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.
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.