{book it} Making the Most of Materials + Giveaway

written by Cindy on June 19, 2012 in Resources with 2 comments

Whether it’s using old light bulbs as vases or putting a pincushion on a canning jar, there’s a lot of re-purposing, mending and recycling going on these days. Most of these projects require purchasing notions, tools and more to complete these projects.

Two recent releases capitalize on this trend and give readers plenty of ideas to make the most of what they have. Have complimentary products available, along with inspirational books and ideas, to give crafters and sewists a reason to visit your shop.

Mend It Better: Creative Patching, Darning and Stitching is a compendium of ideas on how to repair, alter and fix up wearables. Written by Kristin Roach of CraftLeftovers.com, the book is filled with tips on all sorts of things:

  • replacing elastic in a waistband
  • making fabric-covered buttons
  • adding decorative trims
  • creating inseam pockets
  • patching knits and denim
  • and much more!

Mend It Better
by Kristin M. Roach
Storey Publishing, 2012

Reinvention: Sewing With Rescued Materials is another great resource book for sewists. Author Maya Donenfeld has included more than two dozen projects, all suitable for using repurposed fabrics, as well as new fabrics.

One of the best features is how it is divided by types of material: linen, burlap, jersey, wool, denim and mailers, as well as section on repurposing vintage items. There are no pattern pieces, simply giving sizes to cut with plenty of advice on re-sizing or altering the items to your liking. Projects include:

  • reversible, linen summer sling
  • burlap log carrier
  • jersey, pocketed skirt
  • double-duty denim oven mitt
  • insulated wool lunch sack
  • blouse made from aprons
  • and many more!

Reinvention: Sewing With Rescued Materials
by Maya Donenfeld
Wiley Publishing, 2012

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SHOPOWNERS: Enter to win BOTH Mend It Better and Reinvention by leaving a comment by Friday June 22. Tell us the best re-purposed item you’ve seen or made, along with the name and URL for your shop and you’ll be entered to win! We’ll announce a winner on Monday!

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