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Sew Perfect Pets
18 Adorable Animals to Help Around the Home
BY Helen Rhiannon

Search Press
6 November 2018/ ISBN 9781782215370
How-To Books / How-To Books/Needlecraft

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde


Please the animal lovers on your gift list with these fun, creature-inspired projects for the home. All are useful and none require a lot of sewing experience; with the staged instructions they are ideal for anybody who knows the basics but requires some practice.

There are eighteen colorful, contemporary projects in this book plus plenty of advice for the improver-level crafter. Starting with the reasons you need all the tools and materials plus help on topics such as attaching fusible webbing, bias binding, appliqué, clipping seams, etc, it is a great way to learn as you sew. All the patterns are stored in a handy wallet at the back, outlines drawn in different colors for ease of identification. Each project has a list of what you need in metric and imperial, a finished size plus sheet number where you can locate your pattern. Instructions are mostly written but there are several photographs which show all the trickier things, plus give a good idea as to what the item should look like at key stages. Choose from an owl doorstop, elephant teacozy, cow handbag, penguin apron, butterfly place mat and coasters or bear laundry bag plus many others, all shown in handy thumbnails at the front for ease of selection. Fabrics used are mostly cotton and felt which are simple to work with, and the bright colors give a cheerful, modern look to the items. A good book for any animal lover, plus a great way to build sewing skills.

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

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2019