As many of you will know Helen is a contributor to The Sewing Directory and has written some of our most popular projects including this fabric Christmas tree and our So Sew Simple project series for beginners. So we were very excited to hear she was releasing her first book.
Sew Perfect Pets contains 18 fun animal themed projects for items you would use around your home such as oven gloves, a draft excluder, cushions, an apron, a laundry bag, soft toys, a bottle bag and an egg cosy. The book starts by covering the basic techniques you’ll need to make the projects, with photos. Then it’s onto the projects.
Each project comes with full size templates (provided in a packet at the back of the book) as well as step by step instructions and accompanying photos showing you what you need to do. Helen has used a colourful mix of fabrics to create eye catching animal designs. The animals featured include a penguin, owl, fox, pig, dog, cat, bunny, cow, frog, bear, hedgehog, snake, mouse, butterfly, fish, elephant and sheep – something for everyone. I’ve shared photos of my favourites in this review.
There are several pattern sheets, and the templates for each project are clearly labelled and each in a different colour to make it easy to pick out those you need. They also specify how many of each template you need to cut and in what materials (eg. fabric, felt, interfacing) making the templates simple to use.
After a decade of teaching beginners Helen knows how to break projects down into easy to follow instructions, and has made sure the projects feature easy to find supplies that most stitchers will already have in their stash. This book is great for beginners learning to sew, and for more advanced sewists looking for fun animal theme projects for their home.