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ReCraft: How to Turn Second-hand Stuff into Beautiful Things for your Home, Family and Friends [Paperback]

Buttonbag , Nicola Kent
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Book Description

20 Sep 2012

ReCraft includes 50 projects to give old things a new lease of life. ReCraftis a way of recycling things you might otherwise throw away - or things other people have given away. ReCraft means asking, “What can I turn this into?” rather than, “What do I need to make this?” - it is colours / textures and materials that trigger the designs and your own creativity. Using your hands and imagination ReCraft transforms the most uninspiring objects such as holey jumpers, old shirts, dusty books, chipped cups, battered spoons, floral curtains, scratched records and broken games into soft toys, candles, secret boxes, precious jewels, cushions and bags. ReCraft is about allowing your second-hand finds inspire you; letting shape, colour and texture spark for a 'ReCrafted' transformation. Fifty projects for a range of items including items for the home, clothes and accessories for all ages plus patterns, templates and basic techniques. Illustrated with photographs and hand-painted illustrations, the emphasis is on simple, easy-to-make items with a twist.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; Flexibound edition (20 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071123356X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711233560
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 19.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Takes second-hand objects (everything from men's shirts to scrabble pieces) and gives them a new life'

(The Independent)

'This is an excellent book full of ideas for things to make from 'stuff' you have hanging around the house...it's evident there's plenty of fun and creativity to be had from junk.'

(Juno)

'Filled with 50 refreshingly different and easy-to-follow projects, each with a quirky twist'

 

(Period Living)

'The brains behind craft brand Buttonbag are aiming to 'jumpstart creativity' with their fab debut book'

(CrossStitcher)

'for those of us who want to experiment with our charity-shop finds and see our local charity shops as our new haberdashery.'

(Pretty Nostalgic)

About the Author

BUTTONBAG is a young innovative company breathing new life into old crafts by updating them in a fresh, contemporary way. Since founding the company in 2005, SARA DUCHARS and SARAH MARKS have graduated from a stall at London's Greenwich market to a network of more than 200 stockists across the country including John Lewis, Liberty's of London and Oxfam, and in 2010 they sold over 50,000 kits.
Following a degree in English and Art NICOLA KENT sold handmade greetings cards before getting sidetracked into a successful career as a TV producer. She went on to produce a wide range of programmes for the BBC and Channel 4, and also wrote for top-rating children's animation The Cramp Twins. Since having children Nicola has focused on writing and illustrating. Recent work includes labels for Buttonbag's exclusive Christmas range for John Lewis as well as working on a number of her own stories for young children.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Tat to 'where did you get that'! 25 Sep 2012
By LucyBT
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Having a growing hoard of holey jumpers and chipped cups and a vague idea to get creative with some fashionable 'upcycling' - this book has come just in time. Now I can follow the practical steps to make some lovely new stuff - all projects are explained clearly and are beautifly illustrated. Inspiring - handmade presents you would actually want to receive and tresasure.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas presents sorted 13 Nov 2012
By FJF
Format:Paperback
love your book!!

I thought I was already quite creative with re-crafting things into other useful things - but wow! so many awesome ideas - thank you! After a depressing day browsing a large department store, I decided to just visit a few charity shops instead and make christmas presents at home. I've already done the lampshade, the tie-pencil case and next up the sewing kit jam jar.... The lampshade is already up in our house and my husband thinks it's very stylish!

The best thing was that each of the items didn't take too long. Usually my craft-projects are weeks/months of planning and producing. But this book is a very refreshing and varied list of craft projects that can be done in a few hours, still with brilliant effect, and using the usual things most crafty person will have in the house anyway. The descriptions were simple to understand and the illustrations are just gorgeous!!!!

So this Christmas, gifts are either going to be handmade, or I'll be giving the buttonbag book itself!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for a creative person 3 Feb 2013
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It was a gift for my daughter and she says its given her inspiration to get on and do things
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas. 29 Dec 2013
By neena-g
Format:Paperback
I loved this book - I work with young people who through exploring their inner creativity can build confidence and self esteem. We loved this book, so many easy, fun and adaptable ideas. I would definitely recommend it for both novice and experienced crafters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice book 14 May 2013
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there are some really good projects, well written but not enough real pictures, a lot of drawn pictures to illustrate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ReCraft 1 May 2013
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Some very interesting ideas for up-cycling. I look forward to trying some of the projects which include knitting a rug from old tee-shirts and turning men's shirts into bunting and cushions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Projects 4 Dec 2012
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Brilliant book just the right present for Christmas and my crafty friend will love it ! Thank you very much
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing & Unoriginal 11 Nov 2012
By HT
Format:Paperback
I am loving the resurgence of all things crafty and very much sold on the idea of recyling and upcycling, so this book should have ticked all the boxes, but I am sorry to say it was rather dissapointing.
The ideas are not particularly original (save for a couple - the lego clock is brill!).
Other projects are very basic and most certainly have that rough around the edges homemade look, and the book is largely filled with poor versions of projects easily found and more creatively executed on pinterest. The christmas decorations especially, are a joke, and the sort of thing children make at school.
I appreciate some would be readers might be beginners to craft, and are perhaps less intimidated by the amateur homemade look, if you consider yourself even remotely intermediate in sewing and crafts, this book will leave you deflated. I would actually recommend it for children and adolescents rather than adults, but even then, there are better and more inspiring books on the market for this age group.
The biggest let down though, was the photography. I think like many crafters, these kind of books are purchased as much for the eye candy as the practical direction and patterns. Had the former been more inspiring I may have been less inclined to rate this book so low. Many of the patterns have no photos at all and the illustrations are dull.
Even the writing is half hearted, the intro should have been fabulous, a brilliant opportunity to wax lyrical about the new craft movement and the joy (and reasons for!) using recycled materials in craft. Instead, there is a brief and boring waffle about how being cafty makes us feel good and balances out the use of gadgetry in the home, inspiring it is not!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
THE BOOK WAS LOVELY PROMPT DELIVERY AND INSPIRING TO DO LOTS OF THINGS AROUND THE HOUSE WILL KEEP ME VERY BUSY
Published 16 days ago by debbie
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas with straightforward instruction
Well presented book with interesting ideas for reusing worn out clothing and smartening up old furniture. Instructions are clear and easy to follow
Published 24 days ago by A. Mathewson
5.0 out of 5 stars great
loved this book, great ideas for redrafting ideas, but gave me thoughts about making from new, has inspired me to sew more
Published 3 months ago by allyson kent
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissappointed
I found the ideas unimaginative and simplistic and not suiting my taste. I would certainly question that any of the ideas were beautiful.. Not what I was expecting at all.
Published 3 months ago by Martyn Barbe
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever ideas
The book was clearly described and I got what I was looking for. I wanted craft ideas that used recycled materials and the patterns are very clever and stimulating. Read more
Published 4 months ago by widget
4.0 out of 5 stars New for old!
Some good original ideas for recycling items and fabrics but part of the instructions are missing with some items. But look on that as a challenge and work through it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pink Poppy
4.0 out of 5 stars really good
I was happy with this book and have attempted some projects. I love the idea of up cycle and this gave me ideas.
Published 8 months ago by Joanne Davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely book
Its a great little book with lots of lovely ideas in. It is definitely worth the buy. I would reccomend.
Published 9 months ago by mammyjoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for tips on useful recycling around the home
Great book with lots of projects to enable you to recycle or 'ReCraft' items found in arty and creative ways.
Published 10 months ago by Gemma F
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for novices and experienced crafters
I am enjoying this book very much. It is clearly written and the instructions easy to understand. It also has diagrams to help to explain techniques. Read more
Published 11 months ago by HappySue
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