Review: Sewing Bits & Pieces: 35 Projects Using Fabric Scraps

Sewing Bits and Pieces: 35 Projects Using Fabric Scraps
by Sandi Henderson, Wiley Books, 2010

If you sew, then you have them. You have loads of them, and maybe you know what to do with them, and maybe you don’t. Either way, Sewing Bits & Pieces: 35 Projects Using Fabric Scraps, the first book from popular textile and pattern designer Sandi Henderson, will help you put them to creative good use. And, dare I suggest, even have you wishing that you had still more of them!

As promised, the book contains 35 projects, and each and every one is as fetching as the eye-catchingly adorned cardigan on the cover. But what makes this book truly exciting is how the projects are of varying size and difficulty level, ranging from smaller, quicker applique or crafting projects to larger, more substantial endeavors. And Henderson does an impressive job, ably demonstrating how working with smaller pieces of fabric need not confine the sewer to turning out smaller projects, all the while keeping the larger projects sufficiently undaunting to guide the beginner-level sewer into an advanced beginner sewer (and beyond). So there truly is something for everyone in Bits & Pieces.

Fruit Magnets

{These Fruit Magnets are one of the cutest projects in Sewing Bits & Pieces.}

That said, among the smaller projects, the Fruit Magnets and Countdown Chain are cute and fun — they’re on my to do list! — but it’s some of the larger ones, particularly the Growing Tree Wall Hanging, Saturday Market Skirt, and Picnic Quilt, that are the book’s real selling point. In today’s ailing economy, it’s especially reassuring to know that you don’t need to splurge on significant yardage to make something something that looks like you dropped significant buckage.

Growing Tree Growth Chart

{This heirloom-quality Growth Chart is one of the book’s selling points!}

And it’s especially nice to know that fabric scraps need no longer be a nuisance in your sewing studio. So, what are you waiting for?  Start digging through that scrap bucket!

One Comment

  1. Ellie says:

    Thanks Kim for posting this! This book is in my Amazon wish list (along with Wee Wonderfuls!) and I wanted to know more about it. Now I do!