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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 25, 2011, 08.58 PMby Romanssi

    im not actually sure whats right english term for it. I made “crochet bag” when i was around 14, i really loved it had crazy colors

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    Dec 25, 2011, 08.46 PMby victors

    A stuffed owl, made from a 70’s pattern and using up old clothing.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 08.30 PMby busybunch

    A pair of reversible little Mary Jane baby booties with ric rac trim and removable flowers. ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    Dec 25, 2011, 08.30 PMby Amanda Cox

    When I was twelve I made a t shirt quilt. :)

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    Dec 25, 2011, 08.29 PMby huddybuddy

    I love “repurposing” items. A friend’s nephew lost his life tragically and I was asked to make something for his parents from four of his sport shirts. I made two reversible aprons from the shirts and took pictures of the transformation for the parents. Seeing the emotion in the face of my friend when she picked them up was the best!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 08.26 PMby Irene Bullock

    When I was 14 I made my first crochet beret, with a super cheap fucshia wool. It was hideous but I wore it the whole winter with pride!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 08.18 PMby Cheryl Henderson

    A quilt for my brother. It has finish line flag checks, red and black stripes and blocks..

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    Dec 25, 2011, 08.16 PMby fatandy

    I knitted socks, never again… I can sew three tops or blouses in the same time

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    Dec 25, 2011, 08.16 PMby libra-s

    A wedding dress with lots of hand made ribbon embellishment.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 08.15 PMby JulietSews

    I got all crafty and drafted, tested and made my first pattern and dress. It’s very 50’s, looks amazing (with french seams to boot) and I LOVE it. Huge achievement for me given I’ve been sewing properly for less than a year… I like to push my boundaries, what can I say? I’ll be loading photos within the week!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 08.13 PMby stellacadente

    My own halloween costume… I dressed as a vampire… with corsage and a very long skirt…

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    Dec 25, 2011, 08.12 PMby jmelsha

    The craftiest project I ever got myself into was the year I made costumes for my husband and daughter to attend the Girl Scout’s Father-Daughter Dance. It was a western theme, and my daughter didn’t want to be “just a cowgirl.” Their costumes? Dad went as a buffalo, complete with horns and a big, shaggy mane. She was a teepee. Western, indeed.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 08.11 PMby lala86

    It was a tailored suit made of velvet together with a coat and a faux leather fabric dress I made for te college. The dress was built by several synthetic leather strips of 5 × 1 cm., each forming a ring and linked to each other creating a network. The link to the post with the pics: http://www.piantamarcone.blogspot.com/2009/11/creamy.html

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    Dec 25, 2011, 08.09 PMby Cynthia Froman

    I made a Christmas skirt out of holiday napkins. I felt very crafty upcycling!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 08.07 PMby espinita

    Well I made a Sheperdess custome for a little girl, it was a red skirt with appliques in black, a petticoat cancan, a white blouse and a black vest with appliques in red, it was very Laborious but it was worth! She looked beautiful at her performance.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 08.05 PMby vickit

    I’ve run the gammut with crafty things in my life but, I think the most craftiest would probably be when my ex-husband and I did craft shows one year. He was a woodworker and would cut all the shapes for me and I would hand paint each one. The shapes were mostly all Christmas ornament shapes and they sold really well. Also at that time, I was hand painting sweatshirts which took a lot of time to paint as I am a huge perfectionist and was doing quite detailed designs on them.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 08.02 PMby euma

    Me and my husband make a wooden wardrobe.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.49 PMby psychorat

    I think this could be the Roiboos dress. I took a lot of care to make everything perfect. It was not a difficult pattern, but I am not very patient, so I tend to work to fast.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.47 PMby ggexpansive

    I think the pj’s I made with no use of a pattern and some left over knit fabric, oh what fun!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.37 PMby deannetheresa

    I try to incorporate craft into each day (I have a tattoo that says “she’s crafty”). I knit, sew, paint, photograph, bake and dance. Right now, i’m working on knitting and sewing winter hats to distribute downtown for less fortunate people who need something to keep them warm!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.37 PMby Pei Liao

    Pretty basic: a quilt for my friend’s first baby. Animal prints on one side, minky on the other.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.34 PMby Bo Dzierwa

    a quiet book ive made for my lil one

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.33 PMby mirig

    A hand-stitched quilt sampler in hot pinks, yellows, oranges, and reds. Whoa!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.32 PMby missb-1

    Curtains with handmade bobbin lace.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.29 PMby kschum20

    Craft.. I made an ‘alice in wonderland’-inspired dress out of seaside postcards- I had to tape them all together and laminate them as giant sheets and cut the pattern pieces out of the large plastic sheets… it was ridiculous.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.27 PMby tyketto

    I did an order for a jungle themed party. Burlap table covers and animal print cushions for the kids to take home as gifts. Was a lot of fun to do.

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.23 PMby kanhoro

    a full tailored jacket for class

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.22 PMby macoskrm

    I made a patchwork blanket for my little brother out of old sweaters that I felted. He loved it!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.16 PMby tanja allemand

    The craftiest project i did were 8 giant hats here in the city of antwerp , the hats were 3m50 wide It was a yarn-bombing project i did with several other women we worked on it for 3 months

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    Dec 25, 2011, 07.14 PMby Shannon Gruber Burchard

    My son’s peeling banana costume

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