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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.
Ballet-neck dress: The hole for the neck casing ends up being too low and I had to make a new hole at the top.
Folklore Bag: The top band is wider than the bag base, so they do not fit together properly. The band has to be made smaller. The bag turns out smaller than the picture makes it look.
Flouncy Bag: The lining does not fit the base. It should have been made wider than the base in order to fit after the side seams were done. Also it is MUCH smaller than the picture makes it look.
There are 2 other BIG problems with this book.
First, the directions are not very good. There is a lot of guess work involved because things are not stated clearly.
Second, the pictures are VERY misleading. Both bags look very large in the pictures, but are in fact quite small. They look like large totes. The folklore bag must have been photographed on a child size chair, or they made it bigger for the pictures. I am certain the flouncy bag was made larger for the pictures, because the proportions are entirely different.
I wonder if any of these patterns were even tested. So far I have had nothing but problems and disappointment with this book. I have done quite a bit of sewing, so I have been able to make adjustments to the projects I have done, but have still been mostly disappointed by the finished products (the dress did end up being cute). I doubt that a beginner would have much luck at all.
Liner for a bookshelf - this amounts to cutting a piece of fabric to size and GLUING it to the back wall of your bookcase.
Folding chair cover. Not a seat cushion or padded backing. Just a SLIPCOVER for your folding chair.
Corkboard. This consists of buying a corkboard and tacking fabric over it.
Laundry bag. At first this seemed like it might actually be useful. Then you actually make it, and discover you'll be lucky to stuff 2 or 3 T-shirts in there.
Trust me, it doesn't get any better. It might actually get worse.
There are several things to consider about the alleged "one-yard"-ness of the projects.
Firstly, fabrics may shrink. If you prewash the one yard of fabric you bought you are likely to find yourself with LESS than one yard. And you should always prewash for exactly this reason.
Secondly, many of the fabrics required in the book are for 60" widths, not the far more common 44"/45" wide fabrics. If your chosen fabric is less than 60" wide, you will likely need TWO yards of fabric, not one.
Thirdly, as others have noted, the sizes of many of the projects are deceiving in appearance. Many of the projects in this book for totebags and the like are much smaller than they appear, too small, in fact, to be of any practical value.
The projects in this book are just dumb dumb dumb, many actually require more than one yard of fabric, the book is FULL of incorrect instructions (one pattern gives the sewing line instead of the cutting lines so if you cut out following the pattern it will be too small). You can find better projects for free online. Don't waste your money on this book.