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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (21 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470547421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470547427
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 0.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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24 Projects Using Designer Fat Quarters From a belt to a handbag, from children′s gifts to a faux pillowcase dress, and much, much more, Small Stash Sewing gives you 24 sewingprojects to make unique pieces that showcase your favorite, longed–for designer fabrics. If you′re a veteran sewer looking to use up your existing stash of fabrics or are new to sewing and want to experiment with designer fabrics without breaking the bank, Small Stash Sewing gives you the skills and know–how to create stunning pieces that will inject new life into your home and fashion style.

About the Author

MELISSA AVERINOS is a fabric designer, painter, good listener, and lover of strawberry rhubarb pie. She can usually be found getting messy in the studio in the back of her Cape Cod gift shop, Yummy Goods. For inspiration and juicy honesty, visit Melissa at her blog

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sewmad on 27 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
I was really looking forward to receiving this, I thought it would be great to use up small remnants. I found that out of the 24 items I probably would only make 1 or 2 , most things were pretty useless. My advice is don`t waste your money.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By suzanne howlett on 20 Sept. 2010
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Great book so happy with this purchase.
If you like simple but fun sewing projects the this book really brings out your creative energies.
I bought it on the " fat quarter " element, was looking for a book for my daughter ,but cannot part with it so found her something different.
I love fabric, and colour and these projects leave so much room for choice.

if you like fun, colour and sewing and have a stash of fabric then you may enjoy this thoughtful book.
Read it with a cup of tea and a cupcake .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L'amour on 2 Aug. 2011
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This book is ok for someone who hasn't sewn before and just wants to practice their skills. I didn't find anything in it I would like to make. However, my 7 year old daughter loved it so it was given a good home.
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By Magee on 22 April 2013
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I was a bit disappointed with this book - but then I am a Senior stitcher! ~The items were not really my cup of tea, but having said that my daughter loved it so it has found a new home in her house. With a little granddaughter to sew for, she was very happy with the ideas.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Whimsical Book Full of Creative and Fun Projects! 13 Jun. 2010
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There are a couple things I look for in a book or magazine: high quality pictures and illustrations (eye candy!), useful tips, intermediate to advanced techniques, and a variety of fresh, modern projects. This book has at least 3-4 projects I want to make, so it was worth buying.

Amy Butler wrote the most amazing, heartwarming foreword for this book. You can tell Amy admires Melissa's creativity and creative soul, which just made me smile. Melissa seems like such an open, humble shining star!

This book includes such categories as To Wear, At Home and For Kids. The variety of projects offer challenges for beginners and more veteran sewists, making it a well-rounded book.

The "To Wear" section includes projects like a ruched patchwork belt, a spiced up tee for guys, even custom shoelaces, which would really liven up my gray Converse. The adorable necklace with the pretty ribbon closure is a very artsy, girly project that can be made in probably an hour. I love Melissa's strapping bag because it looks like just my size. (I'm not a big fan of large purses, or leather purses, or designer purses.) I love the way she combined the light blue wale corduroy for the sides with the quilting cotton gusset and straps, which would also look cool as a pieced strap.

The "At Home" section includes a very hip argyle embellished pillow, a fabric-covered magnetic frame for your fridge, a gorgeous apron, and a cool bath mat, which is a couple fat quarters pieced over an old bath towel to spice up that old towel. I also loved the daydreamer lap quilt, a clever way to embellish a strip-pieced quilt top. The Cute-as-a -Button-Clock is a fun way to show off a favorite fat quarter and coordinating buttons from your stash.

The "For Kids" section offers a precious pillowcase dress, a great jester crown for the boys, a yo-yo tiara for the girls, a magic cape, and the prettiest wrap skirt that is reversible. The little ladybug softie is adorable and could be used as a big pincushion. Ah, the imagination in this book is so fun! Of course the unicorn and moon, which represent Melissa's famous Unicorn stories, are priceless.

The pattern pieces are printed in the back, and only a couple of them need enlarging, another bonus since I don't know how to make enlargements on my home copier.

I would have to say the best part of this book is the ability of the reader to actually feel like you are with Melissa as she experiments with these creative projects, using just the treasured fat quarters in your stash. If you're looking for cheerful sewing projects to fill an afternoon, this book offers loads of potential for challenge and satisfaction.
46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
A let down 31 May 2010
By HndmadeRetro - Published on
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I was looking forward to this parcel arriving on my doorstep but upon seeing it when I got home yesterday I was sadly disappointed.

I was expecting a book with projects that mainly used fat quarters (only) but find that many of the projects need a great deal of extra fabric (often the bulk required for the project) and the fat quarter is only an accent.

The projects in themselves were also a let down, one is a pair of shoe laces! And others, like the yoga pants and band tee could be considered embellishment at best.

There isn't anything in here that an experienced, or even intermediate, sewer couldn't sew without this book. It would not be a terrible source book for a newbie looking for ideas but far from what I was expecting.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Clever, Fresh Ideas 2 Jun. 2010
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Melissa's book has new and clever ideas of how to highlight those favorite fat quarters you've been hoarding in your stash. Many of the projects do require additional fabrics, but they cleverly make the fat quarter the star of the show. Yes, there is the standard quilt, purse and pillow projects, but they have a unique "freestyle" sewing approach and offer plenty of opportunities to add your own personality. The shoelace project is so stinking clever I can hardly stand it and the Jester Crown and Cuffs is a project I haven't seen anything like before. Owlie McPillowpants and Unicorn *Hearts* Moon pillow projects you'll just have to see yourself for their cleverness and opportunities for self-expression. Small Stash Sewing is an opportunity to pull out those favorite fabric pieces and have fun with your sewing.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Awesome Book! Fun Projects! 1 Jun. 2010
By J. nielson - Published on
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I am so excited to finally have this book in my hot little hands! Every page had another fun and easy project to work on. I started with the Unicorn loves Moon embroidery. The instructions were clear, super easy to follow, and the project turned out so cute! My kids are fighting over who gts the first Owlie McPillowPants....(It's really for me!) There is something in here for everyone, of all different sewing levels. I am getting ready to use some of my saved Tula Pink "Hushabye" fabric on the quilt. I may even make a matching ladybug. What a fab baby gift! (If I can part with it!)
Thanks for a fun, and inspirational sewing book!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This book really grew on me! 20 Jun. 2010
By MidwestMom - Published on
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I gotta admit, when I first got this book in the mail I was a little disappointed...the reason being that I initially could not see myself making any of the projects. But, then I gave the book a chance. I visited the author's website, and I sat down and actually read through the book .. the foreward, the introduction, the small bits about each pattern, etc .. and then I realized that maybe at first I did not "get" the author's unique and whimsical point of view. Her enthusiasm for the projects in this book got me excited about the projects, and now I want to make several of the projects. A lot of the projects have a sort of free style stitched look to them, and some have raw edges that will fray which at first turned me off because I like nice and tidy clean lines. But then I read some of the author's notations where she takes into account what she calls "type A personalities" and gives advice on how to make things more tidy and clean looking ... and then I felt like okay, she is talking to me now too. I really do like the author's relaxed attitude though. Some sewing books that seem to strive for perfection can seem very intimidating, but none of the patterns in this book feel that way to me. There are a lot of great photos and illustrations as well, along with gorgeous photos of the author's fabric line. Some drawbacks to this book: only 24 projects (compare to Sandi Henderson's new book from the same publisher with nearly a dozen more projects for the same price), most of the pattern pieces need enlarging (ugh!), almost all of the projects are not a one fat quarter project but several, and probably the biggest drawback -- the patterns may not be used to make items for sale. I just never get that .... when you are not allowed to sell items that you (the purchaser) make from a pattern -- I can understand not wanting items to be mass produced, but if you as the purchaser make items by hand and sell them at like a craft fair or something, how does that hurt the author? Or the publisher? I would think that if it is required to state that the item is made with a pattern by the author in written descriptions, or provide a link to her site or something, that it could only draw awareness to her work. But that is just me I guess. But anyways, I will get off my soapbox now ... okay, so, the patterns are organized into 3 categories: To wear, At home, and For Kids. Patterns that I find unique and would like to make are: Ruched Belt, Silk Scarf, Yoga Pants Rehab, Fleecy Cowl, Sassy Shoelaces, Strapping Bag, Bath Mat, Apron for all, and the lovely ladybug. One disappointment for me is that most of the "for kids" patterns are for girls. But, I have all boys, so for those of you with daughters this may be a good thing. If I had little girls to sew for, I would probably like these patterns as well: faux pillowcase dress, Owlie Mc Pillowpants, Reversible Wrap Skirt, and Unicorn Hearts Moon. Other patterns that are included that I know I will not be making are: Band Tee, Necklace, Daydreamer lap quilt, Argyle pillow, fancy fabric liner, lavender sachet set, fridge frame, jester crown and cuffs, yo-yo tiara, and the magic caper cape. The only project I have made from this book so far, is the no-sew, "cute as a button clock". My only last "complaint" about this book, is that seeing all of the lovely photos and projects using the author's fabric line really makes me want to get some of her fabric ... but because the fabric has been out for a couple of years, it is like impossible to find. Bummer.

Overall opinion -- at first I did not get it, then once I did I really have enjoyed this book. It's a keeper!
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