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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584797584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584797586
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Betz White is a renowned felter and green crafter whose work is sold online and in boutiques around the world. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart’s TV show and in numerous magazines. Her first book, Warm Fuzzies, was published in 2007. She lives in North Potomac, MD.

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Designer and author Betz White has been sewing since her mother taught her as a young girl. A graduate in Fashion Design from the University of Cincinnati, White left her corporate career as a children's wear designer to stay home with her young children and to pursue a new love: creating one-of-a-kind items from second hand materials. Betz draws her inspiration from vintage shapes, elements of nature and everyday objects. Her bold aesthetic combined with her education in apparel design results in a unique offering of patterns and projects for the modern sewer.

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Love the idea of this book and love most of the projects.
crafty brit chic
This is a beautiful book that inspires me each time I look at it--I just like having it near!
S. MacDonald
Beautifully illustrated and photographed with easy to read directions.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly F. Fraser on June 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Betz White workshop recently where I picked up a copy of Sewing Green. My craft and sewing bookshelf is quite full, I assure you, but Betz' newest book is unlike any of the titles I already have and is a welcome addition. There are a number of projects I've bookmarked to make--the little girl's pillowcase dress (actually in progress on my sewing table right now!), the felted cashmere throw blanket (I've begun scoring and felting thrift shop cashmere sweaters and don't know why I didn't think to use them before!), and the baby quilt and coordinating "washies" and stuffed dog projects (for a friend's baby due in the fall). I found the project instructions and accompanying photos very clear, and think they would be very easy even for the beginning sewer. I also appreciate the very thorough explanations of how to treat recycled and vintage materials before beginning your projects. But one of my very favorite things about this book is the collection of essays sprinkled throughout the chapters on "eco-innovators." This makes the book perfect for my evening habit of perusing sewing books on the sofa while my husband watches the news. How many craft books out there provide both plenty of inspiration and good reading? Only this one, on my shelf! I recommend Sewing Green highly to anyone interested in finding new sewing inspiration from old materials!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By S. MacDonald on March 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book Feels good in my hands, feeds my hungrylittlecrafty-eyes, and is also nice to READ. Betz dicussses fabrics and thrift stores. The projects are: aprons mades from men's shirts (cute!), coasters from wool, (cute and different than other things I have seen), vintage napkins and rings from ruined old tablecloths,lounge pants from old cute sheets, pillows, an adorable draft-buster that looks like a branch, sweater-slippers, a wallet made from a shirt-cuff,a reversible wrap skirt,lunch tote, reusable sandwich wraps,more bags, a pillowcase skirt and MORE! I haven't sewn anything from this book yet, but have "walked" through a couple of the projects and the instructions seem solid. The patterns need to be enlarged, so I need to go to my copy center to get that done.
This is a beautiful book that inspires me each time I look at it--I just like having it near! If you like to sew, you will probably find a few projects, at least, that you will want to make right away!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Katz on December 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I beleive strongly in re-purposing old clothes and items - and so this book really appealed to me in the store. As I looked through the projects, many of them were so simple that you really don't need a pattern (like tote bag) and others like the kids toys and apron from a shirt were cute, but probably nothing I wanted to make. I did try the bottle carrier - thinking I could modify the pattern for a wine bottle. I found the directions very confusing and after trying several times, I still don't have it right. I put it aside to finish after the holidays when I have more time. But I am disappointed in the lack of clear instructions. I wouldn't buy this book again.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Kenlon on December 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was really excited to receive this book because there'd been so much hype about it. Unfortunately, I found it to be very disappointing. Here's why:

1) The instructions were, in many cases, quite hard to follow, with lots of confusing and over-written text. As an editor, I found my fingers itching for a red pen so I could delete the burdensome language obscuring the clarity of the instructions. Also, there were very few diagrams or sketches of the process.

2) Many of the projects involved the use of repurposed materials, which is good, but many more called for new yardage of high-end organic cottons, bamboos, etc. I found that very off-putting, as you'd end up spending a bundle on projects when you could re-use existing materials just as easily.

3) Some of the projects just weren't that unusual. There was a pattern for a pillowcase dress that was identical to hundreds of others floating around out there on the Web. As another reviewer observed, do we really need a pattern for a tote bag?

That said, I did enjoy the many sidebar stories about other green crafters. The features on Morsbags and sweater-alchemist Crispina ffrench were great and informative.

Overall, I'd say this book is worth picking up at the library, but definitely not worth the price of purchase. It seems rather caught up in the "stylish notion" of green sewing without truly demonstrating a lot of creativity or the heart of what green can be.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By XOSonja on April 12, 2009
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Betz is an inpiration to me and she kept the bar high on this, her latest book. She continually comes up with cheerful creations that make you want to run to a thrift shop in search of goods to revamp. Like delicious ripe fruit her latest book is fresh without being fake sugar sweet. Items you really want to use or give as gifts rather than something you labor over and then put in the closet. You will be look at old materials in a whole new way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alison V on June 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is just plain beautiful, in every sense of the word. The images are beautiful, the projects are beautiful, and the whole spirit of making new from old, breathing life into the loved and worn, is a beautiful act. Betz is a national treasure. I've been visiting her website and following her betzwhite blog for years and it lifts my spirits every time I take a look-see. Just owning this book makes you feel like you have done a good deed for the day. I am going to buy them for gifts for all my crafty pals!
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