99% of orders dispatched within 24hrs, delivery times may vary.

Please note our warehouse and customer service department will be closed from Monday 29th June until Monday 6th July 2020.

During this time we will not be able to process any orders. To ensure you receive your books before we close please send in your order no later than Thursday 25th June.

Adding item to the basket

× Item added

This item has been added to your basket.

Proceed to checkout
US Flag Australian Flag
Search the site...

Look inside VIDEO: Flipthrough - Half Yard Winter Collection Click here for extra content on Bookmarked Hub Click here to join Debbie's
Half Yard Sewing Club
  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 19 August 2015
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782211501
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: £9.99
  • Series: Half Yard
Download jacket image

Half Yard Gifts


Easy sewing projects using leftover pieces of fabric by Debbie Shore

Add to Basket
Book Description

Add the personal touch and create bespoke sewn presents for any occasion!


Half Yard Gifts is part of the best-selling series from sewing guru, Debbie Shore.

It contains 22 projects to sew and give away, each made using less than half a yard of fabric.The book contains gifts for all your family and friends.

  • The projects range from pincushions, bags and paperweights to aprons for budding chefs, kneeling pads for gardeners and tool belts for DIY-enthusiasts.
  • The projects are made in a range of prints and styles and use a range of techniques: either follow each project closely, or adapt the size and fabric to suit the recipient.
  • Debbie gives advice on how to customise the projects, so that you can create the perfect gift for your loved one.


This book would be perfect if you are new to sewing and need some guidance with the basic techniques and key information, as Debbie’s friendly advice and clear step-by-step photography make it a doddle.

It’s also packed with fresh ideas and designs that will inspire you even if you’ve been a keen sewer for many years and are looking for a way to use up your stash and create meaningful gifts that your loved ones will treasure.

The next Half Yard sewing title from best-selling author Debbie Shore

Packed with 22 gorgeous projects, all created from a half yard of fabric or less

Contains advice on how to adapt the projects so that you can personalise the gifts for your loved ones

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
Useful things 10
Before you start 12
Cactus pincushion 16
Slashed fabric pillow cover 18
Slashed fabric purse 22
Scissor keeper 26
Rustic flowerpot 28
String of chicks 32
Pyramid paperweight 36
Cosmetic bag 38
Draught excluder 44
Reading pillow 48
Tool apron 52
Child’s apron 54
Gardener’s kneeling pad 58
Handbag doorstop 62
Cupcake over mitt 66
Heart pillow 70
Wallet 72
Door tidy 76
Tablet case 80
Cupcake tea cosy 84
Hot water bottle cover 88
Pyjama case 92
Index and key terms 96

Extra Information

Click Here to view the Errata slip for this title.

About the Author

About Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore is a best-selling and award-winning author. She began her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly as an actress in various popular dramas and as a presenter on shopping channels. Debbie has developed her own range of fabrics, designed her own patterns, writes for several popular sewing magazines and has written over 30 books for Search Press with several more underway. Over 800,000 copies of her books have been sold worldwide. She is the winner of Craft Influencer of the Year 2020 in the Craft Business Awards, and Social Media Influencer of the Year 2019 in the British Sewing Awards.

Debbie has over 285,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, which has over 30 million views. In 2018, Debbie launched her Half Yard Sewing Club, a monthly subscription service based on the mega-selling Half Yard series, and won the 2019 IPG Digital Publishing Award. For more details about the club visit

Debbie lives in Lincolnshire, UK. Visit her website: www.debbieshoresewing.com


Be Creative

The book contains 22 projects to sew and give away, each made using less than half a yard of fabric. The projects range from pincushions, bags, and paperweights, to aprons for budding chefs, kneeling pads for gardeners, and toll belts for DIY-enthusiasts. 


Issue 45

Debbie Shore's latest practical sewing guide combines her love of homemade gifts with her passion for upcycling, and features 22 clever ideas for turning leftover 'half-yard' pieces of fabric into bespoke gifts for family and friends. Basic sewing advice, tools, tips, techniques and simple instructions make the projects easily achievable for both beginners and experienced sewers. We love the sentiment behind recycling unwanted materials into something special for someone special, with projects including a gardener's kneeling pad, tablet cover, decorative string of birds, cosmetics bag, child's apron and pyramid paperweight.

Postcard Reviews

A beautiful book that uses small amount of fabric so it is ideal for beginners and established sewists. Debbie Shore gives easy instructions so they are easy to understand and to follow.

She is a fabulous pattern maker and I know that whatever I make, it will turn out beautifully.

These projects can be made in a couple of hours so it's perfect for people that have limited time but want to be creative for a while.

Highly recommended

Library Journal USA

Tis the season for gift sewing, and Shores latest is a collection of easy-to-sew projects using a half yard (or less) of fabric. Most of the projects are frilly and feminine or whimsical and child-friendly, with ribbon, lace, and button trims, and quilting cotton featuring prominently. Theyre the type of projects that dont require body measurements, making it easy to whip up a few to give as last-minute or hostess gifts. The majority are home-decor related, including an oilcloth-covered garden kneeler, a door stop shaped like a handbag, a throw pillow featuring a slashed-fabric design, and a cupcake-shaped pot holder. The directions are given in short steps with photos of key points. Photos of the finished projects abound as well. Patterns are not included, which isnt problematic because most of the projects highlight shapes that are simple to cut. Directions for creating custom templates are included as needed. VERDICT Gift sewing is popular, and theres a wide range of projects here. Sewists looking for cute, feminine gift designs will enjoy

Love to Make

Debbie shore is a genius when it comes to making a lot from just a little bit of fabric. In her latest book, she presents 22 ways to make pretty, yet inexpensive gifts for everyone. Working with half a yard of fabric or less, you can create cushions, a draught excluder, purses and even a gardeners kneeling pad, plus many other fun and functional items. These easy-to-make designs will help you use up your fabric stash and try out some new skills, including free motion embroidery Cathedral Window quilting, fabric slashing and many more.

East Kent Embroiderers Guild

As we have come to expect from popular author Debbie, this new title is packed with lots of fun items to sew from small quantities of material. Debbie's eye for colour and her choice of fabric means each project is not only attractive but also practical. Comprehensive instructions and sewing tips ensure success for sewers of all abilities

Add to Basket Printer friendly version

Customers who bought Half Yard Gifts, also bought...

Twenty to Make: Pompom Christmas

Twenty to Make: Pompom Christmas

By Alistair Macdonald

Half Yard Christmas

Half Yard Christmas

By Debbie Shore

Half Yard Heaven

Half Yard Heaven

By Debbie Shore

We use cookies to personalise your experience and to analyse our traffic. Do you want to allow all cookies or view and change settings?