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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (16 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844007561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844007561
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.7 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cath Kidston Ltd was founded in 1993 when designer Cath Kidston opened a tiny shop in London's Holland Park. She began by selling the vintage fabrics, wallpapers and brightly-painted junk furniture she remembered fondly from her childhood. Her clever, witty re-working of traditional English country house style meant that her shop soon became a cult success.

Gradually Cath began to design her own prints and products. One of the first was a printed ironing board cover - practical, quirky and with a distinctive floral print, it has come to epitomize the Cath Kidston look. The product base has expanded steadily to include an extensive range of homewares as well as women's fashion and accessories and the 2008 launch of the Cath Kids brand. Various products are manufactured under license by companies such as Churchill China and Fulton Umbrellas.

Over the years Cath's high-profile collaborations have included creating tents with Milletts (2005-6), Nokia mobile phones with Carphone Warehouse (2006) and collectible radios with Roberts (2005 onwards). In 2008 she collaborated with Tesco to produce printed eco shopping bags made from plastic bottles to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Sales of the bags raised almost £500,000 for the charity and saved about six million plastic bottles from landfill. In 2009 Cath collaborated with Maclaren to produce a children's buggy in her classic spot red print. She has also published five books, most recently Sew! with Quadrille in October 2009 - a follow up to 2008's hugely successful Make!

Cath Kidston Limited has expanded steadily to become the unique global lifestyle brand it is today, with Cath remaining Creative Director. Currently there are 30 shops and concessions in the UK, two shops in the Republic of Ireland, seven in Japan and one in Kuwait. In October 2009 a shop opened at Heathrow Airport's revamped Terminal 4 - the company's first in an airport - and in November two new temporary 'pop-in' shops were opened in London to make the most of the busy Christmas trading period. The business' successful worldwide mail order, web and wholesale divisions also continue to grow.

Cath Kidston Ltd is one of the most influential and original design companies to emerge from the UK in recent years. It was announced in the Queen's 2009 New Year Honours List that Cath Kidston is to be awarded an MBE for services to business in 2010.


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"Cath Kidston's new book is not to be missed for pretty things to make on long winter evenings." - Easy Living, November 2009
--Easy Living, November 2009

About the Author

One of Britain s leading and most-loved designers, Cath Kidston is best known for her vintage-inspired homewares, clothing and accessories. Cath began her career as an interior designer before opening her first retail shop in London in 1993, where she sold vintage fabrics and antique furniture. Now with more than 40 stores and concessions in the UK, plus more in the Republic of Ireland, Japan and South Korea, Cath Kidston Ltd is now a presence on almost every high street. In 2010, Cath was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to business. To date, Cath has published four bestselling project books Make!, Sew!, Stitch! and Patch! that encompass a wide range of disciplines and finished items, from sewing and patchwork to cross-stitch and needlepoint. Alongside these books sit two complete kits packaged in a unique tin The Knitting Book and The Crochet Book are perfect for beginner knitters or crocheters and make ideal gifts. In 2012, she published a further two how-to books entitled Make Your Own Christmas Decorations and Sew Your Own Rag Doll. In addition to her books, Cath also has a very successful stationery line.

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156 of 160 people found the following review helpful By A. Carey on 29 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is full of lovely sewing projects, but the actual instructions for the slightly more complex projects leave a lot to be desired. I'm a fairly experienced sewer but I have absolutely no idea how to put together, to give but one example, the patchwork knitting bag - many of the instructions are meaningless without some sort of visual aids. Many people find it much easier to follow visual instructions for craft projects rather than complicated written descriptions and I wish Kidston had included more diagrams and less pretty pictures of vintage quilts. I'd like to make that knitting bag but if I do try it I suspect I'll just have to work out how to do it from the picture of the finished project rather than the frankly bewildering guide.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By J. Casagranda on 3 Nov. 2009
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Fantastic. The book contains everything to make the bag on the front and I had it made in the evening! A bargin in itself. I am thrilled with it. The patterns are all very simple and easy to follow, although i have had to think about how much fabric I need the patterns use every last scrap. I have made the egg cosy and large tote too. I would certianly buy this for anyone who loves to make stuff and /or loves Cath Kidston. I can see myself going back and making more of the bags etc for presents in the future and i am already getting fabrics together for the quilt! If you love sewing but are never too sure where to start (like me!) this is so easy and you get a fantastic finished product.
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sally L. Broome on 3 Nov. 2009
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I'm 14 years old, and love this book! It was a present from my Gran and we have spent hours making things together! I loved all the beautiful creative projects with great pictures of each project. The book comes with free material to make the bag shown on the cover. The bag took a while to make and was a little tricky so it shouldn't be the first thing you make from the book. But now its finished I love it!! I first made the coat hanger which was very simple and looked really pretty. The coat hanger was easy and only took about an hour to make once you knew the steps well. I hadn't done much sewing before and wanted to start but didn't know how, this book helped me start and now Im always working on a project. The bird lavender bags are one of my favourite projects and have made great presents for friends! The book also has some more complex projects for those who know what they are doing. This book is fantastic! I definitely would recommend it, its great for all ages! Written by my daughter!
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By J. Doy on 7 Feb. 2010
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I was bought this book for Christmas and was really looking forward to making the projects. Two projects in and I'm going to give up as I'm at the end of my tether! (My long suffering boyfriend will be pleased as he's fed up of listening to me swear and rant!)
Firstly, the intructions are confusing and lack visual aids.In particular the Knitting bag, the intructions don't make sense and I ended up making up my own. My mother, who runs her own curtain making business was at a total loss too! Secondly the pattern pieces are incorrect. I was making the Inside out Tote and found out that the handle pattern piece Q is 5cm too short. Luckily I had bought extra fabric.
If you enjoy a challenge and don't mind raised blood pressure buy it, if not then I'd look for something else!
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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Q.P on 8 Jan. 2010
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There are some nice ideas in this book but if you're a beginner like me this book is not for you. The terms are not explained(no glossary) and there are barely any diagrams to show you what to do, so half of the time I wasn't even sure if I was doing it right until the end. I was pulled in by the reviews and faced the consequence of finfding out this book is not for beginners.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Sherri on 30 Nov. 2009
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I bought this book a couple of weeks ago and absolutely love it. There are loads of different projects from bags to kitchen items to baby stuff. I've already made a few things and I'm currently working on a bird mobile for my little niece. The instructions are very easy to follow and all patterns and shapes are included. It's well worth the money and I highly recommend it!!! Have fun!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Green on 10 Feb. 2010
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This is not for a beginner. I have almost lost the will to live trying to make some of these things. The instructions aand diagrams are just not clear enough so therefore would only really suit someone who can already sew fairly well. I was looking forward to making the free bag with it but i have given up. Such a shame as i love Cath Kidston stuff
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. Handford on 8 Oct. 2009
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This is a lovely book, with a variety of projects, wonderful pictures, clear simple instructions & bonus kit to create bag on front cover (although the bag is very small it is still a nice extra I hadn't expected).

Good value for money :)
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