Sewing is the new shopping. In these cash-strapped times it's more fun to get together with friends and stitch something handmade and special, whether for yourself or a friend, than to go out and spend that hard-earned money - plus to be given a gift that someone has created and spent time making is always heart-warming. Following the huge success of last year's MAKE!, Cath Kidston has now put together a treasure trove of fabulous simple projects for stitchers to get their needles into - bags, clothes, soft toys and many more - and all designed to be made with her popular printed fabrics. As an inspirational kick-start, Cath is giving away with the book a length of a unique fabric specially printed for the book, together with handles, a label and button to make up into a bag. The book itself is packed with 41 projects with full instructions to make a range of fun and useful things, from a drawstring washbag to a knitting needle case. All the sewing techniques are clearly explained in an introductory section so that even an absolute beginner can be sure of success, together with details of how to embroider, applique and adorn your items in other ways.
Stunning photographs, colourful contemporary design and step-by-step pictures make everything absolutely clear and user-friendly. The book also contains a large pattern sheet with cut-out templates.
One of Britain's leading and most loved designers, Cath Kidston is best known for her vintage-inspired, colourful prints for the home. Cath began her career as an interior designer before opening her first retail shop in London in 1993 selling vintage fabrics and antique furniture. She now has 36 shops and 5 concessions in the UK, as well as 2 shops in Ireland, 15 in Japan, and 4 in Korea. In addition to their signature cloth prints, the company has developed a wide range of products in response to a growing demand. Everything from bags, cushions, stationery, t-shirts, nightwear and babygrows are all part of the ever-expanding product range. Her popularity has increased year by year since starting a mail order catalogue and website. Cath has published four other books - In Print, Make!, Patch! and Stitch! with Quadrille - and has a very successful stationery line.