Kaari Meng of French General has put together another great book of projects, this time a collection of designs for the home entitled French General: Home Sewn, published by Chronicle Books. I was interested to see what projects would be included in the book and was excited to see that several of the 30 projects were for the bathroom and bedroom. The book focuses on using vintage fabric and notions, but of course each pattern could be made with modern materials. Meng gives tips on how to find and care for vintage fabrics, as well as age newer fabric.
The book has designs for three difficulty levels: beginner, experienced and advanced and you must be familiar with using a sewing machine for all the patterns. Bed and bath projects include sheets and pillowcases, a bed skirt, bath towel and wash mitt, bath mat, shower curtain, and lavender filled cushions. The book is beautifully designed with lots of pictures and well drawn diagrams in addition to easy to follow directions to make creating any project as easy as can be.
Another bonus about the book that I love is that it is spiral bound, making it easier to work with when following the patterns. There’s also a techniques section to help with new or forgotten skills.
With 30 projects for every room of your home, you’re sure to find inspiration in this eye candy-filled book! And with the holidays coming up, the book is also a great resource for handmade gift ideas.
By jessica neaves