Retromama Scrap Happy Sewing

Retromama Scrap Happy Sewing

18 Easy Sewing Projects for DIY Gifts and Toys From Fabric Remnants

eBook - 2015
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The fabulous Kim Kruzich aka Retro Mama showcases her unique style and skill with color in this contemporary collection of 20 simple sewing projects all designed to be made from leftover fabrics, Genius!

The 20 adorable handmade projects in Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing combine sewing, patchwork, applique and embroidery and include bags, cushions and pillows, quilts, baby bibs, soft toys, organizers, bookends, hotpads, mats and more, all using Kim's charming motifs including owls, dolls, cats, birds, clouds, fruits, bears and houses.

With over 10,000 happy customers in her Etsy pattern store, Kim's trademark easy-to-follow visual instructions and full-size templates make these projects super accessible and achievable, meaning even beginners will be sewing gifts and toys in next to no time, with the minimum of outlay on materials.

Gorgeous full-color photography will inspire you to get sewing to use up your stash and brighten up your home Retro Mama style!

Kim is a sewing pattern designer and blogger at

Publisher: Newton, Abbot : David and Charles, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781446369425
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource

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Dec 29, 2016

There are 18 sewing projects in this book. The author has a web blog called Retro Mama, but I was not impressed with any of her crafts. A lot of her links to free patterns are broken. I liked about a fourth of the projects. (1) Cloth shoe mat with appliques of shoe prints so every child knows where to place their rain boots or shoes. (2) Fox clothespin bag. No one uses clothespin bags anymore. Cute idea but completely impractical. (3) Apple pieholder. I thought this was cute because the tab at the top to hang it from is actually a piece of measuring tape. Very cute. (4) Patchwork pillow. This is a square pillow with an envelope back. (5) Zigzag quilt. A variation on the log cabin quilt. I thought it was ugly. (6) Sewing kit. This was cute but didn't have much in it. (7) Crochet hook holder. This looks more like an artists paintbrush wrap or a kids' crayon wrap. Most people who crochet favorite one size hook, so this is pointless. (8) Patchwork pincushion. I use a magnetic holder for my pins because I have a cat. Cute, but impractical. (9) Patchwork tote. As totes go, and almost every sewing project book has at least one tote, this one's ugly. (10) Pajama bear softies. Cute little stuffed bears. Love em. (11) Owl bookends. Loved this project too. Very useful. I can never fit a store-bought bookend in my bookshelves. These work great. (12) Baby bibs. These are plain and incredibly small (like infant drool bibs), but you could modify the project to suit your needs. (13) Sailor dress doll. This is a huge doll with sewn hair rather than yarn for hair which I really like. Cute idea. (14) Cloud and raindrop hoops. This is taken from a book called "Hoop-La" which contains various ideas for artwork contained inside of embroidery hoops. The ones in this book are a cloud and raindrops and are very plain but the ones in Hoop-La are awesome. (15) Jewelry roll. This one is patchwork but a little on the small side. (16) Makeup pouch. Kind of on the ugly side and an off size. I couldn't fit my makeup in this size. (17) Business card holder with snaps. Ugly. (18) Cross body bag. So small you could only fit a lipstick and your phone inside. Not practical at all.

So for the five plus projects I liked it was worth renting. I bought a copy for myself so I would have it as a reference for later. But I took off two stars because at least half of her projects were copied from other books and I already have those books.


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