Sew and Stow: 31 Fun Sewing Projects to Carry, Hold and Organize Your Life Paperback – 29 Aug 2008
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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." "See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very easy to read with lots of really useful tips along the way. I think even beginners would find this an easy book to work from because there are no scarey pattern... Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2011 by Sewcrazy
I am always making small gifts but I wanted to expand my 'repertoire'. I already had the Cath Kidston 'Sew' book, but had never made anything from it, so I wanted a book that... Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2011 by S. Mcandrew
As someone who's mum used to glue name tapes into her clothes at school, I've never been particularly interested in sewing etc. Read morePublished on 19 May 2011 by kyates9191
A nice little book, with beautiful pictures and simple instructions. However, some of the projects you can easily find for free on the internet.Published on 8 April 2011 by Mrs Kerry Dunn
I read the previous reviews, looked inside and decided that I liked the format and the projects. Unfortunately no- one mentioned that the cutting layouts, seam allowances etc are... Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2010 by rusty b
wonderful little book. so much in it. inspiration, projects and very easy to understand and work with. a keeper.Published on 22 Oct. 2010 by VenusSpecimen
a sweet little book, quite limited in scope if you want a variety of project concepts, but if you're looking for fantastic, adaptable storage ideas then this is a great book to... Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2010 by Amazon Customer
I did not care much for the book. Only two of the many projects seem (remotely) interesting, the others seem to be repeating the same simple thing again and again. Read morePublished on 6 May 2010 by S. Kanaouti