Sewing Books

  • SCFT
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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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    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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    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.
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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.
  • LETC
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    It's as easy as A, B, C to bring a touch of typography into your home decorations.

    In this practical craft book, Clare Youngs offers 35 quirky and cool projects to make from inexpensive and easily sourced materials including recycled fruit crates and old T-shirts.

    All the projects have accessible instructions and there's even a tools and techniques section to help you brush up your crafting skills, whatever letter you choose.
  • STWF
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    Felting has never been more popular so what better introduction to this cool craft than with the famous characters from a galaxy far, far away?

    This kit includes a book with step-by-step instructions and all the materials and die-cut templates you need to make felt versions of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Boba Fett.

    The felt is presented in fantastic colours and stuffing and an embroidery needle are also included. We have a good feeling you'll enjoy making these out-of-this-world favourites.
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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.
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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
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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.
  • SWAD
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    Book People favourite Debbie Shore explains how to sew unique and personalised advent calendars, filled with festive treats, for all your loved ones in this oh-sew-good book.

    With designs ranging from traditional flat-pocket calendars to hanging cones and festive pouches, you'll be able to sew something for every age. All the techniques you'll need are covered and the projects are shown clearly with step-by-step tips.
  • AFNMR
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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.
  • BKMCM
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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.
  • ATJWT
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    The idea of group projects in textile art is nothing new - people have been coming together to sew for centuries, and quilters often work together on projects such as 'story quilts'. But recently the trend has increased in popularity - textile artists regularly share ideas and work sociably, from simple one-to-one collaborations with friends to ambitious community projects and ongoing textile-art groups. Well-known textile artists Cas Holmes and Anne Kelly have been involved in a very productive collaboration for several years, and also devise and run community textile-art events and gallery exhibitions, both together and separately. In this fascinating book, they present an invaluable guide to working collaboratively, in both small and large groups. They provide useful information on setting up groups, finding venues, establishing ground rules and working methods, and staging group exhibitions, plus a wealth of practical information for ways to work together - working on one project at the same time, swapping pieces between different people, creating different variations on a theme, developing work by means of joint sketchbooks, and even working postally or online. They also demonstrate how working with other artists can have a positive influence on your own personal work. Illustrated with many examples of work produced collaboratively, this thought-provoking book will help you connect with other textile artists and take your own work beyond the personal.
  • ATJZB
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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.
  • AWYHT
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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.
  • AFAKY
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    Gretchen "Gertie" Hirsch is a passionate home seamstress, an in demand sewing teacher and creator/writer of one of the web's most popular sewing blogs: Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing. The blog began as a way for readers to follow Gretchen's progress as she made her way through all fourteen fashions from her favourite 1950s sewing book, Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing (a "Julie and Julia esque" experiment for the modern seamstress). It quickly became a place for Gretchen to share detailed sewing tutorials and spirited posts about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image and gender. An extension of the blog, Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques is a hardworking reference book, packed with techniques our greatgrandmothers could have done in their sleep but have been forgotten over the decades, all shown in step by step photographed and illustrated tutorials. It is also a stylish, spirited pattern book featuring 14 customisable wardrobe essentials inspired by Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing, many shown in several different variations, for a total of 25 projects. Projects range from a pencil skirt and portrait blouse to a wiggle dress and suit jacket. All of the projects are modelled by charming Gertie, who has the proportions and curves of a typical modern woman, not a super model.
  • AKXGI
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    Gertie Sews Vintage Casual is Gretchen Hirsch's follow-up to Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing. In the first book, Hirsch focused on dresses, skirts and eveningwear. But the mid-20th century was also an amazing time for sportswear?think wide-legged trousers, playful beach rompers, ?50s style shorts, casual dresses, fitted capri pants and casual jackets and coats. Gertie Sews Vintage Casual is organised like her first book into two major sections?Techniques and Projects. In the first part, Hirsch focuses on techniques that are specific to sportswear, such as buttonholes, collars, interfacings, pockets for shirts, special considerations when working with knit fabrics and the intricacies of pant-making. The projects in the Part II are designed to work as a complete casual wardrobe.
  • AMZUT
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    Stitchers can make these fashionable pieces themselves for a fraction of the price with Natalie Chanin's guide.
  • ATNQW
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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.
  • AQWGS
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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
  • BSJDK
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    Scandinavian fashion has long been admired for its stylish, clean-lined cuts and aesthetic. Breaking the Pattern is the first authentic dressmaking book that showcases the beauty of Scandinavian style. Complete with stunning photography, clear illustrations and instructions, this book shows you how to create a coherent capsule wardrobe - complete with a collection of 20 garments that are easy to make, wear and combine with each other. The Finnish sewing duo behind the dressmaking fashion label Named, Laura and Saara offer up an enticing selection of tops, dresses, skirts, and trousers for the modern seamstress. You will build your skills as you work through the book and with plenty of variations suggested for each garment, there's lots of room for you to add your own personal touches and quirks to each design. Taking you beyond the patterns featured in this book, Breaking the Pattern will inspire you not only to build your sewing repertoire but also to grow in confidence with your own sewing. Six full-size pattern sheets are included in this neat package. The patterns are in a range of sizes from UK sizes 8 to 22 (34 to 50 EUR sizes), with concise information on measuring yourself and finding the perfect fit.
  • AJVQO
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    Love at First Stitch gives you all the know-how you need to start making the dresses of your dreams. Written for novice stitchers by the author of the popular sewing blog Tilly and the Buttons, Tilly Walnes demystifies dressmaking for the generations that have never been taught to sew. This book presents the core sewing basics in an informal style, with Tilly's friendly and encouraging voice cheering the reader on throughout. Instead of overwhelming the novice dressmaker with theory, this book is about learning by doing. Each chapter presents practical tips and inspiration to guide you through creating a made-to-measure garment from one of the seven versatile and adaptable patterns included with the book, which can then be personalised to suit your individual style. Peppered throughout the book are Tilly's top sewing tips, including everything from what to look out for when buying - or borrowing - your first sewing machine, through how to behave in a fabric shop to appear like an expert, to techniques for pressing perfection.
  • AMJBS
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    This is a book/DVD set offering an in-depth workshop on replicating the iconic Chanel skirt. It is a companion book to the hugely popular Couture Cardigan Jacket, giving readers the option of creating a complete Chanel suit. This book/DVD set is the second book on Chanel and a companion to The Couture Cardigan Jacket. It contains the information and design-atelier secrets that have made Shaeffer's in-person classes smash- hit sellouts. The DVD offers an in-depth workshop with Shaeffer, focused on replicating the iconic Chanel skirt. Although each book works independently, when purchased with The Couture Cardigan Jacket readers will have the option of creating a complete Chanel suit. As with the other books in this series, the companion printed book presents intriguing garment details (from garments in Shaeffer' impressive collection) and information on the construction methods used to create the signature garment.
  • ATLGU
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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.