Crafty Book Reviews and a Giveaway!

I was given these books in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own.

I have two fun books to tell you about!  Oh, and how about a giveaway too?  One book is about the paper art called Origami, called the Ultimate Origami for Beginners Kit, and the other is a beautifully illustrated book on handmade bag patterns called Handmade Bags In Natural Fabrics.  Interested?

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Both books are full of fabulous ideas and are just perfect for a cold winter day project!  And I just so happen to have two sets of them to give away!  So, lets take a look at them! Handmade Bags In Natural Fabrics is a great source for unusual, yet simple handmade bag patterns.  This unique book offers patterns for twenty-five basic bag styles along with sixty variations and the know-how to customize each bag to suit any style.

Written and designed by Emiko Takahashi, a fashion and textiles designer, this book provides easy instructions and bag sewing diagrams, as well as a sheet of fully-sized pattern pieces for each handmade bag project.  Not sure how to do a step?  She also provides simple lessons on the basics of hand-stitching, drawstring casings, corners, edges, straps, and simple decorations.

Each bag can be machine-sewn, but they are designed to be made in natural fabrics that are lightweight enough to be easily sewn by hand. This book was designed with the beginner in mind!  I love the fact that you don’t necessarily need to own a sewing machine to complete the projects!

This book is a great addition to your craft book collection and has many beautiful gift ideas.  If you are wanting to make something unique- you will find it here!

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If you enjoy the art of paper folding, or Origami, then one of the best sources of instruction is Michael G. LaFosse. The Ultimate Origami for Beginners Kit is excellent for both beginners and children. World-renowned origami designers and artists Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander have selected paper folding projects from popular origami categories such as traditional origami, modern origami, origami flowers, paper airplanes, cute cuddly animals and much more!

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The Ultimate Origami Kit contains:

  • A full-colored 62-page origami booklet
  • Clear step-by-step instructions
  • Colorful diagrams and photographs
  • Folding techniques and tips
  • A DVD with easy-to-follow video tutorials
  • 62 sheets of durable origami folding papers
  • Several colors and three different sizes

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Each project includes simple step-by-step instructions with numbered, detailed illustrations.  Perfect for folks like me who are not as adept with the art of origami.

Use Ultimate Origami for Beginners to make eye-catching origami for your friends, to beautify your home—or as a wonderful gift for paper craft lovers. No paint or glue needed!

Book Set Giveaway!

I’m giving away two different sets of these fun books!  Since I’m all about easy contest entries, all you have to do is leave a comment below to enter!  In honor of the New Year, tell me if you have a New Years Resolution, and if so what is it? For an optional extra entry, if you have twitter, follow Suzy’s Sitcom! Win a set of fun craft books!  Contest ends on Monday, January 19, 2015 at midnight!
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