Sew Decorative - Quick and Easy Home Accents from Sew News

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Decorate your living space with warmth and charm! From Sew News--the trusted sewing source--discover 24 inspiring projects that can be easily adapted to suit any decor. Create everything from cozy pillows, place mats, and pot holders to clever curtains and lampshades.

  • Techniques include pleating, gathering, boxing corners, adding trims, using decorative built-in machine stitches, and embroidery by machine
  • "Home-Sewing Specifications" section provides a sewing glossary plus basic info about French seams, embroidery stitches, and more
  • Skill levels range from beginner to advanced, providing something for everyone

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8.5" x 11" printed on your home computer
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full color, PDF digital download
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Publication Date:
February 8th, 2011

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Review from Australian Quilter's Companion

If you love modern patchwork fabrics and are looking for some more ideas on how to use them around your home, this book has some great ones including curtains, place settings and cushions.
Review from Cindy Baum, Books and Chocolate

From Sew News magazine comes this book of 24 projects to suit any decor. Included are pillows, place mats, pot holders, curtains, and lampshades. The skill levels range from beginner to advanced with techniques such as pleating, gathering, boxing corners, adding trims, using decorative built-in machine stitches, and embroidery by machine used in the projects. Also included is a sewing glossary with information about types of seams, embroidery stitches, and more.

The colorful photos in this book motivate me to get out my sewing machine and fabric remnants. My sewing skills fall into the intermediate category but I thought the instructions, diagrams, and photos were clear and easy to understand even for a beginner for most of the projects. Patterns are included for a few of the projects that need to be enlarged on a copier or scanner.

I especially like the buttoned pillows and placemat projects, and there is a lampshade that is beautiful, taking a plain shade and embellishing it with three-dimensional designs by layering flower and bird motifs cut from printed fabric and adding buttons to the centers of the flowers.

This is a book anyone who enjoys making home decor items would love to have. It inspires ideas beyond the projects given.

Review from Midwest Book Review

Sew Decorative offers home crafters a fine set of over twenty projects that can be adapted for any decor. From pillows and place mats to pot holders and lampshades, this offers projects for beginner to advanced sewer, with patterns, techniques, and full color throughout.