- Age Range: 10 and up
- Series: One-Yard Wonders
- Hardcover-spiral: 304 pages
- Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Nov Spi edition (October 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1603424490
- ISBN-13: 978-1603424493
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Average Customer Review: 304 customer reviews
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One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric! Hardcover-spiral – October 28, 2009
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For both novice and accomplished sewers, this spiral-bound guide offers directions that are precisely, clearly, and buoyantly written as the authors share 101 sewing projects requiring only a yard of fabric, including apparel, toys, accessories (human and pet), dresser organizers, and stuffed animals. For each “recipe,” the authors, in well-ordered fashion, list necessary materials and then take the reader-crafter through clearly numbered, carefully explained directions to create a successful final product. For each project, too, a pattern schematic is matched on the opposite page with a full-color photograph of the finished project. This is a fundamental crafts book appropriate for most crafts collections. --Brad Hooper
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I don't need instructions to cover a cork board or line a bookcase with fabric. Most of the other projects are the same old thing: aprons, laptop and CD sleeves, laundry bags, a yoga mat bag, a basic bias skirt, placemats, handbags, a sewing machine cover, pet beds and toys, lunch and trash bags. Over 30 (out of 101) of the projects are for children's items (clothing, toys, etc.). There are some fresh ideas though, I love the origami box and a couple of the women's summer tops are cute.
Overall, if you are new to sewing, you'll probably love this book and it would be a great place to start. It has a great section on basic sewing techniques and the book itself is beautifuly photographed and laid out. I like the spiral bindng and I appreciate that it came with pattern pieces for all but the most basic projects.
If you are not new to sewing, don't expect to find many new ideas here. However, it is a great collection of classic projects all in one place and nicely photographed.
The major flaw of the book is the directions. Some are confusing. It takes more than a yard of fabric for some clothes items if the one is a larger size (sleep top). Not everyone is as small as the young ladies pictured in the book.
Some directions are unclear. I just made a pair of sleep shorts. I had to make my own pattern. I've never made these before, so I didn't know what a "total rise measurement" was; it wasn't in the book anywhere. I had to google it, found various definitions, and did my best. This, however, turned out to be the wrong thing to do. Once my sleep pants were completed, they wouldn't fit. I had done the rise incorrectly; however, I did follow the directions as given on page 141 (total rise measurement divided by 2) I tried to salvage the pants, thus making them rather odd looking.
Other thing, there is a section for children's clothes; but they are for little girls. I am the mother of two boys.
Overall, it's not a terrible book, but I would borrow it rather than purchase it.
I hoped this book might have a couple of ideas so that I could put my fabric stash to good use. Was I ever surprised and delighted! There's something for everyone. I've already earmarked five projects and started two of them. The instructions are (generally) easy enough for a beginner, although I was confused with some of the directions. I intend to make templates for future projects that do not have patterns. I love that there are actual patterns for many of the projects and that the book is spiral bound so that it lays flat. I wish there were more drawings and photos of the finished projects, but I still give it 5 stars.
Overall, I think this is a great book for beginners and those looking for really useful, quick, fun projects. It would make a great gift for a beginner sewer.