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Book Review: 100 Pretty Little Projects by Lark Books

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100 Pretty Little Projects: Pincushions, Potholders, Purses, Pillows & More (Pretty Little Series) is a craft book that will help you get inspired in 100 different ways. These sewing projects are relatively simple to complete and feature the latest trends in fabric, design, and embellishment. All of the projects require sewing of some sort to complete them. Many of the smaller projects can be hand stitched but a majority will be easier to complete with a sewing machine. Fabrics vary and include felt, cloth and wool. Some projects are suitable for upcycling crafts and some will require new yardage to complete. None require any advanced sewing knowledge which makes this craft book the perfect choice for the casual crafter.

Sewing projects are separated into four different chapters. The first chapter, “Enjoy,” features a variety of sewing projects that are stunning to look at and enjoy. Items in this chapter include beautiful, decorative quilts and wall hangings. Projects include techniques such as quilting, embroidery, and applique. The second chapter, “Give,” features projects you’ll create to give as gifts or maybe even to treat yourself. Just a few things I noticed in this chapter are ornaments, a fabric wrapped hanger with a coordinating sachet, a wedding memories journal and a tooth fairy pillow.

There’s a wide variety of gift ideas for men, women, and children. Chapter three is titled “Use” and it is filled with handy projects that will fill a need in your life. If you’re looking for coasters, potholders, pin cushions, placemats, or other useful items, this is the chapter you will find these featured. The final chapter is called “Hold” and contains projects you can use to hold things whether that is a business card holder, an eye glass case, a tote bag or a yoga mat holder.

Each of the projects is very well written and easy to follow. There is a final picture of the item so that you have an idea of what it’s supposed to look like along with a short description of its purpose. The needed materials is listed with not only the item name but also its quantity as well as the seam allowance for the project. There are step by step instructions written out to follow along and the back of the book contains any needed templates so that you can photocopy them and use them easily. If you’d like to try your hand at making gifts for people, this is a wonderful book to start with. You’ll find a project that’s suitable for just about anyone on your list.

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Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.