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Sew Advent Calendars: Count down to Christmas with 20 stylish designs to fill with festive treats Paperback – August 14, 2017
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Sew Advent Calendars by Debbie Shore includes 20 fun advent calendars for you to create. They range from weekly countdowns to daily countdowns and there is even a countdown for your dog. There are more traditional looking calendars, and some very original calendars. There is something for everyone here! Debbie starts off with an informative introduction, and then moves onto Sewing Essentials. She describes a bit about each essential so you are sure to know what you need. Next is a bit on Sewing Know-How. Debbie shares the important skills you will need to successfully create the projects in this book. This section is very informative and a great addition to the book! After that there is even a page on treat suggestions and another on various ways to create your numbers for your advent calendars. Debbie has really given a lot of thought to all the information you will need to succeed. After all that great info, the book moves into the 20 lovely advent calendars. Reading through, I found the instructions to be clear and easy to follow. The patterns are very well written, giving the crafter the tools they need to create beautiful projects. I really love the variety in this book. I would recommend it to any sewer looking for great ideas to decorate for the Christmas season. -- Jessie Rayot * Jessie at Home (http://jessieathome.com/sew-advent-calendars/) * It's countdown to Xmas with another fab book from Debbie Shore. Who does not love an advent calendar, that countdown that comes with little gifts? Debbie has created 20 designs, so you can make many people happy this Xmas. Includes sewing essentials and know-how - this is Debbies' rundown on what you need to know to make the projects; suggestions for adding treats, counting down - different numbers to buy and templates. Debbie has been inventive with her designs, using for example triangle pockets, quilted cones, cottage pockets, felt pyramids, pleats, chalk board, cubes, bunting, a train, tree, mittens and even a sausage dog. Discover many ways to deliver a countdown to Xmas with photographs and clear instructions. Never has Xmas been so much fun. * Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk * Instead of buying ready-made advent calendars why not make your own? There are twenty different types in this book all made from fabric and suitable for all levels of expertise, even children. I could say also suitable for the family dog as there is a delightful dachshund shaped one - you will have to use your imagination to change it for cats. If like me you are mostly familiar with the flat type with windows or the hanging type with pockets prepare to be amazed with the sheer variety of calendars in here. From a rag doll holding a chalk board to bunting, wee bags, number cubes (think perpetual calendar), a snowman, cone shaped trees and my own favorite a train you will be spoilt for choice. There are several types of bunting and the type with pockets in too, all different shapes and styles for displaying in different spaces. Basic sewing equipment and skills are required but nothing more and special techniques are limited to a couple of embroidery stitches and making (and attaching) bias binding. There is a list of ideas for the treats to insert, and some ideas for different numbering options plus a page showing small thumbnails of the calendars for easy selection. Each project features a large photo of the item in situ plus a list of what you need, finished size and several steps with photographs. The mitten bunting is a simple project that children can make by hand; a nice touch and many of the other calendars have simple parts that younger family members (or beginner stitchers) can make easily. An imaginative book that a wide range of abilities can get a lot of fun out of. * Myshelf.com * In her newest book Debbie presents twenty stunning designs for fabric advent calendars to create for all the family. Each fresh and innovative project has full step-by-step instructions and full-sized templates where necessary and can be completed with ease by all abilities. Debbie even suggests some treats to be hidden within the pockets, pouches and cones. Perfect for anyone wanting to create something unusual and unique for the festive season and which can be enjoyed year after year as a special family keepsake. Excellent value for money. * East Kent Embroiderers Guild *
About the Author
Debbie's first book on making cushion covers was published by Search Press in December 2011 and went straight to number one in the Amazon bestseller charts. She has since published ten other best-selling titles: Sew Useful, Sew Bunting, Half Yard Heaven, Half Yard Home, Half Yard Gifts, Sew Brilliant Bags, Half Yard Christmas, Half Yard Kids, Half Yard Gifts and Love to Sew Quilted Covers and Cosies and Love to Sew Sewing Room Accessories, with three other books in production at the moment. In 2015, Half Yard Christmas won the silver award for Best New Craft Book in the International Craft Awards. In 2016, Half Yard Gifts was highly commended in the Best Home Sewing Book category in the Homemaker Book Awards.
Debbie hosts a sewing forum [www.shortcutstosewing.co.uk] with over 1800 members, where she answers their questions and introduces new sewers to each other. She has over 100 videos on You Tube [thimblelane channel] demonstrating sewing projects: the channel has over 90,000 subscribers and the total views now exceeds 10 million. Visit her new website: www.debbieshore.tv