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.

Ilex Press

The Modern Embroidery Workshop

Lauren Holton
Authors:
Lauren Holton
Kyle Books

Homemade Gifts Vintage Style

Sarah Moore
Authors:
Sarah Moore
Ilex Press

Star Wars Felties

Aimee Ray
Authors:
Aimee Ray

Learn how to create adorable Star Wars characters out of friends to keep or gift.The kit includes an illustrated instruction book with easy-to-follow steps for 10 projects (as well as techniques for basic embroidery stitches), die-cut templates and all the materials you need to make adorable felt versions of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Wicket the Ewok, Yoda, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Boba Fett.Inside you'll find:48-page instruction bookDie-cut templates for 10 projects11 sheets of feltEmbroidery needle9 colours of embroidery threadStuffing

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

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

Natalie Martin, Naomi Regan
Authors:
Natalie Martin, Naomi Regan

From a cheeky Fox Duffle Coat to a sweet and simple Mouse Pocket Dress, the designs in The Fox, the Bear & the Bunny are great fun and utterly adorable. The animal themed projects include dresses, dungarees, coats and trousers, and each are embellished with different animals for a playful twist. The Bunny coat has ears and a tail, whilst the Cat Mittens have a fun pawprint motif. Aimed at crafters with some experience of machine sewing, the pull-out pattern sheets, simple, step-by-step instructions and clear diagrams make even seemingly complicated patterns easy to understand and accessible, and all the patterns can be scaled up or down to fit children aged 1-5. The fun features of these clothes encourage creative play, and children will love having unique and quirky clothes that really stand out. With everything from rabbits and owls to foxes and bears, youngsters and adults alike will be delighted by these whimsical and original designs.

Kyle Books

Home Sewn

Cassandra Ellis
Authors:
Cassandra Ellis
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

Lauren Guthrie was a very popular finalist in BBC TV's Great British Sewing Bee. Now Lauren wants to show anyone who has been bitten by the sewing bug how beautiful, useful things for your home, for yourself and for family and friends can be only a stitch away.Through a series of step-by-step projects that gradually increase in complexity, Lauren provides structured techniques that allow you to build expertise and confidence - and make some gorgeous projects in the process. The clothes and homewares reflect her own lovely pared-back style, and feature in particular the attention to detail and distinctive touches that she loves to bring to anything she makes, from an unexpected lining to a clever edging. From bags, belts and simple tops to blinds and cushions, each of the projects includes one or more variations to the design, fabric or embellishments, so that, once you have mastered the basic technique, you can create endless, stunning alternatives.To make it even easier, full-size patterns are provided with the book.

Mitchell Beazley

Makery

Kate Smith
Authors:
Kate Smith
Mitchell Beazley

Creative Makers: Simple Crochet

Sara Sinaguglia
Authors:
Sara Sinaguglia

Portable, pretty and quick to learn - crochet is back in vogue and Sara Sinaguglia is one of its most talented advocates. Taking her inspiration and palette from her country cottage home and the glorious Dorset landscape that surrounds it, Sara has created 35 easy-to-make crochet projects for in and around the home. The book begins with step-by-step photographs demonstrating how easy it is to teach yourself to crochet. From cushions, coasters and bags to toys, scarves and her now famous apple cosies, bring a little of Sara's stylish vintage vibe into your crafting life. Gorgeous photography by top lifestyle photographer Yuki Sugiura captures the sheer pleasure of turning a few balls of richly coloured yarn into something individual. Never has crochet looked so beautiful!

Mitchell Beazley

Creative Makers: Simple Sewing with Lola Nova

Alexandra Smith
Authors:
Alexandra Smith
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.

Genevieve Brading

Genevieve Brading is an experienced cross-stitcher and the brains behind Floss & Mischief, an online emporium of all things needlework.

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.

Lauren Holton

Lauren Holton is a gifted embroiderer and teacher with a passion for colourful, contemporary crafts. Also known as Lark Rising, Lauren has over 64,000 loyal followers on Instagram (@larkrising) based across the world. She lives in a bright and cosy home in Seattle with her husband, young son, dog and houseplants.

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/