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The Tuesday Review: Sew! by Cath Kidston

I got some Cath K gift vouchers recently. A nice amount, but not enough for any of the more substantial items. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I have vouchers, I’ve  just GOT to spend them. I kept popping in to my local CK and toyed with a few options before plumping for Sew! The pocket version.

Basically, it’s the A5 or mini version of the full size book of the same name. The mini one costs £9 (as opposed to £16 for the larger size). It’s published by Quadrille who I like as they do these kind of books well.

So, what do you get for your nine quid? Well, in case you’re wondering, this smaller book contains exactly the same projects as the larger size. The only difference (as far as I can tell) is that you get the materials to make one of the bags with the full size one. You don’t get that with Mini Sew!. What you do get, however, is a pretty needlecase and set of needles along with paper patterns and templates for the projects.

The book itself is paperback and 160 pages long. It contains, and I quote, “over 40 simple sewing projects”. It also features a useful introduction section which outlines some of the various tools and techniques needed for the projects. At the back it has an Addresses page to help you track down your materials.

Moving on to the projects, they really are lovely. Some are more tricky than others of course, but there are real basics such as lavender bags (below) which I’m planning to make and feature on here next week. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to things crafty, but the projects in Sew! are so pretty and inspiring that I’m determined to get on with some of them. I reckon you could make a fair few Christmas pressies if you were that way inclined. How about a girl’s apron or a peg bag, a bird mobile or a flower cushion? I suppose most of the projects are quite ‘ordinary’ and more advanced or skilled crafters might be put off by that, but the projects are beautifully shot and the book is great to just flick though when you need uplifting.

Sew! is part of a range of Cath Kidston craft project books. The others are Stitch!, Make! and Patch!. I already own Make! but find that some of the projects in it need so many materials (some of them quite random). It’s nice as a coffee table book though.

Anyway, I hope that’s given you a bit of an insight into Sew!. It’s a great little book and would make a perfect and affordable gift. Ten out of ten from me. Look out for my attempt at lavender bags next week!

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