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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, 12.32 AMby boydagoyl

    So far, lavender sachets. I’m a brand new sewer and am looking forward to making a quilt using my grandfather’s old ties!

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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.28 AMby yellowdog

    A great big hand sewn applique quilt I made my sister – I sewed every letter for the song you are my sunshine on it and it took forever but she loved it!

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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.25 AMby serenityslr

    I designed a box shaped bridle bag that was lined with that batting made for potholders to keep my leather protected from temperature changes.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.23 AMby zapper45701

    I helped my granddaughter sew an antebellum ballgown. It took all my talents to help her with it. She had to do the work, but the knowledge I dug out was beyond craft.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.23 AMby dianajanssen

    An adult batman cape towel – complete with bat ears on the hood. The person who received it was thrilled.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.23 AMby jazza

    I make super funky tea pot cosies, knitted, crochet, felted combo with personality to brighten peoples lives, rooms,and to make others smile, laugh and giggle

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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.15 AMby nostephot

    I think the baby set I made for a friend because it was quilting, yoyos and felt into moblie, painting of onesies and knitting booties… all for the shower which I planned and made the favors for as well! I think that was the biggest!

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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.10 AMby madyb

    Hm…craftiest!I think a pair of socks i knitted last winter!

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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.07 AMby melid

    A few Christmas’s ago I made jewelery holding towers from old tins that I had spray painted & used nuts & bolts to attach to a metal rod. I also painted different detailing on them to make each one special for friends. They loved them!

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    Dec 26, 2011, 12.06 AMby mtandg

    The craftiest thing I ever made was a small blanket for my youngest daughter to lay on as a baby with each square designed in felt shapes and pictures and stitched on so that she had lots of bright colorful things to look at and remember when she got older.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 11.50 PMby sherlyk

    Invitations to a ladies’ luncheon that I hosted.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 11.43 PMby univacgrl

    I created a dragon costume for a toddler without a pattern. It had belly scales and stegosaur-like fins down the back, too.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 11.39 PMby lecsmiscellany

    My daughters’ Christmas outfits!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 11.13 PMby littleharvey94

    Alladin slippers… But every one told me I looked like an elf (not what I was going for), so I never wear them lol.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 10.45 PMby autumnrain45

    I made two kilts for my best friends when I was a teenager. It took forever to do the pleating!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 10.36 PMby SewSunshine

    The cutest is the topsy turvy doll I made this year. One end is Mary and the other is her little lamb. I had the most fun using the perfect yard for her soft surly hair. I’ve made dolls before but nothing as cute as this one!.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 10.23 PMby lejn

    A little suitcase, the leather preparation was crazy.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 10.17 PMby loguhu

    I’m knitting a blanket with little pieces 10cm x 10cm… And it has to be 220 centimetres long x 180 centimetres wide!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 10.08 PMby 09extrastuff

    Except for knitting, if it uses a needle I have tried it. Sewing a one of a kind coat for my dog. I created a papier mache frog on a lily pad and varied size eggs for my friend who likes frogs and have varietal chickens.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 10.04 PMby Dara McGinn

    My fiance and I took up making battle armor for a play he was doing. The metal was pretty scratchy against his skin so we riveted fabric fleece to the back and sewed in padding to protect him.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 09.54 PMby dozaline

    Oh my goodness…..do I have to pick just one…..there’s the purses, the dolls, the holiday decorations, the stuffed animals……I can’t pick just one!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 09.52 PMby teresa201

    I would have to say 20 Christmas stockings for my grandaughters pre-k class!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 09.47 PMby chopsticks

    i don’t know if i could pick just one, i craft all the time

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    Dec 25, 2011, 09.23 PMby Catate

    I made a storage-stool thing for my niece out of a big painted metal barrel from a thai restaurant, old seat pillow, a very cute red an green apple cotton and some elastic band. I had to remove bumps and square up corners of the barrel. Unsew chair cushions, cut them and sew several layers back together. and make a pretty and neat cover with cotton. Great results with bits and pieces!

    Thanks a lot for the giveaway contest!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 09.13 PMby carmencitab

    I made a doilies skirt, I assembled doilies with crochet flowers and made a skirt, this is as crafty as one can get. But then, making a bespoke waistcoat for my husband was pretty crafty if crafty means doing a lot of hand sewing

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    Dec 25, 2011, 09.10 PMby rose

    I made an American Tribal style dance belt with yarn tassels, beads (gothic and mardi gras) and bells. I love it.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 09.10 PMby rose

    I made an American Tribal style dance belt with yarn tassels, beads (gothic and mardi gras) and bells. I love it.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 09.08 PMby Brandy totten

    Craftiest, hmm… Not sure. I love to make all kinds of crafty things. The thing that I think looked the most crafty ( and not so much usable) was a sad set of center seam moccasins I once made. I had never sewn leather before and used leather that was way too thin. I have learned a lot since then

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    Dec 25, 2011, 09.02 PMby initabermudezyahoocom

    I beaded a butterfly bra for the cause of cancer.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 09.01 PMby makurochan

    what on earth does craftiest mean? it’s either a craft or it isn’t…. isn’t it? hmm….. i guess just about everything i do is crafty, since i’m an artist practicing studio craft

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