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Quick and Crafty Projects You Can Make by Simply Sewing Straight

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On Sale: July 19, 2011
Pages: 0 | ISBN: 978-0-307-58682-7
Published by : Potter Craft Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
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Create an entire world of sophisticated projects using one simple skill.

Absolutely anyone can sew in a straight line. And with this one skill and some basic guidance, television host and crafty expert Brett Bara demonstrates how you can make custom home decor, stylish fashions, and one-of-a-kind gifts.

Sewing in a Straight Line is a step-by-step guide to creating 28 deceptively simple projects that look like they came from a chic boutique—far more impressive than you would expect for such little effort! These easy-to-make items offer quick gratification that even the busiest among us will appreciate. From a flirty two-hour miniskirt to the cutest plush toys, many of the projects take only a spare afternoon.

With Brett's eye for fresh, modern style and her encouraging advice, sewing couldn't be easier. So break out your needle and thread, fire up your machine, and get creative. A world of handmade possibilities is a few easy stitches away!

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Beginning sewing projects can be plain and dull. Bara, who writes a sewing column for the popular Design*Sponge website, presents a collection of projects that require minimal sewing skills but deliver maximum excitement and charm. The projects, which include garments, home decor, and gifts, are simple yet chic, and the step-by-step directions include ample illustrations. Although these are beginners’ projects, Bara doesn’t shy away from introducing more advanced techniques or slightly intimidating fabrics such as vinyl. Beginning sewers looking for projects beyond pillowcases and simple rectangular tote bags will enjoy this charming collection. -Library Journal
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BRETT BARA is a New York City–based crafts and DIY lifestyle expert. She is the host of Knit and Crochet Now on PBS, a spokeperson for Warm Up America!, and the former editor-in-chief of Crochet Today magazine. Her "Sewing 101" column is a regular feature on Design*Sponge. Visit her website and blog at www.brettbara.com.


"A fresh and very chic compendium for everyone's sewing library! I love that this book is both welcoming for beginners and incredibly inspiring for sewists of all levels." --Amy Butler, author of Style Stitches

"Like a fun and patient teacher, Brett Bara guides readers through both sewing basics and more advanced skills without any of it seeming intimidating at all." --Debbie Stoller, author of the Stitch'n'Bitch series

"Sewing in a Straight Line opens up unlimited creative possibilities. Now even with basic sewing skills, I can show off my personal style." --Christina Batch-Lee, Etsy.com

"This is everything (and more) a novice sewer could hope for in a book. From a refresher in the basics to beautiful projects, Brett reminds us that gorgeous clothing and decorations don't require years of experience."--Grace Bonney, Design*Sponge

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