Book Rhi-view: Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects Using Cottons, Knits, Voiles, Corduroy, Fleece, Flannel, Home Dec, Oilcloth, Wool, and Beyond

Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects Using Cottons, Knits, Voiles, Corduroy, Fleece, Flannel, Home Dec, Oilcloth, Wool, and Beyond [by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins]
Sewing, Gifts
Print: $29.95
The best-selling authors of One-Yard Wonders are back with an all-new collection of 101 sewing projects that each require just one yard of fabric! This time, the projects are organized by fabric type. From home dec to knits, wool to flannels, corduroy to cottons, these patterns--contributed by popular sewing bloggers and designers from across North America--show how to make the most of each fabric’s unique characteristics. Waterproof coated cottons are perfect for a gym bag, wool makes a warm cap for the outdoor enthusiast, knit jersey whips up quickly into a ruffle scarf or sassy dress, corduroy makes a sturdy farmers’ market tote, and lightweight cotton voile is perfect for a little girl’s smocked sundress. Each project is shown in a full-color photograph accompanied by detailed step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and a complete cutting layout.
Publisher Site: storey.com

Got One Yard? You'll love these One-derful ideas!  (5 stars)

Sewing is not my thing. But I've always thought it an essential life skill. I learned to sew while making tiny pillows for my doll house with my grandma using scraps of pajama material she still had from when she'd made pajamas for my dad back in the 50's. In high school it was my elective of choice because it allowed artistic freedom while being useful. What can I say? Practicality and creativity are my thing. So while I don't actually enjoy sewing I have a passion for seeing fabric turn into something. There in comes my secret problem... I'm the child of a fabric hoarder. Buying a random yard of fabric just because it's pretty was not a strange occurance in my youth. But then what do you do with just one yard?

Enter One-Yard Wonders. I'd seen the original on shelves and didn't buy it. Mostly because I never pick up the easy fabrics. I like texture! I love the random scrap of velvet or corduroy. But my favorite is by far flannel. So now the creators of the first book have come up with the right book for me. If you love fabric and have lots of random yardage without purpose on hand pick this one up!

Now I haven't actually sewed any of these as I received a digital version (without the patterns) and have had NO time to work on them.

The book has an awesome section about the basics of these different fabrics and how to sew them right. The fabric cheat sheet is a fabulous resource for those who haven't sewed them before. The actual projects range from simple items like skirts and boxer shorts to much more complicated items like re-doing an umbrella and a smocked dress. The projects are quite varied including clothing for both children and women, pillows and other houseware items, aprons, bags, playthings, and several great giftable baby items. What I liked most about all of the projects here is how many are great gift ideas and things people would actually use. Some of my favorites I want to try are:

• Child's Chef Apron and Hat
• Hanging Book Display
• Barnaby Bear
• Kid's Comfy Chair
• 5-Gallon Garden Bucket Caddy

If you're looking for inspiration and tips for wittling down your fabric stash into something useful or a gift for the sewing fanatic this book is well priced and filled with exceptional project ideas. I was also thinking it might be a great one for someone who wants to try working with some of the fabrics here for the first time since the projects are essentially small in scale.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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