For a while I’ve been searching for the perfect sewing tutorial for an Ottoman pouf, so when I saw Torie Jayne’s new book Stylish Home Sewing my heart beat a little faster. Could this be the one? I think it might just be. The tutorial, like the other 35 in the book, is easy to follow with clear diagrams and step-by-step instructions, and deliciously tempting photos to keep you motivated until the final stitch.
The ottoman is probably one of the most complicated projects in this book, which focuses on sewing projects for the home and garden, but there are great starter tutorials for less experienced sewers too, like simple shopper bags, tea towels and pot holders, as well as projects for those who are feeling more ambitious, like the children’s wigwam and a padded headboard.
The book is split into seven chapters, each covering a different room in the house, plus the garden. In the Kitchen & Dining Room chapter, for example, the nine projects include an apron, utensil pot and double oven mitt, while the bedroom chapter has instructions for a ruffled bed throw, eye mask and felt rose garland (complete with battery-powered lights), plus six others.
As you would expect from a CICO Book, the whole book is beautifully photographed, but this one ‘feels’ especially nice too. The lettering on the hardback cover is embossed and the book is printed on heavyweight paper with a tactile matt finish. Geometric floral patterns in sage greens, duck-egg blues, pale peaches and fondant fancy pinks run throughout the book, from the fabrics used in the projects (which come from Torie’s new collection), into the page margins, and right through to the endpapers.
Torie calls herself a “fashion designer by day, baker & crafter by night”. She studied fashion a Kingston University and designed collections for high-street brands including Marks & Spencer and Zara, before starting her blog toriejayne.com which is full of DIY projects that if you’re a Pinterest addict you’ve probably seen without necessarily knowing it. This new book brings together the pretty styling and creative ideas that 100,000 monthly readers of Torie’s blog will know and love.
If you’re a fan of ruffles, ribbons, pompom trims, pastel shades and all things pretty, you’ll instantly love this book. But even if your home doesn’t have a chintz or floral pattern in sight, the practical, well-designed projects will easily win you over – the storage cubes instructions alone would justify its place on any sewer’s shelf.
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Stylish Home Sewing by Torie Jayne is out now.
Photography by Sussie Bell
Published by CICO Books