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Sew and Stow: 31 Fun Sewing Projects to Carry, Hold and Organize Your Life Paperback – 29 Aug 2008

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (29 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715331515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715331514
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 670,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Looking for inspiration for your next sewing project? Whether you re a beginner or a master stitcher, there s something for you in the new book. Star Banner"

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Sew bags, packs, totes, and handy items for your home and garden make them your own with fun, contemporary fabrics. These 31 exciting projects are suitable for every skill level, from beginner to master stitcher.Help the Planet: Say no to plastic bags and yes to colorful, reusable, hand-sewn alternatives! It s easy to make your own bags, carry-alls, and sacks to hold everything from farmers market finds to bag lunches.Brighten Your Home: Stitch up an apron or laundry bag to bring style and flair to household tasks. Add panache to your outdoor activities with a hand-sewn bottle sling or a comfy hammock. You can even make a dog bed cover for your loyal pal or a log tote for your favorite lumberjack.Functional, fabulous, and ecofriendly these handmade projects are quick and simple with the step-by-step instructions and illustrations in "Sew & Stow." "

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I haven't sewn anything for about 18 yrs, and then my skills were not great to say the least, just what we learned at school!

My 8 yr old son and I got interested after being unable to find much Doctor Who stuff for his room . . . Out came the sewing machine from the garage (bought 7 yrs ago and used twice!) And I panicked!

Read the reviews of this book and thought it was worth a go. Both my children now have personalised linen bags which people can't believe I made with my 8 yr old! I also have storage in lovely fabric which we've made for keys etc etc! Whenver I find something doesn't have a home out comes this book!

The illustrations are great and the instructions talk you through step by step in a clear and easy to follow way. The book has a section teaching you everthing about sewing terms and fabric, how to do certain seams, folds and pockets and much more!

My first attempt at the linen bag came out perfectly and I couldn't believe how easy it was, I just took my time following the instructions! Now I can make them without opening the book :-)

There are lots of great projects which will be great for the home and as gifts, and I adapted the seed packet holder to a key holder.

A fantastic book which had given me skills and the confidence to sew anything I want! I just know I need to look in here if I am unsure about anything! Just finished a tote bag which I planned myself using skills this book has taught me.

My little boy has made bags etc etc and feels chuffed to bits he knows various stiches, how to cut fabric etc.

All in all a FANTASTIC book! BUY BUY BUY! You won't regret it.
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Sew and Stow by Betty Oppenheimer is described as '31 fun sewing projects to carry, hold and organise your life'. I was attracted to this book on the worst possible grounds, it has a very pretty cover! I'm obsessive about organisation, and so this book seemed a good way to expand my sewing repertoire.

I'm quite new to sewing and was after a book to help me develop my skills, while creating useful, up to date items at the same time. A lot of the sewing books I've tried feature trinkets and keep sakes with no discernable purpose that I would make then feel obliged to keep, despite having no use for them. This book certainly seems to offer more practical projects to expand your sewing skills.

The first 33 pages of the book feature glossy colour pictures of all the projects to come. Each project is shown large and covering a full page, with a small insert telling the reader where the instructions for that project can be found in the book.

Impressively the next 46 pages cover basic sewing skills, as well as more specialist skills needed for completing all the projects in the book. This ranges from the simple taking care of your machine, and choosing fabrics, through sewing pleats, seams, corners and ending with many types of fastenings such as buckles, zips and D rings.

The book then moves onto the projects themselves. The first section is entitled 'sew simple'. These projects mainly require flat pieces of fabric and require only basic skills to complete. These include a hammock, shower curtain, apron, and towelling wrap.
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I bought this to help me control the ever exapanding number of objects in the house, not least the dressmaking and craft stuff.

The projects are worth making and practical although I am not sure if the fabric file holder will work. There is nothing too fiddly or complicated too put off the beginner and plenty to stimulate the imagination.

What makes this book stand out is the first two chapters on techniques and materials, which are detailed. They include the strengths and weaknesses of commonly available fabrics you might use, and this section is fairly comprehensive for the size of the book. It is worth buying for these two chapters alone.

Illustrations and instructions are clear throughout, and she makes suggestions on each project to help you adapt the basic design for your own needs, asking the questions you need to consider to arrive at a satisfactory design. As she says,'form follows function'. All too often when you buy a commercial pattern, you find it does not quite fit what you wanted it for: too many pockets or not enough etcetera. Some interesting tips too. Did you know (clean!) kitty litter holds nice smells for quite a long time?

A well balanced book and worth every penny.
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Some of the ideas were a bit too simple for me, but ideal for a beginner.Plenty of inspiration though and lovely fabrics.Oh how I love fabric.Simple stuff to use and ideas to adapt some of the projects for other uses.
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The projects are easy to do if you already have an idea of how to sew. The diagrams and instructions are good if you know the basics - students wanting to do their craft projects quickly would love this book. I really love all of the projects and just wish I had more time to do them all. It's a book worth having if you have lots of odd bits of fabric to use up. I bought Sew & Stew at a reduced price but would have paid the full price and been happy as it's good value for the price.
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