Handmade Style

Handmade Style: the lowdown

Handmade Style by Anna Graham

Handmade Style, my book, arrived in multiples at my house earlier this week! Remember back in the fall when I got to spill the beans? Well, now’s the exciting part, it’s here!

See, a little problem I’m having is that I assume you know all about the book and it’s contents, but it’s wrong to assume, isn’t it? I think it’s mostly because I’ve spent so many hours pouring over this work that I think you guys know everything already, right? Wrong. Ever talked with someone who thinks you already know all the details when you really don’t? It’s hard! So I’m going to fill you in on a bit of the details of my book.

Handmade Style by Anna Graham - Contents Page

The book contains a lot of projects. Yup, a lot. At least it feels like that to me. There are 23 if you’re counting and some have multiple parts to them = lots of sewing fun!

Bags! Of course there had to be bags.


[Bucket Bag project]

4 bags and  6 wallets, clutches, and cases in all.


[up & down quilt project]

4 quilt designs plus a picnic blanket.

Home dec fun!bench

[Patchwork Bench project – yes, you built it all yourself AND it’s fun!]

5 projects including pillows, floor pouf, basket, and a patchwork bench


[Women’s Tunic project – I’m excited to make many more for this summer]

There are 2 women’s garments sizes XS-XXL, the dress on the cover is one and this comfy tunic is the other.

Plus more!

In fact, at some point in time I just lost track, yeesh. I need to tack a list on my bulletin board or study or something. I’m sort of kidding, but in all seriousness, I think there’s something fun for everyone no matter what kind of projects you like to sew!

Each project has ideas you can incorporate to make it your style. That’s the whole premise of the book (besides making a nice variety of projects) is to make them how YOU want, add your own creative twists. There’s no rules for sewing really and I know from seeing what you’ve made using my tutorials and patterns in the past, that you love to take artistic license and make each project just to suit you (or whoever – if you’re making a gift). Along with full instructions and lots of illustrations, I give a few ideas and suggestions for each project on different ways to mix things up and make it your own.


The book is set up with the lovely styled pictures in the front and the instructions and illustrations in the back. There are two large pullout sheets at the back of the book that contain all the pattern pieces you’d need. I do suggest tracing these pieces using Pellon 830 or your favorite tracing paper, it’s perfect for keeping everything organized and in the right spot when you need it. So pick up something for tracing if you don’t have it on hand already.

instructions[instructions page excerpt]

patternsheets[pullout pattern pages]

I hope that gives you a little peek into my book and I hope you’ll be excited about it and make some beautiful things!

Lastly, I want to thank my family for being there for me through the thick of it. Without their support and love it just wouldn’t have happened. I also want to thank my friend Holly (Holly DeGroot Photography) for doing half of the photography, I could not have done it without her!

Please check your local quilt shop for the book, if you can’t find it there you can find it at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. I will be adding signed copies to my shop hopefully within the next few weeks. Oh, and if you have the book already and have made something, share it on flickr or on Instagram using the hashtag #handmadestylebook so I can see what you’ve made (my favorite part)!

40 thoughts on “Handmade Style: the lowdown

  1. dolores says:

    So we can’t get it from you…with an autograph? I have it on my wishlist on Amazon but was waiting for you to have it in your shop!!:)

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Dolores, I’ll be adding signed copies to my shop in a few weeks. Apologies for the delay!

  2. Received mine a few weeks ago from pre-ordering it. So Many Great Projects! I have sticky notes marking nearly every page. ❤️❤️❤️

  3. Ines says:

    Amazing Anna! You will sell a lot of these books!
    Hugs Ines♥

  4. Logan says:

    So exciting! Congratulations.

  5. How on earth did you come up with so many projects! Crazy. I can’t wait to flip through it. That up and down quilt looks amazing

  6. Vanessa says:

    You’re awesome, your book is awesome that is all

  7. Marsha Loewenberg says:

    It’s a great book!

  8. Laurel says:

    I really can’t tell you how much I love this book! So many great projects!! Next on my list is the Picnic Plaid quilt for a friend’s new baby. : )

  9. Lynne Tilley says:

    Congratulations on the book, finally out! I’m definitely going to be getting this. THANKS for your continued inspiration. We love love love all your stuff 🙂

  10. Jacqueline says:

    Mine arrived last week from Taunton. I *love* it – and my first make will be the sewing pincushion/ organiser: it’s a great idea! Many thanks for preparing the book; I am sure it was a huge undertaking…

  11. hi 🙂 Could you tell me the measurements of you XXL size please?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Bust 50-52″, Waist 42.5-44.5″, Hips 52.5-54.5″ Hope that helps! 🙂

  12. Di Ross says:

    Congratulations . Certainly on my list .

  13. Caroline says:

    Your book looks amazing! Congratulations 🙂

  14. Stephanie says:

    As soon as I saw it, I bought it and when I got it in the post – I was not disappointed. I want to make everything in this book. You have done an amazing job on this – well done.

  15. Jayne says:

    Congratulations! I think this is going to be a hit! The pictures look amazing. I love how different it is with so many different projects!

  16. Oh, this is beautiful! I love the aesthetic and variety of projects…congrats!

  17. Christina Chairez says:

    Ooh I didn’t know about this and I adore the button down tunic! And the quilt! Eep!

  18. Rachel says:

    My copy just arrived from Amazon. Very excited!

  19. Lydia says:

    Your book is absolutely beautiful and we are extremely proud of all the time, effort & creativity you spent putting it all together. I ordered 2 copies on Amazon, kept one for myself and gave one as a gift! Your brother was right when he said “if sewing doesn’t work out for her she should take up modeling” I agree you look beautiful in all the photos…especially in the orange!! We love you!

  20. Ybat says:

    This looks like a Great book. I need to make that bucket bag. I had no idea you had clothing projects but I really like the cover dress. I hope to buy this soon.

  21. tonicoward says:

    I love it Anna – LOVE it! So many awesome projects but the one I am hanging out to make first is that pin cushion, believe it or not?!! Never thought I’d be wanting to make a new pin cushion so bad, but this one is tops!!! Also love how the pictures and inspiration is at the beginning of the book and all of the instructions at the end. Makes it so much nicer to flip through and get inspired. Way to go – you did an amazing job and should feel very proud!

  22. V Reed says:

    Amazing! Gorgeous! Wonderful! And now on my must have list.

  23. It looks fabulous! Congratulations and I’ll keep an eye out so I can buy a copy.

  24. Dianne says:

    This book is great! Got mine a few days ago and can’t wait to start making things – particularly the bags! There is only one downside and that is the layout. I like to read the instructions and refer to the photos of the finished product (particularly when I get a bit stuck on the directions – newbie to sewing) and it’s a bit annoying to keep flipping backwards and forwards because the pictures are separate. Other than this one small point (it certainly wouldn’t put me off buying the book or any future books by Anna) this is a great book! I can see myself making most of the projects and I just love Anna’s style. I’m a massive fan! Projects are definitely 10/10!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Dianne, I’m sorry you don’t like the layout. 🙁

  25. Cindy says:

    Congratulations, Anna! What a wonderful book and I’m sure will be a best seller!:)

  26. Shayne says:

    Just got mine yesterday!!! I can’t wait to sit down and pour through it!!!!

  27. RAE says:

    Anna. This looks totally AMAZEBALLS!!! Can’t wait to break open my copy!!! 🙂

  28. Liila says:

    I’m so happy we have your book in bookstores here in Finland too! I just ordered it 🙂

  29. carolyn says:

    Massive massive congratulations on a wonderful book! I can’t open it without getting the urge to make something. xo!

  30. Elisabeth says:

    Dear Anna,

    I’m a huge fan of your patterns and just tried the Divided Basket Pattern and really love it! Today your book arrived (here in Germany) and it was so fun to look at all the projects and select the ones I want to try in the future – only a few hours here it’s full with sticky notes. Congratulations on your book!

  31. Kelsey says:

    Your book is Gorgeous, Anna. And I think it might be the next sewing book that I ask for as a birthday gift.

  32. Erica T says:

    I just got my book and it’s amazing!!! Can’t wait to start making some/all of these projects

  33. africankelli says:

    I am so proud of you! This is a great book.

  34. Alyssa says:

    I am so excited to make EVERYTHING in your book? If we have questions about any of the patterns, is there a way for us to ask you?

  35. Karin says:

    I love the designs in this book, but find some instructions frustrating. The zipper instructions for the tote, for example. I also can’t locate any finished size info for the beautiful tunic. I’m usually XS but hesitate to cut into my fabric without something to go on for size. Any help would be appreciated. Still like the book a great deal.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Karen,
      Thanks for your comment. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve found the instructions frustrating. Feel free to email me with questions. 🙂 The sizing chart for the garments is located on page 140.

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