100 Pretty Little Projects
by The Editor of Lark Crafts

Lark Crafts, 2011. ISBN 978-1-600-59576-9.
Reviewed by Laura Strathman Hulka
Posted on 09/20/2011

Nonfiction: Creative Life; Nonfiction: Arts/Crafts

100 Pretty Little Projects is a fun look at sewing projects that take little time, and can be made, often, with fabric and supplies you have in your stash. Brought to you by the editors at Lark Craft Books, it has five chapters of ideas and techniques, and a whole set of reproducible templates to create your own versions of the quick projects in the book.

The first chapter is titled "Enjoy," which is a great way to look at these sewing ideas. If you aren't enjoying your sewing and crafting time, it can take forever to complete a creation! This section has some lovely ideas, including pin cushions, mobiles, a fabulous obi belt, and some charming applique. Some of the techniques are new to me, and some are new takes on old treatments, so that there was something for everyone in this chapter, whether new to sewing and crafting, or an old hand at it.

My favorite chapter was the one called "Give." I love to find new ideas for gifts that I can make that are both charming and useful—and this chapter has that in spades. From a darling sewing kit (makes a great wedding shower gift) to the adorable coasters which sew up in a jiffy, you will find items here both easy and more complex, all with a good list of what you will need, what you will do, step by step, and the requisite templates, if necessary. Magnetic bookmarks, a tooth-fairy pillow and a delicate little pillow for carrying bridal rings on a wedding day; the "Give" section gives you all that and more.

Next up is "Use." Clever, tried-and-true techniques, combined with interesting concepts, (nifty fifties potholder anyone?) including the one I tried—the no-sew kitsch idea—a simple little pin cushion using a scrap of fabric, a vintage teacup, eggcup or small bowl, vintage trims and notions and a hot glue gun will have you creating in an instant. Useful next to your chair in the living room, or even in the bathroom where you might need a place to store safety pins, this little project will do the trick.

The last chapter, "Hold," covers all kinds of things that hold other things. From your business cards to your MP3 player, from a stylish tote to match a favorite outfit to ideas for babies, you will find things that will hold your items, tickle your fancy and encourage your creativity.

The book finishes up with pages of easily-copied templates, and a simple index which covers the projects by type; accessories, bags, home decor, keepsakes, pillows, pincushions, potholders, quilts and stuffed toys. It is a simple, user-friendly book, meant to give you ideas, and patterns, to make things for yourself, your family or for gifts that will become treasures. With the holidays on the horizon, this easy-to-follow book is a keeper.

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Lark Crafts is an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New York. Lark has been in the business of providing crafters with information and inspiration for 25 years. Visit their website.

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