Amy Butler’s Style Stitches book review

I was absolutely thrilled to receive a copy of Amy Butler’s Style Stitches from Chronicle Books for review and giveaway. Amy Butler is definitely the Martha Stewart of the fabric world, and it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know who she is. It’s even harder to find someone who doesn’t like her style. I not only love her fabric, but I love her patterns, especially her bags. She goes big most of the time, which I can totally appreciate. Do you understand how much stuff I have to carry? Probably, because most of you probably act as a pack mule on a daily basis like I do. If you love bags as I do, then you are going to love Style Stitches. Here are my five favorite things about this book.

1. Projects are organized by skill level. Not only that, but there are projects ranging from beginner to PhD of sewing (called advanced). I appreciate knowing the difficulty level of a project, because there is nothing more frustrating than starting a project and failing. Trust me – I’ve done this.

Note – if you’ve never sewn before, take a basic class before using this book. Beginner typically means “has exposure to the basics.”

2.  The detailed instructions. Gee whiz, they are *very* detailed – and I like that. I think it’s especially important for people like me . . . people that are either returning sewers or beginner/intermediate sewers who want to be sure of what they are doing. I’m both a returning sewer (or now that I think about it, seamstress?) and intermediate. The instructions are a reassurance to me.

3. The variations on each bag that are provided. I’m not one of those people that can make pattern adjustments on the fly. I could probably think it through, but honestly . . . I don’t want to! There are 12 bag patterns, but each provides some variations for a total of 26 bag patterns. Thanks to Amy Butler for showing me how to switch bag handles to something else on the same base.

4. The awesome and beautiful pictures. Oh my goodness – Amy Butler’s husband David did the photography, and he really captured the greatness of the fabrics and the bags. Not only is this book instructional, but it’s inspirational.

5. The ruffled handbag (pictured above). Are you kidding? It’s absolutely gorgeous! I love, love this pattern. Speaking of patterns, they are complete, detailed and all in the back of the book. I would typically feel incompetent when trying to do a pattern such as the ruffled bag, but I have the confidence with this.

Any Amy Butler book is easy to love and I’m a bag fiend, so it’s a great relationship. I would like to give a copy away so that you too can enjoy the patterns too. You don’t even have to promise to make me a bag!  All you have to do is read the rules below and leave a comment.

Rule reminder:
1. Comment on THIS blog entry. Why would you like to win this book?
2. Only one entry per person.
3. Contest will close this Wednesday, December 8th at midnight (EST).
4. PLEASE leave your e-mail address if it’s not attached in Blogger – I need some way to reach you.

Contest disclosure here.

Comments

  1. says

  2. pat/susie/resortmom says

  3. Shelley says

    What a fun book to have! I’ve got a weakness for Amy Butler fabric…
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    shelpowl(at)telus(dot)net

  4. Meagan1252 says

  5. Danielle says

    I love Amy Butler! I would love to have this book to make some great bags as gifts for friends!
    dntisdale at gmail dot com

  6. LuckyStarCreator says

    I love her fabric. I would love this book. I’ve been looking for a nice handbag pattern book so I can eventually learn to make my own designs. I’m still in the beginner stage of sewing life

  7. elisekayem says

    I would LOVE this book! Amy Butler is my idol!! LOL Seriously though she’s awesome and I always love anything she does.

    ([email protected])

  8. Clare G says

    This is perfect timing, I’ve been trying to find a book like this… this one looks perfect for me. I love the Amy Butler designs.

  9. Jayme says

    I would love to win! I’m trying to do all homemade gifts this year (I’m a poor college student) and this would definitely help for some of the ladies in my life.

    ([email protected])

  10. Kek's says

    Hi Amy, I discover your blog recently and I love it! Plenty of great ideas and tutorials. And what I love the most is that everything is full of colors :)
    Why would I like to have these book? Well…I love books, I love fabrics, I love colors and I love bags. I think these book is my perfect Christmas gift :) I will love and cherish her with whole my heart!

  11. Megan says

    A woman can never have enough bags :) I would love to make some of the bags from this book, for myself and as gifts! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ([email protected])

  12. Chelsea says

    I love Amy Butler’s fabrics, and the pictures you’ve shown all showcase incredible bags that I would love to carry! I love making my own purses, I’ve made several, but I tend to do them without patterns (sometimes this fails, and sometimes it is a great success). It would be interesting to see how other people do it, and maybe give it a go the proper way. This book would make a great addition to my collection of craft books! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Amy says

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  15. Carina says

    This book would be a great way to sew myself a way to carry my stuff with a little more style than those recyclable grocery totes.

  16. catnap says

    Two reasons: I have the world’s largest collection of truly ugly tote bags with advertising on them, or bad graphic design. I need something I’m not ashamed to carry. Second reason is the absurdly large stash of fabric I have accumulated over the years that I need to do something with because life is short and I don’t believe that the woman with the largest crafts stash wins. Reason three of the two reasons is that I love what I see in the pictures.

  17. Katie@a mom, a wife, and a me says

    I would love to beable to do something other then baby and kid stuff… if I could be anyone in the world I would be Amy! love love love her!

  18. Kathy says

    I love making handbags and totes, usually I make them recycled from old clothes and jeans. My other love is collecting sewing and quilting books.

  19. James-Linda says

  20. aj says

    I would love to win this book as I could make some of the items within as gifts for my soul-sister and other members of my extended family.

  21. Amy J says

    I would love to have this book!! I love all the Amy Butler fabrics and patterns.. Would love to attempt to make these for my sisters and sisters in law.

  22. Mik says

    I would LOVE to win this book because I’m tired of making the same old boring tote bags. I agree with you, Amy Butler is AMAZING!!

  23. Carleen says

  24. Marguerite says

    Amy Butler Rocks – not as much as Modge Podge of course – but seriously, her fabric and designs are just the right mix of funky and fun. I would love to win this book and make some of the gorgeous bags in it.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.
    marguerito at comcast dot net

  25. Nerd Mama says

  26. KD says

    I love her fabric & designs! I would love to win because I adore bags! My husband calls me the bag lady. I think it’s time for some new bags!! :)

  27. Angela says

    Ohhhh!! I have just begun sewing and this would be a wonderful challenge! Besides… I could ALWAYS use a new bag. Or two. Or three :)

  28. Melissa P says

    I just gave this book to my mother-in-law for Christmas. It was so hard to actually wrap it up and let it go. I’d love to win this copy. These are great bags for everything. And I do mean everything!

  29. CraftyVanty says

    Hello! Thank you so much for the giveaway!! I want this book because I just purchased my VERY FIRST sewing machine==wee hee==and I also love bags & AB fabrics. What a great way to break in my new sewing machine, ay! Thank you again for the opportunity. I love your blog & I love Mod Podge & decopauge crafting!!
    Valerie
    [email protected]

  30. Patty says

    I would love to win this! I’m a big fan of Amy Butler. I just love all her stuff! lifeontheridgeside at gmail.com

  31. Betsy says

    I’d love to win and see if I can make one of her patterns work! I love to make bags of all types and hers are gorgeous!

  32. Amy @ Increasingly Domestic says

    I want to win this book so I can make bags for me and my sisters:) We LOVE bags!

    increasinglydomestic(at)gmail(dot)com

  33. darbyscloset says

    I love the bags!!! I too have a bag collection it is one of many hobbies, like shoes, jewelry, make up, etc!
    I am a “advanced/beginning returning seamstress” with the desire to make some awesome things and this book would certaintly be the carrot in front of the horse for me!!!
    Thanks so much.
    Darby
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  34. L says

    I’m completely fascinated by that bag you feature over point #3, on the left–I’d love to know how to make it!

  35. Melissa B says

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  37. Amy says

    I would like to win this book because I have a sewing machine and don’t have any ideas of what to sew!

  38. Always April says

    This book would look so pretty with all my other sewing books on the shelf. Not that I wouldn’t use it because I totally would! aprilshecon(AT)GMAIL(DOT)COM

  39. Catherine says

    Yes, please.

    I am a bag addict (seriously, it’s bad) without the funds to be addicted…and I am also a fabric hoarder (seriously, it’s double bad) so I know I have the goodies ready to make some of her bags.

    I love the photos – - incredible beyond the bags! And I love that she goes big. With two little kids, I have just about everything possible stuffed into my luggage…er, I mean, purse. ;)

  40. Darling says

    Oh I would LOVE this book! I really need a new bag badly and haven’t seen anything I love! I see a few in here I’d love to make!

  41. Jennifer @ Muse Lodge says

    I LOVE Amy Butler designs. Her fabrics and patterns are my favorite. I always get compliments on the bags I’ve made from her patterns. I hope I win….fingers are crossed!!

    jleigh0205(at)gmail(dot)com

  42. mommieof4munchkins says

    Oh how I would love to win this for my bestie, she sews for me I knit for her, we are a great team ;)

  43. Jennifer @ Studio JRU says

    I really do not know how to sew… and this book makes me want to learn! Or… my mom could help me… she is great at sewing! :)

  44. thefonesfamily says

  45. Doreen says

    My daughter wants to be the next Amy Butler or at least work with her. In the meantime, please choose me (thank you, Grey’s Anatomy) and I will wrap this book up and give it to my talented daughter for the holidays!!!
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  46. NANCY LEFKO says

    Longtime fan of Amy’s fabrics and patterns…after sewing for 38 years I think it’s time to tackle a bag.

  47. 2littlehooligans says

    i would love her book because even though i have been making bags for years, i have yet to make myself a bag. i would love to use one of her patterns to make myself one:)

  48. CountryBelle says

    Huge Amy Butler fan!!!! I love her material and patterns. I have been sewing off and on for years, more in the past year just because I’m trying to complete house projects!!

  49. Amanda Jones says

    i would LOVE to win this book! i love her fabric. i have been stashing it for years and i don’t even know how to sew. i definitely need some “beginner projects”. thank you!

  50. DKB says

    id love this book, the knitting project bag you showed looks super cute. i’d love to make this for some co-workers

  51. Bonnie says

    I’m a bag fiend too!

    I’m so into tatting right now that I’d love to have Amy’s book to inspire me back into the sewing world.

  52. StampinCathy says

    This sounds like a creative and super inspiring book. I just love that bag. Thanks for a chance.

  53. Debbi says

    I love fabric…just love to stroll through bolts of fabric and feel each one! Would love this book!

  54. Christine says

    I would love to have this book so I could make a bag for my sis (not Rose) to replace her ugly grey suede bag. There’s one in there that looks almost like her grey bag!!!!

  55. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    I’d actually like to win this book for my daughter. She’s pretty good at sewing and where I’m mostly home decor stuff, she can handle clothing. I love Amy Butler’s fabrics and I think I’d like to try that tote pictured with the yarn myself!

  56. Chelsea says

    I love this book and I don’t even have it! I would love to have it so I can feed my obsession with bags. It really is an obsession! Please!!!!

  57. Cynthia says

    I love to make all different kinds of bags and could really use some new patterns! I would love this book!

  58. Penny says

    I’d love to win this bag to help me get back into sewing. It would also be great for gift making!

  59. Amy says

    I would love this book. I have always wanted to try and make a bag. It would be fun to be able to make my own bags and customize them however I want them.

  60. Katie says

  61. Humble Bee says

  62. Liesl says

    I would love to win this book to make some fun new bags! I am in the market for a new purse and also a diaper bag…how fun would it be to make my own?!

    Thanks for such a great giveaway!

    liesllynn at hotmail dot com

  63. Sylvia says

    I would love to win this book because I have a ton of fabric and don’t know what to do with it!! :)

  64. Savannah O'Gwynn says

    OHHHH! I would love to win anything AMY BUTLER! I love love love her! So fab–love the feel of the fabric and how it looks! OH LUSH:) And the patterns….LOOOOOOOVE it! Thanks for the chance to win!

    sbmmhoover {at} Yahoo {DOT} com

  65. Lora says

    I would LOVE to have this book. I am relatively new to sewing, but I am taking lessons. Some people have a shoe fetish, I have a bag fetish!

  66. joeandkris513 says

    I love Amy Butler and bags too~! Would love to win because I’m on the lookout for a money-making idea that I can do from home. Making bags like these to sell could be a hit!

  67. hharrel says

    Amy Butler stuff makes me drool! I would love to have this book, just to make that humongous bag the girl is holding at the table!!

  68. Colleen says

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  70. Jen says

    Amy giving away amy?! How fun is this!!
    Why would I like to win this book…because it’s ADORABLE! Aaaaaand I promise to make you the bag of your choice if I do. =)

  71. Kara says

    Well, Amy Butler is great and it would be fun to try my hand at some of those super cute patterns. Thanks for the giveaway!

  72. Jake n Kait says

    I just started sewing and would love such a comprehensive tutorial. Amy butler fabric is to die for!

  73. Julie says

    I would love some free inspiration for gift giving. I feel like I am always falling back on the same style of bag for every gift I make.

    juliemarx14 at yahoo dot com

  74. Lindsay says

  75. cindy says

    I must have this book. I want to be able to walk down the street with confidence that the bag I use is made by my hands.

  76. Sarah says

    My diaper bag currently doubles as my purse, so It would be fun to make a bag just for myself. I love Amy!

  77. The Traveling Wife & Mommy says

    I would love to win this so I can give my husband something to be proud of haha. I say this considering I dont know how to sew.

  78. Arathi says

    I love experimenting in sewing and a book like this will be a real help! :) Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  79. Heather Acton says

    I have long wanted to try my hand at making a handbag of some kind and I’ve admired the Amy Butler patterns. This book would surely light a fire under my butt!

  80. Kathy says

    I would love to win this! I am learning to sew, and I do need a new bag. These bags are gorgeous. Here’s hoping. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  81. taylor kate says

    my sister has just asked me to make her a bag, and i could really use some instructions. plus, amy butler is the best! yay! :D

  82. Tiffany says

    Great giveaway! I would love to win this book!! It is on my Christmas wishlist, but my husband sadly doesn’t understand my crafting needs and has refused to get me anything crafting related…

  83. says

    Great review for a great book! Making bags is what I like best with my sewing machine. I am learning how to make clothes, but sewing bags is what makes my heart beat faster.

  84. Mitchgreen says

    I am always inspired by Amy Butler – her fabric never fails to make me smile. To win her book would be fabulous. Can never have too many bags!!!

  85. RoseMamie says

    I’m a bag addict too, so this book is right up my alley!! Would ‘help’ if I DID promise to make you a bag?! ;)

  86. Pirate Tracy says

    I love bags, and Amy Butler’s fabric is out of this world! I’d love this book so I can have bags to match everything I own!

  87. Eisbärin says

    Why would I love to win this? Ask me why not! Lol!
    I love Amy Butler for one thing and bags are a great love of mine but I can’t afford lots, so being able to ake such gorgeous bags myself… wonderful! Please pick me!! :-)

  88. Deb30906 says

    I love the ruffled bag. It would be great to have instructions on how to modify to have different versions of a purse. I would use this book to make gifts throughout the year for the many women in my life.

  89. veggiegrl says

  90. kacyd says

    I love Amy’s fabric and patterns! I would love to get my hands on this book….I see lots and lots of gifts in there. Thanks!

  91. annemk says

    I would love to win this book because I love Amy Butler! Her fabrics and patterns are awesome! would love to try and make the yarn bag….
    anne

  92. - - Sheryl - - says

    I love to sew and also a lover of cloth bags would love to win!

    thanks
    luv2scrap44 at yahoo dot com

  93. swoodsonshoeclips says

    I’d like to win because I’m just beginning to sew and would love a tangible book of projects! swoodsonshoeclips at gmail dot com

  94. streamlined57 says

    My Kimberley would be thrilled to receive this book..and I would be thrilled to give it to her…from you, of course

  95. Me and My Pink Mixer says

    I just love all of her fabric I have seen all over blog world. It’s my goal to learn how to sew in 2011, so this book would be great!

  96. Rhonda says

    Sewing is my favorite hobby and would be so happy to win this beautiful book-
    thank you for hosting this contest

    stwoliver3 @ Yahoo . com

  97. MONICA GAFFNEY says

    Gosh! I would love to have this book so much bcs. I am a huge Amy Butler fan but also, I have my Mom here in Iowa visiting me for the next month+ through the holidays, and it’d be a great way to fight the boredom of the prairie during the cold wintry days……(-;

    [email protected]

  98. Fabulous Finds Studio/Boutique says

    I would love to win this book. Amy Butler always has a beautiful selection of fabrics and the pictures you posted look fab and fun to make!

  99. ellafaith*designs says

    I would LOVE to win this book! I have made several of her bags and her patterns are the BEST!

  100. Katie says

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  102. Tiffany says

    i’m definitely a beginner, but aspire to be a PhD… i’d love to work my way through the book as i learn. so pretty!

  103. Kelly Sas says

    I am a HUGE fan of Amy Butler and got to see her at an event at Nancy’s Notions once. I would love this book so I can make bags for my two adult daughters, my 2 adult nieces and my high school goddaughter. I so love making handbags right now!

  104. Kelly Sas says

    Kelly Sas said…
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    I am a HUGE fan of Amy Butler and got to see her at an event at Nancy’s Notions once. I would love this book so I can make bags for my two adult daughters, my 2 adult nieces and my high school goddaughter. I so love making handbags right now!
    kellyprnatcharternet

  105. Kristy says

    Oh my gosh! I want…scratch that… NEED this book. This is ontme of those things that I never knew existed, but now that I’ve been “enlightened” I MUST get one ;D

  106. Vicki says

    I would love this!! I am just learning to sew and have found I love fabric…especially Amy’s. But, I need instruction…lots. This would be great!! Thanks so much!!

  107. jlzmom says

  108. Rebekah says

    LOVE! I *almost* included this on my Christmas wish list. Even if I don’t win this giveaway, I will probably try to get my hands on the book eventually. Thanks for the review. Makes me want it more than ever!

  109. Laura Major (Learning Is Child's Play) says

    I love Amy Butler’s fabrics too! I would like to win this book because I am just getting “back” into sewing and this book will give me such inspiration!

  110. Mary says

  111. Life at the "lodge"... says

    Who doesn’t love Amy Butler – sigh … still waiting for my local store to get her latest collection in. This book would be fantastic and I might even be persuaded to share it with my friends…

  112. Strummer Dundee says

    Whoah. As a student, I always have so much stuff that overfills my messenger bag. A lack of a real purse or a laptop bag means everything gets scrunched into one of those reusable shopping totes from Publix! Even if I don’t win, this is going right on my extensive Amazon wishlist. Thanks for posting this!

    [email protected]

  113. Cynthia Geddis says

    I would love to win this book! I have some bags I would like to make for the women in my family. And I could use a new bag or 2 myself!

  114. campblsoupgrl says

    What would I do with this book? I would actually make bags which is something I haven’t done a lot of – ever. :)

  115. Rebecca says

    I would like to win this because a girl can NEVER have too many bags, and I would love to have a book to make some myself.

  116. Opp Family says

    I would love to win this because I have just gotten into sewing purses and new bag patterns (especially Amy Butler!) would make me oh so happy!

  117. Mare says

    I have been making some bags for gifts. I need ideas for some different patterns.
    mare460 at gmail.com

  118. Prilla says

  119. Darcy says

    Love the Amy Butler patterns and fabrics. We have a new quilting store in town that is now carrying her line and lots of the Moda fabrics (love those!). Looks like a great book.

  120. Amber says

    I love Amy Butler! I love fun bags and I love making things for friends and family! Perfection!!!

  121. Kelly says

    Everyone loves Amy Butler fabrics and patterns. I’ve made quilts, but would love to try out a bag or two for friends.

  122. cmjhawaii says

    I would love to win this bag because I love her fabric & patterns. She’s such an inspiration!
    flowerpower0097 at live dot com

  123. Lindsey says

    First of all – I LOVE Amy Butler! Well, that’s really the only reason I need to want to win this giveaway. ;-) Love love LOVE!

    kindredspiritreviews at gmail dot com

  124. sew pretty scrap happy says

  125. Ruth says

    I rarely buy sewing books, b/c I rarely use the patterns in them…I can’t justify spending $$$ we don’t have on “eye-candy”. This book is different. I have used Amy’s patterns before and I really enjoy them. There are several bags in this book I really want to try. I’d love to receive the book in this give-away, b/c I don’t know when I’ll be able to justify a non-necessary purchase like this.
    ~Ruth ([email protected])

  126. Liz says

    I would love this book! So many great bags, I could definately use it to create some Christmas Presents! :)

  127. cmaughan says

  128. VinGirl says

    I would love to win this book, to help me take the dive into making bags! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  129. Vanssmomc says

    I would love, love, love this book!! Who doesn’t know and love Amy Butler and her fabrics are all so wonderful, and a book with patterns, too great!!

  130. Linda Kish says

    I’d like to give this to my sister and have her make me some incredible bags.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  131. Hannah says

  132. rickimoo says

    I would love to win. I love making purses, and love her material. So inspiring. Thanks for the chance.

  133. aja reeser says

    I am sooooo glad you are doing this giveaway! I got a sewing machine for my birthday in September and have been sewing almost non-stop since! I caught the bug, for sure. I absolutely love Amy Butler- her fabrics are my favorite by far and I would love to try out some of her patterns!!

  134. scrapinmo says

    I love purses!!! I would LOVE to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest.

  135. Tulle and Torts says

    I’ve just started expanding my sewing abilities beyond pillows and basic squares and this would be THE perfect way to experiment – plus who doesn’t love Amy Butler!

  136. breanna says

    i’m a pretty new sewer, and so far have been completely terrified to try any patterns, but just seeing the photos in your review is SO INSPIRING!

  137. Liesal says

    I want to win this book because I want to go from beginner level to earn my PhD in sewing. And those bags are darned pretty too!

  138. Tabitha says

    Would love to win this because I am making the little ladies in my life bags made from Capri Sun juice pouches and this would make a nice gift for the big ladies in my life. Or if not for the holidays would make wonderful birthday presents. ;0)
    Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win.
    tabitha4cm at yahoo dot com

  139. Heather says

    I LOVE Amy Butler!

    I also like to make bags for people and this book would be a great addition to my collection!

    Thanks for the opportunity:)

  140. Sarah says

    I love love love Amy Butler’s bags! I want this book so bad so I can make one for myself! (and maybe someone else…)

  141. Kari says

    I would love this book! My friend made me a bag from one of her patterns and I’ve been wanting more of her stuff ever since!

  142. Ashley says

    I’m getting my first ever sewing machine for Christmas (Thanks, Mom!),so this would give me something to aspire to!

  143. Shannon says

    I would love to win this book because I am really into making fun chick purses! This book would be a GREAT inspiration to me! I would be just tickled pink to win!

    shannonforpeace(at)gmail.com

  144. Mindi says

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway! I am obsessed with all thing Amy Butler! I would LOVE to win!

  145. Kieara says

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win the book, not only because I love Amy Butler, but because I LOVE my little sister. The awesome 17-year old is getting her very own sewing machine this Christmas, and there would be nothing better than the Amy Butler Book to go with it! :)
    (not to mention that my little sister would HAVE to make me some of them)

    [email protected]

  146. <i>The Spotted Horse Owl</i> says

    I would love love love to win Amy Butler’s latest book. I love her modern take on art-deco designs and her color combinations. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  147. Kristi says

    I would love to win this because I love books to teach me how to do something unique and creative,plus I just got a sewing machine last month(its my first ever). Thanks!

  148. pinkh2o says

    I’m dying to make an amy butler bag but i’m too scared! I hope this book will be my security blanket.

  149. Aunt LoLo says

    Why WOULDN’T I love to win this book?! Haha. Like you said – she’s like the royalty of handmade bags.

    Thank you for the chance!