one yard wonders!

by Valerie

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I am thrilled to report that one of my original patterns will be published in an upcoming sewing book of awesome: One Yard Wonders! Those of you who knit are, I’m sure, very familiar with the amazing One Skein Wonders, a collection of knitting patterns that require one skein of yarn or less. Well, the publishers of those books had the brilliant idea to apply the same principle to sewing and fabric, and I am really excited to be a part of it!

My handbags are small and rarely use up more than one yard of fabric, but buying fabric for non-handbag projects is a totally different ballgame for me. Many times have I only bought one yard of fabric, knowing there are precious few things I could make with it, because either (a) it was pricey and I could only afford one yard or (b) I really didn’t need it at all and could only justify buying one yard. Those of you who are more responsible fabric shoppers (i.e., purchase fabric only when you have a designated project in mind) may still find yourself with leftover yardage without home or purpose. Not anymore!

One Yard Wonders is a collection of 101 sewing patterns requiring only one yard of fabric or less. My contribution is my jewelry roll, which I designed in 2008, first as a Christmas gift for friends, and later as an addition to my collection of “handmade classics” accessories. Completed jewelry rolls are available for sale in my Etsy shop, where you can also see pictures, showing several different views, inside and out. I am also thrilled that my project was featured in the promotional brochure for the book! Check it out – on the second page, on the left-hand side.

Preparing my submission was the first time I ever wrote out a tutorial – I’m assuming the publishers have testers and what not to make sure the directions made sense? Because I’ve never had to show anyone or teach anyone how to sew or how to make something, so I have no idea if what I wrote out worked at all! Actually I’m working on my very first tutorial for this blog right now – I’ve taken the pictures and everything, I just need to edit them and write out the directions. I’m hoping to post it here sometime next week, so I hope some of you out there are willing to test it out and see if it works! Stay tuned…

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Sharon July 23, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Congratulations! I also had a project accepted in the book. I've been having fun trying to find all the other contributing authors because I'm too impatient to wait for the book to come out to see all the projects!

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Valerie July 23, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Sharon, I know exactly what you mean – I am so excited to get my copy and try out some of the projects!

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