Win a copy of Oliver + s Little Things to Sew!

This contest is now closed.  Thank you very much to everyone who commented!  To see who won, click here.

I happily reviewed Liesl Gibson’s new book, Oliver + s Little Things to Sew when it came out (you can read my review here), so I was thrilled to hear that the publisher generously sent us three copies to give away on this blog. If you’re already familiar with the Oliver + s patterns, you are probably skipping this to read about how to enter the contest already. 🙂

If you haven’t heard of Oliver + s, read on…

Liesl Gibson’s Oliver + s brand of children’s patterns is not about oodles of ruffles and combining lots of different busy fabrics, like many children’s patterns I see these days. Instead, her patterns are elegant and classic, with clean, simple silhouettes and timeless fabric choices. I think that makes them all the sweeter.

The patterns in the book act as a companion to the Oliver + s clothing patterns. They are cute and functional accessories and play things for active kiddos. I just love the quilt pattern too.

So clever!

If you would like to win a copy of this beautiful, hardback book, just a leave a comment telling me what little ones you sew for in your life (kids, grandkids, nieces/nephews, etc) and what kinds of kids patterns you like best. Contest closes at 11:59 pm on Sunday 3/20. I will draw three random winners on Monday morning (3/21/11).

RULES: One entry per person.  To be considered, your mailing address must be in the contiguous United States.  No purchase necessary. 


  1. Jessica - March 14, 2011

    I have a one-year-old at home and love – love – love the doorway puppet stage. I will have to make one of those!

  2. JennS - March 14, 2011

    I have three kids (8, 6 and 15 months) at home who love when I make them things (be it clothes or pillows or quilts)! I love the Oliver + S patterns and am currently deciding between the Ice cream dress and the tea party dress to make for my youngest this spring.

  3. Crissy - March 14, 2011

    I love Oliver+S patterns! I have two young daughters at home that are getting interested in sewing “Little Things” with me these days. This book would be a lot of fun to enjoy together.

  4. BJ Elder - March 14, 2011

    Most of my children’s sewing is for my now 1 year old granddaughter, although I have two great nieces that I make something special for their birthdays. I had not seen the Oliver+S patterns before, they look great and I would love to have the book!

  5. ~Michelle~ - March 14, 2011

    I don’t have any little ones of my own yet, but I sew for friends’ little ones!

  6. Cameron H - March 14, 2011

    I like to sew for my three-year-old son. Mostly quilts so far, but I’m ready to branch out!

  7. Jenn - March 14, 2011

    I have 3 boys that I sew for along with nieces and nephews.

  8. Jezibels - March 14, 2011

    I have two little Irish Twin girls, they are 3 and 3 right now, they are 10.5 mo. apart. They love doll quilts and pillows, lots and lots of pillows!

  9. Regina - March 14, 2011

    Just found out my niece is expecting twins – plus I have a 6 year old -so lots of littles at various stages to sew for!!

  10. Bea - March 14, 2011

    I’d be sewing for my cousins kids or my friends kids, and hopefully, oneday, my own kids. It looks like such a lovely book.

  11. Kelly - March 14, 2011

    What beautiful patterns, they are classic and simple and that makes them even nicer. My 2 year old daughter would love the puppet stage now that she’s starting to pretend play.

  12. Alecia - March 14, 2011

    I have been dying to get this book! I do sew for all the little ones in my life…cousins and friends’ babies!

  13. RANCHMOM - March 14, 2011

    I sew mostly for my Grandchildren I have two granddaughter ages 7 and 9, a grand son 5 and a Granddaughter who is due on the 13 of July. I would love to have this book to sew for them from.

  14. Nicola - March 14, 2011

    I love the classic patterns!!! I have not heard of her before but googled and I really like her patterns!!! My daughter just got married and I know that there will be little ones soon!!! Can’t wait!!

  15. Kitty - March 14, 2011

    I will soon be sewing for my first grandchild. Would love to win this book!

  16. Jeannie Simon - March 14, 2011

    I sew for my two grandsons, mostly quilts. We now have a new granddaughter that I will be making new little things for!!!

  17. Amanda - March 14, 2011

    I sew for my two nieces. I like dress and hat patterns best for little girls. Thank You!

  18. Marcia W. - March 14, 2011

    This book would be fun to use with my grandnieces who have expressed a desire to learn to sew. Please enter me into the drawing too.

  19. patricia - March 15, 2011

    I joyfully sew for three little girls under 5 yrs old.

  20. Donna Sykes - March 15, 2011

    My boys are all grown now, but hopefully one day I will have grandchildren to sew for. I also sew for friends and family. Oliver+s patterns and book looks very interesting.

  21. Conni - March 15, 2011

    I use to sew for my children, and now sew for my granddaughter! I loved using Kwik Sew patterns when my kids were small. I’d love to give the Oliver + s patterns a try!

  22. Jennie Steward - March 15, 2011

    I have 5 grandchildren and love making things for them. The puppet show curtain is awesome and I will have to make it!

  23. bobbie denson - March 15, 2011

    I have 12 granchildren and love to make all sorts of thing s for them. From dresses to backpacks to dolls. it gives me great pleasure to be able to create for them.

  24. Sandy C - March 15, 2011

    I am Grandma to 7 (soon to be 8). Love to sew for all of them, when I have the opportunity. Also am their daycare provider! It’s so wonderful.

  25. Amanda H - March 15, 2011

    My husband and I do not have any kids but I have been able to fill my life with other people’s children. Two of those children are my niece and nephew. They are 5 and 7. I like to make all kinds of things for them quilts, dresses for my niece and toys. Their mom and grandma are not “crafty” so I try and fill that void. The kids love it. My niece is so interested in sewing and wants to help me all the time. I think it would be great if we could do some fun pattens together!

  26. karen S - March 15, 2011

    Seeing the puppet theater, my first thought was my 3 year old twin granddaughters would love this! What a great giveaway!

  27. Sara - March 15, 2011

    I sew for my little boys most of the time; though I occasionally make gifts for family and friends. But OMG, how cute is the doorway puppet show? My boys would go crazy over something like that.

  28. marsha evans - March 15, 2011

    I see for my grandchildren, and friends children. I would absolutely love the Oliver+s book! Love those patterns!

  29. Mary White - March 15, 2011

    My Granddaughter, Gracie, is my inspiration. She’s almost 3 and loves to “help” Grammy as she sits on my lap in front of the sewing machine. I just finished her first big girl bed quilt this week. Looking forward to many more years of sewing with her!!

  30. Sarah Z. - March 15, 2011

    I sew for my son and nieces. That doorway puppet show is amazing. I totally want to make that!

  31. Sarah F - March 15, 2011

    My daughter. LOVE sewing for her!

  32. Penny - March 15, 2011

    Have a 18 mo granddaugther I would love to sew one of the dresses for, like the picture day one, and love the little house pictured above for when she’s older.

  33. Mary Glynn - March 15, 2011

    Oh, this would be great for my grandchildren!

  34. Jennifer M. - March 15, 2011

    I sew for my kids who are 9(girl) 6(boy) and 5(girl) years old. I have made them all quilts, and some aprons and bags, and totes. I try to keep to sewing projects for them short and sweet, so I don’t have to be hounded every day with “Is it done YET?'” 🙂

  35. Debi - March 15, 2011

    So very cute, my granddaughter would ove those patterns

  36. Kyla - March 15, 2011

    I sew for 3 daughters (11, 5, 4) and love clothes, sewn toys, doll clothes, bags, organizers. They all LOVE fabric and have lots of their own ideas for what Mom needs to sew. Right now I am making clothes for their Amrican Girl dolls . . . . such fun! Would love the new patterns and ideas in this book.

  37. Deb Y. - March 15, 2011

    I used to sew for my three kids, now sew for three grandchildren. Love the Oliver+s look.

  38. Christy - March 15, 2011

    I need some good patterns to sew for my daughter and son. That door pattern would be perfect for her toy nook!!!

  39. Susan Ponte - March 15, 2011

    I have five daughters that I sew for. I love these patterns. Sew cute!

  40. Barbara Wells - March 15, 2011

    I love sewing for my two lovely Granddaughters. I have used Connecting Threads for over five years now. The dress pattern in the product magazine is so cute. I will be ordering pattern and material very soon.

  41. JenR - March 15, 2011

    I sew for my daughter, myself, my nephew and a soon-to-be niece and also for friends’ kids. I also quilt. I’ve used a couple Oliver + S patterns, love them! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!

  42. Robin Fish - March 15, 2011

    I sew for my grand daughters & my great nieces. I haven’t tried any Oliver + patterns yet, but I certainly will be soon. I love the quilt & the dresse

  43. Joanne Deschenes - March 15, 2011

    I have great nieces and nephews that I sew for…

  44. Wendy Paull - March 15, 2011

    I have one grandchild, 2 yr old Tyler. I love making things for him. Now that he’s an active toddler, I am making cotton summer pants with coordinating appliqued tshirts, but I’d love some new ideas!

  45. Alissa - March 15, 2011

    I sew for my little brother and sister, niece and nephew as well as the children of friends! Fun book!

  46. chrissie - March 15, 2011

    love the ideas in this book! thanks for the chance to win!

  47. Karen L - March 15, 2011

    I sew for my two little girls ages 1 year and 3 years. I love making dresses for them and that dress the little girl is wearing is just TOO CUTE!

  48. Penny Smith - March 15, 2011

    Most of the things I sew are for young children. I use my fabric stash to sew “I Spy” quilts for my grandchildren and others. I sew bibs, burp cloths, totes, pillows, bitty bears, etc. for kids. Sewing for children is so rewarding….especially when you see the smiles on their faces!

  49. robin - March 15, 2011

    I like to sew for anyone I can find that wants homemade stuff! I also sew things for my yet-to-be grandchildren!

  50. Alisa - March 15, 2011

    I sew for my 5 children and various nieces and nephews in my life! Love having all those little people in my life.

  51. Heather - March 15, 2011

    I love to sew for my littlest child, my 3 year old daughter. Since she is a girl, the patterns I love the most are dress patterns. Simple ones since I’m still somewhat of a beginner.
    Thanks so much for the opportunity!!!

  52. Katy P - March 15, 2011

    I have Grands that range from 11 to 14 months and I’m having a ball sewing and sewing for them. We love to do lots of pretend- that theater would be my first project! Love it!

  53. Carlie - March 15, 2011

    I have 5 beautiful granddaughters that I love to make things for. This book looks like it has some really cute things to make.

  54. Carol Vickers - March 15, 2011

    I sew for my granddaughter who is 5 and two “honorary grands”, my neighbor’s dear kids who are 5 and 18 months. Looks like this book has cute ideas for all of them!

  55. Kathy R - March 15, 2011

    After years of sewing for my kids, 2 brides and 35 bridesmaids and myself, I am now sewing some thing for my husband’s grandkids, one boy and one girl. Everything from cribsheets & comforters to quilts, receiving blankets, etc. Nothing better than seeing their smiles when you tell them you made it just for them.

  56. Melinda - March 15, 2011

    I sew for the six children we have living in our house… my son and daughter, three nieces, and nephew! This looks like a great resource!

  57. Jackie - March 15, 2011

    I have three grandchildren that I love to sew for, quilts, toys, dresses. The youngest is 4 months old and had three quilts before he was born. My 4 year old granddaughter loves to come into the sewing room and pick out fabric.

  58. Betty - March 15, 2011

    I try to make a baby quilt for all the new babies in the family. I love sewing for my little granddaughter who is 2 years old. I just finished making a pillow and a quilt for her baby dolls.

  59. Amy - March 15, 2011

    I would love to make my 4 year old daughter and my nieces and nephew that puppet stage! So cute…my mother made my siblings and I a silimar one when we were small. 🙂

  60. Sunshine - March 15, 2011

    We have 12 grandkids and 3 great grandkids – and just found out that #4 is due just before Christmas. I’d love to be able to make that puppet ‘show’ to give to the big sis when I send a quilt, etc. to the new baby.

  61. Cindy Weichel - March 15, 2011

    My niece has a little girl with another on the way. Can’t wait to sew some cute things for them.

  62. Sandy Todd - March 15, 2011

    I’m a gramma to nine beautiful children for whom I’ve sewn quilts, nap mats, tooth fairy pillows, etc. I’ve not heard of these patterns before, but would love to take a peek and see what they’re all about!

  63. Lenora Daly - March 15, 2011

    I love sewing for my grandchildren..I make gifts for different occasions and also costumes…for Halloween and also for school plays for one of my granddaughters. Just made 8 pr of Christmas PJ’s…I am always looking for new ideas and new patterns.

  64. Chriss - March 15, 2011

    what a cool book…..

  65. Lori - March 15, 2011

    I sew for my adopted nephew in Hong Kong, we met his parents on our honymoon cruise, they were also honeymooning. We kept in contact and have been made “special aunt & uncle”. I make him special clothes, and have made several quilts for him.

  66. Patricia - March 15, 2011

    I’m still waiting for grandchildren to arrive, but my kids are not co-operating in that department……, I make cute little outfits for my sister’s grandchildren, and quilts for the grandchildren of my friends. I haven’t heard of Oliver patterns before, but they’re definitely appealing to me! Thanks “sew much” for the chance to win!!!

  67. Diane C - March 15, 2011

    My nieces and nephews are starting to have children. This book would sure come in handy — I love the puppet stage and the quilt.

  68. Diana L - March 15, 2011

    I sew for my 5 grandkids. Only 1 girl, so I do a lot of boy things. When they come visit me, they always want to make something themselves. We’ve made tons of pillows and blankets and bags. Would love to book to get some new ideas. My granddaughter is learning to sew and if the projects are easy enough – she could use it.

  69. Pat L - March 15, 2011

    When my children were younger I sewed for them, mother/daughter jumpers for Christmas, pink jeans jackets for my girls and jammies for my boys. Now I have 2 wonderful grandsons to pamper. I love the little quilt and the doorway puppet stage!

  70. Laura - March 15, 2011

    I just adore Oliver + S, and my 5 year old twin girls both have a thing for cute, vintage-style clothing. The best part is that the twins are already learning to sew. This would be great to add to their very own pattern collection. We actually picked out fabrics today for the O+S “Pop over dress”, one in pinks, one in blues!

  71. Penny - March 16, 2011

    My babies turned 15 today and still love to sew with me so I am very fortunate. I get my baby and toddler fix by making things for my many great nieces and nephews. We would love a copy of this book. Penny

  72. Janice M - March 16, 2011

    I would love to win a copy of the book. The description fits the style I like best. One of these days I’ll have grandchildren to sew for, but for now I make gifts for nieces and nephews and my cousins children. I love that quilt!

  73. Deb Osmanson - March 16, 2011

    I raised 3 boys and now I have a lovely granddaughter to sew for. She loves all the pretty little girly things and esp. clothes with matching doll clothes. I love to sew and quilt and I’m always looking for new fun patterns to try.

  74. Barb Schneider - March 16, 2011

    I’ve been sewing for my 9 year old grandson, but am now excited to have a grand daughter on the way! I see endless potential in this book with its timeless patterns.

  75. Linda Froggie Quilter - March 16, 2011

    How cute! I think the little girl in me needs this book. Oh, and maybe I can make two, my niece is having a girl!
    ~Hopppy quilting~

  76. Tammy Hempel - March 16, 2011

    I have a two year old grandson which I love to sew for. I have made him pants and different things. I would really like a chance at getting this book. Thank you!!

  77. Teresa - March 16, 2011

    I sew for my 7 grandchildren ages 10 months up to 8 yrs old. They keep me very busy because 4 of them live with me.

  78. teresa - March 16, 2011

    I sew for my 3 girls.

  79. Trudy Lindemann - March 18, 2011

    I have five little grandsons and another grandchild on the way. I’d definitely be sewing for them! In a day when so many parents/grandparents are able to buy so many things, it is nice to still be able to make things for them so they can be treasured.

  80. Cherie - March 18, 2011

    Hoping to have grandchildren to sew for someday.

  81. Heather - March 18, 2011

    I would love to win one of these books. I always love to have new ideas, and creations to make.

  82. lesley - March 18, 2011

    i love to sew for both my kids [a boy and a girl], mostly clothes! i lvoe oliver+s patterns, have several of them, and am dying to get this book! thanks!

  83. Melissa - March 18, 2011

    I have two kids, but have only attempted to sew for the little one – my 2-year-old girl.
    Somehow it’s easier because she’s smaller!
    I love making dresses with simple lines, and accessories…since they don’t grow out of those as quickly. 🙂

  84. Nutmeg - March 18, 2011

    I have been sewing for my oldest daughter since before she was born. Now she’s off at college. I’ve made her a few blankets, quilts and useful dorm and first apartment type stuff. I also have two little girls, ages 6 and 8. I love to sew them dresses!! The more they spin the better!

  85. Thomas - March 18, 2011

    I totally and profoundly love Oliver + S!!!
    Would love to win a copy; so many things to make for my wee daughter…

  86. Amanda W. - March 18, 2011

    I have a bunch of kiddos I sew for. I have 4 kids of my own (8 yr old and 9 month old boys and a 4 yr old and 2 yr old girls), 2 neices, 2 nephews, and a close friend’s little boy. I love the patterns above and would love to have a copy so I could pass the gifts on. Thank you for the chance to win.

  87. Veronicanotbetty - March 18, 2011

    I sew for my kids, my nieces, and , my daughter’s friends. I love little girl skirts but a terrific boy pattern is a rare find!

  88. Meredith R. - March 18, 2011

    I sew for my 8-month-old daughter and 5-year-old niece (am currently making both matching “birthday party dresses”). I love, LOVE Oliver + S patterns! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  89. Jamie - March 18, 2011

    I sew for my friend’s babies! Two of my friends had little girls in the last year, and I love sewing quilts and clothing for them.

  90. Eliza - March 18, 2011

    I sew for my 2 kiddies (17 months & 5), my niece & friends!

  91. Cindy Keery - March 18, 2011

    I sew for my children, my nieces and nephew. I like sewing toys and quilts.

  92. Louise Griffith - March 18, 2011

    Great give-away! I sew for my 5 (soon to be 6) grandchildren. And lo & behold my oldest grandchild now loves to sew also!! Yippee!

  93. Lisa - March 18, 2011

    I love to sew quilts for the little ones, have made my grandson one, a handful for baby showers, and a recent one for a local charity. Thanks!

  94. Phyllis - March 18, 2011

    I sew for my 6 grandchildren. For the our girls the Oliver+s are my favorite patterns.

  95. Lauren Carter - March 18, 2011

    I don’t have kids, but I sew for my friend’s kids and my two year old niece. Plus, my brother and sister in law are expecting twin girls this summer and they need some clothes.

  96. Gayle L. - March 18, 2011

    I love sewing for my 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and I also sew for my numerous nieces, nephews and the great nieces and nephews. Too many to count and I don’t have time for the

  97. Jeannine Tripp - March 19, 2011

    I would love to win! I have 6 kids, 3 of them are under 5. I love sewing for them!

  98. Pat Egberts - March 19, 2011

    I love to sew for my Granddaughter age 4 and quilt with my other Granddaughter age 13. This book would be great!

  99. Linda Sforza - March 19, 2011

    Baby shower gifts! I love giving special gifts instead of the every day items. I would love to win this!

  100. Heather Mentzer - March 19, 2011

    I have four kids, I love sewing for them, I love sewing craft items for them, little bags, pillows, creatures and costumes.

  101. Michelle - March 20, 2011

    I would love to have this book. I think the things pictured are fantastic. I have hopes of maybe making a little money with sewing things like this for others. We are getting by on one income with a teen and a 5 year old, so to be able to make a few bucks on the side would be great. Thanks for offering such great things as givaways.