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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/19 and a lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today, enter to win Natalie Chanin’s Alabama Stitch Book plus a Bandanna Kit!

Natalie “Alabama” Chanin is best known as the founder of the American couture line Alabama Chanin. Her designs for hand-sewn garments constructed using quilting and stitching techniques from the depression-era south have been lauded for both their beauty and sustainability. Made from organic and recycled materials by artisans located near Natalie’s home in Florence, Alabama, the designs have been lauded by

Alabama Chanin creates limited-edition, rendered-by-hand, jewelry, clothing, home furnishing and textiles using a mixture of recycled and organic materials with local talent. Based on the thought that good design should be a part of everyday living, Alabama Chanin gives modern context to techniques that have been passed down through generations of women and men.

Natalie’s Alabama Stitch Book is now available in stores and she is anticipating the release of her next book in March 2010: Alabama Studio Style.

To enter, just leave your comment answering this questions by noon EST 12/19:
What is the one sewing notion you can’t sew without and can never seem to resist buying?

We want to congratulate Liola on winning yesterday’s Oliso Frisper Freshkeeper! Her comment was chosen at random from all eligible entries. Thanks to everyone who entered and good luck in today’s giveaway!


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    Dec 30, 2009, 12.21 PMby girlfryday

    I cant resist unusual fabrics which I buy and decide later what to creat with them and the one item I cannot do without is my hem guage which I use for all sort of things (even marking out my icing designs on cakes – I even “smock” my icing)

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    Dec 22, 2009, 07.36 AMby meredithjean

    I love scissors and started collecting them in the early 80s. I give scissors as presents too :)

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    Dec 20, 2009, 05.35 PMby inaida

    Buttons! rare buttons antique…exotic! all kind of buttons! and of course, Fabrics!!!! Imlove textured ones!

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    Dec 20, 2009, 09.59 AMby ladysophie

    I always seem to be buying fabric, but mostly a mixute of things.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 09.01 AMby luxihere

    Fabrics, especially ones with interesting prints, zippers, trims of all kinds, especially indian

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    Dec 20, 2009, 08.28 AMby cakebaker

    besides fabrics? I love buying buttons. I have a huge button box. I also collect vintage sewing notions, so anytime I come across those I buy them.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 06.54 AMby kbraunskill


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    Dec 20, 2009, 06.33 AMby pink-cornelia

    fabric and threads, i don´t even have enough room for them, but i can´t resist.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 06.15 AMby maxwell

    Thread. I have to use the right colour every time and I love using contrasting colour to add detail to my pieces.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 03.44 AMby chezsmith

    Inspirational! I cannot resist the notions…

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    Dec 20, 2009, 03.16 AMby wzrdreams

    Patterns are my weakness. that’s why I’m on this site in the first place. And WTF, this was NOT posted 2 days ago!!? I stalk burdastyle DAILY… I feel robbed. :(

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    Dec 20, 2009, 01.52 AMby sidewalkshoes

    Patterns! I have more than I could possibly sew in the rest of my lifetime!

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    Dec 19, 2009, 11.24 PMby cwheeler

    Wool felt in beautiful colors for embellishing.

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    Dec 19, 2009, 10.28 PMby reneebeth

    Elastic! All kInds! I think it’s because zippers and buttons intimidate me, though I’ve been successful with zippers in the past. Quick and easy, stretchy clothes are my favorite :)

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    Dec 19, 2009, 10.25 PMby wendyxo

    Anything old (except for thread because it doesn’t age well). I’ve got lots of vintage lace, ric rac, buttons etc.

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    Dec 19, 2009, 10.14 PMby kleinfee

    Lace and all kind of fabric.

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    Dec 19, 2009, 09.45 PMby festin

    Thread! No repair is to tiny to demand its very own thread of a colour and type I don’t have and I need to buy new.

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    Dec 19, 2009, 09.38 PMby ggexpansive

    the one notion i can not live without is tracing paper, because i am forever redrafting some part of a pattern to suit my style :)

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    Dec 19, 2009, 09.32 PMby mirjamvdb

    still searching for the perfect scissors…

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    Dec 19, 2009, 09.31 PMby bethray

    I’m addicted to buttons. After my grandmother passed away and I inherited 15,000 buttons of all shapes and sizes, I loved looking for more vintage styled buttons. I’ve used them for all sorts of projects.

    Oh, and I just love ribbon. Gosh. I use ribbons just as much as I use buttons. Talking about this makes me want to go sew! :)

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    Dec 19, 2009, 09.09 PMby bcaitlyn


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    Dec 19, 2009, 08.56 PMby groovybobby

    Dritz Quilting Pins. I have thousands!

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    Dec 19, 2009, 08.51 PMby mitmondon

    Funky buttons! I also have more ribbons than I can shake a stick at.

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    Dec 19, 2009, 07.35 PMby apiary

    Ribbons- I never know when I’m going to want to cover a seam, or tie a bow, or make some elaborate neck piece. I’m totally addicted to ribbon.

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    Dec 19, 2009, 07.19 PMby ghe

    Sewing magazines (and craft).

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    Dec 19, 2009, 07.01 PMby annawilliamson

    fabric is my biggest weakness— but when i get into the button section i can get lost there for an hour!

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    Dec 19, 2009, 06.12 PMby eyeofthebeholder

    Pins- I counted this morning and I have over 40 packets in various materials, (steel, nickel) lengths, points (for silk, for knits, etc.) and ends (glass, metal, plastic flowers etc) for multiple applications and fabrics- pleating, dressmaking, pattern, silk, etc.

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    Dec 19, 2009, 06.08 PMby mlssfshn

    It’s hard to say I’m addicted to them all. Right now I’d have to say aluminum cans, I’m finding different ways to embellish with them since reading the Threads article about 6 months ago.

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    Dec 19, 2009, 05.49 PMby befadee

    pins! I always am running out of pins or losing them… or lending them to classmates, never to return. i think it has to do with the box of half finished projects i have pinned and ready to be sewn. oops!

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    Dec 19, 2009, 05.34 PMby awil

    ribbon and trims

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