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One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric! Hardcover-spiral – October 28, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Nov Spi edition (October 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603424490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603424493
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For both novice and accomplished sewers, this spiral-bound guide offers directions that are precisely, clearly, and buoyantly written as the authors share 101 sewing projects requiring only a yard of fabric, including apparel, toys, accessories (human and pet), dresser organizers, and stuffed animals. For each “recipe,” the authors, in well-ordered fashion, list necessary materials and then take the reader-crafter through clearly numbered, carefully explained directions to create a successful final product. For each project, too, a pattern schematic is matched on the opposite page with a full-color photograph of the finished project. This is a fundamental crafts book appropriate for most crafts collections. --Brad Hooper

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For both novice and accomplished sewers, this spiral-bound guide offers directions that are precisely, clearly, and buoyantly written as the authors share 101 sewing projects requiring only a yard of fabric, including apparel, toys, accessories (human and pet), dresser organizers, and stuffed animals. For each "recipe", the authors, in well-organized fashion, list necessary materials and then take the reader-crafter through clearly numbered, carefully explained directions to create a successful final product. For each project, too, a pattern schematic is matched on the opposite page with a full-color photograph of the finished project. This is a fundamental crafts book appropriate for most craft collections.


"Talk about quality and quantity, One Yard Wonders is an impressive volume of super creative projects all utilizing our favorite scraps and a simple yard of fabric. This book is a keeper!"

(Library Journal)

Lacking just a bit of the focus on lifestyle and more directed toward stand-alone shots of each project, this quirky and hip sewing book is nonetheless a great follow-up for Butler fans. Here, one yard of fabric is transformed into projects fit for teens and stylish young moms. Bright and cherry pops of color highlight a collection of quilted lunch bags, yoga mat totes, a range of pocket books, a baby tactile blanket, and a doggie bed. A fun collection presented in a cheerful style with easy-to-follow instructions.

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Great for the beginner and experienced sewers out there.
Mo28
The book gives you many ideas on projects that would make lovely gifts.
Marilyn
The book has a nice variety of projects that are fun to make.
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317 of 324 people found the following review helpful By MelanieTX03 on November 21, 2009
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I really want to like this book, but I'm still on the fence. I'm not new to sewing (I've been sewing for 20+ years and have a degree in fashion design), but I pre-ordered the book hoping to find some *new* ideas for quick, fun, projects.

I don't need instructions to cover a cork board or line a bookcase with fabric. Most of the other projects are the same old thing: aprons, laptop and CD sleeves, laundry bags, a yoga mat bag, a basic bias skirt, placemats, handbags, a sewing machine cover, pet beds and toys, lunch and trash bags. Over 30 (out of 101) of the projects are for children's items (clothing, toys, etc.). There are some fresh ideas though, I love the origami box and a couple of the women's summer tops are cute.

Overall, if you are new to sewing, you'll probably love this book and it would be a great place to start. It has a great section on basic sewing techniques and the book itself is beautifuly photographed and laid out. I like the spiral bindng and I appreciate that it came with pattern pieces for all but the most basic projects.

If you are not new to sewing, don't expect to find many new ideas here. However, it is a great collection of classic projects all in one place and nicely photographed.
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215 of 220 people found the following review helpful By CJ on December 28, 2009
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I am an experienced quilter but a beginner for all other types of sewing, so for me the projects in this book are new and fun. I have tried four of them so far: the kid's apron, the wine glass coasters, the bean bag booster seats, and the catch-all/charging station. I have two main problems with the book so far:

1) Many of the projects don't require a full yard of fabric, but except for the wine bag/coasters project, I haven't seen this fact addressed. It would be nice to have the minimum fabric requirement for each project, so that if I'm intentionally purchasing fabric I don't have to buy a full yard unless it's really needed. For instance, I made the charging station with 1/2 yard of fabric.

2) My bigger issue is that there is not enough detail in the written instructions and not enough pictures for 3 of the 4 projects I tried. The wine coasters were easy, but the other three all could have benefited from more information. For instance, the bean bag booster seats have you create a 3-sided box and then sew on a square of fabric for the bottom. The instructions just say to sew them with right sides together, but it is more complicated than that and I had to drag my sewing machine over to my mom's house to get her help figuring it out. Similarly, the apron says to fold over a 3/4" seam along a curved piece of the fabric, which is nearly impossible to do without a million pins and even then it created unwelcome pleats in the fabric. I realize I might be missing a simple technique to get it right, but without extra pictures I don't know how to do it and I ended up improvising a completely different way to attach the neck loop and ties for the apron. Finally, the charging station instructions are confusing for sewing the corners that create the boxy shape for this project.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Vince on November 7, 2009
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I was shocked when I received this book and saw all the great ideas and patterns in it. In many books, there are a few usable ideas and mostly, I have been satisfied with that. But this book has so many great projects, I don't know which to start with. For the price, you can't go wrong. You get your money's worth and so much more.
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Amber Williams on November 4, 2009
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I am very new to sewing and found a lot of good info on basic techniques in this book. The projects are really cute and fashionable, and seem to be fairly easy to whip up for the most part. The book itself is spiral bound to lay flat and sturdily constructed. I would definetly recommend it to other.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Kitchen Barbarian on August 3, 2011
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Most of the "patterns" in this book are freely available on the internet. The vast majority of the projects are for the most kitschy, least useful items I can imagine.

Some examples:

Liner for a bookshelf - this amounts to cutting a piece of fabric to size and GLUING it to the back wall of your bookcase.

Folding chair cover. Not a seat cushion or padded backing. Just a SLIPCOVER for your folding chair.

Corkboard. This consists of buying a corkboard and tacking fabric over it.

Laundry bag. At first this seemed like it might actually be useful. Then you actually make it, and discover you'll be lucky to stuff 2 or 3 T-shirts in there.

Trust me, it doesn't get any better. It might actually get worse.

There are several things to consider about the alleged "one-yard"-ness of the projects.

Firstly, fabrics may shrink. If you prewash the one yard of fabric you bought you are likely to find yourself with LESS than one yard. And you should always prewash for exactly this reason.

Secondly, many of the fabrics required in the book are for 60" widths, not the far more common 44"/45" wide fabrics. If your chosen fabric is less than 60" wide, you will likely need TWO yards of fabric, not one.

Thirdly, as others have noted, the sizes of many of the projects are deceiving in appearance. Many of the projects in this book for totebags and the like are much smaller than they appear, too small, in fact, to be of any practical value.

The projects in this book are just dumb dumb dumb, many actually require more than one yard of fabric, the book is FULL of incorrect instructions (one pattern gives the sewing line instead of the cutting lines so if you cut out following the pattern it will be too small). You can find better projects for free online. Don't waste your money on this book.
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