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Half Yard (TM) Gifts


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Table of Contents

Introduction 8
Useful things 10
Before you start 12
Cactus pincushion 16
Slashed fabric pillow cover 18
Slashed fabric purse 22
Scissor keeper 26
Rustic flowerpot 28
String of chicks 32
Pyramid paperweight 36
Cosmetic bag 38
Draught excluder 44
Reading pillow 48
Tool apron 52
Child's apron 54
Gardener's kneeling pad 58
Handbag doorstop 62
Cupcake over mitt 66
Heart pillow 70
Wallet 72
Door tidy 76
Tablet case 80
Cupcake tea cosy 84
Hot water bottle cover 88
Pyjama case 92
Index and key terms 96

About the Author

Debbie Shore started her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly on television both as an actress and selling products on a shopping channel. Debbie has also hosted live fashion shows with a major fashion store, produces her own range of instructional DVDs and writes for several popular sewing magazines. She is now a bestselling author and has written 12 books for Search Press, with several more underway. Debbie was voted Sewing Designer of the Year in the Immediate Media British Craft Awards 2017. She lives in Lincolnshire. Visit her website at:


A beautiful book that uses small amount of fabric so it is ideal for beginners and established sewists. Debbie Shore gives easy instructions so they are easy to understand and to follow.

She is a fabulous pattern maker and I know that whatever I make, it will turn out beautifully.

These projects can be made in a couple of hours so it's perfect for people that have limited time but want to be creative for a while.

Highly recommended

* Postcard Reviews *

Issue 45

Debbie Shore's latest practical sewing guide combines her love of homemade gifts with her passion for upcycling, and features 22 clever ideas for turning leftover 'half-yard' pieces of fabric into bespoke gifts for family and friends. Basic sewing advice, tools, tips, techniques and simple instructions make the projects easily achievable for both beginners and experienced sewers. We love the sentiment behind recycling unwanted materials into something special for someone special, with projects including a gardener's kneeling pad, tablet cover, decorative string of birds, cosmetics bag, child's apron and pyramid paperweight.

* Reloved *

The book contains 22 projects to sew and give away, each made using less than half a yard of fabric. The projects range from pincushions, bags, and paperweights, to aprons for budding chefs, kneeling pads for gardeners, and toll belts for DIY-enthusiasts.

* Be Creative *

'Tis the season for gift sewing, and Shore's latest is a collection of easy-to-sew projects using a half yard (or less) of fabric. Most of the projects are frilly and feminine or whimsical and child-friendly, with ribbon, lace, and button trims, and quilting cotton featuring prominently. They're the type of projects that don't require body measurements, making it easy to whip up a few to give as last-minute or hostess gifts. The majority are home-decor related, including an oilcloth-covered garden kneeler, a door stop shaped like a handbag, a throw pillow featuring a slashed-fabric design, and a cupcake-shaped pot holder. The directions are given in short steps with photos of key points. Photos of the finished projects abound as well. Patterns are not included, which isn't problematic because most of the projects highlight shapes that are simple to cut. Directions for creating custom templates are included as needed. VERDICT Gift sewing is popular, and there's a wide range of projects here. Sewists looking for cute, feminine gift designs will enjoy

* Library Journal USA *

Debbie shore is a genius when it comes to making a lot from just a little bit of fabric. In her latest book, she presents 22 ways to make pretty, yet inexpensive gifts for everyone. Working with half a yard of fabric or less, you can create cushions, a draught excluder, purses and even a gardener's kneeling pad, plus many other fun and functional items. These easy-to-make designs will help you use up your fabric stash and try out some new skills, including free motion embroidery 'Cathedral Window' quilting, fabric slashing and many more.

* Love to Make *

As we have come to expect from popular author Debbie, this new title is packed with lots of fun items to sew from small quantities of material. Debbie's eye for colour and her choice of fabric means each project is not only attractive but also practical. Comprehensive instructions and sewing tips ensure success for sewers of all abilities

* East Kent Embroiderers Guild *

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