I ordered this book along with One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects and Sew What! Bags. The difference is huge! These two books have a lot of fantastic and EASY projects with straightforward instructions that are perfect for a beginner like myself. To clarify: I can make simple things like messenger bags, laptop covers and shopping totes, so I am not an absolute beginner. Still, Butler's book is confusing, the patterns complicated and the instructions clear but overwhelming. I have to say the book is really well written and wonderfully presented, and if you are advanced you will find some fascinating and stylish projects in it. However, this book is not saying anything new. Most of the projects can be found in other books (like the One-Yard Wonders) in much simpler and easier versions. For instance, there is a great project for a magazine/glasses/ipod pocket that can hang on the side of the bed: Butler offers the advanced version with a pattern and instructions that gave me a headache just to read through. One-Yard Wonders has the same project but in a MUCH simpler version that you can complete within a couple of hours.
So, I give this book three stars not because it is not good--on the contrary, it is really good--but because it is misleading. I really expected 25 SIMPLE sewing projects, but I did not find this to be the case, especially in comparison to other similar books that make the same claim.