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
DIY Duvet Cover
Quilty Zigs and Zags: A Quilted Belt