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sewing in a straight line: project + video+ book giveaway!

by Brett

Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara — How to Sew a Round Bowl with Straight Lines Only from Rarebit Productions on Vimeo.

We’re very excited to announce that our resident sewing expert and all-around awesome crafter, Brett Bara, has a new book out titled Sewing in a Straight Line. To celebrate, Brett is sharing a DIY video for her round nesting bowls above and giving away five copies of her book to D*S readers!

To be eligible to win, just leave a comment below telling Brett about your biggest sewing disaster. Broken bobbins? Tangles of thread? We want to hear it all! Share your stories below, and Brett will pick her five favorites. We’ll announce the winners on D*S next week! — Kate

*Brett is also giving away tons of sewing goodies on her blog, including a sewing machine and serger (!!!), sewing tools, fabric and more.

Read more about Brett’s book after the jump!

Sewing in a Straight Line features 26 projects for home decor, gifts, clothing and accessories that can all be made by simply sewing straight lines. I got the idea to write this book when I realized that more and more people were telling me that they’d like to learn how to sew but that they didn’t know where to start because it all seemed so overwhelming. One day it dawned on me that so much of what I sew really isn’t hard to make — in fact, much of it is made with straight lines only! And anybody can sew a straight line. So I set out to make a book that would show people that it can be really easy to sew cute things, even with basic skills.

My goal was to come up with a collection of projects that looked stylish but were deceptively simple to make. I wanted to give readers a good go-to reference for sewing the basics like curtains, duvets, pillows, simple clothes, accessories and quick gifts. I also wanted to help readers build their skills and confidence, so some are projects designed to help you learn new techniques, like installing zippers, working with specialty materials and even making quilts. Every pattern in the book is formatted so that the reader makes the project to his or her own measurements — so whether it’s curtains or a dress, it will be custom-made to the exact size you need. — Brett

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  • I just found this blog and with it ‘sewing a straight line’ and I LOVE the idea of making easy, but impressive little sewing pieces!

    My biggest sewing disaster was when I started sewing (at around 14):
    I had just bought my first jersey fabric (very opportunistic at this beginner stage ;) ) – I was so excited to start out and make wonderful things – that I sewed my finger to my new fabric in several stitches – that hurt like hell!! Even after that I didn’t loose interest in sewing and enjoy it today more then ever!

    PS. That jersey fabric turned into a classic rock shirt (black+triangular cut) later ^^

  • I got a sewing machine for Christmas 2010. So far I have completed one project. I have not even mastered straight lines. This might encourage me to get my sew on.

  • I have a sewing machine that I want to use to teach my daughter and my son to sew on. She is 8 and he is 7. I am a down to basics type of person. No electronics for our family except or the basic one television in the living room for our family. The internet is used to learn how to do things so that I can teach my children or to use the camera to see and talk to relatives across states. I want my children to be well rounded. I want to put myself through school for my bachelors in teaching as well as teach my daughter how to make clothes for her dolls and possibly sell them to teach them simple economics. So I have patterns and scrap fabric and your basic thread but I do not have the know how. I am eager to learn and to teach my children what I was not taught. This book would be a blessing and a tool to allow the progression into the next generation and to their generations ahead of them. This book would not only be used or me but for the future families we will be blessed to welcome into our families. I want to be that mother, grandmother and great grandmother that can pass down a piece of know how. Thank you…

  • My blunder (and it DEFINITELY is a blunder when it’s more than once!) is sewing when there is NO thread in the bobbin! I get so excited about a project that I forget to check the thread and zip through a seam, zipper, etc. ( all the time thinking what a great job I’m doing) and find out I didn’t do ANYTHING at all!

  • My worst sewing disaster is: i sat down at the table, and did all my measurements, prepared and started sewing. i was watching tv and my favorite show came on. i forgot to stop pressing the pedal and then chaos broke out my dress was attached to the project, there was a big vicious bump of orange thread on the cloth the size of my nail, and everything was messed up. i almost sewed through my hand!

  • My worst sewing disaster is: I like working with patterns and I almost always do. But I wanted to make a dutch costume for my only girl for Tulip Time that happens every year in May. I didn’t want to pay ridiculous amount of money for the pattern and all the fabrics to make one! So! I tried my hand on making my own pattern. Everything was going so well until it was time to see if it fit! I had made a beautiful costume but for someone else; it was too small for my daughter. Needless to say, I broke down and bought a pattern and upon finishing her costume; my sewing machine that was my Mother’s (an antique) had broken. I had to hand sew the apron but it was complete!

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