Sewing Made Simple is an inspiring and enlightening introduction to an incredibly useful and enjoyable skill. Filled with clear instructions and clever tips, it demystifies the subject and provides a wealth of know-how that will give you the confidence to make and customise clothes and home furnishings. The first five chapters introduce you to all the tools, equipment and materials you will need for sewing success. ‘The Sewing Box’ explains different threads, needles, pins, scissors and other haberdashery must-haves. ‘The Secrets of Sewing-Machine Success’ guides you around your machine and its accessories, and includes a useful section on troubleshooting. ‘Stitch Craft’ teaches you the essential hand- and machine-stitches – the building blocks of any sewing project. ‘The Paper Pattern’ explains how patterns work and how to use and adapt them for expert dressmaking. ‘Fabric Choices’ reveals how to select the most appropriate fabrics for your project, taking into account colour, pattern, composition and weave. The last chapter, ‘Basic Sewing Skills’, shows you how it’s done, with the essential techniques for making almost anything explained in plain and simple terms – from sewing on buttons and stitching darts to appliqué and piping. Interspersed are 20 gorgeous projects that will help you to consolidate your skills. The projects range from a simple bias-cut skirt and tailored cushion to a more complicated apron and lined tote, and include useful basics such as a curtain, blind, child’s dress and customised T-shirt that every reader will want to try.