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Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects Using Cottons, Knits, Voiles, Corduroy, Fleece, Flannel, Home Dec, Oilcloth, Wool, and Beyond Spiral-bound – November 16, 2011
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From cozy flannels to water-resistant oilcloths to the sheerest summer voiles, contemporary print designers offer a wide variety of fabrics to explore. With 101 exciting new sewing projects, you'll discover how to make the most of each fabric's unique characteristics -- one yard at a time. Full-size pattern pieces are included.
About the Author
Patricia Hoskins is the co-owner of Crafty Planet, a retail fabric and needlework store and craft workshop in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has designed several of the patterns used in Crafty Planet classes. She enjoys knitting, crocheting, spinning, sewing, quilting, embroidery, and cross-stitching and is a graduate of American University, the University of Oregon, and the University of Missouri-Columbia Library Science program. She is the author of How to Make Slipcovers and is a co-author of One-Yard Wonders, Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders, and Little One-Yard Wonders.
Rebecca Yaker began sewing at age five. After eight years of designing apparel for two of America’s largest retailers, Rebecca started her own design business, creating one-of-a-kind baby and adult apparel and accessory items in her Minneapolis design studio. She knits by hand and machine, sews, crochets, weaves, dabbles in reupholstery, consults on design, and most recently is passionately learning to become a cordwainer (a leather shoe maker). She is the co-author of One-Yard Wonders, Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders, and Little One-Yard Wonders. Learn more about her at www.rebeccayaker.com.
Top Customer Reviews
If you don't have the original book, you'll probably like this one. But don't waste your money if you already have the other one.
The nice thing about one yard patterns is that it's a great way to use a yard of great fabric. It starts with a basic introduction to the supplies you'll need, and most of the projects are done using just a straight stitch on a standard sewing machine.
The projects are separated by fabric type.
Lightweight cottons- like voile and lawn
Quilting weight cotton- one of the easiest to find and inexpensive options for sewing
Home decorator fabrics- these are heavier woven fabrics
Woven pile fabrics- things like velvet and corduroy
Coated fabrics- like oilcloth
So whatever your favorite fabric type is, there is a project for it. The projects collected are wonderful, there is a lot of variation. Many very cute purses and bags, but also skirts, tops, hats, organizers, home decorating, and accessories. The projects covers a lot of skill levels with clear instructions so if you haven't tried a technique before like ruffling, smocking, pleating or placing zippers, you should be able to follow the instructions to do so.
While there are a lot of projects meant for children, there are also several clothing patterns for adults. My daughter likes the Urban Wabbit Hunting Cap best, my favorite pattern is the quilter airliner bag with it's retro feel and decorative quilt stitching. There are also patterns for adult shirts, skirts, lots of children's clothes and toys.
If you like sewing, and have a stash of fabrics you couldn't resist buying just one yard, or if you're a sewer with a lot for quickly finished projects, you'll enjoy the variety available in here. A lot of the projects can also be done with creative cutting from thrifted items or from items in your own closet.
[I received a complimentary copy of the book to review on my craft blog- Don't Eat the Paste. My reviews are always my honest opinion]
Also, some of the patterns really aren't needed. Some of the projects ask you to use a pattern piece to cut a rectangle, and then a french curve to alter that rectangle. Why not just have the pattern piece already have that curve in it? Or just give me the dimensions of the rectangle in the instructions so I don't have to bother with cutting the pattern piece.
While I do have some complaints, I have made a few things from the book and been happy with them. But if I had known that the majority of the book was kids/baby stuff, I probably would have skipped it.