Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Katie Lewis
Publisher: Plain Sight Publishing
“I hope you will feel that excitement as you build your own sewing skills and create the projects from this book. Additionally, I hope that once you master the basic skills taught here, you’ll feel empowered to change and embellish these projects to fit your own needs and personality,” Katie Lewis writes in her book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners.
This one hundred and ninety-two page paperback book is targeted toward those learning the basics of sewing but can be enjoyed by the experienced seamstress looking for craft ideas. With color-coded chapters, there are plenty of small photographs depicting desired objects and how to make them along with individual patterns at the end of the book. With no index, the content and chapter title pages list projects.
After a note from the author, the first twelve pages explain the sewing supplies needed, fabric options, various stitches used, and terminology and techniques. Divided into six chapters, there are listed projects under accessories, home, celebrations, baby, school days and toys. Each chapter has five creations to make.
From four to eight pages each, projects range from a simple bow or tote, reversible place mats or bib, and microwaveable heat packs, to a sleep mask along with a pocket hand warmer or a chalk mat and eraser. Also included are items such as sunglasses case, pillow pincushion, pom-pom garland, door bumper, pencil pouch, and bean bags to name a few.
The instructions are simple and precise, listing first what is needed and amount with a tip and yield note. Preparation is followed by numbered steps with a finished design shown. With some items taking only three steps to make, more complex designs take up to twenty-six.
One example is the fabric basket that uses two thirds a yard of fabric, one third a yard of felt, two and a half yards of twill tape, and all-purpose thread. After cutting the fabrics into eleven inch squares and the tape into eight lengths eight inches long, there are six short steps to complete the basket.
For beginners, those in a sewing class, or teaching a child how to use a sewing machine, the book has a wide range of fast and easy projects to make. Although some of the photographs are only inches wide, the directions are easy to understand and can be made again and again.
This book was furnished by Cedar Fort Inc. in lieu of a review based on the reader’s opinion.