I thought it might be a nice idea to review some of my book purchases (and presents) on the blog. If you have any crafty book recommendations, I would love to hear about them (it’s never too early to start your Christmas wish list, after all)!
For my first review, I decided to tell you about my very first sewing book – Cath Kidston’s beautiful ‘Sew!’. I received the book as a Christmas present, along with my sewing machine, a year and a half ago. And it remains one of my favourites!
I LOVE the fact that the book comes with everything you need (fabric, buttons and an ‘official’ Cath Kidston label) to make the gorgeous bag on the front cover. I spent most of Boxing Day cooped up in my parents’ spare room and, under the supervision of my ever-supportive mom, made my very first bag! For a first attempt, I don’t think it was bad!
The instructions were relatively straightforward to follow (even for a complete beginner), and the diagrams helped a lot!
Also very useful were the frequent referrals back to the ‘Sew! Basics’ section at the beginning of the book. These pages provide a great introduction for beginner sewers, and include information on equipment, terminology and basic techniques.
The subsequent pages contain 41 projects – soooo many pretty things to make! These include cushions, useful kitchen-y things (like aprons, oven gloves and a tablecloth), quilts, bits and pieces for wee ones, and bags and cases for every occasion! The book’s beautiful photos, colourful and clear design, and step-by-step instructions and diagrams make the creative process painless and fun. And I really like the fact that each project is given a ‘skill level’ rating – making it easy to pick out a suitable project!
I think my next 'Sew!' project will be the tablecloth design. I love the colours and the cute little birdies (and their little button eyes)!!!
I'd make most of the things in this book for myself (or my home). But I think it’s particularly brilliant as a source of inspiration for creating special handmade gifts for friends and family!
If this review has tempted you to get your own copy of ‘Sew!’, Amazon is selling it for £7.49..... enjoy!!!