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Simply Sublime Gifts: High-Style, Low-Sew Projects to Make in a Snap Paperback – August 10, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307464466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307464460
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JODI KAHN is the author of Simply Sublime Bags and The Little Pink Book of Elegance. A writer and a former television producer, Jodi has worked on programs such as Late Night with David Letterman, The Jon Stewart Show, and Dateline NBC. Her articles have appeared in several magazines, including Real Simple, Country Living, Time Out New York, and online at MSNBC.com. Jodi lives in Larchmont, New York, with her husband and two children, and writes about her love of all things crafty on her website, www.jodikahn.com.

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The book itself would be a fun gift.
Susan
I received this as a gift and immediately decided that I needed to log on and buy a couple more to give as gifts myself.
Fit Foodie
These days I usually try to check out books from the library but I am so glad I bought this one.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jill S. on August 12, 2010
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I loved Simply Sublime Bags, but this book is even more up my alley, since I'm not a big sewer (though there are plenty of sewing projects if you are). I like that every project is rated for difficulty/time, and many rely on cleverness as much as craftiness--eg, nothing could be easier than the baby onesie personalized with a "Hello My Name Is" transfer--but how adorable a baby gift is that?! There are easy but elegant hand towels, fabric note cards, the adorable chamois Jammies and that amazing Wonder Bread apron on the cover--lots of great ideas for me to make for Christmas gifts that look sophisticated or adorable, but don't scream "handmade" or "cutesy-crafty." Fun things for crafty tweens and teens to do, too.
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Gillian on September 18, 2010
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I was deeply disappointed with this book which relies on iron-on transfers or computer printout art to produce the adult equivalent of kindergarden craft. Tha pretty apron on the cover is made by ironing plastic bag packaging from a brand-name product onto plain white fabric. The "chammy jammies" are made with what I would call yellow dusters.... 100% guarenteed to shrink and to turn an entire wash bright yellow. How popular will you be then???

This book will be useless to me and my daughter. I rarely write a reveiw, but the glowing reveiws of this book are far off the mark, imho.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Fit Foodie on August 15, 2010
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I received this as a gift and immediately decided that I needed to log on and buy a couple more to give as gifts myself. Simply Sublime Gifts makes you feel good from the moment you lay eyes on it. It excudes warmth, whimsy and style in a very non-threatening away. Initially I thought a few of the projects were a little intimidating because I don't really sew. In fact, I've been known to ask my husband to sew on the random lost button :). However, I was quickly taken in by all the projects I knew I could do with ease! The projects are the perfect level of challenge without being overwhelming. The author makes you feel like you're hanging out with her in a cozy retro kitchen with your craft supplies strewn over the kitchen table as she warmly takes you step by step through these awesome crafty adventures with a heavy dose of humor and fun! My first project was the duct tape belt that I made with my 12 year old daughter...in fact we made 3 different ones while we were at it! My 75 year old mother glanced at the book (pretty enough for the coffee table by the way)and said she wanted to make the handtowels to make as a hostess gift for an upcoming dinner party she was going to. My younger daughter chose the shrinky dink type necklaces to make as favors for her upcoming 11 birthday. Although i received this as a gift, it is clear to me that it is a purchse that would quickly pay for itself. Let's face it, times are still a little tough..if I can purchase a gorgeous book that allows me to make quick, classy gifts for $10 or less (over and over again)its money very well spent! Have fun!!!
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By S. C. on October 10, 2010
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After reading all the glowing reviews for this book, I decided to treat myself in hopes that it would have ideas for some gifts for the upcoming holiday season. I wish I had treated myself to something else.

This book is NOT for crafty people, it's for people who don't have a creative bone in their bodies. If you really are crafty, you've probably already come up with 90% of these gift "ideas" on your own, as a teenager.

Sachets made of dish towels? Done that. In Junior High. Fabric glued to card stock to make your own cards? Done that, and have even had KIDS do it. Seriously, about the only original project idea in this book is the wonder bread apron on the cover, and maybe the Christmas stockings made of oil cloth, but seriously, who wants a PLASTIC stocking anyway?

The other major downer with this book is that about 80% of the projects require you to buy expensive specialty supplies, such as printable fabric sheets, iron on vinyl, and even silicone cupcake wrappers (about $10 each in my neck of the woods. Ouch.)

If you are adept with scissors and glue, but are unable to come up with any kind of creative idea of your own, this book might be for you. If you have ever made up your own project, save your money. I wish I had.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By North Hollywood Dottie on August 11, 2010
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I had been waiting for this book -- I LOVED the author's first book, SIMPLY SUBLIME BAGS, which provided me and my daughter many fun and innovative projects -- and this book is even better! I don't know how the author comes up with these ideas. Dare I say she's a genius? Well, at least a craft and creative superstar. I've already made 3 projects in the first 2 days of having the book. (I'm going to be giving the fabric cans for the holidays, so watch out friends and family!) There are so many projects -- and each one is better than the next. The directions are really clear -- so far it's one of the best...if not the best!...craft book I have (and I have them all). Thank you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sandmeistress on August 22, 2010
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I am one of those people who LOVE homemade gifts--and I always mean well and want to make some,too--but the truth is, I'm a little bit IMPAIRED when it comes to thinking up how to do things like this. Luckily for me, Jodi Kahn has spelled out exactly what needs to be done. She has not only great projects but great instructions, too. And the projects are ranked so I will know when I deserve a special high five for creating one of the harder ones. I love the fabric note cards (that's where I'm going to start) but I also have my eye on the dishtowel quilt as my ultimate goal.
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