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Book Review: Stash Happy Applique: 25 Fresh Projects for Fabric Lovers by Cynthia Shaffer

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If you’ve been crafting for a while, you probably find yourself with a stash of smaller pieces of fabric in your collection. If you’re anything like me, you aren’t exactly sure what to do with them. They aren’t really big enough to make something out of. However, there’s no way I would throw perfectly good fabric away either. What ends up happening in my house is that I end up with a large collection of small scraps of fabric that I am going to use “some day.” Unfortunately, some day doesn’t actually end up happening very quickly.

Stash Happy Applique: 25 Fresh Projects for Fabric Lovers by Cynthia Shaffer is just the book for all of the fabric collectors out there. This applique book features a couple dozen different projects that you can create using those smaller scraps of fabric. Some of these projects feature store bought or on-hand items you embellish with applique like an adorable pair of Mary Jane shoes. However, there are also quite a number of applique projects that you will create totally from scratch like a portable tic-tac-toe game that your kids will definitely enjoy. You’ll use a variety of applique techniques in these projects including reverse applique, trapunto, needle-turn applique, and free-motion quilting.

If you’re not familiar with applique, don’t let that stop you. The book begins with an introduction to applique and a look at the basics you’ll need to know. All of the templates you’ll need to create these projects are in the back of the book for you to copy. Each applique project includes two supplies lists. The first supply list is a “from your stash” list of things you should already have. The second supply list is a “gather” list of supplies you may need to purchase from the store. Either way, if you don’t have items on your from your stash

list, you can always purchase them as well. Each step necessary to complete the project is explained step by step and is accompanied by pictures to make the process easier. There are also a variety of photographs of the finished project alone and as you might use it or display it in your home. The photographs really make these projects easy to tackle even if you are a beginner.

Stash Happy: Applique: 25 Fresh Projects for Fabric Lovers features a wide variety of crafts including cafe curtains, lampshade, baby ensemble, doll, skirt, apron set, and more. I love that there are projects that let me upcycle items I already have like curtains, a trenchcoat or a tote bag. This is a great, eco-friendly craft project idea to breathe new life into items. The book contains crafts for beginners like a paisley brooch as well as projects for advanced crafters like drawstring bags and hoop art. If you’re looking for new craft inspiration, you need to pick up a copy and get to work.

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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/.