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Last-Minute Fabric Gifts: 30 Hand-Sew, Machine-Sew, and No-Sew Projects (Sewing)
Last-Minute Fabric Gifts: 30 Hand-Sew, Machine-Sew, and No-Sew Projects (Sewing)
by Cynthia Treen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.23
65 used & new from $0.16

61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabric Gifts book contents & my thoughts, August 9, 2007
First of all, this is not a how-to-sew book, or even a sewing book, so I don't think it should be reviewed as one. If you're looking for sewing clothes or home decor projects, there are plenty of others to look into. The title says it all: this is a book about making fabric gifts in a short amount of time using a variety of techniques. It will appeal to beginners who want learn new fabric crafting skills, and people who already have skills but are in a hurry.

--Book Contents--

The projects:

* less than 1 hour: bias blossom, coat sleeve bag, tie pouch, corduroy change purse, fabric belt, fabric envelopes, felt rabbits, fabric covered notebook, quick dish towl, bark cloth baby bib, cat toy.

* 1-2 hours: recycled sweater hats, cotton knit animals, felted rocks, fringed quest towels, patchwork pillow, red cross appliqued pillow, travel pouch.

* 2-3 hours: silk-trimmed wool blanket, hand stitched scarf, reversible hooded towel/blanket, felted silk scarf, silk sarong, tweed scarf, twig-handled tote

* greater than 3 hours: baby quilt, wool knit shibori scarf, garden playmat, inlaid wool knit scarf, tea-dyed shawl

* Ideas for wrapping fabric gifts, making gift pouches and gift tags.
* Sections on fabrics, tools, techniques, terms.

--My thoughts--

Photography and styling are fresh and crisp, and lovingly lit. The projects are small enough so that you can experiment with a variety of new techniques without investing huge chunks of time.

About the projects:

1. The projects are firstmost decorative and pretty, and only secondarily useful. In other words, something you would give as a gift but perhaps not buy for yourself! They all look very expensive, if you were to buy them, which is a good thing? See item #2.

2. The variety of project types is very limited. Several little pouches and purses, towels, several scarves. One or two toys, hats, blankets. I see them as gifts for women/girls, gifts for babies, and housewarming gifts.

3. There is a nice variety of project methods. For example: wool knit shibori scarf, tea dyed scarf, inlaid wool scarf, felted silk scarf. You'll learn different techniques in the making of just scarves, which you can apply to your own invented future projects.

4. A variety of project materials are used: felt, paper, silk, fleece. Some projects are small enough to make with bits of stash fabric. Although a few projects encourage using "repurposed" fabric, many use materials that seem to me quite posh and pricey. I'm sure you could substitute, but the effect may not be the same.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sprinkly water fun, May 21, 2001
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
I got this for my 5-year-old niece and she loves it. When I turn on the garden hose, I can adjust the water pressure so that the tubes lie flat and stream water along the ground, or the tubes stand straight up and spray upward, or at full pressure the tubes whip around randomly. Prepare yourself for lots of squealing! Also useful for watering your garden. :)
I wouldn't recommend this for very young children. My other 1-year-old-niece enjoyed watching other children play, but cried when she was accidentally squirted.
I like that the very simple design, without lots of doodads and parts, won't fall apart easily or get punctures like inflatable water toys. It takes 30 seconds to setup. I chose this toy over designs associated with character brands (cartoons, dolls), because I hope that even if she grows out of those favorites she can still play with it and not think it's "baby-ish."

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