Book Report: Bend-The-Rules Sewing

Posted in: Reading List — By on November 3, 2010 7:51 AM


If you’ve read Amy Karol’s Angry Chicken blog, you’ll be aware of her philosophy that, first and foremost, crafting should be fun.  She brings that spirit to her book Bend-The-Rules Sewing (2007, Potter Craft) which provides a pretty good general overview of sewing, and cute step-by-step diagrams for 30 different projects.

Sewing diagram by Amy Karol

One of my favourite projects in the book is this super easy, but adorable Simple Bib.  (Warning: From this day forward, if you invite me to your baby shower, you will receive a stack of these!)

Amy Karol puts the emphasis on creativity and less on technique. She teaches you what you’ll need to get your project done, but emphasizes that you don’t have to learn techniques if you aren’t going to use them. In a similar vein, I love this quote from Bend-The-Rules Sewing about making mistakes with your project:

I say give it a few days (or at least a few hours). Look at it then. Usually it’s okay, and not as bad as you had thought. Mistakes are always much less noticeable in a week or so, and in a month, the project will look amazing.

Overall, this is a fantastic book for beginners because it has everything you need to make some awesome, easy projects.  Even if you know the basics, Amy Karol‘s fresh, fun approach will still inspire you and you’ll probably add more than a few of her projects to your to-do list.


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