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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Book Review: Happy Stitch 30 Felt & Fabric Projects for Everyday by Jodie Rackley

Stitch up a smile!

You can't help but feel happy while whipping up these charming felt and fabric projects! With a few simple stitches and some basic materials, you'll be crafting in no time at all. From plush animals to electronics cozies to curtains and pillows, you'll love filling your home with bright and colorful crafty creations!
Inside you'll find:
  • Step-by-step instructions and photography that make stitching a breeze!
  • 30 different projects, perfect for gift-giving, home decoration and creative crafting
  • An embroidery stitch library that puts all the basic stitches for embellishing your handmade treasures at your fingertips
So gather you felt, fabric, and floss, and stitch up a little happiness.

My Review
Sometimes in life we get caught up in the rush. We need to take more time to sit, relax, and enjoy life rather than just rushing through the days. I craft and create because I like the feel of creating something out of nothing. I love seeing the look on people's faces as they receive something handmade from me.
Having something made especially for YOU is another feeling entirely. It's not like having someone buy you a gift at the store for that only requires money. Having someone spend their time, craft, and intellect on you is another matter entirely. AND it makes people smile from ear to ear!
From the very first chapter until the very last, this book draws you and won't let go. It's bright and colorful patterns and the cuteness that it can bring into your life. All of the projects are easy. The best thing about them is that they don't require anything but the bare minimum.
There isn't a full list of notions and tools that you need to get the project completed. Some of the books I've gotten were AMAZING but you have to go the store JUST for some of the essentials to make it. It's harder that way because when inspiration strikes, it strikes!
This is the perfect book for someone who is a beginner, or someone looking for a few quick easy to create projects. The projects in this book take less than an hour to create, so get your inspiration on and make someone HAPPY HAPPY! ;)

I really love how the book is organized. Before EVERY single project is a layout of what is needed, the techniques used, and shows a close up of the embroidery stitches. There are MANY different ways to utilize these embroidery stitches into so much more than the projects divided. Once you learn a new technique, it's easy to make more of your own designs with your knowledge of techniques used before!

The project descriptions are clearly detailed in a step by step manner that is very easy to follow. The author adds little tips on most of the projects so that you can create multiples of the project yet it be slightly different each time (very great thing for when you're making gifts).

There are so many cute projects; Ereader cozy, computer cover. headbands, card cases, totes, pillow cover, apron, necklace, placemats, and so much more!

About the Author
Jodie Rackley is a self-taught crafter, designer and artist, who loves to blend vintage flare with modern craft to make colorful and stylish decor and accessories. She has been featured on MarthaStewart.com, ApartmentTherapy.com and SublimeStitching.com. Her line of felt and fabric gifts, Lova Revolutionary, is carried by many brick and mortar stores in the US and internationally, and sells worldwide through Etsy.com.

Buy It: Happy Stitch: 30 Felt & Fabric Projects for Everyday by Jodie Rackley for $15.47
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Jessica Renee

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Jess is the creator of Stylish Southern Mama + Southern Rambles. She is a freelance writer + designer, Social Media Marketer, and Journalist. She has 2 amazing kids, Aidan and Adisyn, and has been with their dad Adam for 12 years, and has 2 amazingly adorable dogs; Harley + Cheyanne! :)

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