Quick and Easy Pillows and Cushions
50 Step-by-Step Projects
Suitable for novices and experienced sewers, this well-illustrated guide provides designs both simple (secured with ties) and complex (using zip fastenings), with comprehensive instructions for making home furnishings including patchwork pillows, ruffle-edged cushions, ottomans and beanbags.
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.
Make It, Own It, Love It
The Essential Guide to Sewing, Altering and Customizing
Matt Chapple, one-time winner of The Great British Sewing Bee, shares his skills, outlining the essential toolkit for marking, cutting, stitching and making patterns. Starting by customizing and decorating existing garments with patches, pockets and darts, the reader can then attempt seven projects from scratch, from a bow tie to a summer dress. There are tips for maintaining clothes and all instructions are clearly explained and well illustrated.
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.
21 Playful Projects with Seasonal Flair
Inspired by the Scandinavian seasons, this how-to book provides 21 year-round projects: a baby’s winter cover; a quilted birds’ nest for spring (complete with birds); a fishy sampler for the summer, and a colourful tree scarf for autumn. Focusing on quilting, appliqué and embroidery techniques, there are tips, templates to copy and a section on finding inspiration.
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.
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.
Sew It Up
A Modern Manual of Practical and Decorative Sewing Techniques
This manual of practical, decorative and eco-friendly sewing techniques is designed for both novices and keen needleworkers looking for fresh inspiration. There are illustrated guides to over 200 techniques, clearly explaining everything from basic tools and fabrics to scalloped edges and trapunto quilting; sections on using the techniques in dressmaking, curtain-making, recycling and repairs; and instructions and templates for 20 projects including clothes, accessories and items for the home.
How to Speak Fluent Sewing
The Indispensable Illustrated Guide to Sewing and Fabric Terminology
With chapters on tools, needles, machines, stitches, fabric, patterns and garments, and techniques, this is a handy directory of over 300 sewing-related terms, covering everything from basic hand-sewing needles to the flat-felled seam. Each entry provides a simple line drawing or diagram of the object or process and explains what it is, what it does and why it is used.
There are detailed step-by-step instructions for creating 12 tiny dogs in this handy book for needle felters of all levels of expertise. The tools and techniques are clearly explained, and close-up photographs show each stage of the process. The canines include pugs, poodles, terriers, dachshunds and beagles, and there are plenty of scenes showing the finished animals to inspire your creativity.
Learn to Sew with Lauren
From First Stitches to Personalized Projects
Lauren Guthrie was a finalist in the 2013 series of BBC 2's The Great British Sewing Bee. In this book she presents a guide to the basics and her own designs for 20 projects, starting with ‘easy pieces’, including cushion covers and a tote bag, and progressing through simple garments and home accessories to a dress. The book includes full-scale patterns for most of the projects, with instructions and cutting layouts.
The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing
Aimed at the novice stitcher, this guide shows the home sewer how to add an element of Liberty style to their interiors through 25 simple projects. There are staple items, such as cushions and curtains, as well as more unexpected designs like a lampshade, picnic bag and cafetiere cover, but all make imaginative use of these classic fabrics with wide-ranging combinations of colours and patterns. Step-by-step instructions and photographs mean the projects are easy to follow.
Beginners' Upholstery Techniques
This guide teaches all you need to know to tackle a wide range of upholstery projects, from a simple stool to more complex pieces such as armchairs. Basic techniques, tools and materials are discussed, before the twelve step-by-step projects are explained with support from photographs and diagrams. Contains material first published in Upholstery: A Complete Course (1990) and Upholstery: A Beginners' Guide (2004).
Making Vintage Accessories
25 Original Sewing Projects Inspired by The 1920s–60s
Accessories have always been economical and inventive additions to any outfit. This collection of 25 pieces inspired by the fashions of the past – from the 1920s to the 1960s – includes hats, scarves, belts, jewellery and bags. A helpful introduction explaining techniques and fabrics is followed by step-by-step instructions for each project, with plenty of detailed photographs and pattern templates for photocopying.
May Martin's Sewing Bible
In a practical guide to sewing techniques, with over 30 projects for clothes, accessories and home furnishings, the star of the BBC's Great British Sewing Bee shares tips and tricks from her 40 years' experience as a textile tutor. The book starts with the equipment and fundamental techniques you need to get started, then presents a range of projects – from simple wrap cushion covers to adults' and children's dresses – to suit beginner, intermediate and advanced degrees of skill.