Handicrafts, Arts & Crafts

Sewing Books

  • SCFT
    • £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
    LVSW
    • £3.99
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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
    HCPK
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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.
  • SWBL
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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
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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
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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.
  • SWCM
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    Christmas will be oh-sew-good with the projects featured in this fantastically festive book.

    Everyone loves a handmade gift and this book offers 15 sewing projects to complete - ranging from Christmas decorations to advent calendars and gift bags to pet bandanas!

    With their step-by-step instructions and many colour photographs to show just what you're aiming for, all the projects can be completed in a weekend. Just perfect for staying in as the nights get colder in the lead-up to the big day!

    The book is sure to delight novice and experienced sewers and help ensure that Christmas becomes a homemade holiday.
  • AIYNB
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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
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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
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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.
  • 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.
  • AFNMQ
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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.
  • BJMLI
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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.
  • 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.
  • AFDOA
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ATMPR
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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.
  • ATMTK
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    This embroidered border was inspired by the painted border of a letter written by Lady Anne Clifford to her father in 1598 - the time of Elizabeth I and Shakespeare. Worked on ivory silk satin, in stumpwork and surface embroidery, this design features fourteen assorted flowers and fruits popular at the time, including the Apothecary rose, Sweet briar and Heartsease, Barberries, Bellflower, Borage and Periwinkle, Cornflower, Gillyflower and Knapweed, and Grapes, Plums, Redcurrants and Strawberries. As in the original letter, the panel is outlined with pairs of fine red lines - these have been worked in back stitch. This border may be used to surround a mirror, or to enclose a special photograph, a monogram, a precious memento, or perhaps a tiny stumpwork figure.