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Simple Hand Sewing

Simple Hand Sewing by Laura Strutt - Review

Simple Hand Sewing: 35 slow stitching and mindful mending projects is written by Laura Strutt and published by Cico Books.


Simple Hand Sewing Projects book review

With her latest book Laura shows us that you don’t need a sewing machine in order to be able to make some beautiful sewing projects.  Hand sewing is portable, budget friendly and relaxing too. The slow pace of hand stitching makes the process mindful, a way of slowing down the busy pace of life.

This book teaches you a range of different hand sewing techniques through projects including embroidery, boro, sashiko, visible mending, English Paper Piecing as well as basic hand stitching. The different techniques and stitches can be found at the back of the book along with the templates.

There are 35 projects split into 4 categories: At Home, Accessories, Décor plus Mending and Upcycling. The projects include embroidered table linen, a boro bowl, an English paper pieced quilt, fabric buckets, hearts wall hanging, sashiko jeans repair, a sewing roll (shown below) and many more. With such a varied mix of projects you are bound to find a few you are keen to make.

How to hand sew

The projects are easy to follow with plenty of visual guidance too, colourful diagrams and several photos for each project as well. Each project has a skill rating so if you are new to hand stitching you can start with the easy ones and build up as your skills grow. An added bonus is full sized templates in the back of the book so no re-sizing required.

Sewing projects by hand

The mending and upcycling chapter will probably come in particularly handy at the moment, sustainable sewing is very popular and with costs steadily increasing it’s useful to be able to extend the life of your clothes rather than buying new.

It’s time to slow down and embrace the meditative qualities of hand stitching. 

To boost your hand sewing skills order a copy of Simple Hand Sewing on the Makeetc website.

To learn some basic embroidery stitches from Laura visit the embroidered sampler project she wrote for us.