Sew Darn Cute

Sew Darn Cute : 30 Sweet & Simple Projects to Sew & Embellish

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Sought after for her one-of-a-kind handmade gifts, Jenny Ryan has created a collection of adorable projects in "Sew Darn Cute" that anyone can complete in a jiffy. Simple sewing techniques and quick yet stylish projects combine in this appealing book that teaches readers basic sewing skills while they create adorable yet useful items to keep for themselves or give as thoughtful presents. Use surface embellishment techniques including applique and embroidery to transform plain tees or old linens into pretty and unique signature items like a pillowcase purse or a skinny summer scarf; create lovable critters or a set of crafty coasters from scrap fabric and felted sweaters; or clean up the clutter in your craft room with easy-to-sew organizers for your crochet hooks, knitting needles, pins, and more. A focus on using vintage and thrifted, repurposed fabrics shows readers how they can whip up unique sewing projects that are also easy on the planet (and on your pocketbook). Colorful photographs reveal the projects and fabric selections up-close; step-by-step instructions, plus Jenny's tricks and tips, make it easy for home sewers to re-create these sew darn cute items for more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 200.66 x 251.46 x 15.24mm | 521.63g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • colour illustrations, black & white line drawings
  • 0312383835
  • 9780312383831
  • 116,617

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""Sew Darn Cute" is more like Sew Darn Clever! Jenn Ryan has whipped up a collection of projects that pop with personality! Easy-to-follow directions matched with her happy tone make for a must-have book. The juicy photos prove she put a lot of thought into every pattern, seam, and stitch. From a cupcake tote to a sassy sewing machine cover, these ideas will send any fabric hound straight to rickrack heaven!" --Kathy Cano-Murillo, founder of "The brilliant fabric combinations Jenny Ryan creates are the icing on the cake of her projects. I just want to make and wear the whole book!" --Jenny Hart, founder of Sublime Stitchingshow more

About Jenny Ryan

JENNY RYAN is the creator of, where she sells one-of-a-kind tote bags, playful accessories, home decor items, and more. Her handiwork has been featured in "BUST, knit.1, " and "Crochet Today" magazines. She works as a writer and blogger for "CRAFT "magazine ( She is also the organizer of Felt Club (, a popular Los Angeles crafts fair. She lives in Silver Lake, CA, with her husband Johnny, and their two screwball cats, Kang and more

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182 ratings
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4 29% (53)
3 35% (63)
2 9% (16)
1 2% (3)

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a great book with some nice ideas and references for beginners, has some great tips, ideas, patterns and picturesshow more
by Karen Crawford
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