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Stylish Home Sewing by Torie Jayne: Book review and giveaway

by Camilla

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.

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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.

Easter Bunny jar tutorial

If you use Pinterest, chances are you’ve seen Torie’s Easter Bunny Jar tutorial, which you can find on her blog

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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We’ve got three copies of Stylish Home Sewing by Torie Jayne to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, just leave a comment on this post or email us at competitions@folksy.co.uk with the subject line “I sew want a stylish home”. The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 3 March and is open to UK and US residents.

Stylish Home Sewing by Torie Jayne is out now.

Photography by Sussie Bell
Published by CICO Books
RRP £14.99

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Adele Donnellan February 23, 2015 - 3:00 pm

The book looks beautiful & can only entice spring from its long slumber. I can think of nothing prettier to start a new season of craft.

Megan Brown February 23, 2015 - 5:01 pm

Love what I can see, especially the pompom trimmed pillows. I am always on the look out for inspiration and patterns that can be adapted. I bet I’m one of those on Pinterest whose seen Torie Jayne’s work without knowing it. But just in case I’m not, next step pinterest!

Megan Brown February 23, 2015 - 5:07 pm

I sew want a stylish home, those Pom pom pillows would be a great place to start , then the pouffe, the lace ruffle bag, the flower lights…….Off to Pinterest for a sneaky peek at some of the other Torie Jayne projects.

Pamela Aitchison February 23, 2015 - 8:08 pm

I sew want a stylish home! Your books looks great, I need some help and inspiration! x

Tracey Vage February 23, 2015 - 8:10 pm

Sounds great! Would love to try some of those makes!

Denise Higgins February 23, 2015 - 8:35 pm

Ooh I’d love a copy of this book, it’s looks beautiful.

Di Shore February 23, 2015 - 8:40 pm

I’ve just got a dining table that I can use to put my sewing machine on at last!!! Time for some soft furnishings and I really want to have the very pretty, imaginative and individual kind of style on the cover of Torie Jayne’s book. The bonus is that these fresh looking projects are very practical too! Thank you so much for the opportunity to try and win a copy.

pip jones February 23, 2015 - 10:08 pm

What a lovely giveaway.

Lucy Ormerod February 23, 2015 - 11:21 pm

I sew want a stylish home!!!!

Hattie February 23, 2015 - 11:23 pm

I love sewing items for the home. This book looks like it’s fully of lovely projects, especially the pouffe!

alexandria February 24, 2015 - 2:08 am

I sew want a stylish home… looks like a fab book

Elaine Johnson February 24, 2015 - 7:15 am

“i sew want a stylish home”

Nadya Stewart February 24, 2015 - 3:25 pm

I want a stylish home

Nadya Stewart February 24, 2015 - 3:26 pm

I sew want a stylish home

Kate Adams February 24, 2015 - 7:02 pm

I sew want a stylish home! What a beautiful book……really love the fabric flower lights, and the style and colour of fabrics used are so on trend. Well done Torie……will definitely be checking out your blog

bekki February 27, 2015 - 6:28 pm

This book looks really beautiful. Id love to get my hands on a copy. From the photos it looks like there are loads of projects that would be great to sew.

Jan Brown February 27, 2015 - 6:48 pm

I sew want a stylish home! I’m a keen novice sewer and always on the lookout for inspiration for projects for my home. I’m sure I could attempt the storage cubes and the rose garland for my daughter’s room if the instructions are as clear as you say in your review. I may even attempt the ottoman for our lounge!

Bruce Loxley February 27, 2015 - 7:38 pm

Would love to win this for my daughter!

Isabel February 27, 2015 - 7:56 pm

Love the photography in this book. You can see exactly what you are aiming for. Stylish Home Sewing is a book worth having.

Fiona John February 27, 2015 - 8:09 pm

“I sew want a stylish home” and would love to have a go at the projects in the book.

Margaret Scott February 28, 2015 - 9:24 am

I sew want a stylish home…..help me to make my house into a home!

Gillian Balharry February 28, 2015 - 8:15 pm

I would love this book, it looks like just the thing to get me kickstarted on sewing with my grandmother’s old machine!

Yael Smith February 28, 2015 - 8:44 pm

I love everything, which is rare! Would love to win! :-)

Alison jones March 1, 2015 - 5:31 am

I sew want a stylish home, as I love to make beautiful things for my retreat

Rosalind Blight March 1, 2015 - 8:41 am

I sew want a stylish home.

This book looks amazing so many lovely little projects

Greta Mace March 1, 2015 - 5:14 pm

If that is what a stylish home looks like – I definitely want one of those!!

Prerna Gupta March 1, 2015 - 5:27 pm

what a fantastic book..thanks for the chance to win!

sophie hardisty March 2, 2015 - 9:32 am

I sew want a stylish home….. This would be perfect for updating my house!

Tola Laseinde March 3, 2015 - 10:05 am

OMG – I sew want a stylish home too

Lovely pastels, great ideas for home projects

Fingers and toes – all crossed ;-)

Nicole March 3, 2015 - 5:33 pm

I sew want a stylish home! Please let me win. :-) :-)

Torie Jayne's Stylish Home Sewing blog tour / Ryland Peters and Small - Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books March 6, 2015 - 12:58 pm

[…] we finished up a lovely week at Folksy who was won over by the ottoman, but loved the range of projects for a range of abilities, and […]

Camilla March 12, 2015 - 1:00 pm

Thanks for all your entries and for all those by email too. The three winners of this competition are Leza Plumb, Bruce Loxley and Gillian Balharry. HUGE congratulations to all of you.

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