Related to: 'Sewing Your Perfect Capsule Wardrobe'

By Terence Conran

Plain Simple Useful

Terence Conran has always believed that objects – and surroundings – that are plain, simple and useful are the key to easy living. Here are three projects to get you started on creating a contemporary living space.

Mitchell Beazley

Wild Colour

Jenny Dean
Authors:
Jenny Dean
Ilex Press

Star Wars Felties

Aimee Ray
Authors:
Aimee Ray
Kyle Books

The Fox, the Bear and the Bunny: Sew Playful Kids' Clothes

Natalie Martin, Naomi Regan
Authors:
Natalie Martin, Naomi Regan
Kyle Books

Let's Go Camping! From cabins to caravans, crochet your own camping Scenes

Kate Bruning
Authors:
Kate Bruning

Go glamping without the threat of unpredictable weather and nasty creepy crawlies, and instead crochet your own adorable camping scene that will keep any child entertained for hours and celebrate all that is great about camping. Reminiscent of vintage camping memorabilia, you can create a nostalgic collection of crochet projects encompassing all aspects of outdoor life. With mix and match projects ranging from vintage caravans and ice cream trucks, to tents and teepees with all the camping paraphernalia of sleeping bags, backpacks and a log fire, as well as mountain and forest scenery you can create your own outdoor world. Or why not craft an alternative camping scene with a classic narrow boat, or a wooden lakeside cabin which can open up to reveal immaculately decorated insides. Instructions for playmats will give children a fantastic base for playing, allowing them to create games and stimulate their own imagination.

Kyle Books

Home Sewn

Cassandra Ellis
Authors:
Cassandra Ellis

Divided into three sections - Eating & Sharing, Living and Resting - Home Sewn provides a range of practical soft furnishing projects dedicated to activities around the home. Items are gorgeous, but also useful, with both style and functionality. From leather placemats, a painted canvas floor cloth, to a linen ottoman, rustic linen pendant shades and a gathered antique lace valance, the ideas use a wide range of fabrics. With heirloom items as well as simple but effective creations, these projects will help create a striking interior in any home.

Kyle Books

The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie: Make your own divine knickers, bras & camisoles

Katherine Sheers, Laura Stanford
Authors:
Katherine Sheers, Laura Stanford
Mitchell Beazley

Learn to Sew with Lauren

Lauren Guthrie
Authors:
Lauren Guthrie
Mitchell Beazley

Makery

Kate Smith
Authors:
Kate Smith

Kyle Books

Modern Girl's Guide to Hatmaking

Mary Jane Baxter
Authors:
Mary Jane Baxter

Only 70 years ago most women could make their own hats. They'd twist an old hat into a party-piece, or magic their old man's trilby into the talk of the town, but today we've mostly forgotten how to make hats ourselves. Unlike other hat-making books on the market, there'll be no expensive equipment or complicated skills to acquire. Inspired by vintage hats, Mary Jane will show you how to fashion your own at home. From an elegant packable sun-hat, to a 40s-style fascinator, there'll be clear instructions and couture tips to help you achieve fabulous results from scratch, as well as tips on how to update a preloved piece. Wonderful illustrations and fabulous photos complete a book that's both beautiful and brimful of ideas.

Mitchell Beazley

Creative Makers: Simple Crochet

Sara Sinaguglia
Authors:
Sara Sinaguglia
Mitchell Beazley

Creative Makers: Simple Sewing with Lola Nova

Alexandra Smith
Authors:
Alexandra Smith
Kyle Books

Homemade Gifts Vintage Style

Sarah Moore
Authors:
Sarah Moore
Kyle Books

Chic Clothes on a Shoestring 25 Textile Treasures to make in an Evening

Mary Jane Baxter
Authors:
Mary Jane Baxter

Why throw out your old clothes when they can be transformed for very little money? With an eye for all things 'stylishly vintage', Mary Jane takes throw-away items and illustrates how they can be used to create a host of covetable clothes and accessories. An old tie can be turned into a purse, knitting needle holder, cute corsage and a belt. Silk scarves can make a return as a sexy top or skirt, and T-shirts as funky 40s-style turbans. 'Chic on a Shoestring' will take you through - step-by-step - all you need to know to create fabulous clothes and accessories you actually want to wear, and provide you with lots of variations and inspiration to foster your own style. And with advice on how to find useful treasures at markets, charity shops and vintage stores, you will be making your own creations in no time.

Kyle Books

Sew It Up

Ruth Singer
Authors:
Ruth Singer

Sewing is no longer the preserve of housewives. More and more people are making or customising their own clothes, curtains or accessories but few have been taught the basic sewing skills. This book contains everything you need to know. It covers both hand and machine techniques used in crafts, dressmaking and soft furnishings, illustrated with full-colour photography and with tips, masterclasses and projects. Written by an accomplished textile designer and teacher, this is an enjoyable and easy-to-use book with a no-nonsense approach. Ruth will show you how to put in an invisible zip, make your own trimmings and how to alter clothes using pleats and gathering as well as decorative techniques such as appliques. Projects will demonstrate these skills and include clothes, cushions, toys and bags.

Spruce

Cosy Country Decorating

Aimee Ray

Aimee Ray has been an artist all her life, she loves all types of art and crafts and is always trying something new. Aimee is the author of the Doodle Stitching hand embroidery books and has contributed to many other craft book titles. She lives in Northwest Arkansas with her husband and two children.

Alexandra Smith

Alexandra Smith is the owner, designer and maker of Lola Nova. She writes the blog, Lola Nova - Whatever Lola Wants at http://lolanovablog.blogspot.com/ with subscribers from all over the world. She operates the Lola Nova Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/lolanova. She is a self-taught seamstress and designer and has taught private sewing lessons and led public workshops. Her work and tutorials were featured in the launch issue of the sell-out first issue of hot new craft magazine, Mollie Makes, and she is now a regular contributor. She lives in a little green cottage in the Pacific Northwest United States with her family, some chickens, the Buddha cat and an ever-changing population of fish.

Anna Tillman

Anna Tillman was knitting scarves for her teddy bears by the time she was six years old, and began her knitting career at Rowan Yarns. She launched her own online yarn shop, Web of Wool, in 2002 and made the virtual store into an actual shop in 2004. Anna is the author of Knitted Dog Coats, also published by Hamlyn.

Jenny Dean

Jenny Dean has been working with natural dyes for four decades. She lectures on natural dyeing and has written widely on the subject. Her books include Colours from Nature and A Heritage of Colour.

Sara Sinaguglia

Sara Sinaguglia is thirty-something mother of two living in Dorset, with a cat, two hens and several bantams. When not crocheting, sewing or knitting, she's running a cookery school with her husband, a Sicilian chef.With a background in design, interiors and antiques, Sara stumbled on crochet when she moved from London to the country. With a cottage in the middle of the woods, shelf edgings and crocheted blankets seemed to fit the eclectic mix of local auction room finds and mismatched tableware. Keen to stick to natural fibres and fabrics she realized she would need to produce her own work to avoid acrylic fibres in garish hues. After learning to crochet she picked up linens, cottons and yarns and started creating. She now sells her crochet creations via etsy and teaches crochet workshops. Her work was featured on the front cover of the sell-out first issue of hot new craft magazine, Mollie Makes. Visit Sara's blog: http://onechurchillsgreen.typepad.com/