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Half Yard Christmas
Debbie Shore

Search Press
18 May 2015/ ISBN 9781782211471
How-To Books/Sewing

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


What can you do with small pieces of leftover fabric? Be a green crafter and make them into Christmas decorations! Much more fun than a trip to the recycling center…

I do like a book that starts with something like "no fancy sewing machine required." Just a working model that does a straight stitch, plus pieces of woven cotton fabric and some felt. There are projects in here for children to make too so they can get involved with the Christmas preparations, another nice touch. Not too much sewing know-how is involved either to make the items, and the techniques (most very simple and basic) and all explained at the beginning. Cut your own bias strips, mitre corners, learn a few hand sewing stitches and set up your machine for free-motion embroidery among others; nothing too hard. If you don't favor the traditional colors of Christmas then there are five other styles to choose from, as the projects are listed in themed chapters. Into watching all that Scandi drama on TV? There is a section for this. Also an ultra modern monochrome style, a rustic style (lots of Hessian), a contemporary white and green look and a fun felt one for the children. Make table and tree decorations, advent calendars, wreaths, stockings, gift bags and more with projects laid out clearly with lots of staged steps. There are not many templates at the back because, another nice touch, the author encourages you to make your own (don't worry, this is very simple). This does help to add an extra dimension to making it yourself, and as nothing will take too long to make, you can make all the items in one section to suit a theme. A good user friendly book with wide appeal.

If you cannot find a good range of sewing materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

Reviews of other craft books by Debbie Shore

Making Cushion Covers
Quilted Covers and Cosies
Half Yard Home
Half Yard Christmas
Sewing Room Accessories
Half Yard Vintage
Half Yard Bags & Purses

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2015