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Show & Tell: Lotta Jansdotter Simple Sewing for Baby

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I was so excited to get a copy of Lotta Jansdotter's most recent book called, Simple Sewing for Baby
. If you've seen anything by Lotta Jansdotter–her other books, her website, you know her work has a simple, practical and stylish aesthetic. I have always been inspired by her simple designs and straight-forward approach to making things.

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In the foreward, Lotta talks about the reasons that drove her to put together this craft book–the same reasons that I believe drive most of us to create handmade toys and clothes for our own children, and others:

I realized that there isn't all that much cool or original stuff for somebody who doesn't like pink or light blue and doesn't want bows or duckies plastered on everything. Okay, there are some things….but they will set you back an arm and a leg, and I just can't let myself spend that kind of money on something that will be used for only a few months."

Let me just say, the book is everything you'd expect it to be. Amazing projects, clear directions, beautiful photographs and illustrations. I often find myself picking up craft books, only to find that I'm interested in maybe two or three projects inside. But this is a book where I find myself wanting to try each project.

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Whether you're expecting a baby, wishing for a baby, have a baby, have a friend with a baby, want to convince a friend to have a baby, or need a great shower gift–this book is lovely and inspired.

And you can pretty much guarantee that the first project on my sewing table, will be a pair of the simple bloomers. Maybe, if I can't convince a certain toddler to wear diapers and clothes, I can at least talk her into a cute pair of bloomers.

*The book has 24 projects for toddlers to newborns. Patterns are included in a front pocket inside the book.

And guess what? I have TWO copies to giveaway. Thank you, Chronicle Books! You know the drill–leave a comment, I'll pick the two random winners on Friday!

Showandtell_updated

lotta 5

I was so excited to get a copy of Lotta Jansdotter's most recent book called, Simple Sewing for Baby
. If you've seen anything by Lotta Jansdotter–her other books, her website, you know her work has a simple, practical and stylish aesthetic. I have always been inspired by her simple designs and straight-forward approach to making things.

lotta 4

lotta 3

In the foreward, Lotta talks about the reasons that drove her to put together this craft book–the same reasons that I believe drive most of us to create handmade toys and clothes for our own children, and others:

I realized that there isn't all that much cool or original stuff for somebody who doesn't like pink or light blue and doesn't want bows or duckies plastered on everything. Okay, there are some things….but they will set you back an arm and a leg, and I just can't let myself spend that kind of money on something that will be used for only a few months."

Let me just say, the book is everything you'd expect it to be. Amazing projects, clear directions, beautiful photographs and illustrations. I often find myself picking up craft books, only to find that I'm interested in maybe two or three projects inside. But this is a book where I find myself wanting to try each project.

lotta 1

lotta 2

Whether you're expecting a baby, wishing for a baby, have a baby, have a friend with a baby, want to convince a friend to have a baby, or need a great shower gift–this book is lovely and inspired.

And you can pretty much guarantee that the first project on my sewing table, will be a pair of the simple bloomers. Maybe, if I can't convince a certain toddler to wear diapers and clothes, I can at least talk her into a cute pair of bloomers.

*The book has 24 projects for toddlers to newborns. Patterns are included in a front pocket inside the book.

And guess what? I have TWO copies to giveaway. Thank you, Chronicle Books! You know the drill–leave a comment, I'll pick the two random winners on Friday!

225 comments on “Show & Tell: Lotta Jansdotter Simple Sewing for Baby”

  1. Ooh! I always want sew things for my honorary niece but I don’t know where to start! This would be perfect! I love Lotta’s “Simple Sewing,” too.

  2. i’m not sure which of those ‘baby’ categories i would fit into but i’m going to leave a comment anyway {be/c at the very least i dreamt last night i was sewing} plus i have a number of friends whom i know would love this book!

  3. I’ve been looking for a “simple” baby sewing book to go with my (very) simple sewing skills. The book looks like a lot of fun. I’d love to win it:)

  4. That book is on my “wish list” baby boom here, and want to give handmade gifts to new babes. Thanks for the great show and tell giveaway.

  5. Oh how wonderful — I am expecting my 2nd in November and will be at home after the baby arrives with both of my children, I could sure use some help with simple (operative word) sewing for my baby and toddler!

  6. The book is so beautiful – I’m certain it’ll be a great motivation to lug my sewing machine back out.p.s. So very glad to hear Ruby is on the mend. I know how much a Lab is part of a family…even from day one.

  7. love the fabulous art direction – especially that last shot with the giraffes in the dryer! brilliant.{so so glad to read that ruby is doing well!}

  8. I too have many craft books with only one or two projects inside that I would consider doing. But this book looks chock full of (feasible) possibilities!

  9. Wow, what a wonderful giveaway! Looks fantastic and I am wanting to make a little pair of bloomers for my little one so that pattern would be perfect 🙂

    Akso, so happy to hear Ruby is home and recovering. My 13 month old thinks she’s quite adorable (there was a lot of frenzied pointing at the screen and jumping up and down!)

  10. Ughhh! Pick me, pick me. We just got a puppy and ours is named Ruby Bean. She’s the cutest. I love your Ruby too!

  11. We’re waiting to adopt our first child (7 months and counting on the waiting list) and since waiting can be endless and discouraging, I’m all about fun, crafty things to make as part of my “nesting process.”

    I’d love to add some of these projects. Thanks for the chance.

  12. That book looks awesome! As soon as I saw the cover I thought “I need to get me one of these” If you ship to Canada, I’d love to have my name entered into the draw 🙂

  13. I could really use this book, just tried to recover my boppy and of course did some kind of miscalculation. Thanks!

  14. I want a baby so, so much 🙂 As life goes, however, now is not the time, so I have lots of time to do projects for (every single other girl I know on the whole planet) my expecting mamas. Would love this book to dream with….

  15. I’ve been eyeing this book on Amazon. I’d love to get a copy so that I can make something for my soon-to-arrive nephew (due in August!)

  16. I loved Simple Sewing, so this is a must have for me. But, we’re still in the ‘wishing for’ stage and I’ve already bought two baby craft books (justifying them as resources for shower gifts) and have told myself I’m not buying anymore. I never said anything about winning one, though!

  17. This would be perfect for all upcoming babies of friends and family. Crossing fingers one copy could come home to me. Thank you.

  18. As my daughter moves on to her adult life, I thought I was past the point of having pregnant friends. BUT, now I have two of my best friends who are recently engaged and both want to get pregnant right away! I need to start focusing on baby gifts and this book sure would make that a lot easier! 🙂

  19. Simple is definitely the winning word here for me! My sewing machine and I don’t get along too well but these projects seem perfect and easy!

  20. Oh, my gosh, so very cute! I am waiting for this book to arrive at my library, but my very own copy would work, too!

  21. how fabulous! my sister-in-law is a beginner sewer, and is expecting their first… this would be a great gift…for her, or my mom – a first time gramma!

  22. The book looksdivine…I would love to win a copy! And glad Ruby is feeling better. We found mental exercise almost as tiring as physical exercise for Pedro when he was that age- maybe you can try and get some good training in. Hi fives, sit, stay, wait, on a mat etc… Good luck!

  23. Do you think I could get away with putting bloomers on my sweet 2 year old BOY?(third one I might add). Looks like a great book. Put my name in the hat.

  24. I often think about your post months ago about the simple life not actually being simple at all…. but this JUST MIGHT be SIMPLE!!!! You’ve inspired me so much (the grocery challenge, laundry on the line, and all your “One Simple Question” posts!) Now onto sewing!!

  25. Oh, this would be a great book for me since my friends have moved from the getting married stage into the having babies stage. I would like to make some things for them.

  26. This book looks awesome! I am just getting into sewing projects and have really loved it! Thanks for the book suggestion:)

  27. I’ve been coveting this book. Please throw my name into the hat!

    And I’m so glad to see that Ruby’s home and doing well.

  28. Ooh! I’ve been wanting sew something for my baby boy – this book would be perfect. Thanks for the opportunity!

  29. I love making handmade gifts for babies and sewing for my kids. I am a big fan of Lotta and would LOVE to win a copy of this book!!

    Lara

  30. o i am so excited. i am expecting my 6th and it would be so exciting to get my olders involved with some of these projects. i love those line drawings of the contents…so tantalizing!

  31. I love all of the Lotta Jansdotter books and have yet to actually obtain any of them! I can’t wait to see more of this one. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  32. Okay I did not think I needed one more thing to inspire me to have another baby (I have 3) but here it is. My husband better watch out if I win this. 🙂

  33. Love it. Hopefully can use something like this in the near future!! At least for Lori and you. Love the part about trying to convice your friends to have a baby! 🙂 I have a teeny, tiny idea who that might be! 🙂 Love ya!

  34. I tried to find that book in my local bookstore today. Sadly, they did not have it. It sounds like a great book!

  35. Ooooo so cool! Sign me up. I love using my antiqye Singer to sew easy craft projects and clothing. So far I’ve mastered PJ’s and blankies even if I don’t win I will check this book out.

  36. Thanks for the first picture, Molly. I wanted to see what sort of projects the book had. I’m always looking for quick but cute projects for baby showers. I think I’ll add this one to my wish list.

  37. Wow! That looks awesome! Seems like everyone I know is having a baby these days and I need some new project ideas!

  38. I hope there are some good unisex projects as well as some boy projects. Sweet boy things are woefully few and far between! The book looks beautiful!

  39. OMG…. I nearly dropped my teacup!! What a fantastic giveaway. I love Lotta’s patterns and books she makes sewing so much fun!! I have a baby and a toddler as well as 2 nephews due in the next 3 months…. thanx for the sneak peek at this book it is definitely on the top of my wishlist now!!

  40. Oooh!! I’ve been wanting this book for months!! My first baby is due at the end of July and I’d love to make something pretty for him or her. 🙂

  41. I have a dear friend almost half way through her miracle pregnancy. She doesn’t sew, but I do, and she wanted help getting ready. 🙂

  42. OH Glorious Day – I would love to add this to my Lotta book collection. I was just starting to poke around for baby patterns as one of my best ladies is having a baby girl this fall. I figure if I’m going to be her doula, I may as well be her baby fashion designer as well!! Fingers crossed.Thanks!

  43. What can I say? I would LOVE to have this book, and if i don’t win it here I will more than likely buy it! :O that is when i save some pennies…

  44. Pick me! Pick Me! Ooh ooh ooh, pick me! (Now imagine me squirming in my seat and flailing my arm about in the air like I’m trying to fling it off.)

  45. nothing makes me want to be crafty more than an impending babe and I’m due anyday! I would love to dive into this book and see what I can make for my soon to be baby boy and his toddler sister. thanks for the exposure and the opportunity to win…I’m crossing my fingers.

  46. I am dying to try to pass on some craftiness to my 2 year old and would love to try to make some things for my 2 month old (2 months today!!!). I would love to take a gander at this book.

  47. OH man, I have had my eye on this book for weeks! So many friends who are expecting a baby…if I don’t win, I may have to shell out the money and get a copy anyways! 🙂

  48. I’m an inspired new sewer who has 5 pregnant friends! These projects look within my skill reach…. This would a great book to have to guide me…. Thanks for sharing!

  49. I would LOVE to win this!! I’ve looked at it, admired it, drooled over it, but just couldn’t bring myself to purchase it. My husband and I are on our way to having a little one in the house and I would love to sew some things up for him/her!!

  50. First, SO, SO, GLAD that Ruby is going to be okay!

    Second, love the book – my “baby” is almost 10, so I can’t really make these things for her, BUT, my BF is in the middle of fertility treatments, and I would love to be able to teach my “baby” to sew with some project for her “baby” that we’re hoping and praying will come soon!

  51. This is so perfect! We are expecting our first baby in August and I’ve been trying to find something simple to get me back into sewing! Would love a copy!

  52. Any chance you’ll send internationally to the UK? Have just moved house with my boys- a husband, toddler and 6 week newborn twins in tow – this would be an excellent reward 🙂

  53. I just had twins.. and would love to win a copy — to make something special (and not pink!) in all my spare time.. 🙂 I’m trying to learn how to sew more, and this would be a great incentive.Thanks!

  54. I love her style. This has been on my Amazon wishlist since I first heard about it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  55. I have Lotta’s first book and I love it!! I have a (gulp) almost year old son and would love to try out a few of these projects!

  56. I love Lotta Jansdotter. It would be a wonderful addition. Thanks! I hope things are looking up this week with ms. ruby. I feel the pain of expensive vet bills, but they are family and so darn cute.

  57. I have a toddler and an infant….can I enter twice? ;o)I do like Lotta’s style very much.

    Nadia Abbasi

  58. ooh…I’ve been looking at this one for quite a while! I have a wee babe, have friends with wee babes, I would love to try these patterns out!

  59. What a lovely book! I am going to so many baby showers these days, I’d love to have some new gift inspiration!

  60. i just picked that up in the book store and looked through it – it looks great. i didn’t buy because, well, no babies here! anyhow, whoever wins will love it.

  61. This looks like an awesome book! I am in the midst of making pajama bottoms for the little girls in our families who will be vacationing together in 2 weeks, this would have been great for the toddle/baby boys too! I think I am making the babies bloomers! 🙂

  62. I love Lotta! And I have a baby due in November and a friend is expecting in December.

    Looks like a truly awesome book!

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