Show off your style with eye-catching homemade dresses. In this fun, easy-to-follow guide, Project Runway contestant Buffi Jashanmal shows you how to create your own custom-fitted dresses or revamp a piece that’s already hanging in your closet. Learn to design personalized patterns for three basic dress shapes — the shift, the sheath, and the princess seam — and make them rock by exploring variations with measurements and fabric types. Your dresses will fit your body, suit your taste, and express your individuality.
This One-Yard Wonders collection organizes projects by fabric type so that you can make the most of each cloth’s unique characteristics. Find the best uses for all your different fabrics as you learn to use stretchy jersey knits for a ruffle scarf, lightweight cotton voile for a girl’s sundress, and sturdy corduroy for a tote. Easy-to-follow illustrated instructions are provided for 101 projects, each requiring just a single yard of fabric. Get inspired and show off your individual style, one yard at a time!
This newest addition to the best-selling One-Yard Wonders series features 101 delightful projects for babies and kids, each using just one yard of fabric and many requiring just a few hours to complete. Step-by-step illustrated instructions, beautiful close-up photographs, and pattern pieces included in a bound-in envelope make it easy and fun to create all kinds of adorable items, including the Merry-Go-Round Dress, the Ruffle Romper, the Western Shirt, and the Secret Monster Overalls. From tops and caps to play mats, pillows, and plushies, this book overflows with creative clothes, accessories, toys, and furnishings for little ones from newborn to elementary-school age. Whether you're furnishing your nursery, making new clothes for a growing child, or creating a unique gift for a baby shower, this collection has the perfect project for you.
Look at all you can make with just one yard of fabric! 101 fun and stylish sewing projects range from clothes and accessories to toys, home decor, baby items, pet beds, bags, and much more. All projects require no more than a single yard of fabric, and most can be completed in just a few hours. Simple step-by-step instructions, plus templates and pattern pieces where needed, make it easy to create something wonderful!
Perplexed about piecing? Baffled by binding? Curious about cutting? With answers to more than 200 of your quilting questions, this handy little reference will earn a permanent place in your sewing room. Stitchers of all levels will turn to it again and again for sensible solutions to difficult problems and step-by-step instructions for tricky techniques. Barbara Weiland Talbert covers cutting, piecing, applique work, borders, binding, equipment, materials, and much more. From quick-cutting geometric shapes to coaxing the wrinkles out of polyester batting, here is the best quilting advice on the block.
“A beautifully written and comprehensive book containing everything you ever wanted to know about quilting.”
— Judy Murrah, Director of Education for Quilts, Inc.
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 a 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.
Want to bring a new look to a tired room without spending a fortune? Designer Lexie Barnes shows you how to personalize your living space in just a few hours, with 50 fresh, fun, pattern-free sewing projects. Transform a living room with a custom-designed slipcover and coordinated pillows. Redecorate a bedroom in a weekend by sewing up a headboard cover, a lampshade, and matching window treatments. Learn how easy and inexpensive it can be to change the look of a child’s room as she grows from a baby to a kid to a teenager. With dramatic before-and-after examples, beautifully styled photography, and a fun “you-can-do-it” attitude, Sew Up a Home Makeover is a creative resource that you’ll return to every time you’re ready for a new look.
Your bag, your way! Designer Lexie Barnes shows you how to create customized bags using fabrics that you love, pockets where you need them, straps that feel good on your shoulder, and dimensions that work for whatever you want to carry. Barnes's simple instructions make it easy and fun to sew totes, messenger bags, drawstring sacks, handbags, and much more--exactly what you want, exactly the way you want it.
Feeling hemmed in by fragile fabrics and complicated patterns? Versatile, forgiving fleece allows you to skip right past difficult linings, traditional seam finishes, and tedious ironing. So choose a project, add a touch of personal flair, and sew your own style!
Written both for beginners as well as the sewers who are ready to design their own wearables, Sew What! Skirts is the perfect blend of expert instruction and wonderful inspiration. This spiral-bound book lays flat for easy reference and features full-color photographs of sample skirts along with illustrated step-by-step instructions for completing each one. But what's best, with Sew What! Skirts, you're no longer limited by the boundaries of a pattern. Once the techniques in this book have been mastered, simple guidelines for translating body measurements into panel dimensions allow sewers to design their own unique creations.
This friendly, reassuring resource answers your questions and solves your problems with a turn of the page. The question-and-answer format makes it easy to quickly find the information you need for both machine and hand sewing. Perfect for everyone from absolute beginners to experienced sewers seeking tips on specific techniques, The Sewing Answer Book has it all!
For kids who have mastered hand sewing, machine sewing opens up exciting new possibilities! With Sewing School 2, children ages 7 and up can make 20 creative projects as they develop their machine sewing skills. With plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions written in kid-friendly language, young sewists can work independently and at their own pace. While creating projects that range from a secret message pillow and a water bottle holder to wall pockets, a zippy pouch, and even a fabric guitar and microphone, beginners will learn how to thread a sewing machine, how to use different fabrics and patterns, and why and when to use a particular stitch. "Make It Yours" suggestions offer ways for kids to personalize their projects, resulting in unique items that will be loved and treasured for years to come.
Design a skirt for every day of the week! With these 28 irresistible projects, you’ll learn all the techniques you need to custom-design and sew fabulous skirts that fit you perfectly. Smith shows you how to draft a pattern for a custom fit and then alter that pattern into one of four basic silhouettes: wrap, straight, flared, and high-waisted. Each skirt can then be easily redesigned into seven distinct and delicious looks — one for each day of the week. These projects are suitable for everyone, including beginners.
Recycle, re-create, re-enjoy! You don’t even need a sewing machine to turn old sweaters into new wearables, blankets, pillows, and dolls that are fresh, playful, and captivating. It’s as easy as felting the wool, cutting the pieces for your new project, and stitching everything together using simple hand-sewing skills. Noted designer Crispina ffrench shares her techniques and passion as she introduces you to the beautiful possibilities to be found in old sweaters.
“Crispina’s blankets and throws and rugs are piled on and over each other on my beds, chairs, couches and floors. She’s a great artist who understands texture and how it adds individuality and comfort to a home, not to mention a car, or an old refurbished orange truck seat!!” — Carly Simon
“Crispina makes the most beautiful soulful blankets, pillows, and sweaters, out of people’s old sweaters. In this amazing and magical book she shares her secrets so that you can do it too.”
— Ben Cohen, cofounder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade