Simple is better

A few days ago I received one of the latest craft books published by David and Charles, Simple Sewn Gifts by needlecraft expert Helen Philips. As I was looking at the 25 projects the only thing I could think of was of all those vintage little treasures that from time to time we come across in a bazaar or at many of the vintage shops at Etsy.

The projects in this book are, as the title suggests, simple but they are also full of charm. It is a perfect book for a beginner, but also a more experience crafter can benefit from the lovely ideas in this book.

Vintage style pincushion, scissor fob & needlebook

The book is divided in to 3 chapters, At home, Loved Ones and Get Festive. Basically you can make gifts for any occasion all year around.

One of my favourite projects is the Dolly’s Cosy Quilt, which reminds me of some of the quilts that were on display as part of the past Quilts exhibition at the V&A, perhaps a bit more simple but very charming indeed. It is a lovely quilt that is embellished with buttons, yo-yos made of contrasting fabric and cross-stitched daisy flowers and elephants.

Dolly's Cosy Quilt

There is also a lovely rabbit that I am sure it could become a little someone’s best friend. You will find great things for the house too and even a little gift for your pet. After all they are our unconditional friends.

All of these projects, as well as the book itself, would make lovely presents that will be treasured for years to come. If you are as nostalgic as I am, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of this book and tell me what are of the most unforgettable presents that you have ever received.

Bunny Cuddles

The winner will be chosen at random Thursday 19th August and published on this blog on 20th August.

Simple Sewn Gifts by Helen Philipps is publish by David and Charles, click here to buy it.

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21 Responses to “Simple is better”

  1. Madscouser says:

    What a lovely ltitle book, with some very cute ideas :-)

    The best & most unforgetable pressie i ever received is not sewing related – my friend adopted an elephant in my name! I collect elephant stuff and love elephants and taht was such a thoughtful pressie & it came with a book & certificate! :-)

  2. Kate says:

    Golly that is a tall order: thinkning of the best and most unforgettable pressie ever. Can I cheat and say two? First was my leaving present from my old place of work – they bought me a sewing machine. They even colluded with my husband so that he could drive into London to collect me on my last day! The other is probably my KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer which my husband bought me for no occasion as a total surprise. We were in John Lewis and he bought it while I was broawsing something else without me seeing. I was so happy I cried!

    The book looks fab so fingers crossed!

  3. lizzet says:

    Hi Beth! What a lovely present :) Did you watch the BBC2 program last week about an elephant called Echo. Beautiful!

  4. lizzet says:

    Hi Kate,
    Wow 2 great presents. I would had cried with a kitchen aid too. What colour is it? Your husband deserves a big star for that one ;)

  5. ruth says:

    The most unforgettable present – oh! I think that would have to be the puppy I was given on my 16th Birthday. He was the most perfect little dog and was my constant companion for many many years.

  6. lizzet says:

    Hi Ruth
    How sweet! I must forward all this comments to my husband and family as ideas for birthday presents. I have been begging for a puppy and I just feel that I just might bite the bullet and get one for myself!

  7. Zoe says:

    That book looks lovely.

    One of my most unforgettable presents was an early copy of Wilfred Owen’s (my favourite poet) poems my husband gave my for our first valentine’s day together. It was such a well thought out present, when he could easily have just bought chocolates.

  8. lizzet says:

    Hi Zoe, How romantic is that! That should had made you feel SO special! I am terrible at poetry but will do a search for W. Owen now.

  9. Vickie in Dorset says:

    Hi Lizzet,

    What a pretty book, have a feeling it would be one where I would make something as a present but desperately want to keep it for myself!
    My favourite gift was a beautiful Bristol blue glass necklace I was given for helping at an event (I used to live in Bristol). I was presented it at the end of a long and hectic week, at a fantastic party for everyone involved, every time I wear it I remember that night!


  10. lizzet says:

    Hi Vickie!
    That certainly was a beatiful present (any pics?) but I am sure your work done for charity was a also a fantastic present too.

  11. Janet says:

    My daughter made me placemats for Christmas when she was about 18, more than ten years ago. She was working at a printing store and she was able to laminate cheaply. She used cheap “coloured paper” that we all used in grade school for art projects and placed family pictures from over the years when the kids were young. There are about 5 or 6 pictures on each placemat. The colour has faded out of the paper, the laminating is coming apart and I’m trying to think of a way to redo these so we can keep using them. We use them almost everyday and everyone who sits at our kitchen table comments on them. They are fabulous!

  12. lizzet says:

    Hi Janet! That is so sweet! You must be so glad that you kept it. Last time I visit my nan she had a few things that I made in kindergarden and I forgotten about them, it was sort of a present for me just to know that she had kept them for so long!

  13. WandaFish says:

    I couldn’t believe my luck when my OH treated me to a laptop computer for my 40th birthday to help with my studies as an undergrad at uni!

  14. lizzet says:

    Hi Angela! That was so thoughtful and sweet! I really could do with a new computer, wish my birthday was sooner ;) What were you studying?

  15. Alison Lawson says:

    I can remember my aunt, who we thought was very rich at the time, giving me a small turquoise radio when I was about 11, for Christmas. I thought I was the the bee’s knees and took it everywhere with me.

  16. lizzet says:

    Hi Alison,
    what a cool present! I do remember taking a Hello Kitty everywhere when I was child, I thought it was just so cool (never mind dirty, the white turn grey quite quick but hey I loved it).

  17. Yvette Cass says:

    My gift is not an actual present but it’s the knowledge my mum has passed on to me in all things craft related, sewing, knitting, crochet and cross stitching. Even more special now I have my own children and I can “craft” for them and more importantly pass on my mums knowledge to them for the future :)

  18. lizzet says:

    Hi Yvette,
    That is so true! I’m very close with my mother and grandmother and they are amazing. I try to learn as much as I can from my nan, she is a real dragon and matriarch, apart from all her knowledge in the kitchen, garden, crafts, people, etc. You are such a lovely family. Say hello to Janet :)

  19. Janet Morgan says:

    I think the best present I received, though not actually a gift was inspiration from my dad who made clothes for me. He died when I was young, but I do believe this is where my love of sewing and other crafts came from him. My daughters increased this passion especially when they were young and we crafted together. Hopefully when my grandchildren get a bit older, I can continue this love with them.

  20. lizzet says:

    Would you please adopt me? What a lovely gift you received and what great gift you are passing to other generations. One lady once told me that we never died when we pass what we know to others. I don’t understand when people keep recipes secret and things like that, maybe there is a valid reason, but, as they say, to give is the best gift… that sounded very cheesy sorry, but I am afraid it is true :)

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