Banners, Buntings, Garlands and Pennants
40 Creative Ideas Using Paper, Fabric and More
The 40 projects detailed in this book can be made using fabric, paper, yarn or other basic craft supplies and include designs to celebrate particular seasons, such as a classic winter pinecone garland, as well as ideas for general decoration. Many are aimed at beginners, with clear instructions, templates and lists of materials, and diagrams of the necessary crochet and hand stitches.
Me and My Sewing Machine
A Beginner's Guide
Aimed at the complete novice, this practical guide begins with basic information on equipment and different fabrics, stitches and techniques. Comprehensive instructions, with an illustration for every stage, explain skills such as seaming and attaching fastenings, and a final chapter presents seven projects including a zipped skirt, an apron and a shopping bag.
And Sew To Bed
30 Beautiful Sewing Projects for Nightwear and Accessories
Caro London presents 30 nightwear sewing projects for all abilities, with removable full-size patterns and templates. For women, the designs include a frilled strappy nightdress, kimono robe and upcycled jersey pyjamas; for children, a girls' camisole set and boys' classic pyjamas, plus homewares and accessories such as a hot water bottle cover, bolster bed cushion and fabric headband. Slightly off-mint.
Sew Dolled Up
Make Felt Dolls and Their Fun, Fashionable Wardrobes with Fabric Scraps and Easy Hand Sewing
This illustrated volume presents clear step-by-step instructions to make four pairs of dollhouse-sized girls and 55 mix-and-match outfits to dress them in, including outerwear, tops and dresses, bottoms, and accessories. Also included are full-sized templates, hints and tips on customization and embellishments, and a quick reference embroidery guide.
Craft Bomb Your Bike
20 Makes for You and Your Bike
Combining their love of crafts and cycling, the contributors to this volume present 20 handmade accessories for bicycles and their riders. The ideas range from the practical, such as a clutch bag that attaches to the handlebars, or crocheted wrist warmers, to more whimsical options including decorations for the basket and spokes. The knitting, crochet and sewing techniques are fully explained with diagrams, making the projects suitable for beginners.
20 Crewel Embroidery Designs to Stitch with Wool
Nancy Nicholson demonstrates how, by substituting embroidery silk for knitting and tapestry wool, it is possible to create folk-art inspired hand-stitched designs on a large scale. Some of the 20 projects are for embellishing existing homewares, accessories and clothing, while others are made from scratch.
Classic Clothes for Boys and Girls
Vanessa Mooncie presents 23 sewing patterns for boys’ and girls’ clothing, sized from newborn to age three. Including everyday wear such as a romper suit and dungarees, as well as dressing-up outfits and accessories to use excess fabric, each design has simple instructions and suggestions for the type of fabric to use. A comprehensive techniques section explains how to ensure a professional finish.
The Print Making Book
Projects and Techniques in the Art of Hand-Printing
This illustrated guide to hand-printing explains a range of techniques – from image transfers and stencils to relief printing and cyanotype – and demonstrates how to use each to transform a range of household objects, clothing and accessories. The 23 step-by-step projects, such as greeting cards, cushion covers, placemats and scarves, are suitable for all ability levels. Includes advice on tools and materials.
Practical Sew and Mend
Essential Mending Know-how
Aiming to teach novices the skills required to extend the life of their clothing, this illustrated guide begins with tutorials on rudimentary tasks such as threading a needle and forming simple stitches. Guidance is given on managing sewing emergencies including missing buttons, broken zips and ill-fitting waistbands, and how to stock a sewing kit and work with different fabrics.
Stitch Style Country Collection
Fabulous Fabric Sewing Projects and Ideas
Each of the eight country-inspired home projects in this illustrated guide is worked in two complementary fabrics from collections by Amy Butler and Joel Dewberry. A suggested toolkit of equipment required for a professional finish is included, and easy-to-follow instructions guide the crafter through the process, from cutting out to finishing, to create items including a bolster, a large floor cushion, a tablecloth and a lap quilt.
50 Fun Products to Make Without a Needle and Thread
Recognizing that crafts that requiring stitching strike fear into the hearts of many, Ashley Johnston offers an illustrated collection of 50 innovative no-sew projects. In place of needle and thread, the designs, including cushions, curtain panels, accessories and children's clothing, use easily sourced materials such as iron-on hemming tape, webbing, eyelets and a variety of glues.
Kaffe Fassett's Bold Blooms
Quilts and Other Works Celebrating Flowers
Kaffe Fassett uses flowers as his source of inspiration in this design guide, which is illustrated with full-colour photography throughout. In Part One, he explains how he creates the vibrant textiles, paintings and floral displays for which he is renowned. Part Two presents quilt and needlepoint projects arranged by colour palette, Part Three offers the instructions and templates required to make the pieces featured.
Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts
Basic Techniques Plus 150 Inspired Projects
From dolls to dog jackets and sarongs to shower curtains, this well-illustrated and comprehensive compendium presents over 150 projects suitable for all skill levels. Basic techniques are explained for hand and machine sewing as well as other craft skills, and glossaries of fabric, threads and tools are included. The accompanying CD contains full-size clothes patterns and templates that can be printed out.
Home Sewing Techniques
Essential Sewing Skills to Make Inspirational Soft Furnishings
Ideal for beginners, and including basic information on equipment from pencils to sewing machines, each technique in this practical guide is explained with tips and colour photographs and followed up with an activity: from sewing seams to making a tablecloth; piping to stitching a headboard cover; pleating to upholstering a footstool. In addition, 30 easy-to-follow household projects include a throw, cushions and curtains.
How to Sew
Techniques and Projects for the Complete Beginner
For the absolute sewing novice, this manual provides information on materials and tools, as well as tips on how to measure and get organized. Starting with basic stitches, followed by a simple bunting project, the techniques progress to hemming, binding, gathering and appliqué, while projects include a tote bag, an apron, a cot blanket and a covered coat-hanger.
35 Stylish Projects to Stitch
Using simple Scandinavian style and colours, these projects include traditional folklore bunting and a Christmas stocking, alongside more contemporary iPad and laptop cases, as well as fun ideas for mug warmers and toys for the nursery. All are presented with clear step-by-step instructions, while information on tools, techniques and a list of suppliers can be found with the templates at the back of the book. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Step by Step
Alison Smith’s guide for novice dressmakers provides ‘all you need to know to make a basic collection of clothes’ – skirts, dresses, trousers, shorts, tops and jackets. The book begins with a detailed, illustrated guide to basic materials, equipment, cutting out and sewing techniques, then goes on to the step-by-step instructions for making 19 different garments. The final section contains the patterns, with notes on how to copy or download them. American spelling. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Manual for Learning to Sew with 25 Projects
Designed for beginners keen to try their hand at sewing and dress-making, this clearly laid out, practical guide covers basic sewing skills from basting to making buttonholes, along with 28 projects to build sewing skills and confidence. Apart from mastering the techniques required, there will be the end results to enjoy – among them, a tunic, pyjama trousers, bags, blouses, dresses, a patchwork throw and basic curtains.
Design and Colour in Watercolour
After studying at the Glasgow School of Art and working in fabric design, Michelle Scragg returned to her first love, painting, and became a successful artist. In this book she explains her adventurous approach to watercolour and her love for colour and design. Richly illustrated with Scragg's own work, the book discusses the basic skills and strengths of watercolour, the use of bold colour, the value of drawing, the art of translating painting into fabric design, and studio practice.
The Home Sewer's Guide to Practical Stitches
The Ultimate Guide to Sewing Seams, Hems, Darts... and More!
Over 60 examples of machine and hand stitches are illustrated in this directory, including basic utility stitches as well as those that are purely decorative. Each entry contains practical information on the types of fabric, thread and needle the stitch is suitable for; step-by-step instructions on how to create and use it; and suggestions for alternatives, should a stitch recommended by a pattern not be available on the crafter’s machine.