Everyday Handmade - 22 Practical Projects for the Modern Sewist

by Cassie Barden, Adrienne Smitke
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Cassie Barden, author of the best-selling The New Handmade, and talented designer Adrienne Smitke present an exciting new array of designs for the modern sewist. Discover creative, stylish, and above all, practical projects by young designers who really know how to sew.

  • Find 22 enticing ideas for bags and accessories, items for travel, and home decor--a terrific value
  • Learn a variety of ways to personalize and embellish
  • Follow clear, step-by-step instructions to create beautiful projects you'll appreciate for both their utility and style

by Cassie Barden, Adrienne Smitke
8.5" x 11" printed on your home computer
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full color, PDF digital download
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Publication Date:
November 8th, 2011

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Review from Australian Homespun magazine

A collection of 22 projects--most very practical--are presented in this delightful book. There's an emphasis on bags of various sorts, from a cute ladybug coin purse, an iPad cover and an e-reader case to an over-the-shoulder messenger bag and the simple but stylish tote bag shown on the front cover. There are also instructions for several lap quilts and some useful sewing accessories. The "jackalope" shown on the cover is the only softie included. The instructions are clear, there are lots of diagrams and each project is shown in several photographs taken from different angles. This combination means you are much more likely to understand exactly what's required and enjoy success in crafting your own version of these projects.

From American Quilt Retailer magazine
The joy of saying "I made this!"
Everyday Handmade authors Cassie Barden and Adrienne Smitke said in their forward that in making something you instill a little bit of yourself in each project. They wish for their book to allow the modern sewist the pride of saying "I made this!" And, all these simple, fresh modern projects should do just that. . . There is guidance on fabric selection and basic sewing skills as well as 22 fun, practical projects to make while they learn and socialize!

From Quilts and More magazine

With 22 projects from chapters such as "Bags and Totes," "In the Kitchen," "On the Go," and "Gift-Worthy Goods," authors Cassie Barden and Adrienne Smitke make crafting a breeze. The handy reference section is a good resource for sewers of all levels.

Cassie Barden

Cassie Barden has been involved in making art her whole life, from cartooning, filmmaking, and painting to making odd stuffed animals and creating costumes for Burning Man and Halloween. An interest in both sewing and fashion inspired her to start creating her own one-of-a-kind bags and accessories that appeal to both her utilitarian and style-conscious natures. When she's not sewing, Cassie enjoys two Seattle institutions: live music and drinking coffee. Cassie is inspired by contemporary art and design, anything retro or old-fashioned, and Seattle's urban culture.

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Adrienne Smitke

Adrienne Smitke grew up surrounded by crafts in a house full of handmade quilts and clothes. Adrienne's mother taught her and her younger sister to sew at an early age, even once assigning them sewing "homework" over summer vacation. She made a rad pair of black-and-neon-green shorts. (It was the '80s, after all.) Drawing on her creative childhood, Adrienne studied illustration and graphic design in college, during which she finally began experimenting with sewing again on her own. You can see more of her patterns in Everyday Handmade (written with Cassie Barden), A Baker's Dozen, Jelly Babies, and Sew the Perfect Gift.

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