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Simple patchwork projects : 20 animal-themed projects to sew & quilt / Hayley Smith.
Publication Information:
Newtown, CT, USA : The Taunton Press, Inc., [2018]
Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Before you begin -- Cats & dogs -- Labrador tote bag -- Cat pillow cover -- Scottie dog bolster pillow -- Cat and mouse clock -- Farm animals -- Chicken apron -- Sheep play mat -- Cow tea cozy -- Horse wall hanging -- Water creatures -- Angelfish brush roll -- Turtle stool cover -- Goldfish journal cover -- Penguin hot pad -- Forest animals -- Owl portfolio -- Hedgehog project bag -- Fox seat pad -- Teddy bear blanket -- Wild animals -- Elephant bulletin board -- Monkey tablet sleeve -- Lizard seat cushion -- Bird place mat -- Techniques.
Transform fat quarters and fabric scraps into adorable projects for your home. Use templates of your favorite animals to piece shapes in tessellating designs, so the shapes fit together without gaps. There is no stressing over the math--it's all done for you--and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions with accompanying photographs ensure success.


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746.46041 SMI Book Adult General Collection

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Put your fabric scraps to good use with this collection of adorable animal-themed patchwork and appliqué projects. If you love animals as much as you love crafting, Simple Patchwork Projects will satisfy both passions, with inspiration and instructions for making 20 useful and oh-so-cute textile items for you, your home, and your pets.

Hayley Smith, founder of Craft Yourself Silly, draws on her bestselling range of Tessepatch® kits for inspiration. specially designed interlocking animal shapes enable you to create patchwork fabrics made up entirely of your favorite creatures, from cats and dogs to foxes and chickens. templates can be used as appliqué motifs to customize items you already own

Author Notes

Hayley Smith, the founder of Craft Yourself Silly (, started sewing as a young girl. She creates and sells kits and templates for tessellating shapes under the name Tessepatch in the U.S., U.K., and Germany.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Smith's 20 animal-themed designs offer cheerful projects for the home that are irrefutably cute and graphically sophisticated. Smith (Proggy Menagerie) links her designs to the English paper-pieced patchwork she learned as a child. Instead of the basic hexagon, she creates animal-shaped pieces so geometric that sometimes they don't always immediately register as the shape of an animal. Smith uses a silhouette Scottie dog motif for bolster pillow cover, while a herd of sheep come together to create a play mat for a child's nursery. There's a delightful cow teapot cover and a practical angelfish brush roll to keep one's makeup brushes organized. Smith helpfully labels each project by skill level; there are a handful of easy projects like the tote bag with a row of Labradors at the bottom, but most of the projects are intermediate. The written instructions are clear and broken into steps that are augmented by Neil Reid's photographs at every step. The last section covers techniques-tools, fabrics, and template tips-for cutting, basting, fastening, and embroidering. Smith calls out sewists' inner M.C. Escher to take patchwork skills to a new level. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Before You Beginp. 8
Cats & Dogsp. 10
Labrador Tote Bagp. 12
Cat Pillow Coverp. 16
Scottie Dog Bolster Pillowp. 20
Cat and Mouse Clockp. 24
Farm Animalsp. 28
Chicken Apronp. 30
Sheep Play Matp. 34
Cow Tea Cozyp. 38
Horse Wall Hangingp. 42
Water Creaturesp. 46
Angelfish Brush Rollp. 48
Turtle Stool Coverp. 48
Goldfish Journal Coverp. 56
Penguin Hot Padp. 60
Forest Animalsp. 64
Owl Portfoliop. 66
Hedgehog Project Bagp. 70
Fox Seat Padp. 74
Teddy Bear Blanketp. 78
Wild Animalsp. 82
Elephant Bulletin Boardp. 84
Monkey Tablet Sleevep. 88
Lizard Seat Cushionp. 92
Bird Place Matp. 96
Techniquesp. 100
Indexp. 125
Resourcesp. 128
Acknowledgmentsp. 128