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Make: Pincushions
12 Darling Projects to Sew
C & T Publications

C & T Publications (distributed in the UK by Search Press)
21 April 2016/ ISBN 9781617452550
Genre How-To Books/Sewing

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


If you sew you probably use a pincushion, but this doesn’t have to be boring. If you have friends or family who sew as well here is a whole book of twelve different projects that are sure to put smiles on the recipients’ faces.

They are also fun to make, great ways of using up scraps and are ideal for fundraising. This is a book with projects by several different people and does not have an introduction or a section on techniques of what you need. A certain basic level of sewing knowledge is therefore essential, but if you require a pincushion you should already have enough to proceed! Each project lets you know what you need, gives the finished size, a thumbnail description of the designer and construction, cutting and other instructions in words. There is the odd simple diagram or layout and a page of basic hand embroidery stitches, while at the back are all the patterns helpfully life size. Choose from various variations on the basic cushion-type square including embroidered, log cabin or kaleidoscope patchwork plus pincushions in the shape of a house, ladybug, cupcake, donut, elephant and ant. As this is an American book measurements are in imperial and the stocklist at the back for all the fabric is for US residents, but mostly the fabrics used are fairly plain or generic prints. The detail is in the shaping and decoration, making this a book for using with a vast array of fabrics. This is a fun book of simple projects that is going to appeal to a wide range of stitchers.

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