I think it’s my wall paper. Made from gift wrappers but not just one color but 3 kinds of wrappers and I tore all them into smaller pieces and mix it then stick it on my wall piece by piece, took me almost 3 weeks just to finish my room but the good thing is everybody likes it and admire how did those wrappers turn into a wonderful wall. If you want to see it just tell me hehe

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    Dec 26, 2011, 03.28 AMby Laurie Moran

    I’ve made a LOT of crafty things in my time, but I’m most proud of taking a failure and making it into a gem. I was knitting a large bag, intended to be a tote bag, which I felted. Unfortunately, the top portion of the bag, which was made in the same fiber as the bottom in a different color, refused to felt. So I had a bag that more resembled the bell of a tuba. To salvage it, I cut off the bottom 4 inches, made the rest of the felted part into a flap, crocheted a strap, sewed it together, and made myself an awesome clutch with a strap. I always get compliments when I use it!

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    Dec 26, 2011, 03.18 AMby gerwerken

    I just finished a bag that has been over a year in the making. It is a hand knit fair isle bag. It was made from my own hand dyed yarn, that was left over from other projects. All of the fair isle motifs were my own design. It turned out beautifully, if I say so myself.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 03.14 AMby smockinggirl

    A bird dance costume

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    Dec 26, 2011, 03.14 AMby gibbylet

    Well I made a half table that screws into the wall for my husband’s closet, the laundry basket just fits underneath,and there’s room for all his shoes on top between the table top and his hanging clothes. Not the prettiest project, but the handiest thing I’ve jury rigged for awhile!

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    Dec 26, 2011, 02.58 AMby nrisch

    I’ve made many “crafty” projects including a Jester costume for Halloween and Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for my daughter. But my favorite project was the animal shaped bibs I made when my daughter was a toddler. One was an elephant and one was a bear. The bibs were quite functional as they were large enough to cover her shirt when eating, and were easy to get on and off. I made them out of fabric remnants from my stash. They were easy to clean, and now I have them stored away to be able to use when my daughter has children of her own.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 02.42 AMby rebekahricker

    I think my cutest project were the Waldorf dolls I made for my daughters.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 02.41 AMby jmurray123

    My craftiest craft was a ruffle pillow that I made for my sister’s Christmas present. The base was blue purple and silver stars and the first set of ruffles was purple circles/ bubbles. The last layer of ruffles was a lighter shade of purple with big and little circles all over. Also another cool thing was I finger weaved a red scarf for my mom my grandma my sister and me!

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    Dec 26, 2011, 02.27 AMby amberwork

    A historically correct Regency ensemble!

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    Dec 26, 2011, 02.16 AMby capncornbread

    My craftiest project was a book I bound for my color theory class! It was filled with all of the projects we had done in the class (Color wheels, color schemes, pointillism. etc.).

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    Dec 26, 2011, 02.16 AMby capncornbread

    My craftiest project was a book I bound for my color theory class! It was filled with all of the projects we had done in the class (Color wheels, color schemes, pointillism. etc.).

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    Dec 26, 2011, 02.03 AMby Phyu Myo Hlaing(Jasmine)

    My project jas 1 which was chosen as the best design for February in 2011 in the Crown magazine in Myanmar.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 01.58 AMby reliablechef

    oh to chose one is so hard! This year my most craftiest project was probably the mini stocking I made, along with a handmade card and full of goodies.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 01.47 AMby suz123

    A hand painted piggy bank

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    Dec 26, 2011, 01.42 AMby Helen Schnorrbusch

    The crafiest thing I ever made was a braided rug. I used all my old clothes and my son’s from when he was growing up. I cut the clothes into strips which I then sewed together lengthwise. Make 3 long strips. Then I braided the long strips together. After I had a long enough braid, I started to form it into a circular shape which I then sewed together to hold it in place. I just kept sewing together strips and braiding until I had enough length to make the desired size of rug.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 01.09 AMby chetange

    home made lamps, tile picture frames, giant carpet sample rug, patchwork bags, so fun!

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    Dec 26, 2011, 01.06 AMby Tai B

    I think the craftiest project I’ve ever put together is a little earring holder with a small picture frame, some scrap fabric,and a glue gun.
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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.55 AMby fashionfreek

    A hedgehog.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.52 AMby watatoe

    I think my craftiest was making embroidered pillow cases for all my family members for Christmas.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.43 AMby Sadie Fox Metter

    Homemade journals for my girls and all their friends for a birthday party. Hand-sewn bindings and custom cut-out pics for the front of each.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.35 AMby Megan MacBride

    I made a little octagonal sewing kit.

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