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Home-made Vintage [Paperback]

Christina Strutt
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Book Description

13 Aug 2009
Home-made Vintage is the ultimate guide to creating an inviting, charming home, from pillows to aprons, curtains to lamp shades. The book offers 40 simple-sew projects to transform every room into the romantic retreat you have always wanted. In this step-by-step guide, Christina Strutt shows readers how to make a wealth of projects for the kitchen and bathroom, conservatory and bedroom, and for giving as gifts as well. A skilled stylist and designer, Christina reveals how to create a look that is personal and unique, but not at all labour-intensive. Reusing old fabrics and accessories in new ways allows the vintage and modern to mingle beautifully and also saves money and time.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cico (13 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906525714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906525712
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christina Strutt runs Cabbages & Roses, a fabric company that specialises in historic rural printed fabrics for fashion, accessories and interiors. Cabbages & Roses has two outlets in London and the fabrics and all products are available through the website, and at selected Jigsaw shops across the UK. Christina is the author of Vintage Crafts (ISBN 9781904991120) and Cabbages & Roses Guide to Natural Housekeeping (ISBN 9781906094478), both available from CICO Books.

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143 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 5 Mar 2007
Lovely book with some great ideas. If you love shabby chic then you will like this.

Don't buy it with "Romantic Home Sewing: Cottage-Style Projects to Stitch for the Home by Christina Strutt" however as they are in fact the same book. The only difference is the title and cover (one is paperback, the other hard back).
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful projects but there is a mistake... 1 Jun 2010
I love vintage designs and I adore flicking through this book just looking at the fabrics and photos.

I have made the laundry bag (page 112) and would like to make readers aware that there is an error in this pattern. The fabric strip for the drawstring cord is stated as having to be 15 1/4 x 2inches; this is far too short. It needs to be 32 x 2 inches.

Other than that there are some really good projects which are suitable for the amateur sewer who wants to push themselves with practical projects and make gifts for friends and family.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of pretty sewing projects 9 Jan 2010
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Recently I reprised a much loved hobby, sewing, which I haven't done for many years, and was happy to discover this book which contains lots of projects to get me started again. It has helped me to build my confidence and skills nearly back to where they were thirty years ago. The patterns are ideal for a newcomer (or returner) to sewing, as you will get attractive, satisfying results from not too much labour. More experienced sewers are sure to find some great inspiration for projects they haven't done before. Well illustrated, and I found the instructions clear and straightforward. I am very glad I bought this and would have been delighted to receive it as a present. (It would make a welcome gift if presented perhaps with a pretty sewing kit or some appropriate fabrics).
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should have listened to some of you guys! 24 Jan 2010
I really should have listened to some of the critical reviews before I bought this book! I have only myself to blame - I even "Looked Inside"!

It's a lovely book of its sort but there is nothing new in it for me. I find it nice to flick through in bed on a Sunday morning but can't see myself making much from it.

I've given it 3 stars - not because of my personal preferences but because it bears the dreaded words "These templates are printed at 50% of their correct size. To use scale them up to 200% on a photocopier" and "Draw up full size on paper"

In the case of the aprons how much easier just to give dimensions or even to print a - full size - template for the top shaping for the arms?

Having said that it's an attractive book, nicely laid out and with a number of projects suitable for beginners: ribbon tie cushions; no-sew curtains; simple bags etc and it's not exactly expensive.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage chic at its best! 2 Nov 2007
For all of us with vintage inspired homes this is the sewing book for you! It is packed with beautiful projects to make with comprehensive instructions. Every page is filled with stunning items to enhance the period home. The various projects include a laundry bag, an apron, fabric covered headboard, bunting, rabbit doll and christmas stocking to name but a few. The photographs are stunning too. A real good buy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing 21 Feb 2011
By tinaF
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The author, in the introduction, states that when writing the book, "the thought of all that sewing did not initially appeal". Why would someone who can't / doesn't like sewing, write a book about it? She even gives the answer - because her publisher said it'd be a good idea. A very poor book with very simple "sewing" projects in it - none of which seem to actually use anything remotely vintage. The highlight for me was the blind made from 3 tea towels. Really, couldn't you come up with anything better than that! This book went straight back.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Home-made Vintage 14 Nov 2009
Just be careful if you are buying this book as the content is the same as Romantic Home Sewing by the same author
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Home-made vintage by Christina Strutt 24 Sep 2010
Visually the book is pleasing but the substance is lacking. The projects would be easy to make without 'instructions' for the average sewer. A bit gimmicky.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic book for the sewing enthusiast.
There are so many projects to undertake from the elaborate to the very simple - something for everyone. Read more
Published 10 months ago by DWebb
4.0 out of 5 stars Sewing
Loved this book plenty of idears, the settings are all great,the fabris out of this world and enjoyed reading it.
Published 12 months ago by Evon Mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely things
A super book which I am looking forward to using.
Lots of lovely things to make.
Instructions don't look too tricky....famous last words!
Published 13 months ago by LB
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I absolutely love this book. There are lovely vintage crafty things to make. The instructions are easy to follow and all our easy to make.
Published 15 months ago by linda melmore
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
I love this book. The photos are beautiful and very inspiring. There are a varied range of projects from covering box files through to making a muslin canopy. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ravenschild
5.0 out of 5 stars Home Made Vintage
Just what i was looking for! My daughter and I are going to start making things to sell and needed a bit of help to get us going. This will help a lot.
Published 24 months ago by Lyn
4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice book!
Good ideas, especially for me, because I have a new house decorate... :) The projects are easy to execute and we can get our own ideas from the projects.
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by Rita Canadas
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm
Bit disappointed - will probably find the cushion instructions useful and I liked the clotheshanger cover but was expecting more drool-over things to be honest.
Published on 4 Aug 2011 by a bit random
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Having recently been reacquainted with my sewing machine and moving into a Victorian house, I had hoped to find good ideas for things to make for my house. Read more
Published on 12 July 2011 by Sarahgal
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots to learn
This book has given me some great ideas and is beautifully presented. You'll get great enjoyment just looking at the photographs.
Published on 5 Mar 2011 by patsyj
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