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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 08 May 2013
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781844489732
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 222x222 mm
  • Illustrations: 192
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: £9.99
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Abbygale Sews


20 simple sewing projects by Emma Curtis & Elizabeth Parnell

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Book Description

This beautiful book is packed full of designs for bags, accessories and delightful items for the home, all created by Emma Curtis and Elizabeth Parnell in a style that is fresh, feminine, and unmistakedly English. The gorgeous photographs, drawings and pretty designs will make you want to pick up a needle and thread and get sewing straight away, even if you are a complete beginner. Ideal for the modern home-maker, there are nineteen projects to choose from, all with a complete list of the materials needed to make them, a set of clear, step-by-step instructions with drawings where needed, and pattern pieces provided on a useful fold-out sheet at the back of the book.

  • Contains 19 sewing projects suitable for all abilities
  • Includes a fold-out sheet at the back of the book containing all the pattern pieces reproduced actual size
  • The soft, feminine styles will appeal to contemporary as well as more traditional home-makers
About the Author

About Emma Curtis

Emma Curtis and Elizabeth Parnell got to know each other when their children were very young, and they quickly became firm friends. At that time, neither of them were working, money was short, and they decided to make their own Christmas presents. They made fabric bags in all shapes and sizes, which were an immediate success. From there, the Abbygale brand was created and Emma and Elizabeth started to sell their bags on a market stall, and later as kits. They now run their own successful on-line shop selling a range of kits and gifts that they design and make themselves, and have recently opened a shop in Devon, UK.

About Elizabeth Parnell


Postcard Reviews

Filled with beautiful projects that would be great for gift giving, this is a book that is colourful and delightful.

Each project is simple enough for a beginner, and all of them are perfect for personalising for that special someone.

Bags, tablet cases and so much more are included and with the full sized pattern pieces, this is an amazing project book.

Each design is photographed in a stunning 'mood' form, which makes me want to stitch them all. The chosen fabrics are pretty and stylish and with the addition of a 'story' to accompany each one, (even a Devon cream tea recipe is given for the Picnic table designs), gives this book a bright and Summery feel.

The simple instructions are written and visual, easy to follow and in a step by step format.

Fresh feminine and oh sew pretty this is one sewing book I just adore.

Love to Make

June 2015

If you love vintage florals and patterns then this is the book for you. As soon as you open the cover, its beautiful photography transports you to a world of pretty fabrics, fun in the garden and cream teas! Suitable for the complete beginner and seasoned stitcher, this book is packed full of designs for bags, accessories and delightful items for the home, plus a full-sized pattern sheet at the back of the book. These projects are well illustrated and clear to follow, making it a must-have for your workroom.


Oct 13

Wow! What can I say! I have just received your book and thought I would look at it with my torch (not to wake my partner) about 4am today to try to get beck to sleep. Well, by 5 I was so enthralled with it that going back to sleep was NEVER going to happen, plus I was frustrated with trying to see the photos by torchlight, that I decided to get up. I have just finished reading it from cover to cover! I think the projects are fabulous and the instructions brilliant, and I can\'t wait to get started! I have a huge collection of sewing books, as I am absolutely addicted to sewing, patchwork and quilting, but your book is the best I have seen in ages - thank you very much for writing it.


Oct 13

Emma and Elizabeth are the ladies behind the popular bag kits brand, Hamble & Jemima. They have brought together this collection of simple makes in the vintage floral Abbygale style to appeal to a beginner or more experienced crafter who wants to turn their hand to some simple sewn projects. Wonderfully illustrated and photographed, this book contains pretty projects for amongst others bags, cushions, tablet and phone cases, bunting and a bean bag; many of them making super gifts. The great thing is that a full-sized pattern sheet inserted in the back contains all the patterns you need to get started.

Machine Knitting Monthly

Sept 13

This beautiful book is packed with 20 designs for bags, accessories and items for the home. The photos, drawings and gorgeous designs will make you want to get sewing straight away, even if you're a complete beginner. There are pattern pieces on a fold out sheet at the back of the book to draw straight onto a charting device and include a really useful Christmas stocking.

East Kent Embroiderer's Guild

Jul/Aug 13

Friends Emma and Elizabeth have put together a collection of really useful projects for the home and family, using pretty fabrics to give a contemporary yet vintage feel. The full-size patterns included in a fold-out sheet together with clear instructions, make this a book to appeal to all abilities, and anyone looking for stylish designs to give as gifts or add a unique touch to their home. Good value.


June 13

If you love Cath Kidston florals and patterns then this is a must-have sewing book for you. The book contains 20 sewing projects with a very good range of accessories to choose from. What I loved instantly about this book was the photography, the clarity and modern design of the book and the fact that there is an extremely good quality sheet of thick paper patterns to trace at the back of the book in a sturdy cardboard slot (no photocopier enlarging needed). Emma and Elizabeth have worked for the same publishing company and the book is a pleasure to look at. They know which buttons to press. There is even a recipe for a Devon cream tea in here! The book is aimed at the complete beginner sewer. There is a page of guidance in the shape of a foreword at the beginning of the book with advice about what equipment you will need. There are two pages at the back of the book with advice on embellishing such as bias binding, french seam, blanket stitch, self-covered buttons, ruffles and flower puffs. The projects are extremely well illustrated with ample space and are clear to follow. There are quite a few straight sewing projects in here if you are a complete beginner on the sewing machine - cushions and bags will start you off nicely. The only thing I can think of that it doesn't have is a spread at the beginning of the book with an overview of the projects so you do flip through the book quite a lot to look at and get to know the projects but that's not essential, and you will want to flick through the book multiple times! There are seven 'bags' (pouches, gadget cases and bags), one bunting project, a patchwork bean bag, a tea cosy, table mats, a sewing machine cover, a christmas stocking, a cushion, a hot water bottle cover, a girl's dress, an upcycling project, matching mother and daughter aprons, and some very unusual dolls! As soon as you open this book you are transported to a wonderful world of fun in the garden, spotty fabric and cream teas. It's visual heaven.

Sewing Directory, The

June 13

This book is written by the ladies behind the Hamble & Jemima and Abbygale Sews brands. This book contains 20 easy to sew projects with the vintage chic feel of their brands. They have used lovely vintage style floral fabrics throughout. There is beautiful photography and pretty colourful illustrations throughout making the book very attractive to look through. Visuals aside the projects in the book are split into different categories including gifts, items for children (including a shirred dress like on The Great British Sewing Bee but without the fiddly straps), items for the home, gadget cases and garden decorations. There are several different types of bags, gadget cases, a patchwork bean bag, bunting, a stocking, aprons for mother and daughter and a union jack cushion amongst others. The instructions are easy to follow and have illustrations for most steps to guide you. There is also a sheet of full size templates in a pocket at the back of the book so no fiddling around trying to re-size the templates. This book would be ideal for beginners looking for something projects which are both pretty and easy to sew.

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