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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.
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All in all, I'm sorely disappointed and will be returning the book promptly. Grrr.
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.
For someone who likes to create their own patterns or customize someone else's ideas, this is a great book for inspiring that kind of creativity and has enough projects to make it worth the price so that's why I gave it four stars instead of three. But those who want exact instructions and patterns will likely be frustrated.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher and the opinion of it is my own and wasn't solicited.