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Fabric Leftovers: Simple, Adaptable Ways to Use Scraps [Paperback]

D'Arcy-Jean Milne
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1 Dec 2006
Using up scraps is always a challenge and D'Arcy-Jean has put together over 25 projects that are simply straightforward and yet creating startling effects. D'Arcy starts with what you've got - you will find ways to assess what you've got in terms of colour and quantity, then choose what item you can make based on that, and then you can pick a design to follow or adapt yourself, and that's all there is to it. There are instructions on making 25 different items, with plenty of tips and advice so they are adapted every which way. There is even a project on how to gut a pair of jeans and use every last little bit! D'Arcy's friendly, accessible style invites the reader to be bold and experimental. In addition there is practical advice on sorting your "fabric food chain" (where size matters), how to combine colours, plus stitching tips, and finishing off and making up an item yourself. It's simple - choose what you like from the list of options and you use your existing supplies of fabric to make it. All the designs are adaptable. Techniques include machine embroidery (without any special sewing machine additions), cord-making, and jewellery-making to add finishing touches.Projects include: reversible fabric bowls, "sweet beads" - decorative items that can be adapted for all kinds of trimmings, the world's easiest fabric bag, dinky dolls, and some two-minute filler projects like "Button Blooms" that can used as brooches, pins, or hair ornaments.
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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: C & T Publishing (1 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571203842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571203847
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 19.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,068,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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D'Arcy-Jean Milne is an American living in London. A passionate stitcher, she taught for many years at Liberty's Sewing School and now teaches privately. The inspiration for this book is D'Arcy's "Scrap Crafts" class she used to teach at Liberty of London. She has worked for major needlepoint companies (Elizabeth Bradley and The Crewelwork Company). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good sterter to textiles 3 July 2013
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I found this a good beginners textbook. I will use it for a junior sewing class. It is well illustrated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars delightful! 28 Mar 2007
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As someone with a vast collection of craft books I can easily say that most "new" craft books are just rehashing of the same ideas in other books. Especially when it comes to books dealing with fabric scraps-it seems like every book I bought had the same projects- basically "add fabric to tea towel" blah blah blah.

This book was a fantastic surprise! Original new ideas beautifully photographed, well written and chock full of info and eye candy. If you are like me-kinda eclectic and "artsy fartsy" but you do not like strict "paint by the numbers" crafts then you will love this book!

The author even gives great info on scrap storage, disassembling old clothes to acquire more fabric. She gives you about five basic scrappy ideas-then loads of ways to run with those simple ideas to create gorgeous projects! I love that idea and variations on a theme is something that's needed in craft books for awhile now. This book will make you want to immediately start creating:)

Now the projects here are very freeform, whimsical and brightly colored. If you find you don't like those things artistically then you may not like the authors style but I love it!

Highly recommend this book!

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough tips for the price 7 Aug 2007
By K. - Published on
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If you are someone looking for specific projects, be aware that the ones included here are, to my sensibility, tacky. Hit the "Suprise Me!" button in the "Search Inside" feature a few times to see if these projects match your style. If you can look at a process and figure out how to use it in a different way, this book still isn't worth the price because she uses the same techniques over and over again. I gave it two stars because, while I might use some of the techniques, I was "done" with the book in about 30 minutes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - A Use for All Those Little Bits! 8 Feb 2007
By KelleySquared - Published on
I just can't throw away little pieces of fabric and, finally, I have a solution. Well, not just one, a ton of solutions - all presented with clear, easily accessible instructions (and lots and lots of colorful picture examples). The text is fun and helpful and the book is beautifully designed. I'm short on crafting space anymore so I don't buy many craft books but this book is well worth the money whether your style is country or Bohemian chic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars small fabric scraps--I thought I was the only one who saved them! 4 Feb 2007
By Mary D. Haper - Published on
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This book is great. Has many ideas that will stimulate your creativity. And you will be so glad you saved all those small scraps even though you never knew why! She even has ideas to use thread pieces....this is a book I will share with my sewing friends as we look for quick projects that cost little if anything. This would be a good book for kids too who are learning to sew small projects by hand and machine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sewers, start your machines 23 Feb 2007
By The grandma artist - Published on
This is a very creative book that is for anyone who loves crafts and sewing and who has a ton of scraps, like myself. The photographs are lushious and instructions are well done and easy to follow. The projects are varied so that there is something for everyone. Many of the projects can be completed within an hour and lets you use some of those features on your machine that you haven't touched. A great read and a book to keep in your library.
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