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“NO-SEW LOVE” is officially released! …, a 5 BOOK (+ other goodies) GIVEAWAY!

I can’t believe it…….’No-Sew Love’ is officially released TODAY, August 5th!!!! 


And on shelves. 


And ready to be shipped out (even though many have already received their books).


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I have joked that this book has been my 2nd baby of the summer (here’s the 1st one, baby Oliver)……but the gestation period for this whole book process has been killer!  Good thing human babies don’t need years to cook like this book has — or we would have a world full of completely ornery pregnant women!


But, joking aside, it was all worth it to see this sweet thing completely finished.  All 256 pages of her!





In case this if the first time you’re seeing any mention about my very first book (which contains 50 step-by-step photographed projects, all constructed without sewing one single stitch), there’s a whole lot more about No-Sew Love, here.










Inside the book, I share my very favorite supplies for creating the projects within the book.  Here are some of the most used items, all available at craft and fabric stores (and even online). No secrets here (and no, none of these are sponsored)….just a few brands that I have had the most success using.


  • DOUBLE SIDED FUSIBLE ADHESIVE TAPE, 1/2-inch and 1/4-inch widths: I have tried many, many brands and my absolute favorite, hands-down, is Steam-A-Seam 2 Double Stick Fusible Web Tape. It’s slightly sticky, which helps it temporarily stay in place until you’re ready to iron it permanently in place. I used the 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch widths throughout the book and I like having them both on hand. I have found this brand to be available in many craft stores and several places online.

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  • HOT GLUE GUN AND GLUE STICKS: I have used many glue guns, and I don’t necessarily feel that one brand is better than another. However, I strongly encourage buying one that has two heat options. Glue sticks that aren’t heated up fully are sometimes useless and don’t fully bond to the surface you’re working with. The brand that I have used for years, is AdTech, for both the glue gun and the glue sticks.

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  • FUSIBLE ADHESIVE SHEETS: The brand that I prefer and use the most is Thermoweb Heat’n Bond iron-on adhesive. It comes in rolls or in folded sheets and lasts a long time. (This brand offers a variety of types but I have always used the “sewable” type so that I can use it for both sewing and no-sew projects.)

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  • FREEZER PAPER: This stuff was designed to wrap around meat before placing it in the freezer. However, crafters discovered its usefulness when they figured out that it would iron temporarily to fabric, creating precise templates and pattern pieces. One side is paper, while the other has a glossy finish and adheres quickly to fabric with the use of a heated iron. Freezer paper is generally found in the grocery store, near the foil, plastic wrap, and wax paper.

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  • SNAPS AND SNAP HAMMER TOOL: This is my preferred tool for attaching snaps. It’s a long metal shaft that has a round end that fits over one side of the snap pieces. You hit the hammer at the top of the shaft, and the round end helps compress your two snap pieces together. I have purchased snaps with the included hammer tool from many craft/sewing stores (in a variety of brands) but haven’t had as much luck finding it online.

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  • EPOXY GLUE: My favorite brand is Amazing Goop, Craft. It’s permanent, waterproof, dries pretty quickly, and is paintable.

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  • DECOUPAGE SEALER: This is a glue, sealant, and varnish, all in one. It works as an adhesive but is also great to apply over things to give them a nice sealed finish. My favorite brand is Mod Podge, and matte is the variety I use the most and for most surface types.

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Anyway, if you already own ‘No-Sew Love’, I’d love to hear what you think.  And if you’ve made anything, SHOW ME!  Email me a picture, tag me on Instagram (@makeitandloveit), or send me on message on Facebook.


Oh, and if you buy the book from Amazon and would like to leave a customer review, I would LOVE that!  You can do that here.  (Just scroll down to the “review” section.)  Matter of fact, most online retailers have a “review” section.  So if you have a second, share what you think! :)

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Okay, now for a little fun! 


I’m giving away 5 copies of ‘No-Sew Love’…… lots of other goodies that I gathered up!  Because if I were to give this book away as a gift (which is exactly what I will be gifting for all upcoming Christmas/birthdays/annivesaries/etc), this is what I would give right along with the book.  You know, to make it more complete! :)


The extras are some of my favorite (and most used) ‘No-Sew Love’ supplies……and will surely help you out as you try a few projects from the book!


5 winner giveaway




1 one of you will be receiving the mother-load……..a copy of “No-Sew Love” PLUS 10 extras!!







2 of you will be receiving……..a copy of “No-Sew Love” PLUS 3 extras!!






And 2 of you will be receiving ……..a copy of “No-Sew Love” PLUS 1 extra!!  (This is my very favorite no-sew adhesive.  And is way better than any other brand you’ll try.  Promise. :) )






To enter, be sure to fill out the form below:


a Rafflecopter giveaway



And thanks again for all the love and encouragement while writing this book.  It has sure been a journey…….but the support (and virtual hugs and high-fives) has been incredible.  And really uplifting.  So, thanks again for hanging in there while I was busy editing trillions of pictures.  Okay, that’s an exaggeration…..maybe just millions! ;)


Now just give me one little second while I Iet out a big ol’ sigh of relief!  So happy to see this whole concept come together as one complete book.  Ahhhhhh……it’s FINISHED!


And good luck with the giveaway! 




Ashley Johnston

Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!


  1. Leanne Courto says:

    This looks fabulous and I would love to own it. I also have a friend whose house burnt down last Saturday, she, her husband and four small children lost everything. Although I would love a copy or one of the prizes she could use it more and it would be a bright point in her day.

  2. Rachel says:

    Congrats on your book!!! I love all your projects & can’t wait till I have a chance to see your book!! :)

  3. Marian says:

    Wow! What a great book! I love your projects!

  4. Sireesha says:

    Hi ,

    I am from Bangalore, India . I found your website a month ago and love all your projects and sewing tips. I am a beginner in sewing and using brother sewing machine and want to try out your projects. Thanks a ton for such wonderful website and Congrats on your book.

  5. Priya says:


    Where do i get this in India??

  6. Ann Katrin says:

    So excited to do some of the projects from the book. I live in Germany and study away from home so I don’t have room for a sewing machine here which makes “no-sew” projects awesome!

  7. Lindsey says:

    How exciting! I have been following your site for years. Your projects are amazing!

  8. Nusketa says:

    Congratulations Ashley!
    And thank you for giving us the chance to win your book!

  9. RobyGiup says:

    Congratulations Ashley!!! Little Oliver and your first book in the same summer, certainly this year 2014 will not be forgotten! :-)

  10. Melise says:

    I can’t believe all the things you manage to do… Surely your days are longer than mine! But please, keep yourself busy, it keeps us inspired!

  11. Melise says:

    Wow someone’s been busy! Congrats on all the summer babies and thanks for the lovely giveaway!

  12. Tas says:

    Congatulations. How exciting. :)

  13. Myriam says:

    Congratulations for your 2nd baby. I wish youna lot of success, hope to win one to show it all around Luxembourg and environments to help you have success, big hugs…

  14. Connie Bach says:

    I just started to sew but it’s a little frustrating! Would love to have your new book…looks like fun!!

  15. LEGAY says:

    Hi !
    You should be so proud to have write such a book !
    I’m so exciting to have this book : I’m fond of your realisations, the explications are so easy to understand and I can improve my english because I’m a french womam who sew !
    Congratulations !
    PS : Excuse for the mistakes !

    1. Ashley says:

      Your English is great! And thanks so much for the love! :)

  16. Virginie says:

    Congrats for the release of you book! And thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Iciar says:


  18. Veronika says:

    Congrats on your book, looks so fantastic! And also congrats on all your kids, they seem to be amazing! I have found your blog a few months ago, and I’m kinda addicted. It had just turned out that my hubby and I cannot have babies right now, and I really needed some distraction, to get my mind off things… To tell you the truth, it really helps a lot not to feel under the weather all the time. Having your book would mean a little more distraction :) Good luck, and THANK-YOU for giving me hope!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Veronika! I’m so sorry things have been a little rough for you guys lately…….I hope you find plenty to keep you distracted and full of joy! Best of luck!


  19. Joanna Austin says:

    It looks so Ooo interesting and thank you for all the tips with extra tools needed. Very useful indeed xxx all the best and congratulations X

  20. Liz says:

    Congratulations! This is so exciting!

    1. km says:

      love it

  21. Julia says:

    What a generous giveaway! Congratulations!!!

  22. Anastasia says:

    Well I am so happy for you to have published a book!
    That is awesome!

  23. Alison says:

    Looks like a great book. I like your recommendations for supplies. Would love a way to enter your giveaway without facebook/pinterest.

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Alison! And ack, I totally meant to have a regular way to enter too. I just added a “leave a blog comment” as a way to enter…..and the others are just extras. (Since you’ve already commented, just go and click the box and you’re done.) Thanks for pointing that out! :) -Ashley

    2. Alison says:

      Thanks! Fingers crossed!

    3. Nancy says:

      Wow, this is too cool! Love it and thank you.

  24. Valerie Nelson says:

    Love it! Congrats!!!

  25. Nataliya (SisterCraft) says:

    Ashley, congratulations!!! 265 pages – it’s almost the same as the pregnancy length in days)))

    1. Ashley says:

      Ha…….I didn’t think of that. But you’re right! And thanks Nataliya!

    2. Chelsey says:

      You can just say this ‘baby’ came a little early :)

  26. Jo-Lynn says:

    Congratulations!! I can’t wait to get my hands on one. It looks fabulous! Love all your stuff!

  27. Jennifer says:

    Wow! So much going on! Congrats on the birth of your handsome son and also on the arrival of this awesome book!

  28. Tuki says:

    What a generous giveaway! Congratulations!!!

  29. Amy D. says:

    I’ve been a fan for a long time! I love your projects! Congratulations!

  30. Michelle MH says:

    I need to pick up a copy of your book, you are so creative. I want to try all the projects and tell all my friends and family, most of them are crafters too.

  31. Linda says:

    Congrats on the book!

  32. Gladys Stanley says:

    Sounds like a must have book…I love learning new stuff and thank you for being so generous in giving us a chance to win one.

  33. louise says:

    Looks like such a fun book! Congratulations!

  34. Jeri says:

    You are amazing! Can’t wait to get my hands on the book and get it signed by the author!

  35. Christy Nelson says:

    Congratulations on your book! I sure it was a labour of love. I’m not sure if I missed it somewhere, but I love the fabric pictured in the giveaway. Are you able to tell me the name of it please?

  36. Karen M. Roth says:

    Congrats! Now go enjoy your 1st baby while you still can LOL. What a cutie!

  37. Vickey Stamps says:

    looks like a book that will keep my almost 74 year old hands busy. That is a good thing! Congratulations on the new book. I hope I am one of the winners.

    here is what helps keep me busy

  38. Anonymous says:

    That looks like such fun. will be 74 this week and just have to keep my hands busy this will bake being busy a pleasure.

    good luck to others…I never win things, but wish the best to those that do. giggling

    here is what keeps me busy doing:

  39. Rita Marsh says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win your book. My finances are such at the moment that I cannot afford to buy it, but I would LOVE to try out all your wonderful projects in the book. Thanks again!!! And Congratulations!!!

  40. KellyRae says:

    Congratuations on your ‘second’ baby of this summer :)
    I look forward to your makeit-loveit posts and have tried a few with my granddaughters. So much fun :) Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book and perhaps some goodies to get started with some projects.

  41. Jen says:

    Congrats on your book! You are amazing at what you do!! I wish you nothing but huge success!! You so deserve it! THanks for always sharing your ideas and creations.

  42. Georgia Funkhouser says:

    I think you book will be great and should sell like crazy. Thank you for the chance to win it.

  43. Cindy G. says:

    Congratulations, Ashley! And, I love how your kids make an appearance in the book, too :)

  44. Elenice says:

    Parabéns,sou sua seguidora e admiro muito seu trabalho.Abraço carinhoso daqui do Brasil.

  45. Sonia says:

    Congratulations! I would love to win one of your books, it would be terrific! Cross fingers! Lovely day!

  46. Jennifer says:

    Congrats on the book!! I’m so excited for you!! Thank you for the giveaway also!

  47. Chris M says:

    So excited for you Ashley.
    Congrats! Chris

  48. Eleanor says:

    Congrats on finalising your book! You will be pleased to hear it is stocked already in my local library in Glebe, Sydney, Australia!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh my word…….so cool! Thanks for letting me know! Eeeeeeh! :)

    2. Sue says:

      Felicitations! What a great achievement. Can’t wait to see more of your great ideas.

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