Make It, Own It, Love It
The Essential Guide to Sewing, Altering and Customizing
Hardcover ISBN: 1847808948
Join Matt Chapple, the UK's top amateur stitcher and winner of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee 2015 as he shares everything you need to know about repairing and maintaining your attire in this non-nonsense guide. Focusing on making sewing easy and fun, it covers tools of the trade, essential repairs and alterations as well as complete step-by-step instructions instructions for making projects from scratch, such as a box-pleated skirt and adding bias binding to pocket edges for a splash of colour. Matt’s no-nonsense language strips away the complexity of sewing, as he gives practical advice on how to repair fabrics from denim and corduroy to tweed and wool, and offers tips to make wardrobe malfunctions a thing of the past. Written for the uninitiated stitcher, concentrating on common clothing issues we all face, be it a loss of a button, a hole in the pocket or something more serious like a fallen hem.
A Is for Apron
25 Fresh & Flirty Designs
Paperback ISBN: 1600592015
A is for adorable and amazingly irresistible and incredibly attractive: who would have imagined that the apron, that charming and nostalgic symbol of domesticity, would become today’s must-have home accessory? But it most certainly is, as stitchers and crafters flock to these creative canvases as the perfect vehicle for showcasing fabulous fabric, simple embellishments, and novel ideas. These ingenious projects—from ultra-feminine and vintage chic to whimsical color-play—include waist and bib aprons, pinafores, smocks, cobblers, and even something for the pint-sized cook. All of the projects are photographed in a playful style. And templates, sewing basics, and quick and easy projects for sprucing up store-bought aprons and whipping up aprons from recycled materials are here too!
Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More
Hardcover ISBN: 1419729470
Mending Matters explores sewing on two levels: First, it includes more than 20 hands-on projects that showcase current trends in visible mending that are edgy, modern, and bold—but draw on traditional stitching. It does all this through just four very simple mending techniques: exterior patches, interior patches, slow stitches, darning, and weaving. In addition, the book addresses the way mending leads to a more mindful relationship to fashion and to overall well-being. In essays that accompany each how-to chapter, Katrina Rodabaugh explores mending as a metaphor for appreciating our own naturally flawed selves, and she examines the ways in which mending teaches us new skills, self-reliance, and confidence, all gained from making things with our own hands.
The Sewing Answer Book
Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face: Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask
Paperback ISBN: 1603425438
Sales of sewing machines have doubled over the past decade; old-fashioned home ec skills are back in style once more; and trendy, eye-catching fabrics are everywhere, just waiting to be sewn into fabulous items. Sewing is on the rise, and young crafters are teaching themselves the basics with a learn-as-you-go approach. Fun and creative as this carefree method may be, it can lead to a lot of questions! The Sewing Answer Book is the perfect portable teacher for everyone from beginners turning on a sewing machine for the first time to experienced sewers seeking tips on how to embellish a blouse with tiny pintucks. This friendly, reassuring resource, written by sewing expert and educator Barbara Weiland Talbert, answers the questions, corrects the mistakes, and troubleshoots the nagging problems sewers encounter every time they sit down at the sewing machine or pick up a needle and thread. There are answers here to every kind of sewing question. The frustrated crafter whose needle keeps breaking will find the reason in the Needles and Thread chapter, and the beginner wondering how to identify the selvage edge will find guidance in Chapter 5: All About Fabrics. All the information sewers need to help them create wearables that fit well and decorative home items that stand up to daily wear and tear is here between the signature flexibind covers of Storey's newest Answer Book. The Sewing Answer Book is sure to become the trusted guide found next to every home sewing machine.
Crafting With Intention, Making Things That Matter, and Connecting to Family and Tradition
Paperback ISBN: 1611802369
24 projects to sew + knit + crochet + craft + repurpose Let's make some memories. Handmade Heirlooms invites readers to create projects that have significant meaning for the maker or the recipient—projects that celebrate the future, relish the everyday, and honor the past. Handmade Heirlooms is a craft book that emphasizes the significance of handmade pieces in our personal histories and prompts readers to sew, knit, and craft with intention. Readers will be inspired to create pieces that can be enjoyed now, then handed down in years to come and used by future generations. Heirlooms allow us to reminisce and make connections throughout our lifetimes. They are treasures made and handed down with the intention of being used and loved. Their value goes beyond form and function--their significance is enriched by every life they touch across generations. The projects in this book celebrate the role heirlooms play in our lives by encouraging the making of special items that can be gifted, enjoyed, and handed down.
Sewing Made Simple
The Definitive Guide to Hand and Machine Sewing
Hardcover ISBN: 1452106304
This comprehensive book breaks down all of the terms, tools, and skills necessary to become an expert seamstress. More than 500 color images inspire while a detailed visual glossary outlines fabric types, sewing notions, and finishing stitches. Crafters will learn how to master the machine, hand stitch, and work with patterns in no time! Best of all, the book includes instructions for 20 gorgeous projects pillows, totes, aprons, and more. Accessible and visually stunning, Sewing Made Simple is the ultimate resource that sewers beginners and experts alike will want on their bookshelf for years to come.
Urban Scandinavian Sewing
18 Seasonal Projects for Modern Living: Includes Nordic Recipes & Traditions
Paperback ISBN: 1617450154
Stitch your way to Scandinavian style as you embrace minimal, sleek design. Luxuriate in the textures of summery linens and winter wools as you sew 18 projects, from upscale home decor to wearables. You’ll love the chic yet beginner-friendly stitching and embroidery patterns—the perfect way to embellish ready-mades or to sew from scratch. These projects offer beautiful, functional designs for contemporary living. Designer and author Kirstyn Cogan immerses you in her Nordic culture, with handcrafted modern items to make for your home and family—plus scrumptious-sounding recipes and scintillating tidbits about the regional traditions.
Sew Magical for Baby
Paperback ISBN: 1574863282
A mother of three, designer Laura Lee Burch believes it is important for children to play with things of beauty that are well made and maybe a little humorous, because these things feed their imaginations and make up a significant part of their young world. Sew Magical for Baby is a delightful collection of easy-to-sew projects that Laura has designed to meet baby's basic needs. They do this by stimulating visual, audio, and tactile senses and promoting activity and learning possibilities. There are bibs, blankets, booties, a diaper bag with changing mat, and other basic accessories, plus soft toys, games, and books to help baby develop good sensory and motor skills. Laura also provides ideas on how to recycle fabrics from around the house to make projects that are cost-effective and/or vintage inspired. There are also instructions for how to put different colors and designs together and how to use some of the projects in more ways than one. Best of all, this book is full of kid-tested, mom-approved fun projects.
Pirates and Pompoms
How to Make Children's Toys and Costumes
Paperback ISBN: 178067743x
The Playtime Idea Book is packed with projects for creative parents. Follow a few simple steps to create handmade costumes, toys and props and you'll keep children entertained with make-believe pirate, forest-animal and circus worlds all day long. Only basic cutting, sticking and sewing skills are required. Focusing on these three popular themes (pirates, animals and the circus), projects include: eye patches and a telescope, stuffed animal friends, circus ringmaster's hat and a big-top canopy den. Each project includes a simple template and illustrated step-by-step instructions. Perfect for crafty adults looking for holiday activities that will keep little ones happy and busy.