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Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials Plus Tips & Resources for Earth-Friendly Stitching Paperback – April 1, 2009
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This is a beautiful book that inspires me each time I look at it--I just like having it near! If you like to sew, you will probably find a few projects, at least, that you will want to make right away!
1) The instructions were, in many cases, quite hard to follow, with lots of confusing and over-written text. As an editor, I found my fingers itching for a red pen so I could delete the burdensome language obscuring the clarity of the instructions. Also, there were very few diagrams or sketches of the process.
2) Many of the projects involved the use of repurposed materials, which is good, but many more called for new yardage of high-end organic cottons, bamboos, etc. I found that very off-putting, as you'd end up spending a bundle on projects when you could re-use existing materials just as easily.
3) Some of the projects just weren't that unusual. There was a pattern for a pillowcase dress that was identical to hundreds of others floating around out there on the Web. As another reviewer observed, do we really need a pattern for a tote bag?
That said, I did enjoy the many sidebar stories about other green crafters. The features on Morsbags and sweater-alchemist Crispina ffrench were great and informative.
Overall, I'd say this book is worth picking up at the library, but definitely not worth the price of purchase. It seems rather caught up in the "stylish notion" of green sewing without truly demonstrating a lot of creativity or the heart of what green can be.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really nice book. I love the ideas in there. Very creative use of repurposed materials.Published 16 months ago by Tonia E. Mayton
Great resource for my high school sewing classes. Use it for recycling and repurposingPublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
love this book, great condition and included the patterns in backPublished 18 months ago by Debra A. Baker
I saw this book on a video where they were making aprons, I was disappointed that their were not a variety of apron ideas.Published on April 21, 2014 by Diana Hall
Clear instructions. Attractive projects. Good use of fabric. Several ideas I can use. Classic looks for long term use. Great ideas for homemade gifts.Published on March 18, 2014 by J. Demer
The leaf scarf is by far my favorite project in this book, but anything that encourages creativity is a plus for me.Published on February 20, 2014 by Linda D. Dolan
The book was much less expensive than it would be new, and it even came with patterns. It was a great deal.Published on December 24, 2013 by Melanie Haveman
I borrowed this book from the library thinking I would end up purchasing it on Amazon. I was not so impressed though. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by G. Smith