24 February 2011

Once Upon a Thread Jump Start!


Are you sewing away on your Once Upon a Thread projects?  I can't wait to see what you all have been inspired by and what you've come up with!  Today, since one month doesn't seem long enough to hold all that needs to be experienced, we are having a jump start post! :)

When I announced Once Upon a Thread I received a most delightful email from LiEr of ikatbag.  She heard through the blogvine what I had planned and sent me several links of projects she has done over the years involving children's book inspiration.  As I clicked through each link I was more and more impressed, not only with her ability to come up with toy patterns, but her impeccable stitching and construction as well!  Take a look at just some of her children's literature inspired projects, and get even more motivated to get going on your own projects!

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Our family has always loved reading. One of our favorite things to do with our three girls is read them stories from our own childhood libraries. Our girls are 2, 4 and 6 years old, and they've enjoyed everything from nursery rhymes, The Little Golden Books, JR Tolkien and George MacDonald to the wonderful, prolific stories of the English author, Enid Blyton. Some of my favorite sewing projects are inspired by the books we've read - Blyton's, in particular. Her boarding school stories inspired Kindergarten, her fairy fantasies inspired the Toadstool House, her wonderlands of candy and goodies inspired The Little Blue House, and her tales of farm life, my oviparous Chicken and viviparous Pig. It has been so much fun to bring those written stories to life in fabric!


This is a collection of some projects that had their roots in those books and stories. Below the montage is a description of each and clicking on each picture will take you back to the original post.



   


Left to Right:
Top Row: Masiy, Humpty Dumpty and Kindergarten
Second Row: Pig, Lowly Worm and Toadstool Houses
Third Row: The Little Blue House, Nurse Nancy and Strawberry, Puzzle & Jewel 
Bottom Row: Chicken, Hello Kitty Invasion, Ma Bunny

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Aren't they fabulous!?!  I mean look at Lowly Worm in his cute little Apple Car!  So fantastic!  Some of these projects are tutorials found on her blog, and others are patterns available for purchase.  Today LiEr is offering 3 readers a pattern of their choice from: The Toadstool House [intermediate-advanced], The Pig [beginner-intermediate] and The Chicken [beginner-intermediate]!  The winners get to choose which one they'd like!








  • Leave a comment right here: What do you have planned for Once Upon a Thread?  Which pattern would you pick?  What is your favorite children's book?
  • One comment per person.
  • Make sure your email address is linked to your profile, otherwise leave your email address in your comment.
  • I'll pick the winners and announce them on Tuesday [March 1st]!!!
Meanwhile, get working on those Once Upon a Thread projects! [I'm mostly talking to myself, my sewing machine is still cooling off and recovering from Project Run and Play!]

160 comments:

  1. my favorite children's book is The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, & The Big Hungry Bear

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  2. I love Ikatbag's blog and I agree, seeing all the projects together makes them look even more impressive. It would be tough to choose - I love the toadstool, I think my daughter would adore the chicken.

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  3. Lier is amazing. I'd love to try out her toadstool pattern. I'm working on something really fun based on If I Built a Car, and other 50's inspired kiddo books.

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  4. I've been a fan of Ikatbag for 18 months now. She is truly amazing and an inspiration. My resolution this year is to challenge myself, so if I were lucky enough to win, I'd have to choose the Toadstool Houses. Thanks! nlogsetty@gmail.com

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  5. I'm so excited about Once Upon a Thread! I have a really little one (11 months) and right now "Donde Esta El Ombligito" is her favorite. I'm planning a baby doll version and a matching tunic for her.

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  6. Amazing! I love Hello Kitty invasion! What a crack-up! I have high hopes to make an "Ella the Elegant" elephant dress and hat for my own Ella. Mostly in my dreams with the high hopes. :O) Katy - your Once Upon a thread is a fantastic idea! As is your custom, it seems. Great work!

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  7. My favorite story is 'The True Story of the Three Little Pigs'.
    I am going to make napkins as my project [thanks Katy for offering something that I think I can do].
    I would pick the chicken. It could match the ones in the yard.
    Warmly,
    Tracey

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  8. What I had planned for Once Upon a Thread is no where near as impressive as Ikatbag! I am going to have to go back to the drawing board! Right now my son and my favorite books are the Piggie and Elephant books by Mo Wilhem! And if I win I would choose the toadstool houses, my daughters would love them!

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  9. I much admire Lier's work !! I especially love her chicken pattern !
    my favourite stories for children are fairy tales, being the departure for princesses and other castles crafts !

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  10. I love that Toadstool. Too cute. I'm hoping to make a coat for Luca. We'll see if I get to it after all the "Boy" sewing I have planned this month. I can't wait to see what you come up with. It's sure to knock our socks off.

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  12. Isn't her site the coolest? I'd love to get my hands on the piggies...so cute.
    lovequist@sbcglobal.net

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  13. I collect children's books so it would be hard to pick a favorite. My toddler is LOVING Dr. Seuss books right now. And I just introduced him to Richard Scarry so that Lowly Worm would be perfect!!!

    -Amy
    Crafting by Candlelight

    bibanon1@gmail.com

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  14. Wow! I would definitely choose the toad stool houses. Thanks for introducing her to me!

    bootstothemoon (at) gmail (dot) com

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  15. Very clever! I'd pick the pigs or chicks...

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  16. I love Lier's stuff! we have her ouchie dolls and they are the love of my children's lives...

    one of our favourite books right now is charlie and Lola (any and all)... I cant wait for this to begin so I can sew them something for the books...

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  17. Even though it is not a classic book, my little girl loves Judy Moody and Junie B. Jones. I am thinking about using one of those books.
    I would pick the toadstool house. It is lovely.
    And I found ikat bag when she did the pockets. Love her blog!!
    My favorite is anything Dr. Suess. Can't go wrong there!!

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  18. Oh My! Those are too adorable!! Must go thread my bobbin right now! geeneva.blogspot.com

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  19. So many cute story-inspired creations! I'm looking farward to seeing what other lovely things are coming the in weeks ahead. I am thinking about making a red-riding hood hood for my daughter. However I am a little backed up on projects right now.. we'll see I guess.

    kristiannasharma (at) yahoo.com

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  20. I just adore Ikatbag's blog and find it such an inspiration!
    My favorite children's book is Watership Down and I just might make a few lovely rabbits for my godchild :)

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  21. wow. there are so many childrens books. I love oh, the places you'll go and if you give a mouse a cookie!

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  22. Wow! She has made some amazing toys inspired by children's books. The pigs and chickens are so cute!
    One of my favorites and husbands children's books is Caps for Sale.

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  23. What an amazing blog. Those are some rediculously cute toys. One of my favourite books is "Where the Wild Things Are". I could read this over and over. Same with "Mortimer" by Robert Munsch. My girls are really enjoying the Charlie and Lola books these days.

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  24. OH boy. Love the toadstool. My favorite children's book is ANYTHING by Chris Van Allsburg...especially The Mysteries of Harris Burdick...spooky. I'm still on the fence about what to sew...there are just so many options...

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  25. I'm crazy over that Toadspool pattern and would LOVE to make that for my girls!

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  26. I love liers blog. I would love to make one of her chickens. My favorite childrens book is The Snitches by Dr. Seuss.

    Rachel@racheltanner.com

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  27. I love the toadstool fairy house and the pigs. So cute!
    My daughter's favorite book at the moment is Zen Shorts. She's into pandas. :)
    P.S. Congrats on Project Run and Play!

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  28. Aww, I love all the patterns, but would probably pick the Pig because it looks the easiest (I'm a beginner!) My favorite children's books are the out-of-print Geoffrey Hayes Patrick books. LOVE them!
    LauraL444 at yahoo dot com

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  29. I have no idea what I will be making . . . I am a last minute kind-of-girl. I would pick the toadstool house! And, I don't know which book is m favorite because I have a hard time committing to just one thing. Since you'd like some kind of input I'll say anything by Eric Carle. I love his illustrations.

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  30. I would LOVE to win the chicken pattern! It's so awesome!!!

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  31. I find that this challenge is causing me to be a little loopy...first one idea, then another, followed by another, and 74 more after that. MUST. FIND. FOCUS.
    But, I'd love to try out that toadstool! My girls love anything nature and fairy and they would have a blast with that!

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  32. I love that toadstool house! My favorite children's books, by far, are Beverly Cleary's Ramona books.

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  33. OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS! I have never wanted to win a giveaway so much in my life! We are huge children's book fans. Any of these patterns would be darling fun. My girls would flip out! Did you see all the details on her kindergarten class? Toothbrushes??!! hicken at gmail dot com

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  34. I'm not sure how much I will actually get done as I'm stressing about getting Easter sewing done. I do want to do an Alice in Wonderland Dress from a vintage pattern. There is also a Chasing Fireflies dress that looks like the perfect princess dress that I would like to figure out knocking off one day but we'll see what I get to next month.

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  35. Love this roundup! I'm still looking for inspiration. :)

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  36. The little blue house is stellar! SO cool. I like the pig pattern and may just want to keep it in the ol' parents' room for a while...

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  37. I've been following that blog for a couple months now and you're right! She's amazing!

    I like the piggy pattern the best. sooooo cute!

    to go with one of my favorite stories to read kids, the Three little pigs!

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  38. I love Lowly! I am planning on making my son some cowboy attire, inspired by his favorite chapter books, the Little Britches series by Ralph Moody.

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  39. Thank you for introducing me to another amazing blog! Awesome stuff. I totally want to make the toadstool house- it is my plan to do my future baby nursey in a woodlands theme, with toadstools, fairies & forest creatures :)

    ~Cindy
    Crl301 at yahoo dot com

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  40. Oh, this is so hard to choose! I've been a fervent reader of ikat and am familiar with all these projects which are totally ingenious! I'd love to have the toadstool house though. I think as an apprentice of fairies I really deserve such a house!

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  41. While I can't participate in Once Upon a Thread (too many other commitments right now), ikat bag is one of the blogs I read and I do love pig.

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  42. those are super cute patterns. i love making flannel board stories and activities to go with children's literature for school (i'm a speech therapist). i love the chicken and the pig!

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  43. What a fabulous entry :) I was so happy to read through this today and spent ages looking at ikat's blog.
    I've always wanted to make a lowly worm and it was a great inspiration to see this one AND the apple car. I also have plans to make felt story board from Richard Scarry's books for my daughter once she lets me start crafting again :)

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  44. i would make the fairies and toadstool house. my three year old would play with it endlessly. my fave children's book is robert louis stevenson;s a children's garden of verses.

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  45. Ikat Bag was one of the first craft blogs I started reading, and it's still one of my favorites. That woman is a genius! I'd snatch up that pig pattern, and make at least three (happy) little pigs.

    bosshopkins at gmail dot com

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  46. I am over the moon about that toadstool pattern. I love ikatbag!

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  47. Wow. I've given myself a deadline of this weekend to figure out my project ... I have a creative block. I love children's books and I'm not sure I have a favorite but Eloise is right up there.

    Adorable patterns - I'd pick the toadstool.

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  48. I have the chicken pattern and have made one already. I really want to make the pig now! I love the book, "On the Day You Were Born!"

    allysont@ecologyfund.net

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/39223795@N06/4495396401/

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  49. I would love to have the Chicken! My favorite older children's book is "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe." But for now, I am happy reading my daughter's current favorite book, "That's Not my Cat."

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  50. I would love the toadstool & fairy pattern - how cute!!
    kristen.munson[at]gmail[dot]com

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  51. Oh I would love to make the toadstool house! What fun!

    I can't even begin to list *a* favorite book, I have too many. A few favorites: Laura Ljungvist- Follow the Line series. John Muth- any of his books. Suzy Lee- Wave.

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  52. Chickins!!!! I love the chickens!

    My favorite children's book was Harold and the Purple Crayon.

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  53. I would pick the the toadstool house to go along with the fairy house I made for Christmas (carved not sewn). I'm thinking of making a set of critters to go with the books of Nick Butterworth (One Snowy Night is our favorite). I'm just afraid I won't be able to make them as cute as his illustrations. They are a favorite in our household.

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  54. Oooh, I have no idea what's planned for Once Upon a Thread. Probably something last minute, like everything else.

    My favorite Children's book is "Go Dog Go!" Cause I could read it when I was two...by memory! That and "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!"

    I love the chicken. My sister is a chicken farmer north of the Arctic Circle!

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  55. I would love the toadstool house. My daughter's favorite books are "Fancy Nancy" books. I am planning a birthday gift full of fancy things for her. :o)
    andreahdenny(at)gmail.com

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  56. I'm going to have to think about my project -- I've already got a few ideas tucked away in my brain!

    As far as patterns -- I adore the toadstool house!

    Favorite children's book? Oh, I have to narrow it down? Well, my kids ADORE Harold and the Purple Crayon, so I think we'll go with that one!

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  57. I love both of your blogs. Two of my kids favorites are classics - "Goodnight Moon" and "The Hungry Catepillar".

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  58. I love reading iKat's blog. :) Now I'm adding another to the good blog roll I peruse daily.

    The mama pig and piglets - always makes me giggle!

    Our family is big on reading. Alas my children seem to not like my childhood classics. Well so far. We read Harry Potter -yes my kids range from 4-8 but they are loving the series. We read anything by Megan McDonald, though her character Stink is our favorite.

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  59. OMG... I want those pigs(So CUTE!!!)... I mean my son would love those pigs. He is a little young to really sit through a long story so we are reading a lot of Dr. Seuss board books for now. klkimble517(at)aol(dot)com

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  60. I'd LOVE the toadstool and fairy pattern. My 10 yr old daughter LOVES fairies and I'd love to make it for her upcoming birthday.
    My favorite books are "The Berenstein Bears and the Spooky Old Tree" and "All Because a Bug Went Ka-Choo!" For the project I'll pick the first one and make a flashlight, rope and stick so as my kids act it out (which they do all the time) they can have fun props that are kid friendly. Thanks so much for this opportunity!
    hillnsean@hotmail.com

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  61. I have been anxiously waiting for my daughter to get old enough to play with the egg laying chickens ever since LiEr posted them. Winning the pattern would give me a kick in the pants to get going! My sister and I used to push live chickens around in a stroller but because of where we live my daughter will miss out on that so I thought a stuffed chicken would be the next best thing.

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  62. I'd definitely want those pigs. They are adorable!!!

    bookloveraz at gmail dot com.

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  63. ikatbag is a great blog, and her patterns look amazing to a beginner like me...which is why I would choose the chickens! Plus, I raise chickens and goats :)

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  64. I am going to make a Little Red Riding Hood inspired dress for me and a Peter Pan hat for the Monster.

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  65. My dad would always read my The Enormous Crocodile when I was little. Even now I can picture the pages of the book in my head! I think making a crocodile plush toy would be awesome. I also love ikats piggy pattern, and toadstool one.

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  66. I've been a fan of LiEr's blog for ages, she's brilliant! I would pick the chicken pattern. I already own (and have made) or owie dolls (not inspired by books, but which have inspired much storytelling by my three children!) and her fairies.

    I would love to someday make some sort of goldilocks and the three bears set for my kids.

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  67. I'd love to make some Red Pajamas for my daughter like the book Llama Llama Red Pajama

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  68. Love LiEr--she's a genious! I would love to win any of her patterns. But my favorite chilren's books are anything written by Mo Willems. He's freakin' awesome and hillarious!

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  69. I'd pick the toadstool because it's way cute beyond belief.

    Hmmm..... I'm trying to think what book inspired project I'd do.

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  70. One of the favorites at our house is Fancy Nancy - I keep thinking about making my girls "fancy" outfits just like hers...

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  71. The pig, the pig, the pig - it made me squeal!
    I'd choose the gruffalo - wish it had been around in my childhood!

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  72. Love Ikat bag - i would choose the pig or chicken.

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  73. Thanks to Ikat I found your blog and I am in LOVE!
    I have been dreaming about the piggies for months now :-)

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  74. I love all these patterns (and the blogs!) but I would have to pick the mushroom house :)
    my favorite childhood book is Ribsy.
    thank you.

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  75. My favorite is definitely the pig. My favorite book as a child was an old out of print mercer meyer book called "Herbert the timid Dragon" I loved it so much i had it memorized and would recite it. It had the best pictures and meaning to it.

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  76. I have a million favorites but...The Giving Tree is number one today. I have 23! projects planned for Once Upon a Thread and they go from Little Red Ridinghood to Cloudy with a chance of meatballs. I would choose the Pig pattern because I have swet spot for all things pig! Love the blog.

    Kristen

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  77. I have too many ideas from a coat from Sloppy Kisses to yellow flannel handkerchiefs from Owen. I love the pig and the chicken. Such great ideas!! Sarah skubinski at mac dot com

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  78. Those pigs are adorable! I just found out about Once Upon a Thread today and have already made a stuffie from one of my daughter's favorite books! My favorite books were the Serendipity series by Stephen Cosgrove. Maybe Leo the Lop should be my next project!

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  79. I want the toadstool pattern!

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  80. I'd love the toadstool pattern as would my three-year-old twin girls. I've got red and green princess dresses on the brain since finding a new favorite book "Monster Princess."

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  81. I'd love the pig! My daughter adores anything pig!

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  82. It would be hard to choose between the pig & the chicken- both are adorable & right up the alley of my animal loving children! I loved the Anne of Green Gables series.

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  83. I love many, many children's books. Choose one favorite? Not possible! My daughter's first favorite book was "Mommies say 'Shh'" by Patricia Polacco.

    I would choose the chicken pattern. I love love the chicken.

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  84. I love ikatbag! I already have the toadstool, so I would have to pick the pigs (my daughter loves them!).

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  85. I have tons of favorite children's books. One on the list is The Pooky Little Puppy.

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  86. I desperately want to make those pigs.

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  87. Oh, I love the idea of Once Upon a Thread! And LiEr's patterns are fabulous. Our favorite books around here lately have been the Little House picture books. :)

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  88. i want to be like lier when i grow up! i remember when i first found her blog i spent the next several days glued to the archives soaking it all in. i think i would be content with any of the three patterns...if i win, i'd ask to be surprised. :)

    stinksopurdy at gmail dot com

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  89. The pigs are fabulous! I have an Eric Carle theme running right now with my quilting...but that is cheating a bit because it is based around the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear fabric.

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  90. I'd have to say I'd pick the Toadstool Pattern... love fairies and elves!

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  91. As much as I love the toadstool pattern (and I really love the toadstool pattern), the mama pig and her babies would be perfect for my daughter- she loves to nurse her baby dolls, but now that she's being weaned, she's having a hard time giving up her "mooka." A set of pigs she can play with would be a great way for her to act out her new experience through play.

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  92. Love, Love, Love the toadstood -- and my daughter would too! Thanks for the chance to win! I am currently finishing up a princess and the pea play set -- a great way to use up scraps!

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  94. I've been a long time reader of LiEr--I think my kids would love the chicken. I enjoy anything by Richard Scarry.

    rachelannjeanette at gmail dot com

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  95. Lier is amazing. She was my first sewing blog crush. Myself and the smurfettes would love to win the pattern for that toadstool.

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  96. Ah, yes LiEr... she's so talented! I love her patterns and have been thinking of her toadstool house for some time now. For once-upon-a-thread I'm planning capes and gnome hats... we're heading into winter so I need to get prepared!

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  97. OMGosh, I need that chicken pattern! A few months ago we acquired some chickens and we are expecting some chicks anyday now - both my kids just adore them!

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  98. Her lowly worm is so cute!! I would pick the chicken. BAWK!

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  99. The patterns are all so cute. The chicken is my favorite.

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  100. It has been so fun to buy some of the books I read as a kid for my own son. I keep finding books I had forgotten about.

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  101. I love the Chronicles of Narnia - can't wait to share them with my girls. Love all the great inspiration here! Thanks!

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  102. I loved those chickens since LiEr first put them out on her blog, AND Lowly. My daughter would love the house, so it would be a difficult choice. I have NO idea what to make based on a book, yet. Maybe some tooth fairy type pillow for my son. We have SO many favorite kids books. Skippy Jon Jones, anything Mo Williams and they love all my vintage Busy Town books from the 1970's!

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  103. Ikat bag is so creative. I have loved a number of her projects (The pickable garden, play house, and farm animals). I would pick the chicken. My daughter loves chickens. weiru.chang@gmail.com

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  104. ooohhh! i've seen the bog and admired it before! i think i would have to go with that one--plus it sounds like would be the easist!

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  105. I would pick the pig pattern. There are too many great childrens books to just have one favorite but in our house we love books by Eric Carle.

    sassysarahl@hotmail.com

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  106. These are fabulous projects. The fairy house is fantastic. Our four kids are right now in the throes of the Winnie the Pooh books (or Wendy the Pooh, according to my 2 year old). All of them, ages 2 to 8, love these classics.

    snowsmiths@gmail.com

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  107. My favourite book is Clip Clop by Ed Emberely
    Fantastic illustrations and a lovely storyline.

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  108. I'm loving the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I love the chicken pattern!

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  109. I would certainly choose the Toadstool house and Fairies. My favorite children's book would be 'An Invitation to the Butterfly Ball: A Counting Rhyme' by Jane Yolen. I love the illustrations.

    all8garden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  110. I'd definitely choose the pig pattern. Something about those round, pink, snouted animals that tickles me.

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  111. I love anything to do with books and crafts. A local craft collective here in Portland made a similar connection by holding classes to make projects inspired by books (like Little House on the Prairie - making soap, butter, etc). Such a wonderful source of inspiration!

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  112. This little piggy is so cute! Since we are in the middle of the Narnia series, I'll choose that as my favorite, today anyways. What to make? I can't decide how much time I want to spend on it yet.

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  113. Her talent is amazing. I would choose The Toadstool House. My favorite books are Anne of Green Gables and The Five Little Peppers and How they Grew. After I finish the birthday gifts I am working on--I would like to make a puffed sleeve outfit for my beautiful red head. contact: bnkwagaman(at)msndotcom

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  114. OH, so hard to choose a favourite children's book... as an adult I love 'The Lorax' by Dr Suess; as a parent I love 'Mr Archimedes' Bath' by Pamela Allen; as a young child I loved Enid Blyton & Richard Scarry's Busy Busy World books (I still have my very own Lowly Worm doll made by my Mum, my kids are now playing with it and asking for their own!) Making Lowly with the kids from that ancient pattern is probably my Once upon a thread project, although the requested mermaid tails are also a possibility.)
    I would choose the Fairy Toadstool House, because I know it would be a big hit with my fairly fairy obsessed children.

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  115. I think I would choose the toadstool house! She is so creative!

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  116. I adore LiEr. I am continually amazed with the things she comes up with. My 4 year old has just discovered the joy of Richard Scarry, so my goal for March is to make her a big Lowly Worm. The bigger the better, in fact.

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  117. That chicken is so cute! I love Elsa Beskow drawings and Hansel and Gretel by Cynthia Rylant has adorable illustrations. I've wanted to make Gretel's dresses for my daughter for a while now.
    Erin
    eadelarm@yahoo.com

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  118. Oh I love the pig and the chicken so much! Her patterns are amazing. All her projects are something that I would never think of making until I saw them. My first pet Sylvia is a pig - I would love to make the lactating pigs in honor of Sylvia.

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  119. What a combo! Two of my favorite blogs coming together for book inspired crafting! I feel like I have died and gone to sewing heaven. I would love to win an Ikatbag pattern. I already have the chicken pattern. I am not sure I could decide between the other two. What an absolutely wonderful problem to have. Fingers crossed!
    katy @ mabbitt.name

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  120. Oh I think I would have to pick the chicken pattern. So cute!

    I plan on making a red riding hood cape, and have a plan for meking a Snow White doll.

    My favorite children's book is a TOUGH question. Right now it's Snow White because my little girl asks me to read it over and over and it's so lovely to have her on my lap as we go through the story.

    What a fun giveaway, thanks!

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  121. My children are currently on a kick of My Father's Dragon and The Island of the Skog, though we read anything we can get our hands on.

    I've loved LiEr's post and fully have plans for Humpty Dumpty welcoming in some twins later this year.

    I would love all three of the patterns, but would probably pick the toadstools because I would love to play with them with my boys.

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  122. The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

    I love that pig pattern. SOOOO cute!

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  123. I love Ikat Bag! And I've wanted that pig ever since LiEr put it on her blog.

    Right now, one of our favorite books is Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems.

    thecurryseven at sbcglobal dot net

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  124. Oh, I love the looks of PIG!
    We are getting ready to make a Ladybug Girl costume for school next week...

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  125. fave children's book is the velveteen rabbit and all the beatrix potter books. i'm so excited for the upcoming month!

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  126. I am very excited to see what you have in store for us next month! And those patterns are adorable! I can't pick my favorite!

    grokgrace(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  127. I love Ikat Bag and have been eyeing that pic pattern for a loooooong time!! I would love to win that one. My favorite book from my childhood is The BFG. That is more of a young adult book maybe, but I still remember that being the first book that I ever stayed up late reading because I couldn't put it down.

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  128. This is wonderful, I am really looking forward to following this next month. I adore all of the patterns, in fact I just made her owie doll and she gives great direction. I think my little girl would adore the chickens- I would love to win that pattern!
    Mecbruno(at)gmail(dot)com

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  129. Favorite kids book??? Clementine by Kevin Henkes. LOve the Pig and Toadstool patterns, so cute :)

    jmancuso2(at)rochester(dot)rr(dot)com

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  130. Anythng by Sandra Boynton- my boys love every single one of her books. My current fav is 15 animals! I adore LiER's blog- so much good stuff there! But the lactating pig- HILARIOUS!

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  131. I LOVE IKATBAG blog! Just discovered it, and have spent internet time on her blog. I'll be reading to kids at a local charter school for Read for America and love all the book suggestions. Thanks!

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  132. These are amazing! I'd love to try the Toadstool House!
    kgdive[at]kc[dot]rr[dot]com

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  133. Those pigs are so cute! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for once upon a thread. It's going to be so fun to be inspired by everyone. My favorite children's book is the giving tree.

    moodykelly at gmail dot com

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  134. I love Lier's blog! It is so inspiring. Right now my dd and I have been reading a lot of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears as well as Rapunzel. Thanks for the giveaway. Jayhawkmama at gmail dot com

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  135. I think the chicken is adorable. We love the McBroom books here. We still read Dad's to our son and he loves them also.

    maxthebull@hotmail.com

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  136. Yay! I'm so excited to see what goes on here in March!! I love all the neat ideas from LiEr already!! I want to make those cute chickens! I already made her cute toadstool house. My kids love it! I've been planning on making a Red Riding Hood doll for my daughter for awhile now and I think this might just be my inspriation to do it! Our new favorite kids book is the Mary Engelbright stories. I'm so looking forward to March!!

    mcevans24 at gmail dot com

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  137. I just found out about Once Upon a Thread from LiEr!
    Our favorite kids books are the Maisy books. They're very colorful.

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  138. I would love to make the toadstool house! Know some little girls who would love it! My favorite books were the "Little House on the Prairie" series. Does this date me? Evin5 at aol dot com

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  139. Wow! It is a toss up for me between the toadstool and the chickens. That is seriously a hard choice to make. :) Personally, I love Hansel and Gretel. The story is a bit morbid, but my vintage copy of the book provides so much creative inspiration. From the little outfits to the edible house. Also, anything with japanese illustrations like Taro Gomi or Shinzi Katoh.

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  140. This is the first I've heard of Once Upon a Thread (got here via LiEr so I'll have to think about it. My girls are 11 months and just over 2 years so I dont find myself with much extra time but this sounds fun!
    My youngest has been loving our Frosty the Snowman book, mostly because she loves music. My oldest has been changing favorites alot lately as I think her understanding is growing in leaps and bounds. She likes any books about mommies, like Are You My Mother? We always enjoy Karen Katz and Sandra Boynton books.
    Oh and which pattern would I choose?! Well both my girls love boxes and containers and little figurines so I'd have to choose the toadstool house! (LiEr'a little blue house and Humpty Dumpty have been on my list of things to make for months now!)
    radharas at yahoo dot com

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  141. I love these patterns! My favorite children's book is But NO Elephants!

    heidicrawford at gmail dot com

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  142. I just found the blog via ikat bag. I would love the Toadstool pattern!

    We're loving The Runaway Dinner by Allan Ahlberg.

    I'm currently knitting a doll and hopefully she'll feature in stories by my kids.

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  143. I would choose the pig, as they amuse the heck out of me.

    Lunachance
    Redmond, WA

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  144. It would have to be the pig pattern as I love all things pig!

    I love the idea for sewing inspired by a children's books by will have to see what others come up with I don't think I have many original sewing thoughts LOL

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  145. Ooooh me! I'd take the pigs - I love those pigs and my little guy would too!

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  146. my children favorite book is "the lion who liked strwaberries" (translation from hebrew)
    what would i'd like to do eith the patterns? make 'em! :) yey!

    my email: einateliash@gmail.com

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  147. Our favorite kids books are Curious George and the Give a Mouse a Cookie series. I love the little toadstool pattern. Adorable!

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  148. Having 6 kids I have many favorite storybooks - but one of our all time favorites is a version of Ten in the Bed. I think I would pick the pig pattern - so cute!

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  149. I'd choose that pig pattern -- I have been wanting it forever!

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  150. Oh, I so want the fairies and toadstool house. My little girl would love them for her birthday. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway.

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  151. I would love to win! I would choose the Toadstool house and fairies! They are so sweet!

    kabutterfield@gmail.com

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  152. Oh I would love to make the toadstool house

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  153. My favorite children's book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We have gone through so many copies of this book. I would love to try the toadstool house.

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  154. We love all things literature! I am working on a project inspired by the little red hen (and her kernel of wheat). I would love the toadstool pattern, so lovely.

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  155. I have two favorites. The Pokey Little Puppy and The Little Red Hen. I'm currently working on a quilt for The Little Red Hen.

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  156. My daughter loves the book "The Bear Scouts" but only if her dad reads it to her...he gets really into it! I would pick the Toadstool House and Fairies...I bet I could convert that pattern into a tree house and the bear family! Thanks for the great giveaway! bufordkyle at hotmail dot com

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  157. It's so nice!!! You are a GENIUS, with great ideas. I love this coat (and you daugter too, I suppose).

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  158. This is so cool! Actually, I already do this!
    http://lovebirdt.blogspot.com/2011/02/iggy-suit.html

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  159. I just added my dress inspired by
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". Love this idea.. Working on another from "Runaway Bunny"

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