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October 9, 2007

The holidays are swiftly approaching, which means a lot of us are on the hunt for presents.  As I sat in my sewing room this past weekend making my (overwhelming) "gifts to make" list, I glanced over at my bookshelf and had an idea.  Not only are craft books a great source of handmade-gift inspiration, but they can also be great gifts themselves!  I know some of my favorite gifts have been books, and I thought I would share a few of them here. 

generation T.jpgGeneration T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt by Megan Nicolay (Workman Publishing) 
When I found out there were entire books dedicated to T-shirt makeovers, well, my little creativity-cup not only overflowed - it nearly erupted.  Although definitely aimed at a younger audience, this one is my favorite of the few t-shirt books I have seen.  Using primarily T-shirts as your materials, projects range from simple top renovations to skirts to swim suits - even a complete wedding dress!  There are even a couple projects for men's shirts, and t-shirt trivia throughout the projects is a fun distraction.  This book is perfect for any crafter whose style has a bit of edge to it. 

Sew what skirts.jpgSew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make With Fabulous Fabrics by Francesca Denhartog & 
Carole Ann Camp (Storey Publishing)
This book has just about everything you need to know about making a skirt without a pattern, and then some.  It starts with a pretty thorough guide to the basic techniques needed when starting a project.  The writing was detailed enough for a beginner to understand, but still informative enough to give an experienced sewer a refresher without boring them.  Once you take a few measurements (the book shows you which ones) you can begin whipping out adorable skirts that are tailored to your taste, without the hassle of confusing patterns or aggravating tissue paper.

vintage bags.jpgMaking Vintage Bags: 20 Original Sewing Patterns for Vintage Bags and Purses by Emma Brennan (Guild of Master Craftsman Publications) 

This book is perfect for the handbag enthusiast.  Using clear instructions and photographs, this book shows you how to make handbags fashioned after trends from the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's.  Many of the bags have smaller matching purses, all of which you can find the pattern for in the back of the book.  Even if you aren't making of the bags featured in the book, the instructions and photographs make it a great reference for techniques and styles that can be used in your own creations.

in_stitches.jpgAmy Butler's In Stitches: More Than 25 Simple and Stylish Sewing Projects by Amy Butler (Chronicle Books) 
Ever a Fabric.com staff favorite, Amy Butler's book appeals to a wide audience with its varied projects.  There are projects for just about every room in the house, but don't be fooled into thinking that this is a strictly home d├ęcor book.  The "Bedroom Projects" section has instructions for an absolutely beautiful duvet cover, as well as some for comfy and stylish wide-leg lounge pants.  This book works well as an inspiration for gift making, but would also be a welcome gift in and of its self.   You can even see a couple of the projects on her site.  I personally cannot wait to find the time to make the patchwork handbag on page 162 - too cute!  But, hey, it's Amy Butler; how can you go wrong?

Happy Stitching!

P.s. Don't forget to check out our Amy Butler Fabric right here!

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Is it bad that I have all these books except one??? Maybe it's a sign...I need the first one, since it's the only one I *don't* have...yeah, that's it....a sign ;)

I have to say, the three I do have (skirts, bags, and AB) are EXCELLENT...*ESPECIALLY* the skirts book, it's my favorite...I've made several skirts so far, and no doubt many more in the next little bit ;)

It is a sign...the sewing muses are commanding you to complete the collection. If you must justify is, that is your excuse.

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