Have you ever wanted to sew? I had this dream once and then I realised how awful I am at it. I have tried numerous times and I have come to the conclusion that I need small projects that satiate the craving for sewing. Yes I get craft cravings, don’t you?

The wonderful team at GMC pointed me towards the latest book by Susie Johns and it is perfect for my sewing cravings and is perfect for stash busting.

The Book

This book is separated into 5 decades from the 1930s to the 1970s, each chapter contains five projects using fat quarter fabric or scraps that reflect the era. The best thing about this book is that it is aimed at beginners to intermediate crafters and is right up my street. There is also a tools and technique section to help those, like me, who need a little more instruction.

The Projects

The projects that are included in the book are: a child s apron, earphone wallet, egg cosy, plate dividers, hairbrush bag, mug mat, credit card holder, jewellery pouch, tissue holder, lined scarf and glasses holder. They are written in a way that makes each project achievable. Enough so that I want to dust off my sewing machine and give it a whirl.

The Author

Susie Johns is a new-to-me author who has written dozens of books in knitting, crochet and sewing Knitted Pets, Knitted Woodland Creatures, How to Embroider and Fat Quarter: Bags & Purses. Her patterns and designs regularly appear in Let’s Knit, Sew and Let’s Get Crafting magazines. Susie also takes part in many community projects based in and around London where she lives and if you want to know more about her you can pop over here.

You can purchase Fat Quarter: Vintage: 25 Projects to Make from Short Lengths of Fabric by Susie Johns now from both online and local retailers. I hope it inspires you to dust off your sewing skills too. You can also see Susie’s previous publications here.

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