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Book Review: Sewn by Hand: Two Dozen Projects Stitched with Needle & Thread by Susan Wasinger

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Many years ago before I had children, I spent hours every day happily crafting my way through life. I had a sewing machine and did a pretty god job of creating the occasional dress, Halloween costume or gift for Christmas. Fast forward through teenagers and my crafting time is sadly limited. I no longer have a sewing machine and I really miss it. I had thought that I’d have to give up my sewing time because hand sewing always seemed intimidating to me.

Sewn by Hand has shown me that this isn’t the case. This craft book includes 24 different craft projects that can easily be sewn by hand. Of course, if you have a sewing machine, you could always sew them that way as well but they are honestly easy enough to create without the use of a sewing machine. Projects range from soft toys for babies and fashionable slippers to sewing kits and felt baskets.

Each craft features not only beautiful color photographs of the finished project but a detailed section with directions including diagrams and photographs. Each project includes information on necessary materials, tools and fabrics along with the finished size of the project. There’s also a handy notation with each craft to let you know how portable this project is. I really appreciate this because like most busy moms, I sneak in craft time wherever and whenever I can which may include waiting at a doctor’s appointment or sitting at a baseball game.

There is also a section at the beginning of the book that lists the different stitches with directions on how to create each one. It’s also got sections that explain what to look for in needles, fabric, thread and what the basic necessary tools are to do hand sewing. I really love the detail shown in the photographs and instructions. It’s been years since I’ve sewn and I had no problem at all following these easy directions.Sewn by Hand is definitely a fantastic resource for those who are interested in sewing but who don’t have the time or money for their own sewing machine.

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About Ellen Christian

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/.
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