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Fast Fabric Gifts: Scrap Fabric Style, Small Scale Sewing, Thrifty Chic: 30 Irresistible Fabric Gifts [Paperback]

Sally Southern
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16 Mar 2010
Packed full of gorgeous, sewing projects this will be the answer to all your gifting problems. Use up your fabric scraps and button and bead collections with these pretty little sewing projects which make the perfect presents. The author uses an eclectic blend of materials including: felt, gingham, Liberty print, denim, ribbon, buttons, beads, wire and even decorative paper. Small hand and sewing machine projects are the ideal way to create quick gifts with lasting impact. Step-by-step instructions, needlecraft and embroidery stitch techniques are included throughout to make it fast and easy. Projects include: shabby chic hanging heart; patchwork hangings; floral felt jewellery and a cute cosmetic bag.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (16 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715330403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715330401
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Sally Southern works as a self-employed textile artist/designer freelancing in all areas of art and design, including fashion and furnishings. She regularly contributes to magazines, including Crafts Beautiful and has worked on several books including Sew Many Bags, Sew Little Time for D&C. Sally lives in Tyne & Wear.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather quaint. 20 July 2010
By Doh
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The blurb for this publication says that this is the book you've been waiting for to use up those odd scraps of material, buttons, trimmings and general odds and sods. It contains 12 main projects (with some additional smaller projects giving 30 in total) ranging from a cover for a notebook and fabric covered picture frames to a fabric covered treasure chest and a fabric covered hanger. I would guess by now that you've spotted there's a bit of a theme here. Basically it gives you ideas for covering various items in fabric. Although there were also ideas such as creating felt jewelery or making a polka dot bag. I have to say that the felt jewelery did look quite good and it's certainly different.

Each chapter begins by giving you a list of materials which is then followed by a step-by-step guide. At the end of the book there are sections on stitch techniques, templates for cutting out flowers, etc and a list of suppliers. The ideas are very quaint. They remind me a lot of the fabric covered items that were every where in the 70s. I think it might suit someone with a child with an interest in art/craft/sewing who is looking for easy items to make together as the projects are all fairly straight forward. There is only a small amount of machine work involved although a sewing machine didn't seem essential.

Overall it is a well thought out book and well produced but it did seem a little quaint. Having said that I'm sure with a bit of imagination you could adapt the ideas to your own tastes.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By Joanne K. Pilsworth VINE VOICE
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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.


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).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great for beginners or a teenager 28 Oct 2010
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This book has tutorials for simple and small items that only use small pieces of fabrics. The projects are cute and are suitable for beginners or teenagers. If you have more sewing experience, then you may be disappointed as you probably have already sewn most of the projects in the book, and even if you haven't you do not need a tutorial for them as they are so easy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the inexperienced 8 Oct 2010
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This book is a little dated in design, but it has some nice projects. They are quite basic and a bit uninspired, so I wouldn't say this is challenging for the more experienced seamstress. It does however have very clear instructions, and you don't need experience to be able to start most of the projects. You also don't need complicated equipment, almost all the projects can be done by hand. I like the idea of using up scraps of material, of which I have a lot, but there was very little in here I would actually want in my house. Its a case of good concept but quite uninspired projects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Basic Sewing Projects 6 Sep 2010
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As a new crafter I was attracted to this book which promised simple crafting projects that could be achieved without a sewing machine. Although the projects were simple and in most cases required only basic equipment I found the overall style of the book and the projects to be extremely dated and reading through the book I wasn't attracted to trying any of the projects. Projects on offer include, a simple pencil case, fabric covered photo frames, felt jewellery, pin cushion and a decorative jewellery box. All of these projects had only 'novelty' attraction and offered nothing new or interesting that I have not seen before.

One positive thing I did take from the book was the useful 'techniques' section at the back of the book which does give a step by step guide to the most common sewing styles and techniques, these were quite easy to follow and may prove useful for beginners or those who want to refresh their memory, if like me, they haven't done any sewing since leaving school. The book, however, is not worth purchasing just for these sections as similar tutorials could easily be found elsewhere.

Sadly, I would not wish to recommend this book. I think there are many more crafting books available that offer contemporary projects using traditional techniques and that do it much more successfully.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says
Does what it says so I'm happy with the book, it gives good guidelines, all I need now is time
Published 22 days ago by Polaber
3.0 out of 5 stars bad quality
The printing was bad quality, the colours looked bad, for anyone into art usually like the visual to be good
Published 3 months ago by Dolores Kyne
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so keen!
Didn't get much inspiration from this book, it was ok but nothing that made me want to make something! But disappointed.
Published 8 months ago by mrs D HINGLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday gift
My friend was really pleased with this item. A bit pricey but then Cath Kidston stuff always is. She has just started out so a useful gift to begin practising on.
Published 11 months ago by M. Wilkes
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for ideas
Have already made some of the items in this book and my fiends have been impressed so will be doing more in the near future.
Published 12 months ago by forestcarole
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring for beginners
Great little book, full of fabulous easy makes for everyone. If you love 'home made' then get this and have a go, so simple to use and great instructions. Read more
Published 12 months ago by cattykins
5.0 out of 5 stars great item
the item was just as described, perfect and just as I wanted, will use it everyday, i do recommend .
Published 13 months ago by ALUAP
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Bought as a present for someone who is new to sewing..some great projects..lovely pictures..easily explained..i would recommend this book..Great Service too
Published 15 months ago by Gillian Mason
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick gifts
A lovely book for quick and easy gifts. Very clear instructions which enabled my 13 year old step daughter to make a lovely gift for her mum in a couple of hours. Fab.
Published 18 months ago by Lorilicious
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Having a lot of felt in stock, thought this book would fill that gap.
Just what I had been looking for.Lot's of ideas. Will be using this lot's. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mrs. A. M. Balaam
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