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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; Flexibound edition (20 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071123356X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711233560
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 1.3 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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)

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

(CrossStitcher)

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

 

(Period Living)

'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)

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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By LucyBT on 25 Sept. 2012
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By FJF on 13 Nov. 2012
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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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By HT on 11 Nov. 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Josephine Stewart on 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 By Graham Paine on 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 By sampson917 on 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 By Marnie Kirkham on 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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By ballyweegirl on 24 Mar. 2015
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I love this book. It is packed full of easy ways to up cycle cast offs, your own or those found in charity shops and car boot sales. Great fun items to make and has projects suitable for all levels of ability including those who have never crafted much before. My favourite project is the Lego clock, great fun for all fans of Lego, whatever their age!
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