Crafty Book Reviews and a Giveaway!


I was given these books in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own.

I have two fun books to tell you about!  Oh, and how about a giveaway too?  One book is about the paper art called Origami, called the Ultimate Origami for Beginners Kit, and the other is a beautifully illustrated book on handmade bag patterns called Handmade Bags In Natural Fabrics.  Interested?

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Both books are full of fabulous ideas and are just perfect for a cold winter day project!  And I just so happen to have two sets of them to give away!  So, lets take a look at them!craft book reviews origami handmade bags Handmade Bags In Natural Fabrics is a great source for unusual, yet simple handmade bag patterns.  This unique book offers patterns for twenty-five basic bag styles along with sixty variations and the know-how to customize each bag to suit any style.

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Written and designed by Emiko Takahashi, a fashion and textiles designer, this book provides easy instructions and bag sewing diagrams, as well as a sheet of fully-sized pattern pieces for each handmade bag project.  Not sure how to do a step?  She also provides simple lessons on the basics of hand-stitching, drawstring casings, corners, edges, straps, and simple decorations.

craft book reviews origami handmade bags

Each bag can be machine-sewn, but they are designed to be made in natural fabrics that are lightweight enough to be easily sewn by hand. This book was designed with the beginner in mind!  I love the fact that you don’t necessarily need to own a sewing machine to complete the projects!

craft book reviews origami handmade bags

This book is a great addition to your craft book collection and has many beautiful gift ideas.  If you are wanting to make something unique- you will find it here!

craft book reviews origami handmade bags

If you enjoy the art of paper folding, or Origami, then one of the best sources of instruction is Michael G. LaFosse. The Ultimate Origami for Beginners Kit is excellent for both beginners and children. World-renowned origami designers and artists Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander have selected paper folding projects from popular origami categories such as traditional origami, modern origami, origami flowers, paper airplanes, cute cuddly animals and much more!

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The Ultimate Origami Kit contains:

  • A full-colored 62-page origami booklet
  • Clear step-by-step instructions
  • Colorful diagrams and photographs
  • Folding techniques and tips
  • A DVD with easy-to-follow video tutorials
  • 62 sheets of durable origami folding papers
  • Several colors and three different sizes

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Each project includes simple step-by-step instructions with numbered, detailed illustrations.  Perfect for folks like me who are not as adept with the art of origami.

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Use Ultimate Origami for Beginners to make eye-catching origami for your friends, to beautify your home—or as a wonderful gift for paper craft lovers. No paint or glue needed!

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Book Set Giveaway!

I’m giving away two different sets of these fun books!  Since I’m all about easy contest entries, all you have to do is leave a comment below to enter!  In honor of the New Year, tell me if you have a New Years Resolution, and if so what is it? For an optional extra entry, if you have twitter, follow Suzy’s Sitcom! Win a set of fun craft books!  Contest ends on Monday, January 19, 2015 at midnight!
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  • Trish F January 19, 2015, 12:03 am

    To restore my health and get as functional as possible. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • ella January 18, 2015, 12:39 am

    My new years resolution is to learn more about knitting and crocheting!

    • Susan Myers January 21, 2015, 8:22 pm

      Mine too! Stay tuned. I should have some good crochet tutorials coming soon!


  • lina January 17, 2015, 2:02 pm

    my new year resolution is to better manage my time

  • Ronald Jones January 16, 2015, 7:57 pm

    Create, sew and learn more. I mean, I frequently ‘think’ about doing these things, but often it doesn’t happen!

  • Pam A January 14, 2015, 10:44 pm

    traditional resolutions, lose weight, work harder, but basically want to show up for each day and do the best I can

  • Ali CB January 14, 2015, 6:04 pm

    To be more organized, more creative and follow that diet…..okay maybe two out of three….:)

  • Kathy Davis January 14, 2015, 5:04 pm

    New Year’s resolution… to be a better house keeper. Ever since I retired I procrastinate !

  • Sarah J. January 14, 2015, 3:26 pm

    I don’t really make resolutions, but I am joining the local Y! These books look amazing- thanks for the chance to win!

  • Caroline January 14, 2015, 12:17 pm

    To organize my craft room.

  • Jess January 14, 2015, 10:11 am

    I’m keeping a jar, and rather than making resolutions, I’m going to write down all my accomplishments as they happen during the year and put them in the jar.

  • lacyquilter January 14, 2015, 1:31 am

    These look like some great books.

  • Sheila Schukert January 13, 2015, 10:54 pm

    To exercise 3-5 days to help me lose weight.

  • Natasha Hudnall January 12, 2015, 6:27 pm

    To save enough money to replace my roof.

  • Peggy Tarter January 12, 2015, 2:40 pm

    I have resolved to Be Happier! I will take more time to pursue my crafty and DIY interests. Sell some, keep some, give some away. And just enjoy all this creativity to the ultimate.

  • Diane Babcock January 12, 2015, 12:30 pm

    I didn’t make any resolutions this year. I know of areas I need to work on, like my weight, but no resolutions.

  • Patricia B January 12, 2015, 11:29 am

    My resolution is to finish all my projects. Finish organizing. Just finish everything. Don’t put it off, just finish it!

  • Chris January 12, 2015, 2:28 am

    I want to buy a keyboard and learn to play some music.

  • Doreen S January 11, 2015, 11:07 pm

    Unteen years ago I made a New Years resolution to never make another New Years resolution and so since then I have never had to worry about breaking one! I love all the fun ideas you share. Thank you so much for taking the time to do it.

  • Sarah January 11, 2015, 10:51 pm

    The Classic: Loose weight and exercise. 🙂

  • Linda Webster January 11, 2015, 7:45 pm

    to do more fun activities with my friends.

  • Denise F January 11, 2015, 7:44 pm

    My resolution is to be less critical and more forgiving in all things.

  • Bunni January 11, 2015, 6:49 pm

    My New Years hope and dream is to finish the projects I have started before beginning new ones, Just a dream not a resolution

  • Ann Marie January 11, 2015, 5:51 pm

    My New Year’s resolution is to treat myself better. To have more down time and crafting time and maybe let my family do more for themselves.

  • Marilyn Logan January 11, 2015, 5:41 pm

    My resolution is to try to finish all of the quilting projects I have either started or have set aside to start.

  • Donna Marchlewski January 11, 2015, 5:23 pm

    Nope, never make New Year Resolutions

  • Sandra Schroeder January 11, 2015, 4:37 pm

    My resolution this year is to do something creative everyday. I think we should allow ourselves some “me” time everyday to do whatever it is that makes us happy.

  • Dawn Jones January 11, 2015, 4:36 pm

    I have a couple New Year’s Resolutions. The first is to loose between 40-50 lbs., I have lost 10 lbs. so far. I also want to make my first quilt. Currently I am working on potholders until I can get the binding right. Have a wonderful day!

  • MARTHA January 11, 2015, 4:30 pm

    Move More ,,,Less Stress when possible ! TY

  • Tammie M January 11, 2015, 4:08 pm

    What a fun giveaway! My New Years resolution for 2015 is to be more proactive. be positive, smile at strangers and say hello to them. be kinder and more giving. my son came up with this resolution. Fantastic!! i said… and have jumped on the proactive band wagon. 2 years ago on January 2nd… i quit smoking and haven’t went back. holy cow i’m chatty today! haha!! my son wants the origami book and i would LOVE the Handmade Bags book! Have a wonderful Day/Night everyone. =)

  • Amanda S January 11, 2015, 3:46 pm

    No resolutions, rarely make any but never keep them 🙂

  • Diane W January 11, 2015, 3:34 pm

    I would love to withe books. I am trying to target my health this year and continue to craft.

  • lali January 11, 2015, 3:19 pm

    Love to win this giveaway, my granddaughter love origami and those bags are beautiful. I never take resolution but try to do my best every day.

  • Martha January 11, 2015, 3:02 pm

    My new years resolution is to spend more quality time with my family and grandkids.Also I would like to do more crafts, seems like the volunteer work takes over and then I don’t do what I want to do so I’m really gonna try this year to stick to it oh and did I mention drop some pounds!

  • Gill January 11, 2015, 2:57 pm

    I don’t make any then I can’t break them!!

  • Janet January 11, 2015, 2:19 pm

    My resolution is the same every year. And that is to not make any resolutions!

  • Crystal January 11, 2015, 1:42 pm

    I am going to get in a better, heathier way of life again!

  • DiEtta January 11, 2015, 12:42 pm

    Mine is plain and simple…….as soon as I get out of bed each morning I will make the bed!!!! “Happy 🙂 New Year” everyone!

  • Victoria January 11, 2015, 12:30 pm

    I hate to talk on the phone and I avoid it whenever possible. My resolution is to let my daughters hear my voice at least once a week this year.

  • Julia (Judie) January 11, 2015, 12:26 pm

    The only resolution I ever have for a new year is to try to do better than I did last year. Thanks for the chance to win two very interesting books. They look like they are filled with fun things to make.

  • Richard Dominguez January 11, 2015, 11:54 am

    would love to dedicate more time to crafting

  • amy January 11, 2015, 11:51 am

    I am never successful with resolutions that start on Jan 1. Seems that after the craziness of the holidays we all need a breather before starting resolutions. So I take the month of January to think about what needs to be added, changed, etc in my life and then make a plan to start in February.

  • mary jane January 11, 2015, 11:48 am

    I am going to try real hard to sell one of my paintings this year.

  • Loretta Bowers January 11, 2015, 11:19 am

    I did not make any resoultions this year. With that said, my life goal is to stop spending money on “things” you know those, we all do it while shopping, if we see a “sale” we usually look just to see what item there are. Most of us may pick up a thing or 2. Thats where we get alot of needless things. My goal is to only buy from my list this yr. Because I have so many things Ive picked up here & there for $1,or3.with the intention of using it for… So my goal is no more needless “things” this year

  • Kristi P January 11, 2015, 10:53 am

    I made so many resolutions last year that I didn’t complete that I decided to skip them this year! Lol. Maybe I will work on the old ones. Finish what I started.

  • Lani January 11, 2015, 10:49 am

    for my new year resolutions I chose “” and my word is “praise” cuz I praise God for giving me my love of crafts

  • Deborah January 11, 2015, 10:25 am

    To finish up my all (or at least some) crafting projects.

  • Kathy E. January 11, 2015, 10:00 am

    My new year’s resolution is to simplify my life. I really want to cut down on the clutter that consumes so many areas…from email to closets to cookbooks to meetings! So far, I’m not doing so well, but I’m keeping it mind each and every day to make some progress!

  • crafty.grandma January 11, 2015, 9:33 am

    Since retiring I try to keep busy and every year I try to learn at least 3 new crafts – this year it is origami, sewing and tangle. These books would be great starters.

  • Liz Lumsden January 11, 2015, 9:24 am

    To be more productive in my creative life….Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Susan Jaisle January 11, 2015, 9:21 am

    To be more organized!!

  • erin January 11, 2015, 9:21 am

    I just love your blog! Thank you for all the great tutorials and ideas. My resolutions are to get fit and stay organized.

  • debbie January 11, 2015, 6:42 am

    Thanks for a great giveaway. The books look great. I’ve also listed your giveaway on my Giveaway List for sewers, quilters and crafters at Thanks again.

  • cindyzs/freespiritczs January 10, 2015, 10:34 pm

    to be more creative and try to be happier and not let depression rule over me! 🙂

  • Debby January 10, 2015, 9:56 pm

    To move more and get healthy!

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