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Craft book review! Fabric by Fabric: One-Yard Wonders, by R Yaker & P Hoskins

(I am privileged to have gotten a review copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed here are my own and I was not financially compensated for them in any way.)

Fabric by Fabric starts off, as any good craft book should, with a review of instructions of skills needed for the projects within, like basic sewing machine use, different supplied needed, and a very convenient chart of different fabric types and the best ways to handle them. This information is not only good for somebody new to sewing, but also good as a quick and easy reminder for those who are more experienced.

When we get past the introduction and into the patterns, everything’s organized by fabric type, and you quickly become amazed at the large number of things you can accomplish with just a single square yard of fabric. Children’s clothes, scarves, pillows, bags, and other household accessories sure to bring a touch of style to the place you live.

The clothing patterns are such that they skirt the line between looking handmade and storebought – neat and tidy (not sloppy and badly made – we all know that stereotype behind handmade items) while still allowing for a personal touch that means you can make your wardrobe your own. And also, while the patterns are clearly marked to be sewn with a machine, it’s still possible to sew them by hand if that’s the way you prefer to do things. (I know I prefer hand-sewing to machine-sewing.) The instructions are clear and well-written, easy to understand by novices and the experienced alike.

Just looking at the patterns in this book is inspirational, and I want to spend my days sorting through my fabric stash and sewing up some wonderful new things. I highly recommend this book, both for the sheer amount of creative patterns in it (just over 100 in total) and for the amount of skills it teaches in its pages. If it introduces something that people may not know through basic sewing experience (smocking, for example, or folding kanzashi flowers), it throws the tutorial in, giving people access to new skills and new ways of expressing themselves through fabric and thread. If you have the chance to get this book, I recommend doing so. You won’t be disappointed.

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