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Shabby Apple Giveaway!

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I’m off for a bit to spend some time with my folks. Thought I’d leave you guys with something special while I’m on a blogging hiatus. As you may remember I did a Shabby Apple dress review and that green dress has become one of my go to’s when I want something simple, but lovely and comfortable to wear.

Well, now I’m giving you lovely readers a chance at winning your own beautiful Shabby Apple dress. It was hard choosing which one, let me tell you, but I finally went with this one and I’ve completely fallen for it. I think you’ll fall for it to, Overboard!

“Embrace your inner 50’s hostess in the Overboard dress.  Piped with perfect details, this blue and white gingham doll of a shirtdress will have you serving up trays of lobster rolls and summer punch and charming the masses in no time. The full a-line skirt falls just to the knee from the defined waistline, and a row of oversized buttons rises up the shirt front with bright white piping keeping them in line. Slip it on and set sail for the perfect summer getup.” – from the dress details.

For those of you, like me, who go to the ShabbyApple.com website and fall in love with more than one of their wonderful women’s dresses, they have given me (and all of you!) our own coupon code for %10 off! Just type in handmadeexperiment10off sometime within the next 30 days.

Alright. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. If you’d like to be entered to win the Overboard blue and white gingham dress from Shabby Apple all you have to do is tell me your favorite vacation experience.

For a second, LIKE Shabby Apple on Facebook and comment here that you did so.

For a third, HEART my etsy shop, Sew Flippin Cool  and tell me that you did so.

For more opportunities to win, spread the word! If you blog about, tweet (#flippincool), comment on facebook (@Sew Flippin Cool), etc. Just comment here for each thing your do and you’ll have a separate entry for each one.

Good luck! I’ll announce the winner next Thursday.

What’s That? Up in the Sky!

Is it a bird?

Is it a plane?

No. Its a winner!

Victoria, who said – “I think it is an incognito forest creature and we will not know what it is until it reveals itself. It will definitely need two arms which could be cut from another fabric and it also needs a tail. Then of course, it may need clothing or a backback. Maybe a baby. Maybe some friends. It could be the beginning of an entire stuffed species who will bring about world peace. And all of this for a dollar in a plastic bag on a fabric store counter. Cool!“, is our UFO sewing project winner.

She had PZ at the mention of “baby”. Thanks everyone for commenting and I may have another UFO giveaway in the future. I picked up more than one bag of strange vintage precuts. Stay tuned!

The Truth Is Out There

May Giveaway Day!

Comments Closed. The Winner will be announced tomorrow. Thanks everybody for all the great comments!

I have always been into vintage, even more so lately if that’s possible. Vintage kids books, vintage patterns, and especially vintage fabric. You may have seen some of the cute tops, shorts and dresses I made for my kiddos during KCWC.

To celebrate my love of vintage, this May Giveaway Day  I’m going to make something out of a great vintage fabric for one of you lucky readers. I can do a dress or top for little girls NB to 6 or a pair of pants or shorts for little boys NB to 6.

If this sounds too crazy and you just want something you’ve already laid your eyes on, feel free to check out my shop and pick any item $15 or less.

Let me know in the comments what your favorite color is and a little about the kiddo I’ll be sewing for. I’ll pick the winner at random on May 26th. This contest is open to everyone, even my international readers.

If you have any feedback about my shop I’d love to hear that, too. Thanks for visiting and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog! We’re going to be doing a lot of fun stuff this summer.

NOTE: The items pictured in this post are NOT the item being given away. The item the winner will receive will be handmade by me after the giveaway is closed. 

Make Make Monday – Vintage Sheets Upcycled

To start my Scrappy April off right, I did a little research on one of my favorite materials to see upcycled – vintage sheets. There’s some seriously pretty fabrics in these links, folks. I have a small collection of sheets and pillowcases in my own stash and I just might have to try one or two of these tutorials. If you’ve done any, I’d love to see pictures.

And now… On with our show!

Get Your Martha On shows a better way than just eating in bed to use your sheet as a napkin.

Check the sidebar for all 4 weeks of the “On The Edge” sew along over at You Go Girl. This would be a great project to either make your own pillowcase from vintage sheets or just pretty up an old pillowcase.

Oh, Fransson gives us a pretty way to organize our projects with the Workbasket tutorial. These would be great picnic baskets, too!

Design Sponge posted blogger and etsy shop owner Katherine Jalaty’s folder tutorial. What every crafty business needs for keeping all those pesky receipts neat and pretty.

My five year old has been yearning for a nightgown. gingercake‘s pillowcase nightgown might just be what she gets. I would imagine the cotton would feel SO comfortable. Perfect for summer or you could use flannel ones for winter!

Instead of bringing a book to bed, Emmmy Lizzzy show how to bring a bed to books with this clever tutorial for covering wall shelves with vintage sheets.

Author of Sewing Green, Betz White gives us a shoe bag tutorial using vintage sheets. So practical for traveling or even just keeping your nice shoes from getting banged up in the closet.

The Vintage Sheet Blog has a ton of great tutorials like this market tote one. They are also have a vintage sheet FQs giveaway open until April 7. Hurry, before it becomes just a thing in the past!

Feel Good Giveaway – Sesame Seed Designs

In true Portland fashion, Sesame Seed Designs makes home and personal accessories that are not only fun and attractive, but also environmentally friendly. As an ecologist, fiber artist, and mother, Casey makes functional, nature-themed items using recycled wool and cashmere sweaters. Cozy and eco-friendly!

If you are local, check out Sesame Seed Designs this weekend (Dec 13) at the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale and next  (Dec 19) at SCRAP’s Holiday Bazaar. For those not in the Portland area, make sure to check out her shop and newsletters for further updates.

Perfect for stocking stuffing or even an early Santa gift for yourself, Casey is generously giving ONE winner the choice between a pouch or coffee sleeve. To win, leave a comment here before Sunday Dec 13th midnight PST. Tell me which you choose and I’d love to hear about a favorite gift from recycled materials that you’ve either given or received.

For a second shot at winning tweet about this giveaway and leave the url in another comment.

Want a third and final chance? Subscribe or follow my blog. Good luck!


Just wanted to remind everyone that there ARE some perks to reading my blog – discounts! That was my favorite part of the job when I worked retail.

In appreciation for everyone’s kind words during his giveaway, Bill from House of Six Cats is offering a 20% discount if you shop before Christmas. Humble Luna, our current giveaway artist, is also offering 20% off to my readers.

All you have to do to, at both shops, is type “The Handmade Experiment” into the notes to seller before checking out and a 20% discount will be taken off the before shipping price and you’ll receive an updated invoice. Happy shopping and thanks for supporting Portland artists and handmade this holiday season!

HumbleLuna Giveaway

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Fellow Portland Mama, Heidi, from Humble Luna, makes these adorable and durable costume tails that every and any kid would love. You may remember her from my Monday Must Have: Children’s Halloween Costumes post last month. Well now she’s offering up a Dragon Tail from her shop to one of you! How cool is that!?!

Heidi loves sewing and drawing. She started making children’s costumes 8 years ago when her daughter Sophie was born. (Isn’t it interesting how many of us start on our crazy crafting journeys when we have kids?) While designing costumes as an intern at the Portland Children’s Museum, Heidi came up with the idea for these Dragon Tails. They are a safe, easy to put on dress-up toy that also appeals to both boys and girls.

If you are local and would like to buy one of these great Dragon Tails check out Piccolina on 26th and SE Clinton or Plue on SE Woodstock and 44th. You can also find Humble Luna at Milagros‘ (5433 N.E.30th Ave) fundraiser for Mercy Corps. This Holiday Bazaar is on December 5th from 11am-3pm.

Everybody else can check out her etsy shop. Make sure to check back often! Heidi is planning on adding hand painted butterfly/fairy wings and other costume pieces soon. Just write The Handmade Experiment into the seller’s notes and receive a 20% discount!!

Now for the giveaway!

Just leave a comment here before Sunday the 6th, midnight PST. Tweet about this giveaway for another chance at winning, then leave me another comment letting me know. Remember to subscribe to my blog for upcoming giveaways. I’ll be having another one on Wednesday as part of the Sew, Mama, Sew December Giveaway Day! I’ll announce the winner on Monday the 7th. Good luck!

My Nifty Gifties Project Complete and My 100th Post Giveaway!!

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I finally finished my facebook I will make you something challenge. I made this bracelet/pincushion for my friend Yancey. I got the how-to out of Jenny Ryan‘s Sew Darn Cute book. I call this the silver lining bracelet. It seemed appropriate as we are headed into Portland’s rainy season. Plus, she’s my crafty buddy. Yay!

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I Was Featured!

What a lovely present to come home to. My quilt was featured on Kireei, a Spanish site that showcases crafts, home decor, photography, and the like. So flattering! Of course, I don’t speak a lick of Spanish so I can’t read the actual post. Oh well! Still a sweet ending to a relaxing vacation at the beach.

Speaking of ending, my Remember Your First? giveaway is still happening. You’ve got until tomorrow, so don’t miss out!

Sunset on the beach in Pacific City, Oregon

Sunset on the beach in Pacific City, Oregon

Remember Your First?

In honor of my first quilt, I’ve decided to do a giveaway. I’m not sure what exactly the prize will be yet, but I promise it will be something good! To get in on the fun just leave a link to a picture of your first quilt or quilting project. If you’ve never taken the leap but are planning on it, you can still enter to win by leaving a link to a quilt you’ve been thinking of trying or a quilting tutorial you’ve been eyeing.


I’m going to the Coast for a long weekend (THANK GOODNESS!) and will be back on Tuesday, so I’ll let it run until Tuesday the 29th, midnight PST and will announce the winner on Wednesday. I’m really excited to see everyone’s work! Have a great weekend!!

*Comments are closed. Thanks for sharing everybody!! I’ll post the winner tomorrow.