One of my favourite craft books

There are so many great sewing and craft books in the library.  Occasionally   I come across one that really inspires me.  Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule is one such book.  Everytime I pick it up I find something else in it I want to make!

I’ve  already made several of Amanda’s projects, and found them to be straight forward and reasonably simple.

bookmarksOne of my favourite ideas from the book is the handmade bookmark.  Like the book suggests, I used drawings my daughter did as a pre-schooler.  I found it easier to photocopy the drawing and then turn the copy into an iron on transfer using a transfer pencil.  Much easier than drawing directly onto fabric.  That way I got to keep the drawing too.

bathmatI’ve also made the bathmat (I recycled a candlewick bedspread) and the fiber garland.  I’m keen to update our mouse pad, and think I’ll be stepping out in a sweater hat this winter.  So many great ideas!

pincushionIf you’re looking for quick, easy sewing projects as well as ideas for living, this is well worth a look.