A while ago I had the opportunity to test and proof read the English language version of the popular Dutch sewing book: Sew Snappy by
The book includes 25 unique designs to sew for your whole family. There are home decor items, accessories, toys, and a sweet little baby jacket. One of my favourites is this handbag.
It is written as a sewing course, with detailed step by step instructions for every project. The preface is a lengthy explanation of various sewing techniques and includes all the information a beginner would need.
There are two printed pattern sheets included. I like how thick the paper is, but there is some overlap so you will have to trace each piece (I usually do that anyway). A few of the designs are based on rectangles so there are no pattern pieces, just a cut list.
I choose to sew up the “Good Fortune” wallet (more about this here). The construction is genius and results in a perfectly finished wallet with a center divider all from a single pattern piece! The only caution I would give is to use the metric measurments given. I used the imperial approximations which are rounded off from the metric and on such a small project it made a difference and resulted in a seam that was 1/4″ too short.
The authors kindly included our tester projects in the book. My daughter is thrilled to have her picture in print!