2017 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – Sewing Books From Quarto

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Mom Knows It All 2017 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - Sewing Books From Quarto

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Gifting something that lets someone continue to enjoy a hobby, or pick up a new hobby and learn about it, are always appreciated. Sewing is a great skill for many reasons. Many folks find it relaxing, plus you acquire skills to both create and repair things. Here are three different Quarto sewing books that are all perfect for gift giving this year.

Designing Clothes With The Flat Pattern Method

Designing Clothes With The Flat Pattern Method

  • By: Sara Alm (Author)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int’l (May 15, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1589239342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589239340
  • Cover Price $24.99
  • Purchase on Amazon

Learn how to customize your clothes–designing new pattern shapes, style lines, and fashion details with Sara Alm’s easy-to-follow instruction!

In Sara Alm’s Designing Clothes with the Flat Pattern Method, sewers learn a technique that opens up myriad possibilities for making one-of-a-kind garments. By using basic pattern blocks called slopers, Alm shows sewers how to design new shapes, style lines, and fashion details–creating patterns for nearly any piece of clothing they want to sew. Take a basic straight skirt pattern, for example, and convert it into any other skirt design. Change the hemline or the basic shape of a skirt from straight to A-line to full swing with multiple gores. Try adjusting the waistline placement or convert it from waistband to waistline-facing. Change the style and placement of the closures. The options are endless once sewers understand the basics of flat-pattern designing, which is explained in the book.

Designing Clothes with the Flat Pattern Method is divided into sections: skirts, tops, and pants. While many of the same principles apply to each garment type, there are different techniques to take into account. As soon as sewers know how to design from these three slopers, that knowledge is easily transferred to designing dresses, shorts, jumpsuits, and outerwear. The principles and techniques taught are also easily transferable to designing children’s clothes. By following extensive technique instruction in each of the three categories, twelve different garments are designed from each basic sloper and photographed on models so readers fully understand the process and the end result.

Thanks to Designing Clothes with the Flat Pattern Method, passionate sewers will be as skilled as Project Runway contestants in no time!

The Hand-Stitched Surface: Slow Stitching and Mixed-Media Techniques for Fabric and Paper

The Hand-Stitched Surface: Slow Stitching and Mixed-Media Techniques for Fabric and Paper

  • By: Lynn Krawczyk
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int’l (May 15, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1589239423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589239425
  • Cover Price $24.99
  • Purchase on Amazon

Slow down and savor your handiwork. The Hand-Stitched Surface offers inspiring techniques and beautiful projects for creating richly layered mixed-media surfaces on paper and fabric.

Written by noted surface designer Lynn Krawczyk, The Hand-Stitched Surface offers inspiring techniques and beautiful projects for creating richly layered mixed-media surfaces on paper and fabric to encourage stitchers to slow down and savor their handiwork. Following an overview of tools and supplies, the section on stitching essentials covers a range of basic stitches and how they can be modified: mixing thread weights for textural effects; unique ways to create patterns for hand stitching; exploring color; and tips and tricks for improvisational stitching. The fifteen keepsake-quality projects are perfect for those seeking to disconnect from technology and embrace a quiet, meditative approach to handwork and creating art.

Superhero Sewing

Superhero Sewing: Playful Easy Sew and No Sew Designs for Powering Kids’ Big Adventures

  • By Lane Huerta (Author)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int’l (September 19, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 158923944X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589239449
  • Cover Price $24.99
  • Purchase on Amazon

Helping your kids look the part for their imaginative play is easy with Superhero Sewing.

Superhero Sewing presents easy sewing projects for encouraging and satisfying your child’s love of – and need for – richly imaginative play. Lane Huerta, a mom and the owner of Lovelane Designs, a noted independent maker of imaginative silk-screened playwear, shares her creative know-how and adapts her charming designs for sewers and other crafters. Following an overview of essential materials, tools, and techniques, Lane offers 20 projects in five playful themes – heroes, pirates, fairies, magicians, and animals – with color palette suggestions for both boys and girls. Each project is marked with a level of difficulty – no sew, easy, or intermediate – and two full-size pull-out patterns sheets are included.

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5 comments

pat.navymom October 5, 2017 - 7:56 am

Practice and preach…a musical sewing box…needle and thread just bought to repair car upholstery!

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Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com October 6, 2017 - 9:24 am

I have to check out some of these sewing books. I really love sewing and these books would be perfect for my collection.

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Jenn October 6, 2017 - 9:22 pm

These look awesome, my daughter has been asking me to learn these might be able to help her.

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Jordyn October 7, 2017 - 12:00 am

The holidays are coming up so quick! I can’t believe it!

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Amanda October 7, 2017 - 5:39 am

I would love to be able to make costumes for my little one. The Superhero Sewing book is just what I need.

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