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SIMPLE, inspired sewing projects for baby.,
This review is from: Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby: 24 Easy Projects for Newborns to Toddlers (Hardcover-spiral)
This book has some very cute ideas for baby items. I have been using it to make presents for others and little things for my kids as well. In general, the projects are very simple and can be made by the most novice sewer/crafter. BUT, most aren't so simple that they aren't appealing to the more experienced.
Patterns and fairly detailed written instructions are included. Many of the projects are so simple, that you might not even need to use the pattern or follow the instructions.
The photography and styling of the book are very accessible and comfortable, like talking to a friend. It has a nice approach.
I really liked the soft toys, the cozy winter hat, the "boppy" pillow, and the burp cloth/ washcloth/ diaper pad (all different projects but similar).
Lotta inspired the reader to be creative and to riff off of her basic ideas and designs. It was a great start.
The ideas really are very simple. I don't know if most people would feel that they are getting their money's worth out of this book.
Some of the projects are a little too wonky/ unfinished looking to be made as gifts. But, then again, this is "SIMPLE sewing for baby," not "detailed, painstaking, make-you-want-to-gauge-your-eyes-out sewing for baby."
The clothing in this book isn't a strong point, so if you're looking for cute dress or outfit ideas, look elsewhere.
I would have liked to see a few more projects.
Overall, I would recommend this book as a gift for a newly pregnant crafty chick. I would highly recommend that if you're buying it for yourself, you get it from the library first to see if you would actually make use of the patterns and instructions. I definitely recommend taking a look, though, because the ideas are great and the fabrics she uses are inspiring.