Never Been Stitched Book Review

Blogged under Good Books,Sew Simple by Tammy on Thursday 10 April 2014 at 5:21 pm



Never Been Stitched: 45 No-Sew & Low-Sew Projects by Amanda Carestio is published by Lark and came out in February of 2014. Its publisher’s retail price if $17.95, and it is a 128 page paperback book that includes full-color photographs of the finished projects, some drawn illustrations to assist the how-to text, and templates in the back section of the book.

The subtitle says it has no-sew as well as low-sew projects, so this suggests very little sewing skill is needed to complete the projects in the book. Generally, I think that is true for most of the projects. If they do require sewing, you will be doing a lot of straight seeming. One project that I just can’t see as being “low sew” with the idea that the sewer would not have a very high skill level is the Teddy Bear Backpack. It’s adorable, but it requires a zipper to be sewn in, something a novice (I think) would find challenging. Otherwise, most of of the projects are very simple.

The projects are divided up into Wear, Decorate, Play, Carry, and Give. I would have to say the wearable projects were not to my personal taste, but if you are into refurbishing and pushing fashion boundaries, they may appeal to you. I think the Play and Carry projects have more going on to my liking. Though, in the Decorate section there is a cute project where you cover cardboard boxes with fabric, great idea! In fact, probably a lot of these project will get you thinking of other possibilities.

The list price is a lot more than the price available at Amazon, which at this point is running around $10 and even less for used copies. With that in mind, I would recommend this to anyone who likes working with fabric but whose sewing skills may not be that high and also to anyone who likes crafting with children. There are plenty of project in here they you could do together with a child around eight years of age and up.

3 Comments »

  1. Comment by Eileen — April 12, 2014 @ 7:15 am

    That’s my kind of book, Tammy. I love to sew but there isn’t always time. Quick and easy shortcuts are great.

  2. Comment by Cyndi L — April 12, 2014 @ 5:42 pm

    Much as I enjoy sewing, sometimes you just want something a bit quicker!

  3. Comment by Leo — April 21, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    Thanks for the tip on this book! I have three daughters and low/no sew books are wonderful when the crafting bug hits them.

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