Saturday, September 11, 2010

Some Things I am Loving Saturday: Sewing Books!

I thought that I would share some sewing books that I am loving lately!

Weekend Sewing: This book has 40 projects that can all be done within a weekend. There are projects for the beginner and the advanced. There are some expected projects, such as aprons and blankets, and some unexpected projects such as a cute summer dress made from knit and guest room slippers. There are also FULL size pattern pieces for the projects in an envelope in the back.

Seams to Me: Another book of projects (24 this time) that are great for a beginning to moderate sewer. My Sister-in-law and I made one purse from this book and the directions were easy to follow. But there are some baby toys and a cute pin cushion that I am itching to try next! There are Full Pattern Pieces in this book as well.

One Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects that you can make with ONE YARD of fabric. This is a pretty fun book and I love the projects mostly just use one yard of fabric. {There are some that want you to get another yard for lining.} And yes there really is 101 projects, although I think there are like 5 aprons, but they are all different. And a couple of the projects do not require you to even sew! There are step-by-step directions for each projects {however there are few pictures to help with some steps}. There are pattern pieces in the back of this book too but there are all overlapped so you would need to trace them onto another piece of patter paper in order to use them.

Bend the Rules Sewing: This is a great book for a beginning sewer. Amy Karol shares some tricks to help you sew faster and gives you confidence to try new things. Although the projects in this book are not revolutionary {mostly pillows, aprons, and purses} they are all very modern and fun! Amy has a very conversational way of writing and it feels like you are talking to a friend.   Amy is also a blogger over at Angry Chicken

You may be able to find these books at your local library, a used books store like Half Price Books, or used on Amazon.

I have added the Amazon links if you are interested in getting more information about them. Also-if you buy these books off this link I do get a small commission {Just being honest with you!}

What Sewing books are you loving latey?


Mandy Beyeler said...

thanks for sharing! putting these on hold right now - - recently the craft book I loved was:
Kanashi in Bloom

Celeste B. said...

Wow - I really want to look into the one-yard wonders! That book looks amazing, TFS!!! :)

Anonymous said...

I ordered the One yard Wonders and its on backorder. I am so anxious to get it. Right now I have been loving The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet!

Cas... said...

LOL! I just got the weekend sewing book at the library. A fun book so far.

I also purchased the one yard wonders book. I think it has some decent projects.

I've see the others and I think they're cool too!

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

Thank you so mcuh for sharing these! I am in need of some new sewing books...I think Im going to pick up One Yard Wonders :)


elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

I've never purchased a sewing book ... spent countless hours looking at them in bookstores, but never followed through with a purchase because I never know which ones are actually good. So thanks for giving us a little first-hand info. Very helpful!

Mom's gone crazy said...

You might want to look some where other than Amazon for the 101 one yard project book. I ordered this two months ago and I just canceled my order because they kept pushing the ship date back two weeks. I was really disappointed because we regularly order from Amazon and never had this problem and I really wanted this book. Just a heads up for anyone who wanted to order through Amazon.

Jill said...

Thanks for the review! I'm definitely going to have to check these out!

Lana @ said...

I love the "One Yard Wonders"--it has so many cute things! It is definitely worth purchasing. And I just flipped through "Weekend Sewing" again today.
If you aren't sure about a sewing book--see if it's available at the library so you can see if it's worth it. That has save me a lot of money on books that I didn't end up liking. "One Yard Wonders" was one I got at the library and ended up buying.

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