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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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- Hardcover-spiral : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1603424490
- ISBN-13 : 978-1603424493
- Dimensions : 8.88 x 1.31 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Storey Publishing, LLC; Nov Spi edition (October 28, 2009)
- Item Weight : 0.32 ounces
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love how my bag turned out! I took a few liberties within the design. I used two different fabrics, I put a zipper on the pocket, and I put in a fabric-covered cardboard bottom for more stability. I am in an informal sewing class where I’ve learned how to work with interfacing, zippers and seam allowances. So the teachers instructions have really helped.
I recommend this book, but you will may want to watch YouTube videos to help you when you get stuck. The instructions are tricky at times. I really didn’t understand how to assemble the first bag I made and would have sewn the straps on the inside of the bag if I didn’t have my teacher to help me. To the authors, more diagrams would be nice...
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.
Not all the projects require a pattern, sometimes measurements for a project are included right in the book. When a pattern is needed, it comes with the book. there are several large pattern pieces, each has multiple patterns printed on it. I cut apart all the patterns and stored each pattern in an envelope on which I wrote the name of the project and the correlating page number for each pattern. I also indicated the number of pattern pieces for each project.
In order to keep everything intact, I highly recommend cutting out and organizing all of the pattern pieces right away. It is helpful to devise a way to keep everything together. I use a plastic container about 10" by 14" . It holds both the book and the patterns. The lid locks on, it keeps everything together. If you like to sew there are many good patterns and good directions. I really like the project for kids.