Book Review—Oh Sew Easy® Life Style

If you are looking for a few easy sewing projects to spruce up your home or organize your clutter, Oh Sew Easy® Life Style by Valori Wells and Carolyn Spencer has a number of interesting projects you may enjoy.

This easy-to-follow book features projects ranging from stylish, colorful pillows to efficient, useful organizers. These projects are ideal for beginners as well as advanced sewers. This well-illustrated book shows basic sewing techniques with step-by-step directions and gives great instructions for each project.

The patterns in this book are suitable for cotton fabrics or cotton blends. Cotton and cotton blend fabrics are very easy to sew. If you are choosing a fabric for your very first sewing project, I highly recommend using a cotton print or solid.

Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton fabrics are a high quality broadcloth suitable for home and fashion accessories. These fabrics come in many beautiful colors. Cornflower Blue is shown.

Cotton fabric cuts easily. Unlike “slippery” fabrics such a polyester satin and chiffon, cotton fabric holds together nicely with pin basting; this spares you the time-consuming process of hand basting and the frustration of working with a fabric that slips and/or wants to jam the sewing machine by being dragged into the feed dogs.

Cotton is also inexpensive and simple to prepare for sewing. If you make a mistake, it is fairly simple to pick the stitches out of a cotton fabric; if you completely “ruin” the project, you won’t feel as bad using an inexpensive cotton rather than a more expensive novelty or luxury fabric. Machine washing and a light pressing is all that is needed to prepare a cotton fabric before you cut the pattern out.

Amy Butler’s fabrics feature fresh takes on classic designs. Cypress Paisley Blush is shown.

Cool cotton prints such as those by Amy Butler feature amazing colors and patterns. Amy Butler and Robert Kaufman fabrics have the quality you need for the projects in Oh Sew Easy® Life Style