Fat Quarter Quick Makes. A book review with a difference for you this month, it is not a book about crochet! For this one I have gone back to my roots, this is a sewing book. A very useful sewing book on how to use up short lengths of fabrics or ‘fat quarters’ as they are known in the sewing and quilting world.
Fat Quarter Quick Makes, by Juliet Bawden and Amanda Russell.
I have had the honour and the pleasure of actually meeting the two talented ladies behind this book. Juliet Bawden and Amanda Russell taught a workshop I attended, hosted by Laura Ashley. Juliet and Amanda taught us some wonderful sewing tips on applique and embroidery. We made our own bags from Laura Ashley fabric, and had a proper English high tea. I cant believe it was last year it seems like yesterday!
I love this book, it has 25, simple but very useful projects to make. If you are anything like me, you will already have a useful stash of fabric scraps lying around? Therefore there is no need to go shopping or spend any money, I love projects like that don’t you?
Projects include: book bag, tent tidy, baby’s dress, eye mask, bunting, festival flag, owl brooch, passport cover, paint brush roll, make-up bag
Don’t worry if you think you can’t sew, all the instructions are so easy to understand and follow even my 15 year old son could make something from this book. Indeed I think that for some of these projects, you dont even need a sewing machine. The project I made could very easily be sewn by hand, although i did use my machine for speed.
Don’t worry if you think you can’t sew…
You have probably noticed by now that I like to review a craft booking by doing a ‘test’ run on a featured project. For this one I selected a simple and fast project ides from page 116 the Glasses Case, simply because I needed a new case for my sunglasses.
I had the fabric lying around and in less than an hour I had a new fabric case for my sunglasses, impressed eh? Let me say, you will be with this book. Did I mention the photography is wonderful, bright, and stylish too?
Published by GMC Books and available here for £12.99 A bargain when you consider all the presents you could make as well as using up all your fabric scraps!
If you like small sewing projects that use up scraps, I wrote about sewing diy for a tissue cover to keep in your handbag.
There is another book to go with this, called Fat Quarter Home. Give me a couple of days to browse the projects in this one and watch this space…
Although I dont sew for pleasure s much as i used to, I do love a nifty and useful little project dont you? Have you been making any lately?