Thursday, 10 February 2011

Book Review - Sew by Cath Kidston

Having designed many fabulous collections of fabric it seemed like a natural progression for Cath Kidston to write a book all about sewing.  For several years we have used her fabrics to make cushions, pegbags and much more besides, but it is the recent trend to learn to sew that possibly led Cath Kidston to provide her fans with projects they can recreate themselves.




Sew by Cath Kidston is jam packed with projects for even a novice sewer, however I recommend that you trace the patterns from the sheet for each project.  Following on from the introduction where Cath Kidston explains that she wanted to create a book of projects for even a novice sewer that didn't resemble a sewing manual, the 'Sew Basics' section helps you plan for the projects and understand the different sewing terms.  This section is clear and concise helping you to choose a sewing machine, create a pattern, explaining the difference between a circular seam and a T-junction seam, to name a few. The Sew Basics section also teaches the finer points of applique and quilting.  Armed with these informative basics the book moves onto the projects.

When writing 'Sew', Cath Kidston explains that she set herself a challenge to design projects that were both practical and pretty and she certainly has accomplished this.  There are several cushion designs to make aswell as five bag patterns.  Other projects include aprons, oven gloves and a quilted hot water bottle cover.  there are also projects for the little ones in our lives, with a pattern for a cot quilt and a bird mobile.

Whether you are a die hard Cath Kidston fan or just looking for some well written sewing projects for your home, you will not be disappointed with 'Sew'.  With Mothers Day only a few weeks away I am sure you could gain some extra brownie points by making one of the projects in Sew for a gift, or even buy Sew as a gift this Mothers Day!

***GIVEAWAY***

I am thrilled to have a copy (the little book version) of Sew by Cath Kidston to giveaway to one of my lovely readers.  To enter please just leave me a comment on this post to let me know which is your favourite Cath Kidston design.  I will randomly select a winner on Monday 21st Febraury at 12 noon.  Good Luck xx

31 comments:

thegreengal.co.uk said...

Thanks for the giveaway, it's v generous of you! My favourite design is the darkish sea green background with white polka dots. I got the overnight bag for Christmas from my husband and I absolutely love it! Need to go away overnight more now!

Country Style Living said...

Just found your blog from Twitter, great write up, I should love to win a copy of this book. Hard to choose a fav CK design, but any of the pretty vintage inspired florals are lovely.....

SummersDesigns said...

I love her circus fabric, too cute.

Rosie said...

Oh how I love all things' Cath!' Her bags are one of my favourites though x

helenjane said...

Would be lovely to win her book I was thinking of buying this recently so I will hang on in case I am lucky

xx

Laura said...

I really like the cow boy wall paper that she does but im also big fan of bags and love all the designs she has for them specially the blue bag with pink flowers, my sisiter inlaw is mad on Cath Kidston so if i won i would give her the book she is also very crafty.

WandaFish said...

Lovely giveaway, thank you!
One of my favourite Cath Kidston designs has to be Stanley Dog - so cute, although I think they might have stopped selling the fabric now :(

Eva B Designs said...

Great giveaway. I like the Picnic Flowers Cotton Duck, especially in the oilcloth version.

RedTedArt said...

I love the cowboy design and we treated ourselves to the bedding!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Maggy
info@redtedart (dot) com

Cheryl said...

I love the dog, can't remember what his name is !

@cherylp59

mummy24 said...

I love the Provence Rose Cooks Apron

@ashlallan

Rebecca said...

I love the paisley pattern, it's just beautiful! Would love to win as I've been meaning to get this for ages!

@twobecomefour

Marzena said...

I love Flowers Cotton Duck Fabric
It's beautiful

@marzutek

Kathryn MacKinnon said...

I love the stone coloured spot fabric. We have lots of stars, ducks and cowboys in my baby's room but the grey spot just works everywhere.

@cheepcheepcheep

27emma27 said...

This looks like a great book and i would love a copy. My favourite Cath Kidston design is Picnic flowers, it's lovely and cheerful.

Jane Morfett said...

I like the Summer Blossom Day Bag but everything is lovely!
@sophiejanem

Medsdemon said...

I hanker to own the Summer Blossom Holdall http://www.cathkidston.co.uk/p-15990-cath-kidston-summer-blossom-holdall.aspx, but at £85 it will have to wait.
I also love the cowboy print that I don't think you can get now..it appeals to my kitcsh tastes.
I have a copy of her last book "Make!" and would love this to add to my bookshelf.
Thanks for the review.
@medsdemon

sunnymama said...

I like them all but Lace Stripe is one of my favourite Cath Kidston designs. Thanks for a lovely giveaway. :)

Catherine Miller said...

This sounds lovely! I love the Flowers Cotton Duck Fabric and would love to do some projects with that.

@katylittlelady

Trish said...

I love the Picnic Flowers Cotton Duck fabric. It reminds me of my first home purchase when I got married 38 - eek! - years ago. It was a lovely tablecloth that looked fresh and cheerful for years and years.

Stacey said...

I love the Englsh Roses design, and was given a lovely cup and saucer set in it at Christmas.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Stacey

@svmitche

gidders1 said...

Not sure if this is allowed, but my absolute favourite thing by Cath Kidston is the Gypsy Caravan sewing basket, how I covert it!!!! Would love to win the book - thank you

Alexandra said...

I LOVE the shotting star design.. I'm a bit of a star addict, and this fabric is gorgeous!!! I would love my sofa to be covered in it!!

seshat1 said...

I love the light blue fabric (oil cloth or otherwise) with the white spots, I am addicted to anything in that print! (@mydogatebob on twitter)

Stephanie - My Calico Heart said...

I love all of Cath's designs but at the moment the one I love the most is Provence Rose in blue! Thank you for the great giveaway xx

shellybee said...

I like the mini shooting stars design. Thanks for the give away.

Tiddles12 said...

I LOVE THE Flowers Cotton Duck Fabric but adore all Cath Kidson designs

Laura said...

I realy Lover her Cherry design so pretty

Angela said...

I really like Flowers although its hard to choose over Dotty
@daisyangel1

allen_judith said...

Washed Roses, but if you asked me tomorrow I might prefer a different pattern.

rachelscomps said...

I love the electric flowers design xx

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