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The New Handmade: Simple Sewing for Contemporary Style

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In an age of mass-produced fashion, express your individual style! Create handmade projects for your wardrobe and home with only a small time commitment and basic sewing skills. Now you can make fun, useful accessories and gifts with the contemporary fabrics you love.

  • Choose from totes and bags, cases and covers, fashion accents, and home decor projects
  • Learn techniques you'll use again and again, such as ...
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Overview

In an age of mass-produced fashion, express your individual style! Create handmade projects for your wardrobe and home with only a small time commitment and basic sewing skills. Now you can make fun, useful accessories and gifts with the contemporary fabrics you love.

  • Choose from totes and bags, cases and covers, fashion accents, and home decor projects
  • Learn techniques you'll use again and again, such as installing zippers, using fusible appliqué, and basic machine quilting
  • Mix and match the elements to make each design a one-of-a-kind masterpiece
  • It's fresh. It's unique. It's handmade!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564778772
  • Publisher: Martingale & Company
  • Publication date: 11/10/2008
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Cassie Barden has been involved in making art her whole life, from cartooning, filmmaking, and painting to making odd stuffed animals and creating costumes for Burning Man and Halloween. An interest in both sewing and fashion inspired her to start creating her own one-of-a-kind bags and accessories that appeal to both her utilitarian and style-conscious natures. When she's not sewing, Cassie enjoys two Seattle institutions: live music and drinking coffee. Cassie is inspired by contemporary art and design, anything retro or old-fashioned, and Seattle's urban culture.

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

    ideas

    This book had lots of ideas with easy directions. Material list is included for all projects.

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  • Posted May 29, 2009

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    Handmade is in style again. YIPPIE!!

    Over 100 pages of useable everyday items such as shopping bags, cell phone holders, placemats, aprons and even a laptop cover, just to name a few. There are 23 projects in all.

    I have read and reviewed many kinds of instruction books but this one is EXCEPTIONALLY well written. All the instructions are extremely clear and I didn't need to re-read them to follow what was being said. My one pet peeve is instructions that are hard to follow BUT NOT THESE! Five gold stars on well-written instructions!

    Each project has a skill level and finished size. The materials and cutting lists are detailed and graphics are included to help explain the written word (not that it is necessary but it is an excellent added touch). A color photo of the finished project is provided.

    Ms. Barden has her own web site and encourages the readers to post their projects for how and tell. What is the web site called? Why www.thenewhandmade.com of course! So, grab a copy of Ms. Barden's book, make up one or two of the items as she has shown or do what she suggests and add/change something as you sew and then go to her web site and show off your talents.

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