Fast Fabric Gifts: Scrap Fabric Style, Small Scale Sewing, Thrifty Chic: 30 Irresistible Fabric Gifts Paperback – 16 Mar 2010
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About the Author
Sally Southern works as a textile artist/designer, freelancing in all areas of art and design, including fashion and furnishings. She regularly contributes to magazines, including Crafts Beautiful, and has worked on several books including Sew Many Bags, Sew Little time.
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Each chapter begins by giving you a list of materials which is then followed by a step-by-step guide. At the end of the book there are sections on stitch techniques, templates for cutting out flowers, etc and a list of suppliers. The ideas are very quaint. They remind me a lot of the fabric covered items that were every where in the 70s. I think it might suit someone with a child with an interest in art/craft/sewing who is looking for easy items to make together as the projects are all fairly straight forward. There is only a small amount of machine work involved although a sewing machine didn't seem essential.
Overall it is a well thought out book and well produced but it did seem a little quaint. Having said that I'm sure with a bit of imagination you could adapt the ideas to your own tastes.
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This truly is a book which does what is says on the cover. The gifts are simple: picture frames, needle cases, pincushions etc, the sort of things I can recall making in Primary School needlework class. Such simple gifts should not be underestimated, as demonstrated by my sister using a 'fake' Mont Blanc penholder I made for her out of felt until it fell apart. But these days, it is a skill not well taught.
I liked in particular that, as a working mum, the projects in this book are the sort of thing that could be done over a weekend. The projects also truly use scrap fabric, the sort of thing you might have left over from making clothes, or equally that can be picked up from a remnant bin in John Lewis etc for a couple of pounds. Decorations are made with things like bits of felt, or buttons, again inexpensive. Stitching, what there is, can be done by hand, or some decorations are simply glued in place.
Clear instructions, templates in the back, a decent resource list all combine to make this the sort of book that would actually be used, rather than being bought and left on a shelf. I recommend this book most highly, and look forward to the reactions from the family on receipt of a set of padded picture frames (one of the first projects).
The book is simply and very clearly illustrated throughout with useful practical tips and even simple sketches of how to sew basic stitches so would be very suited to a complete beginner, older child or teenager. Although the range of gifts is quite limited and similar in concept - eg padded coat hangers, fabric book covers, felt flowers, felt shapes on a ribbon decorated with a button the ideas presented in the book can be taken further and used on other gifts or larger projects and, with a little imagination, possibly even home furnishings.
With its attractive presentation, the book itself would make a charming gift - and you might even receive a 'thank you' gift in return!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice book you could rework some of the patterns to suit your projectsPublished 5 months ago by Ellen johnson
lots of lovely gift ideas and pictures of the finished itemPublished 18 months ago by linda godfrey
Bit disappointed but it is what it is a book for fabric scrap giftsPublished 20 months ago by Alyson Percy