- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Lark Books (April 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600594948
- ISBN-13: 978-1600594946
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,517,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
101 Snappy Fashions: Oodles of One-Piece Designs for Babies Paperback – April 6, 2010
Make: Tools: How They Work and How to Use Them
Check out this featured resource for your guide to tools and how to use them.
Bored with baby Onesies but on a budget? Enter former costume designer, now crafter-author (Creative Juice: 45 Re-Crafting Projects, 2007; Bow Wow WOW! Fetching Costumes for Your Fabulous Dog, 2009) Filian, who uses four or so legit crafts (and stretches the definition of other do-it-yourself materials) to turn bare bottoms into bling. Few skills are needed; she advocates the purchase and use of such ordinary stuff as dye, ribbons, fabric paint, and iron-ons to decorate snapsuits for infants, from newborns to three-year-old toddlers. Each of her 10 how-to chapters starts with two to three pages of simple instructions: materials needed, what to do (and not), common questions and answers. Answers are also practical; for example, a thorough prewash of baby suits before crafting is advised. And she counsels mom-crafters to avoid the rhinestone-setting gun (too rough on baby’s skin) in favor of plain old glue. The more than 100 designs are streamlined and bold, with easy-to-follow directions; choose among a Haight-Ashbury tie-died style, Jackson Pollock look-alike, or a ready-for-the-Fourth firecracker suit. --Barbara Jacobs
About the Author
Cathie Filian creates, produces, and co-hosts the popular lifestyle shows Creative Juice & Witch Crafts on HGTV & DIY Network. Her books include: Bow Wow WOW! 9781600592355. She lives in Los Angeles.
Top Customer Reviews
Cathie Filian begins this book with a wonderful dose of the basics - what sizes equate to how many pounds of the most perfect baby alive - things like that. She has an excellent section on dyeing; prepping he fabric to take the dye, mixing the dye (she uses simple cold water packets), how to make more than just one color of dye using only one color packet, and how to care for the garment after it is dyed and before it is worn. Well thought out and well written - this is an excellent section - even for those who may have some experience using dyes.
What follows are 101 ways to change the dull white look of onesies. There are so many ways that these utilitarian, necessary baby wear can be altered in small, inexpensive ways. Each section in this book offers a very well done set of basics on the particular technique. Who could have thought that there were so many ways to to makes these garments fun?!
Some of the listed ways to alter onesies to suit included in the book are: Dyeing, Painting, Embroidery, Applique, Ribbons and Trims, Iron-Ons, Patches, Cutting, Ripping, Tearing, adding Bling, special holiday motifs and a special section for bathing. There is even a section on how to throw a "snappy Baby Shower". Each section includes approximately 10 ideas for making a special onesie for the cutest little you know. The books has a great section of applique and stencil like design so that you don't have to start from the beginning.
I was not sure what I would think of this book when I had a look at it because I am not around babies much but I have to say that I was, simply fascinated and wowed by the great ideas in this book. This is a book that will appeal to mother's of infants of course, but also to friends and relatives of babies. It's a fun book, crammed with information and ideas. This is one well thought out book that is really sure to please all of us who love babies - babies who are stylin' !