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Sew & Stow: 31 Fun Sewing Projects to Carry, Hold, and Organize Your Stuff, Your Home, and Yourself! Paperback – May 7, 2008
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“Looking for inspiration for your next sewing project? Whether you’re a beginner or a master stitcher, there’s something for you in the new book.” –Star Banner
From the Back Cover
Help the Planet: Say no to plastic bags and yes to colorful, reusable, hand-sewn alternatives! It’s easy to make your own bags, carry-alls, and sacks to hold everything from farmers’ market finds to bag lunches.
Brighten Your Home: Stitch up an apron or laundry bag to bring style and flair to household tasks. Add panache to your outdoor activities with a hand-sewn bottle sling or a comfy hammock. You can even make a dog bed cover for your loyal pal or a log tote for your favorite lumberjack.
Functional, fabulous, and ecofriendly—these handmade projects are quick and simple with the step-by-step instructions and illustrations in Sew & Stow.
Top Customer Reviews
For example, the two projects I really wanted to make - the customized hobby tote and the fabric file box - came with little or no instruction at all because the author herself admitted she hadn't figured out the best way to make them yet. There were nice finished prototypes of these projects included in the photos so I felt the least the author could do was give the instructions for those even if they weren't perfect. Instead she encourages the readers to ask themselves a series of questions about what they want out of these two projects, how they think they should be put together, etc., and then basically wishes them luck in figuring it all out.
There were projects that seem useful such as a tote bag, a gardening apron, a cleaning caddy with pockets that fits around a 5 gallon plastic bucket, a clever sling for a water bottle, and a knitting needle tote. Some are easy enough for a beginner to figure out, and others require more know-how and the ability to adapt along the way. The section outlining the basics of sewing, equipment, and differences in fabrics was good.Read more ›
All in all, I'm sorely disappointed and will be returning the book promptly. Grrr.
I definitely do not like the layout of this book; I prefer photos of projects with the project, not lumped in the beginning. I understand cost is sometimes an issue, but I will still dislike the practice. Also, if you don't like/have problems reading pink, skip this book. Directions are printed in black, but the "illustrations" (really amateur sketches) may be difficult to see. If you wear glasses with any kind of tint you won't be able to read it at all.
If you are looking for ideas, and are adept at creating your own patterns, this book is fine. If you are looking for step-by-step directions, skip it. I'm still looking for a project book I can actually use. (I haven't found it yet, or I'd list my recommendation here.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am happy with this book.. There are a lot of easy to read patterns and ideas.Published 13 months ago by Kerry Melton
Excellent text! Instructions are thorough. Thank you!Published 14 months ago by Charlane Sollenberger
quick shipping, book was in great condition for a new book. loved the illustrations, beautiful photography, very colorful, good ideas for storage projects. Read morePublished on June 16, 2014 by shyattern
I am new to sewing and very much a visual learner! Seeing the colorful photos on front, I thought the inside would also have detailed, colorful photos. Wrong! Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Lisa Liddiard
I borrowed this book from the library and knew that I had to have it. I'm so glad I did. I can't wait to get started on the many projects that it contains. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Lois D. Jones
I love this book! The patterns are so easy to follow and turn out great! They made great christmas gifts!Published on October 27, 2013 by Amazon Customer