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Sew! [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Cath Kidston
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16 Oct 2009
Sewing is the new shopping. In these cash-strapped times it's more fun to get together with friends and stitch something handmade and special, whether for yourself or a friend, than to go out and spend that hard-earned money - plus to be given a gift that someone has created and spent time making is always heart-warming. Following the huge success of last year's MAKE!, Cath Kidston has now put together a treasure trove of fabulous simple projects for stitchers to get their needles into - bags, clothes, soft toys and many more - and all designed to be made with her popular printed fabrics. As an inspirational kick-start, Cath is giving away with the book a length of a unique fabric specially printed for the book, together with handles, a label and button to make up into a bag. The book itself is packed with 41 projects with full instructions to make a range of fun and useful things, from a drawstring washbag to a knitting needle case. All the sewing techniques are clearly explained in an introductory section so that even an absolute beginner can be sure of success, together with details of how to embroider, applique and adorn your items in other ways. Stunning photographs, colourful contemporary design and step-by-step pictures make everything absolutely clear and user-friendly. The book also contains a large pattern sheet with cut-out templates.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (16 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844007561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844007561
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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152 of 156 people found the following review helpful
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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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sew great! 3 Nov 2009
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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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment! 7 Feb 2010
By J. Doy
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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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cath Kidston Sew review 3 Nov 2009
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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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's okay but not for beginners 8 Jan 2010
By Q.P
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of time....... 19 Mar 2011
This is very pretty book, but it lacks clarity and clear instructions. ie a baby quilt minus an indication of the finished size!
I'd advise a Cath Kidston fan to stick to buying her fabrics and look for a book title geared to the item you want to make: bags, quilts, cushions, etc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Cath Kidston's introduction says that this book has something for everyone from the 'absolute beginner'to those with more experience. I fall into the 'absolute beginner' category and have to say the book really is not suitable for beginners.

The terminology used is not explained. She assumes a certain level of knowledge throughout and the explanations and diagrams are woefully inadequate if you're just starting out. I have found the book extremely frustrating and at times have felt like chucking the book and my sewing machine out of the window!

Nice projects and inspiration for the more experienced sewer, but definitely not for beginners.

Have since purchased 'Make Me I'm Yours' which I have found much more beginner-friendly!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!! 30 Nov 2009
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book. Loads of fab ideas and easy enough to follow
Published 7 days ago by karen
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift for a friend, have this ...
Bought as a gift for a friend, have this book myself, for the person who already has some basic sewing skills, id say a little tough going for the complete beginner.
Published 18 days ago by Estelle Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great wee book
Published 19 days ago by billy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for inspiration!
Great book with lots of ideas inside to help you make some great gifts. Some instructions are a bit vague but the book is well priced and informative.
Published 23 days ago by S Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought as a present 😀
Published 25 days ago by Tracy M
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fab book. Very pleased
Published 26 days ago by andrea morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely gifts for friend who were thrilled with them.
Brilliant gifts for friends at a great price. All friends were so happy with these Cath Kidston books.
Published 27 days ago by Mrs. Christine Lang
5.0 out of 5 stars Present for daughter!
brilliant book at a superb price. Couldn't get it at Cash Kidston shop as they have changed the SEW to a smaller version with a different thing to make that is not as good as the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr Steven Hand
5.0 out of 5 stars Cath Kidston Sew
Book came and fabric and pattern to make a bag. Nice surprise to find something which I had not expected.
Published 3 months ago by Karon Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Love it Love it
I can see I am going to be busy - nicely illustrated, inspiring pictures - can't wait to get started...plus the free bag pattern and material - what a bargain!
Published 3 months ago by Miss Isobel Sclater
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