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101 Snappy Fashions: Oodles of One-Piece Designs for Babies Paperback – April 6, 2010

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Bored with baby Onesies but on a budget? Enter former costume designer, now crafter-author (Creative Juice: 45 Re-Crafting Projects, 2007; Bow Wow WOW! Fetching Costumes for Your Fabulous Dog, 2009) Filian, who uses four or so legit crafts (and stretches the definition of other do-it-yourself materials) to turn bare bottoms into bling. Few skills are needed; she advocates the purchase and use of such ordinary stuff as dye, ribbons, fabric paint, and iron-ons to decorate snapsuits for infants, from newborns to three-year-old toddlers. Each of her 10 how-to chapters starts with two to three pages of simple instructions: materials needed, what to do (and not), common questions and answers. Answers are also practical; for example, a thorough prewash of baby suits before crafting is advised. And she counsels mom-crafters to avoid the rhinestone-setting gun (too rough on baby’s skin) in favor of plain old glue. The more than 100 designs are streamlined and bold, with easy-to-follow directions; choose among a Haight-Ashbury tie-died style, Jackson Pollock look-alike, or a ready-for-the-Fourth firecracker suit. --Barbara Jacobs

About the Author

Cathie Filian creates, produces, and co-hosts the popular lifestyle shows Creative Juice & Witch Crafts on HGTV & DIY Network. Her books include: Bow Wow WOW! 9781600592355. She lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600594948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600594946
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,968,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She's crafty and she's just my type!

Cathie Filian, created, produces and co-hosts the popular lifestyle show, Creative Juice on DIY Network & HGTV. In 2007, she was Nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Lifestyle host category for her work on Creative Juice. Cathie has also produced and co-hosted the mini series Witch Crafts on DIY network. In 2008 Witch Crafts was nominated for 2 Emmys one for Outstanding Lifestyle Program and the second for Outstanding Lifestyle Directing.

Cathie's first book, Creative Juice ' 45 Re-Crafting Projects, is filled with fun and funky recycling craft ideas that can be made for pennies. Her second book, Bow Wow WOW - fetching costumes for your fabulous dog, will be released Fall 2008. Both books are published by Lark books a division of Barnes and Noble.

Cathie also writes a monthly syndicated newspaper column for Scripps Howard News Service and a blog as well as contributes to national shelter publications such as Life Magazine, Real Simple, Redbook, Quick and Simple and many others. Cathie can be found regularly at etsy.com and myspace.com.

Cathie Filian grew up in the Midwest and has been getting crafty since she can remember. She began sewing when she was 8 and her love of stitching followed her all the way to collage, where she studied Textile Science and Fashion Design at Ohio State University. In her senior year, Cathie was awarded the Outstanding Senior Design Award.

Before Creative Juice, Cathie worked in the film business creating costumes for such films as Rushmore, Twister, Heartbreakers and Vanilla Sky.

Cathie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Eddie and their dog Max.

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101 Snappy Fashions: Oodles of One-Piece Designs for Babies is fun, user-friendly craft guide to creating sassy, hip and savvy designs on one-piece baby outfits. Walking the reader through techniques ranging from dyeing and applique to embroidery and stamping, 101 Snappy Fashions reveals fun, fancy, and non-toxic ways to liven up baby clothes. Adorable full-color illustrations and suggestions for throwing a snapsuit-themed baby shower round out this excellent guide to unleashing one's creative flair.
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This book is sooooo full of wonderful, fun ideas for a baby's fashion statement. I am a grandmother who will use this book to make fun and fanciful outfits for all my very young and new born grandchildren. Cathie Filian is so creative and her instructions are so easy to follow. Anyone with the chance of a baby near them whether family or friends should buy this book.
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s almost everyone on the planet knows babies go through a LOT of these one piece things called "onesies" when they are new, sweet smelling (most of the time)round armfuls of pure joy. Lets face it too these onesies are really boring and generic unless you shell out big bucks to buy the haute varieties at places that might remind me of Rodeo Drive for infants - you get the idea!

Cathie Filian begins this book with a wonderful dose of the basics - what sizes equate to how many pounds of the most perfect baby alive - things like that. She has an excellent section on dyeing; prepping he fabric to take the dye, mixing the dye (she uses simple cold water packets), how to make more than just one color of dye using only one color packet, and how to care for the garment after it is dyed and before it is worn. Well thought out and well written - this is an excellent section - even for those who may have some experience using dyes.

What follows are 101 ways to change the dull white look of onesies. There are so many ways that these utilitarian, necessary baby wear can be altered in small, inexpensive ways. Each section in this book offers a very well done set of basics on the particular technique. Who could have thought that there were so many ways to to makes these garments fun?!

Some of the listed ways to alter onesies to suit included in the book are: Dyeing, Painting, Embroidery, Applique, Ribbons and Trims, Iron-Ons, Patches, Cutting, Ripping, Tearing, adding Bling, special holiday motifs and a special section for bathing. There is even a section on how to throw a "snappy Baby Shower". Each section includes approximately 10 ideas for making a special onesie for the cutest little you know.
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I really liked a couple of the ideas I had seen in this book and why I bought it - but I didn't get as many new ideas as I was hoping. Totally personal preference though b/c I'm not into some of the stamping and such, was looking more for applique ideas. The tutu onesie is adorable and there are definitely a handful of good ideas - not 101 great ideas like I was hoping for and the instructions aren't super detailed as I need, but it has some good ideas.
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