The biggest problem with craft books is that the title will include the word 'simple', you buy it and then find that there is a ton of specialist equipment you need, or an assumption that you have all the time in the world to produce the quirky little gifts detailed therein.
NOT WITH THIS BOOK
This truly is a book which does what is says on the cover. The gifts are simple: picture frames, needle cases, pincushions etc, the sort of things I can recall making in Primary School needlework class. Such simple gifts should not be underestimated, as demonstrated by my sister using a 'fake' Mont Blanc penholder I made for her out of felt until it fell apart. But these days, it is a skill not well taught.
I liked in particular that, as a working mum, the projects in this book are the sort of thing that could be done over a weekend. The projects also truly use scrap fabric, the sort of thing you might have left over from making clothes, or equally that can be picked up from a remnant bin in John Lewis etc for a couple of pounds. Decorations are made with things like bits of felt, or buttons, again inexpensive. Stitching, what there is, can be done by hand, or some decorations are simply glued in place.
Clear instructions, templates in the back, a decent resource list all combine to make this the sort of book that would actually be used, rather than being bought and left on a shelf. I recommend this book most highly, and look forward to the reactions from the family on receipt of a set of padded picture frames (one of the first projects).