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  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (1 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811852571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811852579
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 3.2 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scandinavian-born Lotta Jansdotter is a self-taught designer. She works from her studio in Brooklyn, New York, where she sells her products and designs online and to hundreds of stores worldwide. Meiko Arquillos is a photographer based in San Francisco who grew up in Tokyo.

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By luckybear on 9 Sept. 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
I love this book! I bought it based mostly on having heard of the author through craft websites, etc. but also on some of the Amazon reviews. Bought it on a whim really, to make up an order to save postage! But absolutely love it! Really good value for money, lots of inspiration and in fact just about every project had me thinking "I'm going to make that"! Have already made the Simple Tote (well, 5 of them actually!) and Doorstop (2!) and am just choosing what to make next. Very easy, step by step stages make every stage of each project crystal-clear. And the results are stylish and practical. Lovely photographs and very clear diagrams illustrate exactly what you're aiming for.

You can guess I like this book! If you're into sewing easy but stylish things for you and your home, then this is the book for you. (Oh, and the patterns are already real-size and on proper papers stored in a neat envelope at the front of the book, ready to cut and use, not those annoying "Just photocopy it to 200%" patterns that lots of sewing books tend to have, so you're ready to sew!
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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Happyfamily VINE VOICE on 27 July 2007
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A must have book for anyone who loves sewing. What's great with this book is that it contains an envelop with full size patterns for some of the projects, also included are patterns of applique for those interested in embellishing their projects. The design of the projects are simple (great for beginners), however more experienced sewers will love the fact that you can embellish the projects with appliques or embroidery making them more satisfying creativity wise. The book is divided into function: cook, go, nest, organize. The projects are: placemat with chopstick pocket, napkins and coasters, pot holder, cafe apron with pocket, oven mitt, kitchen towels, reversible apron, picnic placemat, simple tote, gardening tote, yoga mat tote, all day tote, sun hat, simple drawstring backpack, curtain with pockets, duvet cover, pillowcase, draft snake, doorstop, wall organizer, tool roll, checkbook cover, bed pocket, magazine holder.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Carol on 26 Dec. 2007
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This is a really stylish book - well designed, clear and inspiring. The thing I like best about it is something very simple: the way it's bound so that it lies flat whilst you work on the projects. The projects are very simple (I'm a run-before-you-can-walk kinda gal) but they are also versatile so they could easily be cusomised. Recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. Kane on 11 Sept. 2009
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I recently decided to take up sewing again, having not done any since I was at school. I was looking for a book to start me off with some simple projects that would actually be purposeful and useful.

This book is brilliant! It has lots of inspiration and yes, some of the projects are basic, but that doesn't stop you from customising them yourself. I have already made the tote bag and the reversible apron and am really happy with the results! Most of the items in this book wouldn't look out of place in somewhere like Ikea, you can definitely tell there is a Swedish influence!

There are photographs to show you what the finished article should look like and although the instructions are mostly textual, Lotta does include some little diagrams at more complicated stages so that you can fully understand what she means.

The projects are labelled with a "level" (1 - 4) to give you an idea of how complicated they are. The tote bag was a level 2 project and the reversible apron was a level 4. That should give you an idea of how achievable these projects are.

Other projects include placemats, doorstop, duvet cover, sun hat, magazine holder and lots more.

Most of the projects (at least the more complicated ones) come with ready-made patterns that are tucked into an envelope section at the beginning of the book (and are already the right size and ready to cut out). The projects that don't come with patterns (such as the tote bag) are mainly ones where it only involves you cutting a rectangle out of fabric.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Gemmeg on 30 Nov. 2008
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I can't believe anyone could criticise this book for containing simple sewing projects. It says on the cover that it is full of them!! If you are new to sewing, or just want a book of quick and easy patterns for useful everyday items for gifts for friends and loved ones, then you can't really go far wrong here. However, it DOES advance past 30 minute projects such as placemats and napkins etc. Keep reading, and you will come across patterns for a duvet cover and pillow case, a multi-pocket gardening tote (DEFINITELY not what I would call simple and uninspired!!), an everyday tote (truly fabulous!!), a padded oven glove, cafe and reversible aprons, and loads more. Simple doesn't have to mean boring or uninspired. The point of sewing your own items is that the possibilities are endless - especially where fabric choices are concerned. If you read this book with an open mind and a bit of imagination, you will be very pleased with the results. There is even a thick pocket at the front of the open-flat book that's full of the patterns to make the projects in the book, to make it even easier for you.

She also has a beautiful blog and website that's worth taking a look at for more inspiration.
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