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Sew Decorative: Quick and Easy Home Accents from Sew News

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    Sew Easy

    Express yourself with this book of patterns for quick and easy decorative touches for your home. For the dining room, there is a pretty, but very simple hand embroidered table runner. There are several patterns for patchwork placemats, pot holders, and table runners. For the bedroom there are instructions for adding trims to pillowcases and sheets. You can make tab-top curtains with a matching bed skirt. There is a cute bathroom organizer that hangs with your shower curtain and is made with 2 hand towels.

    There are patterns for embellished lampshades and a lounge sack, but then my favorite section comes along: Pillows - square, round, cubed - pillows of all sorts and styles.

    There are 24 projects in all, and many of them are perfect for beginner crafters. There are a few for the more advanced, but most of them are simple designs that with the right fabric choices will add a touch of your own style to each room. There are detailed instructions with each pattern and four pages of home sewing and embroidery techniques.

    I received a copy of this book for review, but I always give my honest opinion of the book

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    Great Projects For the Home

    From Sew News magazine comes this book of 24 projects to suit any decor. Included are pillows, place mats, pot holders, curtains, and lampshades. The skill levels range from beginner to advanced with techniques such as pleating, gathering, boxing corners, adding trims, using decorative built-in machine stitches, and embroidery by machine used in the projects. Also included is a sewing glossary with information about types of seams, embroidery stitches, and more.

    The colorful photos in this book motivate me to get out my sewing machine and fabric remnants. My sewing skills fall into the intermediate category but I thought the instructions, diagrams, and photos were clear and easy to understand even for a beginner for most of the projects. Patterns are included for a few of the projects that need to be enlarged on a copier or scanner.

    I especially like the buttoned pillows and placemat projects, and there is a lampshade that is beautiful, taking a plain shade and embellishing it with three-dimensional designs by layering flower and bird motifs cut from printed fabric and adding buttons to the centers of the flowers.

    This is a book anyone who enjoys making home decor items would love to have. It inspires ideas beyond the projects given.

    I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinon of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required. If I didn't like the book I would say so.

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