Sewing with Felt: Learn Basic Stitches to Create More than 60 Colorful Projects

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Easy stitches, colorful felt, and unique craft ideas come together in a book that kids will embrace again and again. Basic stitches are a snap to master when beginners start with easy-to-use felt. With the help of step-by-step instructions, clear diagrams, and eye-catching photographs, boys and girls can create vest and hats, place mats and coasters, play mats and puppets, and many other decorative and useful items for themselves, family, and friends. Projects are labeled according to four levels of difficulty ...

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Overview

Easy stitches, colorful felt, and unique craft ideas come together in a book that kids will embrace again and again. Basic stitches are a snap to master when beginners start with easy-to-use felt. With the help of step-by-step instructions, clear diagrams, and eye-catching photographs, boys and girls can create vest and hats, place mats and coasters, play mats and puppets, and many other decorative and useful items for themselves, family, and friends. Projects are labeled according to four levels of difficulty (very easy, easy, a little harder, and challenging), allowing sewers to achieve quick success and then learn more as they go. This inviting, simple-to-use guide to the basics of sewing includes patterns and tips for easier stitching, as well as extra ideas so kids can add their personal touches.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A plethora of projects await in a host of titles. Sewing with Felt: Learn Basic Stitches to Create More Than 60 Colorful Projects by Buff McAllister, photos by Hank Schneider, provides useful instruction as well as inspiration. Beginning with safety tips, supplies needed and descriptions of basic stitches, it quickly proceeds to fun ideas such as "Playful Place Mats," "Bookworm Bookmarks" and "Puppet Pals." The degree of difficulty of each project is clearly indicated, diagrams provide detailed instructions and the colorful photos of finished projects will make readers eager to get started. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Directions for sixty projects using felt invite upper elementary age readers to make such things as bookmarks, games, hats, finger puppets, and Christmas tree skirts. Several projects, marked Very Easy, or Easy, would be appropriate for older children to make with younger children and some do not involve sewing. These include bookmarks and greeting cards with a stitched shape on front. Several of the more difficult projects—"A Little Harder" and "Challenging"—would be good moneymaking projects for groups. These include a "Merrytown Map" suitable for driving toy cars on and a felt doll. The front matter includes the usual warnings and safety trips, lists of equipment needed, a medley of basic stitches, and some suggested special purchases such as thin white glue for stiffening. Directions are aimed at a competent reader and hints are boxed in yellow. The oversize format lies flat since it is spirally bound inside hard covers. An index of titles and crafts is included. 2003, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Beginning with clear introductory sections on supplies, safety tips, getting started, and basic stitches, this book offers even neophytes the opportunity to create the featured crafts and gain the skills they need to branch out creatively on their own. The projects range in difficulty and application, and patterns that can be enlarged are included for many of them. Directions for making games, clothing, and ornaments are clearly presented and illustrated, and there are crafts related to Christmas and Jewish holidays. The photographs are attractive as well as instructive. The borders and backgrounds showing the many samples of felt pop from the pages of this well-organized how-to book.-Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563979996
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 9/3/2004
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 1,072,468
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Buff McAllister, whose craft designs have appeared in a number of women's magazines, comes from a family of tailors and needlework artists. She lives in Youngsville, New York.

Hank Schneider is an internationally known and award-winning commercial and artistic photographer, specializing in large-camera format photography. He lives in Narrowsburg, New York.

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