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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470539240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470539248
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Turn your favorite fabric scraps into fresh and fun handcrafted treasures Want to use every last one of your favorite designer scraps, but aren’t sure what to do with oddly shaped and sized leftovers? Fabric designer Sandi Henderson holds to the adage “waste not, want not” to deliver a collection of innovative sewing projects that lets you make the most of bits and pieces of your beloved fabrics. Whether you’re looking for a way to stretch your sewing dollar, just can’t part with your favorite fabrics, or are looking for innovative projects from one of today’s top designers, Sewing Bits & Pieces shows you how to make unique pieces for yourself, your kids, or your home.

About the Author

Sandi Henderson is a fabric and pattern designer whose bold and stylish pattern collection, Portabellopixie, has gained her international attention. Sandi’s designs have been featured in several magazines, and her blog, www.portabellopixie.typepad.com, is read by thousands daily. Visit her Web site at www.sandihendersondesign.com.

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Customer Reviews

This is one book that I am really excited about and have really looked at it almost everyday since receiving it.
Tabitha Myers
Sometimes these "use your scraps up books" have the most simple and useless projects...this one is different there are many things in this book I plan on making.
Mod Mommy
Guess I have to agree with the commenters who said this book is pretty to look at for inspiration, but that's all.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By nicole on May 17, 2010
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I will admit that my expectations for this book were high. Based on my interpretation of the cover I thought this book would be filled with ways of using fabric scraps to upscale/reinvent old clothing. However, there are only two ideas of this type in the book; the cardigan on the cover and a t-shirt with fabric cherry blossom flowers added to one shoulder. The majority of the ideas in the book are really for children or young adults. I loved the dahlia pin cushion, the saviour of the book for me. I don't think I would try any of the other ideas.

That being said it is a nicely presented. The photographs in the book are of the finished items and the instructions are drawn. The templates are clear and easy to find.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By BOOK REVIEW VINE VOICE on July 7, 2010
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I love this book. I was surprised to read some of the reviewers who found nothing unique in the book so I thought I would list the projects in the book I have not seen elsewhere in any other book, all of which I would love to make:

Sweet Treat Towels - to applique with a cupcake, pie or ice cream sundae
Fruit Magnets - darling fruit shapes with crochet embelishments
Foodie Bag - perfect for carrying trail mix to keep your energy up during a hard work day
Garden Pillows - pillows with a wind blown spray of applique leaves or teardrops
Bubbly Shower Curtain - with a darling fish to applique with bubbles
Growing Tree - a 3 dimensional wall hanging to chart your child's growth
Party Lights - decoupage fabric strips to brighten up a light string of Chinese lanterns
Picnic Quilt - a one patch "scallop" quilt (gorgeous)
Ruffled Head Scarf - a patchwork retro 50's head scarf

And here is a list of the rest of the projects that I have seen elsewhere, however, they were all made with a unique twist which makes them fresh, new and fun:

Fruit Applique Tablecloth - the fruit is made with retro repro fabrics, giving it tons of charm
Patchwork Pillow - the fabric makes this project shine- challenge yourself to create your own palette.
Hanging Organizer - to use up your designer home dec fabric scraps
Herbal Sachet - made with linen, felt and embroidery
Little Girl Twirly Skirt - with cute little ruffles on the edge of each skirt ruffle
Little Girl Mary Jane Slippers - beautifully embellished
Fabric Chain - inspired by paper chains
Bunny - love the Kath Kidston inspired vintage floral fabrics
Owl - fabulous selection of fabrics gives this owl personality!
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mod Mommy on May 5, 2010
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Wow This book is a beauty! The photography is amazing which i understand was done by the author, she did an amazing job it's a pleasure to look it. Sometimes these "use your scraps up books" have the most simple and useless projects...this one is different there are many things in this book I plan on making. The book is divided into chapters, kitchen, bed & Bath, children, parties, Adults, Crafts. Also the patterns you need for different shapes just require you to trace not enlarge! Thank You Sandi! I hate having to go get those done. I think the projects I am most excited for are the head scarf, and sassy hair peony. But there is also the market skirt, which would look great with the cover project sweater! The kids mary janes also are adorable! There is alot in this book I want to do, out of the 35 projects T will most definately make about half. on that note I haven't attempted any projects yet(I just got the book 2 hours ago in the mail!), so I can't say if the directions are good or not, but I have used a Sandi Henderson pattern in the past and it was very straight forward. I consider myself an intermediate to advanced sewer so if I find anything amiss with the directions I will update my review!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. R. Stokes on February 9, 2011
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My mum sent me this book for Christmas. It looks pretty enough and there were a couple of projects i liked, most of them were things i had seen before.
The brick road skirt caught my daughters eye so I started to make it for her. After cutting out all the pieces stated for the skirt and starting to sew them together i realised that i didn't have enough pieces. Very frustrating , i had to go back and cut out more and this also changed the design and order of the fabrics. I finished the skirt which turned out quite well and so I started on the slippers. Now half way through i have found another mistake. I have cut my fabric and it will now be wasted. It is frustrating that these patterns have not been properly edited.I would not recommend this book especially not for a beginner.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MidwestMom VINE VOICE on May 28, 2010
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This is a very cute book, that as the title implies has patterns to use up scraps of fabric. A lot of the patterns feature applique as a way to use up scraps. The designs are all very cute. The book is divided up into 6 sections of projects: Kitchen, Bed and Bath, Children, party, crafts, and adults. There is not an extensive how-to section or anything, but there are lots of diagrams, and full color photos. The photos are really nice.

Some of the projects I am looking forward to making: fruit applique tablecloth (uses a patchwork edge trim, and applique), Sweet treats tea towels (uses cute applique to embellish tea towels with cupcakes, icecream, pie ..), Fruit magnets, Foodie bags (linen drawstring bags with a cotton fabric insert), patchwork pillow, Bubbly shower curtain (fish and bubble applique), countdown chain, party lights, birthday party garland, budding treat bag, and the dahlia pincushion. The rest of the patterns, although I will most likely not make, are wonderful inspiration.

You must trace the pattern pieces, but they are full size... so that is nice not to have to enlarge.

All in all, a really great book -- and for under $20, you really cannot beat it! :)
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