want a peek?

So this is very exciting to say –  I can actually point you to that bear pattern from the other day and also 23 other patterns that I've had to keep under wraps for months. He's in here! The book! It doesn't come out until August 1st but you can preorder here if you're the planning ahead type.

This here below is the blad (the only piece of industry-speak I managed to pick up and I overuse it with abandon) and you can flip through and get an idea of what's what. I guess I don't want to talk too much about the book now, three months before it comes out, but I did get a copy of it in the mail this week and I'm just so excited about how it turned out. Jen Gotch did the photography and it's gorgeous, clever, so cute, just perfect. And since it's a STC Craft book, it's really lovely. They make the heck out of a book. It's so pretty — hardcover with a great yellow cloth spine — I spend a lot of time hugging it.

If you have any questions, let me know. Here are a few things, it has patterns good for boys and girls, babies and older kids, and it's more than just dolls — stuffed animals, doll quilt, spoon puppets, soft jewelry and a handbag — lots of good stuff! The full size patterns are printed right in the book so all you need is tracing paper (or plain old copy paper) and you're ready to go!


111 thoughts on “want a peek?

  1. Jennifer Tyler says:

    NO WAY! I have goosebumps. This is absolutely beautiful and I can only imagine all the goodness inside. I have made a doll from one of your patterns (Kit, Louise and Zoey, right?) and it turned out beautifully. I must have your book . Also psyched you went with the yellow spine. CONGRATULATIONS!!

  2. tulip says:

    It couldn’t happen to a more WONDERFUL pattern maker!! I’ve been pining for a book from you for the longest time. Congratulations and I’m off to pre-order! I love doing that so far in advance. Then it’s like a little surprise when it comes out!
    HUGS and I’m so happy for you!

  3. Ulla V. says:

    Yay indeed!! This is simply fantastic! I’m so happy on your behalf… :))
    Your talent is amazing and your designs make me smile every time I see them. You really deserve to have a book published.
    “Wee wonderful’s dolls to sew and love” will definitely be a wonderful thing to recive in August. :))

  4. melissa f. says:

    so rad– it’s going to be great! i can’t wait for the big rockstar book tour. (there’s going to be a book tour right? with a marching band? that’s what i heard.)

  5. Beth says:

    Congratulations! I have been reading your blog for many years but have not really commented much. I just wanted to say how exciting this is, and I can’t wait to get a copy. πŸ™‚

  6. mon ami says:

    Congratulations this is so exciting! I’m a big fan of your patterns and I can’t wait to see 24 of them bound together in one book. I feel some summer reading coming on…

  7. Carol says:

    How exciting for you!! What an amazing accomplishment. I look foward to devouring the cuteness when it comes out.

  8. larissa says:

    what a beautiful book from a wildy talented you. You must be over the moon about it. Love the cover, and from what I see of the inside it is a must have. Bravo!

  9. Wendy says:

    Congratulations! I love the front cover, and looking through the blad made me want to see it all! I LOVE that worm, and it’s great that the patterns are full-size–love that, ’cause I have have to go enlarge patterns!

  10. Jill Kerske says:

    I just restarted sewing after a 24 year absence, if you can count 7th grade home economics. I stumbled across your website because I was looking for patterns to make stuffed bunnies for my daughters for Easter, and for the last 3 Months i have been coveting the doll patterns and wondering if I was up to the challenge. After seeing this book, I am so ready! I just pre ordered my copy today. There’s no better way to get wet then diving in! Thanks for inspiring me to create!

  11. Christine Capece says:

    I am so happy for you! I just keep smiling and can’t wait for a copy. It’s the best feeling holding your own book. THE BEST! I can’t wait to see yours!!!!
    Congratulations… all the hard work has paid off! πŸ™‚

  12. lily boot says:

    Oh my goodness! It looks absolutely GORGEOUS! I work in a bookstore and your beautiful new book will definitely be on our preorder list! I can’t wait to get it home and start stitching. How wonderful Hillary to have created something of such loveliness.

  13. Georgia says:

    Oh, it looks so GOOD! Love the cover – clean and fresh and sweet. I had already looked it up on and online bookshop and knew it wasn’t too far away.

  14. Jacqui says:

    Congratulations! Can’t wait for it to be available – your Olive and Archie patterns were the first ones to get me sewing toys and a whole book would be like all my Christmases come at once!

  15. louise says:

    Congratulations! I have made a doll and a few outfits from your pattern and it was a wonderful project. Can’t wait to see the book! So glad it will arrive well before Christmas so I have a few months to spend sewing darling little treats for my nieces and nephews.

  16. mamie says:

    after that peek, it is going to be hard to wait three months. perfect timing for christmas gifting, gives one plenty of sewing sewing sewing time.

  17. Heather says:

    I saw this while browsing books on Amazon Saturday! I am excited to get a look at it in August. That seems forever away, but with the way time blows by, it will be August in no time. Congrats!

  18. carin says:

    That is so neat and exciting! I’m pretty much a “lurker” here for, like, 4 years…. you deserve this. It looks so fun and cute and other stuff like that.

  19. Mrs Frankenstien says:

    Congratulations! What an inspiration! Is it coming to Australia anytime after its release? I am very excited my only doll book is extremley old fashioned time for an update!

  20. commonplaceiris says:

    Wow, yay!! I love your aesthetic for toys and have had good results with the patterns of yours I’ve tried so far so I’m very excited at the prospect of a book!! Too bad the release date is a little late for my birthday but perhaps someone can preorder it for me…

  21. becky says:

    oh, hilary….i just got a little teary-eyed. congrats!
    How hard is that to keep it a secret for that long. double congrats on that too!

  22. Briana says:

    Never in my life have I bought a “pattern” book. This may just be the first I buy!!! I love making cute little things for my little ones and for gifts as well and I could definetly see myself using this lovely book.

  23. sally says:

    Oh Congratulations! I am so excited. I just pretty much love all patterns designed by you and I think this book is a must have. Plus it’s so fun to pre-order and then one day a book arrives in the mail. I love it.

  24. kristine says:

    Eek! That inchworm IS adorable! I love the Bjorn Bjornson!! I can’t wait until August. Congratulations!!

  25. Lisa says:

    Well I was going to buy your book no matter what it looked like but wow! It is gorgeous – I cannot wait to get it. You must be thrilled at how it turned out – congratulations & thanks for sharing your talents with us. I am also one who started sewing (besides that old 7th grade home-ec drawstring bag) to make things for my kids – in fact I bought my sewing machine to make Archie for my son!

  26. Audra Costello says:

    I LOVE Evelyn Inchworm! Her little kerchief is adorable. I too, had a Grandma Evelyn (she was actually my nanny, but until I was six I thought we were related…no one told me otherwise : ) )
    Congratulations! This is amazing! Since my birthday is not until November I will invent a holiday in August so I can have this as a gift right when it comes out.

  27. cathy gaubert says:

    oh, good lordy!!!! i am grinning from ear to ear. the sneak peek is such a wee little bit of wonderful, and i know that the book will be *beyond* amazing. i am sooo excited for you (and all of us who love your work so!)!!!!! the only reason that i may not pre-order is that i want an autographed copy! πŸ˜‰
    seriously, hillary, i am downright giddy! yay for you!!!!!!
    p.s. i *heart* the little heart-headed girl!

  28. Jennifer says:

    How EXCITING! I need to summer to hurry on and get here, I don’t know if I can wait till August to see the adorable book! I can’t wait! The little inchworm with her glasses, what a cutiepie!

  29. Mia says:

    Congratulations, I’m so excited that there will be so many fantastic patterns to try.
    I’ve already pre-ordered it πŸ™‚

  30. Alicia P. says:

    Oh mygosh, it is so pretty Hillary — I’m sorry I am so late in getting here — I absolutely can’t wait to see it. And sew from it. Major congratulations. xo

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