Anybody who sews
is going to be left with lots of oddments that appear to be
too small to be useful. But all you need is half a yard (or
less) to make twenty-three beautiful vintage items with this
This is a bestselling title for Search Press and I am not
surprised. Make useful and very giftable pieces using not
only oddments of fabric, but also old doiliess, buttons, lace
and more. Raid the loft or visit junk shops and jumble sales
to add to your stash, and you will have enough to make anything
in this book. The author recommends a simple entry-level computer
machine with its fancy stitches, but any machine will do,
and apart from that you have everything you need if you sew.
Before the projects, there are a few techniques
to learn if you don’t already know, such as basic hand
embroidery stitches, bias binding, French seams, fitting magnetic
clasps, etc. All these have plenty of large captioned photographs
which make this book ideal for anybody who knows the basics
but has not had a lot of sewing experience. Each project features
a large photo of the item in situ plus a list of what you
need, size and several steps with photographs. There are the
usual cushion covers, bunting, pincushion, bags and mats,
but also more unusual (but useful) things like a peg bag,
letter holder, jar wraps, advent calendar and a cake frill.
All are in the soft muted colors you would expect from vintage
style projects, but if your tastes and stash are more modern,
the items could equally be made up in brighter shades with
different trims. This is an ideal book for anybody who wants
to make things for their home or to give as gifts or to charity
sales. User friendly and attractive.
If you cannot find a good range of fabric and trimmings locally
try www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.