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Little Fixes: 54 Clever Ways to Extend the Life of Kids' Clothes Reuse, recycle, repurpose, restyle Paperback – July 1, 2014


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607058545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607058540
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book begins by introducing us to the cute models in the book, each sharing a little bit about themselves. You will enjoy their adorable expressions and poses throughout the book! Then the book goes into sewing supplies needed to complete the project, and then there’s a detailed but not too complicated section on different sewing techniques such as sewing ruffles, hand-stitching, applique, and something I had never tried but always wanted to: shirring. The book explains it so well that after just a few practices on some scrap fabric, I was ready to go! Then the book goes into all 54 tutorials divided up by type of refashion, such as how to fix clothing that’s the wrong size (too big, too small, too long, too short, etc), stained or torn clothing, and completely restyling clothing from one thing to another (such as a t-shirt to a necklace). I tried out one of the first tutorials in the book, what to do with a shirt that fits but is too short.

I followed the very clear and simple directions on how large to cut out my fabric, and I was amazed at how easy it is to shirr the waistband. It is so much cuter than just sewing the skirt to the t-shirt.
I cannot wait to try more of the tutorials in this book. The clothes in my mending basket cannot wait either! This is such a great way to give new life to your kids’ clothing (and I bet you could apply these techniques to grown-up clothing too!). (8/18/14)

About the Author

Disney Powless is founder of the immensely popular craft blog RufflesandStuff.com. Her work has been published in various magazines such as Molly Makes, Fresh Style, Altered Couture, and more. She lives in Washington state with her family.

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Great for novices and experienced refashioners alike.
Pam in Michigan
This book has lots of very clever ideas for stretching your kid's wardrobe and adding personality to their clothes.
Megan Groves
I'm excited that I won't have to be spending as much money on new kids clothes anymore!
Natasha Jordan

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pam in Michigan on July 15, 2014
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Some quick fixes; some that need a bit more time. Lots of great "why didn't I think of that?" suggestions, along with clear, easy-to-follow instructions and explanations. Great for novices and experienced refashioners alike. A nice way to introduce kids to the lifelong pursuit (and creative fun) of taking care of and making the most of our financial and material resources. Younger ones can choose fabrics, colors, or images while older kids can get involved in some of the technical skills, too.

Lots more creative ideas can be found at the author's blog, which is where I learned about this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Naomi R. on June 19, 2014
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THIS BOOK IS GREAT!! its all colored, very detailed, the projects are sooooo cute! she did a really good job and i cant wait to do my first project today. This book will come in handy, with basic sewing skills, all the projects in this book are pretty easy
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I cannot give this less than my full five. I no longer sew for my small kids, but her tshirt remodel techniques ALONE make this a must-read (forget those 'rip and pin' books). Kids actually grow out of their favorite stuff a lot more often than they ruin it, and sizing up/rebuilding is a big part of her sewing advice. Also so very good for adults, whether outgrowing or ....uh....putting holes in stuff.

Did I do that? Naaaaaaah. Kids are also truly cute and photographed to bring out their personalities. Good work, sewist/photographer!
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There are so many simple ideas that I would of never thought to try with my children's wrong sized and stained clothes. All the instructions are straightforward and well illustrated!
I'm excited that I won't have to be spending as much money on new kids clothes anymore!
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By Faith on November 6, 2014
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I'm happy with this book. The ideas are simple and doable. This is important when your child seems to be growing taller every other week. Yes it did make me think why didn't I think of that :-). But I didn't so...... Thank you little fixes for good ideas.
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Got it for my wife who loves to rework kids and adult clothes. Great pictures (which the author took herself)! Wife liked it so much she had me buy additional copies for a couple of friends.
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More About the Author

Disney Powless is the author of the popular craft blog: Ruffles & Stuff. Her work has been published in magazines such as Mollie Makes, Fresh Style, Altered Couture, Jewelry Affaire, and more. She has also been featured on many popular craft blogs and e-zines, and has created special projects for craft companies such as Craft Warehouse and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Disney is the wife of a minister, the proud mother of their daughter, and a genuinely happy person. She loves not only crafting but also serving others, being generous, and being hospitable.

For more of Disney's work, visit:

Blog: http://www.rufflesandstuff.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ruffles-and-Stuff/123284811087205

Instagram: http://instagram.com/rufflesandstuff

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/rufflesandstuff/