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Sweet & Simple Handmade

25 Projects to Sew, Stitch, Knit & Upcycle for Children by Melissa Wastney


  • Publisher: Stash Books
  • Edition: BC Paperback / softback
  • Publication: 01 May 2013
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781607056652
  • Product Code: CT652
  • Stock: 15 in stock
  • Carton Qty: 14
  • Size: 190x241 mm
  • Illustrations: 184
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP Price: £17.99
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Whether you stitch up a pair of cute baby shoes, knit a clever cardigan, or upcycle adult sweaters into children's sweaters, Sweet & Simple Handmade Melissa Wastney has something for all the little ones in your life. This how-to book features 25 adorable—and very practical—projects designed for babies and young children up to age 10. Inside you'll find reusable patterns, detailed instructions, and endless inspiration for garments, bags, quilts, and much more! *25 simple projects to sew, embroider, and knit-make garments, bags, stuffies, quilts, and much more! * Includes reusable full-size graded patterns on tissue paper * Perfect for girls and boys! * Projects are categorized into three ages: infant to 12 months, ages 1–4, and ages 5–10 * Each project exemplifies simple, organic styling with a popular Zakka look

About Melissa Wastney

Melissa Wastney was raised in a large family and has a deep love for children and the natural world. She keeps an almost-daily blog documenting her craft projects and inspirations. Her textile work is sold online, in design stores, and in galleries internationally. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

Aug 13 Sweet & Simple Handmade by Melissa Wastney is full of beautifully constructed clothing and toys for children from infants to teens. Each piece is lovingly designed with a child’s needs in mind, from corduroy pants made to fit through a growth spurt to a warm winter coat that can be made with materials best suited for your child. Sweet & Simple Handmade includes pattern pieces and step-by-step instructions for each piece in the book. It includes knitwear as well as sewing and has patterns and clothing ideas for every season. The instructions are easy to follow, with clear sketches of each step along the way. There are even tips included for upcycling old pieces into new ones that children will love. It also includes tips on getting the little ones involved with the different projects throughout the book. Even if you’re not ready to start crafting, the book itself is absolutely beautiful to just look at. The colors and patterns of the materials used are inspiring and the finished projects are so fun to look at. - See more at:


Jan 14 Sweet and Simple homemade is not just another bunch of whimsical patterns for girls who would wear fairy costumes 24/7 if their mothers weren't already dressing them as extras in A Series of Unfortunate Events. The garments featured in Melissa Wastney's lovely selection of projects to sew, stitch, knit and upcycyle for children, are both wearable and do-able - the book contains garment tissue paper patterns for infant to age 10 - but, very importantly, practical. The look is unfussy and natural, but brought up-to-date with zakka elements. In addition, unlike many pattern designers, Melissa Wastney doesn't neglect boys - there are plenty of clothes and items - including bags, stuffed toys and quilts - which can be made for both genders and adapted according to your child's favourite colours and textures, allowing them to express their own individuality in a sweet and simple way.

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