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Make & Mend: A Guide to Recycling Clothes and Fabrics Paperback – 20 Jan 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books; UK ed. edition (20 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905862792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905862795
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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'There are loads of projects, tons of basic and comprehensive information about sewing, about sewing tools, how to work your machine, information about different fabrics, threads, needles. A great book for anyone thinking of taking up sewing or of hanging onto that bag of old clothes and curtains you were going to take to the charity shop and seeing whether you can recycle and repurpose them.' http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/. 'Packed full of ideas, patterns and tips on how to transform old clothes into exciting new garments.' Moneywise Magazine. 'If you're keen on recycling then you'll love Make & Mend which will show you how to make everything from bunting to a denim skirt.' Ladies First. 'An inspirational source book that has helped me see my rag book in a whole new light.' Mumtopia 'Full of information and ideas.' Juno 'Attractively presented with lots of little drawings, diagrams and photographs, the book contains numerous projects ... would make an attractive gift.' Scottish Home and Country

About the Author

Rebecca Peacock and Samantha Tickner graduated with first class degrees in illustration in 2005 where they then set up a creative studio, Firecatcher, producing illustration and design. They have developed a love of recycling and creating from found objects which spilled over into producing their own clothes and accessories. This book is a product of their search to create unique personalised items that not only look beautiful but are environmentally friendly and find a use for all those little scraps of fabric they have collected along the way.


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When i first opened this book i was a bit disappointed mostly by the lack of nice pictures and the abscence of colour. All the photos are in black and white but a very dark version of black and white, visually it is not an attractive book. However on second look i found that if you can get past the dreary images and focus on the projects included there are some real gems there.
The instructions are concise and are in written format plus there are little hand drawings of some of the key points to help you on your way. Don't be fooled by this little books plain appearance it does have good content.
Feel i should state that i'm an amateur when it comes to sewing and if you are an experienced seamstress this is probably not the book for you
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Slightly disappointed with this book, the black and white photos are dark and difficult see any detail clearly ( although other illustrations are clear) let it down. Cover is funky and retro contents aren't.
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if you can get it for a couple of quid tops this is worth buying as it does have 2/3 small tips so i will use it but overall most tips are obvious and you can get better tips from free vids online so id advise you to save your money.i feel i paid too much for it.

the preview doesn't provide a clear enough picture of what you are buying.

i also bought the altered clothing book this is much better.i can immediately see at least 6 projects from that book i will be tackling even though it is older it has a lot more out of the box ideas and also a few basic patterns. honestly there are lots of online vids showing recycling projects and some are a lot more detailed than shown in this book.
postives - the seller sent it quickly so woudl recommend them.
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This is a lovely book. The equipment and technique sections at the front act as reference book for when you want to attempt something you've not tried for ages (like putting in a zip or making pleats) but if you are new to sewing/crafting, it also covers the basic techniques you'll need to get started.

The project section is full of ideas for all sorts of things that make the most of those old clothes, spare bits of fabric, random buttons and pretty bits of ribbon! Each project has instructions, illustrations and photos, so anyone can have a go!
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This book is amazing!! I bought it for my little sister and so far she hasn't put it down. It explains everything simply, with helpful diagrams to aid your reading. It explains different types of needles, materials, stiches and even types of fasteners. If you want a concise guide to get you started in the clothes recycling hobby that doesn't cost an arm and a leg - then look no further - this book has it all. I would recommend to everyone. Happy Reading :)
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A fantastic book with some great ideas on up-cycling and craeting something from scraps.It's just what I was looking for and a great go to book for all my crafty needs.
The detailed guide for each project is brilliant and translates really well when having a go. This is a great book if you know someone who doesn't like waste and wants to make do and mend I'd recommend it.
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This is a great little book! I have so many scraps of fabric, buttons, cloth, and ribbons and this book offers great inspiration for what can be made from them. I love crafts and sewing but am completely self-taught so I found the equipment section really useful. It provides information on different needle types, how to unpick clothes to make the most of them and troubleshooting tips for a sewing machine. Recycling clothes is great for the bank balance and a rewarding way to spend your time; I'm inspired and can't wait to get crafty!
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I have found this book really helpful. As a relative newcomer to the crafting world the first two parts of this book detailing the equipment and techniques needed are invaluable and have stood me in good stead for my future projects, particularly useful are the sewing techniques and fabric behaviours. I can't wait to start the 'The easiest skirt in the world' as I'm on the shorter side of petite, I find it hard to buy off the peg skirts.
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