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Book Review: Stash Happy Felt: 30 Fun Projects for Felt (and Fabric) Lovers by Amanda Carestio

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One of the hazards (or benefits) of being a crafter is the inevitable stash of beads, fabric, thread, felt, and other supplies that seems to accumulate. I don’t always want to run out and buy new supplies each time I’m in the mood to craft. There are times I would like to be able to use what’s in my stash. Generally, smaller sized projects are ideal for using up your stash of supplies because you can use scraps instead of having to buy yardage. When I saw a book titled Stash Happy Felt: 30 Fun Projects for Felt (and Fabric) Lovers, I knew it was right up my alley.

Stash Happy Felt is a collection of 30 different projects that will encourage you to use up your supply of felt and fabric. The projects all require some amount of sewing or needlework, although some can be hand-stitched and some would be better done on a sewing machine. Author Amanda Carestio’s book introduces you to what should be in your basic sewing kit so you can create these projects. You will also learn how to use templates and what the basic hand stitches are. There is even information on felting techniques which is something I’d really like to try at some point. The back of the book has all of the templates you’ll need to create these projects. Just photocopy them and you’re set.

There is a really great variety of craft projects included in Stash Happy Felt. The projects range from very simple, like a bookmark, to more complicated, such as a wallflower pocket. There are crafts that can be used for gifts, as home decor, plush toys, and even clothing and fashions. Each project includes a full size color photograph so you can see what the finished item should look like. There are also many close-up photographs of individual parts of the project plus drawings and diagrams to follow. There are detailed directions written step-by-step that are easy to follow and understand, even for the new crafter. The supply list is broken down into items you should have in your stash and items you may need to purchase from the store.

I absolutely love the idea of using more craft supplies from your stash. Not only is it an eco-friendly concept, it’s a frugal concept. There are tons of gift ideas and projects in Stash Happy Felt: 30 Fun Projects for Felt (and Fabric) Lovers that will get you prepared for holiday gift giving without breaking the bank. I chose to make a very simple bookmark from this book and it was very easy to follow along. While I’ve been embroidering for years, it would be a great project for a child to get started with. I I definitely recommend this book for its creativity and the simplicity of the directions.

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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/.