One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric!

One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric!

by Rebecca Yaker, Patricia Hoskins


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Discover all that you can make with just one yard of fabric! Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins offer 101 stylish projects that use a single yard of fabric to make clothes, accessories, baby items, and more. With simple step-by-step instructions that are accompanied by templates and pattern pieces, each project is designed to be completed in just a few hours. Get inspired and turn a yard of your favorite fabric into a quilted lunch bag, bright sundress, or a cuddly plush turtle. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603424493
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 10/28/2009
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 452,823
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Patricia Hoskins is the co-owner of Crafty Planet, a retail fabric and needlework store and craft workshop in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has designed several of the patterns used in Crafty Planet classes. She enjoys knitting, crocheting, spinning, sewing, quilting, embroidery, and cross-stitching and is a graduate of American University, the University of Oregon, and the University of Missouri-Columbia Library Science program. She is the author of How to Make Slipcovers and is a co-author of One-Yard WondersFabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders, and Little One-Yard Wonders. 

Rebecca Yaker began sewing at age five. After eight years of designing apparel for two of America’s largest retailers, Rebecca started her own design business, creating one-of-a-kind baby and adult apparel and accessory items in her Minneapolis design studio.  She knits by hand and machine, sews, crochets, weaves, dabbles in reupholstery, consults on design, and most recently is passionately learning to become a cordwainer (a leather shoe maker). She is the co-author of One-Yard Wonders, Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders, and Little One-Yard Wonders. Learn more about her at

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Amy Butler

"Talk about quality and quantity, One Yard Wonders is an impressive volume of super creative projects all utilizing our favorite scraps and a simple yard of fabric. This book is a keeper!

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octoberbaby4 More than 1 year ago
I paid full price for this book, and it was well worth it. There are so many cute and practical projects and all can be completed with one yard of fabric and a few basic notions. I often flip through this book as inspiration for other projects, too, because there are so many different ideas in here. From storage solutions (totes, laundry bags, organizers) to kids/pet clothes and accessories to cuddlely animals, I have already created many different projects in this book. I think that you should have some sewing knowledge before attempting many of these projects because there is only a page or two of instructions for each. Although there is a section in the front with good explanations and tips about sewing, I found myself briefly confused with a few projects (I consider myself a novice) The instructions just aren't as detailed as I've seen in other books/patterns, but if you have some sewing knowledge and can visualize a finished product, this book offers fantastic value.
osujedinurse More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book after hearing about it from a friend. I love it! The projects are for very useful objects. I plan on making everything in the book. This book is a good project book for all levels of sewers. A little hint: make your own patterns on heavy tissue paper for "repeat" projects. It is truly amazing what can be made from what appears to be a scrap of material!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a do-it-yourself type of sewer. I don't measure, follow patterns, or any of the sort. When I saw the title of this book, I thought I might check it out for dieas being that I have SO many 1 yard pieces. I am SO pleased with this book. Not ONLY can you get a lot of stuff made out of very little fabric, but the options are broad, VERY easy to use, is inspriational, but most of all fun! This book has inspired me to begin using patterns again from the ease of use. LOVE LOVE LOVE this book, totally worth the dollars spent AND MORE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The authors have given us a beautiful, fun sewing collection. The basics section will help an inexperienced seamstress get started, but the projects and the fabric choices and the photography will inspire every reader to grab their sewing kit and get to work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is terribly disappointing. So far I have tried 3 projects and each of them have had at least one problem. Ballet-neck dress: The hole for the neck casing ends up being too low and I had to make a new hole at the top. Folklore Bag: The top band is wider than the bag base(lining), so they do not fit together properly. The band has to be made smaller. The bag turns out smaller than the picture makes it look. Flouncy Bag: The lining does not fit the base. It should have been made wider than the base in order to fit after the side seams were done. Also it is MUCH smaller than the picture makes it look. There are 2 other BIG problems with this book. First, the directions are not very good. There is a lot of guess work involved because things are not stated clearly. Second, the pictures are VERY misleading. Both bags look very large in the pictures, but are in fact quite small. They look like large totes. The folklore bag must have been photographed on a child size chair, or they made it bigger for the pictures. I am certain the flouncy bag was made larger for the pictures, because the proportions are entirely different. I wonder if any of these patterns were even tested. So far I have had nothing but problems and disappointment with this book. I have done quite a bit of sewing, so I have been able to make adjustments to the projects I have done, but have still been mostly disappointed by the finished products (the dress did end up being cute). I doubt that a beginner would have much luck at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watch out, read carefully, use common sense, have plenty of extra materials just in case. The yoga bag has a huge misprint. The circle is NOT to be 16.5 inches in diameter, but 6.5 inches. Found this out by trial and error until, using my rusty math skills and several newspaper cutouts as an experiment, discovered the real measurement and the misprint of adding a 1 in front of the number. The construction directions would very difficult for someone without much sewing experience, I think. Wonder what else needs such additional attention to make?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It has useful ideas. I made 1 project from here and it did turn out . I suggest it for any one who loves to sew.
Saturne More than 1 year ago
I consider myself an intermediate sewer. I've been sewing for close to 20 years now, primarily clothing items. I got given this book as a gift, and was pretty excited when I first saw it, but as I flipped through the ideas, I was actually really disappointed. There are almost no fresh ideas in the book, and a lot of them I wouldn't even (personal opinion) consider useful. Most of the patterns I could free-hand draft myself without much problem and in not much time. I can see this being a good idea book for beginners (although, remembering back to my beginner years, the instructions wouldn't have been anywhere CLOSE to detailed enough for me to complete the projects) but I just don't think it's worth the cost for anyone outside the beginner category. So, I give props to the authors for a solid idea, but the book just doesn't live up to the potential it has.
zquilts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was not quite sure just what I would think of this book when I first saw. I think I was leery of the title - only because I tend to dislike titles like ' fast, fun easy' or fun & quick'. Don't get me wrong we all need a quick fix at times and more or less instant result can be a very good thing sometimes too...I am just one of those people who stills likes real letters and finds more comfort in slow cloth than quick and easy.The first thing I noticed about this book is it's quality. It's a nice size, the paper is high quality and the cover spiral binding is very well made - these are things that I so look for in books - and yes, I am a page 'sniffer'. I love the smell of ink on paper - and I can be critical of paper color and paper quality - the latter especially in hard-covered books or those books that are made to get a lot of use. Of course the next thing that I looked at were - what else?! - the patterns. The patterns are divided into sections with titles such as "On The Go" (bags, lunch bags, lap top covers etc), "Household Affairs" (tea cozies,aprons, hot& cold packs), "Outfit Your Small Wonder" (obviously geared to clothing for your own little one). There are patterns for dog couture items, toys for children, great shopping bags and a wealth of small projects that really can be made with just a yard of fabric. Also included are things like sewing fundamentals - good for beginners or as a refresher for those of us with older cloth fixations. A couple of the 'patterns' are more like instructions for doing things like covering a cork board or scale with fabric. No necessarily sewing projects but they can be done with a yard or less of fabric.Some of these projects are for things that we could all probably figure out how to make. I don't know about you , but there are times when I am thrilled not to have to re-invent the wheel - and enjoy the fruits of what others have made pattern for so that I can save my brain cells for the more involved projects that I barely have to complete as it is. Simple and right in front of me with a "how-to" can be a real time save. have been on a kick to find good looking alternatives to to the now ubiquitous grocery store provided 'green' bag. This book includes two patterns that are good. All in all I really like this book a lot and will highly recommend it. It seems to have something that will please everyone and is one of those books that will be a good resource and reference book - and yes, it does hold a lot of things that could be termed "fast, fun and fabulous" ! Give it a try - I don't think that you will be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so many wonderful ideas in it. I cannot wait to try them out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to teach my daughter how to sew. We work on the projects together and she thought they were very easy to understand. I would recommend this book for beginners. The instructions are very easy to follow and walk you thru every step of the process. My daughter thought it was great. She likes to sew now.
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I love this one. It's not that the ideas are revolutionary, but it's wonderful to have so many ideas in one place. It's the perfect thing to use if you have a small piece of fabric, some time, and just want to make something *now*!
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LanaCC More than 1 year ago
A lot of interesting projects. Great designs. I've already made one of the projects and the instructions were easy to follow with the help of useful illustrations.
stitchingpink More than 1 year ago
Though there are many projects in this book that can be found elsewhere, it is nice to have all of them in one place. Great stash-buster projects. My one complaint is that there is no need for another apron pattern - I think that we've seen enough of these! Great ideas for gift-giving
BeachBrights More than 1 year ago
Exactly what the title says, "One-Yard Wonders". This book is about creating and sewing projects with one yard of fabric. The book is divided into 11 chapters: Sewing Fundamentals, Dwell Redux, Household Affairs, Craft Organization, On the Go, From Head to Toe, Carry it All, Outfit your Small Wonder, Accessorize your Little One, Playtime and your Furry Friends. There is also an envelope included with pattern pieces, a glossary, resources and applique pieces section. Did I mention the the book is spiral bound? I just love when a craft book goes above and beyond and makes my life easier by laying flat. This book truly includes it all. There is so much in this book I want to sew and give as gifts. There is so much in this book I want to sew and keep. How many times have you gone into a fabric store and shopped the remnants for bargains or what about those left over fabric yards from other jobs? Not only do you save money with these projects only using one yard but it opens up a whole new world for all those left over fabric scraps. They say that the best reviews are short and sweet. That after about 200 words people lose interest. So let me get to the point. Buy this book for the following reasons and you will not be disappointed: the projects come with easy to follow instructions, the projects are fast to complete, the projects are simple, the projects will save you money on materials, the projects make fantastic gifts (and keepsakes), there is a project for just about anyone included in this book. Buy this book. Projects of note that I can't wait to complete: Clothespin Apron (pg. 51), Origami Organizer (pg. 88), Toddler Pinafore Smock Top (pg. 188), Toddler Art Smock (pg. 214), Dog Walking Coat (pg. 272), Feline-Friendly Tepee (pg. 276). There are over 100 other items to choose from. What will you be sewing?
4CE More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book. The instructions are easy to understand and the diagrams are very helpful. I'm a beginner and though my projects didn't look exactly like the book's picture, I was able to have some fun creating really neat projects.
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