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The Start of a Sewing Library

I carried two sewing books home from Leisure Arts with me to look at over the weekend: The Best of Sew Simple Magazine and Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Sewing. These books may very well be the beginning of my sewing library (right beside Pat Sloan’s I Can’t Believe I’m Sewing, of course).

Along with great info about sewing techniques and supplies, The Best of Sew Simple Magazine is packed with a treasury of over 50 of Sew Simple magazine’s projects! You’ll find quick and wonderfully basic accessories to make for your home, kitchen, wardrobe, and more! Here’s a peek at some of my favorites:

Patchwork Potholders (I love potholders! There can never be too many potholders in my kitchen!)

Flange Accent Pillow

Zipper Tote

Broomstick Skirt

Bangle Bag (How neat is this little bag that just hangs from your wrist, leaving your hands free?)

Perky Pocket

Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Sewing is the perfect resource for both the beginner and the sewing master! Featuring sections on the history of sewing, sewing basics, hand sewing, machine sewing, construction essentials, custom elements, and specialty sewing, this 240-page book also includes twelve projects! Take a look at the ones I wish I had enough sewing savvy to make:

Singing Canary Pillow (I’m also coveting that cool lavender chair!)

Scrappy Cottage Quilt

Berry Pie Pincushion

Let It Rain Yellow Slicker (It never even occurred to me that I could sew my own raincoat! What fun!)
Do you have these books in your sewing library yet? You might want to think about it!

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