For the last week, while Taylor has been at swimming, I’ve been toting one of my latest books, Sew & Stow to her class. Even after spending this much time with the book, I’m still not sure what I think of it. While I really like the section of the book that deals with discussing fabric types (useful information on how particular fabrics are made,how they are used, etc. ) as well as a number of projects that are included in it (I really see myself making the jewelry tote and possibly the cook’s helper apron), I felt a little cheated. Why? While I think some of the items in the book are very useful and would make a great addition to home organization or a great gift, I thought some of the projects where just thrown in as ‘filler’. Four of the projects that bother me the most – the handle pad (a square of padded fabric that wraps around a wire handle), jelly belly bag (designed to let fruit juice drip into a bowl), shoulder relief strap (very similar to the handle pad, except this one is for your purse), and the veggie bag (which in my humble opinion is a simple cloth sack). I’m not sure that any of these need a tutorial – I felt like even the novice sewer could figure these out for themselves. Speaking of the directions – although I haven’t sewn any of the projects yet, from what I’ve skimmed over, the instructions seem straight forward. I do think that the author assumes the reader has some sewing experience because the directions are not overly detailed and there are few illustrations, if any, on a given project. So if you’re looking to give this book as a gift to a new sewer, you might want to re think your purchase and go for something more like Amy Butler’s In Stitches. Otherwise, the book has some good overall basic projects, with just a few disappointments inside.