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In her fun new book, author Vanessa Christenson demonstrates how to "create beautiful things" the quick, easy and inexpensive way! Making things more appealing and treasured is a passion of Vanessa's. Whether starting from scratch or giving new life to found objects, she manipulates fabric in exciting ways. Adding texture and color--a ruffle here, a gather there, clever embellishments--to plain home decor and/or personal items reflects a personal touch. Best of all, these techniques can be achieved within the boundaries of a busy schedule and tight budget.


Vanessa's designs are part of an emerging modern quilt aesthetic. Her fresh, improvisational approach to a traditional craft is apparent in the creative and functional handbags, quilts, fabric jewelry, scarves and home accessories made for this book. She shares a variety of projects with readers--from the 1" "Flower Ring" to a two-toned, monogrammed "Everyday Quilt" with pleated edges--in this "fun to sew, and sew easy" book. The simplicity of the frilly "Picture-Perfect Dress" and embellished "Market/Beach Tote" can be made just in time for spring and summer. Attach one of Vanessa's favorite accessories, the "Satin-Ribbon Flower," to any project for even more color and character. With over twenty simple sewing ideas, Make it Sew Modern inspires creativity using fabric--even if you are just learning to sew! --Quilt Trends Magazine

Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. has successfully written a book that will please her blog followers--and new readers as well. Make it Sew Modern echoes her fun and quirky blog style and is full of great projects ranging from totes to fabric wreaths. Christenson has a knack for adding embellishments like flowers and ruffles to ordinary pieces to make them modern looking. With about 21 projects, this book is well worth the price. --Modern Patchwork Magazine

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Choose from over 20 current, fresh home decor and fashion patterns. Simple sewing projects include wonderful quilts, pillows, scarves, purses, and an assortment of clever embellishments.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: That Patchwork Place (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604680598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604680591
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By mom on January 24, 2012
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The projects in this book are gorgeous. If you follow Vanessa's blog, you may be familiar with a few of them.
Usually, with books like this, I'll get sucked in, buy it and then only want to make one or two projects. I would like to make all of the projects in this book, and they are all simple. I can actually do it.
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This is more of an accessory book, both for you and for your home.

The book is divided into four sections: Ruffles, Twisting, Gathering and Pleats and includes several charming projects in each section using these techniques. There are patterns for everything from bracelets to wreaths, purses to pillows, all with a simple, modern aesthetic.

Many of these projects, dare I say all, would be wonderful as gifts. The projects are elegant and feminine and give the impression that they are more intricate and difficult to make than they actually are. I'm always looking for patterns like this! The instructions include diagrams and photos to aid in construction.

I enjoyed the fresh feel of these designs and was thrilled to discover the Appliqué Doily Quilt pattern since I have a collection of doilies at home and now have the perfect pattern in which to use them. I can even do the quilting that they show on this project - it's one of my specialties!

Vanessa includes a section on Tips, Terms and Techniques specific to the projects in the book to help you complete them successfully.
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I really like this book. The projects are all beautiful and the instructions are well written. So many projects that I want to make, that I don't know where to start. None of the projects are too hard or too time consuming and many would make great gifts. From tote bags, to scarves, to fabric flowers and bracelets...so much creativity to choose from. I highly recommend this book!
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This is another great book from Martingale & Company, with 20 projects that focus on adding texture and dimension to bags, clothing, pillows, and more. The book chapters include Ruffles, Twisting, Gathering, and Pleats with 5-6 projects in each one. I especially like the blue pillow with a gathered center and look forward to making one.

The color photographs are beautiful. Although I haven't made any of the projects yet, I did read through the instructions for each one and felt they were clear and that I could make anything in the book. The projects are not what I would call advanced, but knowledge of basic sewing and sewing machine techniques is assumed. Full size patterns for some of the projects are included for photocopying or tracing, but most only require measuring and cutting fabric according to the dimensions given.

I do like this book and the creativity it inspires. The ideas would make lovely gifts or additions to any home decor or wardrobe.

I received a copy of this book for review but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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Wow, this is one of my top ten books of the year. Modern, contemporary and stylish. Vanessa takes four techniques and stitches them into hard-to-resist practical items for the home and family. Ruched scarves, pleated cushions and the piece de resistance that floral wreath. Don't miss out on the party, buy one for yourself and your friends. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics website.
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I bought this mainly for the pleated pillow design. (Bee-u--ti-ful!) Lots of other cool projects though that make me want find more time for creative pursuits.
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Of the 21 patterns, there are only eight that I would consider making. Maybe I'm not "modern-minded" enough (call that old fashion!) to like the fabric balls or I don't have a need for a young girl's skirt but they just don't impress me.

The ones that I do like are bags, pillows and a quilt pattern. These are easy enough to follow the instructions which are clearly written and have a color photo of the finished item. I wouldn't purchase this book solely for these items as there are other books that have more of this same type of item, along with other projects to make your purchase more worthwhile.

If you are looking for fabric bracelets, balls, scarves, girl's skirts or several types of flowers for accessorizing items or using as pins, then this would be a good buy.
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First... I must say that my review could be a bit biased, since I have taken Vanessa Christenson's Craftsy class, Sewing Texture. It is there that I learned about this book. I am a garment maker, home decor sewer, and quilter, but my preferences are in the contemporary and modern genres.

Second... this book has something for everyone, especially those of us who think outside of the traditional box. If you like texture and creating something different, this book is for you. There are 21 projects -- five for ruffling, five for twisting, five for gathering, and six projects that include pleating -- all well-presented with clear, concise instructions. At the end there is even a section which includes tips, terms and techniques.

Want to make something to wear? How about something for your home? You'll even find a tote or two.

In my opinion, Martingale picked a winner. I look forward to Ms. Christenson's next publication.
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