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100 Little Christmas Gifts To Make
100 To Make Series

Search Press
20 July 2016/ ISBN 9781782214045
How-To Books/Crafts

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Decorate your home and make gifts for family and friends this Christmas with this bumper book of projects. Choose your craft from sewing, knitting, crochet, jewelry making, sugarcraft, polymer clay and papercraft, and make something special.

All of the projects in this large format (a bit taller than A4) book have been previously featured in a large number of Twenty To Make books. Having a selection of them in this new series allows not only for a larger page size, but brings several different crafts together for a more varied choice. This is not the best place to learn to knit or crochet, but this is obviously a book of projects rather than a book on how to begin doing the type of craft that requires plenty of instructions. You can indeed make a start in some crafts with this book however, as no prior knowledge is needed to do paper cutting, make figures from polymer clay or sugar paste, tackle some of the simpler stitching projects or many other things. The book is arranged in sections for each of the seven crafts and has a double page spread (or more) of technique know-how, including lists of what you need, tips and diagrams, lists of abbreviations and helpful information for beginners and improvers. Each project contains a page-sized photograph of the finished item plus a well-spaced page of instructions, diagrams and materials list. Sometimes the item is shown in use, as well as on a white background for ease of viewing, and at the front is a thumbnail gallery of all the projects in lieu of an index. The page edges are color coded so you can see the sections and at the back is a list of all the Twenty To Make books the projects have been previously featured in. Projects include decorations for tree, table, cake and home, pretty things to dress up outfits such as jewelry, corsages and accessories, there are Christmas themed items and those suitable for other times of the year which would make great gifts, cards, tags, boxes and more. As it says on the reverse of the cover, both “experienced beginners and more seasoned crafters” can spend the long winter evenings happily creating many special things.

If you cannot find a good range of assorted craft materials locally, try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016