Sew Charming: Review

Okay. I requested Sew Charming for review because I enjoy sewing and figured there'd be a few projects I could do. Well, it's been over a month since I got this book and haven't done a single thing.*

Sew Charming is written by Australian fabric design duo Cath Derksema and Kirsten Junor. They own Prints Charming where they turn their fabrics into usable items for their customers. The book has sewing projects for each room of your house, from nursery to kitchen. It also gives instructions on how to screen print your own fabric using their designs. There are also several quilting projects, like the baby blanket and boy's room quilt. Patterns and templates are included.

I think my problem with Sew Charming is that it's heavy on the fabric design angle. They do include suggestions if you do not want to screen print your own fabric but some of the projects just wouldn't be the same. Right now, I have all the hobbies I can handle and most of them get neglected. I couldn't add screen printing into the mix. Plus, I'd have to buy the equipment and I can't see myself doing that right now. Sigh, I need more time and money. Anyone want to help me with that?

They do provide excellent instructions on screen printing and some fun designs to try. I love the fabrics, like the funky stars and the birds. The colours they use are bright and cheerful. They remind me of the things you might find in that big Swedish furniture store, if you know what I mean.

If you're interested in screen printing, Sew Charming seems like a good place to start. There are also some unique quilting ideas if you're a quilter. Good luck!

Thanks to Random House for the review copy.

*I usually do one project from craft books I review but in this case it wasn't going to happen.


  1. This would be totally over my head. When I was in junior high, we had to make a simple tote bag in home ec - I think I was the only one who got a bad grade on it.

  2. i don't know what to say, i think this is a little bit complicated for someone who just started doing this..

  3. Kathy- I put pockets in upside down on a home ec project. I've improved since.

    Remi- No, probably not. I think if you are a sewer already and want to try something new, like screen printing, it would be a good place to start.

  4. What a shame that the title was misleading! I'd think this was a book of simple sewing projects, not "start by making your own fabric!"

    Good that you knew your limits and didn't stress about trying a project.


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