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Fast Fabric Gifts: Scrap Fabric Style, Small Scale Sewing, Thrifty Chic: 30 Irresistible Fabric Gifts Paperback – 16 Mar 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (16 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715330403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715330401
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.8 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
The blurb for this publication says that this is the book you've been waiting for to use up those odd scraps of material, buttons, trimmings and general odds and sods. It contains 12 main projects (with some additional smaller projects giving 30 in total) ranging from a cover for a notebook and fabric covered picture frames to a fabric covered treasure chest and a fabric covered hanger. I would guess by now that you've spotted there's a bit of a theme here. Basically it gives you ideas for covering various items in fabric. Although there were also ideas such as creating felt jewelery or making a polka dot bag. I have to say that the felt jewelery did look quite good and it's certainly different.

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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The biggest problem with craft books is that the title will include the word 'simple', you buy it and then find that there is a ton of specialist equipment you need, or an assumption that you have all the time in the world to produce the quirky little gifts detailed therein.

NOT WITH THIS BOOK

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).
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This book has tutorials for simple and small items that only use small pieces of fabrics. The projects are cute and are suitable for beginners or teenagers. If you have more sewing experience, then you may be disappointed as you probably have already sewn most of the projects in the book, and even if you haven't you do not need a tutorial for them as they are so easy.
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This book is a little dated in design, but it has some nice projects. They are quite basic and a bit uninspired, so I wouldn't say this is challenging for the more experienced seamstress. It does however have very clear instructions, and you don't need experience to be able to start most of the projects. You also don't need complicated equipment, almost all the projects can be done by hand. I like the idea of using up scraps of material, of which I have a lot, but there was very little in here I would actually want in my house. Its a case of good concept but quite uninspired projects.
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great ideas for family and friend gifts, the ideas are well explained and makes good use of smaller pieces of fabric. I have found the tips usefull in other projects and I look forward to using the book. Sorry I have tried to put a tag on this product and as I am new to this have not found how to do this.
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This is a lovely book but not what I quite expected. If I saw it in a shop I would not buy it at all. It is a good sauce of ideas and it is well illustrated. I will be using idea from this book to go along with my own. So in respect it might be a good buy for beginner's working with fabric.
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By K Wren HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 July 2010
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This is a very nicely presented and beautifully photographed book and a step back to the time when gifts were thoughtfully hand-made specifically for their recipients and should entice any budding craftsperson to have a go at making some of the gifts shown. All are very simple ideas which don't require a lot of skill (or patience) and being small items, they don't take long to complete so these pretty little gifts should be ready within a few hours. Also, the fabrics and embellishments eg felt, ribbon, buttons etc are readily available at low-cost and only small pieces (offcuts, scraps...) are needed and all can be hand-stitched with no need for a sewing machine.

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!
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