Talk about a guilty pleasure. From the first moment I set eyes on this book, I wanted it. There is a practicality to this book that means anyone who lives in a house, apartment, condo, mansion, or any dwelling can use it, but more than that, it’s a feast for the eyes and any project can turn your living space from mundane into whimsical.
“Home Sewn,” by Cassandra Ellis, is wonderfully littered with incredible photos that anyone can appreciate, even if you don’t know how to sew. I am of that set. The ones who don’t know how to sew, but in my dreams, I am crafting pillows and cloth napkins, curtains and blankets. My husband did buy me a sewing machine for Christmas and I have found a class, so hopefully one day I will fulfill that dream.
Ellis separates the book into 3 sections: Living – things that you’d use or see often such as a log carrier, bookends, sofa throws, and ottomans; Resting – things in bedrooms like bed skirts, curtains, and duvets; lastly, Eating & Sharing – obviously things used in the kitchen or at the dining table – tea towels, tablecloths, chair covers, and coasters to name a few.
Each project comes with a small introduction by the author that tells us how to use it, why she finds it important enough to add to her book, and/or what makes it special to her and hopefully you. She gives a list of what you’ll need and then also need. I think this is done to break up what could potentially be a long list of items. This list is followed by detailed instructions on how to complete the project. Each craft is accompanied by lovely pictures of the object in use inside a home, as well as instructional pictures.
All of these projects could have a place in your home. The only thing that would be nice, especially for novices that love pretty books and hope to try some of these projects one day, is maybe a little note somewhere that says the difficulty of the craft. It doesn’t have to be large and in your face. Maybe just a little something in the bottom corner. I’m sure experienced seamstresses (male version?) could immediately pick them out by difficulty and it might ruin the aesthetics of the book, but again, just something that would be nice for the average Joe or Josephine.
At the end of the book, she lists several stores/shops where you can find fabrics and other materials (i.e. lampshade kits, leather, quilt batting, etc.). This is very helpful if you either don’t have access to many choices, love to shop online, or are overwhelmed with trying to find everything that’s called for.
Overall, this book is a beautiful coffee table book if you don’t (and if you do) know how to sew; an incredible guide to fancying up your abode on your own and customizing it to your preferences; and an inspiration (at least to me) to get sewing!
Home Sewn at Penguin Random House
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.