Handicrafts, Arts & Crafts

Sewing Books

  • SCFT
    Laura Howard
    • £4.99
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    This craft book will help you learn how to sew, craft and make all sorts of fabulous gifts and accessories with felt.

    A great material to work with as it doesn't fray when cut and comes in all kinds of colours, this book has 35 projects for you to make, ranging from bunny brooches to feather headbands and hedgehog phone cases.

    With chapters dedicated to accessories, gifts, homeware and celebrations, all the projects have step-by-step instructions and are complemented by illustrations. They're suitable for all abilities.
  • Love to Sew Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781782215424
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    • Just £2.00 per book
    This is a lovely two-book set for those who enjoy sewing and creating beautiful projects. It contains two Love to Sew books covering little bags and purses and quilted covers and cosies.

    Little Bags & Purses by Saskia Abel is full of charming and colourfully designed bags for you to makes and also contains essential items such as key rings, phone covers and glasses cases. All have step-by-step instructions, full-size templates and there's even a handy techniques section (ranging from easy to more technically advanced) at the front of the book to help you on your way to making something stunning.

    Quilted Covers & Cosies by Book People favourite Debbie Shore has 18 projects that sewers of all abilities will want to make. This book starts with Debbie introducing basic quilting, binding and applique techniques and explaining which materials you will need. After this you will be able to make projects that range from egg cosies and mug hugs to sewing machine and toaster covers. All of them are accompanied by clear, step-by-step photographs.
  • Hello Crafting Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781910231463
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    • Just £1.33 per book
    Say 'hello' to a brand new hobby with this three-book collection of craft titles - you'll be hooked in no time!

    Crafting is becoming more and more popular by the day and this set of books provides the perfect introduction to crochet, sewing and knitting for novice crafters - as well as a wealth of inspiration for experts.

    Packed with step-by-step instructions for 45 individual project patterns to sew, knit and crochet, this collection of full-colour books will have readers hooked and making beautiful gifts for friends and family in no time at all.
  • SWBL
    Debbie Shore
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    The latest book from Book People favourite Debbie Shore will show you how to sew 12 stylish bags in all shapes and sizes. Once you've mastered these projects, you can pick and choose from the styles and techniques to make your own bespoke creations.

    Debbie provides easy-to-follow instructions and the book features step-by-step photography alongside accessible instructions for the techniques. All the projects can be made using a basic sewing machine and all the accessories you need are featured in the Design Toolkit.

    Among the bags Debbie will show you how to make are beach bags, office bags, shopper bags, rucksacks and so much more.
  • HFKD
    Debbie Shore
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    Book People favourite and all-round sewing guru Debbie Shore presents her most fun creations yet in Half Yard Kids.

    She provides step-by-step instructions for 20 projects (using templates you make yourself) that are colourful and inventive and certain to delight children of all ages. Among the projects are a fold-away easel for budding artists, a magnetic fishing game for kids who love nature and a colourful backpack for young explorers. There are even seasonal items like spooky Halloween bunting.

    With a template for Monkey Skittles, the book includes guidance and advice on tools and techniques for beginners as well as handy tips. The book's designs will also delight experienced sewers.
  • AC2039
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    This craft set gives you the chance to make all sorts of home-made gifts for little ones.

    It contains instructions for seven projects and also comes with a stuffing ball, 3m of embroidery thread, 25m of sewing thread, and 320 mm x 320 mm of Velboa fabric panels.

    Among the projects are a rabbit snuggle blanket and adorable soft toy for the baby and handy accessories for Mum.
  • HTMO
    Janelle Fischer
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    Whether your child loves dogs, ducks or dinosaurs, you'll be able to make the right onesie for them with this fun and practical book. And with the cold winter nights just around the corner, now is the time to get making!

    Designed for those with basic sewing skills, the book shows how you can transform a plain garment to tie in with your child's favourite animals. Each motif is cut using a template as a guide and is appliqued in place, while the decorative stitching adds definition, humour and style.

    Compiled by Janelle Fischer, who has over 20 years' experience in the sewing and fashion industry, the book also provides a number of patterns for you to make use of, including a princess and a pirate.
    Julia Hincks
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    For fast and professional edging, hemming, seaming, and decorative stitching, you simply can't beat a serging machine. This all-skill-level book is the perfect guide to make sure you get the most out of your new machine (or out of that old serger that you've never got the hang of!) Photographs and step-by-step instructions guide you through the essential techniques, showing you how to set up your machine, how to adjust the settings to get the best results on a range of different fabrics, and how to edge your fabrics quickly with perfect results. The troubleshooting section provides tips and quick fixes for skipped stitches, snapped threads, and uneven stitching. Also includes a buyer's guide to different sergers, providing you with advice on finding the right machine for you.
  • HYXM
    Debbie Shore
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    Book People customers have really enjoyed sewing superstar Debbie Shore's Half Yard Heaven and Half Yard Home. Now she's back with festive-themed projects to create using leftover pieces of fabric in Half Yard Christmas.

    The book has six themed chapters - rustic, traditional, contemporary, monochrome, Scandinavian and kids - and each one offers simple projects that you can mix and match to decorate your home at Christmas... or give to friends and family as holiday gifts.

    Packed with Debbie's friendly guidance and easy-to-follow photographs of each process, the book will leave you and your home feeling festive in no time!
  • MNFT
    Sachiyo Ishii
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    As it never frays when cut, felting is more popular than ever before and as we head towards Christmas, what better material to make your decorations from?

    In this book, well-known crafter Sachiyo Ishii presents 30 quirky, easy-to-make projects ranging from baubles to penguins and a Santa Claus complete with sleigh and reindeer. You could even make the complete Christmas story!

    Sure to turn some heads when on display in your home, all of the quirky ornaments are suitable for all levels of felter as the techniques and stitches you need are explained through photographs at the beginning of the book and templates are also included.
  • MYOJ
    Nicolette Lafonseca
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    Everyone wants a Christmas jumper at the most magical time of year, and what better way to mark the festive season than with your very own one that requires no knitting?

    Taking any plain jumper as a starting point, this book provides 20 easy and inspiring ways in which you can transform it into something altogether more Christmassy. All you'll need is a few simple materials, a spare hour or two and plenty of festive spirit.

    Whether you want it to be glitzy and glam or twee and tasteless, the book will also encourage you to add as many sequins, pompoms and twinkly lights as is physically possible to make sure you brighten up people's Christmas time.
    Najah Ouahab Rassas
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    The technical Become a Pattern Drafter series presents garment construction bases for the different sectors of ready-to-wear : Men, Women and Children. Using a simple, clear, logical, precise method, these books are conceived through a rational technique known as Flat Patternmaking which gives valid, key formulas to help construct any conceivable garment. The methods are accessible to everyone : those wanting to make unique creations for their family or those who wish to pursue a creative career in fashion as patternmakers, designers, product managers or clothing manufacturers.
    Claire Wargnier
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    The technical Become a Pattern Drafter series presents garment construction bases for the different sectors of ready-to-wear: Men, Women and Children. Using a simple, clear, logical, precise method, these books are conceived through a rational technique known as Flat Patternmaking which gives valid, key formulas to help construct any conceivable garment. The methods are accessible to everyone : those wanting to make unique creations for their family or those who wish to pursue a creative career in fashion as patternmakers, designers, product managers or clothing manufacturers.
    Tilly Walnes
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    Tilly and the Buttons: Stretch! offers perfect proof that easy-to-wear clothes can be seriously stylish with a collection of outfits that combine the comfort of stretch fabrics with Tilly Walnes' signature look. The book includes complete, full-size patterns. Even experienced stitchers are often wary of working with stretch knit fabrics, but in this book Tilly demystifies the techniques needed and shows how to sew stretchy makes on a regular sewing machine - no need for a fancy overlocker. However, if you are already an overlocker owner, the book offers a user-friendly introduction to threading and stitching with this machine too. Aimed at dressmakers who have grasped the basics and want to expand their sewing horizons, Tilly's tried-and-tested, learn-as-you-make approach is structured around five made-to-measure, speedy-to-sew garments. Tilly's friendly instructions and the clear step-by-step photographs are accompanied by lots of tips and tricks to make your sewing a breeze, and the multiple variations and ideas will help you customise your garment to suit your own style.
    Anette Fischer
    • £27.89
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    This comprehensive guide explores the fundamental sewing methods fashion designers need and teaches professional garment construction. Chapter One introduces sewing tools and machinery (including industrial machines). It discusses how to work with patterns and explains cutting-out methods. Chapter Two is devoted to different fabrics and how they work, focusing on the construction of a garment, including fastenings and trimmings, and the use of materials to support structured pieces, such as corsets. Hand-sewing techniques and basic seams are explored in Chapter Three. Techniques are demonstrated with step-by-step photographic guides combined with technical drawings. A guide to making garment details and decorations, such as pockets, waistlines, and necklines, is found in Chapter Four. Chapter Five addresses fabric-specific techniques, for everything from lace to neoprene. The best technical approaches to use for patternmaking and construction are discussed for each fabric. Catwalk images demonstrate how these kinds of techniques are employed by designers.
    Wilhelmine van Aerssen
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    As one of the world's most ancient man-made items, fabric has been with us for centuries. Yet today, when it comes to choosing fabrics for our interiors, most of us are anxious to avoid expensive mistakes, and need inspiration, help and practical advice to influence our choices. We want to know if green looks better than blue, whether plain is preferable to pattern but we also need to know the wear and usability of materials when chosen for a curtain, an armchair or a cushion. An understanding of fibres is therefore essential to understanding fabrics, and in this book Chris Halsey and Wilhelmine van Aerssen, both experts in their field, guide you through the world of soft furnishings. The book contains a layman's guide to wool, linen, cotton, silk and the more complex man-made fibres, with a second section explaining their production techniques. A third section shows the reader how to use fabric in the home to give the amateur interior decorator the confidence to start experimenting. Beautiful photographs from top brands such as Designers Guild, Osborne & Little, Nina Campbell, William Yeoward and Nobilis not only make this book a highly practical handbook but also a beautiful book to use and look at again and again.
    Dries van Noten
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    "Dries Van Noten is a master artist and fabric is his medium." - www.barneys.com. "One of fashion's most cerebral designers." New York Times. Dries Van Noten, published by Lannoo in 2014, was a surprise success: a stunning career survey of the Belgian designer that drew critical acclaim and became a global bestseller. Prior to that, in 2005, on the occasion of his fiftieth birthday, Dries Van Noten published a compilation of his first fifty fashion shows. Now rare and highly coveted, and ten years after its publication, this original edition is to be followed by Collections 51 to 100 of the famous Belgian fashion house. Similarly gorgeous, much anticipated, and exquisitely produced, this new volume shows Van Noten's body of work as it has evolved over the past decade while continuing to remain true to a coherent aesthetic vision. Superb craftsmanship, exotic patterns, artistic prints and unique combinations of textures are the hallmarks of any Dries Van Noten collection. Here his singular vision is presented in hundreds of superb photographs, selected from the thousands taken at his shows. The book contains an ID kit of each show and its location, as well as expert commentary.Published on the occasion of the 100th Dries Van Noten fashion defile.
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    The Maker's Atelier is for women of any age or shape who want to dress well but cannot always find what they want in stores. Frances Toibin's self-proclaimed mission is to help fashion-conscious women create their own beautiful clothes to wear with style. It is founded on the belief that the simplest shapes in the finest fabrics make the most successful clothes. In The Capsule Collection, designer Frances has taken the key shapes from some of the most enduring fashion trends, such as the pencil skirt and the boxy shirt, and refined them into clear dressmaking patterns with easy-to-follow instructions. Frances has sources the perfect fabrics to suit each garments and shows four alternative looks for each pattern to provide further technical know-how as well as style ideas to enable the home dressmaker to make their own capsule collection of garments unique to them. For example, the pencil skirt is shown in navy gabardine to suit an elegant working wardrobe, but alternatively this skirt takes on an edgier look when made up in metallic stretch fabric with a raw hem. With dressmaking patterns supplied in the pack alongside the book, and given in sizes 4 to 16, The Capsule Collection makes it possible for all women - whether dressmaking novices or accomplished seamstresses - to own an enviable selection of timeless and adaptable staple garments.
    India Flint
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    Eco Colour: Environmentally Sustainable Dyes, by internationally renowned dyer, costumier and artist India Flint, draws on her two decades of experience and experimentation in natural dyeing techniques to present an expert, highly accessible and achievable handbook of ecologically sustainable plant dye methods using renewable resources, most of which can be found in the average home garden. Eco Colour fills a gap in the existing literature and uses an exciting range of projects to demonstrate a variety of techniques, some of them entirely new processes developed by the author. Projects range from the simplest imaginable, such as solar dyeing, in which the fabric and dye material are placed in a closed jar and left for a few weeks in a sunny spot, to the positively romantic including dyeing with 'ice-flowers'. The result is a boundless range of pure, gentle, natural colours produced with the least possible harm to the environment and the dyer.
    Clare Wargnier
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    These detailed pages give the necessary patterns for tracing and show how to make them step-by-step. Written in simple language for universal comprehension, each step is easy to follow with sketches. Simplified secrets and tricks from the ready-to-wear industry for home sewing An overview of machine sewing, vocabulary and sewing sketches, different types of yokes, tabs, buttoned plackets and different methods for assembling garments : unlined skirt, lined skirt, men's and women's city and sportswear pants, men's shirts, women's shirts, women's jackets and men's blazers.
    Kaffe Fassett
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    Renowned colour expert and quilt and fabric designer Kaffe Fassett explores flowers as a source of inspiration for patchwork and needlepoint in this new quilting guide and pattern collection. Along the way, he shares a behind-the-scenes look at his fascinating design process--from mood boards and "sketching" with colour swatches to planning and sewing the quilts. While the focus is on patchwork and needle--point, the design and color ideas translate to many design disciplines and materials, including crafts, fiber arts, floral design and home decor. Accessible to all skill levels, the designs on each page will inspire you to see how much more colourful and alive your needlework, quilts and creative projects can be.
    Sara Lawson
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    Known for the gorgeous purses and bags that turned "Big-City Bags "into such a hit, Sara Lawson presents a fabulous new collection of high-fashion designs. Carry a designer bag that has great shape and style "and "is affordable to make. These bags have it all!Expand your skills with patterns for 12 sophisticated, structured bagsCreate impressive gifts--alternate fabric styles provide even more inspirationConfidently choose interfacing and add design details: fabric accents, purse hardware, zippers, and pockets
    Kirsty Hartley
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    Following on from prolific sewer Kirsty Hartley's WILD THINGS FUNKY LITTLE CLOTHES TO SEW, this second book will offer over 40 more projects for your child. The Wild Things Funky Little Dresses clothing range brings exciting and mythical clothing to your child's wardrobe; now you can make your own everyday play clothes and accessories to bring to life. WILD THINGS TO MAKE will inspire makers of all abilities to create something exciting for their children that they will really want to wear. Drawing on simple shape and whimsical imagery, the step-by-step projects include dresses, hats, jackets and dungarees, as well as some simple accessories and keepsake gifts with a little heart and soul. With themes from enchanted woodland to summer essentials for beginners, and outfits including a robin pinafore, mermaid sundress, shark dungarees and fun accessories like your child's very own puppet theatre or teepee, this book adds a spark of adventure to everyday clothes and playtime fun.
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    With her "choose-your-own-adventure" approach to sewing, Tanya Whelan offers an invaluable collection of patterns that empowers sewers to become designers. The trick is a set of patterns for 6 skirts and 8 bodices that line up perfectly at the waist, plus an additional 4 sleeve styles and 4 necklines. Tanya gives readers clear instructions and easy-to-follow step-by-step diagrams that allow them to use the enclosed pattern pieces to create up to 219 fitted dresses, including simple strapless designs, sheaths, and halter gowns. The book covers basic dress construction and altering techniques for women of all shapes and sizes.