I Love Patchwork And Sew Liberated

Interweave Press was fantastic enough to send me two books to preview – I Love Patchwork: 21 Irresistible Zakka Projects to Sew and Sew Liberated: 20 Stylish Projects for the Modern Sewist – two books that I’ve been anxious for their release. I Love Patchwork was written by i heart linen blogger, Rashida Coleman-Hale, and is devoted to the art of zakka – Japanese goods that are designed for your home. Typically these styles are simple and clean and generally have some sort of natural linen fabric incorporated into the project. This book not only perfectly captures the zakka spirit (in fact, I had to double check to make sure that this book wasn’t translated from an original Japanese version!), but dresses it up by adding a patchwork element. I found myself bookmarking projects for future reference – the patchwork ball, cosmetics pouch, pencil case, the little lamb sofeit, and fabric covered box (you can catch a sneak peak at some of these projects here). Even if you’ve never worked with linen or patchwork, there’s a good section of the book to guide you through the selection, care, and sewing process.
The Bottom Line: If you’re a fan of Japanese craft books, love to create for your home, or just love working with patchwork, I Love Patchwork: 21 Irresistible Zakka Projects to Sew is a definite ‘must have’ for your bookshelf.
Most people know Meg McElwee as the voice behind Sew Liberated and the creator of popular sewing patterns such as the Emmeline Apron (you can see my version here). Now we can add author to her list of activies as she recently penned Sew Liberated: 20 Stylish Projects for the Modern Sewist! So, what’s this book all about? Applique! All the projects in this book, which vary in time commitment and sewing difficulty, have some sort of applique element added to them. Even if you haven’t used this technique before, there’s a large section devoted to the subject to help you complete the projects – from preparing the applique, finishing the edges, stitching, and techniques (which I found very helpful as I rarely use applique to embellish items). The best part, of course, are the projects inside. My favorite, the bags. I realize that I am a total bag junkie, but I have fallen completely in love with the “Capture The Moment Camera Bag”. Other projects include a gorgeous floor pillow, baby carrier, apron, duvet cover, and sleep mask. Patterns are included in a handy little pouch in the back of the book.
The Bottom Line: If you’re a fan of Meg’s blog and patterns you’ll love Sew Liberated! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to go look for some notions to make that bag!