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Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old…

Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family…

by Amanda Blake Soule

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Ok, this library impulse grab should have been the perfect book for me. I have lots of experience in thrifting and repurposing, some experience in sewing and crafting, and a dresser full of fabrics and related salvage. Well. It's a pretty book, with some neat ideas - but no illustrations of intermediate steps! I could figure out most of the projects, but a true "beginner" wouldn't have a chance.

If you have small children, do get a copy of this book from the library and see what you can make of it, how much thrifty fun you can have. If you're an empty nester, comment to me so we can share ideas about what to do with our fabric scraps & salvaged buttons and ribbons since we don't need baby slings, tote bags, or beach blankets.

(*Iff* my couch blanket or bath mat wear out I will use Soule's inspiration to make, instead of buy, replacements.) ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
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  swampygirl | Dec 9, 2013 |
This book contains a lot of projects - so it is good or useful in that respect. I don't think any of them are 'wow I must make that' or 'I wish I thought of that'. Some of the projects are a little bit too homemade for my liking. And in the book I think they look homemade rather than handmade.

I think this book would be of more interest to a novice sewer - a person who is just getting in to sewing and doesn't have many ideas of their own - rather than a long-time sewer.

In my opinion, one to borrow from the public library and not buy. ( )
  karynwhite | May 11, 2011 |
More useful and interesting than her "Creative Family," but still short on new ideas for making things by hand with children. ( )
  stephaniechase | Feb 11, 2010 |
I've been on a sewing/crafting/repurposing kick lately...especially after successfully managing to make Willow an awesome hand sewn stuffed cat doll for Christmas. I kindof see it as the natural evolution of my pregnancy nesting :). This book is amazingly inspirational--lots of neat ideas, but those are, to be honest, a dime a dozen. The real value of this book lies in the author's introductions and sidebars to each section. She sees thrifting, crafting, and repurposing as a way to connect with her children, her family, and the world around her--the entire book just feels very heartfelt and honest. I appreciate the tone of this book...definitely makes me want to bite the bullet, buy a sewing machine, and start crafting! (In the meantime, I'm thinking I might have just enough time to hand stitch a birthday banner for Willow. Yay inspiration!)

If I had the disposable income, and hasn't resolved to not buy any books this year, I would totally go get this book tomorrow. ( )
  willowsmom | Jan 5, 2010 |
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Thirty-three simple sewing and craft projects utilizing old materials, from vintage feedsacks to worn sheets and towels, and creating useful and love-filled objects for the family home offer the environmentally concerned a chance to reduce, reuse, and recycle.… (more)

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